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Bwindi Gorilla Park hosts over half the world’s remaining population of the mountain Gorillas. The park also inhabits about 348 bird species while it also hosts about 24 of the 26 Albertine endemics found in Uganda.
At the ranger station, you will enter the Gorilla sanctuary with the rangers for the most interesting and adventurous activity in the world, Gorilla tracking. The tracking activity takes between half an hour to about five hours. Sit in the dense rain forest for an hour hearing these delightful mountain gorillas grumble at each other (world class adventure at its apex)
6 Days 4 Nights Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Queen Elizabeth National Park Adventure Safari
A juvenile mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Uganda has a very diverse culture, landscape, flora, and fauna.
Game viewing is the most popular tourist activity in Uganda. Wild animals like lions, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, elephants are common in Uganda’s ten national parks. Uganda is one of only ten countries where it is possible to visit endangered gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are Uganda’s prime tourist attraction. The vast majority of these are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with a few others in Mgahinga National Park, both in southwestern Uganda. In Bwindi, visitors have been allowed to view the mountain gorillas since April 1993. The development of gorilla tourism and the habituation of gorillas to humans is proceeding very carefully because of the dangers to gorillas, such as contracting human diseases.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions. Lions do not normally climb trees, except when chased by another lion group or wild buffalo. However the tree climbing lions found in QE-NP intentionally climb trees and rest on them in the afternoon, when the sun is high. This is a unique phenomenon. There have only been rare similar sightings of this in Lake Manyara National Park of Tanzania.
With its prime location in the African Great Lakes region, Uganda has a variety of water bodies that are popular spots for tourism. White water rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the rapids near the source of the Nile at Jinja.
Boating which is commonly done on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Kazinga Channel, and River Nile is a perfect way of exploring the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species that inhabit the banks of these water bodies. Sport fishing is another favorite tourist activity. Fish like the Nile perch, and tilapia can be caught in designated areas of Lake Mburo and the banks of the Nile. Canoeing can also be done at Lake Bunyonyi.
Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snowcapped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.
Religious tourism is a steadily growing tourism product niche in Uganda after wildlife-based tourism. However, limited research has curtailed planning and development of religious tourism in the country.
Uganda has many cultural sites.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally Kabaka Muteesa I’s palace (1880-1884), the graves of Muteesa I, Mwanga II, Daudi Chwa and Muteesa II are found in the main house which was reconstructed after a fire in 2010.
Arrive Entebbe International airport.
Meet & greet with our representative before transferring to Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at Kampala Serena Hotel (Up market) or Makerere University Guest House (Budget) for dinner and overnight stay. (D)
Early in the morning set off for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. This safari will take a minimum of nine hours.
Make a brief stop at the Equator line.
The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole, whose common sight are the famous long horned cattle; then to the highlands of Kigezi with their beautifully terraced hills.
Break off for lunch at any hotel enroute. Continue with the journey through beautiful scenery and arrive Bwindi National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. You will check in at Buhoma Homestead / Gorilla Resort (up market) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp/Bandas (Budget) for dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)
After breakfast set off early with your guide for gorilla tracking.
The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Return to camp exhilarated to relive the encounter with friends over a drink.
Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homestead / Gorilla Resort (up market) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart northwards for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment. Carry out a mini game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions before proceeding to the Mweya Peninsular; park headquarters. Arrive in the evening and check in at your Lodge.
The park boasts of a variety of big game like; lions, buffaloes, kobs, elephants, bushbucks, and the rare occasional leopard. Have dinner and overnight at the Hippo Hill Camp (Budget) /Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (Up market) on the peninsular overlooking Lake Edward and the lush Kazinga channel. (B/L/D)
Rise before the sun and drive to Kyambura Gorge for a thrilling Chimpanzee safari. The gorge is the natural home of habituated chimpanzees. Your guided walk may last three to five hours and in addition to seeing the chimps, the trip may yield sightings of the colobus monkeys, baboons, red tailed and velvet monkeys, and other primates. It is important to note that the chimpanzee safari is subject to availability of permits and good weather because occasional flooding can make the trails impassable.
After lunch, drive to the dock, for an afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George. It is a waterway that is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, which can be seen at the banks. There are also a rich variety of birds on the channel. Retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Have dinner and overnight at the Hippo Hill Camp (Budget) / Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (Up market) on the peninsular overlooking Lake Edward and the lush Kazinga channel. (B/L/D)
Before sunrise go for the early morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bush buck, water buck and stripped jackal and of course the several warthogs.
Visit a Salt Lake (salt explosions) to see how salt is mined locally and its different grades. You learn the participation of the local people, especially the women, in salt mining and the relationship between the park Authorities and the local community in the area.
Return to Kampala with a stopover for lunch enroute. Along the way you will see banana plantations, long horned cattle and the undulating hills of Ankole. Stop over at the Equator in Masaka, Mpambire drum makers or any other craft display centre before proceeding to Kampala. Later transfer to Entebbe International Airport from where you will catch up with your out bound flight.
(A late evening out bound flight is recommended). (B/L)Park
There is no single supplement at the moment, you have an option of occupying the single room without any extra cost. In case a single supplement is required, we will advise you depending on the time of bookings
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All the price as quoted above is supposed to be cleared before travelling, our advice is – book early and pay early at least 2 months before the travel dates to safe on the flight tickets. the closer the travel date the expensive the air fares!