This safari will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to more than half the population of the world’s remaining 880 mountain gorillas.The forest offers unique birding opportunities, cultural experiences, a scenic allure of the stunning hills, and lush vegetation inhabited by elusive primates and pygmies. From Bwindi, you will journey through the savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to enjoy some of the most amazing game viewing and picturesque scenery.
You will be accommodated in either Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo, or Gorilla Valley Lodge for two nights and for the last night you will be staying in tents or in rooms in either Kazinga Channel View Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, or Bush Lodge.
You will set off for an eight to nine-hour drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the southwestern part of the country. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will make another stopover for lunch en-route before continuing with your journey to Bwindi to arrive in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.
You will have an early breakfast and be driven to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules of gorilla tracking. After the briefing, you will set off for the gorilla hunt in the thick jungle which is very lively with rich forest sounds. The trek ranges between two to eight hours and you will have one hour to stay with the gorillas before returning to your lodge. Time allowing, you will go for a guided nature walk around the lodge.
You will have an early breakfast and later drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector which is famous for its tree climbing lions. You may spot lions resting on top of the fig trees, which is quite an inspiring sight. Lunch will be at Savannah Hotel, after which you will proceed to the lodge of your booking for dinner and overnight.
You will have breakfast and set off for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi area to see lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, leopards, spotted hyenas, and lots of other small animals and teeming birds. You will return to your lodge for lunch and later go for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel for a great experience for watching birds, crocodiles, hippos, and elephants. You will return to Kampala for a transfer to the airport or for dinner and overnight at the hotel of your booking.
This trip takes place mainly in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda.
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 diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.
The forest also protects an estimate of 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated gorilla groups. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes. There are also some species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.
The is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady and humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds. In addition to its outstanding wildlife attractions, it also has a fascinating cultural history. Here, visitors can meet local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music, and more.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kobs. A favorite way to view the game is by a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel between lakes George and Edward.
With boat trips on the 40-kilometer Kazinga Channel, a meandering drive among spectacular volcanic craters, lion viewing on the Kasenyi plains, chimpanzee tracking in the depths of Kyambura Gorge, walks into the dark depths of Maramagambo Forest, and game drives beneath the vast skies of the remote wilderness of Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park has plenty to interest any visitor.
Daily meals are included in the price, starting with dinner on arrival and finishing with lunch on departure day.
Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Saso Uganda Safaris will pick you up from the airport.
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