Day 1: ARRIVAL
You will be welcomed by a representative of Bethel Tropical Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Depending on the time of arrival, our guide will take you on a city tour for an exciting introduction with the capital. We will visit some interesting and historical sites, including the Uganda Museum, Kasubi tombs, Namugongo shrine and of course the African Craft Village. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 2: KAMPALA – BWINDI
Very early in the morning we leave Kampala for a long journey towards the western part of Uganda. It is a full day drive but via a scenic route. On our way we will pass the equator where we will stop for breakfast, photos and shopping. We will have lunch in the beautiful town of Mbarara and proceed with our drive through the verdant countryside. We will pass traditional homesteads and have exciting views of the hilly area. n Bwindi, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Finally the big day! Clad in our hiking boots and with our hiking rods, we are ready to meet with the gentle giants of Bwindi. The ranger guide will brief us on how to conduct ourselves while with the gorillas. If you are a hiker, you will love the gorilla trekking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. The hike takes between two to eight hours depending. Come ready to trek in mud and sometimes rain considering it is this forest is a rain forest. But once you see the gorillas, it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely in their natural environment. A unique and unforgettable experience! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: BWINDI – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you can choose to have a guided village walk for a closer meeting with the local community. Learn about their way of living as you walk through coffee, tea and banana plantations. Afterwards we depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will pass the southern sector of the park, called Ishasha and known for the tree-climbing lions. While we continue to our accommodation in the middle of the national park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife like kobs, waterbucks, some elephants and warthogs. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK UGANDA SAFARIS
The day begins early as we head for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat, before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. We are able to view some of the big five at a close range as they come to the water to cool off. Meet the elephants, buffaloes, hundreds of hippos, and hopefully crocodiles and monitor lizards. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you can visit the Maramagambo Forest for an early morning walk through the tropical forest, known for the Blue Lake and the Bat and Hunters Cave. Birders will love this. You will get the chance to have a close look at the bats and maybe even the rock python and forest cobras that feed on the bats. The same walk will provide you with views of primates, different bird species and beautiful flora. An alternative for the forest walk is a hike in the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve (not included). Driving through a grassland area, all of a sudden we come across an amazing gorge of one hundred meters deep, covered with tropical rain forest. You will hike into the gorge of the Kyambura River in search of the wild chimpanzees. It is a beautiful walk through the river valley, home to many birds and butterfly species.
After one of these activities we will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head towards Fort Portal. This lovely town rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From Fort Portal we will continue to Kibale National Park for a stay within the tropical forest. Dinner and overnight the hotel.
Day 7: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK & BIGODI SWAMP
Today the forest opens the doors for a sensational chimp trekking. Kibale Forest is known for having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After a hearty lunch we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and takes approximately two hours. The swamp is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – KAMPALA
Today we will explore the region of the Crater Lakes. Enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. Then we continue to Kampala with lunch en route. This is also a good time to get some souvenirs to take back home with you. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 9: DEPARTURE
After a wonderful experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on the time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.