6-Day Wildlife Sighting, Gorilla Trekking Trip to Uganda via Kigali
6 days Itinerary
1:Arrive Kigali (early), pick up and transfer to Bwindi (Uganda) via Gatuna Border.
We hope that your flight is scheduled for an early (not past mid-day) landing in Kigali. A Home To Africa assigned Representative/guide will receive you from the Kigali International Airport and transfer you to Gatuna Border Post. From Gatuna, the assigned Uganda driver/guide for this safari will receive you and proceed with the drive to the booked accommodation in Bwindi (Uganda). OPTIONAL: In case you are interested and time permits, you may opt to visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before setting off to Gatuna.
2:Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest & transfer to Ishasha (South Queen Elizabeth NP).
Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the lodge for a short rest time and lunch and then transfer to Ishasha (South Queen Elizabeth NP) for an overnight.
3:Game viewing Ishasha in search of tree-climbing lions and proceed (North Queen).
Have breakfast then set off for a breathtaking game viewing of Ishasha sector – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! You will also be able to see other wildlife such as the Uganda kob, Cape buffalo, elephant and warthog that have settled in this area. Thereafter, head to the accommodation (North) Queen Elizabeth NP for relaxation, dinner and later overnight.
4:Undertake morning game drive and go on a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopard (but very hard to spot) among others. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
5:Drive to Kibale Forest NP, relax and proceed for (the afternoon) chimp tracking.
Have breakfast and then drive off to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is renowned for its primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L'Hoest's monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae). On your chimpanzee trails, these can be seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach Kibale in time to rest, have lunch and then go out for the afternoon chimp tracking.
6:Explore the Kibale crater lakes and transfer to Entebbe to catch flight out.
Enjoy your breakfast as early as possible then proceed to explore the Kibale crater lakes, crowned with a hike to the “top of the world”. You will enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. Alternatively, you may proceed for the Bigodi swamp excursion. Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then depart to Entebbe Airport to catch flight out (recommended for 17:00 onward). We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!