AN 8-DAY PRIVATE SAFARI ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your Safari guide who will transfer you to your Hotel in Kampala. If your flight arrives in the morning, you will have a chance to visit some of the interesting places in Kampala. These include the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs, Namirembe Cathedral etc.Overnight at Africana Hotel/Speke Hotel (B&B)
Day 2: Travel to Fortportal
You will be picked up from your Hotel by your Safari guide and driven to Fort portal. This scenic drive takes approximately 5 hours arriving in the afternoon. You will stop over in Fort portal town for lunch before driving to Ndali Lodge/ Rwenzori View Guest House where you will stay prior to your chimpanzee tracking tomorrow. After checking in, you will go for a guided walk in Bigodi Swamp to look for different bird species like the Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue Throated Roller and other rare species and also find the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets.Overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Rwenzori View Guest House/Kanyankyu Ecological site (FB)
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
A relatively early morning start, to report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park at 08.00am to track habituated chimps – these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bushbabies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrine’s ground thrush. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
Overnight at Ndali Lodge/ Rwenzori View Guest House/Kanyankyu Ecological site (FB)
Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Following a morning breakfast, we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will enter the park via the Northern crater Area. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley, this is truly the most breathtaking scenery in the park. Queen Elizabeth is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one o the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park in the world, from the open Savannah to Rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 species that include Hippos, Lions, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena and the elusive giant forest hog. There are over 606 species of birds found here including the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few. The primates include Chimps, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.Relax after lunch and later go for an evening game drive.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Albertine safari camp (FB)
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
This morning we will leave for the 08.00am chimp trek in Kyambura Gorge. These delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. We will return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax by the swimming pool.
In the afternoon a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to Lodge. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Albertine safari camp (FB)
Day 6: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This morning, we will leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. 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 (Full Board)<
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You will rise relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left in the world!
If you have the afternoon free, you will take a guided village walk to see how the Ugandans live.
Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas(FB)
Day 8: Return to Kampala
After a morning breakfast, we will return back to Kampala stopping en-route for lunch arriving in the early evening.
Quoted price includes;
- The cost of all ground transportation and Fuel
- Gorilla tracking and permit
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Full time safari guide and his associated expenses
- Park entrance fees
- Accommodation and meals
- Boat trip
- Game drives and other related activities
- But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges.