Day 1: Transfer to Kibale national park for a primate safari

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel early in the morning after breakfast and set off to Kibale National park. You will pass via the Lake Albert escarpments as you enjoy the good views of the lake. You will stopover in Hoima for your lunch and after proceed driving towards the park and you will also pass through the traditional villages and you enjoy the vegetation cover here which is ever green as you approach fort portal and enjoy the foot hills of the Rwenzori mountains and then continue to Kibale National Park you have a good time and also take some photos.

KIBALE forest is 1100m -1600m above sea level and contains both montane and lowland forests with 13 primate species including the chimpanzees and monkeys including the red colobus monkeys as well as the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys. The park was gazetted in 1932 and established in 1993 to protect the then increasing number of animals and vegetation.

The other species of animal species found in the park include; 250 tree species, 325 bird species, 13 primate species, 60 mammal species, and 14 wild fields. When we arrival at the park, you will visit the scenic crater lakes region and get chance to check out the terraced tea states. Later on, we shall go back to the lodge to relax for the evening and wait for dinner.

Accommodation Options Luxury: Ndali Lodge Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest Budget: Kibale Forest camp

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking safari and Bigodi wetland visit

Early in the morning after taking breakfast, you will go to the park offices to be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. By 8:00am, you will be starting your search for the chimpanzees within the park. These primates are the closest relatives to the human being and they share 98% of their DNA with that of the human beings.

There are also many other primate species which will be seen along with the chimpanzees and these include; the L’Hoest’s monkeys, golden monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, red tailed monkeys, the bush babies, and many bird species which include; green breasted pitta, rumped tinker bird, yellow spotted nectar, and the green breasted pitta, this park is one of the great rain forest in Africa and it has the largest community of chimpanzees where by each community has 1 -100 individuals and each community has a complicated social structure.

In the group, the adult males dominate the group and provide protection to the territory against the rest of the males from other territories. The chimps are located by simply listening for their pant hooting calls, and then head to the place from which they replied from. Here you can observe them as they feed, play as well as socializing with each other.

Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bigodi swamp which is also good for watching primates and birds. It’s mainly maintained by the local people and they earn a living from there. You will enjoy many bird species here including; the great blue turuco, and many more, the other primate species to view here include; the baboons, mongoose, otters, bush pigs as well as the bush bucks.

Accommodation Options Luxury: Ndali Lodge Mid-range: Chimpanzee Forest Guest Budget: Kibale Forest camp

Day 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early in the morning after your breakfast, you might opt for a nature walk in Kibale forest or decide to drive directly to Queen Elizabeth National park. The drive takes 3 hours and you will pass through fort portal and arrive at the park in the lunch hours, on your arrival, check at the lodge and enjoy your lunch as you prepare to enjoy a game drive with in the park, you will view many animal species including the birds, elephants, lions, buffalos, kobs, antelopes and many more. The park covers an area range of 767sq. miles and it’s a home to many bird species as well as crater lakes. After the game drive, return to your lodge for an overnight and dinner.

Accommodation Options Luxury: Mweya safari lodge

 Mid-range: Kyambura Gorge

Budget: Bush Lodge

Day 4: Morning game drive and a boat cruise

We shall wake so early in the morning, proceed to the park to engage in an early morning game drive to view the early morning risers in Kasenyi track, get chance to view many animals including; lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes, kobs, antelopes, etc. these animals can be view at a closer range. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch as you prepare to enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel, were your eyes will be fed with variety of water animals and birds which include; the crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, pink backed pelicans, saddle billed stork, the malachite kingfishers. After, return to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kyambura game lodge.

 Budget: Bush Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi for a gorilla safari

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive to towards the south of the park through the great shinning Savannah vegetation and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national Park via the Ishasha sector which is famous home for the tree climbing lions. On your arrival at the park, check in at the lodge, enjoy lunch and after proceed for a late evening game drive within the park, get chance to view many animal species including; the antelopes, water buck, warthogs, elephants and many birds.

Accommodation options Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge

Mid-range: Kyambura game lodge

Budget: Bush Lodge

Day 6: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest

You will have an early morning breakfast, and after proceed to the park information centre to have a briefing about the DOS and DON’TS of gorilla trekking in Bwindi. The rangers will then accompany you to the rainforest to start your search for the gentle giants. This walk can sometimes be tough and it needs someone who is strong.

Trekkers are always advised to carry their rain coats and boots because the weather there is always unpredictable. There are also some potters who always help with the carrying of the luggage on behalf of the visitors but at a small cost. On sighting the gorillas, the rangers will guide you on handle them, especially by giving them a 6-meter distance as you enjoy them play around. It’s always not easy to predict how long gorilla tracking will take and this also depends on the location of some families since some of them are far from the park information centre. However, it always takes 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will always be there to guide you. Trackers are also advisable to be physically fit before going for tracking. After your trek, return to the lodge for your lunch and in the afternoon, you may opt to visit the Batwa community to enjoy some cultural performances before retiring at your lodge.

Accommodation options Luxury: Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range: Silverback Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Camp ground

Day 7: Departure

Breakfast in the morning and after start your journey back to Kampala, you will have a stopover at the equator for some photos and lunch at Igongo cultural centre.