A Journey for All
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer from Airport to Kampala
As you arrive in Uganda, your adventure begins with a warm welcome at the airport. Our experienced guide will greet you and ensure a comfortable transfer to your accommodation in Kampala. Take this time to relax and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
Settle into your lodge, where you’ll spend the night. The lodge offers a serene and cozy environment, providing a perfect haven after your journey. Later, you’ll receive a briefing about the itinerary, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the exciting experiences that lie ahead.
Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park Adventure
After a refreshing night’s sleep, start your day with a delicious breakfast at the lodge, followed by a comprehensive briefing about the day’s activities. Today, you’ll embark on a journey to Kibale Forest National Park, a haven for primates and lush biodiversity.
Enjoy a scenic drive as you make your way to the park, soaking in the stunning landscapes along the way. Upon arrival, indulge in a delightful lunch, refuelling for the adventures ahead.
After lunch, take some time to relax at the lodge, surrounded by the tranquillity of the forest. Immerse yourself in nature’s embrace, listen to the sounds of the wilderness, and appreciate the beauty of Uganda’s flora and fauna.
As the day winds down, savour a sumptuous dinner at the lodge and prepare for a restful night’s sleep, surrounded by the enchanting ambiance of Kibale Forest.
Day 3: Chimp Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk
Rise and shine to the melodies of nature in Kibale Forest. After breakfast and a briefing, get ready for an extraordinary adventure – chimp tracking. Accompanied by experienced guides, venture into the depths of the forest, where you’ll have the chance to observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat. The sight of chimpanzees swinging through the trees and interacting with each other is truly mesmerizing.
After the captivating chimp tracking experience, take a break for a satisfying lunch. Energized and ready for more exploration, embark on a Bigodi swamp walk. Immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystem, where you’ll encounter a variety of bird species, butterflies, and other fascinating creatures.
Return to the lodge for a delectable dinner, sharing stories of your encounters and relishing the unique experiences of the day. As night falls, allow the sounds of the forest to lull you into a peaceful sleep.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and prepare for a scenic drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. As you traverse through Uganda’s breathtaking landscapes, keep an eye out for glimpses of wildlife along the way.
Upon arrival, indulge in a delicious lunch, rejuvenating your energy for the adventures ahead. One of the highlights of the day is a mesmerizing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Cruise along the channel, surrounded by the picturesque vistas of the park, and witness hippos, elephants, buffalos, and an array of birdlife in their natural habitat. It’s a photographer’s paradise and a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true.
After the boat cruise, return to the lodge for a delectable dinner, where you can unwind and reflect on the day’s remarkable experiences. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep, ready for another day of exploration.
Day 5: Wildlife Encounter in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Fuel up with a delicious breakfast and embark on an exhilarating game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is renowned for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, antelopes, lions, and an abundance of bird species.
Enjoy the thrill of spotting wildlife in their natural habitat as your knowledgeable guide shares interesting facts and stories about the park’s inhabitants. Capture unforgettable photographs and immerse yourself in the beauty of Uganda’s wildlife.
Pause for a delightful lunch amidst the park’s enchanting scenery, refuelling for more wildlife encounters in the afternoon. After a day filled with adventure, transfer to Bwindi, a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorillas.
Arriving at Bwindi, settle into your lodge and enjoy a delicious dinner, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. Prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep, eager for the gorilla tracking experience that awaits you.
Day 6: Gorilla Tracking and Relaxation
Today marks the pinnacle of your journey as you prepare for an extraordinary encounter with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi. After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters, where you’ll receive a briefing about gorilla tracking and be assigned to a specific gorilla family.
Accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, venture into the dense forest, following in the footsteps of these gentle giants. As you come face to face with a gorilla family, observe their behaviour, marvel at their strength, and feel the profound connection with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
After the awe-inspiring gorilla encounter, take a well-deserved lunch break. Spend the rest of the day at the lodge, allowing yourself time to rest, reflect, and relish the memories of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Indulge in a delicious dinner and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, surrounded by the serene ambiance of Bwindi.
Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive
After a satisfying breakfast, bid farewell to Bwindi as you transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Arriving at the park, indulge in a delicious lunch, refuelling for an exciting game drive.
Embark on a game drive through the park’s diverse landscapes, searching for zebras, impalas, elands, buffalos, and other wildlife. Lake Mburo National Park is also a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting a rich birdlife that’s sure to captivate your attention.
As the sun sets, return to the lodge and delight in a flavoursome dinner. Spend the evening reflecting on the day’s encounters and appreciating the beauty of the park. Rest comfortably at the lodge, surrounded by the sounds of the wild.
Day 8: Walking Safari and Transfer to Entebbe
Wake up to the calls of nature and enjoy a delightful breakfast before embarking on a memorable walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park. Accompanied by an experienced ranger, explore the park on foot, immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the wilderness. Walking safaris offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature and gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem.
After the walking safari, savour a delicious lunch and prepare for the transfer to Entebbe, the gateway to Uganda. Upon arrival, settle into your lodge and enjoy a delectable dinner, reflecting on the incredible journey you’ve had.
Day 9: Relaxation or Botanical Gardens Visit before Departure
On your last day in Uganda, take the morning to relax at the lodge, basking in the memories of your adventure. Alternatively, you can visit the captivating Botanical Gardens in Entebbe, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning flora and fauna.
After a leisurely morning, indulge in a delightful breakfast at the lodge, savoring the flavors one last time. Our guide will then drop you off at the airport, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey as you bid farewell to Uganda.
This carefully crafted itinerary invites you to embark on an unforgettable adventure through Uganda’s remarkable national parks and captivating wildlife. From the thrilling encounters with chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and gorillas in Bwindi to the breathtaking landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo, each day promises new discoveries and cherished memories.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, engage in walking safaris, capture mesmerizing photographs, and embrace the serenity of Uganda’s lodges. With experienced guides, comfortable accommodations, and meticulously planned activities, this itinerary offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with Uganda’s natural wonders.
Plan your journey to Uganda and unlock the treasures of this remarkable East African destination. Let the country’s rich biodiversity and warm hospitality leave an indelible mark on your heart, as you return home with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.
FAQ 1: What should I expect during chimp tracking in Kibale Forest?
Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest offers a unique opportunity to observe these incredible primates in their natural habitat. Accompanied by experienced guides, you’ll trek through the forest, following the chimp’s movements. As you get closer, you’ll witness their playful behaviours, hear their vocalizations, and learn about their social dynamics. It’s a thrilling experience that provides insight into the lives of our closest relatives.
FAQ 2: Is gorilla tracking physically demanding?
Gorilla tracking can be physically demanding as it involves trekking through dense forests and steep terrain. The duration and difficulty of the trek can vary depending on the gorilla family’s location. It’s essential to be in good physical health, prepared for moderate to strenuous activity, and equipped with sturdy hiking boots, long trousers, and a waterproof jacket. However, the reward of encountering gorillas up close makes every step worthwhile.
FAQ 3: Can children participate in gorilla tracking?
The minimum age for gorilla tracking in Uganda is 15 years old. This age restriction is in place to ensure the safety of both the visitors and the gorillas. The trek can be physically demanding, and young children may find it challenging. However, there are alternative activities suitable for children, such as nature walks and cultural experiences, ensuring they can also enjoy Uganda’s natural beauty.
FAQ 4: What wildlife can I expect to see in Queen Elizabeth NP?
Queen Elizabeth National Park is renowned for its diverse wildlife. During game drives, you can expect to spot elephants, buffalos, antelopes, warthogs, lions, and leopards, among other mammals. The park is also home to an impressive variety of bird species, including the iconic African fish eagle, herons, kingfishers, and many more. The Kazinga Channel boat cruise offers excellent opportunities to see hippos, crocodiles, and a myriad of water birds.
FAQ 5: Are there any safety precautions during wildlife encounters?
Your safety is of utmost importance during wildlife encounters. Always follow the instructions and guidance provided by your experienced guides. Maintain a safe distance from the animals and avoid any sudden movements that might startle them. It’s essential to respect the wildlife and their natural behaviour while appreciating them from a respectful distance.