Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth, Gorillas and Lake Mburo-8 Days Uganda

Chimpanzees-Queen-Elizabeth-Gorillas-and-Lake-Mburo-photo
Hippo at Kazinga Channel during a boat safari

Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla tracking
  • Chimp Trekking
  • Boat Trips
  • Game Drives
  • Swamp Walk
  • Visiting the Equator
On this 8 day tour in Uganda with us, you will visit the chimpanzees in the Kibale rain forest a tour that takes between 3 – 5 hours; enjoy game safaris and boat trips in both Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks to see the African elephant, cape buffalo, lion, zebra, giraffe and a wide variety of antelopes and above all, meet with the rare Mountain Gorillas in the dense jungle of Impenetrable Bwindi National Park.

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Welcome to Uganda – THE Pearl of Africa! Go through the necessary immigration procedures and thereafter, meet and greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel in Entebbe for overnight. Note: You can obtain a visa at a cost of $50pp from Immigrations upon arrival or if also traveling to Kenya and Rwanda, an East African tourist visa at a cost of $100pp.

Up Market Accommodation: Laico Lake Victoria Hotel or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only) Mid-range Accommodation: Boma Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Budget Accommodation: Airport Guesthouse or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 2: To Kibale Forest National Park

Morning breakfast, check out and head North Western via Kampala and travelling on a paved road, through various cultivated gardens of crops like bananas, tea plantations, rural homes and towns like Mityana, Mubende, Kyenjojo before reaching Fort Portal in time for lunch. Thereafter, proceed to Kibale Forest arriving in the early evening where the night falls with the sounds and whispers of the tropical rainforest.

Up Market Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Midrange Accommodation: Primate Cottages or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Driving time: +/- 7 hrs

Day 3: In Kibale Forest National Park

After early morning breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for briefing prior to the chimpanzee tracking activity. Have a morning spell in the forest as you track the Chimpanzees and other primates resident in this rainforest.  In the afternoon, have a Bigodi Swamp Walk. This is an initiative of the local people geared towards conservation in this area. On this walk you have chances for seeing different birds & butterfly species, primates like black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, etc. There is also a variety of interesting plant species.

Up Market Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Midrange Accommodation: Primate Cottages or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive)
Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, check out and bid farewell to Kibale for a departure journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park travelling through the Fort Portal-Kasese road. Arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park in time for lunch! After lunch, have a two hours boat trip on the famous Kazinga Channel that links Lakes Edward and George. The launch cruise is not only a wonderful way to see schools of hippos and the occasional Nile crocodile but also offers spectacular bird watching, game viewing and photography opportunities.

Up Market Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or similar (FB – all meals inclusive)

Midrange Accommodation: Enganzi Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Budget Accommodation: Bush Lodge or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Driving time: +/- 5 hrs

Day 5: To Bwindi National Park

A sunrise game-drive adventure in Queen Elizabeth!!! This park has got different vegetation types and eco-systems such as tropical forest, grassy plains, rivers, lakes – Edward and George, swamps and volcanic craters which harbor amazing wildlife species.  With the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop, game drives in the park provides excellent opportunities to encounter  elephants, cape buffalos, thousands of Uganda Kobs, lions, leopard, Topi, giant forest hog, de fassa waterbuck and bush buck. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi NP – THE Home of the Mountain Gorillas!

Note: As for gorilla tracking, the available gorilla section is what determines where clients stay.

Up Market Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Midrange Accommodation: Silverback Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp or similar (B B Only)

Driving time: +/- 7 hrs

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking

An early morning breakfast and together with our packed lunches and Gorilla trekking gear, report to the UWA park headquarters at Bwindi for registration and pre-briefing before you start the trek. After briefing and in groups of 8 pax each, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure!! The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. Time allowed to spend with the Gorillas is 1 hr. To many, a visit to these gentle and endangered giants is such an awesome, exciting and memorable experience to be long savoured!

Note: The Gorilla trek may take up to 8hrs of hiking in the rugged terrain so good physical condition is a MUST!
Up Market Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Midrange Accommodation: Silverback Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp or similar (B B Only)

Day 7: To Lake Mburo National Park

Morning breakfast and check out of the “Home base of the Mountain Gorillas”. Depart with great memories of the moments spent with the amazing Gentle Giants! Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for an early evening game safari before returning to your accommodation for overnight.

Up Market Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Mid-range Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock or similar (Full Board – all meals inclusive) Budget Accommodation: Mburo Eagles Nest or similar (Bed & Breakfast Only)

Driving time: +/- 8 hrs

Day 8: To Entebbe and departure

An early rise to a cup of coffee/tea with a bite! Embark on a safari walk for a face to face encounter with the residents of Lake Mburo whilst on foot. Return to your accommodation for fully fledged breakfast. Thereafter, check out and drive back to Entebbe with an en-route brief stop at the Equator. Drop off at Entebbe International Airport for onward departure.

Note: Possibility of us taking you to a hotel / guesthouse where you can have dinner and refresh prior to your transfer to the Airport. Dinner is approx. $30pp and use of a day room is $130 for up market accommodation, $115 for mid-range accommodation and $50 for budget accommodation.

Driving time: +/- 6 hrs End of Service

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