4 Nights Trip
7 days Gorilla trekking _ Safari
The safari takes us to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is one of the most visited park in Uganda with breathtaking landscapes and crater lakes which make the park look very stunning on top of the massive wildlife. We later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a Gorilla trekking experience
What you'll do
Arrival into Uganda and pick up from the Entebbe international airport by our company representative for the trip and later transferred to Entebbe for an overnight. Based on the time of arrival of the clients, a half day visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary can be organized at an additional cost, this requires advance communication.
Entebbe is a very quiet town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and can easily be explored by anyone on foot, cycling ( pre-booked) or on motorbikes known as boda boda. The town offers a wide variety of craft shops where clients can purchase souvenirs or clients can head out to relax in the Botanical gardens with an opportunity to see some monkeys that are always playing in the forest.
At night we shall head out for a group dinner at Café Javas with the guide for the safari where clients will have a briefing about how the trip is to flow.
Accommodation: Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Estimated travel time: 15 minutes
Meal Plan: Dinner
After an early morning breakfast, start off your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park at 9:00 am. It will take you approximately 7 / 8 hours to reach Queen Elizabeth National Park which is roughly 389 kms . Our first stop will be at the Uganda Equator in Kayabwe which is one of the most known landmarks. The Equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into North and South Pole. At this point, you stand with one feet in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. Proceed with the journey through local markets and Lake Mburo National Park before our second lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre. After lunch, drive for roughly 4 hours before getting to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Our lodge is located outside the park but gets constant visit from hippos and buffaloes at night. .
Provided we arrive in time, we shall go to the park for a sunset crater drive or do it the next day after the boat cruise
Estimated time of travel: 8+ hours including stop overs.
Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Early lunch: Igongo Cultural Centre
This a true African wilderness of jaw dropping beauty with large concentrations of both predators and prey still enduring. In the morning at 6:30am, start off your game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth boasts of one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. Located on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley south west of Kasese, its vegetation comprises of savannah, acacia, euphorbia trees and large papyrus swamps. A number of over 100 mammal species and 500 bird species make this territory and great tourist destination. The maramagambo forest houses a large selection of monkeys and birds with a few flamingos on the crater lakes . The morning Game drive provide excellent opportunity to see lions, elephants, Leopards, Topi and many other animals (remember these are wild animals and nature can’t be tamed, so we can’t be 100% sure of seeing all the animals), After transfer back for lunch before the afternoon boat cruise that starts at exactly 2:00pm.
Kazinga is a 32-kilometre long scenic river connecting two permanent freshwater lakes of Queen Elizabeth; Lake Edward and Lake Gorge. The parks different mammals come to this river at different times of the day to quench their thirst. This provides an incredible wildlife viewing opportunity which you can do from the comfort of a double decker boat. You will also watch hippos practically piled on top of each other in the shallows. Brace yourself for pictures of elephants and buffalo as they amble down to the shores of the calm water to cool off, while keeping a wary eye on the many crocs camouflaging in the green river.
Note: Nature can’t be tamed, we can’t assure you on the kind of wild animals you will see.
. (Full board at the lodge – All meals)
Night Game Drive can also be done at 100 USD per vehicle and 20 USD for each spot light to be used during the night game drive ( 2 spot lights are recommendable) . This gives you an opportunity to encounter a few nocturnal animals that are active during the night. However nature can’t be tamed and it dictates what kind of animals you will encounter.
Lion tracking: This is an off beaten experience in the park which gives you an opportunity to encounter with the lions in their natural habitat. Together with a team of researchers, the tracking gives you depth information about the lions, their feeding and lifestyle in the habitant. The lion tracking cost 60 USD per person and booking must be done as early as possible because of the high demand.
Kyambura Gorge walk/ Chimpanzee trekking. Hiking down the Kyambura Gorge is an authentic and adventurous activity that will leave you mesmerized at the beauty. BBC famously calls it the Lost Valley while other people call it the Valley of Apes because of the fair number of Apes in this forest. During the hike, you may encounter some chimpanzees as this is also an area for chimpanzees however it’s a 50% chance seeing them. This activity is done very early in the morning.
