Draft: Bird watching

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Day 1- Evening arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Day 2- Transfer to Kibale Forest national park. Local nature walk
Day 3- Chimpanzee tracking and swamp walk for primates & birds
Day 4- Tour of the scenic crater lakes region. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Day 5- Game drive around the park, visit the salt lakes and boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 6- Game drive, in search of tree-climbing lions, en route to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Day 7- Gorilla tracking and community walk/ bird watching, if time allows
Day 8- Transfer to Lake Mburo national park with achance to see Impala, Eland and zebra
Day 9- Safari walk in the park, craft shopping at the Equator and return to Entebbe for your flight

Day 1- Evening arrival at Entebbe International airport.
Your guide will welcome you at the airport and be with you throughout your safari. You will spend your first night at a nearby guest house, tucked in a beautiful compound, in a quiet corner, of sleepy Entebbe.
Accommodation:
Airport Guest House
Day 2 – Transfer to Kibale Forest national park
Today you will travel to Fort Portal town (5 hours) through stunning tea plantations and the lush green countryside of Uganda. You will stop for lunch, in this bustling old colonial town, nestling in the shadows of the Mountains of the Moon before proceeding to Kibale Guest Cottages where you can relax or stretch your legs on a local walk.

Accommodation:
Kibale Guest Cottages

Day 3 – Chimp tracking & swamp walk
Join your group in Kibale Forest where you will track our closest relative, the chimpanzee. Walk through the tropical jungle until you find the family you are tracking, then spend an hour watching them groom, play and even mate. After lunch take a guided swamp walk at a community ecotourism project: home to a variety of bird species and primates including red, and black & white colobus monkeys; grey-cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoest monkeys and more.

Accommodation:
Kibale Guest Cottages

Day 4 – Crater lakes region & transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Enjoy a leisurely tour of the beautiful crater lakes region, created at the same time as the Rift Valley and the Rwenzori Mountains. Then continue south to Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda’s second largest park, with over 95 mammal species and 600+ bird species. Spend the late afternoon relaxing at your lodge with beautiful views across Lake George. Look out for visiting animals like hippos, water buck and warthogs

Accommodation:
Ihamba Safari Lodge

Day 5 – Game drive & boat cruise
6:00am after a light bite, a dawn game drive brings chances to catch up with the early risers like, Elephant, Buffalo and Uganda Kob; also keep your eyes peeled for lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a full brunch and then
take a relaxing boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel with opportunities to come close to hippos, bathing elephants, Nile crocodiles and colorful water birds.

Accommodation:
Ihamba Safari Lodge

Day 6 – Ishasha sector to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Travel to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, famous for the tree-climbing lions. Also look out for large herds of Topi Buffalo and Uganda Kob. After the game drive, continue your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, home to the gentle forest giants: the mountain gorillas. Relax at your lodge in the evening as the sun sets over the forest.

Accommodation:
Engagi Lodge

Day 7- Gorilla tracking
07:30am Prepare yourself for an amazing encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas. Meet your group, guide and porters for a briefing then head into the forest for an experience to remember. Start tracking your gorilla family and, once you find them, spend an hour watching as they go about their normal daily activities: eating, grooming, playing and moving through the forest. After tracking, return to the lodge, visit the village or enjoy a spot of bird watching, depending on the time.

Accommodation:
Engagi Lodge

Day 8 – Transfer to Lake Mburo national park
Travel to Lake Mburo, one of Uganda’s smallest national parks, approx. 4 hrs scenic drive away from Bwindi. This is the only park on your itinerary where you will find the eland, zebra and impala and is the perfect place to unwind. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive and then relax at your lodge, located just at the park borders, with great views across the park to the lake.

Accommodation:
Rwakobo Rock

Day 9 – Safari walk & return to Entebbe
Make the most of your last morning with a guided sa fari walk in the park, to bring you close to a range of animals and birds, as you enjoy the scenery. Then drive back to Entebbe with a stop at the Equat or for photo moments and perhaps some craft shopping. Your guide will take you to the airport in plenty of time to check-in for your evening flight home and he will say farewell there, leaving you with some wonderful memories and looking forward to your next visit!

Optional activities

Optional activities can be added into your itinerary, usually for an additional cost

Community Walk
Forest Walk
Birding

Extensions

An extra day gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Two days cultural/community tourism near Masaka (bark cloth production, medicinal plant tour, coffee experience, craft group, school visit, village walk, Rwandan genocide memorial, birding)
One extra day in Lake Mburo national park
Three nights to Queen Elizabeth and Kibale forest national parks including chimp tracking
Extra time in Kampala or Entebbe for activities such as a city tour, shopping at craft markets, botanical gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (former zoo), swimming in a hotel pool

Transport & Accommodation
This safari costs USD 4,300 per person, based on two people sharing accommodation. We are happy to quote for groups and can provide flight-inclusive prices on request. We can also tweak this itinerary to include other activities and/or extensions to other areas of Uganda.

Price includes:

1 gorilla & 1 chimp tracking permit each
A private safari vehicle with driver/guide
Full-board, mid-range, non-airconditioned accommodation
All entrance and other fees for the activities include in the itinerary
Mineral water during safari
All government taxes

Price does not include

Flights
Travel insurance
Personal expenses such as bar bills, phone calls, laundry services, gifts, crafts & personal shopping
Tips and gratuities (normally 5-10% and around $50-100 for your guide).

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