Lakes – Game - Primates 8 Days
Uganda is situated right on the Equator. With about 36 million inhabitants, is a large country of savannah grasslands dotted with lakes and papyrus marshes. Uganda is also the land of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon” with their snow-capped peaks; of the western branch of the Rift Valley with its sparkling lakes covering about 20% of the Uganda total surface area; impenetrable forests of jungle vegetation; of hills that have been cultivated with care by meticulous local farmers, of vast stretches of grassland used by the proud nomadic herdsmen of the Banyankole tribe; of tea plantations whose endless green carpet stretches to the distant horizon. The national parks scattered throughout the country are home to an unparalleled abundance and variety of wildlife. It is not, therefore, without good reason that it had so impressed Winston Churchill, who referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa” in the heart of the British Empire.
. The great African game of Queen Elisabeth National Park
. Lake Mburo NP and its wildlife
. Discover on foot the chimpanzees of Kibale NP
. Birding on boat on the Kazinga Channel
. Discover on foot the last mountain gorillas
. The 2 great lakes: Victoria and Edward
About 2,000 km of tracks and roads on board of comfortable vehicles. 7 nights spent in good hotels, nicely located tented camps or simpler accommodations. Cold lunches, warm and varied diners.
Equatorial type of climate (25 – 30°C). Some nights can be fresh, mostly at high altitudes. Experienced, English speaking guide during the whole safari.
Day 1 - ARRIVE at Entebbe Airport, probably the friendliest in Africa, met by our smiling guides. Briefing on the great African adventure. Set off on the west bound road; bargain at the roadside markets bursting with fruit and vegetables. Drive to Masaka
Overnight: Hotel Brovad
Day 2 - MASAKA – LAKE MBURO NP – BWINDI FOREST - Start early to the Lake Mburo NP for a morning game drive. Have lunch in Mbarara. A dirt track crosses many villages, huge tea plantations and brings you at the edge of Bwindi Forest.
Overnight: Buhoma community Rest Camp
Day 3 - MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - As the first light of dawn breaks through the curtain of mist clinging to the summits of the evergreen hills, we make our way into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Tracking the gorillas through the unique vegetation can take several hours of challenging walking in wet and muddy conditions. To see a gorilla, the trek will have been worth the hardship.
Overnight: Buhoma community Rest Camp
Day 4 – BWINDI - QUEEN ELISABETH NP – Leave early morning. Depending on the weather situation, you might drive on a highland track or follow the road that crosses through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth NP. The game seen will depend on the season, the Mweya peninsula, which you will reach at the end of the morning, is good for a variety of animals including elephants. In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel where a vast array of birds and the wildlife come to drink. Late evening game drive.
Overnight: Katara Lodge
Day 5– QE NP – KIBALE NP – Morning game driveS in the Kasenyi plains where you will find mostly li on and Uganda cob. After lunch, transfer to the edge of Kibale NP.
Overnight: Nyinabulitwa Resort
Day 6 - CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NP –KAMPALA – Start early for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda near the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains protecting a large block of rainforest that harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Superb birds and a well-established Chimpanzee-tracking program with a high success rate make this forest a worthwhile destination.
After lunch continue on a good road toward Kampala to be reached in the evening
Overnight: Niamirembe Guesthouse
Day 7– KAMPALA – ENTEBBE – Visit of Kampala for visit of the town and shopping. In the afternoon transfer to Entebbe.
Overnight : Airport Guesthouse
Day 8 – DEPARTURE – Early transfer to Entebbe airport.
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