5 Days Safari Gorilla and Queen Elizabeth Code: HOG-GQ5

Day one:

You are picked from your hotel at 7:00am and set off for Bwindi impenetrable National park. The park is situated at the southwestern part of Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. It has 331sq.KM at an altitude of 1160 meters lowest and 2607 meters at the highest spot.
The safari takes a minimum of 8 hours and the drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole, famous for its long horned cattle. Continue through the highlands of Kigezi with their beautifully terraced hills usually referred to as “Switzerland of Africa”.

Here you will have lunch break and opportunity to stretch your legs. Continue with the journey through beautiful scenery sighting the volcanic virunga mountains on a clear day. Arrive in Bwindi National Park that evening.

This park is the home of the rare mountain gorillas. There are also a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys in this dense green forest.

There are mostly 3 categories of accommodation in Bwindi namely; the up market gorilla forest camp, mid range Buhoma homestead and the budget community bandas. While the gorilla forest camp and the homestead offer self-contained facilities and solar lighting (with more luxuries like wine in the forest camp) the community campground does not have self-contained facilities and meals are just basic.

You take an early sleep to be able to wake up early the following day for your expedition.

Day Two:

After breakfast walk the 200 meters to the park offices where you will get briefing by the park officials. You will set off on your expedition in the company of guides to track the rare mountain gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend one hour in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. You are likely to enjoy the view (as close to 10 meters) of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.

Return to the camp exhilarated to retrieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Dinner and overnight. "if you want to see primates in their natural habitat then Uganda is the place to go and who is the best to handle that - obviously 'HOG SAFARIS' tested experience"

Day Three:

After breakfast you can take a guided forest (nature) walk to explore more in the forest. The walk will take you to the hidden falls of Munyaga river. You will differentiate species and creatures e.g. butterflies, centipedes, different insects in this rich dense forest, or you will drive to Ishasha Southern circuit of Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for the tree climbing lions.

Afternoon proceed to Mweya peninsular in the northern circuit of the park. Check in at the Up-market Mweya safari Lodge or the budget Institute hostel.

Day four:

This day, you will drive to Kyambura gorge before sunrise for a thrilling chimpanzee trek. The gorge is a natural home of habituated chimps. Your guided walk may last three to five hours. You will also have sightings of colobus, velvet, and red tailed monkeys, baboons and other primates. It is also important to note that the chimpanzee safari and the gorge is subject to permits availability and good weather as occasional flooding can render the trails impassable.

After lunch drive to the jetty on the Kazinga channel for a 2 hour afternoon launch cruise. The waterway is filled with schools of hippos. Buffalos and elephants can be seen at the banks, and there are also a rich variety of marine birds on the channel. Retire to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day five:

Wake up before sunrise to go for an early morning game drive to catch up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, bushbucks, waterbucks, lions, spotted hyenas, stripped jackals and of course the several warthogs.

Return to the lodge for late breakfast before you visit Katwe salt works. This activity is done by the locals as their means of earning a living.

Return to Kampala with lunch en-route. Along the route you will climb the escarpment from the rift valley. Drive through the banana and tea plantations. You will see the Ankole long horned cattle and sometimes grazing elands or zebras as you drive past L.Mburo area. Stop over at the equator line crossing, see the coffee plantations and drum makers at Mpambire before proceeding to Kampala.

Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight or proceed to the airport for home bound flight.

End of Safari




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