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African Elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

4 Days Uganda Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Uganda

A 4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari is an exclusive safari that enables you to experience a game drive and coming close to our primates, Gorilla trekking.

You will also have a chance to have an amazing boat cruise at the Kazinga channel and have a chance to sight several wildlife and bird species. Later proceed to Bwindi Forest National Park purposely for Gorilla trekking and later transfer back to Kampala

Highlights of the 4 Days Uganda Safari Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Safari

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Hippos in Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park

4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari in Details

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your early breakfast at your hotel, your guide driver will pick you up and head directly western part of Uganda that houses these two game parks. First on the itinerary is Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The transfer to queen Elizabeth leads you through Masaka road where your first stop will be at the equator for the experience and photo moments.

Proceed to Mbarara town for lunch and continue with your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving late afternoon.

Check in at your lodge and embark on an evening game drive after which you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Kingfisher lodge

Day 2 of the 4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari: Game Drive, Boat Cruise Transfer to Bwindi

After an early cup of coffee/tea, you guide will come in to pick you. This is the crucial day of the stay here and you have to maximize fully and experience the park for its wildlife abundance.

You will go for an early morning game drive to catch up with the early risers and possibly encounter the cats as they retire from the hunt.

From this game drive, you are likely to spot on; lion, elephants, buffalos, leopard, antelopes among others with other several species of birds in this park.

Return to the lodge for breakfast, check out and go for a special boat cruise along the kazinga channel inside the park. Here you will be able to sight hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many other wildlife and aquatic life.

You will also spot array of birds on the bay. After the boat cruise, you will return to your lodge, have lunch and check out.

You will proceed to Bwindi National Park through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this place is famous for tree climbing lions and you could be lucky to see some.

Continue to Bwindi with arrival in the evening and head straight to your lodge to check in. later dinner and overnight

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Silverback lodge
  • Sanctuary Gorilla forest camp
  • Buhoma lodge
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs
  • Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Rushanga Gorilla Camp
  • Gorilla Heights Lodge

Day 3 of the 4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari: Gorilla Trekking

Have an early morning breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides before embarking on your Gorilla trek. Head into the forest and trek until you find the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking can take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. After finding the gorillas in Bwindi, you will be allowed on 1 hour with them up close and the return.

You can have your camera to take the pictures as many as you can. Your driver/guide will drive back to your lodge to relax and spend another night here

Note

While the adults go for gorilla trekking, the children will be taken for a guided nature walk around the forest by the guide

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Silverback lodge
  • Sanctuary Gorilla forest camp
  • Buhoma lodge
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs
  • Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Rushanga Gorilla Camp
  • Gorilla Heights Lodge

Day 4 of the 4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari: Transfer Back to Kampala

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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, your will transfer back to Kampala with stopovers in Mbarara for lunch. Arrive in Kampala in the evening. The driver will take you to your hotel or if you flight is that very day; he will transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight back home

What You Need While Going for Gorilla Trekking

Just like Rwenzori Mountain Trekking, Gorilla trekking also requires these items when trekking the gorillas;

  • Water:

Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtrations tablets before you come for the trek

  • Boots:

you will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Sometimes it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy

  • Rain Jacket:

You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Bwindi impenetrable forest

  • Snack:

You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest

  • Trouser and shirts:

Bwindi forest is covered with thick undergrowth, therefore light trousers and long-sleeved shirts are advised

  • Socks:

You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside

  • Gloves:

You will need Garden gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves etc. and some can be thorny

  • Camera:

Carry a good camera (no flash) to capture this lifetime experience

Background Information of the 4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Bwindi is derived from the Runyakitara word “mubwindi” and means “a place full of darkness” this name comes from the extensive stands of bamboo interspersed amongst the larger forest hardwoods.

The bamboo and thick ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plants growth severely hinder direct access on foot.

The forest is on the edge of the western arm of the great rift valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of the Virunga Mountains

The forest is one of the most biologically diverse area on earth where half the world’s population of the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas live in its natural habitant jungle.

The forest has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world heritage site for its biological significance

The forest has been described as “riven by disputes and crosshatched by historical, political, biological boarders” by the researcher Craig Stanford, co-director of the park’s jane Goodall Research center. In 1991, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was established

Adventure Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on the 4 Days Uganda Safari

it is located southwestern Uganda. The park part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The Park is on the edge of the western arm of the great rift valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of the Virunga Mountains.

Composed of 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) of both Montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only by foot. BINP has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world heritage site for its biological significance

Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species.

Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forest in East Africa, with more than 1000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 plant species of ferns.

The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular area shares in the high levels of Endemisms the Albertine Rift

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbill and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi Gorillas, half of the world’s population of endangered mountain Gorillas.

Habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabaale and Kisoro respectively all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority

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Mountain gorillas in Bwindi

More About Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park covers an area of about 1978 km2. Its position provides a magnificent view of the Rift Valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. It is well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds.

Formerly, a historian known as Douglas Willocks talked about the various features that lead to the formation of the Park in 1952

This area was strategically located with a stunning view of mount Rwenzori, the plains and the campsite jagged mass of mountains that are god for activities such as hiking.

On the other side of lake Edward, there is a famous hill known as Mitumbe that looks out to Congo.

Its beauty is signified with changing colors from blue to green, with gentle slopes, distant and this makes it become the center of darkness in Africa.

The eastern part of the park is characterized with peaceful green escarpments that is acquired from the western rift valley. The features are well covered with Savannah making it a beautiful place full of nature euphorbia trees

The park is so extensive further more adjacent to the other protected areas. For instance, Kigezi covering an area of about 256 km2 and Kyambura with about 152 km2 wildlife set aside.

The other area is Kalinzu Forest Reserve that adjoins to DRC with about 200 km2 along Virunga National Park. Rwenzori National Park is about a few Kilometers to the North of park

Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different species about 100 mammal species.

The grassland plains support a variety of wildlife safari animals which can be viewed from vehicle on the network tracks designated in the park.

About 20 predators are found in the park such as Lions, Leopards side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others

Common antelope species include; the kob, bush buck, topi and water buck. Other animals which can be spotted at Mweya Peninsular are; Buffalos, elephants, warthogs and hippos.

There are also various primate species are available in the park including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons among others.

The Ishasha area is famously known for its tree climbing lions and it is also known to host the world’s highest concentration of hippos

4 Days Uganda safari to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks Safari Inclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari

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