Day 1 Kampala to Bwindi
6 o’clock in the morning just before the city traffic starts, we depart your lodging in Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home of Mountain Gorillas and Queen Elizabeth National park for wildlife. The journey is a pleasant one and our 4-wheel drive vehicle, your English speaking driver will do his best so that you will enjoy the journey through the Ugandan countryside with lunch along the way in Mbarara. Bwindi National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country – in the Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa. It is estimated that over half of the world’s surviving mountain gorilla population live within here
We reach our destination late afternoon for rest and relaxation and dinner at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Accommodation of your choice not far from the gorilla family you are visiting the next morning. Note that all the 12 gorilla families are not found in the same area, there is some reasonable distance of even 4 hours from one family to the other. We will try to be certain that your lodging is not far from the gorilla family at the time of gorilla permit allocation by the UWA,...you may want to check out more gorilla tracking informatiom by clicking on this link. Here are some of the Bwindi lodgings our customers have enjoyed the most; up-market Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort and Buhoma Lodge, Budget and moderate Buhoma Community Rest Camp have been reliable.
Day 2 Gorilla tracking/trekking
After breakfast you will be escorted to the park offices to join the other members (if any) but not exceeding 8 will enter into the Forest for a day and begin your adventure. Take a packed lunch, you will need it,...its included in your room price and not refundable once missed. First there is an orientation and then off with your team. Tracking/trekking can be from a few to eight hours. Time taken may vary depending on the terrain and movement of these gentle giants. Mountain gorillas don’t live in one place; they move and build a new nest every day so there is nothing like closest or farthest gorilla family. The excitement of meeting face to face is so rewarding.
Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Depending on the time you return, there is a chance to visit the local communities walking accompanied by a guide who gives you insights into the daily life of the pygmies (ousted "forest keepers") living near Bwindi.
Day 3 Bwindi through Ishasha /Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife and boat safari
Early breakfast we then head out for Ishasha, whether we use this route or not will be determined by its situation and the weather season,..your driver will determine since he the latest information of all the routes. Ishasha sector is south of Queen Elizabeth National Park, do a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest. We can stop and ovenight here at Ishasha - the most recommended lodging are; Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp, or Savannah Resort Hotel. Onward we move to the lodging of your choice in or near the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our recommended list has mid-range Bush lodge for its price and location but upmarket Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, mid range Bush lodge, Engazi lodge and budget Institute of Ecology.
Day 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early breakfast in the African wilderness overlooking the African savannah and you are off for the second game drive to see more animals that habit this park, that include predator lions, leopard and other game. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda. It’s about 2½ to 3 hours ride then we return to your lodging for rest and lunch, and charge or change your camera batteries for yet another exiting Kazinga channel afternoon boat safari.
After lunch, its the afternoon 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Its a wide, 32-kilometre (20mi) long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George, and a dominant feature of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western area of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. Schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks and so much more are all here. Nothing like the swarms of pelicans on the shore, birds flying everywhere and you on this boat slowly moving along the shore
Afterwards we return to the lodging facility for dinner and night, a quiet in the midst of the African savannah.
Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala
Breakfast and drive to Kyambura gorge for an optional chimpanzee primate walk where your will see chimps and other primates e.g Columbus & velvet monkeys and baboons. The Kyambura Gorge its self is worth a visit. After chimp tracking, proceed to Kampala.
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