9 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari
One of the over 60% of the world’s total Mountain gorillas you can find in Uganda.
Day 1: Kampala-Murchison Falls National park
Breakfast, be picked from your residence and drive or fly to Murchison Falls National Park Masindi district in north western Uganda. The park is about 300 kilometres by road from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. You will have lunch on arrival and later go for an afternoon siesta where the driver/guide will help you spot a plethora of wildlife. This may include Buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, kobs, Impalas among others. Various birds might be spotted too, like the hornbills, bee-eaters, kingfishers and storks, Egyptian plover, Chestnut crowned sparrow weaver, Rock pranticole, Red winged grey warbler, Pulvus illadopsis among others. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge
Day 2: Game drive and a Launch cruise
Breakfast, go for a game drive, and return for lunch. In the afternoon get on a boat to the bottom of the falls where the waters of the majestic Nile River squeeze through a narrow gorge, only 7 metres wide, before plunging 43 metres below. You might also spot crocodiles, Hippos, elephants and many others while on the boat. You can hike to the top of the falls. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 3: Murchison – Kibale National Park
Breakfast, drive to Kibale National Park. The park is about 766 km2 in size with primarily moist evergreen forest and contains a diverse array of landscapes. About 325 species of birds like olive long-tailed cuckoo, Western Green tinker bird, African and Green-breasted and African Grey Parrot, 13 species of primates, a total of at least 60 other species of mammals, and over 250 tree species have found this a perfect home. It is home to a large number of endangered chimpanzees other primates including the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda Mangabey, the Ugandan Red Colobus, and the L’Hoest’s Monkey. Other mammals include red and blue duikers, bush pigs, warthogs, buffalo and elephants. Various types of buffer flies and reptiles have found this tropical forest, savannah, the woodland as well as the diverse altitude a perfect home. Have lunch en-route, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking
Breakfast, go for a briefing at the park headquarters. Later begin the trek. Other animals might be spotted while tracking chimps and these may include the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda Mangabey, the Ugandan Red Colobus, and the L’Hoest’s Monkey, red and blue duikers, bush pigs, warthogs, buffalo and elephants. Various birds can also be spotted while on the trek. You will return to the lodge have lunch and the afternoon can be spent at leisure or by visiting Bigodi wetland or other places of interest in Fort Portal town. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge
Day 5: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Breakfast, be picked from your residence or airport and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It was named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. It is located in western Uganda and covers an area of about 1,978 square kilometres which is shared between 3 districts that is Kasese, Bushenyi and Rukungiri. It’s about 376 kilometres (234 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala. In this park there is Lake Edward and Lake George and the Kazinga channel that connects the two lakes. Other lakes are volcanic and this includes the Katwe salt lake, from which salt is extracted. The vegetation in the park is open savannah, green meadows, semi- deciduous tropical forests, dense equatorial rain forest and dense papyrus swamps.
On arrival, you can have lunch and then go for an afternoon go for an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Game drive and boat ride
Breakfast, later go for a game drive. Where your guide will help you spot a plethora of animals. Return for lunch and in the afternoon go for a boat ride where you will spot Hippos, Crocodiles, various birds including the flamingos. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Game drive – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Breakfast, later go for a game drive. Where your guide will help you spot a plethora of animals like elephants, Bufalloes, Impalas, Uganda Kobs and lions. Birds like the African skimmer, Chapins flycatcher, Pink-backed pelicans, Papyrus canary, Shoebill stork, martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail can also be seen by especially keen birders. Return for lunch and in the afternoon drive to Bwindi national park, passing through the Ishasha sector well known for tree climbing lions. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 8: Gorilla tracking
Wake up call, breakfast and dress for the jungle. You will be briefed and later begin your trek which takes 2-10 hours depending on the movements of these shy giants. Other animals and birds might be spotted too while tracking gorillas. You might spot l’Hoest’s monkey, African elephant, birds like the African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African giant swallowtail among others. You will enjoy your packed lunch in the forest. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Kampala
Early breakfast, drive or fly back to Kampala. You will have lunch and a few stopovers en-route. You will be dropped off at a place of your choice in Kampala or at the airport.