Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will meet our representative who will transfer you for overnight at Entebbe Airport View Guest House (Budget) or Boma Hotel (Midrange) or Protea Hotel Entebbe (Classic). Meal Plan BB.
Day 2: Transfer to Fort portal Town and Bigodi Nature walk/Hike (Approximately 7hrs)
After breakfast, we transfer to Fort portal town arriving for lunch at your lodge and afternoon, we will go for nature walk/hiking in the Bigodi Wet Land Sanctuary where there has been recorded 8 species of Primates, over 200 bird species including the sanctuarys great blue turaco, variety of trees, shrubs and vines and it takes about 3 hrs to complete this enlightening walk/discovery of one of Uganda’s natures best kept secret. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Nyinabilutwa Country Resort ( B)or Mountain of the Moon Hotel ( M)or Kyaninga Lodge (C). Meal Plan FB
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and hike to “top of the world”
Early morning regroup at the lodge. Prepare for morning Chimpanzee trekking activity and expect to encounter many other primates. Your nature walk with the experienced guides will give you a lot of insight into the lives of primates and will surprise you at how well organized and close to human beings these Chimpanzees are. Recorded in this Park are diurnal primates including the vervet, redtailed, L, Hoest’s, Blue monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, red colobus, black and White colobus but the stars if this stars of this trail are the Chimpanzees. Lunch at Primate Lodge you will drive to the crater Areas and later hike up a hill known as ”The Top of the World“, where you can take in fantastic views of the crater lakes and the town of Fort Portal. To end your day, we will tour the Amabereganyinamwiru Ancient Caves and learn the history of the local people who once called these caves home. Return for dinner and over night at your Lodge.
Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning at 6.30 am, we will go for a game drive along the tracks of the national park, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. This is the best time to spot the big cats and other animals in this park as they do their morning hunt. You might see lions, elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, perhaps the leopard though it is shy and rare to be seen. Reach up to the Baboon cliffs and the splendid crater lakes region. You will return to the lodge by 9.30 for breakfast. After Lunch, take the most exciting safari by boat from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, one of the most popular sites in Uganda for its concentration of wildlife, bird’s life and opportunities for good photographs. You will see plenty of hippos, buffaloes and elephants when they come to water at along the channel to cool down the heat of the day. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
After breakfast, drive to Kyambura Gorge, a deep forested gorge along river Kyambura within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The location is worth a visit and, if you are fit to descend the gorge for a nature walk, you might encounter the chimpanzees. Kyambura has a population of about 50 chimpanzees. After lunch Proceed to Bwindi National Park, home to the famous mountain Gorillas.
The choice of the area of the “gorilla safari” depends on the availability and allocation of the permits for this activity. Dinner and Overnight Buhoma Community (B) or Silver Back Lodge (M) or Mahogany Springs(C)
Note: Today transfer is variable, according to the location of the gorilla permits and road conditions.
Day 6 – Mountain gorilla safari
Early in the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 350 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Batwa Experience
A project of the Batwa Development Program, this is a truly enriching and unforgettable experience, one that should not be missed by those visiting Bwindi. Led by Batwa elders, visitors to the Batwa Experience trek into the forest to see and experience the unique Batwa culture and their traditional lifestyle in the dense forest. Lasting about five to six hours, highlights include learning about medicinal herbs, traditional shelters, fire making, honey harvesting, burial rituals, and different types of snares. This cultural journey also includes storytelling, high-energy singing and dancing, scaling to a tiny tree house, visiting a rock shrine, and tagging along on a mock hunt for duikers. Guests also get a shot at a duiker, testing their shooting skills with a traditional wooden bow and arrow. No worries if you cannot hit the target, though, we will still let you eat a Batwa-cooked lunch of traditional foods such as goat, matoke, posho, groundnut sauce and fresh fruit. Often said to be the most authentic cultural experience our guests have ever had, the Experience is made by the friendliness, enthusiasm and pride of the Batwa elders, who actually started the Batwa Experience to educate their own children about their forest roots. They choose to be here, wanting to share their culture with anyone who is willing to open their mind and have an incredible new experience. Adventurous travelers from 26 different countries and all continents except Antarctica have had the Batwa Experience, what about you?! While this is a truly awesome experience that shouldn’t be missed, the hike is a challenging one, so we do recommend that our visitors be in fair shape. However, we go at the pace of our guests, so if you’re up for the trek, the Batwa are ready to meet you! After this drive to Lake Bunyonyi for Dinner and over Night at Heritage Lodge
Day 8: Morning Boat cruise on the Beautiful Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat as you cross the Lake Bunyonyi. The forested green islands on the lake are home to different species of endemic birds which the guide will help you to spot. Lunch in Kabale in the Kigezi region, the so called “Switzerland of Africa” characterized by terraced cultivated hills. The inhabitants are the Bakiga and you can visit the local Bakiga cultural museum. Continue on your journey to reach Lake M buro National Park arriving on time for a late evening game drive. Dinner and over night at Mihingo Lodge.