Uganda: A Trekking Adventure

This expedition has no scheduled departures at this time.

Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition.
Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the
trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of
our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full
advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and
wildlife.

An itinerary from a previous expedition is displayed below.

Day 1-2 USA / Entebbe, Uganda

Depart on your independent flight to Entebbe.

Day 3 Entebbe

On arrival transfer to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Boma Guest House.

Day 4 Entebbe / Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, we depart on our long but fascinating drive to Kibale. We travel through a patchwork of colorful villages and agricultural lands and reach a mixture of forest and tea plantations in the foothills of the looming Ruwenzoris, the fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” We overnight for the next three nights at beautiful Ndali Lodge, situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes.

Day 5 Kibale National Park

We spend a full day in Kibale National Park, home to the highest concentration and diversity of primates in Africa and several large communities of chimpanzees. Typically, chimpanzees live in large, mobile groups and are best located by their characteristic pant-hooting calls as they execute their nomadic treks along forest pathways and forage for fruit in the canopy above. We also search for the other wildlife species which inhabit this diverse forest reserve including grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed and vervet monkeys, and both red and black-and-white colobus monkeys. The forest is also home to waterbucks, African civets, Cape buffalos, servaline genets and, though rarely seen, Uganda’s largest population of forest elephants. Trekking: Full-day; 3 – 7 miles along well-maintained, undulating forest trails.

Day 6 Kibale National Park

Our trek today begins from the lodge, where we follow traditional footpaths that wind along the tops of the craters, with the opportunity to descend into the craters in several places. The landscape here is lush, montane woodland and grassland, interspersed with tea and vanilla plantations, and affords panoramic views across the Albertine Rift to the Rwenzori Range. Wildlife includes a variety of birds such as the emerald cuckoo, great blue turaco, eastern grey plantain-eater, and baglafecht weaver. Black-and-white colobus, Uganda red-tailed monkeys, and vervet monkeys may be found in the patches of forest. Trekking; Full-day; 8 miles along well- established footpaths.

Day 7 Kibale National Park / Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast we head for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The four-hour drive takes us to the western corridor of Africa’s Rift Valley. We arrive at our lodge, situated on a bluff overlooking the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward. Our exploration includes a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. This narrow ribbon of water teems with huge herds of hippo and buffalo, and connects Lake Edward with Lake George. Birds here include multiple species of eagle, stork, waterfowl, kingfisher, and bee-eater. One of Africa’s best birding locations, more than 560 bird species have been recorded. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 8 Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Ishasha area lies in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is big game country, with vast expanses of open savanna, large concentrations of Uganda kob, huge herds of African buffalo, and a very good chance to see lions in trees. Due to the abundance of large animals, hikes in this area are not allowed (other than short hikes in the vicinity of the lodge itself) and game will be viewed by vehicle. Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Day 9 Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This morning enjoy a final game drive in Ishasha where we continue our search for lions. Late afternoon we drive a short distance to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. Upon arrival at the permanent luxury-tented Gorilla Forest Camp, attend a briefing on gorilla-watching etiquette followed by dinner and overnight.

Day 10-11 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

We spend two days at Bwindi tracking mountain gorillas. Each day we divide into two groups and, after an early breakfast, depart for the forest. With trained local guides, we head to the site where the gorillas were seen the previous day and then begin our search. Once the gorillas are located, we make our approach and sit quietly by them, to watch and observe, with ample time for photography. The moment of looking into the soft brown eyes of a gorilla, to marvel at its size, and yet gentle countenance, as you introduce yourself to the family group is truly unforgettable. Other activities at Bwindi include forest trekking for the lesser primates, colobus, red-tailed, and L’Hoest’s monkeys. There are also opportunities to look for the many bird species that make this montane forest their home, such as the bar-tailed trogon, African green broadbill, dusky crimson wing, and white-tailed blue monarch. Dinner and overnight at the Gorilla Forest Camp. Trekking: half-day; distances can range from 2 – 6 miles through variable conditions.

Day 12 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Kajjansi / Mabira Forest Reserve

Today we take a short flight to Kajjansi, then continue on to the Mabira Forest. An equatorial hardwood forest in the heart of Uganda, Mabira boasts over 300 species each of birds, butterflies, and insects, and three primate species. Dinner and overnight at The Rainforest Lodge. Trekking: afternoon hike, no more than 3 miles along forest trails.

Day 13 Mabira / Jinja / Entebbe

This morning we drive to Jinja to embark on an exciting white-water rafting trip down the Nile. A professional guide captains each team of paddlers through roller-coaster rapids with names such as Big Brother, Bujagali Falls, Overtime, and Retrospect. The rapids here range from Grade III to V, with the option to bypass the more turbulent areas. Enjoy lunch on an island midstream and return to Entebbe in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight at the Boma Guest House. Rafting: 5 – 6 hours (20 miles)

Day 14 Entebbe / USA

After breakfast depart for your independent flight homeward.