This 8 Days Luxury Uganda Safari Holiday includes tracking mountain gorillas plus wildlife tours within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth plus Kibale Forest National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a savanna park is found in Western Uganda and was named after the renowned Queen Elizabeth II of the UK.
This 8 days Uganda Safari Holiday begins and ends in Kampala. The safari can as well be customized for you on a personally basis.
The safari begins with visiting Kibale tropical damp Forest home to 13 primate species; among which are chimpanzees, Galogos, red colobus monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Vervet monkeys, L’hoest and the Red Tailed monkeys among many others. Tracking these noisy chimpanzee families that are usually racing up in the towering forest canopy is a very exciting as well as unforgettable experience.
Within the Bigodi Wetland sanctuary, you will several forest plus swamp bird species in addition to a couple of primates.
On the open savannah plains found at the bottom of the Rwenzori Mountain, you will see a variety of African wild animals in the amazing Queen Elizabeth National Park. In this park among the commonly seen animal species are: elephants, leopards, lions, hippopotami and buffaloes. The adjacent Kyambura gorge is renowned for its speedy elusive chimpanzees which can be tracked in this close by gorge. In the Ishasha area you will search for the tree climbing lions resting in the big fig trees.
You will then proceed to Bwindi national park, home to half of the total population of the mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi has 4 habituated families and these mainly live in the denser tropical Afro-montane forest. This park is as well rich with various bird species with 357 bird types, 200 butterfly species as well as 324 tree species.
DAY 1: KAMPALA – FORTPORTAL
You will be met and briefed by our tour guide about this safari before leaving for Portal town driving along the Mityana-Mubende road. You will stopover in Mubende to see the legendary Nakayima tree. Have lunch in Mubende town and then continue to Fort portal town that situated on the foothills of the legendary Rwenzori Mountains also known as ‘Mountains of the Moon’. Dine and slumber at Ndali Lodge (Full board)
DAY 2: KIBALE FOREST
floowing an early breakfast, continue to Kibale forest to track Chimpanzees. As you track the chimpanzees you will see various primates along the tracks such as the L’hoestes monkeys, gray cheeked Mangabeys, blue tailed monkeys, red colobus monkeys as well as the red tailed monkeys. You will as identify the different Tree species; this is another interesting activity here as there are very many rare species like the Naked Adam and Eve. Your park guide will offer you a detailed explanation on the various primates and the fauna and flora of the forest. This walk is not only informative but enjoyable as well. If Time allows, you will also have a thrilling nature walk within the Bigodi Swamp bird sanctuary a perfect destination for birders. In the evening you will head back to Ndali lodge for our dinner and the overnight. (Full board)
DAY 3: KIBALE FOREST TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
Following breakfast head to Queen Elizabeth National park, and here you will have clear views of the legendary Mountain Rwenzori ranges. As you drive to your accommodation, you will pass by various animals along the route such as the humorous warthogs, hyenas, lions, elephants, leopards plus buffaloes, in addition to several species of antelopes. Following lunch, continue to the Kazinga Channel where you will enjoy a thrilling launch cruise. During this cruise you will see several animals drinking water by the shores among which are buffaloes, hippos and elephants, in addition to water birds. Dine and slumber at Mweya Safari Lodge – Full Board
DAY 4: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP
You will leave for a game drive in the early morning to explore the Ishasha region to see the Climbing lions that are normally seen resting in the big fig trees as they wait waiting for their prey. You will have a thrilling game drive in a diverse eco-system with grassy plains, volcanic craters, tropical forest, lakes, rivers and swamps. Following your lunch you will visit the local salt works found at Lake Katwe. In the evening you will relax and later fine and slumber at Mweya Safari Lodge (Full board)
DAY 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NP
Following breakfast, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest going through the Ishasha region home to the amazing tree climbing lions, or alternatively drive through the cultivated areas; this will mainly depend on the road condition. You will visit the nearby village and learn about their local culture if time allows. Dine and slumber at Buhoma Homestead (Full board)
DAY 7: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Following an early breakfast, go into the impenetrable Bwindi forest to track mountain gorillas. This tropical Afro-montane forest is magnificent. It provides home to the in danger of extinction mountain gorillas. as you track the gorillas you may come across several other animals such as the uncommon golden monkeys, bushbucks, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, elephants, leopards and black-fronted duikers among many others. Keep in mind that tracking these fascinating gorillas within Bwindi is an experience that at times takes almost the entire day. Nevertheless, after coming face to face with these great you will be allowed to spend an hour in their presence. Dine and slumber at Buhoma Homestead (Full Board)
DAY 8: KAMPALA AND DEPARTURE
After your breakfast you will drive back to Kampala having lunch along the way in Mbarara town, time allowing stopover at the Equator and finally make it to Kampala.