Kabale, Rwanda

8 days Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, Lake Bunyonyi

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Duration : 8 Day

Day 1 – Entebbe/Kampala to Kibale National Park

Day 2 – Chimp trekking and Nature walk at Kibale Forest and travel to Queen Elizabeth NP Day 3 – Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 4 – Game drive at Queen Elizabeth NP and boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi

Day 6 – Gorilla trekking at Bwindi

Day 7 – Bird watching and community tour at Lake Bunyonyi

Day 8 – Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe/Kampala

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Day 1 – Entebbe/Kampala to Kibale National Park

Depart in the morning westwards to Fort Portal town (about 300km), the seat of the Toro Kingdom and also famous for the nearby Mountains of the Moon. Continue to the nearby Kibale National Park and check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Chimp trekking and Nature walk at Kibale Forest

Kibale is 766 square kilometres (296 sq mi) of primarily moist evergreen forest, including both both lowland and montane forests. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the forest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. Then enjoy a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp (protected wetland). Located 6km south of the Kibale National Park visitor centre at Kanyanchu, is home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). It’s also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with eight different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey.

Day 3 – Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth NP

Travel from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth NP via Kasese town, with the opportunity to see crater lakes near Kibale and great views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Experience a game drive as you drive from the park entrance to your lodge. Check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Game drive at Queen Elizabeth NP and boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Go for an early morning game drive and see buffalo, elephant, lions, and Uganda Kob among other game. After lunch, go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and many Nile crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at the lodge thereafter.

Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi

Depart from Queen Elizabeth NP and head to Bwindi. Check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 – Gorilla trekking at Bwindi

After a 0630 hrs breakfast, head for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) briefing centre with a packed lunch provided by the lodge. You must be at the UWA briefing centre well before 0800 hrs for registration and a talk from ranger-guide on trekking rules. Gorillas move to new places every day and the time taken to see the Gorillas is unpredictable. This ranges from 2-3 hours to 6 or 7 hours. Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – Bird watching and community tour at Lake Bunyonyi

After an early breakfast, depart for Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale (approx. 2 hours travel time), where you will check in to your lodge and thereafter tour the scenic and tranquil lake to view the very diverse birdlife (200 species), listen to the interesting stories about the history of the area, and visit the local Batwa community to see how they live.

Day 8 – Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe/Kampala

After breakfast, travel to Entebbe/Kampala with a stopover en route for lunch.