- Depart London on an overnight flight to Entebbe.
- On arrival at Entebbe airport we will be met by our guide, Harriet, and transferred to our accommodation in Kampala. The rest of the day is free to relax after our journey. .
- Accommodation: Kampala Serena Hotel, 1-night on bed & breakfast basis
- After breakfast, we head west to Fort Portal with lunch en route, before continuing to Kibale National Park. During a two-night stay, we have the opportunity to go in search of the 13 primate species which inhabit the enchanting, ancient forest, including chimpanzee, black and white colobus, red colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey. The birdlife is also remarkable, with over 300 species recorded, including crowned eagle, African grey parrot, black bee-eater, black and white flycatcher and yellow-mantled weaver.
- Accommodation: Primate Lodge, 2-nights on full board basis
- This morning, we drive to the Kibale National Park headquarters for a short briefing on chimpanzee trekking. Accompanied by rangers, we head into the forest for a morning of walking, birdwatching and looking for chimpanzees. With over 120 individuals, Kibale is one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing. Other forest inhabitants include blue-breasted kingfisher, black-billed turaco, pied hornbill, chestnut-winged starling and many other birds. While there are well-defined paths through the park, we may need to head into the dense forest in search of markings. Once amongst the chimpanzees, we spend approximately an hour following and observing them. ometimes they will be moving quickly and noisily through the forest, while at other times, we may stumble across a quieter group, foraging and eating on the forest floor.
- After lunch, we transfer to Bigodi Swamp to enjoy a nature walk amongst the rich diversity of birds and primates.
- Today we begin early for a three hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The afternoon will be at our leisure allowing us to enjoy the scenic views of the Kazinga Channel from our accommodation or take a refreshing swim in the pool.
- Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge, 2-nights on full board basis
- After an early start, we take an early morning game drive to the mating ground of the Uganda kob. Here, we can also look out for lion, elephant, buffalo and other wildlife. Later in the day, we take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward and Lake George over 33 kilometres. The two hour boat excursion will cover a 12-14 kilometre stretch of the river to provide us with excellent sightings of hippo, Nile crocodile, buffalo, elephant and plentiful birdlife.
- After breakfast, we enjoy another game drive as we gradually proceed to the southern part of the National Park, known as Ishasha. After checking-in to our accommodation, we take a game drive in search of the well-known tree-climbing lions, which are often seen in this area.
- Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp, 1-night on full board basis
- After an early start, we set off on a game drive to look for lion, elephant and other wildlife, before returning to the lodge in the late morning.
- In the afternoon, we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - home of the endangered mountain gorilla. Over 300 mountain gorillas live in the park, half of the world’s population, and two family groups have now been successfully habituated to human approach.
- Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, 3-nights on full board basis
- Today is considered to be the highlight of the safari - an unforgettable encounter with Uganda’s mountain gorillas. After breakfast at the lodge, we transfer to the Bwindi National Park headquarters to meet our guides and begin tracking gorillas in the dense rainforest on the mountain slopes. Walking through thick foliage on relatively steep climbs will reward us with a once in a lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. With an estimated 880 mountain gorillas left in the wild, we will be able to sit within metres of these superb apes and experience their day-to-day activities.
- A second day at Bwindi allows us to take part in the famous Batwa experience, to visit the long custodians of the forest, or take a village or waterfall walk in the forest.
- After breakfast, we depart Bwindi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant before we enter the National Park, with a game drive on the way to our accommodation. In the evening there will be the opportunity to have a night drive to look for rarities such as genet cats, bush pigs, white-tailed mongoose, leopard and spotted hyena. With luck we may also spot the one male lion who resides down by Lake Mburo.
- Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge, 1-night on full board basis
- This morning, we take a guided walking safari in the National Park, allowing us to get much closer to the smaller, often overlooked details bringing you much closer to the wildlife. We return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by a game drive as we leave the protected area. We then drive back to the capital city, passing the Equator where we stop for lunch, before being dropped back at Entebbe Airport for our return flight home.
Day 13 Arrive UK
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- Guided activities
- All meals
We stay in a selection of very comfortable lodges and safari camps in prime wildlife locations. Each lodge offers large twin or double beds, central lounge/dining areas and all accommodation has en suite facilities.
All meals are included except lunch and dinner on the first night in Kampala. Breakfast and dinner is either in camp or at the lodge; lunches are a mix of picnics and leisurely sit-down meals
More than 1000 species of birds have been recorded in Uganda, and on this trip we should see a diversity of species, from the secretive black bee-eater, black-billed turaco and pied hornbill, to a variety of vultures and eagles. During our visit to Lake Mburo, we look for African finfoot and papyrus bushshrike, and if we are lucky, we may spot even spot the seldom seen shoebill.
- Black bee-eater
- Chestnut-winged starling
- Collared apali
- African green broadbill
Our focus will be the fascinating diversity of primates found in Uganda, from the iconic chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, to the grey-cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus, red-tailed colobus and l’Hoest’s monkeys. Aside from the fascinating primates, we also Queen Elizabeth National Park which is know for its tree-climbing lions, and abundance of Africa elephant.
- Mountain gorilla
- Black and white colobus
- African elephant
Our itinerary makes the most of Uganda’s spectacular scenery, as we immerse ourselves in the rich forest habitats at Bwindi and Kibale, pass the picturesque Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’, and enjoy the vast rolling plains at Lake Mburo National Park.
We take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park looking for Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and birdlife.
Photographic opportunities on this trip are excellent, as there will be chance to photograph the stunning scenery, the exceptional birdlife, and the primates in their natural forest habitats.
Some forest trails can be steep in parts, but we take these slowly.
Price includes return scheduled flights London - Entebbe – London.
Ground transportation will be by minibus or 4 wheel drive vehicle, with driver.