On this first day of your safari, your experienced driver and tour guide will collect you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Entebbe. You will be given a short briefing and answers to any questions you might have regarding your upcoming safari. Enjoy your first night in Uganda at the Aiport Guesthouse in Entebbe.
Your first day in Uganda takes you on a boat cruise over Lake Victoria - the second largest fresh water lake in the world. More specifically, you will be visiting the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary - the only chimp sanctuary in the entire region - which can be reached via a boat journey of 1 1/2 hours from Entebbe. Ngamba island has become a refuge for chimpanzees that have been injured or rescued from illegal trade or displaced by logging operations. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Mabamba Swamps: This optional activity takes you to the Mabamba Swamps on the shorelines of a bay by the same name. Here you have the opportunity to venture out in a dug-out canoe, experience the dense vegetation of this natural swampland and observe dozens of bird species such as fish eagles and the rare and endangered shoebill stork.
Right after breakfast, you will drive to the unique Kibale Forest National Park where you have the opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat and relish sensational views of lush green rainforest, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. There are now more than 1.000 chimpanzees living in the region, in addition to black and white as well as red Colobus monkeys. There is also the chance of observing the massive lumbering yet silent forest elephants and hundreds of tropical bird species. Enjoy your first bush dinner and overnight at the Primate Lodge on the edge of the Kibale Forest National Park.
Today you venture on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of tropical forest, observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat as well. Kibale Forest NP is home to the largest population of primates in the world including our peaceful relatives, the chimpanzees. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this or the previous day:
Bigodi Swamp Walk: Venture into the Bigodi Swamp, past scenic villages and forest tracks where you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black, white and red Colobus, Mangabey and Vervet. The wetland is community managed and known for its biodiversity.
Crater Lake Hike: Alternatively, you can bike or hike around the Kyaninga crater lake with invigorating views of undisturbed landscapes and the opportunity to experience the lush flora and fauna of this region. Thereafter, your journey continues to the Rwenzori Mountains.
In the early morning hours you will meet your team of guides and porters and start your adventure of trekking up the Rwenzori Mountains. This mountain range features the largest glacier on the continent and the third highest mountain, the Margherita Peak which measures 5.109 meters. On your way to todays target of 3.171 meters you will pass through a truly breathtaking landscape of high altitude plantations and pastures, jungle type forests and wetlands fringed with swamps and rivers. Reaching your daily target area, you will have a spectacular view over the lowland areas that include Lake George and Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will spent the night on the mountain and continue the trek in the early hours of the next day.
After a hearty breakfast, your trekking adventure continues down the mountain to the base camp at Kilembe and the opportunity to once more enjoy the exhilarating view of this wonder world. Thereafter, your journey continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the oldest park lands in Uganda and the early morning game drive through through lush wood and savannah land provides you with the exhilarating opportunity to see an amazing variety of wildlife up close. The park is home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of tropical birds as well as the world's largest concentration of hippos. After the game drive, you will experience an exciting boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32 km long natural link between two of the largest lakes in the area - Lake Edward to Lake George - as it meanders through the lush park with its abundance of wildlife. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Balloon Safari: Catch the sunrise, as you silently glide over the park in a large hot air balloon and enjoy a bush breakfast in the wild with the serene vistas of rolling green hills and savannahs as a backdrop.
Another highlight of your visit awaits you during a game drive to Ishasha which is in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and with that the opportunity to see the rare and unique tree climbing lions. Legends have been built around the tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park and spotting one of the cats is a very special experience indeed as there are only two places in the world where you can find tree climbing lions.
After breakfast, you make your way from the Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to the world famous Mountain Gorillas. Almost half of all Mountain Gorillas live in Bwindi and the park itself is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its expanse of ancient and undisturbed tropical rainforest dating back to the last ice age. The lush opportunities for exploration that nature has to offer in this park appear almost limitless. Enjoy your dinner and overnight at the Gorilla Resort.
In the morning, you venture out on a trek into the dense and tangled rainforest past beautiful water falls with sunlight filtering through the dense foliage of the jungle canopy. Today’s activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you are going to track the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforest, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.
Take a short ride to reach the Mgahinga Gorilla NP, where you first venture into the forests to track the rare and endangered Golden Monkeys, which are considered the smallest of the primates. Next you venture on the 'Batwa Trail' which was initiated by the Batwa Forest People and has been implemented with support from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. Batwa guides take visitors on a day long hike along the mountain trails in Mgahinga Gorilla NP to share with them the secrets of this primeval forest. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available on this day:
Volcano Trekking: Alternatively, you can venture on an exhilarating climb on one of the three Virunga Volcanoes on the Ugandan side of the border. The climbs vary in degrees of difficulty and lengths. Mount Muhabura is considered demanding. Mount Sabinyo can be demanding and sometimes difficult. Mount Gahinga is the smallest and therefore the easiest to climb.
Time to say goodbye to the gorillas and the jungle. Your safari continues to the Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the national parks in Uganda, but should not be underestimated. Here, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the Impala antelope and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds. You can further enjoy a boat ride on the lake or game drive / bush walk through the Lake Mburo National Park, which is famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently introduced to the park, which were translocated there from other national park lands. Time permitted, the following optional for extra cost activities are available in the park:
Safari either on horse back or mountain bike.
You can further enjoy a game drive, bush walk, safari on horse back or mountain bike through the Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently added to the park, which were translocated there from other national parks.
Before your departure and drive back to Entebbe, you have another opportunity to enjoy a game drive or bush walk in the Lake Mburo National Park. The afternoon drive back to Entebbe also offers the additional chance to take a photo at the Equator crossing. Arriving back in Entebbe to enjoy your last night in Uganda at the Entebbe Airport Guesthouse.
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