Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable Safari Over View
Uganda is the pearl of Africa a landlocked country of which most of its region is ever green. Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa with equatorial rain forest, an ideal habitat for mountain gorillas which are endangered animals. Today there are only an estimated 650 mountain gorillas remaining, half of which are located in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda. The park has been designated a world heritage site. Below are safaris itinerary that one can undertake in Uganda. Contact us for a quote or a tailor made itinerary.
Four Days Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day One: Kampala - Queen Elizabeth N/P
Depart from Kampala and head south west to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a brief stop over at the Equator for a photo session, and then proceed with a game en route following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. After lunch do a game drive in the park which has a high population of game and abundant birdlife. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth N/P - Bwindi Impenetrable
Have an early breakfast and do a game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park for a chance to see Lions, Elephants, buffalos, Warthogs, leopards, hyenas and birdlife. Return to the lodge and depart with picnic lunch to Bwindi Impenetrable via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector arriving late afternoon. Dinner and over night at the lodge/banda.
Day Three: Bwindi Impenetrable
After an early breakfast, report to the ranger station for registration and briefing and then proceed to the gorilla sanctuary. Start the tracking through the undergrowth and parting thick creepers. The afternoon has option of either taking a guided walk on the Munyanga River trail, which is an ideal short walk or take a guided village walk to see how Ugandan's leave. Later return to the lodge/banda for dinner and overnight.
Day Four: Bwindi Impenetrable - Kampala
After breakfast, depart; you will be driven to Kampala with great memories of and moments spent with the fascinating mountain Gorillas. You will have a stopover in Mbarara for lunch. Drop-off to your respective accommodation in Kampala or transfer to the Airport to catch your flight to your next destination.
Gorilla Tracking Pricing Includes:
- Transport to and from Kampala.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Camping fees.
- Services of an English speaking gorilla tracking guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Gorilla Tracking Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres (764 sq mi), of which, about 17% lies in Kasese District, 50% in Bushenyi District and an estimated 33% lies in Rukungiri District. The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, and includes the Kazinga Channel that connects the two lakes.
The park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and was established in 1954. QENP is known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War. Many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees; it is now home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area.
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe, from which salt is extracted. The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest and borders Kigezi Game Reserve, Kyambura Game Reserve and Kibale National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low altitude) sector is rich in species of the Guineo-Congolian flora. These include two species internationally recognised as endangered, Brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world's population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.