Uganda Great Apes & Wildlife Conservation Safari

Safari Uganda


Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Your personal tour guide will pick you from the hotel or meeting point and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National park, located in Western Uganda. This is an 8 hours overland transfer. Make a stop over at the Equator for a photo shoot and check out the local craft centers. After the Equator, a 2 hours drive will lead you to Lake Mburo National Park. You will not miss zebras and impalas grazing along the borders of the park, and can make a stopover for a photo shoot. The next stop over will be Igongo Cultural Centre - an information point for travelers and students about Uganda's major tourist destinations. This is where we will enjoy a lunch. Then proceed to Bunyaruguru Tea Estates, pass by the crater lakes including Lake Rutoto that resembles the map of Africa. Arrive at your lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park. Overnight stay at The Bush Lodge / Jacana Safari Lodge (Meal Plan: Full Board)

Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise

Wake up for a cup of tea and set out for an early morning game drive in the northern part of the park following the Kasenyi Track in search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wildlife. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast, visit the salt lakes and see for yourself the local way of extracting salt. After lunch, at 2.00 pm assemble at the Mweya Peninsula as you prepare to set off on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. While on the boat you will see big herds of buffaloes, monkeys, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, and the Defassa waterbuck, crocodiles; beautiful birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, and bee-eater live along the banks of Lake Edward. Overnight stay at The Bush Loge / Jacana Safari Lodge (Meal Plan: Full Board)

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking

Enjoy a hearty breakfast in preparation for the forest walk searching for the chimpanzees. You may track chimpanzees either in Kyambura Gorge or Karinju Community Forest. Approximately 1 km across at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, the stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes”. It is an opportunity to learn about this special rainforest, including vegetation types, bird identification and behavior and monkey ecology. Later transfer to Bwindi National Park, en route drive through Ishasha Game Reserve for the famous tree climbing lions. Expect to reach Bwindi before 6:00 pm local time. Overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 4: Gorilla trekking

Begin this day with a good breakfast since gorilla trekking will include a long forest walk. With packed lunch and at least 2 bottles of drinking water, cameras and binoculars, transfer to the park headquarters for briefing by the senior park ranger. At 8.30 am gorilla trekking begins. Penetrate the dense tropical forest with a tropical green canopy until you encounter the mountain gorillas. Most people who had an opportunity meeting these gentle giants confess that it is the most exciting wildlife experience ever. Park officials will allow you to stay in their presence for one hour. The time taken to encounter the gorillas ranges between an hour and five hours. No one can be certain over this since the gorillas live in the wild and keep moving looking for food.

Return to the lodge for relaxation. If you have been lucky finding the gorillas closer, you return to the lodge relatively early and enjoy fresh and warm food. In the evening you can choose from different activities – such as a cultural visit to pygmies communities or visiting other community projects such as beer brewing or conservation projects including tree planting sites. Overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Bakiga Community Lodge

Day 5: Visit conservation projects in Kisoro

Take off a day to visit the different community conservation projects in Kisoro organized by Biodiversity Conservation for Rural Development (BCRD – Uganda). Learn more about projects in which the Batwa pygmies collaborate to start up different conservation projects. Overnight stay at Mutanda Eco Community Centre at the gate of Mgahinga National Park

Day 6: Golden Monkeys tracking

After breakfast transfer to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. Mgahinga National Park shares boarders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. In the evening theBatwa Trail is another highlight you should not miss. Listen to their folk tales and songs. Overnight stay at Mutanda Eco Community Centre

Day 7: End of Safari

After breakfast transfer back to Kampala as you traverse the scenic Kigezi Highlands, commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa”. Arrive in Kampala by 3.00 pm.

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