This 7 days’ safari takes you to kibale forest national park a home to over 1450 chimpanzee and the most populated park with chimpanzee in Africa. Kibale forest national park host a number of bird species that includes the Green-breasted Pitta, Yellow-billed Barbet, and African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Sabine’s Spine tail, Chestnut Wattle eye and Narrow-tailed Starling among others. Because Kibale forest national park is well known as a home to primates, so expect to encounter a lots of other primates which includes the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey.
Rates as per person sharing double/twin room
Budget – 2194 USD per person
Midrange – 2667 USD per person
Luxury – 3960 USD per person
Day 1: Kampala – Kibale Forest
Have an early breakfast and prepare to depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en-route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From there, we will continue to Kibale National Park. Dinner and overnight at one of the eco-lodges.
Budget –Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
Mid-range – Isunga lodge
Luxury – Primate lodge
Duration -5 Hours’ drive
Day 2: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp
After breakfast at your lodge, you will be driven to Kibale National Park headquarters for briefing and then continue to chimpanzee trekking in the forest. You will be allowed one hour with the chimps before returning back for lunch and then have a nature walk in the nearby Bigodi Village. Kibale National Park is popular for primates and birds and 12 primate’s species have been recorded. Return back to your lodge for lunch and after lunch you will visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary where you will encounter more primates and a lot of bird species. Return to the lodge for refreshment as you wait for dinner and overnight as you prepare for your next expedition.
Day 3: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth NP
After breakfast, check-out of the lodge and embark on the journey to Queen Elizabeth national park with an en route short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range. Proceed with the drive straight to Queen Elizabeth national park with an en-route game drive as your heading to the lodge. Have lunch and after lunch head for game drive at Kasenyi plains in search of tree climbing lions, kobs, elephants, waterbuck among others. Return to the lodge and have dinner and overnight as your waiting for next day activity.
Distance: 3-4 hours’ drive
Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge[Luxury], Marafiki safari lodge [Midrange] or Engiri Game lodge [budget]
Meal plan: Full board
Day 4: Game drive and boat cruise at the Kazinga channel
Wake up early and go for morning game drive in search of night and early hunters before they go back to their hide outs. Drive to Kasenyi plains where number of wildlife are found and expect to encounter lions, leopards and hyenas are the most common predators and other animals include large herds of Uganda kob, warthogs, buffaloes, elephants and water buck among other. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets.
Return to the lodge at 11:30 am and have late breakfast and early lunch. After lunch head for 2 pm boat cruise at the kazinga channel which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippos in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park
Akita tour’s safari guide will pick you up after your morning breakfast for transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest. Bwindi impenetrable forest is ranked by CNN as the world’s beautiful place to visit. Drive through Ishasha sector as you might get a chance seeing the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. This is a long journey through the rapidly changing landscape to Bwindi forest. Upon arrival check-in at the lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight at an eco-lodge within Bwindi.
Accommodation option: Mahogany Springs Camp [Luxury], Gorilla Mist Camp [midrange] or Gift of Nature lodge [Budget]
Meal plans: Full board
Duration: 4-5 hour’s drive
Day 6: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Rise up early, have an early breakfast and get ready for this unforgettable adventure. Drive to the park’s headquarters and once there, you will receive a briefing and start tracking around 8.30am (subject to change).
Each tourists group is made up of a maximum of 8 people who go trekking to find one of the gorilla groups. An advance group of highly trained trackers will locate the gorillas ahead of time and communicate back to your group team lead. The communication between this advance party and your group continues until the gorillas stay in one place long enough for you to catch up and spend time with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Once a gorilla group is located, you will be allowed to observe these creatures for one hour. This strict time limit is to ensure that they don’t become too acclimatized to humans.
On your trek, expect to spot other primates, birds and rare tree species. This is indeed an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures.
Return to the lodge and rest for some few minutes, after head for community walk in the near-by villages. Have dinner and overnight in your previous lodge.
Day 7: Departure
Have an early morning breakfast at your lodge, you will travel back to Kampala. On the way back to the city you will have lunch in Mbarara town through Masaka town, for a quick stop at the Equator for photos and buying souvenirs. After arriving in Kampala, either get transferred to the airport for your flight or for an overnight at your hotel (hotel not part of the package). Arrangements for transfers will be made for those whose destinations are within other parts of Uganda.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi can be challenging, and travellers need to be in shape.
Things to come with:
Walking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet. Rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent. Extra spending money for personal expenses during your trip: snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and souvenirs. As a general guideline we recommend budgeting $10-15 per day.
Gorilla Trek Rules:
For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to.
- No one with a communicable disease (e.g. flu, diarrhea) is allowed to enter the park.
- Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them.
- Don’t get closer than 7 meters (21 feet) to the gorillas.
- Don’t eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
- Turn away from the gorillas and cover your nose & mouth if you have to sneeze or cough.
- Don’t leave litter.
- All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
- No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
- Don’t spit on vegetation or soil when in the park; use your hankie or other garment.
As in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy it has become customary to offer a small tokens to local staff at the end of the tour if service has been of a high appreciated. Naturally this always remains at your discretion.
Yellow Fever Vaccination (For Foreign Non Residents):
Please note that you are required to have an up-to-date yellow fever vaccine to enter Uganda. You can arrange this in your home country and bring proof, or you can have the vaccine done in the airport upon arrival to Uganda for approx. $40. Rules and restrictions are always changing, so please make sure to do your own research for vaccines and visas before arriving in Uganda
Park Entry Fees
All Local taxes
Experienced safari guide/driver.
Any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary.