Kibale Forest has the highest number of primates in Africa - thirteen species in all, including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, baboons and a large number of chimpanzees. A forest walk and Habituation Experience provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing the vast number of chimps and other primates playing and jumping around through the forest. With over 300 bird species recorded in the forest, Kibale boasts of many rewarding experiences not thought of in some other forests of the world. An excursion to Bigodi and Magombe wetlands gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, chimps, baboons, monkeys and other primates which live around the swamp.
See abundant game in Queen Elizabeth park including buffalo, tree-climbing lion, leopard, warthog and the ever present hippo. Birds are everywhere on the kazinga water channel, in Kyambura and Maramagambo forests, on game tracks! The beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge is home not only to chimpanzees but also the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and many bird species. Around Ishasha go on the hunt for the famous tree-climbing lions which lounge nonchalantly on old fig trees.
Further south in Bwindi go gorilla tracking and see other primates, birds and butterflies before continuing to Mgahinga, which is part of the Virunga Conservation Area, for gorillas and breathtaking volcanoes. Have a gorillas trek again or climb a volcano, go birding, take in the breathtaking landscape or visit local Batwa animist communities.Â Return to Kampala via Lake Mburo, one of Uganda's most striking parks rich in birds, hippo, buffalo, zebra. Visitors are briefed on conservation by four different park officials/wardens. They stay in well- selected environmentally friendly Camps and lodges.
UGANDA ECO-TOUR: Game Drives, gorilla tracking, Chips, Birds, launch cruises and village walks. Murchison falls park, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park, Mount Mgahinga Park and Lake Mburo Park.
Day One: Arrival
Arrival at Entebbe international airport, meet with the driver guide for introduction and transfer to hotel. O/N: Pope Paul hotel or Africana hotel. (BB)
Day Two: Kampala – Murchison Falls Park
Take an early morning drive to Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Drive through Luwero, Nakasongola and branch off to Ziwa Rhino camp here you will track rhino in their habitats after over 30yrs extinction in Uganda. Their after proceed to Masindi, Lunch en route and later enter into Murchison falls park and check in at your lodge for an evening. O/N Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (FB).
Day Three: Murchison Falls Game Park
The day starts with an early entry into Murchison falls Game Park with a game drive north of the River Nile. Here you will possibly see different bird species, hartebeests, elephants, Cape buffaloes, Roth’s child giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas and probably lions. Break for lunch and return for and afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the spectacular falls as you view fauna in a closer range including hippos and Nile crocodiles. Climb to the top of the falls where you can see the Nile’s perfect gorgeousness, and sensation as it compresses and constrict for over a kilometre wide down through a 7-meter chasm. O/N Paraa Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (FB).
Day Four: Budongo Forest
Track chimpanzees in Budongo forest. Tracking can be challenging to the unfit but at the end of the day coming to a close range with these relatives of human gives you a non forgettable experience. You will also go for a forest walk viewing various species in the forest including other primates and birds. O/N Budongo Eco-Lodge (FB).
Day Five: Budongo Forest – Kibale forest park
Take along drive south to Kibale forest in fort portal via Hoima through local villages astonishing view of tea plantation sceneries en route to the ‘Mountains of the moon’ region. O/N Nyinabulitya country Resort or Chimpanzee View Guest House or CVK Resort (FB)
Day Six: Kibale forest and Bigodi
Track the closest brothers of human in kibale forest the highly populated in the region, Kibale is a tropical rain forest with other primates like bush babies, baboons, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkey, and several bird species together with trees including the Elephant beer tree, all can be spotted on a nature walk in the forest. Take a lunch break and head to Bigodi for a swamp walk on the trails by the local community. O/N Nyinabulitya country Resort or Chimpanzee View Guest House or CVK Resort (FB)
Day Seven: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth Park
Having taken breakfast, you depart for Queen Elizabeth Park, nourish on a tranquil lunch at Mweya and thereafter go for a game drive in the park searching animals. O/N Mweya safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp (FB).
Day Eight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set off early in morning for a game drive as you fabulous animals of the pearl, visit Katwe and buffaloes can never miss your sight here. Guinea fowls and other bird species, elephants, giraffes, and Kobs in their mating grounds can be viewed as there are chances seeing tree climbing lions on your rummage. After lunch take an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel as you view fauna at a closer range, hippos, other animals and several bird species will be seen as the get water to douse themselves. O/N Mweya safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp (FB).
Day Nine: Queen Elizabeth Park– Bwindi Forest Park
Leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting home of the tree-climbing lion – or drive through farmland to Buhoma. O/N: Buhoma Community Camps or Bwindi Engagi Lodge (FB).
Day Ten: Gorilla Tracking
Track gorillas after breakfast in the morning, this is the climax of the tour gorilla tracking can take 3 -9 hours on walking in the jungle before one returns to his/her accommodation, the jungle, precipitous landscape and rain may make the tour challenging but with a close encounter face-face with the largest primate of Africa is a remarkable experience you will ever have in life. O/N Buhoma community camps or Heritage Hotel Kisoro (FB).
Day Eleven: Village Walk
Go for the Buhoma Village Tourist Walk organized by the local community. Look at local projects including baskets, mats, and gourds. O/N: Buhoma Homestead or Bwindi Engagi Lodge (FB).
Day Twelve: Bwindi – – Leave for Kisoro, stopping at Kanaba Gap to view the spectacular Virunga volcanoes and stunning terraced hills. Visit the natural, beautiful-looking Lake Mutanda, surrounded by the volcanoes, take a walk on the shores or continue directly to Mgahinga. O/N: Travellers’ Rest Hotel(FB).
Day Thirteen: Batwa trail
You will go for a forest walk guided by Batwa guide to explore the caves and experience the way of life of the Batwa pygmies. An entertainment evening with Batwa dance and drama would be a good experience. O/N Nkuringo Community Camp (FB).
Day Fourteen: Mgahinga – Lake Mburo
After breakfast, leave for Lake Mburo Park, where you will go for a launch cruise on the lake and search for zebras, kobs, hippos and many bird species by the lake. In the evening take a night game drive on a safari vehicle wit spotlights searching for nocturnal like the leopard which you may have chances of seeing. O/N: Arcadia Mburo Cottages or Mburo safari lodge (FB).
Day Fifteen: Mburo Park – Kampala
Go for an early morning game drive and after return to Kampala via Masaka: look at royal drum makers, stop at the Equator for photo opportunities, and the roadside markets to enjoy some fruit and vegetables; lunch en route. Continue to Kampala arriving late afternoon, then transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.
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