This 4 Days gorillas and wildlife safari begins and ends in Kigali and offers you an opportunity to explore Bwindi, Africa’s home of mountain gorillas and Queen Elizabeth National Park – a famous bio diverse national park and a notable home of the tree climbing lions. Bwindi National Park offers comfortable and safe shelter to about 15 gorilla families, well spread within its 4 gorilla regions. It is also home to 350 species of birds, 120 mammal species, 27 chameleon species, and 220 butterfly species and up to 1000 floral species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park on the other hand is one of the most famous savanna parks in Uganda. It’s about 376 kilometers away from Kampala and spans approximately 1978 sq.km. This biosphere conservation area shelters about 95 mammal species, over 600 bird species (10% of Africa’s total bird population), 10 primate species, 2 prides of tree climbing lions. Its one of the best places to go for launch cruises and scenic game drives.
4 Days Bwindi & Queen itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Early breakfast at your hotel in Kigali or morning pick up from the airport depending on the schedule. Transfer to Bwindi National Park in southwestern Uganda, a journey taking roughly 4 to 5 hours. You will have numerous stopovers along the way, where you will take as many photos as you can; including Virunga Volcanoes, extensive tea and sugar cane plantations, great views of local Rwandan homesteads. You can choose to pay a visit to one homestead to learn how the native Rwandans live and run their day to day routine. You will be overwhelmed by the stunning sceneries and undulating geography, typical of the “land of a thousand hills”. On arrival in Bwindi national park, you will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Wake up to the anticipation of this great adventure. With an early breakfast at your lodge, immediately join other trekkers at the ranger station for briefing on rules and regulations to observe while trekking gorillas. With your trekking gear, parked lunch / snacks and bottled water, the adventure begins at 8:00 am. Head off to the Bwindi jungles to search for your respective gorilla family. There are porters at the station for hire to help carry your luggage and make sure that you have a walking stick.
The trek lasts for 2 to 8 hours or even more depending on your hiking speed, nature of the habitat and location of the gorillas. On meeting the family of gorillas, you have up to one hour to be with them, explore in depth about their behavior, family composition and history and their unique family setting as you take as many photos / videos as your camera can contain.
Later, trek back to the starting point and drive to the lodge for relaxation. Enjoy the afternoon forest cool breeze as you wait to set off for evening community walk. Paying a visit to the homes of Batwa pygmies will enable you explore more on their cultures and traditions and interestingly, enjoy their dances and traditional performances. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha sector
After having an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the famous Ishasha area, located at the southern tip of the park. En-route, see some wildlife like bushbucks, Topis, Kobs, elephants, buffaloes, monkeys and birds. By luck, you can as well sight the elusive tree climbing lions.
Continue to the park headquarters at Mweya. Depending on your arrival time, you can choose to have either an earlier boat trip at 2pm or wait for the one at 4pm. An afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel lasts utmost 2 hours and presents to you chances of spotting out schools of hippos, crocodiles and various bird species like African fish eagle, pied and malachite kingfishers, pink backed pelicans, African skimmer, saddle billed stork and so many others. Return to the lodge where you will spend a night and have dinner.
Day 4: Morning Game drive and return to Kigali
You will be served breakfast in the morning and then you set off for a quick game drive along the Kasenyi sector to sight At Queen Elizabeth park’s permanent residents, including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, as well as some of the 620 bird species.
After the game drive, exit the park as you drive back to Kigali. Transfer through the towering Kigezi highlands and eventually arrive in Kigali late in the evening. Depending on your schedule, be dropped at the hotel or airport for your departure flight.
End of 4 days tour.