Discover the unique mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest and watch Lions on the plain savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park and make a boat safari on the great Kazinga Channel!!
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
- Gorilla permit included
- Savannah & boat safaris
- Luxury accommodation
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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
Day 2: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 3: Safari and Boat Trip
Day 4: Tree climbing lions Ishasha
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Day 6: Travel back to Kampala/Entebbe or optional fly back to Entebbe
Depending on the number of travelers, you travel in a regular size Landcruiser (2-5 persons) or Extended Landcruiser (6-7 persons).
Upgrade to 4wd a Full-Sized Toyota Landcruiser
The Toyota Landcruiser is the most used safari vehicle in Africa, It’s strong, it’s high up and spacious. Of course, it looks good, too! The car suits a maximum of 5 persons and has a pop-up roof for a perfect safari view!
The extra costs for this option are $120, – (divided by the number of persons traveling). These costs don’t apply when you are traveling with 3 – 5 persons, as this car, will be included.
Upgrade to 4wd Extended Toyota Landcruiser
The extended Land cruiser is for some the ultimate safari vehicle in Africa. It’s 4wd, spacious, high up and strong. The extended land cruiser has even a fridge on board! There is air condition in the car and, of course, an open roof for an excellent safari view. The extended Landcruiser is suitable for a maximum of 7 persons.
The extra costs for this option are $150 (divided by the number of persons traveling). These costs don’t apply when you are traveling with 6 – 7 persons, as this car, will be included.
Single Supplement: One single supplement is included when traveling with 3 persons. Any other single supplement is US$ 300. Easter & Christmas supplements: Some lodges and hotels charge extra fees during the festive season. For example, the Easter and Christmas period. Please ask us for the rates when you wish to travel on these dates
Since this is a private tour, departure can be organized for any time throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.
Terms and conditions
The bookings with the lodges mentioned in this itinerary depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you). It is not possible to ‘reserve’ gorilla and chimpanzee permits so we will buy them only after your booking and down payment. Permits also depend on availability.
When you book your trip with Uganda Safari Retreats to any of our destinations –we donate US$ 5
per person to our unique Girl Child project towards gender balancing through afforestation. With this donation, you fly climate neutral to Africa!
The information about this tour is subject to change. Accommodation and permits will be booked once a down payment has been received.
Discover the best of the southwest! Start by watching Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park followed by a unique Gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The accommodation listed for this trip includes some of the finest lodges and hotels in Uganda. You will be impressed with the comfort and service you will experience
Welcome to Uganda!You will be picked up from the airport by our representative for transfer to your hotel. You will meet your driver/guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel. The Boma Hotel is set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of an original 1940's home. Journey Time 10 min Accommodation Boma guesthouse Meal Plan No meals are inclusive
Queen Elizabeth N.P.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. The park has a prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck. You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of lions at the distant savannah. This truly is the Pearl Of Africa! * You will not stay in the standard rooms, but in the very exclusive and private luxury safari tents. Lions are often sighted both in the park and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. In the late afternoon, you will go for a game drive into the park. Journey Time 8 - 9 hours Accommodation Mweya Safari Lodge - Deluxe Safari tent Meal Plan Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Park Game Drive & Boat SafariToday you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. 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. Accommodation Mweya Safari Lodge, luxury tents Meal plan Breakfast, lunch & dinner Optional activity: Lion Tracking: For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors. Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance. - See more at: http://www.ugandawildlife.org/explore-our-parks/parks-byname-a-z/queen-elizabeth-national-park/activities/item/71-experiential-tours#sthash.cFY8QRZI.dpuf Costing: $85 us dollar p.p.
Tree climbing lionsAfter breakfast, you will game drive on your way out of the park. After that you will go to Ishasha where you will look for the tree climbing lions: To escape from the heat during the day, the lions here have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive, so keep your eyes open and look up! Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda Kob. Lunch will be provided at Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Ishasha. After lunch you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; home of the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Safari Lodge has eight bandas overlooking the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the treetops. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest. Get a good night's sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the Gorilla trekking. Journey Time 5 hours + game drive time Accommodation Bwindi Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi ForestToday is the epic day, prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered Mountain Gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boosts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. “Face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla” Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the Gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. 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’. Accommodation Buhoma Lodge Meal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
End of your tour - Airport transferAfter breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping. Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the itinerary. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 8 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know. Journey Time 7-8 hours Accommodation Not included Meal Plan Breakfast, (packed) lunch Webale Nyo! (Thank you!) In Quest for more adventure? If you want to extend your excursion to one of our destinations or if you'd like to add a few "off-the-beaten-track" side trips to the itinerary, click here to see our extensions.
- Transport in a 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with pop-up roof for excellent safari view;
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the programme;
- Meals according to the programme;
- Drinking water during the trip;
- Park-entrance fees according to the programme;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150 value); and
- 1 gorilla permit per person (US$ 700 value).
- International airfares and entry visa Uganda;
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation;
- A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);
- Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
- Government tax or park fees increase;
- Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;
- All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.)
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