Discover the best of the southwest! Start by watching lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park followed by a unique gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Accommodation during this trip is based on a standard double/twin or single room in budget accommodation. Most rooms are rather simple and you will often use shared toilet facilities. However, all accommodation is selected by its location and high value for money.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda Our driver/guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up from your flight. He will take you to your hotel in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore Kampala. All activities today are at your own cost. You will stay in a nice preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation with self-contained rooms with a home away from home touch.
Journey Time 1½ hours Accommodation Preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation (we provide the options) Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: To Queen Elizabeth National Park Today, you will drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Uganda’s second-largest park is located base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck; Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. Time permitting you will have a game drive in the park on arrival.
Journey Time 8 to 9 hours Accommodation: Preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation (we provide the options) Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park After an early breakfast, you go for a long game drive starting at 6.30 a.m. in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park including elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthog, etc. In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. You will see more hippos than you can possibly imagine, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. Expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari you game drive back to the camp. Accommodation: Preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation (we provide the options) Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Ishasha & Bwindi Forest Today you have a game drive in Ishasha. This area of Queen Elizabeth is famous for its tree climbing lions, of course you are going to look for them! After the game drive you drive to the Ruhija section of Bwindi in the eastern part of Uganda. Journey Time: 2½ hours to Ishasha + 4 hours hours to Bwindi Accommodation: Preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation (we provide the options) Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Your gorilla tracking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once they have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.
This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’. Accommodation: Preferred budget, midrange or luxurious accommodation (we provide the options) Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Return to Kampala via Equator After breakfast you will return to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport), stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 11 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know. Journey Time 10 - 11 hours (11 - 12 hours to Entebbe) Accommodation Not included This Tour includes; . Full board accommodations . Gorilla permits . Park entry fee . 4X4wheel vehicle . An English Tour guide . Launch cruise But excludes all personal expenditures like Air time, tips, phone calls etc.