10 Day Scheduled Charter

Uganda Kob

Scheduled flights are now available in Uganda and this itinerary is designed around two scheduled flights, thus eliminating two of the longer drives in the standard itinerary. This itinerary combines visits to 3 national parks, including Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is home to our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, here you get the opportunity to trek these primates in their natural habitat. We then drive for 3 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Great Rift Valley and explore the wilderness of the savannah grasslands as well as cruise along the Kazinga channel. Our next stop is Bwindi rainforest, home to the mountain gorillas. Trekking through the African jungle in search of these mighty apes is a once in the lifetime experience.

Day 1:
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Protea Hotel (accommodation booked on bed and breakfast basis).

Day 2:
This morning you are transferred to Kajjansi aero club (40 minute drive) for your scheduled charter flight to Kasese (2 – 2.5 hours). You are met at Kasese airstrip by your private driver guide and vehicle. You then drive to Kibale Forest area and the Mountains of the Moon (1 – 1.5 hour drive).

In the afternoon we have the opportunity to explore Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species and you will take a guided forest trek in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates living in the forest, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and of course the chimpanzee. Although chimp sighting are not guaranteed, the odds are good with the chance of encountering them standing at higher then 90%.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 3:
This morning you will go on another forest walk in search of primates. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will surrounded by bird song and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 primate species. The walking is fairly easy due to well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain.

This afternoon we have a swamp walk in Bigodi. Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered local community based organization.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 4:
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park resides in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, but this impressive park also includes within its boundaries, leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds. In the afternoon, we will explore the park and its wonders on a game drive.

Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Day 5:
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a shared boat trip of about two hours on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world {reported to be about 30,000} and other game with excellent birding. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period.

Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be split into two areas, the Channel Drive Circuit and the Kasenyi Plains. The Channel Drive Circuit follows the northern shore of the Kazinga Channel, the roads wind between tangled thickets interspersed with the cactus-like euphorbia trees. The most common large mammals seen here are warthog, bushbusk, waterbuck, elephants, hippos and frequently lions. Leopards are also a common sight in this section of the park and due to them being unusually habituated; they provide a rare opportunity to get up close and personal to these magnificent animals. This is also one of the few places in Africa where the rare giant forest hog is regularly seen during daylight hours. The Kasenyi Plains stretching towards Lake George is a typical African Savannah. These rolling plains support some of the largest concentrations of game anywhere in Queen Elizabeth National Park and offer a different selection of animals then that seen on the Channel Drive Circuit. According to the guides it is said to be the most reliable place in Uganda to see lions. This section of the park alongside the wonderful variety of game and predator species boosts an interesting selection of grassland birds, including grey-crowned crane, red-throated spurfowl and yellow-throated longclaw.

The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides an amazing chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and Ugandan Kob. Large breeding pods of hippos are also seen on a daily basis. On occasion visitors will also see giant forest hog, leopard and lion. The waterbirds in the area are plentiful; in particular, water thick knee, yellow-billed stork, various plovers, white pink-backed Pelicans and white-bellied cormorants.

Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Day 6:
Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha region. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate) and other game.

Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (BLD)

Day 7:
This morning we have another chance to explore the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park on a game drive. In the afternoon we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (a World Heritage Sight) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. Bwindi forest is a magnificent luxuriant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rife Valley, this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for it’s Mountain Gorilla population, slightly more then half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 8:
Gorilla tracking day.

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the Hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film is recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras and film.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 9:
Second gorilla trekking day.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 10:
This morning we drive to Kihihi airstrip (1.5 hours) and have a scheduled charter flight to Kajjansi. You are then transferred to Entebbe airport for your international departure flight. Please note, departure flight can be no earlier then 1600hrs. (BL)

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