8 DAYS: THREE OF UGANDA’S BEST NATIONAL PARKS
This short tour of three National Parks will give you the best opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife, including all the big game animals, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Your driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight and take you directly to your hotel in Entebbe or the capital, Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore sites in and around Entebbe or Kampala. You will also be able to change the cash you have brought into Uganda Shillings (UGX).
Day 2: Entebbe/Kampala to Fort Portal/Kibale Forest
Today you will drive to Fort Portal in western Uganda. The route is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. The last hour of the journey will take you through parts of the forest. You will stay just outside the town of Fort Portal or one of the lodges in or near Kibale Forest. You can spend the late afternoon relaxing at the lodge.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest
Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees in the wild. Kibale Forest is the perfect place to spot them!
An experienced forest ranger guide will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. You will also see other monkey species that live in this tropical forest. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are still wild animals, we can never guarantee that you will see them so you might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
Alternatively, you can go on a guided walk around Bigodi Swamp, a community project, where you will see various species of monkeys and a rich variety of birds.
Day 4: Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning, you can relax at your lodge or make an optional crater lake hike or visit a nearby tea plantation where you will be able to assist the tea pickers and learn about how leaves are selected for the highest quality. (These are extra, optional activities not included in the cost of the package.) You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This park has prolific game, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in the Park and at the entrance to the Park. Keep your eyes peeled for a leopard.
In the late afternoon, you will go for a game drive in the Park. There is a choice of accommodation, some overlooking the spectacular Kazinga Channel, where you can see wildlife from the verandah and fall asleep to the sounds of wild animals. This truly is Africa!
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive and Boat Safari
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise, you will have a hot drink before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Warthog and other animals.
A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning. In the afternoon, you will go on the two hour boat trip along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. The spectacular bird life will amaze you, as well as the opportunity to get close to hippos, buffalo, elephants and other animals.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha to Bwindi Forest National Park
Today you drive south through the Queen Elizabeth Park to the Ishasha sector close to the border with the Congo (DRC) where we will look for lions which are renowned in this area for resting during the day up in trees! You will then continue further south to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, driving through a beautiful part of the country. You will pass tea plantations, bamboo forest and cultivation, and have great views. Tomorrow, you will go gorilla tracking so it is best to get a good night's sleep.
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park
Today is the big day - prepare for an encounter with some of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorillas. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the only forest in Africa where there are both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, although it is rare to see chimpanzees. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The trek will last between 3 and 8 hours and can be quite tough. For more information, click on: ADVICE FOR GORILLA TREKKING.
Day 8: Bwindi Forest back to Kampala/Entebbe
After an early breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport), stopping at the equator for the required snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Accommodation for tonight is not
included in the package. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is after midnight. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
This is a sample itinerary. We can adjust the route, activities and type of accommodation according to your requirements and budget. Where there is a choice of accommodation available, you can decide whether you want to stay in luxury, mid-range or budget lodges, hotels, superior camping or guest houses. Click on: HOW TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY.