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5 Days Wildlife and Gorilla Safari in Western Region, Uganda

Simba Safari Camp, Fort Portal-Mpondwe Road, Western Region, Uganda

Guided Uganda Safari

Come and enjoy the game drives in the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and venture into the wild experiencing the natural beauty and amazing species of flora, fauna, and wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is home to the endangered majestic mountain gorillas located in southwestern Uganda (approximately 400 individuals). Depending on availability of gorilla permits at the time of confirmation, you may trek gorillas in Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo.

Key information

  • Private and group safari possible:rates vary depending on this
  • Maximum group size is 6 persons and minimum 1 person
  • Park fees included
  • English speaking guide

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Transport in a 4X4 safari pop up roof minivan
  • Two-hour boat trip on Kazinga Channel
  • Services of English-speaking driver / guide
  • Gorilla tracking and gorilla permit
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Styles


4 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp is a budget safari accommodation situated on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park, only two kilometers from the Ugandan equator. It is the closest accommodation for game drives in the Kasenyi plains and offers spectacular views of the surrounding crater lakes.

Simba Safari Camp features spacious guest rooms with en-suite facilities and a private veranda. Also, dormitory rooms and a campsite with shared washing facilities are available. There is a restaurant with well-stocked bar serving a variety of meals and beverages.

Queen Elisabeth Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge forms an excellent base for your safari activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is built along ecological principles, the bandas designed and spaced in such a way to maximize privacy and enhance the safari aspect of the lodge.

Surrounded by the national park and bordering the Kazinga Channel, the lodge has a truly unique setting. Animals roam in and out the camp and sounds of hippos and hyenas complement your starlit dinners.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge is located deep in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's premier big game destination. Set on a peninsula above the wide Kazinga Channel and surrounded by the Rwenzori Mountains - known as the 'Mountains of the Moon' - the wood and thatch safari-style lodge offer magnificent views from all its rooms and cottages.

The lodge offers a dazzling experience for tourists, family getaway, and honeymoon. A posh swimming pool and free Wi-Fi is also available.

All rooms are designed to match luxury, comfort, and value for money. Each room enjoys the lake view through the window, telephone service, lounge/living room, wardrobe, balcony/terrace, air conditioning, mosquito net, en-suite bathroom/shower and ornate lampshades to complete the opulent setting.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp located at the entry point of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a budget lodge that provides guests several lodging options such as bandas, self-contained safari tents, dormitory-style accommodations, and leveled terraces for those with camping equipment. The camp also has an open-fronted restaurant where guests can enjoy exceptional views of the magnificent forest canopy and the lodge gets occasional visits from gorillas.

Silverback Lodge

Silverback Lodge perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and accommodates guests in en-suite rooms with private verandas. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails.

Bwindi Lodge

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge offers a truly unique Uganda jungle safari experience. Separated by nothing more than an idyllic stream, the gorillas themselves are frequent visitors to the lodge.

The adventure lodge in Uganda boasts eight bandas facing the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which you can spot wildlife, including chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and monkeys jumping from tree to tree mere meters away. Each room in the gorilla safari lodge has ensuite bathrooms and eco-luxury comforts are all provided in eco-sensitive ways.

Program

Day 1: Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Pick up after breakfast at 07:00 from your Kampala hotel and then leave for the South West of Uganda for your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Before you stopover for pictures at the equator, this safari will also allow you to get some good shots of pictures from your car window of the long-horned cattle that graze along Masaka Mbarara highway, side markets in Lukaya for roasted meat. Lunch shall be served in Mbarara town, at Agip Motel.

Proceed later with the drive directly to Queen Elizabeth National Park fronted by the magnificent Rwenzori Mountain range and arrive for the afternoon game drive inside the park. Once in the park, you will view animals including leopards, the gigantic elephants, hogs, lions, buffaloes, duikers, hyenas, and many antelope species. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You can either take an early morning or evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lions and large herds of Uganda kobs. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopards, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. In the afternoon, take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George.

Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the waters edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, your safari continues to the Bwindi forest. Travelling via Ishasha - subject to road conditions - you can observe the unusual behavior exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. This is a long journey through the rapidly changing landscape to Bwindi forest. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Gorilla tracking

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for registration and be joining others for a gorilla trekking briefing about the dos and the don’ts during your gorilla trek. Once this is done, you will set off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment.

Tracking in the Bwindi forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day depending on the movements of the gorillas in search for food. On your trek, you are likely to spot other primates, birds, and rare tree species. After finding the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with gorillas observing them and taking photos before trekking back to the park headquarter. This is indeed an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered creatures.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kampala or Entebbe

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (airport) with en route stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and a brief stop at the equator line crossing area for a photo opportunity and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), make sure your flight is at 10 p.m. or later.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Location

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. This ancient rainforest is home to half of the world's mountain gorillas. Humans and gorillas share 94,8 percent of the same genetic makeup. This national park is home to 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos, which many are endangered.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest national park in Uganda lying on the western arm of the Rift Valley, occupies an area coverage of 1978 square kilometers. 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 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 depend on the time you have while in this park.

Food

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

  • Game drives
  • Gorilla tracking and gorilla permit
  • Two-hour boat trip along Kazinga Channel
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Airport transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park entry fees
  • Allowances for a driver / guide
  • Services of English-speaking driver / guide
  • Unlimited mineral water
  • Transportation by a 4WD safari minivan vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing

What's not included

  • International flight
  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Uganda visa (50 USD which can be paid on arrival at the airport)
  • Personal (medical / travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, porter, hotel staff, etc
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)

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. Pita 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 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • April 1 - May 31
  • November 1 - November 30

 

High season

 

  • December 1 - March 31
  • June 1 - October 31
 

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