TU03 - $3200 pp
Highlights: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo National Park, Bunyaruguru Crater, & Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 1 - Arrive Kampala
Meet and greet in Kampala, transfer to Fort Portal (5 hours) which nestles in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon"". Afternoon visit to Bigodi swamp, see smaller mammals and primates. Highlights are finding the rare red colobus monkey & the sitatunga. Dinner & overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 2 - Bunyaruguru Crater (Western Uganda)
Full day search of chimpanzee and 10 other primate including red colobus, blue, red tailed and gray-cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, on primates, the forest fauna and flora. The walk is both informative and enjoyable. Overnight at preferred lodge.
Day 3 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours) following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive en route may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. Many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight at preferred lodge.
Day 4 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Two game drives today. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzoris as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bushbuck. These two game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of wildlife. Dinner and overnight at preferred lodge.
Day 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Drive through the "Switzerland of Africa" area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Kisoro or Bwindi (5 hours). Dinner and overnight at preferred lodge.
Day 6 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Early morning entry into Gorilla sanctuary. This rainforest is spectacular. It offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, criss-crossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Mammals include the endangered Mt. gorillas, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog etc. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal.
Day 7 - Lake Mburo National Park
Check out after breakfast and take a leisurely drive to Lake Mburo National Park (4 hours) with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch. This is the best place in the country to see zebras. Lake Mburo has 5 lakes and is mainly savanna with scattered acacias trees. The park features animals such as impalas, elands, roan antelopes, reedbucks, klipspringers and topis, as well as bufalloes and hippos. Adjacent to the park are the ranches of the Bahima tribe, who are herd the famed long-horned Ankole cattle that are a common site here. Take an afternoon boat ride.
Day 8 - Kampala - Departure
Breakfast followed by a game drive. Check out after lunch and depart for Kampala (3 hours). Drop off at your hotel or accommodation