6 DAY UGANDA PEARL OF AFRICA SAFARI, GORILLA & CHIMPS TREK TOUR
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Welcome to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. On your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be met by our knowledgeable meet and greet expert who will direct you to your driver guide who will be brief you about your itinerary for the 6 day Uganda pearl of Africa Safari, gorilla, and chimps trek tour and later you will be transferred to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: EARLY BREAKFAST AND TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.
Today after your breakfast, you will start your scenic 7-hour transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On this day you will have a brief stopover at the Equator Masaka, Kayabwe where you will visit some Ugandan handmade crafts including drums, later proceed with your journey with a lunch stop in Mbarara town as you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for your Overnight at your accommodation.
DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING AND GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE
After an early breakfast, we shall head off to Kalinzu Forest Reserve where the rangers will give you a trek briefing before we head off to find our closest living relative. The Kalinzu Chimpanzees are considered extremely reliable with a trekking success rate of over 95%.
In Uganda today, Efforts to conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported. The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of these Chimpanzees in Uganda.
You will most likely finish around 10:30 am. From there you will return to your Lodge for refreshment and Lunch as you get ready for another game drive en-route heading for sundowner boat safari at Kazinga Chanel.
Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos more than you can possibly imagine, as well as a variety of other animals that come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, Elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari, you will drive back to your lodge for dinner and Overnight.
DAY 4: GAME DRIVE AND TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
The day begins early as we start with game drives. As we head towards Bwindi, driving through the Ishasha sector. We shall proceed with a game drive in the Ishasha sector in search of Tree climbing Lions as this part is famous for its’ unique tree-climbing lions. Whilst all lions can climb trees these two feelings of pride are the only ones found to spend the majority of their time in trees.
This region is also well known for Birdlife, herds of elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes are regularly spotted here and baboons, have become residents to this region of Queen Elizabeth later after you will enjoy your packed lunch in the park and proceed with another 2.5hrs scenic transfer to Bwindi National Park to your accommodation near to the home of the endangered mountain gorillas.
You will check in for dinner, have a freshen up and relax with the lodge facilities as we prepare the next adventure as well as the highlight of the tour, of course this is Mountain Gorilla Tracking tomorrow.
DAY 5: MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK IN BWINDI
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants, of course, the rare Mountain Gorillas. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
This morning take an early breakfast and be ready at your accommodation reception by 6:30 am where your driver-guide will be ready and waiting to transfer you to the briefing point of your Mountain Gorilla Trek starting point.
Once at the briefing point the park rangers will organize everyone into like fitness groups. The rangers are in touch with advanced tracking guides and will also brief you on the trek rules and Gorilla behaviors before heading off into the rain-forest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of these mighty Mountain Gorillas.
Mountain Gorillas trek can take between 2-6 hours depending on their movements. Once you get close to your group all weariness will evaporate as you get to spend 1 hour observing their behaviors, language, interactions, and eating habits. It’s often described as one of the great natural animals encounters on the planet and Bwindi is home to over 1/3 of the remaining 1063 or so Mountain Gorillas.
After the trek time, you will descend, as your driver-guide will be waiting for you to hear about your unique experiences later embark on your safari vehicle for your transfer back to your accommodation for a freshen up, Lunch & relax with the lodge facilities.
Dinner & Overnight stay at your accommodation.
DAY 6: TRANSFER TO KIGALI FOR GENOCIDE MEMORIAL AND DEPARTURE.
Have a most enjoyable breakfast regaling your stories & encounter with the Mountain Gorillas. After breakfast at leisure, you will check out of your accommodation at 9 am and head off for a 4.5hrs scenic drive arriving in Kigali in time for lunch at Hote des Mille collins before heading to the Kigali genocide memorial.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
This is an extremely moving, challenging, educational, and ultimately inspiring memorial and a great place to understand the cause, tragedy, and successful rebuilding post-genocide. The reconciliation and rebuilding have been miraculous and these memorials are built to inform, educate, and prevent such a tragedy to never occur again.
The tour is very transparent and educational but very somber and humbling when you realize that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial. Guaranteed you will feel every emotion during this visit.
The most common question that goes through your mind is “would I be capable of that level of forgiveness if I found myself in this situation”. That’s a true inspiration.
After the memorial visit, we take you to a nearby craft shops for your souvenairs before we transfer you to Kigali International Airport for your flight back home.