8. From Kampala: 5-Day Private Wildlife Tour with Boat Cruise
They may be double our size, covered in fur, and walk on all-fours, but humans and Mountain gorillas are more similar than you think! Did you know, we share around 98% of our DNA with these fascinating beasts. This tour will enable you to encounter these beasts & a tour of Lake Bunyonyi-one of the most beautiful places on earth with about 30 islands connected like dots! Take a boat ride to “Punishment Island” and discover some magical myths, track chimpanzees in Kibaale National park.
You will go for a game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel to search the tree-climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes, Nile crocodiles, hyenas amongst others and lots of bird species.
Day 1 Pick up and Transfer to Fort Portal
Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe International Airport, you will be transferred to Fort Portal town. The journey takes you through the cool undulating tea plantations along Fort Portal town also known as Uganda’s Tourism City with lunch en-route.
On arrival check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight at:
• Kalitusi BackPackers
• Prunus Hotel
• Night Rose
• Green Village Apartments
• Mountains of the Moon Hotel
• Fort Motel
• Kalya Courts
• Nyeika Hotel
• Kyaninga Lodge
Chimpanzee tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After early morning breakfast, your driver will take you for chimpanzee tracking activity which takes about 3 hours in Kibale Forest National Park where you will view a variety of monkeys, birds, butterflies in the tropical rain forest.
After Chimpanzee tracking, you will be transferred to Queen National Park. On arrival have lunch at your hotel and after lunch goes for an afternoon boat cruise for 2 hours at Kazinga Channel where you will view buffaloes, Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of bird species.
After the boat cruise, you go for an evening game drive as you head back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
• Tembo Safri Lodge
• UWA Banda's
• Lions Track Over land
• Kasenyi Safari Lodge
• Engiri Lodge
• Bush Lodge
• Mweya Safari Lodge
• King Fisher
Ishasha Morning Game Drive and Transfer to Bwindi
Have an early morning breakfast and depart to Ishasha sector to search the tree climbing lions in the fig trees as well spot elephants, topis, water backs, kobs and buffaloes. After a 2 hours game viewing, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On arrival, check-in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
• Ruhija Community Rest Camp
• Gorilla Friends
• Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Gorilla Experience and Visit Lake Bunyonyi
Early morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the UWA offices for a briefing about the Gorilla tracking experience in the thick tropical rain forest of Bwindi. After the briefing, embark on a 3-hour trek in the jungle searching for the Gorilla family, when you find the family you're tracking, you will spend an hour with these might apes as you learn more about them and take memorable life tie photos.
Later after tracking the gorillas, head to Lake Bunyonyi, a place that some travellers have with tears described as the most beautiful on earth. The hilly landscape, the about 30 islands connected like dots in the Garden of Eden should leave you breathless!
You can choose to take an optional local boat ride to “Punishment Island” and see where the myth has it that non-virgins were left to die several decades ago as punishment. Listen to the tale of this place as you savour the scenery, the beauty of the most beautiful place on a late afternoon, depart Bunyonyi and spend the night in Kabale town.
Optional tour of Kabale museum for some beautiful Bakiga folklore.
• Lake Bunyonyi ECO resort
• Itambira Island
• Lake Bunynyi Eco Resort
• Overland Hotel
• Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
Transfer to Entebbe International Airport with a stopover at Igongo cultural extravaganza/Equator
After breakfast embark on a 7-8 hour drive to Entebbe Airport via Mbarara - Masaka high way with a stopover at the Equator at this imaginary line that dives the world into two hemispheres (Time for photo shoot & and a practical compelling experiment of seeing water swirl in two different directions.
You will have lunch at Igongo cultural museum and a detour of the museum for a true cultural extravaganza from the great stories, artefacts etc. Across the road from the museum, visit and climb the imposing iconic “Biharwe Eclipse" monument, which was dated by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD.
This was the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes region, the eclipse, which was acknowledged in the legends of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine royal genealogies of those kingdoms.