Day 1 TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
You will be picked up from Kampala in the morning after breakfast and go through Uganda’s lush beautiful countryside. Take a stop over at Equator en route as well as plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park. A game drive en route is reward. After lunch travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, spotting game en route more especially the antelopes that “criss- cross the road as you drive on. Arrive in the afternoon at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana lodge/ Albertine Camp. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 2 THE LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
Having taken a cup of tea or coffee to warm up for the morning, go for a morning game drive in the Park. Expect to see most of the famous Big Five; Buffalos, leopards, Elephant, Lions, Giant forest hog, Bush bucks, waterbucks, mangoose, Hyena and many bird species. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast as you wait for Lunch. In the after noon, take a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel to watch the families of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as the illusive Leopard marauding. The banks of this channel harbour a great number of bird species and if you are lucky, you might encounter the legendary shoe bill stork, pelicans, fish eagle, Skimmers, martial eagles, the papyrus gonelok, African Jacana and many others..
Return to the lodge for dinner and over night.
Day 3 NATURE WALK IN MARAMAGAMBO FOREST
After breakfast tour the mesmerizing Queen Elizabeth’s picturesque crater lakes zone, and serene. The unique thing about these crater lakes is that each has its own individual temperament and nature providing a home for a myriad of creatures. Visit Lake Katwe and get to see the salt works and Flamingo Lake. Return to the lodge for Lunch. In the afternoon, visit the assorted local habitats and take a walk in the Maramagambo forest where we’ll spot Chimpanzees and Monkeys. Visit the bat caves and watch out for the exceptional extraordinary Blue Lake. It is a small lake that got its name Kimere -Njojo (meaning the one that swallows the Elephant in English) after drowning a big Elephant. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 4: TO FORTPORTAL
After breakfast you will be taken to Fort Portal town, through the villages and beautiful scenery. Have lunch and you will be transferred to Kibale National park’s Kanyankyu tourist centre for an afternoon Chimpanzee trek at Kibale Forest. Kibale National Park is a habitat for more than 10 primate species, which include, black & white colobus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and many others. At the Eastern edge of Kibale National Park, there is Bigodi wetland sanctuary, which is managed by the local community. The sanctuary is situated in Magombe swamp and it is known for a wide range of biodiversity including species of primates such as red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkey, grey – checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, I’hoest monkey, vervet monkey, blue monkey and ba boon. Mammals like sitatunga, bush pigs, bush bucks, otters, magoose and chimpanzees, also visit the swamp from Kibale National Park. 138 species have so far been identified.
The main bird species found in the sanctuary is the great blue turacco. What is happening at Bigodi Wetland sanctuary is a good example of a community based approach to natural resources management that can be of economic benefit to the local residents of the area as well as the tourism industry.
Day 5: Swamp Walk
Have an early morning break fast and then go for a swamp walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary a community owned swamp under Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. Your guide will provide detailed information as the walk goes on. This area harbors over 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Emerald Cuckoo, Black and White Casqued Hornbill and a variety of Weavers, Warblers, Greenbuls and Sunbirds. You will also see plenty of butterflies and the unique flora such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. Have lunch and then return to Kampala.