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7 days Great Apes Safari (medium)

 

1. Entebbe – The Boma OR Kampala – Hotel Le Petit Village / Cassia Lodge
2. Kibale NP - Chimps Nest/Nyinabulitwa (6 h)
3. Kibale NP - Chimps Nest/Nyinabulitwa
4. Queen Elizabeth NP – Bushlodge (3 h)
5. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (Nkuringo) or Bakiga Lodge (7 h)
6. Bwindi NP - Mutanda Resort/ Nkuringo Camp (Nkuringo) or Bakiga Lodge (Ruhija)
7. Lake Mburo NP – Mihingo (7 h)

Day 1 – Entebbe, The Boma Guest House OR Kampala Hotel Le Petit Village / Cassia Lodge:

After arriving at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda, the comfortable little family run guesthouse is only a few minutes drive away. Here you can relax by the pool while acclimatizing to the tropics after your long flight. Alternatively, a visit to the Botanical gardens or Lake Victoria, are also possible. Alternatively, your first night may be spent in a lovely hotel in Kampala city, which gives you the opportunity to dive into the day-to-day life of the country’s capital city.

Day 2 –Kibale Forest National Park, Chimps Nest or Nyinabulitwa:

We are heading out to western Uganda. Approaching our destination, we slowly begin ascending to the higher altitudes of Fort Portal in the shadow of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’. You will be spending the night conveniently close to Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 600 chimpanzees.

Day 3 Kibale Forest National Park, Chimps Nest or Nyinabulitwa:

Reportedly the best place in the world for seeing chimpanzees is Kibale Forest National Park. A morning trek may get you face to face with man’s closest relative. Did you know that we share up to 98% of a chimp’s genes? That makes us 98% chimp!

In the afternoon a walk through the Bigodi Swamp is planned. A local women’s group decided to battle poverty by setting up a cultural and nature attraction, where guests can get an insight in the way of life out here.

After a long day on your feet, it is time to relax at the lodge a bit.

Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bushlodge:

It’s about a 3 hour drive to Bushlodge, depending on what you see once you enter Queen Elizabeth national park. Elephants often cross the road and have right of way! Situated on the banks of the Kazinga channel, Hippos frequently leave the safety of the water to come and graze on the lodge grounds.

If want to see lots of animals but don’t want to get back in the car, why not go on the launch trip which takes 2 hours and is a relaxing way to see lots of game and over 612 species of birds can be spotted along the channel.

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

This journey will take you from open savannah, climbing into the hills, through the occasional Ugandan village. Then you will descend into a completely different world of steep V-shaped valleys, covered with untouched primary rain forest as far as the eye can see. A world apart from the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You’ll need a rain coat and warm clothes as there are frequent tropical downpours. Accommodation depends on where the group of gorillas you are scheduled to track are located.

Day 6 – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

As you wake early to the exotic sounds of the forest it’s hard not to feel full of excitement for the adventure ahead. Trekking Gorillas in the mist can take anything from 1 and half hours to 8 hours! Chances of seeing the gorillas are very high as each group is closely monitored and the ranger guides accompanying you do everything they can to help you find these magnificent primates. Your experienced guides have an incredible wealth of knowledge with regards to the flora and fauna of the rain forest.

 

Day 7 – Mihingo Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park:

Today is a longish drive, about 7 hours to Mihingo lodge where you can really relax and feel at home. Lake Mburo is a small and attractive park with many lakes and it is home to the Bahima tribe and the beautiful long horned Ankole cows. If you haven’t already seen a Leopard then you will have a good chance to see one here. Buffalo, Eland, Zebra, Impala, Waterbuck, Topi, warthog and bush buck are plentiful.

Mihingo lodge is spread out over a rocky outcrop, each room with its own unique view and privacy. Mihingo is blessed with the tranquility that solar polar provides.

This is a spectacular lodge that blends into its surroundings and is at one with nature. You can enjoy the excitement of sleeping in a tent with the luxury of an adjoining spacious stone bathroom.

 

 

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