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Gorillas & Lion Safari to Uganda - 5 Days

Highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Day 3: Lion tracking in Ishasha sector & travel to Bwindi Forest National Park
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 5: Departure

Overview

Five days in Uganda are way too few to explore every bit of the beautiful pearl of Africa, however, they can still take you to see mountain gorillas which are the most endangered primate species only left in three countries. The trip also takes you to view the elusive tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector.

The trip involves wildlife viewing especially the most sought species; the tree climbing lions found in only two places in East Africa, Ishasha sector inUganda’s Queen Elizabeth national park and Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National park.

You will then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, a home to more than 400 mountain gorillas, a species that is endemic to only three countries of Rwanda, Uganda and eastern D.R. Congo.

Day 1
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning after breakfast, you will be picked up by a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide from the airport or the lodge where you will have spent the previous night and start on the journey to Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda.

The journey itself is an experience of its own, you will have a stopover at the equator that divides the world into two hemispheres and experience the water experiment that shows how water swirlsinto different directions in the opposite hemispheres.

Have a lunch stopover in Mbarara at Igongo cultural center and proceed directly to the park. On the way you will have views of the beautiful sceneries of the Kigezi hills and many other stunning wonders.

Accommodation

Luxury – Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange – Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget – Simba Safari Camp

Day 2
Day 2: Morning game drive and a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel

In the morning, after an early breakfast, embark on the safari vehicle for a morning game drive through the park that will expose you to elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, hyenas, leopards, lions, waterbucks and many others. You will also have spectacular views of the numerous craters and crater lakes rolled in the valleys of hills.

In the afternoon, having had a palatable lunch meal, have a relaxation with a boat ride on the Kazinga channel, probably the longest channel in the world and have striking views of the huge masses of hippos, crocodiles and several bird species.

Accommodation

Luxury – Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange – Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget – Simba Safari Camp

Day 3
Day 3: Lion tracking in Ishasha sector and Transfer to Bwindi Forest

Early morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to the Ishasha sector to track the tree climbing lions as we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, the prime home of mountain gorillas in Africa, with almost three quarters of the total population of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world.

Accommodation

Luxury – Buhoma Lodge

Midrange –The Haven Lodge

Budget – Buhoma Community Campsite

Day 4
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi Forest

Early morning at 7am, head to the park headquarters for a simple briefing from the local tour guide. Be divided into groups of eight people to trek one gorilla family. Gorilla trekking involves walking into the jungle in search of the mighty apes in their natural setting. On encountering them, spend a magical hour with the gorillas, watching them conduct their daily lives, spot the juveniles play from one tree branch to another and also the silverbacks watch over their families.

In the afternoon, after lunch, you can go for an optional cultural encounter with the Batwa pygmies, the ancient people of the forest believed to be the first inhabitants of Bwindi forest. Explore the lives of the local Batwa, watch traditional performances and also the have a taste of the local cuisines.

Accommodation

Luxury – Buhoma Lodge

Midrange –The Haven Lodge

Budget – Buhoma Community Campsite

Day 5
Day 5: Departure

In the morning after breakfast, drive back to Kampala, or directly to the airport to catch up with the flight back home.

  • Gorilla permits
  • Lion tracking
  • Entrance fees to the park
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • Vehicle and all ground transfers.
  • Fuel
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Game viewing
  • Accommodation and meals
  • All activities as per your itinerary
  • Tips
  • Visas and all international flights
  • Souvenirs
  • Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary

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