9 Days Gorilla and Wildlife safari
1.Arrival at Entebbe Int. Airport where our guide picks you up and drives you to our guest houses. Check in and relax from the journey as you prefer for the adventure days ahead
2.LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
We start early in the morning for a transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Refresh yourself with a swim in the pool upon arrival and enjoy lunch on Rwakobo Rock with scenic fews on the Ugandan grassland. If you are not too tired and prefer to relax at the pool we recommend to join us for a bike ride through Lake Mburo national park when the sun starts setting. We’ll see zebras, antelopes, baboons, long-horn cattle.. all from a very close range!
3.EXPLORE LAKE BUNYONYI
We leave early again and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda near the Rwandan border with a stopover in Kabale. Kabale is located higher up the hills at almost 2,000m above sea level and hence enjoys more moderate temperatures year round.
We continue to our lodges – expect astonishing views from the terrace on the picturesque Lake Bunyonyi. Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is one of the country’s top natural treasures. It’s framed by lush, green-terraced hills, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical. After lunch, you can either relax, explore the neighborhood on a quad bike or go bird watching. The word “Bunyonyi” in local language means “birds” and yes, you guessed right – because the lake is home to a extremely broad range of bird species!
4.BOAT TOUR TO THE ISLANDS
After a hearty breakfast, we get on traditional Ugandan wooden boats and paddle to one of the islands where we enjoy lunch. The island features a small adventure park including a Ziplining facility across the lake. We invite everyone to give it a go or just swim in the lake and sunbathe. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!
After a refreshing day at the lake, we transfer later in the afternoon to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check into our to get ready for the big day to follow.
5.GORILLAS IN THE MIST
After an early breakfast, we get a briefing by the park rangers. We then begin our gorilla trek in the densely forested landscape of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There are 3 different choices for gorilla trekking; short, medium and long. The long trek is roughly up to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. For anyone physically in good shape we recommend the long one.
Gorillas are an endangered species – unfortunately, and there are only ~720 gorillas left in the wilderness. Only very few people get the chance every year to connect with them in their natural habit. It’s a truly unique experience to see these magnificent animals just a few meters away! We have packed lunch on the jungle trek and return to our lodge to relax late afternoon
6.QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive down the hills from Rushaga is packed with impressions and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Drive by local farmers, picturesque African villages and pass through postcard-like valleys nestled in the hilly landscape. Refresh yourself in the pool after checking in the lodge and enjoy the views over Queen Elizabeth National Park. Later in the afternoon, go for a walk through the communities and get an impression of the Ugandan life followed by an evening game drive.
7.QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Today’s program is discovering Queen Elizabeth National Park – both from boat and by jeep. We expect to see lions, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many more at a close range.We shall a boat cruise at 2pm which ends around 4pm, we will visit the local salt lakes and get an introduction to another piece of Ugandan day to day life.
8.GRAZE THE EQUATOR & FINAL DANCE
After breakfast, we will take you to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for lunch. You can find here plenty of shops to buy souvenirs and gifts to take home for friends and family. We check into our guest house in Kampala late afternoon. Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital and offers a lot of culture and nightlife. If you are not too tired from the journey, I would love to invite you for a farewell dinner at Ndere cultural centre with cultural shows and a buffet full of authentic local food.
After a final local Ugandan breakfast, board your plane back home equipped with plenty of great memories and lots of stories to tell.