Queen Elizabeth National Park & Gorilla Tour

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    Hornbill Treks & Safaris

    Culture.  Community.  Conservation.  Hornbill Treks & Safaris offers sustainable safaris and cultural tours in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Our fully customizable trips allow you to explore the wonders of Africa while protecting wildlife and giving back to local communities. As a Uganda and U.S.-based company founded between family and friends, we are committed to making every trip the trip of a lifetime.  Adventure awaits!

    • 7 Days
    • Safari
    • Uganda

    Queen Elizabeth National Park is among Uganda’s most beloved parks, offering abundant wildlife and spectacular views.  In this safari, you’ll also explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to many of the surviving mountain gorillas on earth, and Lake Mburo National Park, which offers zebra, hippo, Impala, numerous bird species and the recently reintroduced Rothschild Giraffe.  From rainforest to savannah, this trip covers some of the most incredible sights Uganda has to see.

    Price Includes

    • 4x4 safari vehicle
    • Accommodation
    • English-speaking driver guide
    • Meals as per itinerary & filtered drinking water
    • Park entry fees & necessary ferry crossings
    • Game drives & included activities, including trekking permits

    Price Excludes

    • Beverages
    • Tips/gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • International Flights
    • Visas
    • All items of personal nature

    Rates

    Retail price per person if booked for:

    • 2 pax: $2,951
    • 4 pax: $2,470
    • 6 pax: $2,252

    Accommodation

    Below is a sample of our accommodation recommendations at each location of your safari.  Pricing quote for this safari is based on standard accommodations.  

    Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Standard: Bush Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge
    Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
    High-End: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

    Standard: Rushaga Gorilla Camp
    Luxury: Mahogany Springs
    High-End: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge

    Lake Mburo National Park

    Standard: Rwakobo Rock, Mantana Tented Camp, Eagle Nest
    Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

    All pricing is based on double or triple occupancy. If a client wishes to stay as single occupancy, a single supplement charge will apply.  This charge varies with the different accommodation categories.

    The listed accommodation properties are a sample of those used by Hornbill African Safaris based on value, quality of service, and location. If the recommended accommodation options are fully booked, Hornbill African Safaris will reserve accommodations of comparable standards and notify the client.  Visit our website www.hornbillafricansafaris.com to explore additional accommodations available on safari.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park

    The experience begins today as you leave Kampala and head southwest towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will make a stopover at the equator for a photo opportunity on the line dividing the south and north hemispheres. As you enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, your driver guide will take you for a late afternoon en route game drive to spot different wildlife like the Elephant, Lions, Leopard, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Oribi, monkeys, as well as a variety of Savannah and woodland birds.

    After the game drive, proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight at your accommodations.

    Meals include lunch and dinner

    Travel time: 6 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Day 2Game Drive + Kazinga Cruise

    Meet the day before sunrise with hot coffee and tea as you head out on an early morning game drive.  The game drive offers the chance to see lions at hunt, hyenas, Cape buffalo, Ugandan Kob, warthog, elephant, leopard, and waterbuck.  Return to your accommodation for a relaxing lunch.  

    In the afternoon, explore the Kazinga Channel by boat for an opportunity to see a stunning variety of wildlife at the water. The 32 kilometres stretch that joins Lake Edward to Lake George is believed to hold the largest concentration of hippos in the entire world. Elephants, solitary buffaloes and waterbucks are among the animals normally sighted at the banks. On a lucky day lions and other predators are also sighted in the hideouts waiting to catch their prey as it goes for a drink at the channel. The channel is also rich in bird life, including both indigenous and migratory species. 

    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 3Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    After breakfast, we shall leave Queen Elizabeth National Park driving further south and ascending through steep hills of Kigezi region, fondly referred to as the little Switzerland of Africa. We shall stop in Kabale for lunch and after proceed for your accommodations.

    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Travel time: 5 Hours

    Day 4Gorilla Trekking

    After breakfast we will meet the park rangers who will be our guides for the day, and then we will start the trek in search of the exquisite mountain gorillas of Uganda.  Trekking can last between thirty minutes and eight hours, but once you discover the gorillas, you will be able to spend one unforgettable hour with them.  Looking into the deep animated brown eyes of the gorillas is sure to be the most exciting wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer.  Gorilla trekking begins where the gorillas were last seen the previous day.  Enjoy a picnic lunch in the midst of the Impenetrable Forest before returning to your accommodations.  Back at the resort, relax by watching the magical motions of traditional Ugandan dances, or enjoy a cocktail by the campfire as you listen to the sounds of Bwindi.   

    Meal Plan –Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 5Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mburo National Park

    Depart after breakfast for Lake Mburo National Park. We shall have another opportunity to take in the breath-taking scenery of the Kigezi terraced hills this time descending. We shall make a brief stop in Mbarara city for a hot lunch before continuing to the park.  A game drive at sunset introduces you to the park’s wildlife, including zebra, Impala, Topi, and Cape Buffalo.  

    Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

    Day 6Lake Mburo National Park - Kampala

    We shall take a morning game drive for a chance to see the hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water and the recently reintroduced Rothschild giraffes roaming the park. Horseback safaris and quad bike riding can also be arranged on ground (at an added cost). After breakfast, depart for Kampala where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

    Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.
    Travel Time: 5 hours.

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