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5 Days Gorilla and Tree Climbing Safari in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Exciting Uganda Safaris

Have a fun safari adventure in Bwindi National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Witness the nature of the gorillas and be amazed by the tree climbing lions. You will also be stunned by the beauty of the landscape views. This unique safari experience will surely give you a fun-filled holiday tour in Uganda. Do not miss the fun. Come and book now!

Highlights

  • Exciting safari adventure
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park
  • Wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Includes entrance fees to the park and cultural sites
  • Boat trip at Kazinga Channel
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Daily meals

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Accommodation

For this safari tour, you will be provided with four nights accommodation in your own choice. During your tour in Bwindi National Park, you can choose what type of accommodation to stay in.

For budget accommodation, you may choose from Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Nshongi Gorilla Resort or Bwindi View Bandas. For moderate accommodation, you may choose from Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Wagtail Safari Camp, or Lake Kitandara.

For luxury accommodation, you may choose from Gorilla Resort Lodge, Buhomma Lodge, or Silver Back Lodge. For super luxury accommodation, you may choose from Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge.

During your tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you also have the option to choose what type of accommodation. For budget accommodation, you may choose from Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp or Mweya Hostel. For moderate accommodation, you may choose from Simba Safari Camp or Ihamba Safari Lodge. For luxury, you may choose from Mweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge.

Program

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Park

This mountain gorilla safaris in Bwindi National Park will start and ends in Kampala. You shall have to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing and wildlife. You will reach the gorilla tracking destination in the late afternoon.

Take time to relax and have a delicious African dinner at your choice of accommodation including Luxury Gorilla Resort, Luxury Gorilla Safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Buhomma Lodge, Budget Buhoma Community Bandas, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Wagtail safari camp, Trekkers Tavern, Bwindi View Bandas, and others.

Day 2: Tracking the gorillas in impenetrable forest of Bwindi

Before you enter into the forest, expect to have an orientation and then you will go together with your group and the park ranger. The group for tracking gorillas shall not exceed with eight people. The trek may take two to eight hours, but the actual time spent with the gorillas is strictly one hour. It is a strenuous hike, so you need to only have a light backpack, drinking water, boots, and rain jacket. You will need to take a packed lunch.

Porter assistance is available at a very reasonable fee. Some are glad that they avail themselves of it. When you meet the mountain gorillas in their wilderness, tracking experience is simply marvelous and awesome as these huge gentle primates are just so near you. Most tourists who visit these mountain gorillas are deeply moved within by this experience of a lifetime.

There is an option to go for a village walk in the evening. While on the walk, you will see and explore traditional ways, from brewing local beer to remedies made from the forest and bananas. There will be some traditional dancing and entertainment. You can also participate in the dancing.

Observe the ways of the local people and how they survive, it is certainly worth your while to take the community tour. You will return to your accommodation in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the morning, you shall transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After having your early breakfast, you will check out of your accommodation with the memories of the gorilla tracking experience and you are off for your wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth. The journey to Queen Elizabeth will take you through the tree climbing lion sector of Ishasha then to the lodging of your choice in Ishasha or around the Mweya part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

If you choose to stay in Ishasha, you will either sleep at Ishasha Ntungwe River Lodge or Budget Savana Resort. Other options of lodges not in Ishasha include Luxury Mweya Safari Lodge overlooking the Kazinga channel with a swimming pool, Ihamba Safari Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge, Simba Safari, Mweya Hostel and Queen Elizabeth safari camp. After check in, you can have your lunch and take some time to rest and relax at your safari lodge.

Queen Elizabeth National Park consists of the African savannah, Kazinga Channel, tree climbing lions in the Ishasha plains, Kyambura Gorge known for chimpanzee tracking, crater lakes, Lake George and Lake Edward, Maramagambo, and of course lots of wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, bush pigs, monkeys, warthogs, antelopes of different kids, hippopotamus, and crocodiles.

There are also over 600 bird species, most of them nestled on the Kazinga channel, bat caves, primates, butterflies. From a distance is the scenic view of the tallest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzori, with its snow-capped peaks and glaciers. It is simply a stunning view. After your journey from Bwindi, you deserve a quiet evening at your accommodation with dinner and overnight surrounded by wildlife in the heart of Africa, the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 4: Wildlife and game viewing at Queen Elizabeth

In the morning, you will have breakfast at your lodge in Queen Elizabeth Park then you shall go for a game drive. While on the game drive, you will watch wildlife on their way back from the night hunt and these will include lumbering elephants, lions, and running warthogs with tails raised up. Remember, Queen Elizabeth offers stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Then it is time to return to your accommodation for relaxation and lunch. Do not forget to change your camera batteries since you will be going for a boat trip which is the park’s highlight for every visitor. The Kazinga Channel is shared by Lake Edward and Lake Gorge, running 40 kilometers between the two lakes.

In the afternoon, you will have a boat ride or boat cruise. The channel is a home to many birds seen in the middle of the boat cruise, school of hippopotamus, buffaloes, and warthogs. Nothing like the swarms of pelicans on the shore, birds flying all over the channel and the boat takes you slowly as you take your Uganda wildlife pictures along the shores. A rewarding game viewing in the afternoon, to say the least.

You will return to your accommodation facility for dinner and a quiet evening at your lodge in the midst of the African savannah.

Day 5: Chimpanzee tour and drive to Kampala

In the morning, you will be transferred to Kyambura Gorge for your exciting chimpanzee tracking safari before you travel back to Kampala. Kyambura Gorge alone is worth a visit without tracking the chimps. You will spend an hour with chimpanzees that are found there. You will then return to your lodge for lunch before your journey to Kampala. You will also stop at the equator for photos, gift, and craft shopping. You will reach Kampala in the evening hours.

Included excursions

You will experience to have an afternoon boat ride at Kazinga Channel.

Location

This safari adventure will take place at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi National park is about 331 square kilometers and it is a home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter in the whole Africa. With mist covered hillsides, this impenetrable forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest, with over 400 species of the plants.

It lies on the edge of the rift valley in southwestern Uganda and protects at least 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and other many endangered species. It is a UNESCO designated world heritage site popular for mountain gorillas and chimpanzee. The great African apes listed as an endangered animal in the IUCN red Databook.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park's diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands, makes it the ideal habitat for classic big game. There are ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

The park is set gain on the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous crater carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalos, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha Plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kobs.

Food

For this safari tour, you will be provided with daily meals and bottled drinking water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You may go for a village walk in the evening. While on the walk, you will see and explore traditional ways, from brewing local beer to remedies made from the forest and Bananas. There will be some traditional dancing and entertainment. You can also participate in the dancing. Observe the ways of the local people and how they survive, it is certainly worth your while to take the community tour.

What's included

  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural site
  • English speaking driver
  • Transportation in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Guide for tracking and game viewing

What's not included

  • Uganda visa cost
  • Laundry
  • Air tickets
  • Beers
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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