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: Entebbe/Arrival Uganda:
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, meet our representative, greet and transfer to your hotel/lodge.
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, you game drives back to the lodge.
Day 3: Park Game Drive/ to Bwindi
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.
Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari:
Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…
You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the suns rise and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning take you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.
After a smooth landing, you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge to continue your safari.
Optional activity: Lion Tracking:
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.
After the game drive, you will head out through the breathtaking; evergreen mountain country to the beautiful wilderness of Ishasha plains that are a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drives 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.
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’.
Day 5: Domestic flight to Entebbe.
In the morning, transfer by domestic flight from kihihi airstrip to Entebbe.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program.
This marks the end of what we hope will be an adventurous trip.
Price (USD) Per Person Including 4×4 Safari Jeep
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$3,752
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$2,776
III. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,419
IV. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,286
Price (USD) per Person including 4×4 Safari Minibus
I. If 1 pax traveling @US$$3,185
II. If 2 pax traveling @US$2,482
III. If 4 pax traveling @US$2,244
IV. If 6 pax traveling @US$2,166
Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking