Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
Set off from Kampala and head to Queen Elizabeth national park; located on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori in Kasese using the Masaka-Mbarara road. Stop over at Mpambire drum makers and the equator for photographs. Go on to Queen Elizabeth; check in at Mweya Safari lodge/Mweya Hostel/Simba Safari Lodge. After checking inn, take some time off to relax, you can either do an evening game drive in the Mweya Peninsular. You will spot buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes and elephants or you can visit the Lake Katwe town with its attractive display of crater lakes. Check out salt mining. Return back to Mweya Safari Lodge / Simba Safari Lodge.
Day 2: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise along the Kazinga Channel
Wake up early, take breakfast then start with a game view to Kasenyi plains. You are likely to see black and white colobus monkey, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. Return to lodge for lunch; then in afternoon go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along Lake George-Lake Edward, come eye-eye with gaping hippos, crocodiles, leopards though infrequent. Ornithologists should look out for over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow billed stork, shoebill stock. Don’t forget your camera. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge /Simba Safari Lodge.
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park and visit Bigodi Swamp
After taking breakfast, depart from Queen Elizabeth to Kibale National Park. Kibale forest national Park has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa with 13 species and overall 60 mammal species and so far offers the best excellent chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. In the evening, you will visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary for a nature walk and go back to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Crater safari lodge/ primates lodge.
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kanyanchu
After morning breakfast, wake up early to track chimps near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are primates in the area like the golden monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red Colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and a striking tree species. Later take a guided nature walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. The Great Blue Turaco and Papyrus Gonolek can easily be marked among the other bird 137 species. There is also an array of butterfly species. Dinner and overnight at Crater safari lodge/ primates lodge.
Day 5: Transfer to Kampala
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and transfer back to Kampala. Stopover in Fort Portal where you can take lunch. This marks the end of the end of trip
- Hotel / Hostel Pickup
- All meals noted in the itinerary
- Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography.
- Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture.
- A minivan outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment.
- Bottled mineral water during game drives
- Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary.
- All government taxes, levies, and fees
- Pick up and drop off transfers
- Domestic and international airfares and departures taxes
- Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
- Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Laundry services
- Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary