Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best place in the world to see mountain gorillas up close in the wild. Just like the name goes, there is no forest destination in Africa best for an Africa safari like the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi; a forest with steep mountains covered in with a thick forest with interesting sounds. Taking a Uganda gorilla tour/ safari in Bwindi’s Impenetrable forest to look at these critically endangered creatures in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience you shouldn’t miss. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda with an area of about 331 Square kilo meters. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to over 16 gorilla families available for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, 348 bird species, 163 tree species, 120 mammals, 220 butterfly species, 27 chameleon species, and over 1000 flowering plants among others. Some of these can be seen during your gorilla tour Uganda or while doing a nature walk in the forest.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, this park is located 376 km away from Kampala covering an area of 1, 978 Sq. km. It is home to over 95 species of mammals, 10 species of primates and over 500 species of birds, and its famous for the amazing boat cruise and game viewing.
With an area of about 1,978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the most visited parks with the most prevalent tourist’s destinations in Uganda thus a Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is exceptional. The park has variety of flora and wildlife. Besides it is acknowledged for habiting over 600 bird species and 95 mammals. There is more wildlife to sight during your Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda including; hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, African Buffalo, African Bush Elephant, African Leopard, Lions, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees, and Hyenas.
Activities to do during your 4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Launch/Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Photography around the Equator
Day 1: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Gorilla trekking Bwindi forest
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha sector
Day 4: Morning Game drive/Chimpanzee tracking and Depart to Kampala
Detailed Itinerary for your 4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Parks
Day 1: Depart from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Early in the morning after your breakfast at your hotel or lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and take you through a short safari briefing about your Uganda details of your trip. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park positioned in the southwestern part of Uganda for gorilla tracking.
Along the way, you make a stopover at the equator in Kayabwe where you will have chance to step in two hemispheres at ago. You will also have a chance to take a number of photos as well as have a polar water experiment. At the equator still, you will sight a number of craft shops where you can purchase for yourself a souvenir for yourself.
After the visit at the equator, you will proceed to Mbarara at Igongo cultural hotel/ center for your lunch and a simple tour around the cultural center and proceed to the park. Along the way you will see a lot of sightings of beautiful scenery as you approach the park which makes the journey relaxed. Arrive at your lodge, check in and have dinner and rest for the next day.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking safari Uganda -Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
On this day you are required to wake up early, by 6:00am, have breakfast at the lodge, and have your lunch packed. You driver guide will pick you up by 7am and transfer you to the park headquarters. You will be briefed by the ranger guide about the do’s and don’ts of the park. Thereafter, you will proceed with the ranger to look out for the mountain gorillas and this involves hiking up and down rugged paths whereby you will need to be physically fit and also carry a walking stick with you. When you meet these gentle giants, you are restricted to 1 hour with them as you enjoy watching the mothers feed the young ones, the juveniles playing and the silver backs guarding the territory. Finding the gorillas depends on where the gorillas are located and feeding from so it roughly takes about 2-8 hours. Don’t forget to carry bottled water, a rain coat, sturdy shoes, long sleeved trousers, and snacks/packed lunch.
After tracking, you may choose to relax at the lodge or go for a walk through the Batwa community/homesteads, to see how they live and enjoy their cultural performances through dance and drama that will be presented for you.
Day 3: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Sector and afternoon game drive
After your early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha in the southern side of the park. During the game drive, you will sight different animal species including; the birds, bushbucks, elephants, gazelles, buffaloes, monkeys, and kobs, but the tree climbing lions are most common. After the game drive, return to the lodge for your lunch and return for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel.
This boat trip takes 2 hours and will give you an opportunity to watch different water animals close like the hippos, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes along the banks. You will also sight birds like the Saddle billed stork, African fish eagle, pink backed pelicans, Pied and malachite kingfisher, African Skimmer and the shoebill if you are lucky. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.
Day 4: Morning Game drive or chimpanzee trekking Uganda and Depart for Kampala
Take your breakfast in the morning at your lodge. You may opt for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi trail where you will have chance to see animals such as the lions, warthogs, elephants, topis, buffaloes among others, also during this morning you will observe a number of different bird species or choose to visit the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking. Thereafter, start off your journey to Kampala.
End of your 4 days Uganda wildlife safari to Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks