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4 Day Bwindi Gorilla & Queen Elizabeth Safari

4 Day Bwindi Gorilla & Queen Elizabeth Safari

Destinations

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park

 Overview

This 4 day Gorilla and Wildlife Safari takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, to trek Mountain Gorillas and to interact with the former forest people, the Batwa, who will memorize you with stories about their former life as gathers, hunters, warriors, blacksmith, and herbalists. You will tour the Queen Elizabeth National Park and marvel at the incredible bio-diversity of wildlife and the amazing picturesque volcanic features (gorges, caves and crater lakes) that make this park magnificent. You will crown your safari with a relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to see water animals and birds basking on the shores.

 

Safari Highlights

  • Equator experience
  • Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel

 

 

Itinerary Details

 

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will be picked up by our safari guide from your Hotel and cross to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Dinner and overnight will be at lodge of booking.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

 

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Batwa Visit
You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the Gorilla trekking rules at 7:00am. You will thereafter trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 2-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. Once sighted, you will spend one hour with the Gorillas observing at close range as they feed, communicate, play and bond with their young. The experience is awesomely humbling and one that will leave you with memories of a lifetime. You will return to your lodge for lunch and if not exhausted set for a guided walking safari around the lodge. Alternatively, you will be taken to interact with the local communities to learn about their interesting forest-based activities, traditions and lifestyles. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Accommodations:

Budget: Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp/Broadbill Lodge/Traveler’s Rest Camp

Midrange: Gorilla Mist Camp /Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Mutanda Lake Resort.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Spring Lodge/Gorilla safari Lodge.

 

 

Day 3: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Boat Launch and Evening Game Drive

You will after breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the beautiful scenery of this part of the country characterized by gigantic hills and steep valleys of volcanic origin covered with lush vegetation dotted with gardens and homesteads. You will get to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the southern part of the park (Ishasha sector) renowned for the tree climbing lions, which if you are lucky, will be seen hanging on Fig tree branches to cool off. You will have lunch at one of the lodges before continuing to the center of the park for an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to enjoy, at close range, the profusion of water animals and birds. Later in the evening, you will go for an evening game drive where you will expect to see buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

 

Accommodations:

Budget facility: Bush Lodge in non-Self-contained tents  

Midrange: Ihamba Lodge/Bush Lodge in Band’s /Kasenyi Safari Camp/Twin Lakes Lodge.

Luxury: Kyambura Game Lodge/Katara Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge.

 

 

Day 4: Game drive and travel to Kampala

You will wake up early and go for an early morning game drive. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. You will see buffaloes, lions, elephants and other wild life in their natural habitat after which you will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and transfer to Kampala arriving late in the afternoon. END OF SAFARI

Requirements for this Safari:

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Gorilla trekking permit – You can apply and secure permit at a standard fee (USD600)
  • Travel &Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

 

Price includes:

  • Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
  • 4WD safari vehicle with popup roof
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Game drive
  • Boat launch
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Services of an English Speaking Driver/guide.
  • Pickup and Return airport transfers.

 

 

Price Excludes:

 

  • Other drinks
  • Laundry
  • Insurance
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while Gorilla trekking
  • Cigarettes