PGS-LNG-002: 8 Days Wildlife, Sightseeing and Gorilla Safari (Lake Mburo, Bunyonyi, Bwindi and QE)
This long 8 days safari will take you through lake Mburo national park, visit lake Bunyonyi for sightseeing and boat ride, continue to Bwindi to track Gorillas, drive to Ishasha famous for tree climbing lions and other game and sightseeing in Queen Elizabeth National park, this safari starts and ends from Entebbe International airport.
Day 1: Airport pick up!
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at the Entebbe International Airport; he will then transfer you to Kampala. Kampala is approximately 40 Kms from the airport, upon reaching Kampala he will drive you to check in at your preferred Hotel, dinner and overnight. There are several Hotel that can be used including Kampala Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Hotel Kampala for luxury, Hotel Africana/ Imperial Royal for Upmarket, Speak Hotel or Hotel Triangle for Middle. Tourist Hotel or Makerere University Guest House for Budget options, dinner and overnight
Day 2: Kampala to Lake Mburo NP.
In the morning after your early breakfast, your driver who doubles as your guide as well will pick you from your hotel/residence in Kampala/Entebbe to drive you to the western part of the country to Lake Mburo national park, will have a stopover on the way at the equator for snap shootings and thereafter continue and enter the park through Nsala gate which is 13kms passed Lyantonde town, Lake Mburo national park is a 4 Hours drive from Kampala and small as it is, its endowed with a variety of wildlife species including the 68 different mammal species with the common ones including the zebras, impalas, buffaloes, elads as well as some predators like leopards and hyenas. The Park has also got 315 species of birds including the rare shoe bill stork, papyrus warbler, saddle billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, tabora, ground hone bill among others, do a game drive in the park.
In the evening will go for a boat ride on the lake, boat rides on the lake during the the 2-hour voyage will allow you to watch crocodile and hippopotamus as well as different bird species including pelicans, heron, cormorant and fish eagle and perhaps even the rare shoebill stork. After this will drive to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Mburo national Park to Lake Bunyonyi.
In the morning, will do Guided walks explore the park around Rwonyo, culminating in a visit to a natural salt lick frequented by wildlife. Viewing is facilitated by a timber observation platform, or will do another game drive as you drive to check out of the park, will drive through the Sanga continue driving to the south western Uganda to lake Bunyonyi with lunch stopover in Mbarara Town for Lunch, upon arrival will check in at your lodge dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi to Bwindi NP.
Lake Bunyonyi is about 20kms long and 7kms wide with a depth of about 900 m, making it the second deepest lake in Africa, this deep lake is surrounded by heavily terraced hill slides, the lake has over 29 islands including the Punishment, bushara, Bwama and Njuyeera (Sharp's Island), ucuranuka = Upside Down among others. As its name suggests, lake Bunyonyi, ‘Bunyonyi” actually means small/little birds, thus being called the lake for little birds, there are several bird species that have already been identifies in the area. In the morning after breakfast will go for a boat ride around those islands, enjoying the scenic view of the terraced hills, spotting the birds. In the afternoon, after lunch will transfer to Bwindi Forest national park, check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking
In the morning after breakfast and with your packed lunch will be driven to the park headquarters for briefing and allocation of guide before starting on this life time adventure, Registration and believing starts at 0745 local time and at 08.30 start on the adventure. Time taken while tracking gorillas ranges from a few hours to a whole day depending on the movement of these gentle giants, have awesome time with these gorillas for an hour when you meet, after you have enjoyed this time, taking photographs you will be directed and will trace back to your starting point thereafter will meet your guide who will drive you to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Before you come for Gorilla tracking prepare your jungle shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes and carry rain jackets because the forest is a tropical forest thus you cannot rule out the fact that it can shower any time in the day, thus you need this jacket to protect your equipments like cameras for example, carry sunscreen lotion and insect repellant.
Day 6: Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth national Park.
In the morning after breakfast will depart this area for Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, Ishasha sector is characterized by Diverse habitats, including the Ishasha River, savanna woodland, and the marshy Lake Edward flats support a variety of wildlife including Ishasa's famous tree climbing lions and rare Shoebill stork, do agame drive around this area thereafter continue driving to the mweya peninsular, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Game Drive and Launch Cruise
Early morning game drive in the park to catch up with the early risers, Queen Elizabeth national Park hosts 95 mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds include elephants, cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, lion, leopard and hyena, after this game drive will return to your lodge for resting.
After lunch you will go for a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel, The 40m-long channel that connects lake george to lake Edward provides the park’s prime wildlife spectacles. Its shoreline attracts large numbers of birds, mammals and reptiles year round. After this launch cruise you will be driven to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Kyambura back to Kampala:
In the morning after breakfast will check out of the lodge and you will be driven to Kyambura Gorge for chimp tracking, in this gorge you will also be able to see some other primates like monkeys, baboon among other after this you will drive back to Kampala may decide to take the southern route via Mbarara or continue and pass through Fort portal and Mubende, arrival will be in the afternoon, drop you at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe/ or at the airport. End of safari.