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4 Days Magnificent Tree-Climbing Lions and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Region, Uganda

Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Safari

This 4-day wildlife and gorilla Uganda safari combines tour entailing mountain gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ishasha tree-climbing lions, wildlife viewing, and launch cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park. The tour starts and ends in Uganda. Not only will you admire the world famous mountain gorillas but also enjoy the beautiful hilly Uganda countryside and the magnificent view of the chain of volcanoes.

Highlights

  • Full-day open vehicle game drive
  • Mountain gorillas trekking with permit
  • Birdwatching and a chance to see lions
  • Afternoon launch cruise at Kazinga Channel
  • Includes entrance fees to the tourist sites
  • Visit the Batwa pygmies communities
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 activity days in English
Spoken languages: French
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Katara Lodge

Katara Lodge is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park area of Western Uganda. Situated in a farmland on the escarpment overlooking the northeastern part of the reserve, this very pleasant and intimate lodge has stylish public areas leading out to a campfire and swimming pool with a separate pool bar.

The several rooms are canvas under thatch and have a really nice open feel. Katara Lodge is the option Kawira Safaris most often recommend to their guests. It may be compromised by being outside the reserve, but it is an extremely pleasant place to kick back and relax after a long day on the road.

Mahogany Springs Lodge

Mahogany Springs Lodge is one of the new luxury lodges located in the northern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park providing you with an option for accommodation. This unique lodge with a mixture of traditional and international blends has become one of the thought after accommodation by clients. The lodge has been constructed to make a difference with all details put into consideration.

Mahogany Springs offers unrivaled service to you due to the highly trained and professional staff employed at the lodge. Mahogany Springs is one of the perfect lodges to reside in a night before and after your gorilla trek in the northern section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Some gorilla families frequently and surprisingly visit this lodge so once in a while occupants get to view these gorillas.

Program

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Park

In the morning, you will leave Kampala and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park stopping at the equator for photography reaching in the afternoon. You will check into the lodge then have lunch and refresh, waiting for the afternoon launch cruise at Kazinga Channel.

At 14:00, you go for the boat cruise which provides you with a great view of the various wild and bird life on the water shores. Dinner and overnight stay at Park View Lodge.

Day 2: Ishasha - Bwindi National Park

After breakfast at 08:00, you will be transferred to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Mweya to Ishasha Gate. At 10:00, the lions begin climbing fig trees as they seek shelter in the tree branches from the scorching sunshine and relax after a night and morning feast on the antelopes.

At 13:00 o’clock, you will be transferred to Savannah Hotel for a hot lunch and later proceed to Bwindi National Park for an evening Batwa (pygmies) community walk. Overnight stay at Golden monkey guesthouse

Day 3: Gorilla trekking adventure, cultural walk to Batwa people

You will have a morning breakfast and be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing before trekking. From there, you will hike into the forest following different trails in following the allocated gorilla family. From there, with the lead of an armed ranger, you hike into the forest in search of a mountain gorilla family.

This will take between 30 minutes and a whole day depending on the movement and location of the gorillas that day. But, you are greatly assured of seeing these endangered species. In the evening, you will visit the Batwa pygmies’ communities who will introduce you to their traditional forest life. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 4: Departure

You will have breakfast and start a picnic drive back to Kampala.

Included excursions

You will visit the Batwa pygmies communities.

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It's home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas who feed on roots, leaves, and fruits from the park’s many trees and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests which are home to many butterflies and birds.

Food

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The following dietary requirements are served and / or catered for: hallal, other dietary requirements on request, regular (typically includes meat and fish), vegan, and vegetarian.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Hallal
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Activities in Katara Lodge's area include:

  • Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge
  • Motorboat safari along the Kazinga Channel

What's included

  • 3 nights’ full board accommodation on safari
  • Activity fees for the tourist activities mentioned
  • Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including protected areas mentioned
  • General safari inclusions
  • Gorilla permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Professional English-speaking driver guide (any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request)
  • Transportation in either 4x4 safari van or 4x4 safari Land Cruiser all with pop-up roof and air conditioning

What's not included

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any other item not mentioned on above
  • Any other item of personal nature e.g. phone calls, etc.
  • Gratuities / tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kawira Safaris 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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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