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Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - 4WD, boat, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotel/lodge (4nts), tented camp (5nts).
Meals - 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 7 dinners.
All gorilla permits are included in the price.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Tour starts; Kampala
The tour starts at the Kampala hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. The rest of the day is free to relax and settle in. The city centre has a surprisingly large amount of bird life including one of the largest urban populations of the marabou stork in the world. This huge bird is not the prettiest but it is fairly impressive nonetheless and does a great job cleaning up the town. Hotel - 1 night - Swimming Pool
This morning you follow the highway directly west via Mubende to Kibale. The route takes you across fertile land cultivated by smallholders - coffee, cotton, tea, tobacco and sugar cane are the cash crops in the shambas (plots) here. Where the land has not been put to use, a mosaic of high grassland and forest indicates that at one time the entire area was covered by indigenous forest. At this altitude – 1520m - it can be surprisingly cool, particularly during the wetter months of April-May and October-November. (Driving 400km – 7-8 hours) Lodge - 1 night (BLD)
Mweya (QEII National Park); chimps in Kibale Forest
This morning you explore Kibale National Park Forest on foot. Uganda’s rainforests protect a wealth of wildlife, which includes a remarkable number of primates found in few other places. This country is one of the world’s foremost places to see chimpanzee and Kibale Forest is about as good as it gets; the national park supports the highest number of primates in Uganda and one of the highest densities in the world. This unique highland habitat of forested, mountainous terrain is also home to over 300 bird species, and many other animals. You follow forest trails to track chimpanzees, just one of the 13 primate species found here; you are also likely to see red colobus which, though common here, are rare in the rest of Uganda. In addition to primates, the national park also plays host to a variety of larger mammals, though these are much less likely to be seen. Sighting one of Kibale’s forest elephants for example (a smaller hairier cousin of the savannah dwelling race) would be an exciting experience, but even just the tell-tale signs of their presence can be thrilling.
In the afternoon you continue your drive south, crossing the equator - stopping to observe your passage with due ceremony - en route to Mweya (150km/4 hours), at the north-east corner of Lake Edward. The road follows the eastern fringe of the majestic, snow-capped Mountains of the Moon - the Ruwenzoris. As you arrive you skirt the Queen Elizabeth National Park and along this route you should have your first game viewing opportunities.
Much of the park is open savannah, with typical acacia thorn scrub, which supports populations of elephant, buffalo and warthog amongst other animals, plus lion and leopard. The bird life is also prolific: 550 species - including 50 raptors - have been recorded here. Now designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this park - one of the oldest in Uganda - occupies an area just south of the equator between Lakes George and Edward, both of which are named after British royalty. Fittingly, the park was itself renamed after the young queen Elizabeth, during the visit she made at the start of her reign in 1952.
Fixed Camp - 2 nights (BLD) - Swimming Pool
Mweya (QEII National Park); game drive & Kazinga Channel cruise
Your early morning game drive on trails inside the national park may well reveal more elephant and, invariably, large numbers of graceful Uganda kob, the symbol of the Ugandan national parks. Then, in the afternoon, for a complete change you take a launch trip for a couple of hours on the Kazinga Channel, which links the two lakes; here you can observe hundreds of hippos from the relative safety of your boat. Elephant, buffalo and waterbuck are also commonly seen at the water’s edge, and occasionally big cats. It is a great place for birdlife - particularly pelicans, storks, cormorants, fish eagles and brightly coloured kingfishers - attracted by the large numbers of fish in the shallow channel. (BLD)
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
This morning you rise early to make a guided foot safari (roughly three hours) through Chambura Gorge in the eastern sector of the park; the walk takes you along the river through tropical forest where you're likely to see baboon, black-and-white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey and chimpanzee. You will then drive through the little visited Ishasha sector of the park. The area is a haven for a number of species but is probably most famous for its tree-climbing lions.
Continuing south along rough, unmade roads you eventually arrive at Buhoma at the northern end of Bwindi National Park. Gorillas are found only in Africa, and the rare mountain gorilla (by far the rarest of the three sub-species) is found only here and at another site thirty or so kilometres away at Virunga, where the borders of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda meet. Bwindi’s so-called ‘Impenetrable Forest’ is home to roughly half the entire world population of mountain gorillas - currently around 300 animals. Journey time approx. 6 hours including stops. Fixed camp - 3 nights (BLD)
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park; gorilla tracking
The next two days are dedicated to seeing the renowned mountain gorillas. One of the days will be spent tracking gorillas in the park. After a full briefing, one or two small groups will head off early in the morning with native trackers, to spend the day in the park. No more than eight people per day can visit any one habituated family and visits are strictly controlled to minimise the possibility of disturbance or transmission of disease to the animals. Tracking gorillas in dense forest can be wet, muddy and uncomfortable; the terrain is by no means easy either, so it can also be pretty strenuous - but the sheer thrill of coming across a habituated group of gorillas, dominated by a great male silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty!
You start where the gorilla group was last contacted the previous day, then follow a rough trail through the forest to discover the nests where they slept overnight. From here a fresh trail should lead you to the group - hopefully by the middle of the day. On locating them, you approach discretely and respectfully, then spend as long as you are able (maximum 1hr) in close proximity to observe their behaviour and social interaction. The experience of watching an extended family group feeding and grooming, or the youngsters playing - from a distance of just a few metres away - is simply unforgettable! Their daily routine revolves around foraging for food, resting and grooming - or playing for the young - before building nests for the night; any unweaned young sleep with their mothers. After this highly privileged insight into the way of life of these huge primates, you make your way back to camp - tired but elated.
For anyone not on gorilla patrol on a particular day, there is still plenty to keep you occupied. The park is home to over 120 species of mammals, including chimpanzee, various types of monkey and even a few elephant. Some 350 bird species have been recorded here - 190 in and around Buhoma Camp alone - and there are several trails which it is possible to hike with a local guide. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)
Note: There is no guarantee of seeing gorillas. The primary objective of the national park is to protect gorillas, not to provide an experience for humans. If you are ill - e.g. with a common cold, you may not even be allowed to track gorillas for fear of transmitting your illness. The walk to find the gorillas may take anything up to three or four hours and can be tough. At this altitude it’s cool in the early morning and hot in the middle of the day, so we recommend a long-sleeved garment and long trousers for walking in the rainforest, plus a warm fleece and a waterproof or rain poncho. Clothing should preferably be neutral in colour - green or khaki. Trail boots or walking boots with good traction are essential. You will have to carry provisions and plenty of water (porters can normally be hired). For photography, we recommend 400 ASA film (or even faster) as the gorillas are often encountered in dark forest or in shade. The itinerary of the trip may be subject to change due to the limited number of gorilla permits available on any given day.
Today’s drive (approx. 350km/5 hours) takes you north from the mountains to Mbarara. Now one of Uganda’s major towns, Mbarara was formerly capital of the Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area was a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of the Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. Hotel - 1 night (BLD)
Entebbe; via Lake Mburo
Your first point of call this morning is Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of only two Ugandan parks home to Burchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated birds. After your game drive in the park you will continue back to Entebbe and overnight again in your lakeside hotel (driving 290km, roughly 6 hours). Hotel – 1 night (BL) - Swimming Pool
The trip ends after breakfast. (B)