Uganda is a land of contrasts; tangled
jungle, snow-capped legendary “mountain of the moon”, roaring rapids, vast
sparkling lakes, terraced hillsides, grassy plains, arid savanna, deep forest… and
breathtaking beauty everywhere you look. In a matter of days you can see some
of the world’s rarest creatures: go tracking in the forest to see
Gorillas and Chimps, search the marshlands for the elusive Shoebill, wander the
forest floor following the trail of Forest Elephants, visit a Karamojong tribe
or a Batwa pygmy village. This is a country worth knowing and it
is definitely worth seeing.
Let Home to Africa take you on this
remarkable safari to the Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks that
forget so soon...
Fun: Road trip, launch trip, game
Bragging Right: One-on-one encounter with
gorillas and tree-climbing lions.
Day 1: The Genesis
Early morning start from your Hotel where you will be picked up by your Driver/Guide who will brief you about your tour and then start on your scenic journey driving westwards with a stopover at the Equator for photos and another stop for lunch in Mbarara; Continue on your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will drive past sprawling hill sides before entering the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Check into your accommodation for the night and get the much needed rest as you anticipate the next day’s activities.
Day 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise along Kazinga Channel
Get up ready early for your breakfast and proceed for a 6.30 am morning game drive. The Park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.
After lunch go for the afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mile) long natural channel connecting the two Lakes; Lake Gorge (which is to the east) and Lake Edward (which is to the west). This is a home of a variety of water birds and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks can be sighted as they bathe and drink water at the water edge. From the enormous Goliath Heron, a statuesque 1 metre high, to the tiny jewel-like Malachite Kingfisher, Queen Elizabeth’s bird life offers something for everyone to admire.
Day 3: Chimp Trekking
The stunning Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge also called the “Valley of Apes” is located in the far eastern corner of the well- known Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda.
Approximately 1 km across – at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, this gorge is actually drained by River Kayambura. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda and it is swarmed a rich wildlife bio-diversity that comprises of primates, wild animals as well as birds. Today, you will spend 2-3 hours tracking chimpanzees. You see chimpanzees starting the day by climbing out their nests and while following their daily activities, you get to learn more about their way of life and have them habituated to human presence.
Day 4: Transfer Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Forest
In the morning you will depart Queen Elizabeth National Park for Bwindi Forest National Park. Drive through the Ishasha sector of the Southern part of the Park and look out for the rare tree climbing lions in fig tree. Throughout the entire world there are only two places in which you can find populations of these tree-climbing lions, one being in Lake Manyara national park found in Tanzania and the other being the Ishasha sector within Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a very breathtaking sight to see the King of the animals perched up high on one of the branches of the huge fig trees in this area, lazily resting away as the day goes by. In addition to the fascinating population of the Tree Climbing Lions within the Ishasha you will also come across huge buffalo herds, numerous antelopes that keep crossing your path, there are also a number of elephants that have actually settled within the Ishasha area.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide; enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular. The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.
Day 6: Departure from Bwindi.
Morning breakfast and transfer back to your hotel with Lunch en-route. Along the way you could stop occasionally to talk to the locals or take pictures at the equator and buy some souvenirs to take back home with you. Leave with precious memories safely tucked away.
See you when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!
o All Meals and
per the itinerary.
o All ground
transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
Park entrance fees.
Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
Water while on safari.
o All boat trips.
o Chimp permit$150 (we organize it for you)
o Gorilla permit $600 (we organize it for you)
o All airport pick-ups and drops.
o All activities at
in the itinerary.
o And all government taxes/levies.