7 Days safari: Gorilla Tracking, Wildlife and Chimps

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Depart your hotel in Kampala after breakfast and drive to Kibale forest National Park via Mityana -Mubende. Lunch enroute in Fort portal town with a short town tour in Fort Portal. Visit the crater lakes and the Toro Palace, Karambi tombs. Dinner and overnight at Primates Lodge or Kibale safari Lodge or Ndali Lodge for up market or Chimps nest for mid range and Chimpanzee guest house for budget

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest and Bigodi swamp walk

After Breakfast, set out for the short chimpanzee briefing from the Uganda Wildlife Authority officials. The rangers will guide you on how to walk while in the forest and also how to behave. Thereafter the briefing get into the forest to start your search for the chimpanzees. These great apes are known as mans closest friends because of different characteristics that they have in common with man. Look out in the trees for chimpanzees, other primates such as white colobus monkeys, grey-checked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus, Baboons and different bird species like the great blue turacco, Africa pied king fisher , malkites and many more. Return back to the lodge after the trek for lunch, afternoon Bigodi swamp walk to search for the water loving bird species. The forest is not only known for its 13 species of primates, but this swamp area is a bird watchers paradise. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Primates Lodge or similiar.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

After breakfast early morning, depart for Kasenyi area for a game drive. The game drive will reward with a variety of wildlife such as Elephants, Lions, leopards, buffaloes, Antelopes like bush bucks and water bucks, Kobs, warthogs and many more. Return to your lodge for lunch, afternoon launch cruise along the Kazinga commonly known as the area with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. The launch cruise will reward you with views of the most famous water loving animals like crocodile along the river banks, elephants taking water, hippos and many bird species. Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge for up market or Hippo hill camp or Ihamba for mid range or Simba Safari camp for budget.

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park

Early morning game drive within the park to search for the early risers and animals you missed out in the previous game drives. Alternatively, you can go for chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge. Later on have lunch and after transfer to Bwindi Park via the Ishasha sector commonly known for its rare tree climbing lions. As you pass the area, look out for the rare tree climbing lions in fig trees. Proceed and reach Buhoma in the evening where you will rest a bit, dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Gorilla resort for up market, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara camp for mid range or Buhoma community Bandas for budget.

Day 6: Gorilla trekking experience

After breakfast , go to the park headquarters for briefing from the Uganda wildlife Authority ranger guides. After the briefing, the ranger will lead you into the thick impenetrable forest to start your search for the endangered rare species of Mountain Gorillas. The gorilla search always continues from the place where they were last seen the previous day. Upon reaching the area where these famous species are, you are only allowed to interact with the gorillas for only one hour, keep maximum silence while with these Gorillas, photograpy is allowed. The search of Gorillas is a tiresome experience, it can tak almost 3-8 hours to find them. However, once you meet these gorillas, you will easily forget the hatches you have gone through to find them and instead save the good memories you will experience with them. After the interaction, you will return late to the lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala with your lunch en route in Mbarara town. On your way back, you will pass via Kabale commonly known as the Switzerland of Africa because of its hills and beautiful scenery. Reach Kampala late evening and drop off will be at your Hotel in Kampala.

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