Arrive in Entebbe (early), be picked up from the airport/hotel, and transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
We hope your flight is scheduled to arrive in Entebbe early (before 10 a.m.). Your safari will begin at Entebbe International Airport, where you will be met by your assigned driver-guide before departing for Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda's most popular tourist destinations.
The park contains diverse ecosystems that are home to a variety of wildlife species, including ten primate species (including chimps), over 600 bird species, and classic big game. You will stop for lunch en route, then continue into the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving late afternoon (evening) and doing nothing but checking into your accommodation and relaxing.
Irungu Safari Lodge (Budget Level) | Meals: Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approximately 7 hours
Early morning chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge, followed by an afternoon (evening) game drive.
Get up early, eat breakfast, and then head to the Kyambura gorge for chimp tracking. The gorge is home to habituated Chimpanzees, as well as other primates such as baboons, monkeys, and bird species. You'll spend the first part of the day tracking chimps here. After that, return to your lodging for some rest and lunch. After lunch, go game viewing in the afternoon (evening) and look for Cape buffalos, elephant herds, lions, leopards (though difficult to spot), and other animals.
Alternatively, you could take a 2-hour boat trip (at an additional cost of USD 30 per person) on the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lakes George and Edward. The sight of wildlife such as giant hippos, elephants, and crocodiles will fascinate you during the trip. At the water's edge, you'll also see a wide variety of birds. Return to your lodging for relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.
Irungu Safari Lodge (Budget Level) | Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi, stopping in Ishasha for game viewing.
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is famous for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chances of seeing these lions are about 70%, though they can be difficult to spot at times (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). I hope you get a chance to see them; the sight will be breathtaking!
Continue your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With a long day ahead of you, you will do little on arrival except check into your accommodation and relax before your Bwindi gorilla trekking adventure the next day.
Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget Level) | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | Drive Time: 5-6 hours
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park followed by a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sightseeing.
After breakfast, proceed to the rangers' post. During the trek, you will be briefed (by a ranger guide) on the dos and don'ts. Following that, you will enter the Bwindi Forest to begin your adventure.
This rain forest is breathtakingly beautiful! The area has a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is extremely dense, but it is crisscrossed by numerous animal trails that allow tourists access. The time and terrain vary according to the movements of these great primates. You will be allowed an hour in the presence of a gorilla group once you have located one. Spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is an unforgettable experience. Return to your lodging, check out, and take a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is surrounded by lush, green-terraced hills that rise to a height of 2,000 meters (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.
Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort(Mid-range Level) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 2-3 hours
Depart Bunyonyi and return to Entebbe International Airport for your flight home.
You will enjoy a leisurely breakfast with a spectacular view of the Bunyonyi small islands right in front of you. After that, you'll hit the road to return to Entebbe (arriving late afternoon/evening) for your flight out. We hope to see you (or any referral) when you return, and thank you for visiting Home to Africa!
Accommodation: Available upon request | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch | Driving Time: Approximately 8 hours