10 DAYS GORILLA WILDLIFE AND CULTURE SAFARI
Bwindi is one of the richest forests in east Africa with 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 320 species of trees and also 120 species of mammals including 10 species of primates.
This park is located in the Southern Western part of Uganda in the districts of Kamwenge and Kabarole which are in a continuous stretch of Queen Elizabeth National Park conservation area. Initially it used to be a hunting area for the Tooro King until it was decided to be named a national park in the year 1993 after realising what potential it had to save the primates that call it home. Besides being home to the 13 primate species recorded, it also has crater lakes and has 2 rivers that pas through it that is River Mpanga and Dura. It is about 320 kilometres from the city of Kampala and takes about 4-5 hours on the road.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
There is a reason why Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most visited game park. The never ending savannas, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands have drawn a wide range of wildlife to dwell in this place. In return, the classic big game, 10 primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 bird species attract many tourists to this national heritage. Queen Elizabeth National park is also the home of the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha. The resident lions have taken to a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia trees.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located about 580 kilometers from the capital city of Uganda Kampala via Kabale town and one of the most unique and important forests in Africa. Bwindi has always been a refuge where forest species could survive when the forest elsewhere have died. It is also one of the richest forests in east Africa with 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 320 species of trees and also 120 species of mammals including 10 species of primates and the only park on the continent where the two apes co-exist that is the Chimpanzees and Gorillas.
Lake Mburo National Park
This national park is the smallest park in Uganda. It is the nearest park from the capital city which is just 4 hours’ drive at about 285 kilometers on Kampala –Masaka-Mbarara road. This 370 square kilometers land is home to a rare antelope called Impala which is only found in this park in Uganda besides that there are slender mongoose, bush rats, duikers and buffaloes that can also be found in the park.
Lake Mburo National park has a beautiful land scape with grassy hills, an idyllic lake shore, forest galleries of which most of the trees are acacia savanna. The place also has seasonal and permanent swamps which are home to about 310 bird species that have been recorded and 65 mammal species that dwell in these grasslands.
You will be met on arrival by your driver / guide who will warmly receive and welcome you and will transfer you to your accommodation.
Today you will spend the morning 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. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls. In the 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.
Your driver/guide will pick you up and drive you to Fort Portal the land of the craters. En route, you will see beautiful green landscapes and tea plantations. You will have lunch in Fort Portal town with views of the famous Rwenzori Mountains. Fort Portal is Uganda’s most clean town and home to the country’s youngest king.
Today, your driver/guide will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda’s second largest national park. You will enjoy journey as you pass through scenic crater lakes. In the afternoon, you will have a game drive for your first introduction to the hidden gems in the park.
After an early morning cup of tea, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 135km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive to catch up with a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s Mile in the park. In sight you have possibilities of encountering gigantic elephants, lions, buffalos, warthogs and antelopes. return to the lodge for lunch, after which you enjoy the two hours launch cruise on Kazinga Channel and have an amazing variety of birds and wildlife that majorly include; hippos, crocodiles and the wild game drinking on the channel side like elephants, water backs, buffaloes just to mention but a few. From the boat, do another game drive along the channel track in search of more game as head back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Today, your driver/guide will take you to Bwindi National Park –The home of the endangered mountain Gorillas. En route, you may have a game drive via the Ishasha area which is popular for the tree climbing lions or visit community projects and learn how the neighboring communities leave alongside the park.
After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. After an hours encounter with these gentle giants, you will graduate and join the rest of the tourists who describe this as the greatest highlight of an adventure in Uganda. Guests are always given a certificate of encountering the Gentle Giants.
You will transfer to Lake Mburo National park. It’s the only national park in Uganda where you can have a safari on foot. There has been an addition of tallest savanna animal (the giraffe) added to its endemic impalas. You will have a game drive as you enter the park.
After breakfast, you will depart for the Capital City to immerse yourself in the traditions of the Kings of the Buganda tribe at the Kasubi Tombs, visit the Namirembe Cathedral and explore the African Craft Village for the most authentic crafts and arts. You will enjoy a local cuisine and visit the museum where you will learn the history of Uganda. Later in the evening, you will have an opportunity to visit the Ndere center for a first introduction to the most popular cultural dances in the pearl of Africa. (Note that the Ndere center cultural performances is an optional activity excluded from the price. It takes place on Wednesday, Friday & Sunday).
After a relaxed breakfast, you may choose to explore the City one more time to shop for Souvenir and visit more sites. You will in time be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight back home. Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa.
The price for the trip
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