This 7-day safari will take you to Kibale National Park to see chimps and various species of monkeys and to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel renowned for their diversity of wildlife, birdlife, and picturesque geographical features. You will also see the amazing mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This will be a marvelous experience at the equator where you can sightsee many water birds, primates, wildlife, and enjoy cultural exposures.
You will be accommodated at Anderita Beach Hotel on your arrival and you will stay at several lodges or campsites during your safari. In Kibale National Park, you can choose to stay at Ruwenzori Travellers Inn, Kibale Forest Camp, or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.
In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can stay at Kazinga Channel View Resort, Simba Safari Camp, or Bush Lodge. Then in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will have the options to stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Travellers Rest Hotel, Gorilla Valley Lodge. In Lake Bunyonyi, you will stay at Bushara Island Camp.
You will be met at the airport by a safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you. The dinner and overnight stay will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.
You will depart Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4 - 5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful crater lakes region for a spectacular view. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your reserved lodge.
After breakfast, you will report at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 for a briefing on the rules before tracking the chimpanzees. Kibale National Park has the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee known to be a delightful ape.
The trek takes 2 - 3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, a variety of butterflies, and other insects.
You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at your lodge. Later, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range.
After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive where you will see the lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck among others.
You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42 kilometers channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George.
The boat trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful, with well over 550 resident species. The dinner and overnight stay will be spent at your reserved lodge.
You will set off early (about 06:30) for a morning game drive, an awesome experience to spot the animals in natural habitats. Expect to see the famous Big Five and elephants, buffalos, lions, bushbucks, kobs, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, antelopes, and waterbucks as well as birds. You will return for breakfast and relax till lunch. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla tracking rules at 07:45. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1 - 8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists.
You will have one hour to stay with the gorillas once sited and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. The drive will be through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’ because of its unique cool weather despite being near the Equator.
Lake Bunyonyi is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa (900 meters deep) and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharziasis free. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge.
Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge.
You will choose either to go for a canoe ride, swim on the lake, or hike to the view point on the hills to see the exceedingly beautiful scenery of this part of the country. In the mid-morning hours, you will start the return journey to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon.
Depending on your flight schedule, you will either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for your dinner and overnight stay.
Kibale National Park hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, gray checked mangabeys, and vervet monkey, as well as many other animals.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. A favorite way to view the game is by launch trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward.
While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates.
The primates include chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics - species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
You will be served daily meals which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner as stated in the itinerary.