This 5-days best of uganda in queen elizabeth national park and bwindi impenetrable national safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 720 mountain gorillas. Bwindi Forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, and the scenic allure of stunning hills. You will have the experience of a lifetime watching at close range these majestic apes as they feed and relax and protecting their families . Before crossing to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a great game viewing experience and boat cruise on kazinga channel home to over 200 bird species and also with high concertation of hippos compared to other areas. queen Elizabeth national park is home to over 600 bird species and over 75 mammal species so it ideally place for both your wildlife game drive safari and birding safari for bird lovers.
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kampala-Masaka road (7 hours drive). En route, make a stopover at the equator for photography and Mbarara for lunch. Later, you’ll be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is roughly a 3 hours drive from Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise along Kazinga Channel
In the morning, enjoy a game drive to the northern sector of the park–Kasenyi plains in search of leopards and lions. As you drive along Kasenyi tracks, expect to encounter big herds of elephants, buffalos, Uganda kobs, warthogs, Defassa waterbucks, bushbucks and giant forest hogs among others. Return to the lodge for a hot lunch before undertaking a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel at 2:00 pm. The launch experience will bring you closer to big herds of elephants, hippos and a plethora of migrant and endemic birds among others. At 6:00 pm, return to the lodge for your dinner and relaxation
DAY 3: ISHASHA – BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast at 8:00 am, transfer to Ishasha the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree-climbing lions. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Mweya to Ishasha Gate. At 10:00 am, lions begin climbing fig trees as they seek shelter in the tree branches from the scorching sunshine and relax after a night and morning feast on the antelopes.
At 1:00 o’clock, transfer to Savannah Hotel for a hot lunch and later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an evening Batwa (Pygmies) community walk.
DAY 4: GORILLA TRACKING ADVENTURE
Wake up very early in the morning for your breakfast and then hike to the park headquarters, which is a few meters from your lodge for a briefing by the park ranger before commencing the gorilla trek at 8:30 am. Gorilla tracking is a strenuous exercise but is ranked the most rewarding wildlife experience. The time taken to encounter these apes ranges from an hour to several hours depending on their movement in the jungle.
DAY 5 : TRANSFER BACK TO ENTEBBE FOR DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport in Entebbe for the departure with stop en-route at Uganda equator line monument