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10 Days - Chimpanzee Trekking

This 10 Days package will take you for Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale and Bigodi Swamp walk, Semliki Valley wildlife reserve, boat trips and game drives in Queen Elizabeth, gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Rwanda, visiting the Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls in Jinja.

Day one: Arrival - Entebbe -Kampala - 42km.
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our staff from MK Tours and Travel Safaris Uganda Ltd who will then transfer you to Kampala for the over night at either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Imperial Royale  (Medium class accommodation) or (Low budget/basic accommodation).

Day Two: Kibale National Park.

Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Relax in the evening have dinner and over night at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled "Mountains of the Moon"/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).

Early morning you will go for the morning Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for a heartily breakfast.
Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. This swamp is a home to approximately 137 bird species and it’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus.

There are networks of forest trails that radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road.
Dinner and over night at either Ndali Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest House (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).

Day Three: Kibale - Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. (Approx. 2.5 hours drive).
This valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a brief tour of his farm then take your picnic lunch at the hot water springs arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon.
In the late evening, have a game drive which may reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities.
This evening you will dine and stay at the Semliki Safari Lodge. This is a high-end, low impact safari lodge set amid 550 square kms of game reserve. All rooms with private facilities. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation).

Day Four: Semliki Valley.
After breakfast, you will experience a day of real discovery. Early morning Chimpanzee tracking in the Gallery Forest of the Mugiri River and then afterwards go and visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris - the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. After touring the area, you will have lunch and later go for a boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill returning to the Lodge in the evening. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation).

Day Five: Semliki - Queen Elizabeth National park. ( Approx. 4.5 hours drive).
Early morning game drive and if desired your coffee will be brought to your tent then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive.
Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few.
The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.

Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation).

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