Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/ Entebbe to the Queen Elizabeth Park.
A tour guide will brief you when he comes to pick you up from the airport and will transfer you to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stop over at the Equator in Masaka or at Mpigi Mpambire drum makers before you proceed to Queen Elizabeth national park. When you get to the park, you will have views of a beautiful panorama of the great lakes of Lake Edwards and Lake George, then also their great Kazinga channel. Drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight at either
Budget: Simba safari camp/ Bush lodge/ Institute of Ecology
Moderate: Marafiki safari lodge/ Hippo Hill Lodge / Ihamba Lodge
Up Market: Mweya safari lodge/ Jacana safari lodge/ Katara Lodge / King Fisher Resort
Day 2; Uganda Game safari and Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
You will wake up for the early morning game drives during which you will search for the wildlife in the park and you can expect to see the lions, buffaloes, kobs, might see the Pythons in the grass, Elephants , hyenas, warthogs, birds’ hippos and many other savannah wildlife. The game drive usually ends by midmorning and then you return to the return to the lodge so that you can have your full mid morning breakfast and then relax as you wait for your lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will go for the boat trip along the Kazinga channel which connects Lake Edward and Lake George and from the boat, you can expect to see the bird species including the migrants’ species of bird like the pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. The highest concentration of hippos will be seen in water and at the shores. After wards, you will drive back to the lodge where you will have your dinner and an overnight;
Day 3; Chimpanzee trekking and the Transfer to Bwindi.
You will be served with breakfast early enough so that you can go assemble at the Kyambura Gorge for briefing before you can start the chimpanzee trek. It takes about 3-4 hours which means you don t need to carry packed lunch with you. This gorge lies south of Lake George and east of Queen Elizabeth National Park where the Kazinga Channel leaves the lake, flowing towards Lake Edward, with the same ecosystems to QENP. There is no land connection between the reserve and the park, animals simply crossing the Kyambura River where it is shallowest during the dry seasons to move between the protected areas. The river gorge is covered by a high-canopy tropical forest and a swamp-forest and papyrus swamp near the river mouth. The reserve is a home both fresh and saline volcanic lakes, in the reserve, the most significant of which are the saline Bagusa, Lakes Nshnyi and Maseche; Lakes Kararo, Kinera, Chibwera and Kyamwiga have fresh water and more to see. After Chimpanzee trekking, you will have your lunch and then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha where the tree climbing lions are found. You will arrive in Bwindi which is a home to mountain gorillas later in the evening. Bindi is not only know for the gorillas but you can also find other primates, lots of bird species and also have a great vegetation cover. You can find over 348 species of birds, lots of butterflies. Your dinner and overnight will be at lodge of your budget;
Budget – Buhoma Community bandas/ Bwindi View bandas/ Nkuringo campsite tents/ Virunga Hotel/ Nkuringo safari centre
Moderate- Nshongi gorilla resort/ Chameleon hills/ Lake Kitandara camp/ Nkuringo camp site/Wagtail Eco lodge.
Up market – Gorilla safari lodge/ Mahogany springs/ Engagi lodge/ Buhoma lodge/ Gorilla Resort camp/ Traveler’s rest camp/ Silver back lodge
Luxury – Clouds lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp / Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge/Volcanoes Bwindi safari Lodge.
Day 4; Gorilla Trekking
Have your breakfast early morning breakfast and then have your guide take you to the starting point for briefing and get a ranger guides will lead you through the forest as you push your way through the bushes in the search for the gorillas. Gorilla trekking takes between 1 hour to 10 hours which means you will be walking for quite a long time thus the reason you need to be fit enough to handle the stress. A pair of hiking boots and long sleeves shirt and trouser are necessary. When you find the gorillas, you will have an hour to in the forest among the gorillas to listening them grumble to each other, watch them care and feed their young ones and you will also see their dominant male called the silverback. You can take as many pictures as you wish to have and this is such an extraordinary feeling spending some time with the world’s popular mountain gorillas. After that 1 hour, you will walk back out of the forest to the lodge but if your tracking has end early, you can go for a village walk , may visit the Batwa people and this is at an extra cost. Otherwise you will head straight to the lodge where you spent the last night;
Day 5; Transfer back to Kampala.
You will have breakfast as usual and then start on your journey back to Kampala. You will have a break to have your lunch and afterwards proceed to Kampala. The guide/ driver will drop you at the airport if you are living the country on that very day or drop at any other place if you are still in the country. End of Uganda Safari with AA safaris and Tours ltd