12 DAYS WILDLIFE GORILLAS
The wildlife of Uganda is composed of its flora and fauna. Uganda has a wide variety of different habitats, including mountains, hills, tropical rain-forest, woodland, freshwater lakes, swamps and savanna with scattered clumps of trees. The country has a bio-diverse flora and fauna reflecting this range of habitats and is known for its primates, including gorillas and chimpanzees. There are ten national parks and thirteen wildlife reserves; some 345 species of mammal and 1020 species of bird have been recorded in the country.
- Gorilla trekking
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Game drive
- Bird watching
- Boat cruise
- Nature walks
- Cultural encounters
- Cycling/Mountain biking
Day 1: Transfer to Kasese
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. You will be picked by a guide from Prime Tours Uganda. Transfer to Kampala city. Then embark on journey Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Stopover in Mbarara town for lunch at Agip motel/Cafe Havana/Shaheen restaurant. Continue with the journey to Fort Portal, visit the palace of the Omukama of Tooro kingdom and Amabere ga nyina mwiru and then proceed to Kasese town. Have dinner and overnight stay at Equator Snow Geo Lodge/Hotel Margherita/TJ Global Hotel Kasese.
Day 2: Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains National Park
After your morning breakfast, move to Trekkers hostel in Kyanjuki, Kilembe located 12 km from Kasese town and this will be the starting point. Walk 2.2km to UWA Ranger’s office which takes about an hour, for briefing you on park rules. Start the trek sa you walk up the valley floor through tall forests of Afro montane forest zone at 1,450m. Expect troupes of 15 to 20 Black and white colobus monkeys as they scamper off through the forest, and wild chimpanzees will be heard too in the distance. Have your packed lunch, and proceed to the Sine Hut.
At Sine camp 2,596m there are wooden huts set between tall forest trees on a narrow ridge where you may sit and enjoy the beauty of the Afro montane forest while you look down at a fantastic waterfall crashing over rocks below. Overnight stay Sine Hut.
Day 3: Hike to Hunwick’s camp (3,974m).
Have breakfast at 8:30am. Ascend to Hunwick’s camp at 3,974m through Bamboo-Mimulopsis zone. It is a steep climb with many high steps. Rainy season it is rather muddy. The trail meanders up and over small knolls to the top and then drops down the side of the valley before climbing again and in doing so it crosses several small streams and passes close to moss covered waterfalls. Rest and enjoy your packed lunch. Proceed through the various plants and flowers like Giant Heather trees whose trunks are covered in green moss and Usnea lichen. The valley is unique with many giant Heather trees. Overnight stay Hunwick’s camp.
Day 4: Descend to Sine Hut.
Enjoy your morning breakfast, and after begin your decent down the mountain slopes while enjoying the rewarding views of waters of River Mubuku passing through the mountains flowing down the valley, the sights of different bird species and wild games. Have your lunch and spend the overnight at Sine camp.
Day 5: Transfer to Semliki National Park
After your early morning breakfast, continue with descent to the starting point which was Trekkers’ hostel Kyanjuki from where you will proceed to Semliki National Park, upon reaching the park, visit to Sempaya hot springs which are the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki for 2 hours.
These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. The most interesting part about the springs is that one can boil matooke and eggs in the springs and they get ready for eating in a few minutes, these are called the female hot springs and then the male hot springs with very high temperature. In fact this is the largest hot spring in Uganda. Still along the trail where the hot springs are located, there are a number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher and various primates such as the red tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey. Dinner and overnight stay Semliki Safari lodge/Sempaya Rest Camp/Semliki Guest House.
Day 6: Bird watching and Game drive
Have your early morning, proceed to Mungilo waterfall, there is number of beautiful birds such as the yellow throated cuckoo, chocolated-backed, red-rumped tinkerbird, African dwarf kingfisher among others and this is a great opportunity for a birder. Later, head back to the lodge and have lunch.
After lunch, go for a game drive of 2 hours, the expectations are high while having a great time when meet different animals including leopards, buffaloes, mona monkeys, bush babies, big cats, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, and lions among others. Also crocodiles and Hippos are seen along River Semuliki. Dinner and overnight stay Semliki Safari lodge/Sempaya Rest Camp/Semliki Guest House.
Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After your early morning breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, upon reaching the park, check in at the lodge and after go for a game drive, drive to Ishasha sector of the park famous for the tree climbing lions. Expect to see other species of mammals like elephants, leopards, antelopes, buffaloes among others. Return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, go for an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you will see schools of hippos swimming in the water. This channel links two magnificent lakes that is, Lake Edward and Lake George and is as well a medley of wildlife like buffalos, waterbucks, strange statunga antelops and several birds like African fish eagle, kingfisher. The vegetation aligning this channel is composed of mangrove swamps, papyrus swamp and water weeds where crocodiles hide to wait for their daily meal. Dinner and overnight stay Mweya Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge lodge/Marafiki Safari lodge.
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking
After your morning breakfast, visit Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking. The trek will lead you into the nearby Maramagambo forest. Look out for other primates like black and white colobus monkey among others. Have your packed lunch and enjoy the rest of the day with these human closest cousins, enjoy the picture moments with them and these are for your memories. Dinner and overnight stay Mweya Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge lodge/Marafiki Safari lodge.
Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After your early morning breakfast, embark on the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Kisoro district. Upon reaching the park, check in at the lodge, have lunch and relax a bit. In the evening, have the Batwa trail experience . The Batwa are believed to have been the first inhabitants of Bwindi forest and they have such an interesting cultural background that you will enjoy. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Buhoma lodge Bwindi/Silver back lodge/Gorilla Mist camp.
Day 10: Gorilla trekking
After your morning breakfast, along with your packed lunch, drive to the Buhoma headquarters from where you will be briefed on the rules of gorilla tracking and thereafter you will begin your adventure through this forest. Also look out for other primates like L’Hoest’s monkey,red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkey, black and white colobus monkeys. Retire in the evening at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Buhoma lodge Bwindi/Silver back lodge/Gorilla Mist camp.
Day 11: Bird watching and Cycling
Have your early morning breakfast. Head along the main trails of Buhoma waterfall trail, bamboo zone where bird watching is best done. Expect to encounter some of the birds and the 14 bird species that are not found anywhere else in Uganda apart from in Bwindi Impenetrable national park out of the 350 estimated bird species that are in the park. You take the chance to see birds like; African green pigeon, African harrier hawk, Cinnmon chested, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher among others. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax.
In the early evening, go for cycling which is 13km from the park’s headquarters along Buhoma to the Ivi River. This provides a great looks of wildlife like the bushbucks, black and white colobus and red monkeys among others. Continue with Mountain biking in the hills in Buhoma as you encounter the views of the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, valleys, Ivi River flowing and many more. Dinner and overnight stay Buhoma lodge Bwindi/Silver back lodge/Gorilla Mist camp.
Day 12: Depart to Kampala
After your morning breakfast, embark on the journey abck to Kampala with a lunch stopover in Mbarara town at Agip motel/Cafe Havana/Shaheen restaurant. You will be dropped at the location of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe Airport for your departure flight.
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|NO. OF PAX
- 4×4 Safari vehicle
- Park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation
- Gorilla permit
- Chimpanzee permit
- Other tour activities as per the itinerary
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water
- Government levies & taxes
- Professional English speaking guide
- Visa costs
- Insurance costs
- Personal expenses like; telephone
- Laundry costs
- Extra food and drinks
- Extra activities not in the itinerary