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This gorilla and game safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel which has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. This boat cruise can expose you to more wildlife than you can find on any given game drive. It then takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will have a chance to trek one of the habituated mountain gorilla families and take back memories.
Kabale is situated about 410 kilometers south-west of Kampala. After you across the equator, you drive through Masaka and later Mbarara, on a good tarmac road. On the lake shores, Crater Bay Cottages is offering you a base to explore the Lake Bunyonyi or a wonderful stop over on your way to visit the mountain gorillas in the national parks of Rwanda or Uganda. Crater Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to relax, explore, and enjoy the spectacular landscape and beauty that is portrayed before you.
Bufalo Safari Resort is a cottage resort nestled in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every cottage is self contained with a hot and cold shower.
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi located on the eastern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Your guide will make stopovers at the Equator for photographs and lunch in Mbarara town. You will then drive past banana plantations, farm,s and beautiful hills of Kigezi for your overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Crater Bay Cottages in Kabale town.
The included meals are lunch and dinner and you will be provided with drinking water.
After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to Ruhija Park headquarters for briefing and joining others for gorilla trekking. You will start your trek, which can take from 30 minutes to six hours depending on the location of mountain gorillas on that particular day. Once you have found them, you will be around one hour for observation and photography before returning back to the park headquarters for certificate and overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Crater Bay Cottages at Lake Bunyonyi.
The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drinking water will also be provided.
After breakfast, you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park located in western Uganda. you will be arriving in time for lunch at Bufalo Safari resort. This will be followed by a short relaxation and an evening game drive in the savannah plains of Kasenyi, where wild animals like buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, and big cats such as lions and leopards can be spotted depending on your luck. After, you will return to your lodge for overnight.
The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while and drinking water is provided.
This morning you will head towards the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what could have missed the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge and after you will head to the jetty along Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you chances of viewing animals like: hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, and many other wildlife which flock the channel for drinking water. You will stay at Bufalo Safari Resort.
The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drinking water is provided also.
After morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your next flight out.
The included meals are breakfast and lunch, and drinking water will also be provided.
Jacob is a computer engineer by profession and a guide by nature and passion. He has been guiding for Encounter Africa Safaris for the past seven years to Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. He has been trained with Uganda Safari Guides Association and he belongs to Uganda Bird Guides Club and Uganda Cultural Guides Club. Jacob loves people, culture, and birds.
Paul has been in the business of guiding for quite some time. He holds a bachelors degree in tourism management from Makerere University and he chooses not to sit in office, but to show the clients the beauty of Uganda. He has been guiding to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and of course Uganda. Three quarters of his time is spent in the field with the safari tourists.
Robert is a Karamanjongo from North Eastern Uganda Park. Robert spent his childhood time in national park since his father worked with Uganda Wildlife Authority and because of this; he managed to learn more about wildlife in National Parks of Uganda. Join him as you'll identify forest, water and forest birds in Uganda. He walks with by binoculars since every day is a birding day. Robert hold certificates from Uganda Bird Guides club, Uganda Safari Guides Association, and defensive driving.
Tolbert is an Ugandan who grew up in Jinja, the source of the longest river on planet earth. He has been guiding tourists for the last eight years as a guide and tour leader for big groups. He has been trained with Uganda Wildlife Authority on guiding in a national park, Uganda Safari Guides Association on guiding and public relations, Uganda bird guides association specializing in birding and he has been to Burindi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania while guiding clients.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is regarded as one of the oldest and unspoilt tropical forests dating back as 25,000 years. According to the latest mountain gorilla census, it was established that half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas live in Bwindi.
The number of mountain gorillas has been estimated to 820 individuals and out of this, 400 hundred are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which remains the only park in the whole world where mountain gorillas co-exist with wild chimpanzees although there is no trekking chimps since no community has been habituated.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most visited national parks due to its location in the vicinity of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Rwenzori National Park, and Kibale National Park. It is the second largest national park after Murchison Falls National Park and stretches to about 1,978 square kilometers.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions commonly spotted in the southern sector of the park popularly referred to as Ishasha. It is home to over 600 hundred species of birds including migratory birds from Europe. Kazinga channel boat cruise remains one of the highlights of the park as several animals such as hippos, elephants, birds among other can be easily spotted.
During the safari tour, you have included in the price four breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.
The Batwa commonly known as the Pygmies in most books are short people who used to inhabit Bwindi forest as their home but when it was gazatted as a National Park, they were chased out and have now started to live a normal life. They used to feed on wild animals, honey and herbs and could stay I trees or caves. This three to four hour hike to a Batwa village in the midst of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will allow you the opportunity to meet Batwa elders and their families and learn about their daily lives. Through the assistance of a skilled interpreter you will discover the unique traditions and practices the Batwa people including their deep attachment to the forest, the cuisine they enjoy, how they harvest their food, the style of their homes, and their burial rites. Visitors are even given the chance to learn how to light a fire with just a stick and how to shoot a target with traditional weapons.
You can participate in any of the community walks through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional activities include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healers. This three to four hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests. Village walks are popular in Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo.
Visitors have an opportunity for a guided nature walk between Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Buhoma on the opposite side of the park. This three to four hour guided hike provides a leisurely opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest, view the native wildlife, and learn about the many animal and plant species present in the park. You may meet the gorillas on your way through the forest. This walk can start from Buhoma to Nkuringo or from Nkuringo to Buhoma.
Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. Encounter Africa Safaris will have the driver / guide send to pick you up from the airport.