Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in South-Western Uganda, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Bwindi is home to over 350 endangered gorillas. Ape adventure is one of the greatest tourism contributions to the economy of Uganda and Rwanda. Mountain gorillas which are quite possibly the most awe-inspiring animals to be found in Africa. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Gorilla tracking is the major tourist activity in Bwindi with four groups currently available daily for tourists. The Mubare group (ten members, one silverback) was opened for tourism in 1993, and the Habinyanja group (eighteen members, two silverbacks) was ready in July 1998. The Rusheguru group (ten members, one silverback) was opened in July 2002, while the Nkuringo group (nineteen members, two silverbacks) was opened for tourism in April 2004. More groups have been habituated in the past few years creating opportunity for more tourists to trek per day.
You get the chance to trek and follow the gorillas first hand with experienced and knowledgeable game rangers. This Safari is challenging, and a certain amount of physical fitness is required but is very rewarding when you finally are face to face with the big primates.
Day 1 | Arrival
You will be met and transferred to the hotel in Entebbe. Overnight stay at the Boma Guesthouse BB. Optional activities include, nature walks, site seeing, boat trips, sunset cruises and more, which you can do at your leisure.
Day 2 | Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
Pick up from your hotel and travel to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – this was set up for re-introduction of the rhinos that were almost extinct in Uganda. The sanctuary has served its purpose to date, as the rhinos have been reproducing and growing in number – as you will see during this Rhino trek.
Overnight at Ziwa Sanctuary Lodge
Day 3 | Murchison Falls NP
After breakfast depart for Murchison Falls national park. You will visit the top of the falls on your way to the lodge, where you will view the Nile waters as they drop down through the narrow gap about 7m wide. After this magnificent encounter, you will proceed to cross to the northern bank of the river. Lunch will be served at the lodge, after which you may go on a late afternoon game. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight stay Fort Murchison Lodge (FB)
Day 4 | Day’s activities
While at Murchison Falls Park, you will go on the game drive, where you will view a variety of both game and birds. The game drive is an early morning activity for which you have a very early start and later you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax for the rest of the morning, and then after lunch go on the boat cruise on the river Nile, here you will view more birds, crocodiles and hippos and also view the falls from the bottom. The birdlife is vast, some of which is endemic and others rare species, all of which you will experience.
Overnight stay at Fort Murchison Lodge (FB)
Day 5 | Kibale National Park
Depart early this morning to Kibale Park, this is a long drive – stop for lunch en route and you will arrive at Kibale late afternoon. Relax for the rest of the afternoon, if keen you may go out for an evening walk for site seeing through the surroundings.
Overnight stay at Kibale Guest cottages (FB)
Day 6 | Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chimpanzee trek – a briefing will be given by the park guides, who will lead you to the forest to start the walk from which you will be able to view the chimpanzees and many more primate species. The birdlife in the forest is enormous and quite an experience especially for those keen on birds. Return for lunch and then depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Overnight stay at Enganzi Lodge (FB)
Day 7 | Day’s activities
Today there will be an early morning game drive, and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. Throughout the game drive and the boat ride in the afternoon, the animals and bird life in this park are a great experience. Lake George & Lake Edward (Twin lake – as locally known) are a habitat to a vast birdlife. The park has the largest number of crater lakes, amongst which is Lake Katwe (Salt Lake) – most of the salt in Uganda is mined here. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Overnight stay as above
Day 8 | Bwindi national park
Transfer to Bwindi national park. The drive takes you through the southern section of Queen Elizabeth national park – Ishasha area- game viewing as you drive through, with chances of sighting the tree climbing lion, resting on the tree branches. A lunch stop en route, and then continue on to the park. Relax for the rest of the afternoon.
Overnight stay at Rushaga gorilla lodge
Day 9 | Gorilla trek
An early breakfast today! At the park starting point you will be briefed and then start the trek. It’s advisable to bring a small backpack to carry your personal items – sun lotion, sunglasses, lunch pack (provided by the lodge). Hiking shoes, long pants and long-sleeved shirt, a hat and a light rain jacket are good to consider for the trek.
Overnight stay as above
Day 10 | Lake Mburo National Park
Depart for Lake Mburo Park, check-in at the lodge, here you will arrive in time for a late lunch. Activities in the park include a game drive, a boat ride on Lake Mburo and a nature walk. Time will be allocated to do the activities. There are other OPTIONAL activities – like horse riding, quad biking and bicycle rides. Return to the lodge for the rest of the evening.
Overnight stay at Lake Mburo safari lodge (FB)
Day 11 | Entebbe/Departure
A leisurely return to Entebbe, site seeing en-route, lunch en route. Given your departure time you will be transferred to the airport in time for check-in.
- Game drives
- Boat rides
- Nature walks
- Site seeing
- Gorilla trek
- Chimpanzee trek
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