4 DAYS BWINDI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

This is a 4 day Uganda safari that combines Gorilla tracking, wildlife and bird watching safari in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.
Bwindi is one of the few parks in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age and it is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas. Of Uganda's forested reserves, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its superb gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers some of the finest motane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder visiting Uganda. Amongst the numerous possibilities are no fewer than 23 of Uganda's 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including spectacular, globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley's Crimson wing.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular National Park and certainly one of its most scenic. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the South, incorporating a wide of variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest.

The lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to buffaloes, elephants, various antelopes and a checklist of over 600 bird species.

Day 1: Kampala - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (L, D)
Following morning breakfast and drive south-westwards to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is best known for its Mountain Gorillas, primate presence and spectacular bird population. En route, you will have a short stop at the Equator for an educational talk as well as a photographic opportunity. The journey then continues to Mbarara where there will be a stopover stop for lunch. After lunch, drive onwards; a drive that will take you through Uganda’s rolling green hills through the highlands, also known as the ‘Switzerland of Uganda’ before making the final journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorilla. Check in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (B, L, D)
Following breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off at 9:00 am through the tracks to search for the humble giants. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these great apes. However the time ranges between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them. After the Gorilla Tracking activity, go back to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (B, L, D)
Following morning breakfast, embark on the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through the Ishasha sector arriving at Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. You will have a game drive enroute where you might spot some of the game along the way as you transfer to the park headquarters. Watch out for tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector. In the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on the Kazinga channel that connects lakes Edward and George. The launch cruise will reward you with game like hippos, elephants, buffaloes and birds at the shores before retiring to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kampala (B, L)
Very early in the morning before dawn, you will wake up to have a cup of coffee or a glass of water/ juice then proceed for an early morning game drive. This game drive will take you through the Kasenyi track and the queens’ mile in the park and will reward you with animals like Lions, elephants, hyenas, Giant forest hogs, Bush bucks, Warthogs, Hyenas, civets, aardvarks, Leopards, and many more. After the game drive you will drive back to your accommodation for late breakfast and then later on drive to Kampala to reach in the evening. For relaxation or to catch your onward flight home.

End of Safari

NOTE:
This Safari can be reversed to begin with Queen Elizabeth National Park and end with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Please note that this is a guideline program that maybe customized according to travelers’ needs and preferences. The variations are normally made to improve the tour and your experience.

Tour includes
    Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
    1 Expert, English-speaking local driver/guide
    All accommodations while on tour
    Meal as indicated in the itinerary
    Park Entrance fees
    1 Gorilla permit per person
    Pre-tour briefing and itinerary document, maps and postcards
Tour excludes
    International flight ( can be arranged if required )
    Visa and personal insurance.
    Drinks , tips and gratuities
    Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
    Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package.