The 7 days Uganda safari is a full week expedition, and it covers 3 destinations; Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
On this 7 days Uganda safari, you have a combination of primate and wildlife experiences; 2 primate adventures- chimpanzee tracking in Kibale and mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park, then big game safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 1: Journey to Kibale National Park from Kampala
Leave Entebbe or Kampala after a delicious African cup of tea/coffee, and your journey covers about 6 hours’ drive. Enroute, the districts to drive through include Mityana, Mubende, Kyenjojo and Fort Portal, then finally get to Kibale National Park.
Located in Western Uganda in Kabarole district, Kibale National Park is a 795sq.kms protected area largely comprised of a lush tropical forest. The park holds up to 13 species of primates and these include a total of 1500 chimpanzees, making it truly the primate capital of the world.
Day 2: Kibale chimpanzee tracking adventure
Set off from your lodge for briefing at Kanyanchu where you will meet the tourism team for Kibale National Park. Get to know the guidelines or rules to be followed during a guided chimpanzee tracking adventure. The park guides will be assigned to you today and actual tracking to see chimpanzees begins at exactly 8:00am, lasting for 2-4 hours. Once you have come across chimpanzee community, strictly, 1 hour will be left for you get up close and personal with chimpanzees.
Return from Kibale jungles, settle for a leisurely lunch at the lodge. After, drive or walk to Bigodi Wetland depending on the location of your lodge. Bigodi Swamp Sanctuary inhabits diversity of floral and faunal species, butterflies. A nature walk for 2 hours through Bigodi will reward you with incredible sightings of birds like the Great blue turacos, papyrus gonoleks, mammals especially primates like colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, red tailed, vervet, baboons and more.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park with Crater Lake viewing enroute
Enjoy your African cup of tea/coffee, after, exit the lush Kibale Forest for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 2-3 hours’ drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park will reward you with breathtaking views of the beautiful Crater Lakes in the region, Rwenzori Mountain ranges in the background and more.
Check in at a comfortable place of stay at Queen Elizabeth N. Park for long day relaxation or embark on an afternoon game drive/boat cruise.
Day 4: Day experiences – Game drive & Boat tour
Enjoy a hefty breakfast, after, leave your safari lodge for Kasenyi plains where a game drive will be done. The 2-3 hours’ game drive comes with uninterrupted view of diverse animal species including elephants, buffaloes, lions, antelopes, warthogs, waterbucks, and on a lucky day, leopards; diversity of birds.
After the game drive, lunch will be served at the lodge and followed by a boat cruise on Kazinga channel at 2:00pm. The long Kazinga channel boat cruise takes 2-3 hours and you will be spotting several of hippos, crocodiles, aquatic birds.
Day 5: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Wake up early to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and after, drive to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. At Ishasha, expect to watch the tree climbing lions and enjoy bush lunch before connecting to the lodge in or around Bwindi.
Day 6: Gorilla trekking experience.
A sumptuous breakfast early morning, after, meet the park official for briefing on gorilla trekking rules. Today is a wonderful day dedicated for you to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas right in the wild and tracking to see them begins at 8:00am, lasting for 2-6 hours.
The trek to see your gorilla family varies depending on your fitness level, location of gorillas and after photography, observing these large apes, walk back to the lodge.
Bwindi National Park is an impenetrable forest park lying in Kanungu district, Southwestern Uganda. It is a 331sq.kms park, a home to 120 mammals and these include 459 endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates, forest elephants; 360 bird species. 20 fully habituated gorilla groups are all open for tourism in the different regions in Bwindi – Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga and Buhoma, but strictly, one is visited by maximum of 8 visitors each day.
Day 7: Depart Bwindi Forest National Park, back to Kampala / Entebbe.
A hefty breakfast early morning and after, return to Kampala/Entebbe with a stopover expected to be made at Igongo cultural center or at the hotel in Mbarara for lunch or enjoy the packed lunch. Next stop at Equator crossing for photography, then finally to Kampala/Entebbe city.
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