This safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest were you will be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorillas. Later you will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
– the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopard, hippos, elephants, buffaloes not forgetting the beautiful launch cruise along Kazinga channel.
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Day 2: Gorilla tracking, Cultural entertainmentDay 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park; Game drive
Day 4: Game drive and Launch CruiseDay 5: Return to Kampala
DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable forest:Have an early breakfast and depart from Kampala and head Western Uganda. A brief stop at the Equator provides an opportunity of photographing. Continue to the rolling hills and terraced landscapes of Kabale District. Have lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a night.
AccommodationMahogany Springs or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas Meal Plan: Full Board Travel Time: About 9–11 Hours
DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking, Cultural Entertainment: After an early morning breakfast and guide briefing, set off for your gorilla tracking in the forests of Bwindi. This Park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken to find them and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. Though the time spent to track down these Gorillas is unpredictable, the thrill of spending time and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they play and interact.
A packed lunch, drinking water will be carried along as you track, comfortable boots or sturdy shoes, as well a light rain jacket are also important due to the unpredictable weather of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Walking sticks will be available from the park rangers. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these gentle giants. In the evening, proceed to the village for a cultural walk to interact with the local people. Participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphan children groups. Note that the fees you pay for these performances go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.
DAY 3: Travel to Queen, Game Drive: Have an early breakfast and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park time permitting, through Ishasha. A game drive en-route will reward you with views of Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species.
AccommodationMweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board Travel Time: About 4-6 hours
Day 4: Game drive, Launch Cruise: After a cup of African coffee or tea , Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots of many small animals and birds. After the game drive, have lunch and relax at your hotel.
Enjoy the unique evening 2-hour launch cruise on Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward after lunch. The trip passes through the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. The launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
AccommodationMweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 5: Travel to Kampala: After breakfast, Head to Kampala having lunch en-route, making a stop at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala by early evening.
AccommodationMweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board Travel Time: About 7-9 Hours
The Safari Package Covers: Gorilla Permit, Cultural entertainment, Park Ranger Fees, Relevant Government Taxes, Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary, Full time English speaking Driver/Guide, Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle, Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.
Safari Exclusions:Airfares, Visa Fees, Personal Insurance, Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities
Extra Services:Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$) Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations: Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast.
Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),
Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),
Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)