Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
You will be picked up from the airport by a representative of your hotel. He will transfer you to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.
Day 2: To Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today after your breakfast you will be taken to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight to Kasese (Queen Elizabeth N.P.).
Upon arrival in Kasese, you will be picked up from the airstrip by a representative from your accommodation for the next two nights.
In the afternoon you will go for your first game drive in Queen ElizabethNP!
Day 3: Game drive & boat safari Kazinga Channel
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. Lions are often sighted both inside and at the entrance to the park.
A very early wake up today as you will have another game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park;in time to see the first rays of light. Early mornings or late afternoon the animals are generally the most active.
After lunch, you will have a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.
Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds.
This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
Day 4: Via Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you will be transferred to the southern part of Queen ElizabethN.P. This area is called Ishasha and is famous for its tree-climbing lions.
To escape from the heat during the day, the lions learned how to climb the fig trees. If you’re lucky you might spot a few during your game drive.
After the game-drive, you will be taken to Buhoma, from where you will do the gorilla tracking tomorrow!
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking
Today is the big day… Prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Your gorilla trekking will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours before one returns! Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 6: Back to Entebbe
In the morning you will be transfered to the Kihihi airstrip, from where you take your last domestic flight back to Entebbe.
* Timings may vary depending on aircraft routing.