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5 Days Flying to Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari in Uganda

Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Mesmerizing Uganda Safari

Pack your bag and join this exciting safari with Lovely Africa Safaris. This 5-day safari includes gorillas and chimpanzee trekking plus wildlife game drives that consist of the Ishasha sector to search for tree climbing lions. Flying is the best way to see the best of Uganda in a few days with minimal exhaustion while staying in the comfort of upmarket lodges throughout the safari.

Highlights

  • 1 game drive
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Covers park entrance fees
  • Gorilla trekking with permit
  • A boat ride on Kazinga Channel
  • An English-speaking driver / guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
21:35
Check-out Time:
21:35

On this safari, you will stay for 2 nights at Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and 2 nights at Kasenyi Safari Camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Program

Day 1: Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Pick up is from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala to take a domestic flight to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with a beautiful scenery to view and take aerial photographs. This flight will save you the road trip that takes about nine hours or longer.

On arrival, you will be met by a company representative for a transfer to your overnight accommodation at Buhoma Lodge, a luxury tented camp. Please note that lodging depends on where in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest you obtain gorilla permits for your gorilla tracking experience.

There will be opt for a village walk or a village bike ride which benefits a women’s group. On this walk or ride, you will get to see how crafts are made, a traditional beer which is prepared from bananas, and how the preparation of a local gin called waragi is distilled. Other things to see are local farms and how food is prepared over an open fire.

Complete the walk with a visit to a local school and a dance performance by the Batwa Pygmy community. (Depending on the time of your local flight you might have lunch before departure or on arrival in Bwindi). You will have dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

You will have breakfast and thereafter, will move out for the awaited day to the park headquarters for briefing before heading on to search for the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Things to bring along for a great trek are packed lunch, a light rain jacket, hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts to avoid getting scratched by branches, a hat, a well charged camera, long trousers or jeans, and gardening gloves to help you have a firm grip as you pull yourself up on branches and vines.

Gorilla tracking may last between 2 and up to 8 hours since the mountain gorillas are always on the move and build new nests every day. On finding the gorillas, the allowed time around them is 1 hour for conservation reasons. You can use the allowed time to watch and take memorable pictures of the gentle giants. After the gorilla trek, you will return for dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will have breakfast at your overnight accommodation before heading to the Ishasha plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the best place to see tree climbing lions in Africa.

Besides the tree climbing lions, the Ishasha sector is also host to elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes such as the topis and the Uganda kob, plus leopards with chances of seeing the elusive shoebill stork along the swamps.

Have a lunch break at Savannah Resort before continuing to the northern area of Queen Elizabeth National Park for dinner and overnight at Kansenyi Safari Camp, located on the Kasenyi plains also known as Lion Country.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, you will move out early for a morning game drive for an opportunity to view the predators returning from the night’s hunt, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, leopards, and savannah birds. This game drive may last between 2 - 4 hours before your return for breakfast and relax in wait for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for an afternoon boat ride on Kazinga Channel to see the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. The boat cruise covers the Mweya peninsula and moves towards Lake Edward providing great opportunities to see hundreds of birds, crocodiles, hippos, elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, and some monitor lizards. Dinner and overnight Kasenyi Safari Camp.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking - return to Entebbe

Breakfast and off to Kyambura Gorge which is a part of the western Rift Valley and is a fascinating place for chimpanzee tracking and a scenic wonder created by nature. The trek lasts about three hours, moreover, you are allowed to spend one hour with the habituated chimpanzees.

The trek is guided trek with expert guides and trackers for a more fulfilling trek in Kyambura Gorge. While on the trek, you will see other primates, birds, and mammals. Return for lunch and thereafter set off for your flight back to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and enjoy the views from above. Arrive Entebbe to be received by your driver guide for a transfer to your overnight hotel in Entebbe in preparation for your onward flight home. End of Safari.

Location

This safari will take place in Uganda. During this safari you will visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Food

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)

  • A dance performance by Batwa Pygmy
  • A visit to local school
  • Village walk

What's included

  • 1 boat launch
  • 1 gorilla permit each (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 600 USD / person)
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • A game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • An English-speaking driver / guide
  • Bottled water
  • Chimp trekking at Kyambura George
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Maramagambo forest hike
  • Park fees
  • Transport

What's not included

  • Entry visas
  • Extra items not indicated on the itinerary
  • Flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal insurance
  • Soda or alcohol

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.

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The minimum group size for this safari is 6 persons. 

 

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