6 Days Queen Elizabeth, Gorilla Tracking & Mburo Safari

Queen Elizabeth National Park QENP - Wildlife Viewing & Gorilla Tracking Safari

Wildlife Viewing & Gorilla Tracking Safari

Safari Overview

Wildlife Viewing & Gorilla Tracking Safari, is a 6 day safari that takes you to Queen Elizabeth National park for Game drive and boat cruise and to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas and cultural exposure to the local communities surrounding the Bwindi forest. The safari does not miss out on the Lake Mburo National Park where you can have a walking safari and boat cruise before proceeding to have an experience at the Equator. 

Safari Highlights

  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat launch on Kazinga channel
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Equator experience 

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, Boat Cruise

You will set off after breakfast and head west of Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey will take you 6-7 hours. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take memorial photos. You will continue to Mbarara town where you will have lunch before proceeding to Queen Elizabeth National Park. In the afternoon you will go for a two hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and view concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge booked for you.

Safari 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 travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Topis, Leopards, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda Kobs, among others. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast after which you will travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views of the scenic landscape characteristic of the western rift valley. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant enroute.

Safari Accommodation

  • Lower Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo  / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
  • Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and cultural tour

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 7:45 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will have one hour to stay with the Gorillas once sited before returning to your lodge. Time allowing you will go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities. You may visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses, see a black smith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community.

Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

  • Lower Budget: Buhoma community Rest camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo  / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Resort Bwindi /Gorilla Safari Lodge / Silver Back Lodge / Lake Kitandara Camp / Chameleon Hill Lodge / Lake Mutanda Resort.
  • Up market: Mahogang Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Rushanga Gorilla Satari Lodge.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Game drive in the Mburo Park and boat cruise on the Lake

You will have an early breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life while its green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like the Zebra, warthog, Elands, Impala among others which can be seen even as you enter the park. You will have 2 hour game drive and go for lunch at the lodge reserved for you. In the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on L. Mburo and get quite close to the crocodiles and hippos. You will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Lake Mburo Camp/ Arcadia Cottages
  • Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Rock
  • Budget: Eagles Nest Camp   
  • Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 6: Travel to Kampala

You will after breakfast go for another game drive before setting off on your return journey to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will also make another stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers centre where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using traditional methods passed down through the generations. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

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.
  • Boat cruise
  • Game drive
  • Driver / guide.
  • 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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