Bwindi Gorilla - Queen Elizabeth Wildlife 4 Day Safari
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a natural World Heritage Site found in the South-western part of Uganda. The park is a home to an innumerable number of wildlife animal species, among which is the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable National Park harbours more than half of the world's population of mountain gorillas.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is undeniably Uganda’s most visited park. The park which was named in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to it spans over 764 square miles, covering the districts of Rukungiri, Rubirizi, Kasese and Kamwenge. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a famous wildlife safari destination with an innumerable population of wildlife which comprises of over 95 mammal species and 500 species of birds. The park is also renowned for its tree climbing lions found in an area called Ishasha in Rukungiri district. The park’s bountiful attractions make an eventful Uganda safari tour.
- Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Gorilla trekking and trackking
- Wildlife spotting through Lake Mburo drive.
- Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi.
- Numerous adventures like taking nature walks through the impenetrable forest, bird watching and a chance to interact with the native locals.
- A visit to Ishasha in Rukungiri to see the tree climbing lions
- A boat cruise on Kazinga channel
- Visit to Katwe crater lakes
Day 1 - Leave Kampala for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
At 7:00 in the morning, our professional driver with one of experienced guides will pick you from whichever place you deem convenient for you. It is then that your thrilling tour to the eminent Bwindi located in the South-western part of Uganda begins.
The driver will make a stop at the equator to allow you time for taking photos, having refreshments and visiting the traditional crafts shops in the area. While at the equator still, you have an opportunity to do an experiment which proves that the imaginary line that divides the world into two halves lies in the place where you will be standing – Kampala - Masaka road about 420km from Kampala city which is the capital of Uganda Also, you will be able to have an amazing lunch comprised of the traditional local dishes.
Our spacious and wide glassed 4×4 wheel drive vehicle will allow you a chance to see the long-horned cattle in Mbarara, the rolling hills, the terraced landscapes and the panoramic view of the beautiful Kabale region in the Western Uganda. You will also be able to have an amazing lunch comprised of the traditional local dishes in Mbarara. A chance to visit Igongo cultural centre to experience the Ankole culture will also be at your disposal.
You will then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and arrive at the site in the late evening. The Gorilla resort or the Buhoma community camp, among other terrific accommodation venues will be available for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 - Gorilla trekking & Tracking in the Mighty Bwindi
After breakfast, you will report at the park headquarters for a briefing on the gorilla tracking etiquette. The trained and experienced park rangers will tell you the dos and don’ts for a successful gorilla tracking tour. It is after this meeting that you depart into the impenetrable forest with your picnic lunchbox to commence a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to discover the mountain gorillas. The trek involves hiking up and down slippery slopes in dense mist-covered vegetation. The quest is a bit strenuous but highly gratifying. When you stand face to face with the giant prized creatures, you will know the trek was worthwhile.
After an hour or more of taking photographs and observing the habituated gorillas, their behavioural patterns; how they bond and relate with each other, you will return to your lodging where you will have an encounter with the native Batwa / Bakiga who will present a cultural performance. As the evening wanes, you will be able to retire to your choice dwelling for a peaceful rest.
Day 3 - Departure to the Queen Elizabeth national Park
The third day of your safari will see you waking up to a beautiful African sunrise and a tasty breakfast. You will then depart for the park headquarters where you will have a briefing and then set out for a morning game drive to explore the wildlife in the royal Queen Elizabeth. The game drives are divided into two; the channel drive circuit and the Kasenyi plains drive.
While embarking on the channel drive circuit, you will follow the shore of the Northern Kazinga channel where you will spot large mammals such as elephants, waterbucks, hippos, warthogs, the giant forest hog and lions. The Kasenyi plain drive takes the route towards Lake George in the typical African savannahs. The rolling plains favour a large game population and it’s the most reliable place to see lions, among other predator species. The section is also a habitat for grassland birds including the red-throated spurfowl, yellow-throated longclaw and the grey-crowned crane.
In the afternoon after your lunch, you will set out for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel, a 40km water channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George where you will be able to spot a large number hippos and Nile crocodiles plus a number of water birds as well as mammals to be spotted in the areas nearing the shores. The magnificent African sunset will see you retiring to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 - The tour ends with a retrurn to Kampala
After having an early morning breakfast, you will then board one of our 4x4 safe wheel drive vehicles for a drive back to Kampala.
Tour package (what’s included)
- 4x4 wheel drive safari vehicle
- Full time English speaking driver/guide
- Meals; lunch & dinner (day 1), breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 2), breakfast & lunch (day 3)
- Bottled drinking water throughout the trip
- Gorilla trekking permit – 1 per person.
- Park ranger fees
- Relevant government taxes
- Accomodation – full board for your safari days
- Visa and airfares
- Full time English speaking driver/guide
- Tips to porters
- Telephone calls
- All expenses of a personal nature
- Buhoma lodge - Luzury
- Silver back lodge – Mid Range
- Buhoma Community Rest Camp - Budget