9 Days Gorilla, Chimp, QENP & Lake Mburo
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ENTEBBE
You will be picked by our driver/guide and take you to the booked Guesthouse, hotel or Campsite for overnight. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on day 2.
DAY 2: TO KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After early morning after breakfast you will leave for Kibale. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.
DAY 3: CHIMP WALK & SWAMP WALK
At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp (community based project)
DAY 4: TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort portal we reach at around midday Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge/Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. On the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see many animals from the waterside.
DAY 5: TO KISORO
Early is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. After we will proceed to Kabale for lunch. From here the bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. Down is Kisoro where we will stay in the famous Travellers Rest Hotel. Just outside Kisoro, this unique hotel offers a cozy stay for the tourists, who come to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travellers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people. Fossey said about the hotel: ,,It was my second home.”
DAY 6: GORILLA TRACKING
The day is for Gorilla tracking, From Travellers Rest in Kisoro it is 1 hour by car to Nshongi/Nkuringo group in South Bwindi. At 7:45 A:M you will be at the staring point of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for pre-briefing and at 8:30 you will start the trek, after finding the Gorillas you will spend with maximum 1 hour. All visitors are expected back to the starting point by 7:00 P:M. The walks can take 3-9 hours depending on where you find the Gorillas. It is a real hiking and being physically fit is recommend
DAY 7: TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Early morning departure to Lake Mburo. This is a small but nice park, the only park in Western Uganda with impalas and zebras. We will make a late afternoon game-drive.
DAY 8: TO ENTEBBE
Early morning we will make a game drive/walk. After a late breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. We will stop in Mbarara for Lunch and then continue, after Masaka town we will stop at the Equator for Tea/Coffee break and buying souvenirs. We will bring back you back to a booked Guesthouse, hotel, or Campsite for overnight.
DAY 9: OPTIONAL FOR THOSE DEPARTING IN THE EVENING
Optional – Kampala City tour. There are also other activities in Entebbe like visiting the Ngamba Island for the orphaned chimps, and it can be combined with Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (the former Zoo) There is also Botanical Gardens.