chimps

Day 1

Our team will pick you up from Entebbe Airport, led by our expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. You’ll head west through the historical town of Fort portal, before settling at Ndali Lodge. The lodge has amazing 360º views of the ancient volcanic landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond; you can unwind at the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace.

Overnight stay: Ndali Lodge

Day 2

Kick off DAY-2 by tracking the exuberant chimp families in the Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. You will be in their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls.

AFTERNOON: explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. There is also the opportunity to visit local community projects that have been financed by tourism. In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge

Day 3

DESTINATION: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

The Chimpanzees around here are best viewed via the Kyambura Gorge; an extraordinary natural environment that forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. However, the chimp population is quite mobile here and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George Kazinga which is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and many other animals. The channel is also a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore; also a great spot to see the African fish eagle.

Over night:  Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Day 4

Your safari continues to the primeval Bwindi forest. Travelling via Ishasha, you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there maybe time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village.

Overnight:  Bwindi Lodge

Day 5

GORILLAS: After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills where we’ll encounter the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation.

NOTE: Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park:

For example you can take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.

You also have the chance to discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills within the forest.

Over night:   Bwindi Lodge

Day 6

After an early breakfast, we’ll set off for Kampala, on the long journey where you’ll enjoy the beauty of Uganda; the people, the Many hills and nature. You’ll have some Lunch enroute and arrive in Kampala late afternoon to your Hotel.

Overnight: MARPHIE HOTEL (Entebbe)

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