After making your way through customs meet your expert guide who will progress with you for your entire Safari. Travel west, passing the historic Fort Portal before arriving to Ndali Lodge, your home for the next two nights. The lodge has amazing views of the ancient volcanic landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake, and the Rwenzori Mountains. Take a dip in the swimming pool, walk around the lodge gardens, or just relax on the terrace before dinner.
NOTE: You must arrive no later that 11 AM on day 1. Please let your travel consultant know if you need to arrive the day before the trip starts.
This morning venture into the Kibale Forest, home to thirteen different kinds of primate species including Chimpanzee, Red Colobus and I'Hoes’s Monkey. Although it can be difficult to spot the chimpanzees swinging in the canopy, the forest will be alive with their noisy calls. This afternoon explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. You can also choose to visit local community projects that have been financed by tourism.
On route to Queen Elizabeth National Park you have the option to stop for a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, or drive straight through to the lodge and participate in a game drive. Depending on the season visit Kasenyi Plains to watch for lions and herds of Uganda Kob, or the Mweya peninsula, which offers the best place to see leopards. Depending on the animal sightings, you may have time to visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station, or go birding in the wetland reserve.
Today venture into the Kyambura Gorge to track chimpanzee, one of our closets living relatives. The chimp population is extremely mobile, and tracking can be unpredictable, but any visit to the gorge will be worthwhile. This afternoon, cruise the Kazinga Channel, where to find the largest concentration of hippo in Africa, as well as herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals that seek the cool water of the channel. Keep your eyes peeled for pelicans, Africa fish eagle, and other birds.
Move from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the Bwindi forest today. The route is subject to the road conditions, and it is possible this will take the better part of the day. Drive via Ishasha, where you will observe tree-climbing lions. Notice the change in surroundings as you move into the thick forest of Southern Uganda. Arrive at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in time for dinner.
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing the lodge in search of gorillas. The Bwindi habitat is steep and densely forested and the trek requires stamina, as it can take the better part of a day to come across the gorillas. The first moment you finally see the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Alternatively there are other activities offered at the lodge you can participate in.
Head back to Kampala early today, enjoy the scenic rolling hills and farmlands you pass along the way. Stop for lunch en route to the airport, where you will be dropped off in the late afternoon for your flight home.
Note: Flights must depart after 4 PM. Earlier flight times will require an overnight in Entebbe.
$705 single supplement
Rates based on high season scheduled departures
Low season scheduled departures: $4,253
Custom start dates available. Rates range from $3,858 - $5,784