A 5 DAY SAFARI ITINERARY TO KIBALE, BWINDI AND LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
This safari starts and ends in Kampala, you will be transferred to Kibale Forest National Park on the first day and go for chimpanzee tracking in the afternoon and on the second day you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest via Queen Elizabeth taking a glimpse of tree climbing lions if you are very lucky and on the third day, you will go for Mountain Gorilla tracking and a visit to the community before departing for Lake Mburo National Park the next day. Here you will enjoy the amazing realm of wildlife before returning to Kampala on the fifth day stopping at the equator briefly.
Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest
Depart for a half day drive west via Mubende to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabulous “Mountains of the Moon,”
In the afternoon, you will drive to Kibale forest for chimpanzee tracking and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobus, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabey swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters. After lunch, a visit to Bigodi swamp eco tourism site is amazing, as we shall encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna.
Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge
Midrange: Kibaale Guest Cottages
Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Day 2: Leave for Bwindi Forest via Ishasha
After breakfast, we leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes (Dian Fossey’s stomping ground), Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (FB)
Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for the mountains gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. You need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, come back to the lodge and relax.
Should you have the energy this afternoon, you will go for a village walk and see how Ugandans live!
Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge
Midrange: Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget: Wagtail Safari Lodge
Day 4: Depart for Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park. This drive will take you to Agip Motel in Mbarara where you will stop for lunch. We will then continue to Lake Mburo. This Park is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. Bird viewing opportunities are excellent – for birders, this is one of the best places to find African fin foot, papyrus bush shrike. After checking in, go for a game drive in the rolling hills and open grasslands. The lovely landscape is a home to Impala, Waterbuck, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Klipspringers, Crested Crane, and the elusive Shoebill Stork.
Overnight at Luxury Mantana Tented camp/Basic Rwonyo Rest Camp (FB)
Day 5: Guided Nature Walk in Lake Mburo
After an early morning breakfast you will have a guided nature walk. A ranger guide takes you on foot to the bush. Lake Mburo is the only place in this part of Uganda where you can see zebra and Impala and it’s also the best place to see the African Eland, Africa’s largest antelope! You will then depart to Kampala stopping at the Equator for a photographic opportunity as well as an informative talk arriving in the afternoon.
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Quoted price includes;
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Gorilla permit @$600 each
- Park entrance fees
- Game drive
- Nature walk
- Accommodation and meals
- But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beverages, Beers, Beverages and tipping of staffs at the lodge.