AVU007 – PRIVATE SAFARI (5 DAYS)

This safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, and buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds. Later you will be highly be inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

It is surely a breathtaking and very rewarding experience tracking some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world. Here after, do a nature walk expecting to see different flora and fauna including varieties of monkeys, birds, and lots of butterfly species in this ancient rainforest…

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Scenic Views en-route to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 2: Game Drives, Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel.

Day 3: Drive through Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest National Park.

Day 4: Bwindi Gorilla Tracking.

Day 5: Travel to Kampala.

Detailed Safari Highlights

Day 1: Scenic Views en-route to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After break fast, depart early for Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through the western Uganda were you will have lunch in Mbarara town. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After checking in and having some time to relax, you will head for a late afternoon game drive. You often spot Elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos and others.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: About 7 Hours

Day 2: Game Drives, Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel.

After a cup of coffee, Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots many small animals and birds.

After lunch, enjoy the unique evening 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Kyambura Game Lodge or Katara Lodge (Mid-range),

Enganzi Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Day 3: Queen – Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla forest

After breakfast , Embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, Cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mangoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots of many small animals and birds. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector. As you drive along the road via Ishasha sector, animals such as the waterbucks, elephant, antelopes, buffalo, kobs and you might be lucky and come across the tree climbing lions which can be seen along the road or better yet in the tree.

This park is the home of the rare mountain gorillas. There are also a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys in this dense green forest. You take an early sleep to be able to wake up early the following day for your expedition.

Accommodation:

Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),
Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: About 2 – 5 Hours

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Gorilla Forest

Very early in the morning after an early breakfast and guides and guides briefing, set off for your Gorilla tracking activity in the forests of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, you will need to carry a packed lunch, drinking water, wear comfortable boots or jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes, put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with jungle sounds and take a rain jacket. Walking sticks will be made available for those that require one by the park rangers.

Return to the camp exhilarated to retrieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight. If you have the energy, go for a village walk, see how local people live, visit the medicine man or go for the Batwa cultural walk.

Accomodation

Mahogany Springs or Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, (Luxury),

Gorilla Mist Camp or Sliver Back Lodge (Mid-range),

Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Lodge (Basic).

Meal Plan: Full Board.

Travel Time: About 3 – 5 Hours

Day 5: Travel back to Kampala
After breakfast, depart with a packed lunch for Kampala arriving in the early evening.

OR There is an optional activity of chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge in the morning before driving back to Kampala.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

Travel Time: About 9 Hours

End of 5 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife, Bwindi Gorilla Private Safari Itinerary

The Safari Package Covers:

Gorilla Permit
Park Entrance Fees.
Cultural Tour
A 2 Hour Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (4 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Air Fares
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$)

Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)