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bwindi 5 days


Express Gorilla Trek Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Safari and Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

Early in the morning set off for Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. The park is situated in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley. It is 331sq km and on an altitude of 1160m (Ishasha gorge) 2607m (Rwamunyonyi peak). This safari will take a minimum of eight hours.The drive takes you through the grasslands of Ankole, a common sight is the famous long-horned cattle; then to the highlands of kigezi with their beautifully terraced hills. Break off for lunch at a hotel in Kabale. Continue with the journey through beautiful scenery where you will be able to see the volcanic Virungas on a clear day. Arrive in Bwindi National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, there are a wide variety of primates to see including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it. You will check in at Buhoma homestead or Community bandas, for dinner and overnight. The Homestead is a mini resort inside a thick forest providing clean accommodation with cold and warm showers, flushing toilets and solar power lighting. While the community bandas offer basic services. 

After breakfast set off early with your guide to track the gorillas. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each encounter is different and has it’s own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink. Have dinner and over night at Buhoma Homestead or Community bandas. 

After breakfast, depart northwards for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and arrive in time for an evening game drive to the crater area for an out standing scenery of the rich grassland set deep into volcanic craters and where you are able to view some wildlife. The park boasts of a variety of big game like; lions, buffaloe, kobs, elephants, bushbucks, and the rare occasional leopard. Have dinner and over night at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Camp/Hostel on the peninsular overlooking Lake Edward and the lush Kazinga channel. 

Rise before the sun and drive to Kyambura Gorge for a thrilling Chimpanzee safari. The gorge is the natural home of habituated chimpanzees. Your guided walk may last three to five hours and in addition to seeing the chimps, the trip may yield sightings of the colobus monkeys, baboons, red tailed and velvet monkeys, and other primates. It is important to note that the chimpanzee safari is subject to availability of permits and good weather because occasional flooding can make the trails impassable. After lunch, drive to the dock on the channel for an afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George. It is a waterway that is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, which can be seen at the banks. There are also a rich variety of birds on the channel. Retire to the lodge for dinner and over night. 

Before sunrise go for the early morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bushbuck, water buck and stripped jackal, and of-course the several warthogs. Visit the Katwe saline (Katwe explosions) to see how salt is mined locally and its different grades. You learn the participation of the local people, especially the women, in salt mining and the relationship between the park Authorities and the local community in the area. Return to Kampala with lunch enroute. Along the route you will see banana plantations, Ankole longhorned cattle and several elands along Lake Mburo area. Stop over at the Equator in Masaka, Coffee plantation and the drum makers at Mpambire before proceeding to Kampala.

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