Start off early from Kampala heading to Bwindi impenetrable national park. We head south west of Kampala; stop in Masaka to see the equator and in Mbarara for lunch. Continue to Bwindi forest, home to Approximately 480 mountain gorillas/half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany springs lodge/ Bwindi forest lodge/ Buhoma lodge/Bwindi community camp.
Get up early, take breakfast and head to the park headquarters for a briefing about the gorillas. Head for the thick jungles of Bwindi as you trek searching for the gorillas. This can take you half a day or more spend an hour with the gorillas. In the evening you can take a village walk around Buhoma and find out about the Batwa pygmy natives, also shop from available curio shops. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (day 1).
Have morning breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (5 hrs) via the Ishasha route. On your way, you will see the tree-climbing lions alongside Uganda Kobs, buffalos. Finally when you enter the park begin with a game drive to Mweya Peninsular. Proceed to the crater lakes region. Here there are several saline crater lakes. Check out how the locals mine salt. Overnight in Mweya safari lodge/Katara lodge/Enganzi lodge/ Park view lodge.
After breakfast go for an early game drive to Kasenyi plains where you will spot black and white colobus, bushbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes and many bird species. Head back to lodge for lunch then in the evening go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along lake George-lake Edward, come eye-eye with yawning hippos, crocodiles and over 611 bird species. Return to Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
This morning take your breakfast then head straight for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at exactly 8:00 am. Did you know we have a lot in common? So spend some time with them to learn more. There are more diverse primates also mainly Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge has many bird species. You will then transfer back to the lodge for lunch lodge and then depart for Kibale forest national park. Dinner and overnight stay at Primates Lodge/ Crater safari lodge/ Kibale forest camp.
Kibale forest national park
Wake up early, take breakfast and transfer to the national park headquarters at Kanyanchu for a briefing before the start of the trek. This can take you half a day. While trekking the chimpanzees, you will also encounter other animals such as the blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, blues and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs, and an impressive tree species. Later take a nature guided walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. The Great Blue Turaco can easily be spotted among the other bird 137 species. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (day 5).
Here you will wake up very early, take breakfast and check out of the lodge for Murchison falls national park which will take you roughly 7-8 hours drive. You will have a stopover at Zziwa rhino sanctuary home to the orphaned Rhinos in Nakasongora via luwero triangle with spectacular views of Lake Albert and Rwenzori mountains having lunch en-route. You will then drive straight away to the Top of the falls, quite a sight to appreciate the beauty of the River Nile and the falls. Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari lodge/ Red chili camp/ Nile safari camp.
Early morning go for a game drive in the Northern Nile delta circuit and check out for wildlife browsing in the open savannah grasslands such animals include leopards along the leopard track, Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The high supply of Kobs called for unavoidable pride of lions to the delta too.
The delta also attracts birders with specials like the Abyssinian ground hornbill, shoebill (herons, waders, and egrets around small pools of water) Senegal thick-knee and Denham’s bustard. What’s not there? In the evening head out for a launch trip on the famous Nile River and value God’s creation of the Murchison Falls, the largest crocs, Hippos, and elephants playing in the water. After such a lovely encounter retires to your lodge at Sambiya Lodge/ Red Chili camp/ Nile Safari camp.
After having a good breakfast, let’s head for a little close tour with our next of kin in the animal kingdom- the chimpanzees in Budongo forest. The forest harbors the biggest chimp population in Uganda -800 of them! So much we have in common with these creatures. Also, you get to see other allied relatives like the black and white colobus, vervet monkey, potto and blue monkey. Afterward, take your lunch and drive straight to Kampala.
Drive back to Kampala after breakfast.
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