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5 DAYS TO THE MEDLEY OF WONDERS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND GORILLA TRACKING

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The 5 days’ vacation takes you to Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Queen Elizabeth is the most popular park in Uganda, proven by the number of travelers visiting each year. It was named after the queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, after her visit to the park in 1952. The park has the most diverse habitats making it a home to numerous bird species life, animal, insect, reptiles and amphibians and mammals. It is famous for its tree-climbing lions in Ishasha, crater lakes, forested gorges, Savannah plains, swamps, rivers, and the beautiful Kazinga channel – home to an abundance of wildlife. Then you will drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable National park via Ishasha for gorilla tracking. Bwindi is a UNESCO world heritage site, it hosts half of Mountain gorillas in the world and have a variety and unique birdlife

Itinerary

Day 1Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

After breakfast, we shall leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park –the medley of wonders located in south western Uganda. The trip to Queen Elizabeth will give you opportunities to see remarkable landscapes and scenery in Uganda’s countryside. You will pass agricultural fields of different people working or seated by the stalls of crafts or fresh fruits and vegetable markets, you can request your guide to stop and you taste the tropical organic fruits. You will have a stopover at the Equator monument experiencing life in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. You will have Lunch at Igongo cultural centre – the home of Ankole culture.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 2Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and embark on a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National park. Enjoy an ultimate safari experience- with a highest biodiversity of any protected area in East Africa. The tour guide will pick you from the lodge and you start the early morning game drive exploring the park in the Kasenyi plains searching for predators and grazers on a game drive in safari cars. Return to the lodge for lunch after which you will take a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward and Lake George. A lot of wildlife converge along the channel to drink and beat the heat. This offers an excellent opportunity for a relaxed wildlife viewing moments of Hippos, Buffaloes, Elephants and magnificent bird species by the water.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 3Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park (Through Ishasha Sector)

After your breakfast your driver guide will pick you and you start the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable national park – the gorilla hub in Uganda.
The drive will take you through Ishasha – the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. It is famous with the tree climbing lions which are said to climb fig trees after their meals to rest, experience the winds but to also easily watch their prey because of the high savanna grass. There are many theories as to why they climb the trees, you will learn more from your tour guide as you do game drive. Along the lions, there are other animals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Kobs, Topi, water bucks and several bird species. Check in at your lodge and have a relaxed evening.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 4Gorilla tracking and Batwa Encounter

Today morning after an early breakfast you will carry packed lunch, your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing point where you will receive a briefing from the park ranger guide on how to prepare for the gorilla trek. Your ranger guide will lead into the forest, first on well cleared paths but soon you get off to the bushes and thickets where he will help to clear them with a cycle he carries with him. The trek involves hikes and a normal physical fitness is required. It take about 3- whole day depending on the location of the mountain gorillas. You will be in sight of these enormous creatures and allowed one hour of photography. After return to the lodge and in the evening you do a community tour to the batwa.
Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 5 Transfer back to Kampala

Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and embark on your journey back to Kampala. You will have lunch en-route and your guide will drop you at your hotel or airport for departure.
Meal Plan (B, L)

Inclusions
-All ground transport
-English speaking driver guide
-Drinking water
-Gorilla tracking permit
-All activities mentioned in the itinerary
-Accommodation and Meals
-Park entry fees

Exclusions
-International flight fees
-Tips and other gratuities
-Visa fees and travel insurance
-Souvenirs
-Personal expenses (Laundry, alcoholic drinks)

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