Kubwa Five Safaris welcome you to this 7 days safari, it combines wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and an unforgettable trekking with a chance to meet gorillas on the way.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a habitat for 95 species of mammals, a variety of flora and fauna, hippo, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, swamp antelope, zebras, Uganda-kobs, topis, waterbucks, bushbucks, reedbucks, duiker, mongoose and forest hog.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an active expedition with moderate to strenuous hikes.
4×4 Safari Landcruiser / minivan (up to eight passengers) with pop-up tops and seven window seats for game viewing. Groups of twelve or more people who would like to travel in one vehicle are offered 25-28 seat coasters that have about 16 window seats. The safari vehicles are well maintained to provide a maximum level of comfort and safety.
To boost your successful Safari experience, we have included the provision of capable, trusted, caring, experienced and courteous guides to mobilize your adventures. Our team is disposed to your care during this exploration. Their knowledge of domestic and international tourism has resulted in several re-visits at a higher than expected rates.
Starting from: USD $4,475 (Budget Accommodation) | USD $4900 (Mid-range Accommodation) | USD $5800 (Luxury Accommodation) per person based on two travelers sharing.
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During this thrilling trip, you will be accommodated at various accommodation styles.
The accommodation is valid and will greatly depend on your budget. At whatever level, Kubwa Five Safaris provides the very best for you. Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of an equivalent standard is not available, Kubwa Five Safaris may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest a superior at an extra charge. There is free Wi-Fi in hotels.
Sky Hotel Naalya
Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala. Another option of the accommodation depending on your arrival time. You will stay in Sky Hotel in Kampala, located 10 kilometers from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 07:00 – 10:00 for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, and a comfortable bathroom.
Buhoma lodge situated within the Bwindi National Park, less than five-minutes-walk from the gorilla trekking start point. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. Buhoma lodge has Eight, comfortable cottages each with its own private veranda, offering extensive views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages have comfortable beds, a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, some rooms have bathtubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace.
Simba Safari Camp
More and more travelers are discovering this amazing Simba safari camp with competitive prices and a fantastic location. One part is overlooking the scenic crater lakes and plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, while on the other side the high peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains stand out against the horizon. Simba Safari Camp has a total capacity of 70 beds including family cottages, twin rooms, and dormitories. A variety of meals and drinks are served in the restaurant with an adjacent bar and sitting area. Moreover, for conservation purposes, we invite our guests to plant a tree that will be nourished and carry your name into eternity
Engiri Game Lodge
Engiri Game Lodge is budget game lodge inside Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, 300m off the Mbarara-Kasese road, on the shores of Kazinga Chanel. Its beautiful environ is embedded with volcanic huts, a campsite and the main building housing the reception, lounge, restaurant, and bar.
Explorers River Camp
Situated 8km from Jinja town overlooking the new Lake Bujagali, Explorers River Camp is often referred to as one of Uganda’s, and even Africa’s most memorable places to stay.
Fantastic views of the Nile, a well-stocked bar and excellent meals have made this site one of East Africa’s most popular places to stay. Whether you are camping, staying in dorms or rooms, our bar deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and amazing sunsets. The trees above boast a multitude of tropical bird life and monkeys, and the ‘riverside showers’ alone have become famous for the incredible scenery they overlook.
Lush terraces offer secluded safari tents with stunning views of the Nile. Our safari tents have become extremely popular and numbers are limited so it is strongly advised you book well in advance. In addition to our terraced safari tents, we also offer standard safari tents and en-suite rooms.
Jinja Nile Resort
It rests on the banks of this magnificent River and offers magnificent views of the Nile and the rich fauna that it attracts. It offers services for both the business traveler and holidaymaker.
The cottages and hotel services are spread over 30 acres of gardens allowing one to appreciate the beauty of Uganda, the pearl of Africa.
Activities available from the resort include white water rafting and bungee jumping.
It was voted best weekend getaway and best country hotel in Uganda by Travel News magazine in the year 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Lion Tracking in Queen Elizabeth Park, this can be done on day 4.
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 the lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surrounding, 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!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Costing: USD $85 per person.
Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge/ Queen Elizabeth Park, this can be done on day 4.
The spectacular Kyambura Gorge also called the “valley of apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich tropical rain-forest right close to the equator crossing. You can make a wonderful hike here looking for chimpanzees. Chances of seeing chimps are 50% and that is why you rather call it a nature walk. Don’t miss it; the gorge is simply amazing! .
Costing: USD $50 per person.
