MARU 06: 8 Nights/ 9 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking Expedition in Uganda

Day 1: Kampala
Welcome to Uganda! You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport, South West of Kampala, about 40km, and you are met and transferred to Kampala City for a safari briefing. You will do a city tour of Kampala in the afternoon, visiting the Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, Namugongo Basilica and the Hindu Temples. Overnight at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.

Meals:             Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation:  Grand Imperial Hotel

Day 2: Kampala-Fort Portal
After breakfast, we depart for Fort Portal, a town in Western Uganda and the seat of both the Kabarole district and the Toro kingdom. Situated between the Ruwenzori Mountains, Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is an important market town. Several crater lakes and the Semliki Valley also lie near the town.
We arrive at Fort Portal for lunch. Later proceed to the Kibale Forest for a Nocturnal Walk tracking the Galagos, Bush babies, Pottos and the Night Jars with the use of Flashlights. Dinner and overnight at the Ndali Lodge.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:  Ndali Lodge

Day 3: Fort Portal
After breakfast, we set off for a half day forest walk on a primate Eco walk. Look out for the Red Colubus (an endemic species only found in this forest in Uganda). Other primates include the Chimpanzee, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys and others. In the afternoon, take a swamp walk in Magombe for a closer to nature encounter. Return to Ndali Lodge.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge

Day 4: Fort Portal - Queen Elizabeth National Park
You have breakfast at Ndali Lodge and then we embark on a journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a mid morning game drive through the Leopard Loop and the Channel Tracks. We will do an evening game drive and then transfer you Mweya Safari Lodge.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda's most-visited game reserve. It lies in the west of the nation and occupies 2,000 square miles (5,000 km²) from Lake George to Lake Edward around the Kazinga Channel connecting them.

The park is named after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. The park is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe, from which salt is extracted.
The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders the Kigezi and Kyambura Game Reserves, Kibale National Park, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kasese lies on the north western edge of the park.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up early and take a cup of coffee. We depart for a game drive on the Northern parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. This is the best time for viewing the cats in action. We return to the lodge mid-morning for breakfast.

In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga for solitary Buffalo, Hippo and other animals at the edge of the channel as they cool off. European migrant birds like the terns and gulls congregate here in large flocks. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast at Mweya Safari Lodge, we travel to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with picnic lunches. Drive through the Ishasha Plains, which is famous for its tree climbing Lions. Arrive at Buhoma, the Gorilla Staging area, where dinner and overnight is at The Gorilla Resort.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Gorilla Resort

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Gorilla trekking starts after breakfast. The rangers and trackers track the Gorillas through the thick and steep vegetation. After viewing the gorillas, have your picnic lunch and return to The Gorilla Resort for dinner and overnight.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: The Gorilla Resort

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-Kampala
We leave The Gorilla Resort after breakfast and head to Kampala. Take a scenic drive to Kampala, through the mountainous area of Kigezi and the Ankole area with its long-horned cattle before arriving Kampala in the evening. Overnight at the Grand Imperial Hotel.
Meals:             Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Grand Imperial Hotel

Day 9: Depart Home
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport to catch a flight home.

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