AJT080 - Uganda Trip with Gorillas & Wildlife

HIGHLIGTS

Highlights………………

·         Visit the impenetrable Bwindi National Park.

·         Come close with the infamous mountain Gorillas and a range of primates.

·         Stop by at the Royal Drum makers. See the equator where you can stand in both hemispheres simultaneously.

·         Experience come of the optional activities around Bwindi including batwa trail, village walk, bwindi community hospital, waterfall walk stopping by to look at the Royal Drum makers and the equator.

·         Visit Kisenyi area looking for lions prides and Uganda kob

·         Cruise along the Kazinga Channel home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus.

·         View varieties of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork and Pied Kingfisher.

 

More to explore……………

Activities:  Extensive walking at sites, short trek in Bwindi.

Accommodation: 2 nights of tourist class hotels.

Transport:  4WD vehicles.

Escort: Local tour leader/ guide

Suggest: Combine with safari in Kenya or Tanzania or Rwanda

Game drives:  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat Safari: The Kazinga Channel

Bragging Rights: You saw Gorilla’s in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth Park!

 

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day Location Accommodation Board Activity
1 Kampala Sheraton Kampala Hotel BB LE
2 Bwindi Forest Park Engagi Lodge LDBB LE
3 Bwindi Engagi Lodge LDBB GT, VI, LE
4 Bwindi Engagi Lodge LDBB GT, VI, LE
5 Queen Elizabeth Engagi Lodge LDBB P
6 Queen Elizabeth Mweya Lodge LDBB A, LE
7 Kampala Depature   TRSF, FLT


L-Lunch, D-Dinner, BB-Bed and breakfast, LDBB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, Trsf-Transfer, E-Early morning game drive, A-Morning game drive, P-Afternoon game drive, HDS-Half Day sightseeing, FDS-Full Day Sightseeing

 

 

DETAILED PROGRAM

Day 01:  Entebbe – Kampala: Travel Time: 42 km, 1 hour

Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by an Africa Journeys Escapes representative, and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Optional activities include Kampala City Tour and Eating Out. Dinner on own arrangements.

Overnight at Sheraton Kampala Hotel (BB).

 

Day 02: Drive or fly to Bwindi - Travel Time: Approx. 1:45 minutes

After breakfast, you will begin your journey from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  This ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq. km and   boasts 90 mammal species, the infamous mountain gorillas, a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon etc.

You will stop en route to look at the Royal Drum makers, see the Equator where you can stand in both hemispheres simultaneously. From there you continue through the terraced hillsides of Uganda arriving to Bwindi in the evening in time for dinner.

Dinner and overnight at Engagi Lodge (LDBB).

 

Day 03: 1st Gorilla tracking

The next morning you set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all.  If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon. Optional activities include Batwa Trail, Village Walk, Bwindi Community Hospital and Waterfall Walk arranged on request. All meals included.

Overnight at Engagi Lodge (LDBB).

 

Day 04: 2nd gorilla tracking

The day is yours to go for the second gorilla tracking and those who don’t want to go for it have an option of going to explore all that Bwindi has to offer! There are so many things to explore, go for a birding safari in the interior of the forest.  Other popular options include a visit to the Batwa Trail or experiencing local village life. We can also arrange for you to visit Bwindi Community Hospital or support our efforts at conservation by planting a tree at a local school. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner. Overnight at Engagi Lodge (LDBB).

 

 

Day 05: Bwindi – Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast, you will depart Bwindi for Queen Elizabeth passing via the Ishasha sector famed for the tree climbing lions arriving in the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world.   Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest.   Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Arrive in the park in the afternoon and if possible, go for a game drive in the early evening. Overnight at Engagi Lodge (LDBB).

Day 06:  Queen Elizabeth National park.

In morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, before returning to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. Optional activities include Queens Pavilion, Katwa Salt Walk or Kikorongo African Art Workshop arranged on request. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Lodge (LDBB).

 

Day 07: Queen Elizabeth- Kampala

Have a morning game drive as you depart the park arriving in Kampala or Entebbe in the evening where your safari will end.

 

Transportation:

 

You will travel in a private 4 wheel drive vehicle with an experienced full time safari guide with an open roof.

Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Price includes

4 Nights accommodation at Engagi Lodge

1 Night accommodation at Mweya Lodge

1 Night accommodation at Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Transfers

2 gorilla permits

Return flights Nairobi/Kampala

 

Added Value:

Complimentary Africa Journeys pen

Complimentary Africa Journeys Safari Hat

Complimentary 30 days Flying Doctors’ membership within East Africa

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