5 DAYS - BWINDI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park:
Early set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive through vast papyrus marshes and the lush-green sprawling hills of Kabale often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’, before arriving Bwindi – home of the rare Mountain Gorilla. This montane forest also attracts spectacular birds including the African green broadbill, bar-tailed trogon and other beautiful forest species. Primates include: the Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Blue Monkey and others. After a light evening nature / village walk, we have a chance to rest and prepare for the next day’s gorilla tracking! Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (High-end/Luxurious accommodation) or Kitandara Tented Camp (Medium budget) or Buhoma Bandas (Low-budget/basic accommodation) - FB)
Day 2: Bwindi - Gorilla Tracking day.
An early exciting day as we start early trekking to locate the rare Mountain Gorilla. This is perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in the whole earth. There are only 650 left in the world, half of them found in Uganda! Tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours depending on where the gorillas are located. Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof and long sleeved shirts and trousers, gloves, knapsack for eats and drinks and insect repellant are required. Cameras are most welcome however use of a flash not permitted. In order to preserve the life of our other half, we do not allow clients who have flu or infectious disease to take this trek. Our accompanying park guides will enhance our knowledge on the flora and fauna and lifestyle of the Gorillas. Afternoon is free to relax and catch up on lost sleep or take a forest walk. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (High-end/Luxurious accommodation) or Kitandara Tented Camp (Medium budget) - FB)
Day 3: Bwindi – Queen Elisabeth National Park:
After breakfast, drive through the Ishasha sector and the mysterious Maragambo Forest which is famous for tree-climbing lions as you head for Queen Elisabeth National Park. A drive to your lodge will reveal elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, bushbucks and other species. After lunch, go for an optional evening game to the Crater lakes region and Lake Katwe traditional salt works. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (High-end / Luxurious) or Kingfisher Tented Camp (Medium-budget) or Ecology Guest House (Low-budget / basic) – B, L, D.
Day 4: Queen Elisabeth National Park:
Arise early for an exciting morning game drive – an excellent opportunity to spot lions, leopards, elephants, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalo, waterbucks and Uganda kobs. Return for late breakfast with an option of relaxing by the swimming poolside, thereafter. After lunch, go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This two-hour ride on double-decked boat will reveal high concentrations of hippos, colourful bird and lots of mammals drinking from shores. It is the one of the best spots for photography and birdwatching. Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (High-end / Luxurious) or Kingfisher Tented Camp (Medium-budget) or Ecology Guest House (Low-budget / basic) – B, L, D.
Day 5: Queen Elisabeth – Kampala:
After breakfast, return to Kampala through Fort Portal town, which has an ever-present backdrop of the fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’. After a lunch stop, proceed drive through lush green tea plantations and dense hard wood forests, arriving Kampala in late afternoon