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6 Days Gorillas & Queen Elizabeth N.P

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Edris Kisambira

Uzuri Uganda Safaris Ltd.

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6 Days Gorillas & Queen Elizabeth N.P

This trip begins with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park – one of two parks in Uganda where it is allowed to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger to see game at close range. You could choose a bush walk, horse-back safari or ride in the park on a mountain bike as you view game. You will then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable N.P for your date with the gentle giants. American zoologist George Schaller, one of the first people to study gorillas in the wild, once said: “No one who looks into the eyes of a Gorilla, gentle and vulnerable, can remain unchanged.” Well, before having a close view of these gentle giants, your journey will take you across central Uganda through the tropical landscape with a lot of green, a bit of savannah to the highlands of the south west in an area called the “Switzerland of East Africa”. You will then continue to Queen Elizabeth N.P – the second largest national park in Uganda where you will end your safari before returning to Kampala/Entebbe.

DAY 1

Arrival in Uganda

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Victoria, where a representative from Uzuri Uganda Safaris will welcome you to the Pearl of Africa and transfer you to either Eureka Place Hotel or Cassia Lodge/the Boma Entebbe for overnight.

The Boma Entebbe, 1 night
DAY 2

Drive to Lake Mburo National

Lake Mburo National Park is the nearest park to Kampala. Traveling southwest, you will arrive at your lodge in or near the park in time to lunch. Lake Mburo N.P is one of two game parks in Uganda where visitors are allowed to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger. When you go on a walking safari in Mburo, it is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range. Optional Activity: Horseback/mountain-bike ride while spotting game Visitors can choose two optional activities including a mountain-bike safari ($15 p.p extra) or a horseback safari ($60 p.p etra) for 2 hours. You will spot buffalo, zebra, gazelle etc as you ride while also enjoying wonderful scenery along the way. After your walking safari, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay. Read more

Eagles Nest Lodge Mburo, 1 n
DAY 3

Complete Drive to Bwindi Imp

This morning, after your breakfast, you will continue your journey further south-west headed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the home of the Mountain Gorillas. Arriving in the mid-afternoon, you will have lunch and rest at your chosen accommodation. Afternoon (Optional): Go on a guided nature walk (at $25p.p) to meet the Ugandans who neighbour the park. You get to learn a thing or two about the culture of the people, so depending on which nature trail you take, you will have a chance to meet the traditional healer and learn how the Bwindi forest (a UNESCO heritage site) is used to treat people for various ailments. You could also visit a local school if the school term is in session. Read more

Silverback Lodge, 1 night
DAY 4

Gorilla tracking & drive to

Have an early breakfast preferably at 6.00am and transfer to the starting point of the specific Gorilla family that you will be tracking. With packed lunch in your carry-on, your guide will deliver you to the tracking/trekking start point before 8:00 am for registration and a briefing from the rangers on what to expect before commencing your tracking/trek. The guides will then take you through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, looking for where thee family of gorillas you are tracking spent the night. (Tracking/trekking can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). When you finally locate the family that you are tracking, sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest in the knowledge that you are in the presence of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild. After the mandatory 1 hour is up, the rangers and guides will lead you back to the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you. You will then commence your transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hours) this time by road. Arriving late in the afternoon, you will check into Ishasha Jungle Lodge for relaxation and later dinner and overnight stay. What to bring for gorilla tracking/trekking: light hiking boots, light rain jacket, daypack, 2 litres of water, gardening gloves, long trousers either jeans/khakis, long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, sun glasses, insect repellent and an energy bar. Read more

DAY 5

Game drive & boat safari alo

After an early breakfast at 6.00am, your guide together with a game ranger will take you on a game drive to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasenyi track in search for lions, hyenas, buffaloes, leopard, water buck, bush bucks, Uganda Kob plus many bird species including ibis, fish eagles and vultures etc. At about 10.00am you will head back to your lodge for relaxation and lunch. At 2.00pm, you will embark on a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel – a major highlight of the safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the boat cruise, you will have the opportunity to view great numbers of wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds like eagles, kingfishers, sparrows, doves, weaver birds, eaglets and sun birds converging at the channel waters to enjoy a sip of the natural waters. After the 3-hour boat cruise, you will then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge. Read more

Mweya Safari Lodge, 1 night
DAY 6

Drive to Entebbe & Departure

After breakfast on our last day, you commence your transfer to Kampala. Travelling via Mbarara, you will have a chance to view the beautiful vegetation down below at the rift valley escarpment. You will stop for lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo Cultural Centre & Museum. After lunch you continue to Kampala and as you approach Kampala, you will make a stop-over at the Equator Crossing, where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves passes. Here you do fun photos, buy your Uganda safari souvenir and then finish your safari in Kampala. You will then be dropped off at a place of your choice in Kampala. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kampala
Day 2
Location Lake Mburo National Park
Day 3
Location Kisoro Town
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kampala
Day 2
Location Lake Mburo National Park
Day 3
Location Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kampala
Hotel Cassia Lodge
Day 2
Location Lake Mburo National Park
Day 3
Location Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Hotel Buhoma Lodge
Day 4
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5
Location Queen Elizabeth National Park

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

8 Reviews

Stephen , United States

A Magical Uganda experience with Africa Uzuri Safaris” Our family safari holiday to Uganda was handled professionally by Africa Uzuri Safaris and I would recommend them highly. We were met at Entebbe airport by our driver/guide who transferred us to Cassia Lodge in Kampala for an overnight stay. Our safari started in Jinja where we visited the Source of the Nile and later participated in adrenaline-raising activities. The whole experience was indeed magical as the experience of riding quad bikes on dirt trails beside the Nile, to the game safari in the Murchison Falls National Park were all wonderful. We would never have included these attractions on our itinerary if we had chosen to do it ourselves – we would have missed out on some of the fun. Rummaging through Kibale Forest National Park in search of chimpanzees and learning about the other 12 primates that live in this forest, the birdlife and plants was very refreshing. However, nothing prepares you for an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi. We tracked gorillas in Buhoma – the northern sector because of its gentler terrain (on recommendation from Edris) but all I have to say is that the mandatory 1-hour we spent in the presence of the gentle gorillas was the most magical. The accommodations were perfect all the way. Our driver/guide Twaha was very professional and knowledgeable. If you are planning travel to Uganda, don’t hesitate, book with them. Read more

Moses, United Kingdom

Thank you for arranging a wonderful safari holiday for my family We contacted Uzuri Safaris to arrange our 8 days safari holiday to Uganda and from the get go, Edris, who we were in communication with at the office throughout the arrangement of the trip was very professional; responding to emails quickly and answering all our queries regarding the trip. Once we got to Uganda, we fell in love with everything – the people, food, wildlife and the scenery and a lot more. Our driver/guide who spoke perfect English and knew all the places we visited like the back of his hand did a wonderful job and we are very grateful to him for making our trip enjoyable. The highlight was the 1-hour we spent with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi – what an experience! The accommodations that were selected from the hotel in Kampala, the lodge in Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and in Bwindi were clean and comfortable. To sum it all up, we had a wonderful time in Uganda and we recommend them for anyone intending to travel to Uganda. Read more

Hannah, United Kingdom

Amazing week in Uganda We had an incredible time in Uganda this summer, it was very well organised and we felt in safe hands the whole time. We went gorilla trekking in the Bwindi National Park, and on safari in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Gorilla Trekking was the highlight, definitely something to tick off the bucket list. Overall, i couldn't fault our trip, and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Read more

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