Enjoy a 12-day wildlife safari as you explore the countryside. It is covered with natural beauty and home to more than half of the remaining rare Mountain Gorillas, as well as other primate species. You will see various bird species as well. This safari will give you an opportunity to get close to the Big Five Game, have a boat cruise and experience an encounter with the rare gorillas and other primates.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Boma Hotel or guesthouse. In the morning, enjoy a walk at the Mabamba swamp. As one of the best birding destinations, you will see various bird species including the rare Shoebill Stork. After lunch at the Boma Hotel, we will travel to Kampala. After check-in at a hotel, we visit the Ndere troupe for an interesting cultural entertainment. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
After breakfast, we travel from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park. Along the way, we pass through the famous Luwero Triangle where people lost their lives during the famous liberation war. We will also stop at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the only home to the rhinos in the wild in Uganda. After a thrilling rhino tracking tour, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Upon arrival at the national park, we will have a late dinner and stay overnight at a lodge.
In the morning, we will travel to the Kibale Forest National Park, home to the chimpanzees. It is the only place in the country where you will be guaranteed to see chimps in the wild. The park also has the highest concentration of primates than any other park in the world. We will have lunch on the road as we drive throughout the day. Spend overnight at Ndali Lodge, Primates Lodge Kibale or the Kibale Forest Camp.
After breakfast, we travel to the Kanyanchu Tourist Center for a briefing before tracking the chimpanzees. You may also see some of the 13 species of primates including the rare L’Hoest, Red Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, Black-Faced Vervet Monkey, Grey Mangabey, pottos, baboons and also bush babies. The forest trails are also great scouting sites for botanists, butterfly lovers and birders. There are about 335 bird species recorded, including the endemic Prirogrine’s Ground Thrush. Some of the animals to look for include the Forest Elephant, Giant Forest Hog, buffalo and antelope species. Enjoy local cuisine at Tinka’s home, who will teach you how food preparation is done. This will give you an example of the African culture. In the afternoon, enjoy a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland where there are a variety of birds and monkey species. We will return for dinner and overnight at our lodge.
In the morning, we travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park by the Northern Crater area. You will have breathtaking scenery in the park with beautiful lakes and grasslands in the crater valley. This national park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park in the world. Look for some of the more than 100 species such as buffaloes, hippos, leopards, lions, Spotted Hyenas and the Giant Forest Hog. There are over 606 bird species including the Black-Rumped Buttonquail, the Martial Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and African Skimmer. Primates include chimps, Black-Faced Red Colobus, Red-Tailed Monkey, Black and White Colobus Monkey and Olive Baboon. We will check into the Mweya Safari Lodge and have a game drive through the park.
An early morning game drive will allow you to see early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will see elephants, grazing hippos, lions, Spotted Hyenas, bushbucks, leopard, waterbucks, Stripped Jackals and of course, the warthogs and kobs. After lunch, we will have a two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. It offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. We will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
The next day, enjoy two game drives as we look for tree-climbing lions in the southern part of the park. You will see elephants, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes and birds. The evening game drive will aim to see the unique lions before dinner and overnight at a wilderness camp or lodge.
After breakfast, we will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to meet with the walking safari guide. There are two routes that can be followed, although both meet in the forest to become one before reaching Nkuringo. The trails are known as the Ivy River and Kashasha River Routes. Your guide will point out and talk about the various bird species seen. We will have dinner and overnight at a lodge or rest camp.
In the morning, you will receive a briefing before your search for the rare gorillas with your expert safari guide. Depending on the movement of the gorillas, the tour will last between two to nine hours. You may be walking along steep hilly tracks and other tough terrain. Enjoy a cultural tour in the afternoon by visiting a local village. We will return to our accommodations for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, enjoy a drive to Lake Mburo National Park to seek out the zebra, Impala, Eland, Papyrus Bush Shrike and the African Finfoot. Enjoy beautiful scenery as we travel through hills and valleys in the area known as the Switzerland of Africa. We will arrive at our lodge for dinner and overnight.
An early morning game drive will start your day as we search for more chances to see zebras, Impalas, Elands and many more. After breakfast, we return to Kampala with a stop at the equator for photographs and lunch. Upon our arrival at Kampala, you will be taken to Entebbe International Airport for your international flight.