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GORILLAS AND GAME: BWINDI, QUEEN ELIZABETH AND LAKE MBURO PARK - 7 Days Gorillas and Game Safari

This is a scheduled tour, one of our UGANDA GORILLAS tours : It departs second Tuesday of the month.

The tour takes you to see wildlife and birds in Queen Elizabeth National Park - elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, leopard. Antelopes and birds are everywhere! Look out for the rare shoebill stork!  Track chimpanzees in the nearby Kyambura Gorge.  Visit Ishasha - an area with the highest concentration of wildlife in the park. With luck, you may see a particular attraction of this area - the famous tree-climbing lions, which lounge nonchalantly in the upper branches of high trees!  The Rwenzori Mountains act as a majestic backdrop to the park's variety of habitats - tropical forest, green meadows, savannah, crater lakes and swamps.

GORILLAS IN BWINDI, WILDLIFE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK AND LAKE MBURO

This gorilla safari starts and finishes in Entebbe.  [The gorilla permit in Bwindi is included in the safari cost.]

Overview

Accommodation

Destination

Nights

Basis

African Roots Guest House

Entebbe

1

BB

Simba Safari camp

Queen Elizabeth Park

2

FB

Mutanda Lake Resort

Bwindi

2

FB

Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo

1

FB

 

 

 

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
HB: Dinner or Lunch, bed and breakfast
FB: Full Board: All meals dinner, lunch and breakfast included in tour cost
O/N: Over Night


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:    African Roots Guest House, Entebbe-Kampala

Entebbe, Uganda
Uganda has a total area of 236,040 sq km, bordered by Kenya in the East and Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South west, DR Congo to the west and South Sudan to the North, making it a landlocked country. It lies at 10S to 40N Latitude and 300 to 350 East Longitude, so it is astride the Equator.1 00 N, 32 00 E. The country, however, is well watered and fertile. Although it lies at the Equator, it receives about three rainy seasons a year, with Lake Victoria, The Nile, the many forests and the Rwenzori mountains determining much of the climate. In forest ecosystems it rains regularly and weather is unpredictable. Water covers36,330 sq km, about 15% of Uganda’s area.The country is rich in wildlife, game, birds, and a vast culture of over 50 tribes occupying this beautiful, green country. In Uganda alone a birder will enjoy twelve percent of bird species in the world; a tracker will find half of the world’s gorillas; an explorer will have an opportunity to see more than 7% of the world’s mammals. For the discerning traveller the potential for Ecotourism here is enormous, and the discreet have tapped into it.

Day Itinerary

Arrive Entebbe airport. Meet, greet and transfer to African Roots Guest House for overnight (BB) 

Overnight: African Roots Guest House           

Conveniently located close to Lake Victoria and its beach side amenities including restaurants and bars, African Roots guesthouse Entebbe offers traditional home-from-home hospitality in a comfortable, modern and tastefully designed setting. Hotel is located in a quiet suburb close to Greenfields and is just 5 minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport.
   

Day 2: Simba safari camp, Queen Elizabeth National Park        

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth NP has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park. Elephant and buffalo are very common, and lions are surprisingly easy to spot. Hyena can be spotted occasionally, while Giraffe and zebra are absent. There are many interesting antelope species like Uganda kob, topi and sitatunga. Hippos and crocodiles are common in Kazinga channel. A troop of chimpanzees has been habituated for tracking. Nine more primate species are found, including the black-and-white colobus monkey.
Wildlife highlights
Tree-climbing lions are a specialty of the Ishasha sector of the park, where they can often be found in huge fig trees.

Day Itinerary

Drive on the southbound road; past captivating attractions en route: look at royal drum makers, brief stop at the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once, drive past the roadside markets aerated with fruit and vegetables. Continue to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving very late in the afternoon, keeping an eye out for the game. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] Time permitting, Evening game drive.

