5 DAYS: BIG GAME AND GORILLAS
Explore the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to experience an exciting variety of big game and mountain gorillas as well as other smaller animals and primates.
Day 1: Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leave Kampala early for the long drive west via Mubende, Fort Portal and Kasese. You will pass through beautiful and varied landscapes, hoping that the legendary Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzoris, are not covered in cloud. You will cross the Equator as you approach the Park. You have a wide choice of accommodation for two nights, either in the Park or just outside its boundaries.
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Set off at dawn for an early morning game drive in the Park. The Kasenyi plains support large concentrations of game, with high expectations of seeing lions, elephants, buffalo and Uganda kob as well as other smaller animals. If you are very lucky, you may see a leopard, jackals or hyenas. You will also pass one or more crater lakes.
After lunch, take a relaxing two hour boat trip along the Kazinga Channel when you should see Nile crocodiles, hippos, buffalo and elephants all enjoying the water, as well as other animals higher up the steep banks. There are many birds along the water's edge, which may include fish eagles, cormorants, gulls, storks, pelicans, kingfishers, skimmers, waders and many more. You will also see fishermen preparing their boats and nets to set off for a night of fishing on Lake Edward.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Forest National Park
Set off early to drive south through the Park to Ishasha, the southern sector of the QE Park which is home to the tree climbing lions. Continue south east, climbing up into the hills past cultivation, forestation and tea plantations to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You have a choice of accommodation on the edge of the forest for two nights where you can relax.
Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park
Spend the day tracking the mountain gorillas in the “impenetrable” forest of Bwindi. After a very early breakfast, you will go to the Offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for briefing. You will start the trek at 8.30 am in a group of eight people. Once you have found the gorillas, you will spend a maximum of one hour with them. The trek can take between 3 and 8 hours, depending on where the gorillas have moved to. All visitors are expected back at the starting point by 7:00 pm at the latest. Being physically fit is recommended as the walking can be very long and strenuous, hacking through thick vegetation up and down steep, slippery mountain slopes. Seeing gorillas cannot be guaranteed as they are wild animals which roam extensively through the forest, but it is very unlikely you will fail to see them as guides go out at dawn to locate each family group. For more information, click on: ADVICE FOR GORILLA TREKKING.
Later in the afternoon, you may want to walk to the community to see the crafts made by the locals or visit a children's drama group.
Day 5: Bwindi Forest National Park to Kampala
Set off early to drive back to Kampala a different way, via Mbarara and Masaka, stopping en route at the Equator. You will complete a circular tour of western Uganda.
This is a sample itinerary. We can adjust the route, activities and type of accommodation according to your requirements and budget. Where there is a choice of accommodation available, you can decide whether you want to stay in luxury, mid-range or budget lodges, hotels or guest houses. Click on: HOW TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY.