Day by day program
Day 2: Entebbe - Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast check out from your hotel and board your transfer to Entebbe airport where an Aerolink member of staff will assist you with the check-in and transfer to your flight. Board your domestic flight to Kasese. Once in Kasese you will be welcomed by your expert guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your journey. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the contemporary Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Enjoy pre- dinner drinks on the veranda that overlooks the savannah plains with the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance.
Day 3: Safari Queen Elizabeth
Either take an early morning or evening game drive for the best opportunity to see game. What you see depends on the season, but the Kasenyi plains are excellent for sighting lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. You can also visit various community projects from the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) including Women’s Coffee Cooperative Tour, Reclaimed Wetland Tour, Bee-Keeping Fence Visit, Omumushaka Dance Group Performance, Empundu Playground Visit and much more.
Day 4: Chimp Tracking & boat cruise
The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile, and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. In the afternoon take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentrations of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for water birds, with great flocks of pelicans and other birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle.
Dag 5: Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi forest
Your safari now continues to the primeval Bwindi Forest. Travelling via Ishasha – subject to road conditions – you can observe the unusual behavior exhibited by the tree-climbing lions. The long journey through the rapidly changing landscape takes you to Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, which looks across to the towering trees of the forest. Depending on when you arrive, there might time to explore the lodge grounds with its clear mountain stream or visit the local village. You can also visit the Bwindi bar a VSPT project located just 3 minutes from the lodge. They serve chilled drinks and delicious snacks at pocket friendly prices. A few minutes at Bwindi bar will give you an insight in what life in Bwindi Community is like.
Day 6: Gorilla tracking
After enjoying an early breakfast, you set off for gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Tracking in the Bwindi Forest requires stamina and can often take most of the day. Alternatively, there are other activities and excursions on offer in and around the national park: Take a guided walk in the rainforest, home to several endemic bird species, clouds of butterflies and rare plant life. This walk offers excellent photographic opportunities, and the knowledgeable guide will provide a great insight into this globally important habitat. Walk through the local village and learn about community life and Bwindi Community Hospital that started as a health clinic under a tree and now provides vital medical and educational services to over 60,000 people. Also take a tour of our local tea processing operation at the lodge which enables guests to see the various different methods for tea growing and at the end of the tour taste some of our own grown tea! The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust supports both projects. Discover the traditions of the Batwa Pygmies and learn about the native tribal inhabitants of the forest. The indigenous people of Bwindi Forest, though no longer resident in the forest, still practice many of their traditional hunter-gatherer skills.
Day 8: Bwindi - Nairobi
Transfer from Bwindi lodge to the Kihihi airstrip. Leave o the 09:45am (arrive at 11:25am) or 14:05pm (arrive at 15:55pm) return flight to Entebbe and connect in time for your flight to Nairobi. Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were upon arrival, you will be welcomed and chauffeured to your hotel in Nairobi.
Day 9: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Enjoy breakfast at Hemingways Nairobi. Check-out and transfer to Wilson Airport Nairobi. After a scenic 50 minutes flight you will arrive to the world famous Masai Mara where you land in the middle of the reserve. The Sand River Masai Mara Team will welcome you at the Keekorok airstrip. You will be transferred to the camp with a game drive an- route.
Day 10 - 11: Masai Mara
These days are filled with exciting, guided vehicle safaris to explore Masai Mara Game Reserve. You can either take an early morning or late afternoon game drive before returning to the camp for time to relax during the middle of the day, or alternatively you can spend the full day on a game drive, taking a picnic lunch with you. On one of the days stop at an authentic Masai Village to interact and learn about the customs and culture of this colorful tribe.