Day 1: Arrival Uganda
Day 2: Fly to Queen Elizabeth N.P + Afternoon Boat Cruise
Day 3: Park Game Drive / to Bwindi.
Day 4: Gorilla trekking
Day 5: Domestic Flight to Entebbe/Departure.
Tour duration: 5 days
Destinations visited: Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi National Parks. Encounter gorillas & other wildlife on this tour through Savannah plains and West African jungles as you navigate Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
Journey time: 20 Mins
Accommodation: The Boma Guest House
Meal Plan: No Meals included
Day 2: Flight to Queen Elizabeth N.P/Boat Safari.
Today we fly to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has a prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog, and waterbuck. Be prepared for huge numbers of Hippo and Elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for lions or a Leopard.Your lodge is located on the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, overlooking the spectacular escarpments of the great East African rift valley. Watch wildlife in the gorge from your own private verandah.
Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
You’ll arrive in time for the afternoon boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward.
Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari, your game drives back to the lodge.
Journey Time:1 hour
Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise, breakfast will be served before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.
Costing: $422 us dollar p.p.
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
Costing: $94 us dollar p.p.
After the game drive, you will head out through the breathtaking; ever green mountain country to the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive through the open savannah of Acacia on the edge of the Albertine Rift valley will enable you view ‘Tree climbing Lions’ and other wild animals.
On arrival to Bwindi, Transfer to your lodge from here you will depart tomorrow for the gorilla tracking so it is best to get a good night’s sleep.
Accommodation: Silver Back Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest!!!
Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Accommodation: Silver Back Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Day 5: Domestic flight to Entebbe
In the morning, transfer by domestic flight from the kihihi airstrip to Entebbe.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program.
Journey Time: 9 hours
Accommodation: Not included
Meal Plan: Breakfast
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip- Thank you very much!!
Cost per person sharing
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$4260
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$3162
III. If 3 pax traveling @US$2939
IV. If 4 pax traveling @US$2708
V. If 6 pax traveling @US$2674
VI. If 7 pax traveling @US$2569