Trip highlight: Lake Mburo, gorilla tracking in Bwindi, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, visiting the Batwa in Bwindi and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest.
Day one: Arrival - Entebbe -Kampala - 42km.
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by staff from Equal Tours and Travel 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: Kampala - Lake Mburo - 230 km.
After breakfast, depart Kampala for Lake Mburo National Park having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator - where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once, having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the evening. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and over night at either Mantana Tented Camp/Muhingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), or UWA’s Tents. (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day Three: Mburo - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Mburo for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk (at an extra cost of $25 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and get a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).
You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day Four: Gorilla Tracking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
(There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well).
This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community returning to the Camp in the evening (at an extra cost of $20 p.p). Dinner and over night at either Gorilla Forest Camp Uganda safari lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day Five: Bwindi - Queen Elizabeth National Park. . (Approx. 4 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi 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/Hill top Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation).
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