After breakfast, start the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park at 8:00am through savannah grasslands in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It takes roughly 3 hours on unpaved road to reach Ishasha area. We shall do a drive for approximately 1 hour in search of the tree climbing lions and if we are lucky we shall be able to find a pride. Later head for lunch at Savanah before proceeding to Buhoma. The journey leads out of the savannah. It gets hillier. Guests pass mountain villages, green hills, tea terraces, banana and pineapple growing areas. Then the road leads into the rainforest. It will take you approximately 4 hours to reach the lodge,
Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge
Estimated time of travel: 7 hours including stop overs.
Meal Plan: Half board- Break Fast & Dinner
Lunch: Savanah hotel
Bakiga Lodge is a fairly midrange lodge, however due to the high demand of Gorilla permits in the other sector, we are left with no option but rather to use this accommodation in Ruhijja.
After an early breakfast, at 7:00am drive to the information center with packed lunch boxes to prepare for the Gorilla tracking. After briefing from the Ranger guide, traverse to the Gorilla sanctuary to start tracking these lovely creatures. Treks can sometimes involve steep climbs and long walks based on where the Gorillas are located. It takes approximately 1-2 hours or less to find the gorillas based on where they are located and after you spend 1 hour observing and taking pictures. The time you spend observing these endangered species is worth a trip to any part of the world and can never be forgotten. Clients are expected to have enough drinking water, good hiking shoes, rain jackets in case it rains, gloves if necessary, long sleeved clothes.
After the tracking, clients will either head out for a community activity that can be organized at a cost or relax at the lodge.
At around 10:00 am, clients will set off for Bunyonyi which takes roughly 3 – 4 hours’ drive through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check into the lodge for lunch.
Lake Bunyonyi is undoubtedly the loveliest lake in Uganda with 29 islands surrounded by steep terraced hillsides reminiscent of parts of Nepal and also appears on the 5000 Shilling note for Uganda. Bunyonyi becomes more magical in the morning as the mist rises off the placid water.
Provided the afternoon weather is fine, we shall head out for a boat cruise on the Bunyonyi Island for a short tour.
Extra activities such as Quad Biking, Canoeing, Hiking, community tour can be organized at an extra cost based on what clients want.
Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages Lake Bunyonyi
Meal Plan: Full board
Since clients have flights on the same day, our journey will start at exactly 8:00am after breakfast with a lunch stop at Igongo cultural centre. Once in Entebbe, clients will either have dinner first based on time of the flights or will be transferred directly to the airport.
Estimated time of travel: 6/7+ hours including stop overs.
Meal Plan: Half board- Break Fast & Lunch
Note: Clients should ensure that they have flights after 6pm on this day. Please confirm on the flight details for us to plan this day appropriately.
What is in the package
- Bottled drinking water on safari,
- 1 Gorilla Gorilla
- Accommodation and meals outlined,
- English speaking guide/driver
- Park entrance fees
- Activities as outlined,
- Visa / entry permit for Uganda if required at 50 USD,
- International Flight costs
- All drinks except ones served for breakfast, beverages
- Any activity not mentioned
- Personal travel insurance covers.
- Tips to Waiters/ Waitresses and Tour Guides
- Any other expenses of personal nature
- Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are for tracking
- Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
- Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest.
- Photography is only allowed with a flash off so as not to scare the Gorillas
- Porters are available to help you with your bags at a small fee
- Carry enough drinking water because you never know the location of the Gorillas from the start of your hike. Be prepared for long walks just in case
- Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden. The ranger will always communicate when it’s appropriate for you to do so.
- Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain jacket.
Where Half board meal plan has been indicated, clients will be taken to a restaurant on a en-route our destination where they can have their lunch buffet
For more information on the different travel itenaries we have for East Africa, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Where to stay
Ihamba Safari Lodge.
Bakiga Lodge Etc
Accommodation Category: 4 star
Number of clients: 1 (one)
Price: $1,100/ Person