Highlights: Kampala, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Trip
Activities: Gorilla trekking, wildlife viewing, game drives, boat cruise, Equator photography, photography, scenic journeys.
This 5 Days Uganda Gorillas & Queen Elizabeth NP Trip will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; a home to biggest number of Mountain gorillas in Uganda and Queen Elizabeth National park famous the Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George with various wildlife species such as over 500 species of birds, 10 primates, 95 mammal species, climbing lions can also be seen in Ishasha sector.
- Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Day 2: Gorilla trekking
- Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth- have a boat cruise
- Day 4: Game drive & afternoon Chimp Tracking in Kyambura Gorge (Valley of Apes)
- Day 5: Depart to Kampala
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On the first day, after your breakfast, you will be picked by our guide from your place accommodation, briefed about the whole safari and embark on our approximately 9 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda. Whilst on the journey, we shall make a stop at the Uganda Equator the line that partitions the world into the southern and the northern hemisphere to take some photos. At this place, feel free to buy some crafts and souvenirs as you head to Mbarara town where you will have your lunch from. We shall continue our journey and we shall arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. Check in at the lodge, relax and have dinner as we prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 2: Gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters where the rangers will give you a short briefing about the precautions to take, vital information about the Gorilla Trekking activity and given a chance to ask anything you and you’re off to track the gorillas. You will be divided in group of 8 according to your paces. You will then set off accompanied by a couple of armed game rangers into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where mountain gorillas live for Gorilla Trekking. Depending on the day and where your specific family of gorillas are, it can take any time between 1 to 8 hours to find the gorillas and once you find them (and you’ll always find them), you get 1 hour to interact, take photos, and generally gawk at what you’re witnessing but gorillas need their space as they are wild animals. Also expect to walk long distances in muddy and steep conditions- this will require you to have a walking stick.
Later, return back to the lodge and in the evening, you can opt for a cultural walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the amazing Batwa experience (Batwa Pygmies) that is filled with cultural dances, storytelling and more exciting cultural activities which will leave you amazed.
Have dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs (Luxury), Silverback Lodge / Engagi Lodge (Mid- range), Ruhija Gorilla friends’ camp/Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Budget) – Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth- have a boat cruise
After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National park through the Ishasha sector to spot tree climbing lions. On arrival, check in at the lodge and enjoy your lunch as you prepare for an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, pink backed pelicans, saddle billed stork, the malachite kingfishers, buffalo, Kob and the occasional Nile crocodile and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank.
After, return to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Bush Lodge Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Park view Lodge/ Kasenyi safari lodge (Mid- range), Enganzi lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Game drive & afternoon Chimp Tracking in Kyambura Gorge (Valley of Apes)
After an African Cup of Coffee, head for an early game drive in Kasenyi track. Here, you’ll have a chance of seeing lions, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants. After drive back to the lodge have breakfast and later lunch as you prepare for an afternoon chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Other animals that can be seen include; Black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, giant forest hogs among others.
Later have dinner at the lodge and overnight there.
Accommodation: Bush Lodge Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Park view Lodge/ Kasenyi safari lodge (Mid- range), Enganzi lodge (Budget) – Meal plan: Full board
Day 5: Depart to Kampala
Have breakfast, have a game drive as you head out from the park, proceed to Kampala, with en route stopover at the Equator for photography.
END OF TRIP
Tour inclusions: Gorilla Permits, all tour activities as detailed in the itinerary, Park Entry Fees, Transport (in a 4×4 vehicle), Drinking water during the safari, Professional English speaking guide/driver and Touring
Tour Exclusions: Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary