AAV 009 – Bwindi Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari – 4 Days
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 entertainment;
Day 3: Drive through Ishasha to Queen Elizabeth National Park; Game drive, Launch Cruise;
Day 4: Game drive return to Kampala;
Detailed Safari Itinerary:
DAY 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park:
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.
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge
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.
Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board
Trekking Time: Unpredictable
DAY 3: Travel to Queen, Game Drive, Launch Cruise:
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.
Enjoy the unique evening 2-hour launch cruise on Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. 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.
Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel time: about 4-6 hours
Day 4: Game Drive, Return to Kampala;
After a cup of local 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 en route as you depart for Kampala.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
Travel time: About 7-9 hours
End of Bwindi Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari (4 days)
The Safari Package Covers:
Park Entrance Fees.
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government taxes.
A two hour Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel.
Full Board Accommodation (3 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
Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.