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6 Days
Availability : Jan 09’ - Dec 09’
Entebbe International Airport
Min Age : 12+
Tour Details

Discover the best of the southwest! Start by watching lions in Queen Elizabeth N.P. followed by a unique gorilla experience in Bwindi Impenetrable N.P.

Accommodation during this trip is in well-valued mid-range or semi-luxury lodges with excellent views and good service standards.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service
  • Air fares

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
  • Safe drinking water
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Entebbe

Welcome to Uganda!
You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by a Divine African Holidays tour and travel representative for tonight.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to do some optional activities in Entebbe; for example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note that all activities today are at your own cost.

Journey Time 15 minutes
Accommodation Entebbe
Meal Plan No meals included

Day 2Travel to Queen Elizabeth N.P. - game drive

After breakfast in the morning, you will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck.

You will stay at a nice accommodation overlooking the Kazinga Channel where you will go for lazy camping.

Journey Time 8 – 9 hours
Accommodation Hotel
Meal Plan Breakfast

Day 3Game drive - boat safari Kazinga Channel

Day 3: Game drive and boat safari
Today you wake up early and you will go for your first game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP.
Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. 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.

Accommodation: Lodge – lazy camping
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Optional activity: Hot Air Balloon Safari

Experience the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth np in a new, unique way. Wake up early to catch the sunrise, as you silently fly over the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Admire the herds of buffaloes, elephants and enjoy the serene tranquility of the African bush…
You will take off early at dawn for a flight that lasts for approximately 1 hour. Rise as the sun rises and float in whatever direction the winds of the morning takes you. Fly higher than the trees and hills and enjoy the best of Uganda, with many great photo opportunities of the scenery and wildlife below.
After a smooth landing you can celebrate this amazing adventure with a glass of sparkling juice before returning to your lodge to continue your safari.
Optional activity: Lion Tracking
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!

Day 4To Lake Mutanda/Bwindi

Today you drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains.
Lake Mutanda is situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the lodge makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers, as well as for those looking for a secluded place in nature.
The cottages are built on a wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom

Journey Time: 7-8 hours
Accommodation: Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 5Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest

This is the big day for gorilla tracking, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
As you en route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Journey Time: 1 hour each way
Accommodation: Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 6Back to Kampala/Entebbe

After your morning activity, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Journey Time: 10 hours
Accommodation: Not included
Meal Plan: Breakfast

OptionalFly out via Kigali

Instead of driving back to Entebbe, you can also fly out via Kigali, Rwanda. The drive to Kigali is only 4 hours from Mutanda, so that gives you a shorter drive and some time to explore Kigali!
Please note that activities in Kigali and accommodation in Kigali are not inclusive in the program. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kigali, please let us know.

Journey Time: 4 hours
Accommodation: Not included
Meal Plan: Breakfast

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