Explore River Nile (Costing: USD $500 per person extra.)
Overnight in Kampala, this can be done on day 7.
Overnight and Dinner at Sky hotel. Sky hotel in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.
Travel to Jinja, city tour, this can be done on day 8.
Depart for Jinja after your breakfast. You will be driven to Jinja. You will go through Mabira forest. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometers in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus Uganda
Accommodation Options: Explorers River Camp/ Jinja Nile Resort
Meal Plan: Full Board.
Activities available from the resort include white water rafting and bungee jumping.
Whitewater rafting & discovering the River Nile, this can be done on day 9.
Have an early breakfast and head out for today’s activities. The Nile River finds its source in Jinja where it starts the 4000 km through different African countries. So your driver will take you to where the beginning point is as you go for discovering the Source of the Nile; you will go for a guided boat cruise on the Nile.
After the boat ride, go for half day rafting on the rapids which is an adventure and an unforgettable experience.
Have lunch and after you could choose to rest at the lodge on the swimming pool or go for optional activities like bungee jumping or kayaking or quad biking or Horse riding.
Accommodation Options: Explorers River Camp / Jinja Nile Resort
Meal Plan: Full Board
Return to Kampala the Entebbe International Airport, this can be done on day 10.
Take breakfast leave Jinja for Kampala buy some souvenirs to take home with you. If you have a flight on the same day your guide will transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for the departure flight home.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
How to get there
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kubwa Five Safaris will pick you up from the airport.
On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris representative with your name printed on an A4 paper will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) and transfer you to Sky Hotel in Kampala, located 10 kilometers from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 07:00 – 10:00 for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals. Relax in your already-booked hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your safari tomorrow morning.
Depending on your arrival time, leave Kampala at 07:00 a.m. You will be picked up from your hotel and you will drive west toward Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The first stop is at the equator crossing. It is a wonderful spot to take pictures and have a cup of coffee. Proceed to Mbarara for lunch en-route to Bwindi, and have lunch at Acacia Hotel in Mbarara.
It is a great opportunity to try out western Uganda’s Matooke (plantain-type bananas) and roasted goat meat if you are not vegetarian. After lunch, you will drive through the virgin rolling hills of Ankole -Kigezi to the home of the infamous mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving at around 06:00 p.m. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
After an early breakfast, head to the headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there, you will set off for your thrilling experience of the gorillas. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the mountain gorillas.
Look out for additional primates, butterflies, mammals, and birds. The trekking will entail thorough climbing before you come face to face with the mountain gorillas, watching them only a few meters away. You will see the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their everyday routine just right in front of you. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
Dinner and overnight will be at Red Chilli Rest Camp.
You will have an early breakfast and then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering it through the Ishasha sector renowned for the tree climbing lions. You will have a game drive along the way during which you will see lions, various antelope species, elephants, zebras, hyenas, leopards, and buffaloes. In the afternoon, you will go for a two-hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward.
The cruise takes you through the highest population of hippos and you will see a profusion of animals on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds, and see the water animals. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp |Engiri Game lodge.
After breakfast, you will go on an early morning game drive on the Kasenyi Track viewing a large fishing area. The game drive will take two to four hours. You will also tour Kikorongo, where you will encounter both wet and dry crater lakes. You will have another game drive in the afternoon to see lions, elephants, topis, leopards, bushbucks, cape buffaloes, Defassa waterbucks, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, among others. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp.
Katwe explosion crater is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is believed that this significant feature came into existence as a result of violent eruptions that took place approximately 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. You will take an extremely rewarding 27-kilometer crater drive to Katwe that will offer you a remarkable memory of your safari in Uganda.
The communities have got rich traditions and their lifestyle is centered on the lakes’ natural offerings. You will learn the local processes of salt extraction and how they arrange their mining areas. The crater drive track offers impressive scenic views and the extending to the wider savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth. The views of the overlooking Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the mountains of the moon also add spice to remarkable memories for the safari. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp Engiri Game lodge.
You will go for another game drive that will enable you to see wildlife in their natural setting, for example, buffaloes, elephants, and other animals that dwell in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga. If you are lucky, you might have a rare chance to spot lions prey on other game. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a wonderful birding destination. You will do a round of birding to conclude the safari. A number of bird species will also be seen along including the rare shoebill. Overnight at Simba Safari Camp.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Kampala arriving late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe in time for your flight.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe International Airport (EBB), make sure your flight is at 10:00 or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let Kubwa Five Safaris know.