5 Days Gorilla And Wildlife Safari

5 Days Gorilla And Wildlife Safari

This 5 days’ gorilla and wildlife safari takes you to two major national parks in Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable national park and Queen Elizabeth national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda and it’s a home to the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas. Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western side of the country and it’s referred to as medley of wonders. Queen Elizabeth is a famous tourist’s destination, the park is a home to over 1000 bird species and over 76 wildlife species and its well-known for its tree climbing lions found on the fig trees at Ishasha sector. Some of the wildlife you should expect to see from queen Elizabeth national park include, lions, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, elephants, warthog, bush babies, hippos, crocodiles and monkeys.

Safari breakdown

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and community walk
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Day 4: Game drive and boat cruise at the Kazinga channel
  • Day 5: Departure

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

After morning breakfast, our company guide/driver will pick you up from the hotel. Meet him and greet, he will introduce himself and set off with the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The journey takes 10-12 hours depending on the driving speed and stopovers long the way. Our first stopover will be at the Uganda equator crossing point to explore this significant geographical site and take photos and have some refreshments. Proceed to Mbarara where you will have lunch at Agip Motel hotel and after lunch drive through rolling hills, tea plantation and evergreen vegetation. Later on, you will arrive at the lodge, check-in and wait for dinner and overnight stay.

Duration: 10-12 hours

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Accommodation option

Budget;

  • Gift of nature lodge
  • Broadbill forest camp
  • Wagtail lodge

Mid-range;

  • Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Silverback lodge

Luxury;

  • Gorilla safari lodge
  • Clouds lodge

 

Day 2: Gorilla tracking and community walk

Here comes a long awaited day where you meet the endangered mountain gorillas. Have breakfast, carry your tracking equipment’s, enough drinking water and snacks, you will be driven to the park’s headquarters where you will be briefed on the rules and regulations of gorilla tracking. After briefing, drive to the starting point and a well-armed game ranger will lead the group into the forest in search of the mountain gorillas. These gorillas are mobile so the trek might take half an hour to eight [8] hours depending on the moves of the gorillas and where they slept the previous night. Once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed one [1] hour with them, enjoy the precious moments, see them playing, feeding, breast feeding and silverback protecting its family from the enemies. Return to the park’s headquarters and receive your certificate of appreciation from Uganda wildlife authority [UWA].

Head for community visit and enjoy some moments with local people and later return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Start a day with African cup of coffee. Check-out of the lodge and drive to the Queen Elizabeth national park a home of tree climbing lions, drive through local villages to Ishasha sector where you will spot the tree climbing lions relaxing at the fig trees as they wait for a night hunt. Drive to your lodge and check-in. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Meal plan: full board

Accommodation option;

Budget;

  • Mweya hostel
  • Ihamba safari lodge

Mid-range;

  • Bush camp
  • Park view safari lodge

Luxury;

  • Ishasha jungle lodge
  • Mweya safari lodge

Days 4: Game drive and boat cruise at Kazinga channel

Wake up at 6:30 am and meet with your safari guide, head for sunrise game drive at the kasenyi plains where you will meet with night hunters having their last hunt before they go back to their hide outs. You have high chances of seeing lions, buffaloes, waterbuck, warthog, elephants, plenty of Uganda kobs and leopards among others. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and early lunch.

After lunch you will proceed for 2pm boat cruise at the Kazinga channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. The kazinga channel harbors a wide range of animals and bird species that head to bank side to drink some water and to cool themselves from African hot sunshine with this fresh waters. You will encounter different birds and animals such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, kobs and warthog to mention the few. Do E- route game drive that will take you back to the Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Departure

Waking up from the wilderness is the best moment in the world, enjoy your last breakfast in the wilderness and check out of the lodge. Drive back to Kampala with a lunch stop over at Igongo cultural Centre. Upon arrival, you will be dropped at the hotel or Entebbe international airport to catch with your flight back home.

End of the 5 days’ safari

 

 

Included in the safari

  • Gorilla permit
  • Park entry fees
  • Boat cruise
  • Community walk
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to and from
  • Government taxes
  • Mineral water
  • Guide/driver’s allowance

Excluded in the safari

  • Laundry services
  • International/domestic flights
  • Tips
  • Telephone
  • Extra expenses not in the itinerary
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