5 days Gorilla Tracking and wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park, gorilla tracking is mainly done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park in south western Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and further south west with the Mgahinga National Park bordering Congo and Rwanda. The two day gorilla trek package is designed mainly for the adventure travelers going to Bwindi National Park, and queen Elizabeth national park gives chance to interact with wildlife in it’s natural state
Day 1: Arrive in Uganda via Entebbe Airport
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport picked by our company representative or driver/guide will welcome then transfer you to Bwindi National park for overnight stay at a hotel or lodge in either Buhoma, Rushaga or the Nkuringo section.
Have breakfast in the morning then be picked up by the driver guide at 8am and taken for a briefing moment on ways and procedures taken during the gorilla tracking Moment the safari drive will go to either Buhoma, Rushaga or the Nkuringo section for a great view of the misty Bwindi.
Gorilla tracking usually starts at 8:30AM with the help of armed ranger guides and porters for those who wish to be helped with carrying their large cameras and bags. This help however comes at an added fee of $15-20 US dollars for the entire trek.
The tracking time and exact moment to view the gorillas cannot be guaranteed as all this depends on where the gorillas last fed from the previous evening and how fast or energetic the trackers are.
Viewing and spotting gorillas can take about one hour then have an hour in the forest to take your packed lunch. After the successful trek, return to the park’s headquarters for a gorilla graduation ceremony where a certificate confirming ones participation in the Gorilla tracking is given.
These are some of the Gorilla tracking guidelines one should observe when tracking;
Day 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Wake up at 6.00 am. Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival, check-in at the Bush Lodge and enjoy a late lunch, relax at the lodge and later go on an evening game drive. The game drive will take you to the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Kasenyi track in search for the rare tree climbing lions, hyenas, buffaloes, leopard, water buck, bush bucks, Uganda Kob plus many bird species like the ibis, fish eagles and vultures. Retire to the lodge and have dinner and overnight stay.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Have a morning game drive, boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
Wake up at 6.00 then head to the balloon launch spot. Once there lift off at dawn for safari that lasts 2 hours. Admire herds of buffalo, elephants as seen from above. View beautiful crater lakes here you rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the wind takes you. Fly high above the trees and hills to enjoy many great photo opportunities of scenery and wildlife below. Have breakfast in the bush right after the balloon safari then have lunch and embark on a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel a natural channel that connects Lakes George and Edward and have a great view of wildlife like elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes and large numbers of birds like eagles, kingfishers, eaglets converging at the channel waters. Return back to the lodge for dinner and retire for the next day.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Drive to Kampala via Ishasha & departure
Have breakfast then transfer to Kampala via the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is called Ishasha and home to the famous tree-climbing lions. On arrival in the Ishasha area, search for the famous and unique tree-climbing lions and if it is a hot day, be sure to find them atop the sycamore fig trees or the acacia trees that dominate this part of the park. There are about 4 Prides of lions in the area numbering more than 40 in total. Look out for the males with their black mane, which is a notable attribute. Plus about 1000+ elephants present in the area. There are also Topi and Uganda Kob antelopes in large numbers. Travelling via the Mbarara – Kabale road, you will arrive in Mbarara in time for lunch. On your way to Kampala via Masaka, have a stop-over at the Equator Crossing, where the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves passes. Take some photo shoots and purchase some souvenirs then be dropped off at Entebbe International airport in time for you to check-in and departure. Lunch will be had along the way.