Day 1 – Airport Transfer
This 10 day Safari starts in Kampala, Uganda. You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda, where you will be picked up by our tour guide who will drive you to Kampala city for a city tour. You will visit the Uganda Museum, a display of all Uganda cultures, the National Theatre centre as well as art and crafts shops. Finally, you can visit the mysterious Kasubi Tombs – a burial ground for Buganda Kings.
Day 2: Head to Kibale Forest
After breakfast, you will head to Fort Portal via Mubende, travelling through grassy countryside and long established homesteads and farms. You will reach the destination in about 5-6 hours. You will stop over in the town of Fort Portal for lunch before driving to Ndali Lodge or the Primates Lodge where you will stay on a full board basis prior to tomorrow’s chimpanzee trekking.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking
After an early breakfast, you will trek to Kibale National Park with local guides to see chimps in their natural habitat, nestled in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains (the famed mist shrouded “Mountains of the Moon”). Kibale Forest is rich in animal life, including an astonishing 12 species of primates, the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys. Tracking the chimpanzee is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, and care for their young ones is an amazing sight. In the afternoon, you will visit the surrounding Bigodi swamp for bird watching or enjoy the unique view of crater lakes and other volcanic features. Finally, you will drive to Fort Portal town and stay overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House or Travelers Inn for dinner. These provide mid-range clean facilities.
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you head for Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, which is situated at the foot of the Rwenzoris Mountains, protecting over 200 sq km of Rift Valley Savannah, interspersed with patches of forest and crater lakes providing and excellent location for your safari. At your arrival, you will go on a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. You will see the large number and diversity of water birds, hippos and crocodiles, which is an amazing sight. The bird species include the black bee- eater, 11 types of kingfisher, and several species of falcons, eagles, raptors and many more. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Mweya Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp.
Day 5: Game drive and chimpanzee tracking at Kyambura Gorge
You start your day with an early morning game drive safari in the park to see wildlife like elephants, lions, Uganda kobs, spotted hyenas and leopards, to name a few. In the afternoon, you will head to Kyambura Gorge for the chimpanzee trekking. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at either Mweya Safari Lodge or Simba Safari Camp.
Day 6: Tranfer to Lake Bunyonyi
You will take an early safari, giving you the chance to view early risers such as lions, leopards and hyenas as well as the opportunity to view other species of game you may not have sighted yet. Afterwards, retire to your accommodation for late breakfast. With packed lunch, you will leave this interesting part of Uganda, heading to Kabale. You will arrive at Kabale in the evening and proceed to the dramatically scenic Lake Bunyonyi. Your overnight stay will be at either Bunyonyi Safari Resort, Overland Camp or Arcadia Cottages.
Day 7: Cross to Rwanda.
You will take a morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi to the islands, seeing different bird species and other local community activities. After an early lunch, you will cross the Uganda - Rwanda border at Katuna and drive to Ruhengeri via Kigali to have an overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House, La Palme Hotel or Gorilla Nest Lodge in Rwanda.
Day 8: Gorilla tracking
After breakfast and armed with a packed lunch, you will be driven to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters where the local guides will lead you to track gorillas. In the process of gorilla trekking, you will view the diversity of fauna. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting them face-to-face takes away the pain of sometimes long and arduous trekks! Enjoy a close view of these primates as they go about their daily activities. You will particularly enjoy the young ones as they swing from branch to branch while the sliver backs patrol to ensure the safety of the entire family. Afterwards, you will cross the border back to Uganda and stay overnight in Kisoro/Kabale town.
Day 9: Return to Kampala
After breakfast, you will drive to Kampala with a lunch stop on the way. Your stopover could be in Ankole grassland where long horned cattle are common sight. You will continue southwards, stopping at Mpambire in Mpigi, an art and craft center where drum making technology has been passed on from generation to generation. You will stay at the Cassia Lodge or The Lodge.
Day 10: Departure
If time allows, you can visit the Botanical Gardens before transferring to the airport for your flight home.