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6 Days Complete Package Safari in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Sky Hotel International, Plot 1423 Ntinda off Naalya Road, Mugisha Road, Kampala, Kampala District, Central Region, Uganda

All-Inclusive Uganda Safari

Embark on an unforgettable safari experience in Uganda with Kubwa Five Safaris! This tailor-made safari offers you the opportunity to track the endangered mountain gorillas in the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see lots of savannah wildlife and chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Your safari vehicles are well maintained to provide a maximum level of comfort and safety. Furthermore, since the success of your safari will largely depend on your driver / guide, a great team of carefully selected well-trained drivers / guides will be there for you.

Meet the guides

Raymond & Peter
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Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi
  • Gorilla permit and park fees
  • Mammal search in Kisenyi trail
  • Game drives in Ishasha and Mweya
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights' accommodations

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5 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 100
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Sky Hotel International

Sky Hotel International has a capacity of 29 rooms with twin beds, taking up 58 guests. There is one restaurant, which is open from 7 - 10 a.m. for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.

Buhoma Lodge

An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. Buhoma Lodge has eight comfortable cottages each with its own private veranda, offering extensive views of the forest canopy of the national park. Inside the spacious cottages have comfortable beds, a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower, some rooms have bathtubs.

Simba Safari Camp

More and more travelers are discovering this amazing Simba Safari Camp with competitive prices and a fantastic location. One part is overlooking the scenic crater lakes and plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, while on the other side the high peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains stand out against the horizon. Simba Safari Camp has a total capacity of 70 beds including family cottages, twin rooms, and dormitories. A variety of meals and drinks are served in the restaurant with an adjacent bar and sitting area. Moreover, for conservation purposes, Simba Safari Camp invites you to plant a tree that will be nourished and carry your name into eternity.

Program

Day 1

On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris’ representative, with your name printed on an A4 paper, will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer you to Sky Hotel International in Kampala, located 10 kilometers from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate. Depending on your arrival time, relax in your already-booked hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your safari tomorrow morning.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda. There will be a brief stop at the Equator for the water experiment, refreshments, photographs, and buying of souvenirs from the craft shops. Afterward, continue to Bwindi with a lunch stop at Mbarara. You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay are at Buhoma Lodge, situated within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, less than five minutes’ walk from the gorilla trekking start point.

Day 3

After breakfast, prepare for the gorilla tracking adventure that begins at 08:00. with a briefing at the information center by the Uganda Wildlife Authority staff. You will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. Gorilla tracking may take three to seven hours but it’s well worth the effort. It’s advisable to bring along a rain jacket and hiking boots. At the end of this long and exciting adventure, return to your lodge for a well-deserved shower, dinner, and rest. Dinner and overnight stay are at Buhoma Lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will drive north to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha sector. Enjoy the Ishasha game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions as well as other savannah wildlife, like the kobs, topis, buffalos, and variety of antelope species grazing in the Ishasha plains. After lunch, proceed to Mweya for an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Simba Safari Camp.

Day 5

After an early breakfast, you will go chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge. Your trek will be captivated by the sights of other primates like black and white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, and a number of bird species. Return to the lodge for lunch and later embark on a boat cruise along Kazinga channel to have a glimpse of the park’s variety including elephants, buffalos, kobs, topis, waterbucks, bushbucks, crocodiles, and hippos among others that always storm the channel for water in the afternoon. Bird species such as the kingfishers, pelicans, African martial eagle, African fish eagle, African skimmer, and the prehistoric-looking shoebill among others may also be seen. Dinner and overnight stay are at Simba safari camp.

Day 6

Take an early breakfast and head for a remarkable game drive in the Kisenyi trail in search of the parks’ 100 mammals. Look out for lions, leopards, hyenas, and jackals among others as they return from their night hunt. You may also spot herds of buffalos, elephants, bushbucks, waterbucks, gazelles, topis, and kobs among others. Return to check out at the lodge and embark on your journey back to Kampala with en-route lunch in Mbarara. Arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon for a transfer to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your return flight home.

Included excursions

This safari includes a visit to the Equator for the water experiment, refreshments, photographs, and buying of souvenirs from the craft shops.

Guides

Raymond

Peter

Location

This safari in Uganda will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and Kyambura Gorge. At bwindi impenetrable national park is home to over half of the only remaining world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife experience in the whole of Africa.

This impenetrable forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest. It lies at edge of the rift valley in southwestern Uganda providing a natural habitat to 400 plant species, 120 mammal species, 346 bird species, 202 species of butterflies, 163 tree species, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, among many endangered species. The park is a UNESCO world heritage site. Gorilla tracking is the major tourist attraction, with 4 gorilla tracking trailheads and 9 groups of mountain gorilla families.

Food

You will have an African buffet.

We can as well arrange the meals according to your request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Activities at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Only 8 tourists are allowed to track a specific gorilla group per day. Forest trails in the park lead to various attractions including rivers, waterfalls, swamps and a high level of wildlife concentration. Registration and briefing at Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga visitor’s receptions commence at 7:30 am with general briefing conducted at 8:00 am. And gorilla tracking starts at 8:30 am, lasting from 3 to 8 hours or even a whole day depending on where the gorillas were the left previous day.

Birding is another attraction that provides great opportunities to see several albertine rift endemics such as the short-tailed warbler. A 6 hour bamboo trail leads to Rwamunyonyi peak at 2,607 meters above sea level, a notable spot for birding. A 3 hour descent to Mubwindi swamp could lead a visitor to the endemic and localized African green broadbill.

Other rewarding activities include biking and nature walks.

The muyanga river trail in the valley below Buhoma provides an ideal short walk to view birds and primates along the forest edge. Waterfall trail leads through one of Uganda’s most pristine tracts of the rainforest passing beneath tree ferns, epiphytic ferns and orchids to visit three sparking waterfalls.

Rushura hill trail provides expansive views across the plains of the western rift valley to the west and Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains to the north. Muzabajiro loop trail climbs to the summit of Rukubira hill for breathtaking views of bwindi forest, the western rift valley and the Virunga volcanoes. River Ivi trail follows an old road through the beautiful forest emerging near nkuringo on the southern edge of the forest. It’s highly recommended for bird watchers.

Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It’s a diverse ecosystem, which includes sprawling savanna, shady, humid forest, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, making it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

The park includes dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda Kobs.

What's included

  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Game drives in Ishasha and Mweya
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Boat cruise along Kazinga channel
  • Mammal searching in Kisenyi trail
  • A visit to the Equator
  • 1 gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance (600 USD)
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Airport transfer to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Ground transportation in a 4 x 4 safari Landcruiser / minivan
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Full board and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Park fees and relevant government taxes

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, and cigarettes
  • Accommodation and meals not indicated in the itinerary

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. Kubwa Five Safaris will pick you up from the airport. Approximately 600 kilometers from Kampala, the park can be reached by road through several directions which include Kampala-Kabale-Kanungu-Buhoma, Kampala- Ntungamo- Rukungiri-Kihihi-Buhoma, Kampala-Kabale- Ruhija- Buhoma, and Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo.

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 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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