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Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari
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For many people travelling to Uganda, mountain gorilla trekking is the biggest attraction and prime experience however, the country also offers a lot more in terms of wildlife and environment. This will surely become your favorite due to its culture, friendly people and laid-back feel.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest- the rainforest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. Due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty it was declared a UNESCO World heritage site. It is home to an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes.

  2. Queen Elizabeth National Park- famous for “The Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha”. An exceptional experience to spot many of them sleeping up on the Acacia and fig trees. It is supposed that this type of lions climb trees as a way of protecting themselves against the numerous biting tsetse flies on the ground level, whereas other people claim the they actually climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze; nonetheless the reason why they climb up into the tree branches remains unknown.

Itinerary Details

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Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Itinerary
  • Met on arrival at Entebbe airport, escorted to the Domestic departure section, assisted with check in for your domestic flight to Bwindi. Depart Entebbe in the afternoon (departure timings can be flexible to suit guests’ convenience). You will be met by the lodge driver/guide on arrival at Bwindi and be driven to the lodge which is an hour ‘s journey, driving through villages. Lunch at the lodge, leisure till evening. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge. Optional activity-Pygmy trail experience (D, B)

  • At 06:00 Hours have a cheerful cup of coffee in preparation for the most interesting activity in the world. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Packed lunch will be provided. Dinner and accommodation at the Lodge. (B, PL, D)

  • After breakfast, leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing lions and multitude of animals. Keep an eye out for game and nice views of the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of Hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted. Meals and overnight accommodation at the Lodge. (B, L, D)

  • After an early morning rise, and a cup of your favourite beverage, embark on a morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queen’s mile in the park and keep a watch out for Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Warthogs, Leopard, Hyena, Mongoose, Waterbuck, Ugandan Kob, and lots of the many small animals and birds. After the game drive return to the Lodge for breakfast. Time for leisure. Lunch and afternoon game drive. Overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D)

  • After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight back home. (B)

Activities

  1. Gorilla Trek

  2. Game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park

  3. Boat Safari


Possible Extensions

  1. Chimpanzee Trekking

  2. Walking Safari

  3. Pygmy Batwa trail Experience


What’s Included

  1. Domestic flight from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi National park and return flight from Mweya Safari Lodge to Entebb

  2. 2 nights full board accommodation at Silverback lodge

  3. Permits for Gorilla trekking

  4. 2 nights full board accommodation

  5. 2 nights park entrance fees for Queen Elizabeth National

  6. Boat safari experience

  7. 2 game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park

  8. Airstrip and road transfers & Game drives in a 4x4


Things to Carry

  1. T-Shirts & Shirt with long sleeves for protection from the sun and from mosquitoes.

  2. Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long-sleeved shirt.

  3. Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket for game drives or if you are going to the western or eastern mountainous areas

  4. Comfortable walking shoes, waterproof hiking or walking boots or shoes with treaded soles

  5. Sunglasses, hat, insect repellent - essentials!

  6. Binoculars and a camera are a must

  7. Tracksuit - good for sleeping when in the mountains

  8. Light, compact raincoat is vital for Uganda's rainy climate

  9. Swimsuit, as most hotels/lodges have swimming pools

  10. Towel, torch and sleeping bag for camping/hiking safari

  11. Sunscreen, a sun hat, a breathable lightweight rain poncho or parka with a rain hat

  12. First Aid Kit: including anti-diarrhea medicine, re-hydration sachets, aspirin, cold medication, antiseptic cream, band-aids, mo


Testimonials

I met Bhavana at a common social event and instantly she came across as a humble human being to me...Gradually we became friends! We did over 7-8 trips (to include Lake Naivasha, Mt. Kenya, Diani, Dolphin safari, Samburu & Aberdare) through her in the last few years and every time I knew that this would be one great memory since we just went with a vacation mode on and Bhavna took care of absolutely everything else. Her meticulous planning considering even the choices of any family’s little ones too just make u feel so at home at any lodging or any transportation modes that u take! Being a friend I know this fact that before she arranges any trip she herself makes sure that she visits the places or at least has all the details with her right from the room allotments, cuisine that is served, right to the quality of towels in the bathrooms. Would like to mention just one thing here to sum up that with Bhavana taking care of your travel plans you definitely get a rejuvenating well deserved break!!!!
Bhavna is now a great friend. Over the years I have booked many Safaris and other Leisure trips through her and she has never ever failed me. Being a passionate wildlife photographer myself, Its important for me to stay and go to places that suit my requirements and Bhavna would always know the best for me. However, she would also remember always that I would travel with my family (wife and 2 kids) so she would also ensure that the location and stay were comfortable and enjoyable even for the kids. Another important thing that I must appreciate about Bhavna. Unlike many tour operators who are only bothered about the bill value, she would always suggest ways and means to save unnecessary costs. I have always referred Bhavna to many of my friends who have traveled to Kenya/East Africa and they have always come back really happy and satisfied. Our itineraries are always very well planned. Customized to suite specific needs, Sensitive about cost not compromising on quality. When one travels outside one’s country, one needs to depend upon his/her tour operator to guide him/her well. That’s exactly what I have always experienced while finalizing my travel itinerary with Bhavna. She will always recommend what’s best and explain the local nuances of the country and the place one is visiting. I have enjoyed every single aspect of my trips however being able to experience the wildlife of Africa and being able to capture those unbelievable moments through my lenses is definitely extra special. The quality of guides during an African Safari are most critical, they are the ones who would always be there with you from when you are picked up and then dropped back at the hotel or Airport after the trip. Thus, they are your driver and also your wildlife expert. Again, another experience that I have no complaints about with Bhavna. They are always friendly, cheerful, patient with kids and keen wildlife lovers. Before even we start the travel, all possible local nuances, possible hazards (bad roads, etc) were always informed in advance. Important things like Park fees, etc which require to be paid on the spot are also explained well in advance. Luckily, we didn’t have any bad experiences. Of-course when you travel such remote destinations, there could be some issue like food being very different and not to your palate, or an occasional puncture, etc but that’s a part of the adventure and one must embrace it. I have mostly travelled with Family and friends; they have all enjoyed equally. When you go for Safaris with little kids (I am taking mine since the time my younger daughter was 4 and the elder one 10) there are times when they get bored or tired, thus it’s important to also stay in camps/hotels where there is enough to keep the kids busy - Swimming pool, games area, etc. Bhavna would always ensure that she books places that would suit my kids. Overall my experience – Brilliant so far.

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