This 7-day safari strikes a harmonious balance between wildlife and natural surroundings. This safari visits Queen Elizabeth, as well as birds and primates. The view of the snow-capped Rwenzori mountains from crater lakes and rolling Savannah plains will take your breath away. Game drives, boat cruises, chimp tracking, and the magnificent gorilla tracking are all available in Bwindi. This adventure also includes a Batwa cultural trial, where you can learn about the forest-dwelling “pygmy” bushmen.
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, depart Kampala/Entebbe and travel west through Uganda’s lush green countryside to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey will take 6-7 hours, with stops at tourist attractions such as the Royal Drum Makers’ Village and the Equator, where you can stand in both hemispheres at once. You’ll continue through savanna grasslands with banana plantations and several herds of endemic to this part of the country long-horned Ankole cattle. In the evening, you’ll arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and a night in.
Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
You’ll leave early (around 6:30 a.m.) for a morning game drive, which is an incredible opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats. Expect to see elephants, buffaloes, lions, bushbucks, kobs, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, antelopes, and waterbucks, as well as birds. You’ll return for breakfast and then unwind until lunchtime. In the afternoon, go on a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see water animals such as hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, and elephants bathing on the channel banks up close. On the water’s edge, there are a variety of bird species, including the famous Shoebill, pelican, and Jacana. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Chimp tracking in Queen Elizabeth and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After an early breakfast, head to the forest for chimp tracking, which takes 3-4 hours. Then proceed to Ntungamo town for lunch en route, then to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale for an afternoon boat cruise on this lake, which gets its name from the bird Bunyonyi, which means a place where birds gather. After that, check into your hotel and then go for a canoe ride, dinner, and overnight.
Day 4: Boat ride on Lake Bunonyi and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for a tour of Lake Bunonyi. This lake is said to be one of western Uganda’s most beautiful spots. It is Africa’s second deepest lake [900 meters] and one of the few places in the country where swimming is considered safe due to the absence of bilharzias. The journey will take about 6-7 hours, and you will eat your lunch along the way. Terraced hills protrude from the water’s edge in the landscape surrounding the lake. Bunyonyi means “place of small birds,” and there is plenty of birdlife around the lake, as the name suggests. You’ll go on a boat cruise to different islands to learn about their history before returning for lunch. Transfer to Impenetrable National Park later in the afternoon.
Day 5: Gorilla trekking and Batwa trail experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After early morning breakfast, you will be briefed by UWA rangers before entering the jungle to trek the fascinating endangered gorillas, a rare species with almost human characteristics. You will also have the opportunity to see other primates such as the blue, red tailed monkey, and other species of primates. It takes 6-7 hours to trek with gorillas. Then return to your accommodation, have lunch, and relax before heading to the Batwa trail experience in the evening.
Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for an afternoon boat ride and nature walk
After early morning breakfast, depart for Lake Mburo National Park for an afternoon boat ride and nature walk. The drive will take 3-4 hours, with stops at tourist attractions along the way. You will have lunch at the lodge that has been reserved for you and then go on an afternoon boat trip on the lake, which is home to a variety of animals such as hippos and crocodiles, as well as bird species. It will take you hours; in the evening, go for a nature walk before retiring to Eagle’s Nest for dinner and the night.
Day 7: Final Day
After breakfast, you will go on an early morning game drive through the park in search of plain game such as zebra, hippos, crocodiles, eland, antelope, impala, and a variety of birds. Later, you’ll fly to Kampala/Entebbe, where you’ll arrive in the afternoon for your flight out.
- Airport Pickup
- Park Entry Fees
- Safari Guides