7 Day Gorillas and Wildlife Safari
7 DAYS GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi National Park is a UNESCO designated world Heritage that hosts 51% of the total population of the reaming mountain Gorillas on the planet. The park sits on 331 square kilometers of bwindi impenetrable forest that believed to be more than 2 million years old with over 340 bird species, 120 mammal species, over 200 butterfly species, over 160 tree species among others that have recorded here in these dense jungles of Bwindi forest.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most visited park and is the second oldest after Murchison falls national park. The park was gazzated in 1952 and later renamed Queen Elizabeth after the visit of her majesty the Queen of England in 1954. The park has abundant wildlife thriving in its diverse 1978 square kilometers ecosystem that’s characterized with sprawling savanna plains, sparkling crater lakes, Thickets, Rainforests, riverine and swamps hosting over 600 bird species and 98 mammal species.
Day One – Arrival at Entebbe international Airport.
Upon Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will go through the emigration process that always takes between one to two hours depending on your arrival time and you will meet a representative from S&N Tours and after a short meet and greet, he will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe for the overnight on Bed and Breakfast arrangement. Accommodation in Entebbe (luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)
Day Two – Drive from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After an eearly breakfast (we suggest 6:30), you will have a short briefing about your safari with your guide where he will tell you more about the pearl of Africa and the stunning journey to Bwindi the home for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. After the briefing, you will start your drive from Entebbe heading southwards through the lash greens and endless plains of south western with several interesting photographic stops at the Equator and lunch en route at Igongo cultural center or a similar place. Dinner and overnight in Bwindi. Accommodation in Bwindi. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available in all sectors and accommodation is dependent on the gorilla permit availability)
Note: This is a full day transfer between eight to ten hours covering over 400 kilometers.
Day Three – One Hour Gorilla encounter in the dense jungles of Bwindi
After an early breakfast, your guide will drive you to the briefing center of Uganda Wildlife Authority to join other clients for a general detailed briefing about the rules and regulations of gorilla tracking. The briefing starts at 7:00am and at 8:00am you embark on the search of the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of Bwindi for the gorilla family you have been allocated to. Your group will constitute of eight people and two/three armed rangers who are there to ensure that you are safe throughout the tracking process since the forest has other mammals including African elephants. One of the armed rangers leads the group as he is communicating with trackers who went to the forest earlier to track the movement of gorillas from the point where they slept last night to where they might be and will guide the guides on which routes to take. After you have located gorillas, you will have one full hour observing them in their natural habitat as they feed and go on with their daily life. The trekking can take two hours to Eight hours but one hours with these great apes is a life changing experience one. We recommend you carry a camera to capture this moment and preferably an extra SD card and battery so that you do not miss capturing this lifetime experience. In addition, packed lunch, drinking water, hiking boots, glovers and rain gear is a must have since forest is always wet and there is a possibility of rain anytime. After the one magical hour with the gorillas, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight in Bwindi. Accommodation in Bwindi. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available in all sectors and accommodation is dependent on the gorilla permit availability)
Day Four – Transfer from Bwindi national Park to Queen Elizabeth National park- Ishasha Sector
After breakfast, drive from Bwindi to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth Park is undoubtedly Uganda’s most visited national park and Ishasha sector is famous for the tree-climbing lions. This day is dedicated to discovering the vast plains of Ishasha with a sundowner and bush breakfast for the wild lovers to be pre-booked at the lodge. Dinner and overnight in Ishasha sector. Accommodation in Ishasha sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)
Note: Transfer about two hours covering over 100 kilometers.
Day Five – Full day Queen Elizabeth National park- Ishasha Sector
Since this is the most famous part of the park, we will dedicate this day to discovering the hiden gems of the sector. The sector is blessed with several tracks that a rich with abundant wildlife. While on a game drive, on a lucky day, you may be able to find several families of African Elephants, herds of Topes, pride of lions resting in tree or on the ground, spotting a leopard is always a plus. Depending on your previous arrangement, a sundowner at the ridge or by the rive Ntungwe would be a good idea to compliment the day. Accommodation in Ishasha sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)
Day Six – Drive to the North of Elizabeth National park- Kasenyi Sector
After breakfast, you will have a final game drive as you depart to northern part of the park. Depending on the time you arrive at your lodge, hot lunch will be served. Time allowing, you have a game drive in this sector looking for the big game before you afternoon boat cruise.
In the afternoon, you will take on a boat cruise on Kazinga channel to discover more about this park. Kazinga channel is famous for the population of hippos and is said to have the highest population of hippos on the African continent. Other wildlife can be sighted here including the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, waterbucks, birds, and reptiles like the Nile crocodile among others. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Kasenyi sector. Accommodation in Kasenyi sector. (Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options are available)
Note: Transfer about two hours covering over 100 kilometers.
Day Seven– Drive from Queen Elizabeth national park to Entebbe
After an early breakfast, you will drive from Queen Elizabeth national park to Entebbe international airport for your flight out bound flight. This journey is about 6/7 hours with several stops for leg stretch and coffee breaks with lunch en route.
Included on this costs
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Entrance fees and tax involved
- 4×4 Safari customized vehicle with an English speaking guide
- Drinking water
- Activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Tips and gratuity
- International tickets
- Visa entry fees
- Anything not mentioned in this itinerary
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park