GORILLA TREKKING has been on my own bucket list, and now I am going and you can come too!

UGANDA ‘PEARL of AFRICA’ ITINERARY:   Primates & Wildlife Adventure

Dates: Arrival in Entebbe Oct. 19, depart Entebbe Oct. 28  (arrival may move one day later) 

9 nights, 10 days Roundtrip Entebbe. 

Inclusions:  2 gorilla permits, 1 chimpanzee permit, park fees, accommodations on double occupancy basis, most meals as listed here, activities as listed here and all internal flights.  Does not include international air.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport – Uganda.
Our staff will meet you right on the tarmac before entering the airport building, assist through Customs, get luggage and transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, you may have a briefing on your safari today/tonight or opt to have it in the morning after some hours of relaxation.

Overnight accommodation at Boma Guest House – Entebbe on Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 2: Entebbe – Drive to Murchison Falls. App. 4 – 5 hours’ drive;
Meet at the hotel and start for Murchison Falls. You will have a detour to the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary  a sanctuary created to re-introduce Rhino to Uganda after their extinction in 1982), you will have a ride around the reserve. Lunch and proceed to Murchison Falls, cross the river Nile by a ferry and drive up to the lodge.

Meals and Overnight at Bakers  Lodge.

Day 3: Game Viewing Safari – Murchison Falls N.P – Game drive takes 2 to 3 hours and the boat ride 2 hours.

Early morning game drive to the delta circuit where there’s a possibility of spotting the leopards along the leopard track, the Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The high supply of Kobs attracts prides of lions to the delta too.

Lunch at the Lodge.

In the afternoon, you will safari upstream by boat to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the Falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” You have an option to hike to the top of the Murchison Falls, from this vantage point you will have an opportunity to see the Nile’s beauty perfected as you watch the Nile forced through a seven meter cleft in the rocks and plunge 45 meters below, forming a spectacular rainbow.

Meals and Overnight at Bakers Lodge.

Day 4: Scenic flight from Murchison Falls to Kasese (this is supposed to be absolutely eyepopping!!)
Transfer to the airstrip in time for your scenic flight to Queen Elizabeth. Flying along the Nile at a very low altitude, gives you the best game viewing opportunity then proceed towards the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range and finally land at Kasese airstrip – please keep an eye out for the most amazing views of the farmlands, rivers, savannahs, evergreen forests and crater lakes.

Meet your guide at the airstrip, a welcome cup of coffee or chilled drink awaits then proceed to Fort Portal driving through the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” Head out to Kibale Forest driving through farmlands and homesteads. Lunch at the Lodge.

In the afternoon, you have an option to take a bird-walk around the lodge right in the middle of the evergreen Kibale Forest.

Meals and Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge.

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking – Kibale Forest NP. Tracking takes about 3 hours.

After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu Park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning.

Kibale Forest is a host to 13 primate species. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.    After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi,  an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna.

Meals and Overnight at Kyaninga Lodge.

Day 6: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park. App. 3 hrs drive.
Start for Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Explore the Katwe crater area and later proceed to the Lodge for lunch.
After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted.

Meals and Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth N.P – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. App. 4 hours’ drive.
After Breakfast, start for Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive through the Ishasha sector,  famous for its tree-climbing Lions unique to this region and multitude of animals.

Arrive at the Lodge in the afternoon, relax around the camp or take a village walk around Buhoma area with a visit to craft shops or a local school or a hospital and later enjoy entertainment by the local community/Orphan group.

Meals and Overnight at Bwindi or Buhoma Lodge.

Day 8: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes 3 to 10 hrs.

Early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers.

This park is best known for the fascinating Gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience.

The Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other, return to the lodge in the afternoon.

Meals and Overnight at Bwindi or Buhoma Lodge.

Day 9: Gorilla tracking & a short Batwa Community tour

Today, you will go for a second Gorilla trek and no doubt, will be a different family and different experience! Every Gorilla tracking thrill is different and unique!

In the  afternoon, depending upon time of gorilla trek, we will also fit in a short experience with the Batwa tribe.

A cultural tourism activity at its best! It’s a hands-on, mind-opening adventure you will not forget. You will see how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch for animals and birds. You will share a traditional meal with the Batwa, hear ancient legends and traditional songs, and join in on a mock hunting party. You can even test your skill with a Batwa bow and arrow.

Meals and accommodation at Bwindi or Buhoma Lodge.

Day 10: Fly to Entebbe – Connect to international flight.
After breakfast, start for Kihihi airstrip in time for your 9:45 AM flight arriving Entebbe Airport at 1125 AM. Depending on the weather, you may have the best views of the Volcanoes, villages and Lakes as you take off, proceed to Entebbe airport where our representative will meet you and transfer to the guest house in Entebbe. You have a day room booked for you to relax, freshen -up and enjoy the Lake walk or have a swim. Check out time of the guest house is 8pm latest, transfer to the airport in time for your international flight.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda