9  DAYS
9 Days Western Uganda Game Parks and Gorillas
OVERVIEW

Explore Uganda's finest attractions and visit Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The most unforgettable and unique experience you will have during this tour is the extraordinary and exhilarating trek to see the globally endangered mountain gorillas, some of the only population of their kind that are left in the world.

DURATION: 9 DAYS

PLACES TO VISIT: Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi

ITINERARY
Day 1  Transfer Entebbe – Kampala

Meet and greet at Entebbe airport – Time to be advised. Transfer to Kampala – 1 hr

Meal: B
Accommodation: Forest Cottages / Golf Course Hotel / Kampala Serena Hotel

Day 2  Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, drive south via Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and
farms. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon.


Afternoon visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to search for smaller mammals and primates. Look out for the
rare red colobus monkey and the sitatunga. The guided 4.5km circular trail through the swamp is also one of
the best guided bird trails in East Africa as well as offering a realistic opportunity to see up to six different
primate species in a space of a few hours.

 

Meals: L, D
Accommodation: Chimp Nest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp / Primate Lodge

Day 3  Kibale Forest

All day search of chimpanzees and 10 other primate including l' hoestes, red colobus, blues, red tailed and
gray - cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the
forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent
for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Chimp Nest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp / Primate Lodge

Day 4  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the
journey.


A game drive en route may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of
antelope species.


In the afternoon, enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip
passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the
water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game
viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 5  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Two game drives today. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest,
rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this
park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant
forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. These two game
drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are a memorable method of discovering a vast array of Ugandan
wildlife

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 6  Bwindi National Park

Drive through the "Switzerland of Africa" area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and
winding roads to Bwindi.

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Mahogany Springs / Buhoma Lodge

Day 7  Bwindi, Gorilla Tracking

Early morning entry into Gorilla sanctuary. This rainforest is spectacular.


It offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal
trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals recorded include the endangered mountain gorilla, rare golden
monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest log and others. This park is
best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain varies according to the movements of
this marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome
and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is unforgettable experience to watch
and photograph them as they interact.

 

Meals: B, L, D
Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Mahogany Springs / Buhoma Lodge

Day 8  Bwindi – Entebbe

After breakfast, drive back to Entebbe via Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where
you will able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations.
There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs. You arrive Entebbe in the early evening.

Meals: B, L
Accommodation: Airport Guesthouse / The Boma Hotel / Laico Lake Victoria Hotel

Day 9  Transfer

After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe airport for your onward flight.

Meal: B
Accommodation: None

MAP

  1.  Entebbe – Kampala
  2.  Kibale Forest
  3. Kibale Forest
  4. Queen Elizabeth National Park
  5. Queen Elizabeth National Park
  6. Bwindi National Park
  7. Bwindi National Park
  8. Bwindi National Parki – Entebbe
  9. Entebbe

Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • Gorilla Permit
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

Exclusions

  • Drinking water on all days
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Items of a personal nature

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