This 9-day safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to more than half of the world’s remaining 720 Mountain Gorillas. The most enthralling experience in this forest is tracking gorillas. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second-largest national park, will be visited. Game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel are included. Before arriving at Murchison Falls National Park, you will visit Kibale Forest, the natural habitat of our chimps.
Entebbe/Kampala to Lake Bunyonyi After an early breakfast, you will depart for an 8-9 hour drive to the country’s southwestern region. You will have a photo opportunity at the Equator, where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres at the same time. You’ll stop for lunch again en route, followed by a final stop at Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is said to be one of western Uganda’s most beautiful spots. It is Africa’s second deepest lake [900 meters] and one of the few places in the country where swimming is considered safe due to the absence of bilharzia. Terraced hills protrude from the water’s edge in the landscape surrounding the lake. Bunyonyi means “place of small birds,” and there is plenty of birdlife around the lake, as the name suggests.
A boat ride and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After an early breakfast, you will depart for a 2-hour boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi. The landscape around the lake is composed of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of small birds,” and there is plenty of birdlife around the lake, as the name suggests. You will be transferred to Bwindi in the afternoon for a nature walk or a Batwa cultural experience. You will be taken through their villages to see how they go about their daily routine activities and be amazed by the way they skillfully cultivate the hillsides and care for their animals (cows), which are a source of pride. You will then return for dinner and overnight.
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Transfer to Ishasha After an early breakfast, you will travel to the park headquarters to be briefed by the guides before beginning your search for giant gorillas in the dense Bwindi forest. Bwindi National Park is known for its impressive mountain gorillas, though the length of time it takes to track them depends on their movement. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome, and exciting adventure that will leave you with long-lasting memories of a truly unique experience. After lunch, transfer to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will arrive late in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.
Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Ishasha, where you’ll see tree climbing lions lounging in tree branches while keeping an eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favourite prey. After arriving at your lodge, you may have the opportunity to see some tree-climbing lions. In the afternoon, you will take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see water animals such as hippos, buffalos, crocodiles, and elephants bathing on the channel banks up close. On the water’s edge, there are a variety of bird species, including the famous Shoebill, Pelican, and Jacana. Dinner and a night in.
Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park After breakfast, you will go on a short morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth before heading to the scenic Explosion Craters and Explosion Crater Lakes along the Western Ugandan Explosion Crater Lake Trail, which are one of the Pearls in the Pearl of Africa. Have lunch en-route and then transfer to Kibale National Park, where you will check-in at your lodge for the night.
Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk After breakfast, we’ll head to Kibale Forest with our packed lunch to see the primates. The activity starts at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing on how to track chimps in the forest, followed by a search for them in the forest. Other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus, and Blue tailed and Red-tailed monkeys can be seen swinging in the branches of this dense forest during the half-day hike. In Uganda, about 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild, making it a great place to see them! In the morning, an experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking. Once you’ve found the chimps, you’ll spend an hour with them before returning to your hotel for lunch. After lunch, you’ll be taken on a Bigodi Wetland walk. This is a guided swamp walk where you can get up close and personal with primates such as monkeys, birds, and butterflies. Because part of the walk is muddy, you’ll need good walking shoes.
Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park, which will take approximately 7/8 hours. Tour the top and bottom of the majestic falls, where the Nile crashes through a 7-meter gorge to a 45-meter drop. The most impressive view of the foaming waters rushing into the gorge with a deafening roar is where you will have dinner and overnight.
Game drive and launch cruise in Murchison Falls National Park You will leave at 6:30 a.m. for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau, where you will see Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. Large carnivores such as lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas may also be seen, as well as shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pigs. Along the Nile’s banks, you’ll see crocodiles and hippos. The goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, hornbill, saddle-bill stork, and the rare shoebill stork are among the more common birds to be seen. In the afternoon, you’ll go for lunch and then take a boat ride upstream to the base of the Victoria Nile Falls. You’ll see hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birds along the way, including the unusual shoebill stork. The boat comes to a halt just a few meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” so that photos of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls can be taken. For dinner and the night, you’ll return to your lodge.
Rhino tracking in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer to Entebbe/Kampala After an early morning breakfast, depart with fond memories of your time at Murchison Falls. You will be driven to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will trek for nearly two hours after receiving a briefing from the ranger. Lunch will be served on the way back to Kampala/Entebbe.