On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and then transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport
Arrival at airport and meet our representative for a hearty welcome and then transfer you for your overnight stay at Grand Imperial Hotel.
After breakfast, head out by road to Kibale Forest National Park. The Park boasts the greatest primate variety and density in East Africa (13 species of primates) including families of habituated Chimpanzees. Have lunch in Fort portal town where after go for an afternoon trek in the forest for the chimpanzees and return late in the evening.
This morning we will have another guided walk, this time through the famous Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a Rural and Environmental Organisation, formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for the local communities. While on your walk around the swamp, You can not miss to sight the bird life of this area. There are estimated 137 bird species found here, including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Emerald Cuckoo and a variety of weavers, warblers, greenbuls and sunbirds. There is also an abundance of butterflies, and rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. We then depart Kibale by road for the Mweya Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park, dominated on its northern border by the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains — the famous ‘Mountains of the Moon.’ The varied ecosystems of this park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve for Humanity, support a wide variety of species including elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard.
After breakfast go for an early morning game drive in the open savannah covered by acacia trees of the park. Expect to see; lion, Hippos, Spotted Hyena, Buffalo and Elephants. Return for your lunch and thereafter continue for your afternoon cruise up the Kazinga Channel. Kazinga Channel is a narrow band of water connecting two lakes; Edward and George. This is one of the most memorable experiences of the visit to Uganda, offering an opportunity to cruise amid members of Africa’s largest hippo population. In addition to these giant semi-aquatic mammals, the launch affords unique opportunities to view other mammals and birds as they come to the water’s edge to quench their thirst. Birding is excellent, and we expect to see species ranging in size from the tiny, brilliant Malachite Kingfisher to the giant Goliath Heron.
Have Breakfast before the drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You may opt for a picnic lunch or continue to Savannah Hotel for your lunch immediately after your drive in search of the tree climbing lions. There after, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the high, forested hills and through deep-farmed valleys arriving later in the evening in time for dinner.
Early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary for your gorilla trek. Bwindi is a World Heritage site and a home to over half of the worlds’ last surviving mountain gorillas. The trek can take from one to six hours, sometimes more, at elevations in excess of 2270 m (7,500 ft). Although the hike can be PHYSICALLY DEMANDING, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is invigorating, and the beauty of the forest and its inhabitants is fascinating. Return in the late afternoon and you may go for a village walk to have a closer experience with the Batwa forest inhabiting people.
After breakfast depart for Kampala, having lunch en route.