Gorilla habituation safari and game viewing wildlife safaris are one way to have the best of a safari out of Uganda. This 5 days is a best Uganda safari experience which will give you an opportune moment to be with the Gorilla’s for about 4 hours on a Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With nearly half of the world’s Mountain Gorillas (about 450 individuals) the gorilla trekking park is a world class safari destination recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Gorilla habituation experience is one of the best Uganda safaris -an astounding wildlife experience where you get to be behind the scene process of getting the gorillas used to human presence.
You will also have the best Uganda safari moments, as you explore the golden-yellow savannas of Queen Elizabeth, the park is a premier destination for game viewing and best photography safaris Africa with the tree climbing Lions of Ishasha sector offering remarkable scenes, while the Mweya Peninsular and Katwe are known for hosting an assortment of wildlife.
Note: On your day of arrival for this gorilla habituation and game viewing wildlife safari, you will be met and received by our guide at Entebbe International Airport and be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. A complementary city tour can be done depending on your time of arrival and how you may be feeling. Overnight (o/n): Sheraton Hotel (Luxury) /Cassia lodge (Midrange)/ Speke Hotel (Basic): Bed & Breakfast
Day 01: Departure to Queen Elizabeth National Park [Approximately 5 hour drive]
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel in Kampala, you are to be picked by our Uganda safaris guide and board off to Queen Elizabeth via the beautiful Kampala- Fort Portal route spread with evergreen rolling tea estates. Continue with the drive to the park and check-in at your accommodation where dinner and overnight will be, you will have a lunch break in Fort Portal town.
Meal Plan: Half Board [HB]. Overnight: Kyambura Gorge lodge (Premium) or Elephant Plains lodge (Luxury) or Buffalo Safari lodge (Midrange) or Simba Safari Camp (Basic).
Day 02: Game drive and launch cruise
Today after breakfast, hit the savannas to lookout for mammals and other species frequenting the plains. Circuits through Kasenyi reward you with Buffalo herds, Warthogs, African Elephants, and Antelopes among others. These may be opportune moments to spot Lions plan their morning hunt, as the early grazers come to feed on the fresh grass. After lunch, head for a boat cruise along the famous Kazinga channel jam-packed with wildlife especially Hippopotamus. Expect to see wildlife along the shores.
Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]: Overnight: Kyambura Gorge lodge (Premium) or Elephant Plains lodge (Luxury) or Buffalo Safari lodge (Midrange) or Simba Safari Camp (Basic).
Day 03: Ishasha Game drive and transfer to Bwindi National Park [Approx. 3hours]
After breakfast, transfer to the remote but famous Ishasha sector in the south of the park known for its resident tree climbing Lions where you will have a game drive for a chance to see the kings of the savanna plains lying in tree branches keeping a close watch on their prey or as they plan their hunt on the ground. Later continue with the drive to Bwindi onward to the lodge, check-in and dinner will be here.
Meal Plan: Full Board [FB]: Overnight: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Luxury-Mid-range) or Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Basic).
Day 04: Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Start your day with an early breakfast at the lodge, transfer with packed lunch boxes to the registration area, where you receive briefing from the gorilla habituation guide then, enter the forested depths of Bwindi and start off your gorilla habituation experience. The forest is home to a number of species like birds, mammals and other primates that you may encounter. The gorilla habituation experience lasts the entire day and once you find the gorillas, you will have about 4 hours in their presence. After the activity, retreat to the start point and drive off back to the lodge.
Meal Plan: Full Board [FB], Overnight: Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Luxury-Mid-range) or Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Basic).
Day 05: Transfer back to Kampala/ Entebbe airport [Approx. 8hours drive]
Checkout after breakfast and leave early for Kampala. You will break-off at Igongo Country hotel for lunch and a cultural tour at Igongo museum. You will sign off your gorilla habituation experience and game Uganda safari with a stop at the Equator for a simple water tryout, some Kodak moments and souvenir shopping. Continue with the journey, on arrival, you will either be dropped at the hotel or be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch. End of Safari
*Gorilla Habituation permit per person *Park entrance fees *All activity fees unless labeled as optional *Professional English Speaking guide/driver *Ground Transportation in 4X4 safari vehicle (Van for Basic or Midrange & Land cruiser for luxury or premium) *Round trip Airport or Hotel transfers *Drinking mineral water in the car *Meals as the itinerary describes *Personal Hand Sanitizer while on Safari
*Tourist Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request) *Pre & Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request] *Airline tickets [arranged on request] *Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature *Travel insurance.