6 DAYS KIBALE, QUEEN ELIZABETH, AND BWINDI SAFARI
You will have a chance to visit 3 of the most outstanding Uganda National Parks that is Kibale National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable NP and Queen Elizabeth National Park. This makes it a combination of Gorilla, Chimpanzee and at the same time a Wildlife safari, with in these few 5 days.
Safari high lights
- Transfer to kibale national park
- Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to QENP
- Game drive and boat cruise
- Gorilla tracking and community walk
Day 1: Kampala-Kibale National Park
Leave Kampala or Entebbe after breakfast for the fascinating drive through the country side as you will drive past road side markets, schools 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 an afternoon guided walk in Bigodi swamps, 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, Vervet monkey, L’Hoest monkey, Black and white Colobus, Red tailed monkey and Mangabey etc. other animals such as the Antelopes, Bush pigs, Baboons are a common sitting. A stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the stunning hills covered with tea plantations is worth looking out for.
Luxury: Primate Lodge, Papaya lake side lodge,
Mid-range: chimpanzee corteges, Isunga lodge, mountains of the moon
Budget: kibale forest camp, chimpanzee guest house, Rwenzori view guest house
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale-Queen Elizabeth
Breakfast and transfer to Kibale forest at Kanyanku visitor center for briefing before setting off for chimpanzee trekking. The forest walk will be guided to provide information not only on chimpanzees and primates but also on the entire park and surrounding communities making it interesting. During the trekking you will see other primates like black and white monkeys, baboons, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed. After chimp trekking drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening and check-in to your accommodation before having dinner.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth / boat cruise
Begin your day with an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile tracks where visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs and a variety of birds. Thereafter 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 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: Mweya safari lodge, Elephant plains lodge, Katara safari lodge, Mazike safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari lodge, Twin lakes lodge,
Budget: Bush lodge, simba safari camp, Twin lakes lodge
Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Begin the day with breakfast, drive through the Ishasha Sector; this takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment; in search of tree climbing lions. 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
Day 5: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking /community walk
Have an early breakfast 6:30am, then proceed to the park headquarters by 7.30am for a briefing from the Park Wardens. Ensure to carry along rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, and ankle high jungle boots.
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.
Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.
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.
The tracking may take between 2 and 8 hours but its well worth the effort. The afternoon is spent on a village cultural walk which gives you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest live. It also is a great way to support the local community in a direct way.
The 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, local people see and learn their ways. 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.
You will see several souvenir shops, schools, churches and drinking joints. Other options includes taking the trails, to see the stunning waterfalls or you can choose to have a birding expedition in the forest addition to various primates.
Day 6: Bwindi-Kampala/Entebbe
Early morning breakfast at 7am as you begin the journey back to Kampala/ Entebbe, with a lunch stopover at Igongo cultural Centre to explore the life style of the Ankole and Bahima, You will have a stopover at the Equator before you continue your journey to Kampala.
For visitors that cannot hold 9 hours’ drive from Bwindi back to Kampala or Entebbe, we have a flying option for only 2 hours you will be at Entebbe International Airport. We can fly you from either Kisoro airstrip or Kihihi Airstrip to Entebbe. Let us know your choice option and we will book your return flight from the Gorilla land
Transportation by a 4 x 4 station wagon.
One Gorilla permit per person
One Chimpanzee permit in Kibale
Community walks Bwindi
Accommodation and meals as per the Itinerary
Two game drives
Igongo cultural visit
Two-hour boat trip along Kazinga channel.
Airport transfers on return if you wish to.
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, cigars, etc.