5 Days Queen Elizabeth and Lake Bunyonyi Birding Safari

Queen Elizabeth and Lake Bunyonyi Birding Safari

Uganda Wildlife Safari; Lake Bunyonyi Birding Tour  | 5 Days

Overview

This 5 days Lake Bunyonyi Birding inclusive Uganda wildlife safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest national park, with plenty of wildlife, birds and primates. This park is a notable safari destination for wildlife tours, chimpanzee tracking, birding watching, and boat cruises among others. It also has spectacular sceneries including Crater Lakes and rolling savannah plains overlooking the snow capped Rwenzori Mountain ranges. And finally this Uganda Wildlife safari takes us the Uganda birding paradise, Lake Bunyonyi for an unforgettable birding adventure experince.

Safari Highlights

  • Equator experience
  • wildife Safari Game drives
  • Boat launch on Kazinga channel
  • Primates viewing
  • Nature walk
  • Lake Bunyonyi Birding

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

You will be met at the airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you in Kampala. Dinner and overnight will be at this hotel. 

Accommodation: Anderita Beach Hotel, Papyrus Guesthouse Entebbe,, Gately Inn Entebbe

Day 2: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park (417 Kms)

You will depart Kampala in the morning after breakfast and travel westwards through Uganda’s beautiful green countryside to the Queen Elizabeth National park.  The journey will take 6-7 hours with stopovers at areas of tourist attraction such as the Royal Drum makers’ village and the Equator for an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time. You will continue through the savannah grasslands with lots of banana plantations and several herds of local long horned Ankole cattle endemic to this part of the country.  You will get to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge reserved for you. 

Accommodation
Luxury Lodge : Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
Mid-range moderate : Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  

Meal Plan: Dinner.

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise

You will set off early (about 6.30am) for a morning game drive, an awesome experience to spot the animals in natural habitats.  Expect to see the famous Big Five; Elephant, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, Giant forest hog, Hyenas leopards, antelopes, and Waterbucks as well as birds. You will return for breakfast and relax till lunch. In the afternoon you will take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see at close range the water animals to include Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles. There is also a variety of bird species on the water banks especially the famous Shoebill, pelican and Jacana. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge.

Accommodation
Luxury Lodge : Mweya Safari Lodge: Katara Lodge/ Jacana Lodge 
Mid-range moderate : Bush Lodge (in rooms) / Simba Safari Camp in rooms/ Buffalo Safari Resort/ Enganzi Lodge/ Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget facility: Kazinga Channel View Lodge/ Simba Safari Camp in tents/ Bush Lodge in tents  
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi for Optional activities
Early breakfast then Lake Bunyonyi birding experience. This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa [900 meters deep] and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free. The journey takes 6-7 hours and you will have your lunch enroute. The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You will in the afternoon choose either to go for a canoe ride, swim on the lake or hike to the view point on the hills to see the exceedingly beautiful scenery of this part of the country. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation
Budget: Bushara Island Camp (lower budget)
Moderate: 
Bird’s Nest 
Up-market: Bird’s Nest/ Archadia Cottage

Day 5: Travel to Kampala

You will depart Bunyonyi and travel back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town. You will continue the journey and arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon.

This safari package includes;

  • Transportation (type of car ) 4WD min van with pop up roof for excellence safari view.
  • Gorilla permit (a US $600 value)
  • All fuel for the trip.
  • Driver / guide.
  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise
  • Guide ranger fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • All activities are described in the itinerary.
  • Park fee is according to the program.
  • Meals are according to the program.

However, the package excludes:  Personal Expenses like:, tobacco, telephone, drinks, laundry, porter fee, personal insurance, Visa , and tips to guides

 

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