7 Days Chimps, Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

From Kampala to Kibale is 358km and it is a 7hour drive.
Transfer very early from Kampala heading west through Mityana and proceed to Fort Portal where you will have en-rourte lunch. Catch an impression of the Toro Kingdom Palace, the Royal tombs the mosque, numerous shops and eating places then proceed to Kibale, only a few kilometers ahead. When you read the park, check in at Ndali Lodge or Primates Lodge. The National Park has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa incorporating chimps, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, baboons and Chimps. In the evening you will enjoy a primate walk to Kanyanchu River Camp, the most well known walk in the national park. It highlights a variety of flora and fauna within the forest. Come back to Ndali Lodge / Primates Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Tracking Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

After morning breakfast at the lodge, transfer to the park headquarters of Kibale Forest National Park for briefing and then embark on chimps tracking near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are different primates in the park like the golden monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Different creatures include forest elephants exceptional from the common type, forest hogs and a striking tree species. Later take a guided nature stroll to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a great site for bird watchers. The park hosts over 137 species of bird. There is also array of butterfly species. After this tracking, you will return back to lodge for dinner and overnight as on day one.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After morning breakfast the lodge, your will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The northern crater area with beautiful lakes and rich grasslands that are set profound in the crater valley, this is really the most stunning view in the national park. The Queen Elizabeth National Park covers an area of 1978 square kilometers in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, it also found in approximately 418km from Kampala the Uganda’s Capital City and takes over 6 hours drive. The National Park host a variety of wildlife incorporating elephants, lions, hippos, buffaloes, baboons and birds all typical riverine savannah habitats and the famous Kazinga Channel. In the southern parts is the Ishasha sector with the tree climbing lions and the Maramagambo forest, it is one of the biggest surviving natural forest in the country.

Day 4: Launch Cruise in Kazinga Channel

Start with a game drive in the Kasenyi plains that will provide an excellent opportunity to see different animals like, black and white Colobus, bush buck, waterbuck, and buffaloes, variety of bird species like Cassin’s ash flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee eater along the banks of Lake Edward. This can take you 2-3 hours. In the evening, enjoy a launch cruise on Kazinga channel along Lake George and Lake Edward, where you will get the golden opportunity to come eye-eye with herd hippos, crocodiles, and many other animals. Watch birds for birders with over 550 occupant species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, shoebill stock. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as on day three.

Day 5: Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi Forest

After breakfast and some instructions from your guide, enjoy a game drive in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park called the Ishasha sector truly prominent for tree climbing lions usually spotted on fig tress lying in wait for their prey. From there connect to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Welcome to Bwindi Forest where mountain gorillas are the main tourist attraction, a distinct feature for Uganda tourism. Bwindi Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla Park along side Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are habitats to the only endangered mountain gorillas left in the whole world. You will have you dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp / Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Bandas.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park

Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park

Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park

Have early morning breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with your packed lunch for vital instructions before entering the forest gorilla trekking. You get to spend a maximum of one hour with the gorillas after having trekked for something like 5-8 hours. In case you still feel strong you, in the evening you will go for nature walk to the local Batwa community, curio shops, children’ school among others. If you are nature lover, you can go for another option being Munyanja River Trail, where you can look at different species of bird and butterflies. Return to Gorilla Forest Camp / Gorilla Resort / Buhoma group Bandas / Buhoma Homestead for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Transfer back to Kampala

In the morning after your breakfast, you will leave Bwindi Forest and transfer back to Kampala with en-route stop for photography and lunch arriving Kampala at late afternoon, and you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.

End of Safari