6 Nights 7 Days
Day 1: ENTEBBE MABAMBA WETLAND–SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK
Morning start with a pick up from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala and drive to Mabamba wetland. The highlight at Mabamba Swamp is a search for the prehistoric looking Great shoebill stork. Here we also find some aquatic birds and marsh Harriers, if time allows search for the beautiful painted Pygmy goose. Continue to the dramatic and varied landscape through the ever-green tea plantations and exploring the remote villages around in to Semuliki.
About 5 hours
Day 2: Semuliki -KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Birding around the Semuliki, a guided nature walk along the Bumaga trail. Semuliki National Park is one of the top birding destinations in Uganda boosting of over 441 bird species. Time permitting ready enjoy a safe and secluded boat safari in search for the rare shoebill stork with a local guide. The day end with a visit to the Sempaya hot springs before heading to Kibale Forest National Park in the evening.
Day 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING & BIRDING A LONG BIGODI WETLAND
In the morning you will have breakfast to transfer to Kibale Headquarters for briefing before setting off for a forest walk in search for chimpanzees. Make a gentle exhaustive search out with the expert guide of not only the Chimpanzees but also other living creatures that ranks Kibale forest a natural wonder. The walk will reward you with other primates like Grey cheeked Mangabey, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, phoestes, and butterflies. After tracking the chimps in the afternoon birding to the Bigodi swamp- to see unique birds, flora and butterflies.
Day 4: KIBALE FOREST-QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Nothing lifts the spirits like heading to a remote place filled with abundant wildlife. Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to Over 500 bird species that have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda, and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. After lunch take a 2-hour launch cruise on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. A chance to spot more water birds here.
Day 5: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK- BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK.
Rise very early with previous day’s memories, enjoy your birding walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for more bird species around the gorge, as you will be watching a number of beautiful birds. Thereafter continue your drive to Bwindi forests, home to mountain gorillas. The journey takes about 2 hours but drives through interesting features. Arrive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. This is a fantastic way allowing you to finally discover the wild beauty of this Impenetrable forest.
About 4 hours
Day 6: BWINDI GORILLA TREKKING DAY.
An excellent way to start your morning in Africa. Set for your Gorilla trekking experience inside Bwindi forest. You will need to carry drinking water, rain jacket and jungle boots while the rangers will provide you with a walking stick. Gorilla trekking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. Bwindi is however most notable for her 340 Mountain Gorillas, about half the world’s population of this critically endangered primate. After tracking, come back to the lodge for late lunch.
Evening at leisure birding around the edge of the forests. Special sightings may include the African green broadbill, Fraser’s eagle owl, black billed Turaco and Rwenzori Batis in the evening we could track the calls of the Rwenzori night jar to mention but a few.
Day 7: BWINDI FOREST –ENTEBBE OUT
Return to Kampala and Entebbe International Airport for your departing flight back home or to your next destination. With lunch enroute.
About 8 hours