Tailored from £5,450 per person excl. flights
7 Days Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi
7 Days Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi
Flying into Entebbe and driving straight to the Kibale Forest you will waste no time in your pursuit for Uganda's unique wildlife. Following a day of chimp trekking and exploring the forest you will drive on to Queen Elizabeth National Park; home to elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe and many other wonderful species. Finally, you drive on to Bwindi National Park where you will enjoy the wonderful mountain views and prepare for the incredible experience of viewing the famous mountain gorillas.
Entebbe > Kibale
Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
Kibale Forest > Queen Elizabeth
Boat trip into Kazinga Channel
Queen Elizabeth > Bwindi
Kigali and international flight home
This morning you land into Entebbe airport and will be met by your guide before beginning your Ugandan safari. As you drive out of Entebbe you will have views of Lake Victoria and bypass the busy city of Kampala making your way through Uganda's stunning countryside. After 5 hours of driving you arrive at Fort Portal, a town at the foot of the Rwenzori mountains and the base of the Kibale Forest. You will then make your way to your lodge and rest up before a lovely dinner at the lodge with the forest providing the soundtrack.
Today you will get the chance to track the troops of chimpanzees that live in the forest. It is important to note that whilst this can be extremely interactive and make for some amazing face-to-face time with our closest relatives, they are wild and there is no guarantee of a close up sighting. The forest is full of other primates and all forms of life with colobus monkeys and red tailed monkeys common sightings.
We also recommend the 'swamp walk' offered by the lodge. This 2 hour trek takes your through the swamps to a local community living in this hostile environment. There is stunning scenery and some incredibly rare wildlife to spot en route.
Following your time in Kibale you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This stunning park is located at the base of Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. It is full of game and particularly known for its large elephant population. You will arrive in time to settled in at the lodge and head out for afternoon game drive and a sundowner before dinner.
Activities include traditional game drives as well as boat safaris into the Kazinga Channel. This stretch of water joining Lake Albert and Lake George is home to hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and beautiful bird species endemic to the region.
An optional activity is a hot air balloon over the area.
As you drive out of Queen Elizabeth you will be treated to a short drive through Ishasha, a region renowned for tree climbing lions. Not a guaranteed sighting but well worth trying to spot on your way towards Bwindi, the home of the mountain gorillas. You will stay on the edge of the forest with wonderful views of the forest. You will be briefed before dinner on the plan for your gorilla trek the next day.
This morning you will wake early and prepare for your gorilla trek. This is a humbling experience and you will be allocated to one of nine habituated groups that call the mountains of Bwindi home. The allocation of which group you track is based upon fitness levels, preferences and size of parties. The groups are located at varying distances from the base, they can be less than an hours trek away or up to 8 hours. Following your incredible day in the forest with the gorillas you will return to the lodge and relax.
Your safari comes to an end as you make the drive to Kigali, Rwanda. You will reach the border after three hours or so, and from here it is a further three hours into Kigali. The drive takes in some incredible scenery and you will arrive in Kigali in time for your international flight home.
Ndali Lodge is set in the middle of a 1000-acre fertile farmland, it is also the home of indigenous trees, birds, monkeys and other endemic wildlife.
Located in Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a riverside camp featuring 10 spacious tented rooms and is surrounded by nature.
Located at the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Buhoma Lodge is the closest entry point for mountain gorilla treks.
Throughout this itinerary you will be staying in accommodation we have chosen because it is in line with our values on sustainable tourism, conserving Uganda's unique wildlife species and supporting local communities. Uganda is working extremely hard to allow tourism to grow alongside retaining it's cultural heritage.
Responsible tourism has saved the last of the Mountain Gorillas from extinction: proving the sustainable value of tourism outweighs the short term temptation of poaching. Your trekking permits and National Park fees contribute to the ongoing conservation efforts in Bwindi National Park.