Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN KAMPALA, UGANDA
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by a Safari-DMC representative and transferred to Cassia Lodge for overnight.
– balance of the day spent at leisure with meals under own arrangement.
Day 2 – KAMPALA/KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, drive to Kibale Forest National Park (350kms/5½hrs). With lunch at a local restaurant in Fort Portal, you will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp late afternoon in time for dinner and overnight.
Kibale Forest Camp – BLD
Day 3 – CHIMPANZEE TRACKING – KIBALE
In the morning, transfer to the Park Offices for a guided Chimpanzee Tracking excursion in search of these cheeky apes that are considered, at 98.8% of our genes, to be man’s socially and genetically closest ape relatives.
you will return to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon, enjoy a scenic drive parallel to the Rwenzoris fabled mountains of the moon to Queen Elizabeth National Park (185kms/3hrs). Arrive at Queen Katara Lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
Katara Lodge – BLD
Day 4 – QUEEN ELIZABETH
Arise at dawn with coffee, tea and cookies and proceed to the Kasenyi plains for an early morning game drive in search of lions, Uganda kobs, large herds of buffalo and elephants and other early risers and nocturnal animals like hyenas, genet cats, if lucky even leopard – early morning game drives are ideal for spotting overnight kills as well as fresh hunting before the sun gets too hot and the animals recoil back under shade. The light at sunrise is also excellent for fantastic photography including sunrise and birds.
You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and time to relax and enjoy the lodge amenities before lunch. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a 2½hrs Launch Cruise on the Kazinga Channel, famous for near guaranteed sightings of schools of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, wallowing buffalo, elephants feeding on the banks of the canal, many species of water birds and so much more.
Katara Lodge – BLD
Day 5 – QUEEN ELIZABETH/BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, check out with picnic lunches and drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (180kms) via QENP’s Ishasha area that is famous for black-maned tree climbing lions. With game viewing en-route and picnic lunches in the bush, you exit the park early afternoon and continue to Bwindi, home of the rare yet critically endangered mountain gorillas.
You will arrive at Engagi Lodge early evening with time to relax and acclimatize for your tomorrow’s hiking activity before dinner and overnight.
Engagi Lodge – BLD
Day 6 – BWINDI – GORILLA TRACKING
Arise at dawn for an early breakfast then transfer to the Park offices for your Gorilla Tracking excursion, arguably one of the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experiences in the world.
At the park office, all participants are brought together, divided into groups of 8, allocated a gorilla family to track as well as a specialist gorilla tracking guide then, at 0830hrs: briefing by your guide then transfer by car or on foot to the trailhead where the tracking begins.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you stay with them for one simply unforgettable hour as they go about their daily life – so like us; resting, feeding, playing, raising their young, mating; always seemingly oblivious of our presence bt definitely curious. But the hour is always over ‘too soon’ then you hike back to base where your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge for a well-deserved shower and lunch or relaxation then dinner depending on time of return.
If time permits, you may enjoy an evening community walk around the local area and possibly meet the Batwa pygmy people who eke a life around the forest.
Engagi Lodge – BLD
Day 7 – BWINDI/LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, say goodbye to Bwindi and the gorillas and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. With lunch and game viewing en-route, arrive at Mantana Camp for dinner and overnight.
NB: optional at extra charge: post dinner night game drive with a tracker and spotlight in hopes of seeing some of nocturnal species which are hard to find during the day; bush-babies, hyenas, civets and genet cats, hippos on foot, even the elusive leopard are most often seen.
Mantana Lake Mburo Camp – BLD
Day 8 – LAKE MBURO/ENTEBBE/DEPART
Arise early and join your Driver/guide on a Nature/Bush Walk with a specialist park guide and armed ranger; get as close to nature as possible.
Return to lodge for a late breakfast then check out and drive back to Kampala. With lunch en-route, you proceed directly to Entebbe International Airport for evening departure fight.
END of Safari DMC’s services – kila la kheri/safiri salama!