Track Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Much More in a Small Country That's Big on Wildlife
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Day 1: Entebbe / Kampala, Uganda
Arrive in Entebbe, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This city on Lake Victoria was a former British colonial administrative center. Entebbe's most famous sight is the National Botanical Gardens that were initially laid out in 1898. Uganda’s nearby capital, Kampala, established during the 13th-century Buganda kingdom, is one of the oldest cities in Africa. Built among lush hills and wetlands that were once royal impala-hunting grounds, Kampala today is a modern city of 1.7 million.
Days 2–4: Murchison Falls National Park
Drive today to Murchison Falls National Park, located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, a turbulent stretch of whitewater that plunges 140 feet over a sheer wall to create the namesake falls. The calm stretch of river below offers superb wildlife viewing, with elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo and Nile crocodile frequently in view. Launch trips to the base of the falls and through the Lake Albert delta offer fine birdwatching, with a chance to see shoebills.
Days 5–6: Kibale Forest National Park
Continue by road to Kibale Forest National Park. The most accessible of Uganda’s major rain forests, Kibale harbors the greatest variety and concentration of primates in East Africa and is home to 13 different species, including chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys. The elusive forest elephant moves through the park seasonally. Kibale’s tremendous biodiversity also attracts a long checklist of rain forest birds. Activities include forest walks and wildlife viewing along the string of beautiful crater lakes that lie between Fort Portal and Kibale Forest.
Days 7–9: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive on to Uganda’s most popular nature reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is arguably its most scenic as well. Stretching from the crater-pocked foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains along Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River, the park's mosaic of habitats includes savanna, wetlands, and gallery and lowland forest. The park offers prime grazing for buffalo, elephant and myriad antelope. It also boasts 600 bird species, some of the greatest concentrated diversity in Africa. Game drives, forest walks, chimp tracking and boat trips on the hippo-filled Kazinga Channel are popular activities.
Days 10–12: Bwindi National Park
Continuing by road, drive into the lush highlands to arrive at Bwindi. Named for the dense rain forest it encompasses, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to roughly half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, which total fewer than 900. Several troops are habituated to humans, and you'll track one of them in the company of expert guides. Sometimes, only a brief effort is required to located the gorillas, while on other occasions, you'll spend several hours amid the dense greenery, making your way up the trailless mountainside till you find them. Then, time stands still as you sit in wonder in the gorillas' presence, noting that they are often as curious about us as we are about them. Though Bwindi is best known for its gorillas, it also provides refuge to chimpanzees, monkeys, forest elephant and various small antelope. Bwindi is a top Uganda birding destination, with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley's crimson wing.
Day 13: Entebbe / Depart
Fly back to Entebbe today, where your Uganda safari adventure ends with your departing flight.