6 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

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$1,915 pp (USD)

2 People | Leaves: Any Day


Destination: Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park
Activities: Wildlife Game Drive, Gorilla Trekking

Tour Highlights

  • Western Uganda Safari Road Drive
  • Wildlife Game Drives in both Lake Mburo & Queen Elizabeth
  • Gorilla Trekking Jungle Safari

6 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

Overview

This 6 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari Holiday involves a mountain gorilla tracking experience in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (with over 12 other primate species), a visit to Lake Mburo National park – one of two parks in Uganda where it is allowed to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger guide to see game at close range. You could choose a bush walk, horse-back safari or ride in the park on a mountain bike as you view game. And Queen Elizabeth National Park with the ‘BIG 5’, over 600 bird species, buffalo, antelopes, crocodile, chimps, and more big game.

Tour Highlights

  • Western Uganda Safari Road Drive
  • Wildlife Game Drives in both Lake Mburo & Queen Elizabeth
  • Gorilla Trekking Jungle Safari

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Day 2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 3: Gorilla Trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP)
  • Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 5: Game Drive Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Visit the crater lakes region, Baboon cliffs and Transfer to Kampala.

See Detailed Itinerary

Safari Itinerary

DAY 1:
Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

Meet and greet with our local Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari guide over breakfast, and then after we drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa – the pathway of the sun and take photographs.

Early afternoon, arrive in Lake Mburo for a lunch in the park grounds as you marvel at the game and birds within the park. Take the first Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari game drive in the afternoon and look out for zebras, topis, buffalo, elland, impala, water hogs, waterbucks and plenty other animals.

Accommodation: (Full Board)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Rock
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

DAY 2:
Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

After an early breakfast we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest via Mbarara town.
We drive through stunning volcanic landscape adorned with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced plantations of bananas, tea and thick montaine forests to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

The Bwindi area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced rows of cultivation. You are really driving through the “Banana Republic” with banana plantations all around you, steep hills, small rivers – just amazing Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari scenery. Arrive late afternoon at the park and check-in at accommodation.

Accommodation: (Full board basis)
Up-market:Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Camp ground

DAY 3:
Gorilla trekking in
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari day that will imprint a memory of your lifetime. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek through the rain forest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition before you book the Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Apart from gorilla trekking, Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Accommodation: (Full board basis)
Up-market:Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge
Moderate:Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp
Low Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Camp ground

DAY 4:
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Search Ishasha Sector for Tree-climbing lions, elephants.

After breakfast we drive through stunning savannah grasslands as we head to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha a much more remote and less-traveled part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, but one which has a sense of exclusivity and remoteness. The game densities here are high, and this region has reported some of the largest herds of Elephant anywhere in Uganda, as it is their main migration corridor between Uganda and the DRC.

As we enter the park, we do a game drive in search of the wild game. We continue and drive to the northern circuit which is the area near the main road known for its tree climbing lions. We look particularly at the many fig trees where lions like to stay. But we also visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is their preferred hunting area.

Accommodation: (Full board basis)
Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge
Budget price: Simba Safari Camp

DAY 5:
Game Drive Safari in
Queen Elizabeth National Park.

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel.

This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

Accommodation: (Full board basis)
Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge
Budget price: Simba Safari Camp

DAY 6:
Visit the crater lakes region,
Baboon cliffs and transfer to Kampala.

Breakfast and head for Kampala (about 5 hours driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breathtaking scenery and delightfully rolling plantations, some of the best in Uganda.

Depending on how much time we have on us we can tour around Kampala’s crafts and souvenirs markets before checking in at your hotel or being transferred to the airport.

Included

  • UWA Gorilla Trekking Permit – $600
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • 4×4 Safari Transportation to/from airport
  • English Speaking Tour Guide/Driver

Not Included

  • Tourist Entry Visa
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of Personal Nature
  • Tips and Gratuities

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