This excursion safari will cover chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Forest, you will also get to see various species of birds including the black bee-eater, many species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and flamingos, Open-billed Stork, Grey-crowned Crane, Wahlberg's Eagle, Palm-nut Vulture, Black and White Casqued, Cuckoo Hawk, Bat Hawk, White-faced Scops Owl, African Grey and Brown Parrots, Red-faced Lovebird, among others.
Visit Bigodi Wetland that is managed by a local community association called (KAFRED). See chimpanzees, birds and game in Queen Elizabeth Park. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will visit beautiful steeply forested Kyambura Gorge –a famous home for chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus and various bird species for bird lovers.
Day 1 – Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by your Paradise Safaris guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe, or Hotel Africana in Kampala for Overnight. Meal plan (FB).
Day 2 –Depart for Kibale National Park from Kampala
Rise for a morning breakfast and start your journey for Kibale NP via the pretty little town of Mubende set in rolling hills. Choice of a brief stop at Nakayima Shrine, a splendid tree known to be 400 years old, worshipped by local people and thought to be holding the spirit of an ancient king. Picnic lunch en route and continue to Kibale National Park, an incredibly diverse forest of 795 km² that is home to over 335 bird species (some rare or endemic) and 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons, pottos and bushbabies. You will be welcomed at one of the lodges that provide comfort and a twist of Africa’s wild at the edge of the forest. Overnight at Primate Lodge. Meal Plan (FB). Arrive late afternoon. Relax at lodge or explore nearby Crater LakeApproximate driving time: 6 hours]
Day 3 – Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park
Rise for an early morning breakfast at the call of melodious songs of African birds; arrive at the park headquarters at 8 am for briefing before setting off onto the trails. Spend time with these engaging apes, our closest living relative, great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruit trees. Your experienced guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and Rangers who will explain the fascinating traditional uses of the forest plant species will always accompany you.
The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the lookout for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Also look out for the Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Tailed Monkey and Gray Cheeked Mangabey.
Equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species will impress butterfly lovers and botanists. Return your lodge and prepare for an afternoon visit the neighbouring Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. Cleverly constructed boardwalks lead you through Papyrus that towers above your head in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary. With over 130 bird species, multicolored butterflies, eight different types of primates and the rare, semi-aquatic Sitatunga (antelope), this is community tourism at its best. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight: Meal Plan (FB)
Day 4 – Transfer from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy your breakfast at sunrise and embark on your safari vehicle with your guide, and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kasese, set in the foot of Rwenzori mountains and on the floor of the Great Rift Valley, with occasionally visible picks of Rwenzori mountains.
This iconic Queen Elizabeth National Park, named after the Queen Elizabeth visit will offer you over 600 species of birds and gently rolling hills with a scenery landscape, and a dozens of ancient craters carved in the hills.
On your route your lodge, keep your eyes peeled to spot particularly elaphants, kobs, Giant Forest Hog and if you are very lucky, you may spot an elusive leopard. You will be welcomed at Katara Lodge, which is perched an escarpment with breath taking views across the floor of the Rift Valley. Overnight at Katara Lodge(FB).
Day 5 – Chimpanzee Trekking in Queen Elizabeth
After a good breakfast, we will spend the morning hiking Kyambura Gorge on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest of Kyambura Gorge is home to a diversity of birdlife and a small number of chimpanzees, and other primates such as black-and-white Colobus and vervet monkeys. As we cross the river inside the gorge, look out for the hippos, elephants and antelope that come to the water’s edge to drink. Around Kyambura, away from the escarpment, you can request your guide to take you to one of the caves around the Twin Lakes. Overnight at Mweya or Katara Lodge (FB).
Day 6 –Departure for Entebbe International Airport(Return or Fly).
After breakfast, we you chose to take an early morning game drive hunting for the Africa’s big five, time permitting. Return to Kampala, past captivating attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, brief stop at the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once, drive past the roadside markets aerated with fruit and vegetables. Lunch en route, arriving late afternoon (HB). [Approximate driving time: 6 hours]. Safari Ends
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