Overview:

The 6 Days Uganda Gorilla, Wildlife & Chimpanzee Adventure Vacation safari takes you through the Chimpanzee trekking haven of Kibale which shelters 13 species of primates including the common chimpanzees, the scenic encounters at the Ndali –Kasenda crater field where you hike up to the top of the world to have the views of over 60 crater lakes and hollows with magical Ruwenzori Mountain at a distance, the wildlife encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park including; tree climbing lions, elephants, Antelopes, buffalo, elusive leopard, side stripped jackals among others while the launch cruise on the 45m long Kazinga channel exposes you to a range of Nile crocodiles, Hippos and water birds without forgetting wild game drinking on the channel side. The final thrilling activity of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park draws you closer to these critically endangered apes that only exist in Bwindi and Virunga volcanoes.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & visit the Ndali Kasenda crater field

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 3: Do game drive & launch cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking

Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala.

Description:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & visit the Ndali Kasenda crater field

Wake for an early breakfast after which you will transfer to Kibale National Park 358km about 7 hours’ drive. You will traverse the lush country side dotted with varying geographical landscapes including inselbergs, deep valleys, and steep sided hills among others with settlements of the local people. You will have lunch en route and upon reaching Fort Portal, you will visit the Ndali – Kasenda crater field popularly known as the top of the world to gain stunning sights of the crater area. The Ndali – Kasenda crater field was formed about 10,000 years ago consisting of 60 permanent and seasonal fresh water lakes centered on Rweetera, Kasenda, Kabata and Rwaihamba trading centers 20 – 30 km south of Fort Portal town. The Kasenda lakes are all different in character and most are very beautiful, while the lush surrounding country side, rattling with birds, monkeys and butterflies provides limitless opportunities for causal exploration below the majestic back drop of the Rwenzori. Retire for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Chimps nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You gather at Kanyanchu tourism center to start up with short briefing about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct at 08:00am after which you will head to the forest of Kibale full of birds, 13 species of primate, amazing flora and fauna including forest elephants. The search is for the common chimpanzees – one of man’s closest relatives. Upon encountering them, you will marvel at their physical make up particularly the facial structure that is much correlated with that of man, their pant hooting calls, their playful tactics and the way they swing from branch to branch and from tree to tree that will lure you to use up your camera space unknowingly. The full one hour encounter will allow you maximize this experience. Return from this 2 – 5 hour activity and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 4 hours’ drive. You will enjoy the magical sights of Rwenzori Mountains historically known as the mountains of the moon standing at an elevation of 5,109m above the sea level and with snowcapped peaks. Continue on the drive to arrive in Queen Elizabeth in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi lodge (Midrange/standard) or Mama land Pumba Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Accommodation: You have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 3: Do game drive & launch cruise

Wake up early enough to depart for a game drive at 06:00am to catch up with early risers and night hunters getting back to their hiding places including Hyenas, owls, side stripped jackals among others. You will drive through the Kasenyi tracks to enjoy the sights of wild game including elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes among others though they are not guaranteed. You will return from this 3 – 4 hour activity for relaxation and lunch after which you will gather at Mweya to catch up with the launch cruise on Kazinga Channel at 03:00pm. The 2 hour boat cruise will expose to a range of aquatic animals including Hippos and Nile Crocodiles which is the second largest reptile in the whole world. Wild game drinking on the channel side including elephants, Antelopes and buffaloes and abundant bird life will make your launch trip on the 45m long Kazinga channel memorable. Retire for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will drive through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions lying on short tree branches of Ishasha providing a perfect base to view these unique creatures other than any other wilderness. Continue on the drive to arrive in Buhoma in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.

Drive distance: 160km Drive distance: 5 hours

Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Cap (Upmarket/luxury), Engagi Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Do gorilla trekking

Wake up for an early breakfast before assembling at the park headquarters Buhoma for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am. The forest of Bwindi dates back from the prehistoric era and is one of the few remaining Afro montane forests in East Africa. Due to its surviving of the last ice age, it has a great bio-diversity concentration including the endangered mountain gorillas. Other great flora will give you company as you traverse the dense thicket famously known as impenetrable forest while wildlife crossings and bird songs will never leave you abandoned in this ancient forest. The trek is a bit strenuous due to rugged terrain that characterizes the area. One hour is availed to you upon encountering of these close to human apes that will leave you with real belief of human evolution theory. Return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Trekking duration: 2 – 8 hours

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala.

After breakfast, embark on the journey back to Kampala traversing the lush country side of the south west Uganda with the overlooking Kigezi highlands nick named the Switzerland of Africa. Have a lunch stop at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara town for lunch. You can also take a 30 – 40 minute tour of the Igongo cultural Museum. Continue with the drive to reach Kampala in the evening.

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