7 NIGHT ITINERARY
Day 1 Kampala
The tour guide will pick you up from the airport in Entebbe. You will have the chance to draw money at an ATM before you check in at the first accommodation and receive a welcome talk from your guide. Your tour is about to begin!
Day 2 Kampala – Kibale Forest National Park
Today you will go to the Kibale Forest, a lovely starting point for chimpanzee tracking. It passes through beautiful landscapes, past tea plantations and the lush green nature, which is characteristic for Uganda. While you are here to especially see chimpanzees, please note, that there are more than a dozen species of monkeys living here, including the red-tailed monkeys, baboons and the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys. Furthermore the bird life of the Kibale Forest is unique and diverse and if you are very lucky, you might also spot a herd of elephants who wleave their way through the forest.
Day 3 Kibale Forest National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the early morning you have the opportunity to go on an exciting chimpanzee search, or you can participate on a memorable hike through the Bigodi swamp. A third option would be a hike around the crater lake. Kibale Forest has the largest number of primate species in the world, our peaceful relatives, the chimpanzees included. Nowadays, there are about 4,950 wild chimpanzees in Uganda, which makes it a unique area for observations (still there is no guarantee). During your guided walk through the forest you will learn a lot about the diverse flora and fauna of Kibale Forests.
Alternatively you can opt to take a swamp walk (about 2-3h). This excursion will take you through pasture land, small villages, passing tea areas and some gorgeous scenic backdrops, where the local people will welcome you with an enthusiastic wave. It is normal to meet up to three or four different kinds of monkeys on this hike, but the highlight of the tour is certainly the view of the Great Blue Turaco!
If both activities above are not for you, there is a third option: an unforgettable crater lake hike. Pass through villages while wandering around a beautiful lake.
At lunch time you say goodbye to the forest and take a short drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, where the next highlight awaits you: An optional (time permitting) boatcruise on the Kazinga channel. Here you will see many hippos (more than you can probably imagine!) You will also see a variety of animals that come to the water to drink or to take a dip. You will certainly discover many beautiful birds. This boat trip will undoubtedly be a highlight of your tour.
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park – via Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Another highlight awaits you: Ishasha, which is located in the Southern part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is famous for tree climbing lions, a phenomenon which has been observed at only one other place worldwide, apart from the Ishasha National Park. Scientists cannot explain the behavior of these lions, because they have no genetic differences. Therefore they believe that the lions in Ishasha climb the trees to relax and escape the sun, during the hottest time of the day. You have a good chance to discover the lions up in the trees.
You will continue your journey to reach another exciting attraction - the home of the mountain gorillas, the Southern part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The paths that we will take are pretty bumpy, but the breathtaking scenery along the way is worth it. You will pass expansive lakes, foothills and tropical rainforests.
Day 5 Bwindi Impenetrable national park: optional activities
Batwa Trail (Mgahinga National Park)
Golden Monkeys (Mgahinga National Park)
Volcanoe Climbing (Mgahinga National Park, e.g Mt. Sabinyo)
Today is the big day! Prepare yourself for an encounter with Bwindi's gentle giants: the rare mountain gorillas. For most visitors, this is the highlight of their Uganda trip!
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the living space for both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. It is the only forest in Africa where these two species share their territory. In addition it is home to five other primate species, 113 mammal species, over 200 butterfly species and 360 species of birds. The gorillas that you will see today belong to one of the ten gorilla families worldwide who accept the presence of humans. Your tour will be a very special, exciting journey - along the wooded slopes, tangled vines, bushes and bamboo plants before you finally get to the gorillas. On the tour, your ranger will show you the gorilla’s traces of previous activities, such as droppings, nests and nibbled bamboo shoots. You will learn a lot about the Ugandan Giant.
Please note: It may take 1-2 hours to find the gorillas but sometimes even up to 7 hours until you get back to the camp! If the gorillas are located, the walking group can spend up to 1 hour with the gorillas. It is an emotional, tantalising and very impressive experience, to see a gorilla face to face. There is also a fantastic and unique opportunity to get close to the "Gorillas in the Mist" of Uganda.
Switch off your flashlight in the Ngarama Cave, as ghostly singing begins to echo in the pitch darkness. Making fire requires team work! Watch your Batwa guides create fire to smoke out bees. See a traditional Batwa grass hut - quick to build and to demolish, which was essential for this nomadic culture. Enjoy the lively dance at the cave´s entrance as the Batwa women sing a traditional song to welcome their guests.Walk through the pristine Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, with spectacular views of the Virunga Volcanoes
During this moving cultural encounter tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate bamboo cups. Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a striking and moving sense of the richness of this fading culture. This is a truly unique experience for visitors to learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous people.
Golden Monkey Tracking
At Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you are escorted by guides in small groups and hike to the Montane bamboo forest in the foothills of the majestic volcanoes. Golden Monkey tracking is a lively experience, not to be missed by those desiring to track chimpanzees and gorillas in Uganda. The viewing is kept to an hour and you get a close up look at the golden monkeys in their natural habitat. You can see them frolic in the bamboo forest, mothers carrying their children, feeding on bamboo leaves and totally at ease while you are there.
Day 6 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
After your breakfast your journey continues to Lake Mburo National Park. The National Park is one of the smallest parks in Uganda, but still not to be underestimated. It is the home to zebras, elands and impalas, and also an abundance of other wild animals – and do not forget the lake, full of crocodiles and hippos!
Lake Mburo is a wonderful place to relax in nature. The lake and the surrounding marshes provide many opportunities for bird watching and you can watch the wildlife at the water hole. En route to your accommodation you will enjoy an evening game drive.
Day 7 Lake Mburo National Park - via equator - Entebbe
You can choose if you wish to do a guided bushwalk with an armed ranger or a boat cruise.
Bush walk: An armed ranger will show you footprints and animal "legacy". You might see zebras, gazelles and buffalos, as well as many different birds.
Boat cruise: here you will see lots of crocodiles, hippos and plenty of birds.
Afterwards, we will drive back to Entebbe with a stop at the equator. Take a few photos of the "water test" - it's worth - and you can also buy some souvenirs. Then enjoy your last dinner in Uganda together with your tour guide at the beach of Entebbe. There is no better way to end your wonderful trip. Let your eyes wander over lake Victoria where your journey began.
Day 8 Entebbe/ airport transfer
Time to say goodbye. You will be picked up early morning and taken to the airport for your journey back home.