8 Days Uganda Safari
8 Days Uganda Safari
The 8 Day Uganda safari covers some of the amazing tourism activities in Uganda including gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and wildlife viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park surpassed by a scenic boat cruise on the Kazinga channel viewing hippos, crocodiles and other animals and bird species on the lakeside sipping on the fresh water.
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
On arrival at the airport, you will meet and greet with the representative who will help with the luggage and then transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, you may have a briefing on your safari today/tonight or opt to have it in the morning after some hours of relaxation.
Day 2: Entebbe – Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best places for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. The park is also home to over 375 bird species, 351 tree species and 70 mammal species, out of which 13 are primate species including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, blue monkeys, Red-cheeked Mangabey and Uganda red colobus monkeys. Along the way, you will have highlights of fruit markets and different scenic views.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest NP. Tracking takes about 3 hours.
After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. You will hear the chimpanzees from somewhere deep in the forest before you see them, an excited hooting, just one voice at first, then several, rising in volume and temple and pitch to a frenzied unified crescendo, before stopping abruptly or fading away. Jane Goodall called it the “panthood” call, a bonding ritual that allows any chimpanzees within earshot of each other to identify who is around. To the human listener, this eruptive crescendo is one of the most chilling and exciting sounds of the rain forest, and a strong indicator that visual contact with man’s closest genetic relative is eminent. Kibale Forest is a host to 13 primate species.
The experienced guides will provide detailed information on not only primates but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. After lunch, you may opt to take on a Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary walk - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.
Day 4: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park. App. 3 hrs. drive.
Start for Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. Explore the Katwe crater area and later proceed to the Lodge for lunch.
After lunch, enjoy a game drive where you may be rewarded with game including the waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species.
Day 5: Game Viewing and Boat ride
An early morning rise, and a cup of your favorite beverage, embark on a morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens’s mile in the park and keep a watch out for Lion, Elephant, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, Leopard, Hyena, Mongoose, Waterbuck, Ugandan Kob, and lots of the many small animals and birds.
After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This boat cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth N.P - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. App. 4 hours’ drive
After Breakfast, start for Bwindi via the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive through the Ishasha sector famous for its tree-climbing Lions unique to this region and multitude of animals.
Arrive at the Lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you have an option to go for a short Batwa walk - A cultural tourism activity at its best! It’s a hands-on, mind-opening adventure! You will get an insight into how the Batwa lived and hunted, learn about medicinal plants, and watch out for animals and birds. You may get a share of the traditional meal with the Batwa, hear ancient legends and traditional songs, and join in on a mock hunting party. You can even test your skill with a Batwa bow and arrow and participate in traditional dances.
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking takes 3 – 10hrs depending on the proximity of the Mountain Gorillas and how easily they are located
Meet your private guide and drive down to the Park Headquarters for a briefing and enter one of the most diverse forests in Africa. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of the Gorillas, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Spending one magical hour with a Gorilla family is a memorable experience! You will later meet your guide and transfer to the lodge.
In the afternoon, you may choose to take on a walk to the local communities for an insight into their cultural practices and ways of life. This will also give you an opportunity for last-minute craft shopping.
Day 8: Bwindi – Entebbe.
After Breakfast, check out of the lodge and embark on your journey to Entebbe with an enroute stopover at the equator for a photo session and you may also purchase some hand-made craft souvenirs before proceeding with our journey, arriving in Entebbe in the afternoon in time for your onward international flight. Please book return flights departing Entebbe after 1 pm.
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