Travel from the lake basin and go up into the expansive savanna of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is probably the most “royal” of all Uganda’s national parks. Named after the Queen of the United Kingdom, the park also has two lakes named after the brothers Kings George and Edward. When you visit this park in the shadows of the Rwenzori mountains, Africa’s highest mountain range, lookout for the iconic tree climbing lions, leopards, great herds of elephant and buffalo. Top this up with the journey into the misty gorilla highlands to meet the mighty and gentle mountain gorillas. This is an encounter that will not leave you the same.
– Discover the wonders of the wild on a game drive in the historical Queen Elizabeth National Park.
– Visit a family of the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
– Take a boat cruise in the wild.
– Spot the over 600 bird species in the parks.
– Look out for the iconic tree-climbing lions.
* Price includes your gorilla +tracking permits.
Day 1 – Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s southern hemisphere.
Day 2 – Take a game drive in the morning, and boat cruise in the afternoon.
Day 3 – Look out for the iconic tree climbing lions of Ishasha.
Day 4 – Track the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable forest.
Day 5 – Travel back to Kampala crossing into the northern hemisphere
Head out early from your hotel in Kampala and travel west through rolling hills, the tea plantations and into Fort Portal on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains range. We shall have lunch here, before driving on farther south and crossing the equator into Queen Elizabeth National Park. Check into your accommodation, and if time allows you could take a short evening game drive. Or you may simply rest and enjoy the sunset and the sounds of the wild.
Dinner and Overnight at Accommodation
Your guide will pick you up before sunrise so you can catch the animals enjoy the cool morning. Wildlife is more active in the cooler hours of the morning or evening, and retreat under the shade as the day goes on. You will encounter herds of buffalo, elephants, the occasional hippo, warthogs, and a variety of antelopes. Look out for the elusive leopard in the thicket or trees. Of course at the top of the list is the hunt for the lions.
After the morning game drive, travel back to your hotel for an easy lunch before driving down to the Mweya Peninsula. It is from here that you will take your boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This water channel connects lakes George and Edward, which are named after the brothers Kings Edward and George of the United Kingdom.
On this safari cruise, you will get pretty close to the elephants, buffalo and hippos at the waterside. You will also get the opportunity to see some of birds that make up the over 600 species found in this park alone. It is a great way to be introduced to the birds of Uganda. Beyond the wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers you a unique opportunity to observe the lives of the fishing communities that live in the park. This is the only park in Uganda with human settlements and you will see them go fishing or about their work as you cruise past.
After the cruise transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the evening.
Today you travel through the southern sector of the park on your way Bwindi. This route takes you through the Ishasha plains famous for the tree-climbing lions. All big cats do climb trees but for most lions around the world, this is often a once in a while activity. The iconic lions of Ishasha hang out in the huge fig trees whiling away the day in the savanna plains.
Your journey continues south leaving the plains as you rise through forests, and tea plantations. You will reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before dusk with time to soak in the great vistas of the ancient rain-forest and the sunset. Take an easy evening to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s mountain gorilla tracking experience.
This is the day that only one who has experienced it can describe. Today you get intimate and close with a family of the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda. The tracking begins with an orientation by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers. It is about the history of this ancient forest, the forest residents, tracking and interacting with the mountain gorilla family and everything else that makes this park a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your one hour encounter will allow you see mothers nurse, baby gorillas play and move around as the family feeds. This magical hour is like a handful of minutes and you will soon be on your way back to your hotel with memories of this wonderful new world. You are officially now one of few in the whole world to have this intimate relationship with the mountain gorillas of Uganda. Spend the evening in the listening to the sounds of one of earth’s oldest rain-forests.
After an early breakfast, set off early for the 8-9hour drive from the gorilla highlands to Kampala. Enjoy the ride through rural communities waking up to a new day. Lunch in Mbarara, cross over from the southern to norther hemisphere and hit Kampala streets in the evening.
Departure & Return Location to Kampala
There are several options for accommodation offering different levels of comfort and pricing. These range from budget accommodation to mid-range and high end options. Sometimes, the choice of accommodation is influenced by the activities you are interested in taking. Contact us and we will work with you to choose your ideal safari accommodations within your needs and budget.