Day 1 Arrival
On your grand arrival at the Entebbe International Airport you will be met by AAS guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your AAS guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name and featuring our logo. You will then be transferred to your guesthouse, taking between 15 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. Overnight at Airport Guesthouse (BB)
Day 2 Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive through Fort portal- Kasese road towards Queen Elizabeth National Park. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kobs. We will overnight at Kingfisher Lodge which offers panoramic views of the whole park. Overnight at Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba (B, D)
Day 3 Boat Safari on the Kazinga Channel
A wake up call at 6 .00 am take some coffee and go for an early morning game drive is usually most rewarding. The Kasenyi sector on the east side of the Kasese road is best known for the lions which prey on large population of Uganda Kob that live in this area. Another common-but unexpected-sighting with in Queen Elizabeth is the Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig, which is usually associated with dense forests rather than semi-open thickets. Head back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon embark one of the boats for a water safari on Kazinga Channel. The 36km Channel connects two Rift Valley lakes: Edward and George. These are named after Queen Victoria’s son and heir, Edward VII and his own successor, George V. Early explorers in Africa often had to cope with inhospitable terrain and travel by boat was especially difficult. Now you can experience the sights and sounds that greeted these early pioneers in comfort. Cruise the Kazinga Channel and view the immense concentration of hippos at close range, spot over 100 species of water birds, marvel at the majestic elephants in their natural habitat and the notorious Nile crocodiles sunbathing on the channel bank. This will allow you to experience wildlife up close where hippos huff and spray mere feet away, buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the river’s edge. Amongst those you will see are the malachite and pied kingfishers,
great white and pink-backed pelicans and the open-billed stork. With some luck you will even spot elephants on the river banks coming for a drink and a bath. We return to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Kingfisher Kichwamba (D,B)
Day 4 Depart for Bwindi
Today we will depart for Bwindi passing through the southern sector of the park, known as Ishasha. This remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park is famed for its tree-climbing lions. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. We continue to our accommodation, game-viewing en route.
Bwindi Impenetrable NP is regarded as a UNESCO-Natural-WorldHeritage and is one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. With its south-west position at the edge of the western Rift-Valley, this forest covers 331 km².The treasures of Bwindi are the approx. 350 wild Mountain gorillas. They contribute to about half of the world population of these gentle human apes. Arrival in Buhoma is in the afternoon, the destination of our journey today. Basing on desire and mood, a walk around the area is always worth it. Certainly you will also find something nice in one of the art and handicraft shops. Overnight at Buhoma Community Rest camp (B, D)
Day 5 Gorilla Tracking
Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for your Gorilla Trek. Before 8 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas. Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants! Sit in the forest amongst the Gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – sadly enough there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the Gorillas before returning to the base station. Overnight at Buhoma Community Rest camp (FB)
Day 6 Back to Entebbe
After breakfast at the Camp, we start our journey back towards Entebbe airport. A stop at the Equator with a picnic lunch and a farewell dinner. Your AAS guide will transfer you in due time to the Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will find a small restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.
- All accommodation on Half Board (HB) or Full Board (FB) Basis as quoted in the text - Safari vehicle (Minibus in option A, Jeep in option B) - English speaking tourist guide - 1 Gorilla Permit per person - Game Drives and walks - Entrance fees in the national parks - All boat tours - Taxes, Fuel, etc. - Free mineral water during the tour
- Visa fees - Drinks / alcoholic drinks - Additional meals - Tips - Activities not part of the described program. - International Travel insurance
- German or another language speaking Safari-Guide - Visit to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Day 1 (approx. $ 5,- per person)
The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, duration of tours, number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are possible in all categories indicated here upon inquiry. They can likewise be booked as a luxury version or as camping safari.
1. For the Gorilla Tracking contained in this safari to take place, depends on the availability of the permits at the time of booking. These permits are strictly limited and sold out in advance. We therefore recommend to book early. 2. All tour stages described here have no travel plan to keep each price. Sometimes it is not possible to adhere to the travel plan, because of
weather and road conditions, authority regulations, organizational requirements, etc. It can happen that the planned course of the tour has to changes according to the situation on ground. We must therefore explicitly refuse liability for adherence to the journey plan. 3. By booking this safari, the business conditions of AAS are accepted.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.