7 Day Kibale, Kyambura & Bwindi

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This wonderful 7 day tour of Uganda by road or by air will take you on an adventure through the famous Kibale Forest, open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the deep jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the majestic mountain gorillas.

The optional upgrade to an Air Safari brings spectacular aerial views of the landscape as well as reducing travelling times.

 

 

Accommodation

Ndali Lodge (2 Nights)

Ndali Lodge has a lovely location in the Bunyaruguru crater lake region south of Fort Portal and offers guests comfortable accommodation in this beautiful landscape.

 

Kyambura Gorge Lodge (2 Nights)

Having been cleverly converted from an old coffee processing plant, Kyambura Gorge Lodge has a contemporary style and a high level of comfort and service. It has incredible views overlooking the Queen Elizabeth National Park, with the majestic peaks of the Mountains of the Moon in the distance.

 

Bwindi Lodge (2 Nights)

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge is the finest lodge in the area and offers premium accommodation and a truly unique jungle experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors.

Please Note: there is a minimum age of 15 years for gorilla treks.

 

Highlights Include:

  • Scenic flights over the volcanic landscape (optional at a supplement)
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge and Kibale
  • Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha
  • Boat Cruises on the Kazinga Channel
  • Birding
  • Community Projects in Kyambura and Bwindi

 

 Itinerary

7 Day Kibale, Kyambura & Bwindi Safari, Uganda

Day 1

Option 1 By Road: Departing from Entebbe you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. On the route west you pass the historic town of Fort Portal before continuing to Ndali Lodge. The lodge has amazing 360º views of the ancient volcanic landscape, the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond. After your long journey enjoy the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace. Lunch en route or at lodge. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

Option 2 By Air: Starting from Entebbe take the 07:45 am or 12:30 pm flight to Kasese (1 hour 15 mins to 2 hours depending on stops). Once there you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer (approx 40 mins) to Ndali Lodge. Lunch included (depending on arrival time). Enjoy the swimming pool, walk around the lodge garden and grounds or simply relax on the terrace. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

 

Day 2

Breakfast at lodge. Spend the morning tracking the exuberant chimp families in the Kibale forest. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor, is a thrilling experience. Though they can be difficult to spot, you will be in no doubt of their presence as the forest is alive with their noisy calls. In the afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The reserve is abundant with butterflies, plants, animals and, in particular, birds. Spectacular birds like Great Blue Turaco and rare Papyrus Gonolek will be of great interest to birders. The swamp is also home to more elusive animals such as Red Colobus monkeys and Sitatunga antelope. There is also the opportunity to visit local community projects that have been financed by tourism. In the evening enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace with its stunning views. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

 

Day 3

After breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On route, take a short walk in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains and take in the views of this magnificent mountain range. Alternatively drive straight to the park and take a game drive. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula offers excellent game drives with magnificent views across the water to the Rwenzori Mountains. Mweya is one of the best places to look for leopard which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Time permitting visit the Kyambura Women’s Coffee Cooperative and its coffee processing station or the wetland reserve to spot birds. Lunch en route or at lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

 

Day 4

Breakfast at lodge. The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives, the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lake Edward and Lake George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Also in Kyambura Gorge you can visit various community projects such as: Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more. Lunch en route or at lodge. Dinner and overnight at Kyambura Gorge Lodge.

 

Day 5

Breakfast at lodge. Today we continue to the primeval Bwindi Forest. Travelling via Ishasha - subject to road conditions - you can observe the unusual behaviour exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there may be time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

 

Day 6

Enjoy an early breakfast, then set off through the steep, densely forested hills in search of Mountain Gorillas. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day but observing the gorillas in their natural habitat is awe inspiring. Alternatively there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the National Park:

 - Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies, and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.

 - Or, take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat.

 - Or, walk through the local village, and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of the local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Lodge.

 

Day 7

Option 1 By Road: An early breakfast then set off back to Entebbe and enjoy the views of rolling hills and farmland. Stop for lunch en route before arriving back in Entebbe in the late afternoon. Return to your hotel (not included but can be added at a supplement) or transfer to the international airport.

Option 2 By Air: Breakfast at lodge then transfer to the airstrip for either the 10.55 am or 14.05 pm flight to Entebbe. Depending on your onward arrangements either connect to your international flight or transfer to a hotel (transfer and hotel not included but can be added at a supplement).

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7 DAY KIBALE, KYAMBURA & BWINDI SAFARI: prices are Per Person (minimum 2 people)

PRICES INCLUDE:

All transport in 4x4 vehicle and an English-speaking driver/guide. 1 Gorilla Permit per person. Accommodation on an All Inclusive basis at Kyambura Gorge Lodge and Bwindi Lodge (unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry service and activities around the lodges). One complimentary massage per person at Bwindi Lodge. Full Board at Nyali Lodge.

Air Safari option is as above plus flights Entebbe – Kasese and Kihihi – Entebbe and transfers from airstrip/s to lodge/s.

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DATES FROMDATES TOSCHEDULED DEPARTURE BY ROADSINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-144010 USD582 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-144455 USD647 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-144010 USD582 USD
PRIVATE DEPARTURE BY ROAD: BASED ON GROUP SIZE:
DATES FROMDATES TO2345SINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-144386 USD3960 USD3747 USD3619 USD518 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-145483 USD4950 USD4684 USD4524 USD647 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-144386 USD3960 USD3747 USD3619 USD518 USD
DATES FROMDATES TOSCHEDULED DEPARTURE BY AIRSINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1415-Dec-144930 USD410 USD
DATES FROMDATES TOPRIVATE DEPARTURE BY AIRSINGLE SUPP
01-Mar-1431-May-145409 USD369 USD
01-Jun-1414-Oct-146010 USD410 USD
15-Oct-1415-Dec-145409 USD369 USD

Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.

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