KIBALE FOREST, QUEEN ELIZABETH, GORILLA TRACKING & LAKE MBURO
Notes on Gorilla Tracking:
Please note that gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour. Minimum tracking age is 15 years. Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed. Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour.
We strongly recommend the following: Rain poncho (lightweight), long-sleeved shirt, waterproof trousers, sturdy hiking boots, leather gardening -type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by yourselves either from your home town or from Kampala. Still Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring batteries and film from Kampala
Required Info to Issue Gorilla Permits:
Full names as they appear in your passports
Date of Birth
Kampala – Kibale Forest N.P
Begin with a scenic ride through trading centers, villages, swamps and forests to Kibale Forest. After lunch, undergo briefing by your allocated guide and rally behind him/her on afternoon Bigodi Swamp Walk. Bigodi is community tourism project and the swamp is a haven for swamp-bird species, black and white colobus monkeys and red-tailed monkeys and on rare occasions chimpanzees visit from the main Kibale Forest N.P. Transfer to your lodging for overnight. Transfer Time: About 5hrs
Chimpanzee Tracking & Queen Elizabeth N.P
This early morning, wake-up and have breakfast, attend briefing by the Ranger-guide and enter the sanctuary to embark on your morning Chimpanzee tracking session. In addition to a large community of chimpanzees, there are 13 other primate species, including red and black-and-white colobus monkeys, l’Hoest’s, red-tailed, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, as well as four species of nocturnal primates. The birdlife is prolific, with approximately 400 species recorded for the area. Highlights include the crested guineafowl, great blue turaco, grey parrot, green-breasted & African pitas, African crowned eagles and black bee-eaters. Break for lunch and then exit Kibale and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hrs). The ride provides an occasion to see Crater Lakes and possibly the Great Rwenzori Mountains: Lunch, evening Game-drive. Settle-in at your preferred lodging facility for the rest of the evening.
Transfer Time: About 3hrs
Game-drive and Boat-ride.
Wake-up and follow your adventure instincts on a sunrise game-drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, de fassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. Resting for lunch, you then take an afternoon boat-ride on the approximately 33kms long channel “Kazinga Channel” that links Lake George to Lake Edward. The channel is a haven for probably the highest concentration of hippos in Africa and numerous Nile crocodiles as well as a rich bird-life that flourishes on the banks. Return to your preferred lodging for the rest of the evening.
Ishasha Wilderness & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P.
Breakfast, check-out, sunrise game-drive as your transfer to the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth N.P. The southern circuit of Ishasha is famous for the tree-climbing lions thus you will have the occasion to catch glimpse of the great predators up in tree-branches. Follow meandering routes to access Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Retire from the day at your lodging for dinner and overnight. The distance and transit time will depend on the available gorilla tracking section. Transfer time: About 6hrs.
Full Day Gorilla Tracking
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored. Many find it to be a rare and moving opportunity. Join your driver/guide and ride back to your lodging for the rest of the day.
Bwindi – L. Mburo N.P.
This morning, end your stay in the "Land of the Mountain Gorillas" & depart with great memories of the moments spent with the fascinating Mountain Gorillas. Continue to L. Mburo via Mbara Town and access the park through Sanga park gate. A hot lunch shall be served at the lodge. In the afternoon, proceed to a scenic boat-ride on L. Mburo where African Fish Eagles, the rare African Finfoot, Nile Crocodiles and Hippos are common sight. The boat takes approximately 90 minutes after which, you will return to Land and embark on a sundown game-drive. L. Mburo National Park is famous for Elands (Africa’s Largest Antelopes), Burchell’s Zebras and Impalas (the only park with Impalas in Uganda). Other antelope species include topi, bushbuck, sitatunga, common duiker, klipspringer, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bohor reedbuck. Retire from the day at your lodging for overnight.
Transfer Time: About 06hrs.
L. Mburo to Kampala.
Wake-up to the rhythm of nature and follow your allocated Ranger-guide & take a morning safari walk to explore game on foot in Rwonyo section of L. Mburo N.P. The name “Rwonyo” refers to “salt”; the walk creates an avenue for you to see animals as they lick the dewy rocks. Return to the lodge, check-out and take an en-route game-drive and exit the park Nshara gate. A hot lunch shall be served in Masaka town and a brief stop by the equator before arriving Kampala in the evening. Drop-off at your residence in Kampala.
- Ground Transportation throughout the trip.
- Accommodation as indicated on the safari program.
- Meals on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Activities as stipulated the safari program.
- A Gorilla Permit per person.
- Services of English-speaking driver/guide.
- Entry permit/visas for Uganda if required.
- Accommodation & meals in Kampala before & after safari.
- All drinks apart from those served for breakfast
- Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature.
- Any deviation from the suggest program.
- All extras NOT mentioned in the inclusive section.
- Any personal insurance covers
- Warm and light clothes
- Insect repellent
- Some cash to cover personal expenses like soft and alcoholic drinks
- Walking/hiking shoes
- You may carry cameras and binoculars if you possess them.
- Enough dose for those who may be on medication.
- An extra pair of glasses for those with eye defects.
- Sun glasses and hat/cap.
- Basic personal items in general.