Chameleon Africa Uganda Highlights of Uganda

Highlights of Uganda

11 days

Gorilla tracking, chimpanzee viewing, game drives are classic Ugandan experiences. This holiday also includes a visit to tea plantations, a honey bee project and visits to local markets to give an insight into the culture of the country.

This holiday will take you on classic safari game drives in search of lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopard, spotted hyena, elephants and more. But - the real highlights are sure to be tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and a habituation experience with chimpanzee in Kibale Forest. We think that all this, plus tea plantation visits, markets and a local honey bee project combine to give an excellent introduction to Uganda.

Holiday Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee Habituation
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Tea plantation and honey bee project
Day 1. Arrive Uganda
Fly from the UK to Entebbe. You'll be met at the airport and driven to your hotel where you spend the first night.
Day 2. To Kibale National Park
Today you will drive to Kibale National Park. Along the way you will pass many tea plantations. You will stop for lunch in Fortportal and later have a chance to cycle in the tea plantations of Mpanga Growers Tea Factory. The factory is a public limited company owned by small holder tea growers. Spend two nights at Kibale.
Day 3. Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Today you will experience Chimpanzee Habituation in Kibale Forest which is widely known as the primate capital of the world with over 13 primate species. Your day will begin with a briefing at 6:30 am after which you will head into the forest to observe the chimps as they wake in their nests. Throughout the day, you will follow a chimpanzee family, learn about their habits, characteristics, how they feed, mate, hunt, socialize and learn other unique features that make them stand apart from other primates. The day ends as the chimpanzees climb into their newly built nests for the evening and you head back to your lodge.
Day 4. To Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast you drive to the world-famous Queen Elizabeth National Park you will pass Rubona Town and get a chance to visit a bee project run by the Bunyangabo Bee Keepers Association. This is an association of 1000 farmers who come together to market their products like honey, wax and candles from bee keeping. These farmers use both traditional and modern methods of bee keeping from which they earn a living. You will then drive crossing the equator along the way and into the national park. Later, you have an evening game drive.
Day 5. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Start the day with an early morning game drive. There are over 100 mammal species here, including lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopard, spotted hyena, elephants and the elusive giant forest hog. The Primates include chimps, black and white colobus monkeys, red colobus, and red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. In the afternoon, you have a boat ride at Kazinga Channel. Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park, from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and Crater Lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Day 6. To Lake Bunyonyi
You start your journey to one of the most beautiful places in Uganda; Lake Bunyonyi which means "place with many small birds". Along the way you have spectacular views of the terraces of the Ugandan mountains. The area is known as the Switzerland of Uganda.
Day 7. Gorilla Tracking
This morning you get up early and drive to Bwindi for gorilla trekking. Tracking the mountain gorilla is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The trek will take between 2 and 6 hours, but is well worth the effort. You will be led by an experienced ranger who will tell you interesting facts about flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the gorillas along the way.
Day 8. To Lake Mburo
Today, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. At the entrance to the park you can observe impalas and zebras. You will have a game drive along the way. The Lake Mburo national park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamps increases. This diversity of habitats is home to abundant bird life with 313 species recorded in the park, including flame head barbet, long-tailed zitting cisticola (Tabora), African bins rail, collared barbet, binding bush singer and more.
Day 9. Lake Mburo
Get up early morning for a guided nature walk then later, return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. After lunch, you will have a game drive.
Day 10. Depart
Today you return to Kampala and Entebbe, on the way you'll pass a number of fruit and vegetable markets. From Entebbe airport, catch your flight home - usually overnight, meaning arrival in the UK on day 11.

11 days

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