9 Days Uganda chimpanzee trekking and wildlife safari
Day 1: Arrival and travel to Kampala
You will be met by our driver/guide at Entebbe International Airport who will drive you to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. You will check in at Serena hotel or Sheraton Hotel Kampala or Hotel Africana or any other hotel of your choice in the city center where you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Entebbe International Airport
Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park
The alternative is to set off straight from the airport skipping. Upon landing you will be met by your guide/driver who will be with you throughout your stay in Uganda. The driver will pick you up after breakfast and drive you to Kibale Forest National Park, a journey of around six hours that will involve a midday stop for picnic lunch. You will enjoy beautiful scenery as you traverse tea plantations with farmers harvesting the leaves, rolling hills, open savannahs, colorful villages on your way to Kibale.
You can stop as often as you like to take photos. On arrival at one of our partner lodges, Primate Lodge, you will have dinner and rest unwind from your long but enjoyable journey.
Kibale Tea Plantations
Day 3: Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast you will be driven to the Kibale National Park for your morning Chimpanzee trekking. The trek departs from Kanyanchu at 8:0am and whilst it’s not guaranteed that you will see the chimps there is 90% success rate of seeing them which is far higher chance of success than any other location that offers chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. The trekk walk will lead you through Kibale forest and where you will likely encounter red-tailed monkeys as well as grey checked magueys on the way.
Once you find yourself in the company of the chimpanzees, you will have an hour to enjoy their behavior and take photos to your heart’s content.
You will have the afternoon for resting or if you so wish, to visit the nearby Bigodi wetland sanctuary to learn about the birdlife and butterflies that live here, before retiring for the night.
Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
Day 4: Kibale Forest Reserve – Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will set off with your driver /guide for Queen Elizabeth national park. The journey should take couple of hours and you can settle in to your room at Twin lake safari lodge or another partner lodge of your choice, before enjoying lunch here.
In the afternoon will have a boat trip on the Kazinga channel you cruise along the channel and see buffaloes cooling off in the water, hippos and crocodiles in the channel and elephants at the shore grazing and drinking in the afternoon. Antelopes, impalas and several other animals graze in the area. The channel also has a wide range of amazing bird life. This boat ride on Kazinga Channel offers a relaxing wonderful outdoors experience.
You will have dinner at your lodge which overlooks the rift valley giving you stunning views of the sunset coupled with the towering Mount Rwenzori range in the background. You will then rest in the cottages that offer stunning views of the national park and the rift valley.
Twin Lakes Safari Lodge; Queen Elizabeth National Park in the background
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast you will set off with packed lunch for the Bwindi impenetrable forest .You will game view on your way south through the park exploring the Ishasha region which is famous for tree climbing lions. You can stop here for lunch before heading south through rolling hills and the colorful country and on to Bwindi Forest where you will stay for two nights at Engagi lodge or another partner lodge of your choice.
Climbing Lions in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
You set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters where you will register for your gorilla trek once you have been assigned a group you will be driven to the trail head for your group and you will follow your guide in to Bwindi impenetrable forest .You will start your trek at the top of the hills descending to find the gorillas walking between 2 and 4 hours before you reach the gorillas. Once you find the first gorilla you will have an hour with them the time will fly by so make the most of every minute. This is a fascinating experience as you will watch the gentle giants interact exhibiting similar behavior to humans.
Gorillas in Bwindi National Park
Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Lake Mburo
This morning you will be driven east wards to Lake Mburo national park. The driver takes between four and five hours the scenery is really beautiful, starting with step winding hills covered in a patch work quilt of fields and then opening out into flatter plains. On your arrival, you will then settle in your tent at Matana Camp site or anyother lodge of your choice. On the the afternoon of your arrive you may choose to go for a game drive with your driver/guide or simply relax and enjoy the stunning views from the camp.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 8: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe
You will set off after breakfast back to Entebbe a drive of around five hours passing through the bustling capital of Kampala on the way where you can stop to buy some souvenirs if you wish. You will have the afternoon at leisure to do whatever you wish at Entebbe either relaxing at the guest house or exploring the botanical gardens where one can relax or swim in Lake Victoria. This area also offers a wide range of bird species for the bird watcher in you.
Zebras in Lake Mburo National Park
Day9: Entebbe Airport
An early start this morning you will be driven to Entebbe airport for your fright back home.