6 Days Kibale NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi NP Lake Bunyonyi
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Kibale National Park has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees, as well as the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth and you expect the Epic explosion crater drive plus a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel, – its covered by the African savanna, crater lakes, Kazinga Channel, Lake George and Lake Edward, the Ishasha Plains with its Tree climbing lions, Kyambura Gorge with its chimpanzees, Maramagambo and of course lots of animals such as Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Leopards, Monkeys, Warthogs, Bush pigs, Hippos, Crocodiles, Antelopes of all kind, over 600 kinds of birds, bat caves, chimpanzees, butterflies and in the distance is the tallest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzoris with its snow-capped peaks and glaciers, it is simply an awesome picture.
Bwindi National Park is most notable for being home of over 400 of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorilla population, estimate of 880 (November 2012) mountain gorilla population, which has been under protection since 1964. There are 12 habituated mountain gorilla families/groups open to tourism here. Bwindi forest vegetation has been in existence at least 25,000 years, – there is about 310 species of butterfly, 51 species of reptiles, 200 types of trees, 88 species of moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and of course the famous residents – the mountain gorillas. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers.
Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1: – Transfer from Kampala to Kibale Forest National Park, Bigodi Swamp Walk:
You will be picked up around 7: 00 am from your Hotel in Kampala by our Guide who will brief you about your tour and then depart for Kibale Forest National Park which will take around five and a half hours of drive.
Post Lunch you will be taken for Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary walk.This is a guided swamp walk that takes you closer seeing primates mostly monkeys, birds and butterflies. The wetland is a bird paradise with about 138 species and is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco.
This is a 2½ – 3 hour walk and is a must for bird lovers. The walk is almost as popular as the Kibale Forest Walk. You will need good walking shoes since part of the walk is sometimes muddy. Hopefully you will spot the elusive Sitatunga antelope and the Shoebill Stork. This is nothing to be missed. You will meet some of the primates here, even a chimpanzee at times. Other primate species include the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Also, Bushbucks and mongooses and many more can also be found here. There is also an abundance of butterflies. Bigodi Sanctuary is located outside the park in Magombe Swamp.
Dinner and overnight accommodation will be provided at :
Budget – Rweteera Safari Park / Kibale Homestay
Day 2: – Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park :
Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
The park is popular for its primate’s population like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, red cheeked monkeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits.
An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning around 6:30 am. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them. You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park which will take around two and a half hours of drive. You will arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at :
Budget – Kazinga Channel View Resort / Tembo Safari Lodge / Pumba Safari Lodge / Little Elephant Camp
Day 3: – Game drive and Boat Cruise at Queen Elizabeth NP, and transfer to Ishasha Sector :
Your day will begin early by 6:30AM, the sunrise time is usually the best time to spot animals in their natural habitats. Heading off for a game drive at the break of dawn you will be able to see Africa’s highly famed “Big 4”, Bush Bucks, Giant Hogs, Antelopes, Waterbucks and plenty of birds.
You will finish your game drive and return back to the accommodation just in time for lunch. After your lunch you will go for a two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Lake Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores.
After Boat Cruise transfer to Ishasha Sector for Dinner and Overnight at :
Budget – At the River Lodge
Day 4: – Game drive at Ishasha Sector and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park :
Early morning Game drive at Ishasha sector to see the tree climbing lions if you are lucky and then post Lunch transfer to Bwindi National park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda; harbouring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain-forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.
With a strenuous day ahead, you will check into your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be provided at :
Budget – Self Contained tents at Broadbill Forest Camp/ Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite
Day 5: – Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Batwa Cultural visit :
After an early morning breakfast around 6:30 am you will be driven to the park headquarters for briefing on the do’s and don’ts during gorilla tracking and thereafter you will proceed to the gorilla trail. Gorilla tracking normally lasts between 2 to 8 hours or even a day to encounter the gorillas. However, you will be allowed to stay in the presence of these awesome apes for at least an hour.
It is advisable that you carry packed lunch, which will be provided, as one cannot determine how long it may take to encounter the mountain gorillas. If time and energy allow, you may take the Batwa Cultural visit after the gorilla tracking or just have a relaxed afternoon. Enjoy your evening, dinner and overnight at the accommodation at :
Budget – Self Contained tents at Broadbill Forest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite.
Day 6: – Transfer from Bwindi NP to Lake Bunyonyi and later to Entebbe :
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi for a Boat ride. This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa (900 meters deep) and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free this takes 2 hours, The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake.
After the Boat ride you will be transferred back to Entebbe with Lunch en-route.
Flights are on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. (timings vary depending on aircraft routing) enquiry page.
Prices are subject to change based upon accommodation availability, your tour alterations and other parameters until time of full and final confirmation.
QUICK TOUR DETAILS
- Car hires services and Fuel
- Driver’s allowances
- Park fees
- Vehicle entry
- Chimp permit
- Gorilla permit
- Boat Cruises
- Game drives
- Lunch en-routes
- Accommodation and meals
- Personal Insurance