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5 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Entebbe - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Join Home To Africa Tours and Travel for an amazing experience where you will get to enjoy a gorilla trekking safari as well as several other interesting activities in Uganda. Spend time during your holiday taking in all of the wonderful variety of species living in their natural habitats. Taking you to an authentic African vacation, this safari will be the most exciting trip of your life!

Key Information:

  • Private safari
  • Language of guide: English
  • Park fees included in the price

Highlights

  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and water

Styles


5 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Broadbill Forest Camp

%You will stay here for the third and fourth night. There are four ensuite tents which are beautifully and comfortably furnished. There is also a dining room, a bar and a fire place. The staff are friendly and trained to meet international standards and will do everything possible to make you feel at home. The camp also has wheelchair access.

Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is very near to the briefing point, just three kilometers from the park headquarters, making it very convenient for gorilla tracking.

Irungu Forest Safari Lodge

You will stay here for the first and second night. The lodge offers accommodation in five luxurious thatched cottages and four tents overlooking the open savannah in a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Each spacious cottage was hand-crafted using locally available materials and surrounded by forest trees.

The cottages combine wooden floors, grass thatched roofs, and canvas that can be folded away for uninterrupted views of hippos grazing under the moonlight. The water is heated using energy-saving stove.

Program

Day 1 - Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will have an early morning start from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where you will be picked up by your driver or guide who will brief you about your tour and then start on your scenic journey driving westwards with a stopover at the Equator for photos and another stop for lunch in Mbarara.

You will then continue on your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. As you jet into Entebbe Airport you will enjoy a beautiful aerial view of the magnificent Lake Victoria.

Later on, as you drive out of the Entebbe area, you will have the chance to see the lake where it comes close to the road. You will drive past hill sides before entering the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Check into your accommodation for the night and get the much needed rest as you anticipate the next day’s activities.

Day 2 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day, you will have a game drive and a launch cruise along Kazinga Channel. Get up and get ready early for your breakfast and proceed for a 6:30 a.m.

morning game drive. The Park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

After lunch, go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga channel is a wide, 20 miles long natural channel connecting the two Lakes; Lake Gorge (which is to the east) and Lake Edward (which is to the west). This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water's edge.

From the enormous Goliath heron, a statuesque one metre high, to the tiny jewel-like malachite kingfisher, Queen Elizabeth’s bird life offers something for everyone to admire. As your boat slowly meanders along the Kazinga Channel towards Lake Edward, you could see; common squacco heron, greenshank, wood sandpiper, common godwit, and a water thick-knee (a wader with big eyes) feeding on the shore; and a lone African Spoonbill.

Flocks of loud, luminous glossy starlings flitting from bush to bush; vibrant Madagascar bee- eaters, and beautiful little, water-loving blue-breasted bee-eaters hovering in and around the burrows they excavate out of the earth banks and admire the gorgeous monochrome sacred ibis with its elegant curved beak; handsome Egyptian geese, Eurasian marsh harrier, and the African fish eagle. You could choose to go with the guide in search of more birds or continue for a game drive before heading back to your accommodation for the night.

Day 3 - Bwindi Forest National Park

In the morning, you will depart Queen Elizabeth National Park for Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive through the Ishasha sector of the Southern part of the park and look out for the rare tree climbing lions in fig trees.

Throughout the entire world, there are only two places in which you can find populations of these tree-climbing lions, one being in Lake Manyara national park found in Tanzania and the other being the Ishasha sector within Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a very breathtaking sight to see the king of the animals perched up high on one of the branches of the huge fig trees in this area, lazily resting away as the day goes by.

In addition to the fascinating population of the tree-climbing lions within the Ishasha you will also come across huge buffalo herds, numerous antelopes that keep crossing your path, and there are also a number of elephants that have actually settled within the Ishasha area. This sector offers a feeling that you are on that safari just by yourself enjoying this pristine African Uganda safari wilderness.

Day 4 - Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas which makes roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. %After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide; enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.

Day 5 - Bwindi to Entebbe

On this day, you will have breakfast and transfer back to Entebbe with lunch enroute. You will be dropped off at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your onward flight to your next destination. Along the way you could stop occasionally to talk to the locals or take pictures at the equator and buy some souvenirs to take back home with you.

Included excursions

  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This is a home to the most endangered primates in the world and with almost half of its population living here, has made this place, a world heritage site. Lying in the southwestern part of Uganda, the 327 square kilometers was gazetted in 1992 and since then, has been the home to the gorillas.

With its name meaning impenetrable, this park boosts of highly tangled vegetation with lots of hills and valleys which makes it a special place for one to visit and see these endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi can be cold at times and while you are here or planning to visit this world heritage site, you are advised to carry something warm for yourself.

However this world heritage site can be visited all year round and you are always advised to use four-by-four vehicles so as to avoid getting stuck on the way. This national park boosts of 10 primates, 350 bird species, and over 60 butterfly and moths species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

With an area coverage of 1978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest national park in Uganda lying on the western arm of the Rift valley. This park lies between lakes Edward and George which form part of the biosphere.

This park is a system of contiguous protected areas namely, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve, and Kalinzu Wildlife Reserve. With this diverse eco-system, the park supports up to 95 mammals, 612 birds, and over 57 vegetation types have also been identified in this park.

The park also hosts the Huber’s Crater Lakes, the Kazinga Channel, the Ishasha sector, Kasenyi fishing village, the Equator, and many other tourism features that you may come across while on a game drive or a guided walk. Maramagambo forest is yet another reserve that is under this park and is a home to giant rock pythons and bat caves that make this area so attractive.

A visit to this park will lead you to activities like wildlife game drives, the boat cruise on the kazinga channel, the chimpanzee tracking in both Kyambura and Kalenzu Wildlife Reserves, salt mining in Katwe, forest walks in both Maramagambo and around the peninsula area, lion experience, bird watching, and many more as these all depand on the time you have while in this park.

Food

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as water during the safari. On the first day, you will only have lunch and dinner, while on the last day, you will only have breakfast and lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Daily meals and water
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Services of a full time English speaking driver or guide
  • Transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transportation in a comfortable four-by-four vehicle

What's not included

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver or guide’s gratuity
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit $600
  • Laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Phone calls and bar bills

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Home To Africa Tours and Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% 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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