LAKE BUNYONYI & QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

You begin your journey to a beautiful island in Lake Bunyonyi, the “Lake of the little birds”. It’s one of the most beautiful places of Uganda. Being surrounded by hills, people call it “The Switzerland of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming. On your way to Lake Bunyonyi, you will stop over at the equator in Masaka town.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 7:15 AM for a prompt departure at 7:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Guide Meals
Shelters Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Hiking equipment
Guide gratuity

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 2: Lake Bunyonyi optional activities

Day 3: Bwindi Forest National Park

Day 4: Gorilla tracking

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth national park & Ishasha

Day 6: Game drive & Boat cruise- Kazinga Channel

Day 7: Kibale forest national park

Day 8: Kibale forest national park

Day 9: Drive Back to Kampala

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Day 1

Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Today, our driver guide will pick you up from the Airport or your accommodation and you begin your journey to a beautiful island in Lake Bunyonyi, the “Lake of the little birds”. It’s one of the most beautiful places of Uganda. Being surrounded by hills, people call it “The Switzerland of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming. On your way to Lake Bunyonyi, you will stop over at the equator in Masaka town.

At this point, there are two cement circles marking the equator line and it is worth stopping if you are traveling to Masaka or Kampala for a photo moment. Also watch a demonstration by local entrepreneur on how water swirls in opposite directions in the northern & southern hemispheres at the equator line. Another reason that makes the equator a worthwhile stop are the great shopping bargains. The point has got several craft shops and art galleries run by individuals and organizations. These craft stalls sell souvenirs and handmade products while some with marks talking about the Equator. It will not be inconveniencing if you bought a T-shirt with words ‘I crossed the Ugandan Equator’.

You will sleep at any of the suggested accommodations below according to your budget

  • Accommodation Budget: Bunyonyi over land Resort Furnished Tents
  • Accommodation Midrange: Bunyonyi overland Resort Cottage
  • Accommodation Luxury: Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner
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Day 2

Lake Bunyonyi optional activities

After a relaxed breakfast, you may decide to engage in one or many of the following activities Bird watching, Motor-boat trips with guide, Canoe hire with or without guides, Canoe trekking, Fishing, Safe swimming in the lake, Visiting Hot Springs, Visiting Pygmy community with guide, visiting one of the many Islands among others as you await your journey to Bwindi forest national park the following day

  • Accommodation Budget: Bunyonyi over land Resort Furnished Tents
  • Accommodation Midrange: Bunyonyi overland Resort Cottage
  • Accommodation Luxury: Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 3

Bwindi Forest National Park

Today you embark on your journey to the famous Bwindi Impenetrable forest which lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. This park is mostly famous for the rare mountain gorillas and the drive to the park is incredibly scenic, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills which characterize so much of south western Uganda. Once there, the forest park is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many other 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.

  • Accommodation Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp
  • Accommodation Midrange: Silverback Lodge
  • Accommodation Luxury: Engagi Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4

Gorilla tracking

Today you go to track the rare mountain gorillas. After a briefing from your ranger guide, begin tracking the mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bushbucks.

NB: Don’t forget to carry along your packed lunches.  It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat, rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat and the many species they share it with. Coming face to face with these Gorillas is the most amazing experience you can ever have! You will have a chance to take pictures and enjoy the Gorillas from a close range observing adults feeding, groaning and resting as the youngsters play and move backward and forward in a pleasantly comical demonstration. After a well-earned trip to the gorillas, you will drive back to your lodge for an overnight. You can rest your tired legs and restorative massage, offered from the gorilla tracking experience!

  • Accommodation Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp
  • Accommodation Midrange: Silverback Lodge
  • Accommodation Luxury: Engagi Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5

Queen Elizabeth national park & Ishasha

After breakfast today you embark your on journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2; its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. The park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world as its well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. NB on your journey to Queen Elizabeth National park you will have a game drive through the Ishasha sector part of the park. The Ishasha sector is notably recognized for its resident Tree climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National park. In the southern section of this park, the Lions are now and again spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees whereas the Uganda Kob (which are the major food to these lions) graze in the plains of the Ishasha sector. The Ishasha sector is located near the far most south-western rim of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is not only the most well liked park but also the most traveled to national park within Uganda. The landscape in this section of the magnificent park is considerably different from that found in other parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

  • Accommodation Budget: Bush Lodge Self Contained Tent
  • Accommodation Midrange: Bush Lodge Self-contained Banda
  • Accommodation Luxury: Katara Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 6

Game drive & Boat cruise- Kazinga Channel

After an early breakfast, you go for a long morning game drive at 6.30 a.m. in time to catch up with the early risers & see the sun rise as well. You will search for all the wildlife in the park; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc. After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari you do a game drive back to the lodge.

  • Accommodation Budget: Bush Lodge Self Contained Tent
  • Accommodation Midrange: Bush Lodge Self-contained Banda
  • Accommodation Luxury: Katara Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 7

Kibale forest national park

Today after breakfast, you proceed to Kibale forest national park, The Park is a home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee

On your arrival in the afternoon after lunch, you proceed for a swamp walk; your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the Great Blue Turaco! Where better to capture the thrill of a howling black and white colobus or to listen to the wood owl calling his partner, than from the comfort of a spacious, en-suite tent? Kibale Forest Camp offers this unique classic canvas experience in the form of 10 African safari style tents. Complemented by excellent food and service it forms your perfect base to explore the area. Expect a green, lush environment, birds and butterflies, forestsmells and sounds… In short a place to unwind from the concrete jungle”

  • Accommodation Budget: Kibale Forest Camp lazy Camping
  • Accommodation Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp Tent
  • Accommodation Luxury: Primate Lodge Tent Kibale
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 8

Kibale forest national park

Either in the morning or afternoon you start your journey to the chimpanzees. The experienced Uganda wildlife ranger takes you chimp tracking. Chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided walks start at 8am and 2pm and last an average of three hours, depending on various factors. Beside the chimps, thirteen species can be sought, and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered during your trek to the chimpanzees today, in the morning or afternoon (depending on the time for chimp tracking) you have a crater-lake hike.

  • Accommodation Budget: Kibale Forest Camp Lazy camping
  • Accommodation Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp Tent
  • Accommodation Luxury: Primate lodge Tent Kibale
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 9

Drive Back to Kampala:

After breakfast (Inclusive), drive back to Kampala with a stopover for en-route lunch (not Inclusive), your guide drops you back at either your accommodation (Kampala/Entebbe) or at Entebbe Airport for your late evening flight.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
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