Destination - Uganda

08 Nights/09 Days in Uganda

Day1: Arrive Entebbe - Kibale Forest Reserve
Upon landing you will be met by your driver-guide who will be with you throughout your stay in Uganda. He will drive you to Kibale Forest, a journey of around six hours, although you will have picnic lunches with you to enjoy at midday to break up the journey. This will be a wonderful introduction to the landscapes and people of Uganda, passing tea plantations, rolling hills, open savannahs and colourful villages on the way. You can stop as often as you like to take photos - just ask your guide. Once you arrive at Primate Lodge you can just relax and unwind after your long journey.

Day 3Kibale Forest Reserve
After breakfast today you`ll be driven to the Kibale National Park for your morning of chimpanzee trekking. The trek departs from Kanyanchu at 08.00, and whilst it`s not guaranteed you`ll see the chimps, there`s a 90% success rate of seeing them - far higher than any other location which offers chimpanzee trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. The walk will lead you through the Kibale Forest, and there are good chances of seeing red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys on the way. If you`re lucky to find yourself in the company of the chimps, you`ll have an hour to enjoy their behaviour and take photos to your heart`s content! This afternoon if you`re not too tired you can visit the nearby Bigodi wetland sanctuary to learn about the birdlife and butterflies that live here.

Day 4Kibale Forest Reserve - Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning you will set off with your driver-guide for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey should take a couple of hours, and you can settle into your room at Katara Lodge before enjoying some lunch here. This afternoon we have included a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel - you cruise along the channel, and often see buffalo cooling off in the water, hippos and crocodiles in the channel, and elephants at the shore drinking (particularly in the late afternoon), as well as antelopes and some amazing birdlife. This is a really pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and makes a nice change from being in a vehicle!

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After breakfast you will set off with picnic lunches for the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will game-view on your way south through the park, exploring the Ishasha region which is famous for tree-climbing lions. You can stop here for lunch before heading south through rolling hills and colourful villages and into the Bwindi Forest, where you will stay for two nights at Engagi Lodge.

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Today you will set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters, where you will register for your gorilla trek. Once you`ve been assigned a group, you will be driven to the trailhead for your group and you will follow your guide into Bwindi National Park. You start your trek at the top of the hills, descending to find the gorillas, walking for between 2 and 4 hours before you reach the gorillas. Once you find the first gorilla, you have an hour with them - the time will fly by so make the most of every minute! I find it fascinating watching them interact and seeing how similar their behaviour is to humans! The trek back to the top of the hills can be fairly strenuous, but the exhilaration of seeing the gorillas makes it all worthwhile.

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
This morning you will be driven eastwards to Lake Mburo National Park - the drive will take between four and five hours depending on road conditions, and the scenery is really beautiful, starting with steep, winding hills, covered in a patchwork quilt of fields, and then opening out into flatter plains. You can settle into your tent at Mantana Camp and this afternoon go out on a game-drive with your driver-guide, or simply relax and enjoy the views from the camp.

Day 8: Lake Mburo National Park - Kampala - Entebbe
You will set off after breakfast back to Entebbe, a drive of around five hours, passing through the bustling capital of Kampala on the way, where you can stop to buy some souvenirs if you wish. You will have the afternoon at leisure to do whatever you wish at Entebbe, either relaxing at the guesthouse, or exploring. The Botanical Gardens are worth a visit, as they`re home to a good range of endemic plants and are a haven for birdlife too!

Day 9 : Return Home
Today after breakfast, check out proceed to airport to board flight back home. Recommended accommodation in Uganda