Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at the Entebbe International Airport
Welcome to Uganda the Pearl of Africa! We will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe where we will brief you about your safari. We will also guide you to exchange your currency.
Day 2: To Uganda wildlife education centre (UWEC) & Ngamba Island (CSWCT)
We are still in Entebbe. After breakfast we visit UWEC on the shores of the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria and thereafter ride on the same lake to CSWCT. At UWEC we will see a wide variety of indigenous wildlife species including chimpanzees, Rhinos, Lions, Giraffe, leopards in semi natural settings, and a wide range of free ranging birds. At CSWCT we will view the remarkable orphaned chimpanzees in their forest habitat during either a morning or afternoon feeding. You may also swim on the equator, view a neighboring fishing village, watch birds and other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax.
Day 3: To Kibale Forest National Park
Early morning we will drive to Kibale Forest National Park. We will have lunch in Fort Portal, a town named after a British Special Commissioner for Uganda Sir. Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town. Thereafter we proceed to our overnight accommodation.
Day 4: In Kibale Forest National Park
We will start with chimpanzee trekking at 8.00am. The trekking takes about 4 hours, during which you may also get a chance to see 10 other primates and several bird and butterfly species. Kibale tropical forest is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. After trekking we will have lunch and then visit Bigodi wetland – a community based project.
Day 5: To Queen Elizabeth national park
Early morning we will drive to Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya peninsula in Queen Elizabeth NP at about midday, with a magnificent view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation, have lunch, and in the late afternoon (3.00-5.00pm) we will go on a two hours launch cruise on the Kazinga channel where we will view animals and birds along the waters.
Day 6: To Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to for a 3-4 hour chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable but the walk is enchanting. Alternatively one can go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest to see other primates and visit the Blue Lake. In the afternoon we shall take a game drive to Kasenyi Kob mating ground.
Day 7: To Bwindi impenetrable forest
After breakfast we head towards the south, passing the southern sector of the national park. This part is called Ishasha sector and is famous for the tree climbing lions. While driving through a verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and enjoy panoramic views. In the afternoon arrival in Bwindi National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at selected lodge.
Day 8: In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the do’s and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and staring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome. After tracking we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight.
Day 9: End of Safari – Transfer to Kampala
You will take a cup of coffee or tea before you start your return journey to Kampala. Lunch in Mbarara town thereafter have a stopover at the equator and proceed to Entebbe for the over night.
Budget Accommodation: Entebbe: Rwonyo Camp or UWA bandas, Bwindi: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp, QENP (Ishasha): Students dormitory and Bandas or Savanna Resort.
Luxury Accommodation: Lake Mburo: Mihingo Lodge, Skyblue Motel, Mantana Luxury Tented camp, Bwindi: Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp, QENP: Ishasha Wilderness camp or Savanna Resort.