Uganda Safari Holidays

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Day One: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Our driver/guide will pick you at your hotel in Kampala before leaving for the 7 to 8 hours journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park which is named after Queen Elizabeth is famous for being one of the parks with the highest number of animal and bird species. The park is said to have over 606 bird species which include the African skimmer, black-rumped buttonquail and the Verreaux’s eagle owl among others. Animal species in the park – mammals and primates – include the black and white Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Olive Baboons, leopards, the giant forest hog, buffaloes and hippos among other species.

Accommodation: Enganzi Safari Lodge (Full Board) or Kyambura Game Lodge (Full Board)

Day Two: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This day will start very early in the morning. You will be served a light breakfast of tea/coffee and snacks before proceeding to a beautiful game drive. The morning hours are ideal for spotting several animals like buffalos in huge herds, Uganda kobs, lions, hippos as they graze, warthogs and Albertine rift valley bird species.

After this early drive you will go back to the lodge where you will be served a heavy breakfast and then relax as you wait for lunch.

After lunch you will set out for an exciting 2 hours boat cruising journey on the Kazinga Channel. Kazinga Channel joins Lakes George and Edward. The boat cruise is perfect for watching animals at close range. Some of the animals you will see as you cruise are Nile crocodiles, waterbucks, hippos and a variety of bird species.

Afterwards you will head back to the lodge for dinner and accommodation.

Accommodation: Enganzi Safari Lodge (Full Board) or Kyambura Game Lodge (Full Board)

Day Three- Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Wake up to a well prepared breakfast by the friendly staff of the lodge. Afterwards, with packed lunches you will set out for a mid-morning game drive. You will explore the famous Southern Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see tree climbing lions. Later on you will proceed southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will have dinner and spend the night in any of the camps/lodges below.

Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Full Board) or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge (Full Board)

Day Four-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

On this day you will take an early breakfast and get ready for the most exciting experience of your Uganda safari. Our driver will pick you from the lodge/camp at take you to the park’s headquarters. There you will be briefed on mountain gorilla families and gorilla trekking in general. At 9:00 AM you will be taken to the forest where your day with mountain gorillas will officially start.

The gorilla trekking safari will involve a climb through the steep rocky forest. The number of hours to be spent on this exciting activity-which could be anything between 3 hours to a whole day-depends on the gorilla’s movements around the forest. Apart from mountain gorillas you will also have the pleasure of seeing other primates like the Colobus monkey, the Velvet monkey, the grey-cheeked Mangabeys, the red tailored monkey plus a number of bird species. This will be a tiring day but the exhaustion will be nothing compared to the experience of spending time with the beautiful monkey gorillas. This is a lifetime experience.

In the afternoon, depending on time you will visit the neighboring community and interact with the villagers. You will enjoy entertainment from them and learn a few things about their culture. In the evening you’ll head back to the lodge where you’ll be served dinner and spend the night.

Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp (Full Board) or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge (Full Board)

Day Five-Kampala        

On this final day you will head back to Kampala after a nicely prepared breakfast. You will enjoy the beautiful nature views of the Kigezi sub-region as you drive along the way. The Kigezi sub-region has been likened to Switzerland and is referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. Along the way you will make stops to take photos and lunch at Mbarara town. You will also make a stop at the Equator for an educational talk before proceeding to Kampala where your safari will end.