Gorillas, chimpanzees, and humans all belong to the order primates. Humans share 98.4% of their genetic material with gorillas and 98.8% with chimpanzees. Gorillas, the largest of the Apes are divided into 4 sub species belonging to the western and eastern species.
The western species include the western lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the Cross river Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehl) while the eastern Gorilla species include the Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) and the Eastern lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla graueri). The eastern lowland gorilla and western lowland gorillas were identified for science in 1847 and 1877 respectively.
The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) was identified for science purposes in the year 1903 and has gone on to become Uganda’s star attraction.
Day 1: Entebbe International Airport – Kampala (1 hours drive)
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet with a Trek East Africa representative before transferring to Kampala. Safari briefing and over night stay at Cassia Lodge/ Emin Pasha Hotel / Kabira Country Club
Day 2: Kampala – Fort portal (5 hours drive)
Meet and greet in Kampala, transfer to Fort Portal which nestles in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”. Afternoon visit to Bigodi Swamp. Look out for smaller mammals and primates. Over night stay at Ndali or Primate Lodge – Kibale (Up market)
Day 2: Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Tracking
After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 95% but not always a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. This is home of our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey.
The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary from where you will take on a guided walk. Look out for different flora and fauna. Over night stay at Ndali or Primate Lodge – Kibale (Up market)
Day 3: Fort portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours drive)
After breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive enroute may yield sightings of Buffalos, Elephants, a variety of Antelopes and with luck lions and Leopards. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch.
After lunch, drive to the dock on the channel for a unique afternoon launch cruise along Kazinga Channel, which joins lakes Edward, and George. This trip goes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. Many other animals may be seen including warthogs, Monitor lizards, crocodiles and a variety of bird species such as the Great Snipe, Papyrus Gonolek, and fish Eagles, Pallid Harrier, Gull Billed Tern, Lesser Kestrel and the rare shoebill stork. Over night stay at Mweya or Jacana Safari Lodge (Up market)
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive to Kyambura Gorge for another thrilling opportunity to see the chimpanzee, baboons and monkeys. Have the afternoon at leisure (relaxing at your lodge with the massive Rwenzori’s as a backdrop providing excellent views. Over night stay at Mweya or Jacana Safari Lodge (Up market)
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Forest (4 – 5 hours drive)
Take on an early morning game drive. Look out for the early raisers returning to their hideouts. Early lunch, then check out of your lodge and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The journey takes about 4 – 5 hours but driving through interesting features.
Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Over night stay at Silver back Lodge / Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Resort (Up market)
Day 6 Gorilla Trekking tour Bwindi Forest National Park
After breakfast set off early with your guide to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend time in awe watching the Gorillas go about their activities. Return to base and spend the after noon at leisure.
Over night stay at Silver back Lodge / Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge (Up market)
Day 7 Bwindi Forest – Lake Mburo National Park (5 – 6 hours drive)
Early breakfast, then drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop over for lunch in Mbarara / or proceed to the park for lunch. The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole. Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and colour. It contains an extensive wetland.
Take on an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mburo. This boat ride may yield sightings of the rare shoe bill stork, African Fin foot, the red headed love bird, handsome Francolin, Little Egret, water thick knee, papyrus gonolek, greater and lesser swamp warbler, the white winged warbler, green capped Eremomela, carmine bee eaters, Malachite and Pied Pink backed Pelican. Over night stay either Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Tented Camp (FB).
Day 8 Lake Mburo National Park (4 hours drive)
After breakfast, take morning game drive along the zebra and other tracks. Look out for the Burch ell’s zebra and the comical warthogs, a number of bird species such as the Verreaux’s Eagle owl, Red-faced Barbet, African wattled plover, black bellied bustard, Blue eared glossy starling and the Temmricks courser.
Lunch break then check out of your lodge/ Camp and set off for Kampala with a brief stop over at the Equator or any of the crafts display centres enroute. Proceed to Kampala for over night stay at Emin Pasha Hotel / Kampala Serena Hotel or Cassia Lodge (Up market)
Day 9 Kampala – Entebbe International Airport (1 hours drive)
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport from where you will catch up with your out bound flight (BB)