Gorilla Trekking Uganda & Uganda Safari – 13 Days
This trip involves visiting Kampala City attractions, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale and Semliki National Park for exciting game drives and gorilla tracking among others.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN UGANDA
Arrive at Entebbe Airport and be transferred to Kampala, check in at hotel Africana for your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: DRIVE TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Have breakfast and leave Kampala in the morning driving for 4 or 5 hours towards western Uganda. On the way, you will cross the Uganda Equator line at Kayabwe in Mpigi and move further as you are pleased by the green vegetation and attractiveness of Uganda. Arrive at the park around midday and have before going for an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mburo. You will also enjoy an evening game drive in search of zebra, impala, eland, topi, oribi, cape buffalos, antelopes, leopards, hyenas and jackals. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Tented Camp or Rwonyo Rest Camp.
Day 3: DRIVE TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Have breakfast early enough and set off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the habitat for the rare mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park inhabits almost half of the world’s 850 mountain gorillas. Stay at Buhoma Bandas, Silver back Lodge or Mahogany Springs for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: GORILLA TREKKING UGANDA
After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a briefing from the guide who will lead you while gorilla-tracking through the steeply forested and fine-looking scenery along several trails. The height of the trip is you come across the calm endangered mountain gorillas, an exciting and excellent experience. After an hour with the gorillas and picnic lunches in the forest, return to your accommodation for relaxation. After this wonderful Uganda gorilla trekking, it is always an amazing experience of sitting and reflecting whatever happened during your gorilla trekking Safari in the forest. Stay at at Buhoma Bandas, Silver back Lodge or Mahogany Springs.
DAY 5: DRIVE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Take breakfast and leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park going through the southern sector of the park known as Ishasha, renowned for its tree-climbing lions. This Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere with one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. About 100 mammal species and a significant 606 bird species like Elephants, hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and the handsome Uganda kob inhabit the park where they are frequently seen. Overnight and dinner at Jacana Eco-lodge, Mweya safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.
DAY 6: FOREST WALK AND BOAT RIDE AT KAZINGA CHANNEL
Take breakfast and leave for an early forest walk in Kyambura Gorge in look for of primates and chimpanzees. Return to the lodge for lunch and have a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel with prospects of seeing hippos and buffalo in the shallow waters at close range from the boat. Kazinga Channel shoreline is a home to a collection of birds including the pink backed pelicans, fish eagles, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many more. Dinner and overnight at Jacana Eco-lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.
DAY 7: GAME DRIVE, FOREST WALK
Enjoy the day starting with an early game drive through the park where you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a collection of antelope types before driving back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you go for an impressive sightseeing in the crater section. Visit the Katwe Salt works to see how salt mining is done conventionally, head to the flamingo village and sightseeing in the crater region, which is amazing. On the other hand on the same day in the afternoon, set out for a forest walk going to the large bats cave where bats in large numbers reside as well as a python in the rock commonly seen by the visitors. It’s an astounding forest walk one can’t manage to miss. Dinner and overnight at Jacana Eco-lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge or Institute of Ecology.
DAY 8: DEPART FOR KIBALE
Have mini morning game drive and depart after breakfast for Kibale. Have the benefit of game viewing en-route toward Kibale Forest National Park. You will be staying for two nights at the Ndali Safari Lodge, Primates safari Lodge, Rwenzori View guest House, Rujuna Top Guest house, Kanyankyu Tourist Camp.
Day 9: FOREST PRIMATE HIKE,BIRDING
Take your breakfast and drive into Kibale Forest National Park to hike. A guide will enlighten you on the primates you are to see as well as the forest plants and animals. This morning hike will expose your eyes to chimpanzees, phoestes, red-colobuses and red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, visit Bigodi swamp, an astonishing place to watch rare and gorgeous flora and fauna. Dinner and overnight at the lodge or guesthouse.
Day 10: TRANSFER TO SEMILIKI VALLEY WILDLIFE RESERVE
Drive to the Semliki in the Western Rift Valley. The reserve has an immense combination of animals like the chimps, elephant, lion and buffalo plus a crowd of African antelope species. A night drive planned to look for the fantastic nocturnal species such as large spotted genet, African scopes owl, pearl dash spotted owlet and night jars is another rewarding opportunity. Spend your overnights for two days at the beautiful Semliki Safari Lodge, the only accommodation in these 500 square kilometers of wilderness. The lodge has gourmet food, classified tented rooms with en-suite facilities, huge four poster beds and swimming pool. It’s a place to sleep with fears.
Day 11: LAKE ALBET BOAT RIDE AND A GAME DRIVE
Have breakfast and take a boat trip on Lake Albert to view the dazzlingly colored colonies of red-throated bee-eaters and the incredible Shoebill. The lake is lovely with sand cliffs, waterfalls and small fishing villages on its shores. Get back to the lodge via a palm forest and the acacia savannah and keen to see mammals and different species of raptors. Enjoy your wonderful lunch and then after, use the afternoon having a game drive to conclude the day.
Day 12: BIRDING, CHIMPS TRACKING
Wake up early for a morning tropical forest expedition for bird viewing and tracking of the wild chimpanzees and then take your late breakfast. Checkout and drive back to Kampala where you arrive in the afternoon and then to Entebbe for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Check out the hotel and head to Entebbe International Airport for you flight back home. Safe Journey! End of the Tour