• Tree-climbing lion on Ishasha Plains Queen Elizabeth NP Uganda

Fly to the Mountain Gorillas & Tree-climbing Lions

Fly to and from the southwest of Uganda from Entebbe International Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria. Explore the rolling savannah of Ishasha Plains in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park to seek out the infamous tree-climbing lions, elephants and game herds. It's a short drive the short distance to the highland rainforests to track the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Bwindi is a wildly diverse ancient rainforest and protects around half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas. Trust us, you’ll never forget your experience of meeting our highly endangered relatives.

Day One

Transfer & Tree-climbing Lions

Transfer (flight) from Entebbe to Kihihi. Estimated journey time: 1 hr 45 min

Transfer (4x4) from Kihihi to Ishasha Plains. Estimated journey time: 1 hr

The Ishasha Plains cover the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and are particularly known for their iconic population of tree-climbing lions. Lions are only recorded to exhibit this behaviour in a few locations across Africa, believed to be a learned behaviour specific to a few prides. It’s been speculated this behaviour is to avoid the hottest part of the day to catch the cool breezes in the trees and to dodge the biting insects found in the grass below. On entering the savannah you will track through the African bush on a wildlife drive with a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger to seek out these impressive cats. These rangers are based on the plains and track the lions daily giving you the best possible chance of finding the lions. You’ll be looking for them in the branches of huge fig trees, as they laze away in the shade, sheltered from the heat of the day. If you still have time after tracking the lions you can explore the various game circuits for other wildlife species found on savannah here including elephants, Uganda kob, buffalo and hyenas.

Estimated excursion time: 3 hrs

Transfer (4x4) from Ishasha Plains to Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Estimated journey time: 2 hrs

Day Two

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Experience Uganda’s greatest natural wonder, an intimate meeting with one of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s gorilla families! Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an incredibly important conservation site as it protects around 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the population left in the wild. Dating back over 25,000 years, Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most biologically diverse and most ancient rainforests, with an amazing 400 species of plants present and 350 species of birds, including 23 Rift Valley endemic species recorded. The rangers accompanying you will be able to identify the local plants, birds and wildlife as well as the general ecosystem of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you trek. 

This morning you will rise early and your driver / guide will escort you to the trailhead into the rainforest. Here you will receive an orientation on tracking the gorillas from the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers who will then guide you through the dense forest. The trek length varies, depending on where the gorillas spent the night, ranging from thirty minutes to seven hours. Once you find these incredible creatures you will spend one hour with them. We think you’ll agree - to experience this unique family feed, socialise, nurse their young, patrol and display their prowess - is the most magical experience you can see in nature. After tracking you will make your way back to the edge of the rainforest where you’ll meet your driver guide.

Estimated excursion time: 2 - 8 hrs (including 1 hr viewing)

Day Three

Transfer

Transfer (4x4) from Buhoma to Kihihi. Estimated journey time: 1 hr 

Transfer (flight) from Kihihi to Entebbe. Estimated journey time: 1 hr 45 min (may vary)