These 5 days will give you a chance of visiting 3 of Uganda’s most outstanding National Parks that is Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable NP.
A 5 Day safari to Uganda offering chimpanzee experience, seeing the mountain gorillas of Bwindi and wildlife experience in one of the most visited parks in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast you will be picked up by your guide from Kampala or Entebbe and begin the fascinating journey through the country side as you will drive past schools,road side markets, country homes, panoramic view of tea gardens and so many activities may be sited along the way to there are different eco systems along the way, papyrus swamps, patched forested areas, and grasslands. You will go through several towns, Mityana, Mubende, Kyenjojo, stopover for hot lunch at Fort Motel in Fort Portal.
Check-in to your preferred accommodation. Freshen up before embarking on a guided walk through the Bigodi swamps that afternoon, here you will interact with the locals and get to know their livelihood you will get to see their homes, the gardens and livestock. During the swamp walk you may encounter other wildlife like; theAntelopes, Bush pigsand primates like the L’Hoest’s monkey, Red tailed monkey,Vervet monkey, Mangabey,Black and white Colobus, and Baboons.
Luxury: Primate Lodge, Papaya lake side lodge,
Mid-range:Isunga lodge, mountains of the moon
Budget: Kibale forest camp, chimpanzee guest house, Rwenzori View Guesthouse
Breakfast and transfer to Kibale forest national park Headquarters for briefing about the park rules before setting off for chimpanzee trekking. You will be guided by the park ranger who will provide you with information about the chimpanzees, other primates and also about the entire park and surrounding communities which makes it more interesting. During the trek, you will see other primates including the black and white monkeysColobus, baboons, Red-tailedmonkeys.
After this amazing trektransfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening and check-in to your accommodation before having dinner.
Start your day with an early morning game drive through the Park via Queens Mile and Kasenyitracks where visitors encounter buffalo,warthogs, elephants, water bucks, lions, Uganda Kobs and an array of birds. Later go back to the lodge for lunch and brief rest before heading to the Kazinga Channel for an afternoon boat cruise. You will see hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, elephants, water bucks, warthogs and many other wildlife along the banks as well as plenty of different bird species as Queen Elizabeth has the highest number of bird species in Uganda’s national game parks. Retire to back to your lodge and enjoy the beautiful sunset as you wait for your dinner.
Luxury: Elephant plains lodge, Katara safari lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Mazike safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari lodge, Twin lakes lodge,
Budget: Simba safari camp, Bush lodge, Twin lakes lodge
Begin the day with breakfast, drive out of the through the Ishasha Sector; which is homes to tree climbing lions, this is one of the things that makes the western rift valley escarpmentunique. After the game drive, have a stopover for hot lunch at Savannah Resort Hotel in Kihiihi. Thereafter, go through the winding hills as you climb to higher altitudes, home to the mountain gorillas. The journey will take you approximately four hours depending on the weather. Check in to your accommodation late in the evening and freshen up as you wait for your dinner.
Have an early breakfast 6:30am, then proceed to the park headquarters by 7.30am for a briefing from the Park Wardens. From the lodge carry along snacks, drinking water, arain jacket, and strong hiking shoes.
The park wardens will allocate you different gorilla families which you will track. Besides seeing Gorillas other animals such as antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and over 350 bird species are a common siting this park.
Don’t forget to pack lunch and every other gear that would be of use during the gorilla trekking experience.
When you finally get to meet the gentle giants you are allowed a maximum of one hour with them, photos are allowed, but no flash photography, minimum 5 meters distance must be kept, avoid contact with the gorillas as you can spread diseases but also coming close may mean invading their space which the silverbacks or dominate males may not take lightly thus this could lead to charging- also avoid running away in case of charging by the gorillas.
Trekking Gorillas may take about 2 to 8 hours basing on their location and the weather. In the afternoon after the trek you could go for a village cultural walk in the neighboring communities, this will give you a chance to see and interact with the locals in these communities. By doing so you are also greatly and directly supporting the local community.
The village walk begins at your accommodation- visit the local Doctor as he performs his trade- visit the pygmies locally known as the Batwa, who originally lived in the rain forest before it was gazette in to a national park in 1991, they will show case songs, dances- different skills – fire making, hunting and storytelling-you will also visit a school run by community NGO thus by visiting the school you will be the supporting the these dis-advantaged kids.
You will get to see the local home steads and local people whereby you will see and learn more about their way of living. The cultural excursion will showcase art and craft, dance and culture as well as way of life if you have time you can learn a few skills yourself.
On the other hand, there are other options that you can opt for such as taking the trails, to see the magnificent waterfalls or you can choose to have a birding expedition in the forest.
Early morning breakfast at 7am as you begin the journey back to Kampala/ Entebbe, with a stopover forlunch at Igongo cultural Centre, you will also visit the museum as you discover more aboutBahima and Ankolelife styles. You will have a stopover at the Equator before you continue your journey to Kampala.
Use flights from Bwindi to back to Kampala to save you from the long drive
For visitors that would not travel for 9hours by road from Bwindi as they head back to Kampala or Entebbe; there is an available option for flying for only 2hours to the Entebbe International Airport from either Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrips. Please let us know about your choice of travel and all we do is to book your return flight from the home of Gorillas
- A Gorilla permit (Costs USD600per person)
- Transportation by a 4WD vehicle
- A Chimpanzee permit (Costs USD 150 per person)
- Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary
- Community walk in Bwindi
- Two Game drives
- Cultural visitat Igongo
- Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
- Park entry fees
- Driver guide (English speaking)
- Ranger guide fees
- Airport transfer on return (that is if you wish to)
- personal expenses like: laundry, telephone, drinks, cigars tips, etc. and other essentials like the Visas and International Flights.