4 Days Bwindi Gorilla, Queen Wildlife Safari

 

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Safari Overview:
This safari will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, home to the internationally renowned huge mountain gorillas. You will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which holds the greatest biodiversity of wildlife including the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, leopards, elephants and hippos, and then the exciting launch cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Day 2: Gorilla tracking and Cultural entertainment
Day 3: Drive through the Ishasha area to Queen Elizabeth National Park for Game drive and Launch Cruise
Day 4: Game drive and head back to Kampala;

Detailed Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After an early breakfast you will set off from Kampala to Western Uganda. You will briefly stop at the Equator-crossing to take some photographs. Proceed through the beautiful verdant rolling hills of Kibale District. You will stop in Mbarara town for lunch and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will spend the night.

Accommodation:
Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Mid-range: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hil Lodge
Basic: Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel Time: Approximately 9 to 11 Hours

DAY 2: Gorilla Tracking and Cultural Entertainment
Following breakfast you will go to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by the guides before you begin search of the Bwindi forest for gorillas. Bwindi National Park is renowned for its impressive mountain gorillas, although it is quite not certain for how long you will track before finding them since their movement is unpredictable. But despite all this, observing the interaction of these warm creatures, gazing in their lugubrious eyes and consorting with each other conversing desultorily in their unknown language, will leave the whole adventurous moments etched in your memory forever. It is quite an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they play and interact.

You will set out with a packed lunch and enough drinking water, and you are advised to wear strong comfortable boots plus a light rain-jacket since the weather in Bwindi Impenetrable forest is highly unpredictable. You will be availed with Walking sticks by the park rangers. Also visitors are allowed to spend only one hour with the gorillas for the purpose of conservation. The ranger guide will brief you on how to conduct yourself while in the presence of the 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.

Accommodation
Luxury: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Mid-range: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge
Basic: Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas
Meal Plan: Full Board
Trekking Time: irregular

DAY 3: Travel to Queen, Game Drive, Launch Cruise
Early morning you will have breakfast and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park going through Ishasha area. You will have a game drive along the way during which you will see Lions, various Antelope species, Elephants, Hyenas, Leopards and Buffaloes. You will then relish a two-hour launch cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward.

The cruise takes you through the highest population of Hippos and you will see a profusion of animals drinking on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photographs, watch countless birds and see many animals. The overwhelming number of colorful birds will certainly amaze you with more than 550 resident bird species.

Accommodation
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Kyambura Game Lodge
Basic: Enganzi Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board
Travel time: Approximately 4 to 6 hours

Day 4: Game Drive and Return to Kampala
Following and early tea /coffee you will set out for a game drive along the Queens mile and the Kasenyi track inside the park to see leopard, mangoose, Lions, Uganda kobs, Elephants, hyena, waterbucks, Cape buffaloes, Topi, Warthogs, and several small animals plus birds. At the end of the game drive, you will return for Kampala having lunch along the way.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and lunch
Travel time: approximately 7 to 9 hours

The Safari Package Covers

  • Gorilla permit
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Game drives
  • Fees for the Park Ranger
  • Necessary Government taxes
  • A 2 hour Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Full Board Accommodation (three nights) and meals along the as indicated in your itinerary
  • Full time English speaking Guide-Driver
  • Ground Transportation by a 4WD safari vehicle
  • Transfers to the Airport only if your flight is on the very day the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions

  • Air Fares
  • Visa Fees
  • Personal expenditures of any nature including personal insurance, telephone, accommodation, drinks, cigarettes, tips, laundry, plus meals not mentioned in your itinerary as well as all activities indicated as optional.

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