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8 Days With Uganda Primates – Gorilla and Chimpanze

Day 1: Arrive at EBB and transfer to Silver Springs Hotel in Kampala for overnight stay.
(Assuming they are on a night flight so no dinner)

Day 2: After breakfast, depart for Fort Portal via Mubende. On the way are colourful
vegetable and fruit road-side markets, locals working in their banana and coffee plantations and vast Tea estates.

Arrive in Fort Portal and check in at Mountains of the Moon Hotel in time for lunch. Afternoon visit areas around the town which has a wonderful view of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon” also referred to as Rwenzori Mountains towering 5,290M above sea level. Return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 3: Early after breakfast, depart for Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking. This forest has the highest concentration of Primates and hosts a population of more than 800 chimpanzees, of which one 80-strong community has been habituated to tourist visits, as well as a half-a-dozen readily observed monkey species, including the acrobatic Red Colobus, Black-and-White Colobus, and the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey.

Lunch will be served in one of the facilities nearby, afternoon, go for the Bigodi Community Swamp Walk. The walk takes you through the various villages and you witness how the local community is participating in the conservation of Kibale forest and hence the Primates that live there. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Early after breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Nat. Park southern sector. This journey has dramatic landscape as it takesa visitor from hilly surroundings to semi savannah law lying areas full of agricultural activities then eventually giving rise to the Kigezi highlands, popularly referred to as “the Little Switzerland of Africa”.

Here you travel through rolling hills with terraced gardens and deep valleys with colourful gardens of local produce. Lunch will be at a convenient place on the way and arrive at Chameleon Hill Lodge in the evening in time for dinner and overnight. The lodge is on top of a hill, embedded in picturesque scenery with breathtaking views of L. Mutanda.

Day 5: Whole day will be devoted to gorilla tracking. This is a demanding walk and some level of fitness is necessary. Walking shoes, long sleeved shirts and khaki or jeans trousers are recommended.

Sightings are between 2 to 4 hours walk in the Impenetrable forest. But as you track, the able guides and rangers are not shy to point out other habitants in this great forest such as birds, monkeys, butterflies, ants, trees and medicinal plants. On sighting the gorillas, you will have a hour interaction before moving to some safe quite place to enjoy your packed lunch. Return to the Lodge and the rest of the afternoon can be spent relaxing and enjoying the surrounding views

Day 6: This day will be left at your leisure and with several optional activities to choose from,though lunch and dinner will be served at the Lodge. These activities are listed below after the program.

Day 7: After breakfast, depart for Lake Mburo National Park. This is the smallest savannah park in Uganda but has animals such as Impala, Zebra and Eland which can only be seen in here and Kidepo Valley National Park way up north on the border with Sudan and Kenya. Lunch will be on the way and arrive at Rwakobo Rock Lodge in time for dinner.

Day 8: Morning game drive and then proceed to the famous Equator Crossing for a photo opportunity and souvenir shopping. Lunch and then proceed on to EBB for flight connections.