11 Days Gorilla Safari

This safari is combines the Savannah with the forest quality; tracking Chimpanzees in Budongo, Kibale forest and Kyambura river gorge to the wildlife abundant plains of Murchison NP and Queen Elizabeth NP. Before proceeding on to Bwindi for world class gorilla tracking, where you sit among these giants and marvel at their sheer size overwhelmed, more so when you realize that are only 700 of them left in the world; crossing to Volcano NP in Rwanda for another Gorilla tracking and Golden monkey tracking experience. 

DAY 1: Entebbe Air Port

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport; he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and Rwanda  while highlighting your travel itinerary.

DAY 2: Kibale Forest NP

After breakfast you will drive to Kibale Forest and after 7 hours you shall reach Fort portal Town.  Along the way you will have the opportunity to view a variety of wonderful Landscapes, Tea Plantations, Forests, Birds and a few primates along the paved road.

DAY 3: Chimps and Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 Am the tracking start time for Chimps. This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey.

After lunch; drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering the park via the northern creator area through a beautiful scenic view. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30 min north of Mweya. The winding 27 km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth NP

After an early morning coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back by 11:00 am for a late breakfast.

After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  Come back early enough for a sun downer.

Day 5: Kyambura and Ishasha

After an early morning coffee drive to fig tree camp, the tourist center for Kyambura River gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of the park 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16 km gorge is a home to 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons, the birds include the black and white casqued horn bill, Great blue turacco, Ross’s turacco and Black bee eater among others.

 After your packed lunch drive to Ishasha Sector, the home of the climbing lions.

Day 6: Game Drive (Ishasha) - Bwindi

This provides a true wildness experience, famed for the tree climbing lions; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Waterbuck and may more. come back by 10 am for breakfast, leisure around, have lunch and head to Bwindi forest. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.

Day 7: Bwindi - Gorilla Tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00 am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the Sliver back. It is amazing to think that there are only 700 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.

If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community village walk; see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer.

Day 8: Volcanoes NP – Rwanda

After a leisurely morning leave Bwindi for Kisoro, arrive in Kisoro early enough for lunch. After lunch cross over to Rwanda, clear with the boarder requirements; you guide will help you change money, adjust your clock to GMT2 and check in to your hotel in the evening, Leisure around before Dinner.

Day 9: Volcano NP - Rwanda

Have an early start, after breakfast be at the Pac des Volcano headquarters at 7:00 am for briefing with your packed lunch and enough water. Start a rewarding but demanding experience into the mountains, you may walk 1 to 8 hours depending on the movement of these delightful creatures.

 After, return to your hotel, and if time allows you drive to Bunyonyi for a night stay.

Day 10: Kampala

After a morning breakfast drive to Kampla, You will drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long honed cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at flamingo shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on. Nearing Kampala in the district of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums in the rich African culture; you shall arrive in Kampala in the evening and check in to your Hotel, early enough for Dinner.

Day 11: Entebbe Airport

City tour; Uganda wildlife Education Centre, Botanical Garden, Reptile village and the beach life in Entebbe: have lunch and transfer to the Airport for departure.