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This 5 day kibale and queen elizabeth tour is going to take you from kibale forest national park for Chimpanzee tracking, plus 12 primates, drive Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Park and Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel proceed to a Safari/Game drive to Ishasha for Tree Climbing Lion then visit the crater lakes region, Baboon cliffs and 14th Century Katwe Salt works, Depart for Kampala.
Transfer to Kibale Forest National Par
Depart your accommodations in Kampala or Entebbe for Kibale Forest. A tropical Rain Forest that is a jungle and has so many great surprises just for you. The journey is a pleasant through various regions of Uganda. The Rwenzori Mountains will be seen in the distance as you approach Kibale Forest.
Lunch along the way.
Check in at the hotel/Lodge.
Enjoy the late afternoon on the veranda of your Hotel room/tent, take a walk around the camp and discover some of the 300 plus species of birds found here at Kibale Forest.
Dinner in the jungle of Kibale Forest – the food here is delightful and thoughtfully prepared, the presentation is simply lovely.
Chimpanzee Guest House
Chimpanzee tracking, plus 12 primates in Kibale Forest National Park
Breakfast at Kibale Forest Camp and off to Kibale Forest Headquarters for Chimpanzee Tracking. This is a guided walk and with 13 primates in the park, one usually finds at least 5 or six different types of primates. Then there is the forest itself with its beauty and ruggedness. Butterflies and exotic birds abound in this park and the tracking experience takes in a lot more than Chimpanzee tracking. The chimpanzees you will encounter are habituated meaning that they are used to human beings. Not all chimpanzees in the park are habituated. The process takes up to two years.
Afternoon Walk at Bigodi Swamp Wetlands which is next to Kibale Forest and you just might see chimpanzees again and of course lots of birds are found there including the Shoebill Stork, the great Blue turaco, Blue monkeys, Baboons, otters, Mongoose, Bush bucks, Bush pigs and many more. Kibale Forest is also home to Forest Elephants who are hairier and smaller than their savannah cousins. They also have smaller tusks which allows them to roam the forests. You can also find Forest Buffaloes which are redder in color than the ones on the savannah. Kibale Forest is a part of a migration corridor that extends through Queen Elizabeth Park into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Look at the toes of a forest Elephants if you have time. they have one more toe than do its savannah cousins.
Bigodi Swamp Wetlands is a community project that has been put together quite well and entrance and guide fees benefit the local community.
Rweteera Safari Lodge
Drive to Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Park and Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel
Breakfast at Kibale Forest Camp and off for lunch at Queen Elizabeth Park where we check into another moderately priced but favorite amongst our guest who rave about the food. The location is overlooking the famous Kazinga Channel which is a natural channel connecting Prince Edward and Prince George. The tents are en-suite with bath in the back, a shower with two shower heads and each tent is elevated on a wooden platform and has a veranda. This again is a small and intimate camp.
Lunch at Bush Lodge Tented Camp and the food is great. After lunch a boat ride on Kazinga Channel with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. At one time there were too many hippos and their grazing denuded the surrounding grasslands. Before independence they would be culled by the wildlife authorities. The locals ate the meat and after Idi Amin came to power, poachers and soldiers, and again at the fall of Idi Amin, many hippos were shot by locals, rebels and soldiers.
There are also crocodiles, countless of birds on the shore and overhead and in the water of the channel. This is a pleasant boat ride where you can get some great pictures of elephants and buffaloes on shore. Hopefully an open mouthed hippo shot.
Bush Tented Lodge
Safari/Game drive to Ishasha for Tree Climbing Lions
Breakfast at Bush Lodge Tented Camp and then we are off for an all day Game Drive. We drive south to the Ishasha Plains in search of the Tree Climbing Lions and other wildlife. This is a more deserted section of the park but is home to over 40 tree climbing lions, lots of elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, birds, some monkeys and baboons and more.
We will have a Uganda Wildlife Authority Guide to assist us in finding the wildlife and pointing out various animals to you while the driver drives and makes sure you are comfortable. Our Safari vehicle will allow you to stand on the seat and look over the top, a bean bag is great for steady pictures.
Return to Bush Tented Lodge for dinner and a quiet evening on your verandah.
Bush Tented Lodge
Visit the crater lakes region, Baboon cliffs and 14th Century Katwe Salt works, Depart for Kampala:
Breakfast and morning game drive through the Mweya region of the park. visit the crater lakes region, Baboon cliffs and Katwe Salt works for a glimpse into traditional salt mining. This is one of the oldest salt mines in Uganda established in the 14th Century. Sadly we must depart for Kampala, lunch in Masaka, and we will arrive in the evening before for your flight back home or dinner time. On the way we stop at Lake Mburo, along the road and take pictures of Zebras, then it is the Equator and if there is time the Buganda Royal Drum Makes.
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