Day 1 Welcome to Uganda
When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be picked up by our guide/driver who will transfer you to your hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Distance from airport to hotel:5 minutes
Hotel options:Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe
Day 2 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth for safari
After breakfast, you will embark on a five-hour journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, 420 kilometres southwest of the capital Kampala.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is every traveler’s dream destination when it comes to incredible wildlife viewing – with each and every sighting unique and memorable.
Spread across 2,500 square kilometres along the eastern shore of Lake Edward, the park has incredible sightings of Cape buffalos going at each other at a waterhole, magnificent elephant herds towering over the landscape, as well as the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha that give visitors the proverbial death stare. Lions aside, the Ishasha sector of the park also plays host to topis, Uganda kobs and Cape buffalos.
You will be a guest at the majestic Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of the park. Here you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the park and the Rwenzori Mountains – with most peaks dotted with giant candelabra euphoria trees – as well as the sounds of lions roaring in a distance as you fed off to sleep.
Distance from Entebbe:5 hours
Hotel options:Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 3 Game drive &boat safari
On Day 3 you’ll wake up early for a morning game drive. After a light breakfast, you’ll head out in the wild just in time to see the first rays of the sun. Queen Elizabeth National Park harbours a whopping 95 species of mammals, including 5,000 hippos, 3,000 elephants, more than 10,000 cape buffaloes, as well as 619 species of birds – the most significant concentration of bird species in a single protected area in entire East Africa.
Kyambura Gorge, located on the northeastern side of the park, is an abode for lions, leopards, African finfoots, chimpanzees and black bee-eaters.
After the morning game drive, you’ll return to the hotel for lunch and a bit of relaxation ahead of the afternoon boat ride along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Edward with Lake George. The boat ride will offer you the most epic game viewing in the park – sightings of thousands of hippos, buffalo, elephant as well as multitudes of fish-eating birds.
After the boat ride you will return to the hotel where you’ll spend the evening relaxing.
Hotel options:Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 4 Tree-climbing lions of Ishasha
Today will probably be the highlight of your Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari. After breakfast, you will head out for a game drive to the Ishasha plains on your way out of the park.
Ishasha’s fig trees are a hideout for lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting prey, especially Uganda Kob. During the game drive, you’ll see some lions perched high on tree branches. Buffalo, topi and the Uganda Kob are some of the other animals you’re likely to see during this game drive.
Today’s lunch will be served at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, after which you’ll be driven to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the iconic mountain gorillas.
The journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will reward you with views of the vast Rift Valley escarpment, Kazinga Channel, Lake George, Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
Distance from Queen Elizabeth National Park:2 hours
Hotel options: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 5 Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 5 marks the highlight and end of your trip to Uganda. The ecologically diverse Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only national park in the world which harbours both the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
About 113 mammal species, more than 200 butterfly species, five primate species and 360 species of birds also call this forest home. But you’re here primarily for the iconic gorillas so today’s focus will be tracking one of the nine habituated gorilla families.
It can take between two to seven hours to locate the gorillas, depending on how lucky you are today. But once they are found, you will only be allowed to be with them for a maximum of one hour to avoid stressing them. Still, coming face-to-face with mankind’s closest relatives is a spellbinding, humbling and memorable experience – the most perfect way to wrap up your trip to the Pearl of Africa.
Hotel options:Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Day 6 Depart from Bwindi to Kihihi Airstrip, then to Entebbe
After breakfast in the morning, you’ll be driven to the nearby Kihihi Airstrip for your domestic flight to Entebbe International Airport from where you’ll catch your international flight.