(BIRDERS EXPERIENCE)

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Guide Meals
Shelters Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Hiking equipment
Guide gratuity

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Air Port.

Day 2: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi; Canoeing, swimming/sun bathing, birding & visiting the pygmies.

Day 3: Drive to Kisoro.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Special Day!!!

Day 5: Drive to queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 6: Game drive and Boat in the afternoon.

Day 7: optional Activity at Queen.

Day 8: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk.

Day 10: Drive to Back to Entebbe

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Day 1: Departure

Arrival at Entebbe International Air Port.

You will arrive at Entebbe International airport where you will be picked by a driver guide from Pearl Land Safaris and you will be transfered to the Hotel.

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Day 2

Drive to Lake Bunyonyi; Canoeing, swimming/sun bathing, birding & visiting the pygmies.

On your way to Bunyonyi, you will have a stopover at the Equator. While at there, you can do a water experiment to see the difference between the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. You will also visit the crafts shops and have lunch enroute.

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Day 3

Drive to Kisoro.

After your lunch, you will start your journey to Kisoro of which you will have stop overs for taking pictures of the beautiful sceneries of Uganda as you proceed with your journey to Kisoro. This town is mostly famous for the rare Mountain gorillas from the surroundings with incredible scenery, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills which characterize so much of south western Uganda. It is near the border between Rwanda, Congo & Uganda and it provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.

(Silverback Lodge – Luxury option),

(Buhoma Haven Lodge – Midrange option),

(Buhoma Rest Camp – Budget option).

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Day 4

Gorilla Tracking Special Day!!!

Have early breakfast today as you prepare for a drive to the park for briefing by your ranger guide. Here you begin tracking the Mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bushbucks. NB; don’t forget to carry your packed lunches. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young.

Follow the Mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat and the many species they share it with. The Gorilla group you will track belongs to one of the habituated family group who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. After a well-earned trip to the gorillas you will drive back to your hotel for an overnight. You can rest your tired legs and restorative massage, offered from the gorilla experience!

(Silverback Lodge – Luxury option),

(Buhoma Haven Lodge – Midrange option),

(Buhoma Rest Camp – Budget option).

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Day 5

Drive to queen Elizabeth National Park.

Today you will start your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2; its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. The park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world as its well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds.

(Mweya Safari Lodge – Luxury option),

(Enganzi Lodge – Midrange option),

(Pumba Safari Cottage – Budget option).

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Day 6

Game drive and Boat in the afternoon.

After an early morning breakfast, you go for your first game drive through the park. Your guide will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park. You will be able to spot a lot of the African animal wildlife for example: elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there!

After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

(Mweya Safari Lodge – Luxury option),

(Enganzi Lodge – Midrange option),

(Pumba Safari Cottage – Budget option).

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Day 7

optional Activity at Queen and relaxations

(Mweya Safari Lodge – Luxury option),

(Enganzi Lodge – Midrange option),

(Pumba Safari Cottage – Budget option).

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Day 8

Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park, a home of 13species of primates and have a stop on the way for the crater hike walk. Here you will be a ble to interact with the local people shaking hands a sign of welcome to their community. You will also take a walk to the tea plantation and see how it is processed from the leaves to a drink.

Drive to the camp later today and prepare for your dinner.

Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp Lazy Camping tents

Midrange Accommodation:  Kibale Forest Camp Safari tents

Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge Tents Kibale

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Day 9

Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk.

Kibale National Park has one of the most lovely and varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The Forest is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominant in the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, mostly 13 species of primates which includes the chimpanzee.

It also has over 375 species of birds. Kibale neighbors Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most appealing destinations to explore. The park lies close to the quiet Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp Lazy Camping Tents

Midrange Accommodation:  Kibale Forest Camp Safari Tents

Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge Tents Kibale

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Day 10

Drive to Back to Entebbe.

Today after breakfast you will drive to back to Entebbe. You decide on where your driver drops you either for your flight in Entebbe or accommodation. We trust that your trip will be inspirational, educational and somewhat magical! Ultimate wild safaris wishes you a safe flight back home and thank you for letting us host you in this, The Pearl of Africa!

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