DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kibale Forest Camp, Primate Lodge / Ndali/ Crater Safari Lodge
DEPARTURE TIME Departure at 8:30 AM.
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED

 

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Day 1: TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

After an early morning pick up in Entebbe or Kampala, drive through Mubende on a tarmac road, passing through swampy areas with graceful papyrus beds and woodlands scattered with acacia trees. Mubende is a small town, halfway between Kampala and FortPortal, vehicles tend to stop for barbecued chicken on wooden skewers and Nyama Choma. Proceed to Fort Portal, an amazing town with a scenic backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains. Lunch shall be served in Fortportal, the royal town of the youngest Monarch in the world.

Drive to Kibale Forest.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT:

BUDGET/ MIDRANGE: Kibale Forest Camp

UPMARKET: Primate Lodge / Ndali/ Crater Safari Lodge

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Day 2: WALKING WITH THE CHIMPS

Kibale Forest National Park, located south of Fort Portal, at an altitude of about 1,230 m above sea level provides a rich and unique habitat for more than 250 species of animals Al’s and over 300 typesof birds. The animal species include 13 species of primates including the black and white Colobus monkeys and Chimpanzees. Kibale Forest National Park covers an area of 795sq Km.

Have a nutritious breakfast and drive to Kanyanchu Visitor centre for the 8:00am brief and Chimp tracking walk. It takes 2-3 hours. Park guides are readily available and this walk is for six persons per group. The morning walk is reported to offer a better opportunity to see the primates, usually to be found in the fig trees. Return for lunch at Kibale Forest Camp.

After a lunch break and moment of relaxation, drive to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary managed by KAFRED,a community-based Organisation that supports eco-tourism initiatives. You will enjoy the guided swamp walk along a trail with board walks. The swamp is rich with vegetation. The most co Mon tree species are wild palms, polita figs, and wild rubber trees. The dominant vegetation is the papyrus. Primates such as the red Colobus, black and white Colobus and Red-tailed monkey live in the swamp, along with over 138 species of birds, including the great blue touraco, and a large number of butterflies. The money collected is used for local community projects like a school, health centre and the peanut butter project.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT:

BUDGET/ MIDRANGE: Kibale Forest Camp

UPMARKET: Primate Lodge / Ndali/ Crater Safari Lodge

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Day 3: ENROUTE TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

After morning breakfast, pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces, tropical and bamboo forest until we get to Bwindi. The far south is known for Mountain Gorillas. The road there is mountainous and the roads dip and dive over high ridges, with slopes now largely logged out, and deep fertile valleys.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in the southwestern edge of the Western Rift Valley, covers an area of 321 sq km. The forest has had a number of names in the past including Bwindi, and Kayonza. In the local language, Bwindi means ‘a place of darkness’s and the name refers to the thick vegetation. The other popular name is the Impenetrable forest-living perfect description. Bwindi is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site popular for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, the two great African apes listed as endagered animals in the IUCN Red Data Book.

Upon arrival, you will need to rest and reserve energy for the early morning Gorilla tracking activity.

LUNCH, DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Gorilla Valley Lodge

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Day 4: GORILLA TRACKING ATLAST

First thing in the morning after breakfast, head to the starting point for briefing by 8:30am. The UWA ranger explains the rules of the park such as no smoking, eating or drinking once we reach the park. Every group is accompanied by the Uganda Tourism Police for safety measures. Trackers always carry packed lunch from their lodge. The first part of the walk is always the easiest, then an hour later, it becomes streneous with steep valley sides, as you pull yourself with the help of neraby trees until you reach the place where the gorillas has spent the previous night. The spot is marked by the nests of branches and leaves that gorillas make for themselves and huge piles of dung. The rangers communicate on Walkie talkies with the advance team to make the experience easy. Once you have found the gorillas you are allowed to spend an hour with them before heading back to the starting point before 7pm – and head back to the lodge.

DINNER & OVERNIGHT: Gorilla Valley Lodge

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Day 5:BACK TO KAMPALA

After breakfast, we embark on our journey back to Kampala making stop at the Equator monument on the way to enjoy packed lunch from the lodge. The equator monument shops have   amazing souvenirs. The place is ideal for photo opportunities. Thereafter, proceed to Kampala.

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