5 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari


This 5-day gorilla trek safari takes you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 720 mountain gorillas. Bwindi Forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experiences, and the scenic allure of stunning hills. You will have the experience of a lifetime watching at close range these majestic apes as they feed and relax. Before crossing to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a great game viewing experience.

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Kampala-Masaka road (7 hours drive). In route, make
a stopover at the equator for photography and Mbarara for lunch. Later, you will be transferred to Queen
Elizabeth National Park. It is roughly a 3 hours drive from Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)
Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 2: Game Drive and Launch Cruise along Kazinga Channel

In the morning, enjoy a game drive to the Northern sector of the park–Kasenyi plains in search of
leopards and lions. As you drive along Kasenyi tracks, expect to encounter big herds of elephants,
buffalos, Uganda kobs, warthogs, Defassa waterbucks, bushbucks and giant forest hogs among others.
Return to the lodge for a hot lunch before undertaking a launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel at
2:00 pm. The launch experience will bring you closer to big herds of elephants, hippos and a plethora
of migrant and endemic birds among others. At 6:00 pm, return to the lodge for your dinner and
Main Destination: Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge (Banda)
Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 3: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [Chimp Trekking]

After breakfast at 8:00 am, transfer to Ishasha the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in
search of tree-climbing lions. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Mweya to Ishasha Gate. At
10:00 am, lions begin climbing fig trees as they seek shelter in the tree branches from the scorching
sunshine and relax after a night and morning feast on the antelopes.
At 1:00 o’clock, transfer to Savannah Hotel for a hot lunch and later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park for an evening Batwa (Pygmies) community walk.
NOTE: On this day you may choose to go for Chimpanzee tracking at Kalinzu Forest early in the
morning before you proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve is found in south western Uganda in the district of Bushenyi. The
forest reserve is close to Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kalinzu forest
reserve has abundant wildlife. Over 379 species of birds exist in the forest. There are six species of
Main Destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Accommodation: Silverback Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi NP

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Adventure

Wake up very early in the morning for your breakfast and then hike to the park headquarters, which is
a few meters from your lodge for a briefing by the park ranger before commencing the gorilla trek at
8:30 am. Gorilla tracking is a strenuous exercise but is ranked the most rewarding wildlife experience.
The time taken to encounter these apes ranges from an hour to several hours depending on their
movement in the jungle.

Accommodation: Silverback Lodge
Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi NP

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, transfer back to the airport either Entebbe or Kigali. It is more than 8 hours drive to
Entebbe from Bwindi; whereas it is a 4 to 5 hours drive to Kigali International Airport.
Main Destination: Entebbe (City)

Package includes
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Gorilla trekking Permits
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Kampala
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bottled water (2 bottles per day)
  • Meals included till dinner
Package excludes
  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

We use 4×4 safari cars for our safaris and therefore every traveler is guaranteed a window seat, bellow are photos of the cars.

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Tony M
Jewel Safaris has a jewel in a female driver, Rachel My trip to Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park on 5th Jan 2024, could not have gone better. My great experience was all down to Jewel Safaris' professionalism and industry experience. The car arrived at my house on time (5 am) to pick me up for the trip. The tour guide driver, a lady named Rachel Aheebwa, was such a delight. Female tour guides drivers are so rare, so this was unexpected. But looking back at how much of a success my tour went, Rachel was the best part of the trip. Two hours into the drive, she suggested a breakfast place that turned out to serve the best coffee I'd ever taken. The small eatery happened to be ran by a lady with tourism experience of 17 years. We set off for Lake Mburo about an hour later and arrived at the park gate three hours later. Because we planned to sleep in Queen Elizabeth National Park and we still had hundreds of kilometers to cover, she made sure we wasted no time Mburo. She was always friendly and firm in her advice when it came to time keeping. We made it to our final destination before dark and had time to rest. Before going to bed, she told me, firmly that we must leave at 7 if we are to see all the animals we wanted to see. I would have loved to sleep in but she made it clear that this was not an option. I was later thankful for this. There were several tourist vehicles at the UWA offices when we arrived. After payments, all the cars left through a Northwards track but Rachel went Eastwards and in less than thirty minutes of Game driving, we hit a jack pot. We found lions on the road and I was able to take close up pictures for several minutes as she made calls to all her friends letting them know that she had found lions. By the time all the vehicles crowded around the lions, I had spend over half an an hour with them. One of the best moments of my life. Jewel safaris couldn't have chosen a better tour guide driver for me. Every thing was well planned to help me see all there was to be seen.
Murchison Falls Adventure This was my first safari adventure and it was a trip of a lifetime. The owner, Dona was very professional and helpful and made sure he understood what we wanted. The vehicle was wonderful and roomy and well kept. Our guide, Patrick made the trip exceptional. He knew the park, he knew the animals and he was a former ranger who spent years protecting the animals of that park. It was clear that the other guides respected him and Patrick was kind, funny and made sure we had a wonderful adventure. The first night, the owner called me to ask how everything was going and he messaged me after the trip to make sure we had a great time. That was above and beyond what I expected. Great company, great customer service and fantastic guide with years of experience. This is the company I would choose over and over.
Great safari!!!! Fantastic. The owner went out of the way to make sure we had what we wanted. I highly recommend Patrick as guide and driver. He loves what he does and you can tell.
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Simon T
Two-day trip to Lake Mburo Our two-day trip to Lake Mburo with our driver and guide Patrick was great. He delivered what we asked for, and more! Other than being a very kind person and good driver, Patrick was able to share a lot of information about the different animals and places we encountered. A big thanks to Jewel Safaris and Patrick! 100% Recommend!
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Sander T
2 days Safari to Lake Mburo We had a blast of a weekend with Patrick from Jewel Safari's. He knew so much about the animals, was so friendly and flexible to arrange it the way we wanted. I would advice to go on a Safari with him!
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George H
Uganda 2023 We had the great pleasure of having Patrick from jewel safaris for a week in Uganda. Hugely informative and fun, Patrick is a perfect ambassador for a fun, beautiful and dramatic country which is Uganda. A fabulous tour by a class guide. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most of Africa and Uganda is top. Will go back
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astrid H
Incredible experience Amazing service and amazing country and people. It was an incredible trip, I can’t fault anything. We all enjoyed it so much and our guide was so attentive and catered to what we wanted to do
Utmärkt service, bra bil och kunnig guide. Jewel Safaris arrangerade vår resa till Uganda, med bland annat gorillorna i Bwindi. Vi var även i nationalparken där schimpanserna finns. Jewel Safaris har lång erfarenhet av att anordna safaris i Uganda. Goran
good service We had a great trip with Jewel Safari and would definitely recommend to book trips with Jewel Safari.
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Ola Karlsson
Great agency We ordered the trip in 2019 to go to Uganda in April 2020. Then Covid came and the trip was postponed for 2,5 yrs and in the meantime we kept contact and When we finally could go it all went super-smooth. Well organized and very friendly personnel and a fantastic guide. Nothing went wrong during the 10 days we visited and the arrangements were spotless.


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