7 Days Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Parks
Day 1: Leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning, we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. With beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep in the crater valley, this is truly the most breathtaking scenery in the park. Queen Elizabeth spreads over an area of 1978 sq kilometers in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley 418 km from the capital Kampala and takes approximately 6 hours. The park is a home to a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, baboons and birds all typical riverine savannah habitats and the famous Kazinga Channel. In the Southern Parts is the Ishasha sector with the tree climbing lions and the Maramagambo forest, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda. The Northern part is traversed by the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes with lots of flamingos. There is a launch trip on the Kazinga channel which joins Lake George to Lake Edward.
After checking in and having some time to relax, you will head for an afternoon game drive. We often spot Elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, hippos and others. You might want to head to the Kasenyi area of the park where lions are frequently spotted.
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth National Park:
After breakfast we will head for the Kyambura Gorge chimps which will take 3-4hrs then. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge is a home of very many bird species. After lunch at 2:45pm you will take a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel that connects Lake George to Lake Edward. The launch cruise will last for 2hrs get back by 5:00pm do another evening game drive that will last till 6:30 pm get back to the Lodge refresh .
Day 3: Leave for Bwindi Forest National Park
This morning, we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers retreat! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils.
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest National Park
After a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station at 08.00 am where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the underbrush, leaving thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours thus, a sound degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is astounding to think that there are only 700 or so of these creatures left in the world!
Day 5: Lake Mburo National Park
After break fast we will head for Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s fourth National park was gazetted in 1982.The Park covers an area surface of 256kmq. It offers varied scenic beauty hills and valleys, arriving later on in the day for dinner and the overnight at Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp/Rwonyo Camp Site. You will have a game drive as you enter the park on this day.
Day 6: Nature Walk in Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, take a guide nature walk in Lake Mburo, which has more than 310 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see Acacia associated birds and also of special interest to birders, are the swamps. The swamps are home to the highly localized Papyrus Yellow Warbler recorded nowhere else in Uganda. After lunch, go for the boat launch that will last 2 hours. Overnight at Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp/Rwonyo Camp Site
Day 7: Return to Kampala – Entebbe
Transfer you to Entebbe International Airport to meet your flight back home.