Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

Uganda. Tour of the primates

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You will start with Kibale Forest National Park where in addition to trekking with chimpanzees you will make an excursion to see various types of colobus and very rare birds at Bigody sanctuary. 

You will also pass by Queen Elizabeth National Park for two photographic safaris and a boat ride on the Kazinga channel before trekking with mountain gorillas in the impenetrable Bwindi forest.

Day 1: Entebbe arrival and departure for Kampala

Your driver / professional guide and the Italian speaking guide will be at the airport to welcome you from your trip and will take you directly to your hotel in Kampala at the Eureka Hotel (excluding lunch). 

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale Forest

Departure in the morning to Kibale Forest, lunch at Fort Portal, along the way you will see splendid views, tea, coffee and tobacco plantations and many villages on the road. 

Arrival in Kibale forest and in the afternoon nature walk to the bigody sanctuary in search of very rare colobus and birds. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 3: Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest

At 8:00 am you will have a briefing with the rangers at the headquarters of Kibale Forest National park, before entering the forest to look for chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking lasts from 2 to 4 hours depending on how long you find the animals, once found you can stay with them for an hour. It will be an exciting and unique activity. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth for a game drive before checking in to the lodge. 

Day 4: Game drive and a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel

Game drive at dawn on the routes of the park in search of all the animals that inhabit it. At about 2 pm you will make a small “cruise on the Kazinga” Channel that unites Lake Edoardo and Lake Giorgio. Here expect to see lots of hippos, buffaloes, elephants drinking from the river, antelopes and even very rare birds; your journey will end when the canal flows into Lake Edward. 

Day 5: Photo safari at the Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha Sector

Photographic safari at dawn in search of all the animals that populate the park in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park Ishasha, where if you are lucky you can admire the “lion climbing”. Lunch in Kihihj on the road to Ruhja, which you will reach in the afternoon in time for a community walk. 

Day 6: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Breakfast at the first light of dawn and proceed towards the Bwindi Impenetrable forest headquarters for a small briefing with the rangers, you will be placed in groups of up to 8 people before proceeding into the forest. Make sure you have the lunch box, at least two litres of water, hiking shoes and k-way that you may need. The Gorilla trek varies from day to day and from gorilla family to another. You will stay with them an hour from when you saw the first specimen and it will still be an indescribable emotion to see these unique animals within walking distance of you. Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi which you will reach after about two hours, lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon a boat ride between the islands of the lake. 

Day 7: End of the program

Return to Entebbe for the return flight in the evening or night.

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