4 DAYS BWINDI GORILLA & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK WILDLIFE TOUR

Tour Overview

The 4 days Bwindi Gorillas and Queen Elizabeth National Park will expose you to both Uganda’s Forested parts and the Savannah Plains. While in these two parks you will see various wildlife species like the Mountain gorillas, forest elephants, buffaloes, monkeys in Bwindi, and a big number in Queen Elizabeth as well as bird species in both parks and above all you will enjoy the comfortable hospitable climate and nature.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Gorilla tracking and cultural encounters in Bwindi
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park & Return to Kampala / Entebbe Airport

STANDARD SAFARI PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON 5 PAX BUDGET $2,803

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Overview

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in southwestern Uganda is the place best known for its primate populations of Gorillas & Chimpanzee. It’s the home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas, at over 300 endangered gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species. This lush forested area hosts some of the richest tree, small mammal, bird, butterfly, reptilian, and moth populations. Bwindi is a birding paradise, home to 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations supporting nearly all of the Albertine Rift endemic species found in Uganda, along with several Red Data Book species. Bwindi is an ancient rainforest, said to have survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage Site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where these two apes live together. Certainly, your trip to Bwindi will give you the best experience with the world’s most popular apes.

Bwindi is a home to about 120 mammal species and 11 primates that are rarely seen as they hide in the thick forest and these includes; buffaloes, bush pigs, golden cats, elephants, duikers, clawless otter, civet rodents and giant forest hogs. Primates include; blue monkey, red tailed monkey, baboons, chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkeys as well as the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is divided into different trekking trails which includes; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular savanna park in Uganda and the best place to see lions including the Tree Climbing lions making. It prides in a great diversity of habitats that include: lakes, savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country. This park is located 376 km away from Kampala covering an area of 1, 978 Sq. km. It is home to over 95 species of mammals, 10 species of primates and over 500 species of birds, and it’s famous for the amazing boat cruise and game viewing.

DAY 1: DEPARTURE FROM KAMPALA TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning after your breakfast your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel, and he will take you through the details of your trip. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is located in the southwestern part of Uganda for gorilla tracking. You will have a stopover at the equator to take photos and the other one in Mbarara to have your lunch. Along the way you will see a lot of sightings such as the beautiful scenery as you approach the park, this park is also endowed with a lot of plant and animal species like the mountain gorillas chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, forest elephants, birds, and waterfalls though Mountain gorillas are most popular. Check-in at the lodge, unwind, have dinner and an Overnight.

DAY 2: GORILLA TRACKING -BWINDI FOREST

On this day you will need to be very early, by 6:00am you should be up, have breakfast, and pack your lunch. Drive ahead reaching the Park headquarters, where you will be briefed by the ranger guide concerning what to do and not to do while in the park. Thereafter proceed with the ranger to look out for the mountain gorillas, this involves hiking up and down rugged paths whereby you will need to be physically fit and also carry a walking stick. Also you can use the local porters to carry your luggage. When you meet these gentle giants follow what your ranger guide tells you especially standing 6 meters away from them as you watch the mothers feed the young ones, the juveniles playing and the silver backs guarding the territory. How long this search will take is based on where the gorillas are located and feeding from so it can take 2-8 hours. Also don’t forget to carry enough water, a rain coat, sturdy shoes, long sleeved trousers, and snacks. Return back to your lodge after trekking. In the afternoon you may choose to relax at the lodge or go for a walk through the Batwa community/homesteads, see how they live and enjoy their cultural performances through dance and drama.

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK THROUGH THE ISHASHA SECTOR

After your early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through the Ishasha sector which is the southern sector of the park. Along the way you will have sights of different animal species including; the birds, bushbucks, elephants, gazelles, buffaloes, monkeys, and kobs, but the tree climbing lions. On arrival, to the lodge, you will check-in and enjoy your lunch, as you prepare to engage in boat cruise on Kazinga channel in the afternoon. This boat trip takes over 2 hours and will give you an opportunity to watch different water animals closer, uch as; hippos, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes along the banks. Birds like the Saddle billed stork, African fish eagle, pink backed pelicans, Pied and malachite kingfisher, African Skimmer and the shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

DAY 4: MORNING GAME DRIVE AND RETURN TO KAMPALA

Take your breakfast in the morning. This day being your last, you may opt for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi trail where you will have chance to see animals such as the lions, warthogs, elephants, topis, buffaloes among others, also during this morning you will observe a number of different bird species or choose to visit the Kyambura Gorge for chimpanzee tracking. We then start off the return journey to Kampala, with lunch Enroute.

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