Overnight: Simba safari camp   

Simba Camp is a lower mid level safari accommodation at Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will find a variety of comfortable and affordable guest rooms, in a large expanse of compound. Perched on a hill, the camp offers spectacular views of Lake George, Lake Kikorongo and the classic African savannah plains stretching to the distant horizon. It is the closest accommodation for game drives in the Kasenyi plains, and elephants and buffalo can even be viewed from the camp. Delicious meals are served at an open air restaurant, to give you a taste of real African cuisine. Guests can also choose a wake-up call with fresh tea or coffee served on their verandas.

 

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking 

 

Day Itinerary

Visit Kyambura gorge to track chimpanzees, man's closest relation. A boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel is a rewarding experience. Evening game drive.
   

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth Park to Bwindi National Park    

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is on the edge of the western rift valley. The park is also rich in birds, chimps, monkeys and butterflies. Bwindi is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, with both montane and lowland forest. About half of the world's population of mountain gorillas - about 400 animals - are found in Bwindi. There is Bwindi-North and Bwindi South. In Bwindi South, where we visit, five gorilla families are open to visitors in Uganda. Other activities include volcano climbing, guided nature walk in the forest for primates, birds and butterflies or enjoy the breathtaking landscape!

Day Itinerary

We go for an early morning game drive. Afterwards, start for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting where you may see tree-climbing lion - or drive through farmland to Bwindi. [Approximate driving time: 7 hours]

Overnight: Mutanda Lake Resort

The resort is spaciously set up on a 3.5 acres private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. The thirteen cottages are built on a wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom. We offer single, double/ twin and family or triple rooms with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. Mutanda Lake Resort is spectacularly located on a private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. With small islands dotting the surrounding lake and a backdrop of misty volcanoes in nearby Rwanda and DR Congo, this setting never fails to impress visitors. The main building where the restaurant is located resembles a Swiss chalet with an African touch. The perfect place to enjoy a sun downer on the veranda watching otters visiting the shore, or to cuddle up next to the fire place.

Day 5: Gorilla tracking    

 

Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 7 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it!

Day 6: Bwindi to Mburo Park    

Lake Mburo National Park is located in the western part of Uganda with varied habitats that support about 68 mammals to include Impalas, Burchell’s Zebra and Eland, around 350 bird species including the Red-Faced Barbet, the African Finfoot and the Shoe bill.

Day Itinerary

Start for Mbarara, enjoying natural and other arresting attractions en route.

Excursion to Lake Mburo National Park for some unusual game. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Overnight: Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo Safari Lodge comprises of the main Lodge, guest cottages and honeymoon house, all raised on a wooden platform. All cottages are covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, and have a private balcony with views of the Lake Mburo Park. The cottages all have king-sized beds, private bathroom with hot shower and flush toilets.


Day 7:  Return and fly out.

 

Day Itinerary

Drive to Kampala. Arrive in the City early afternoon and transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight (HB). [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

Tour Ends.

Group Price USD 2,905, per person. One gorilla permit included in cost.
Single Room Supplement USD 221 

DEPARTURE DATES 2016

 

Nov 2016

Dec 2016

Dates

8

13

DEPARTURE DATES 2017

 

Jan 2017

Feb 2017

Mar 2017

Apr 2017

May 2017

Jun 2017

Jul 2017

Aug 2017

Sept 2017

Oct 2017

Nov 2017

Dec 2017

Dates

10

14

14

11

9

13

11

8

12

10

14

12

*With a minimum of 2-3 pax, each person would pay a supplement of $450

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Young Gorilla in natural forestThe magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, is centred around Lake Edward and Lake George. The two lakes are linked by the Kazinga channel, a waterway rich in wildlife and birds. Continue further West to track one of the three habituated gorilla families in the dense, impenetrable forest of Bwindi, also rich in other primates, birds and butterflies. Return via Lake Mburo Park in Mbarara for unusual wildlife. This overnight stop is also necessary to break the long journey from Bwindi.

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