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Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Tours

This 5-day Uganda Safari & Gorilla Trekking Tour offers you enough time to experience the magic of the country’s rainforest, gorges, and lush savannah. Beginning from the capital city of Entebbe you spend a night in Lake Mburo National Park. Here, you’ll spot some of your favorite African wildlife on game drives. 

You’ll then be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – a tropical forest wonderland filled with dramatic landscapes and majestic wildlife. Naturally, it’s in Bwindi’s pristine forest that you’ll get the life-changing opportunity to encounter the gorilla families who inhabit the region.

Next, you’ll head off to the popular Queen Elizabeth National park for some classic safari game viewing on land and water. 

Highlights:

* Cruise down the Kazinga Channel
* Mountain Gorilla Trekking  in Bwindi
* Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive
* Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bird Walks & Rural Villages
* Classic safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park
* Stand with one foot in each hemisphere at the Uganda Equator Line

We recommend you bring along the following items:

* Long-sleeved shirt
* Sturdy hiking boots
* Waterproof trousers
* Rain poncho (lightweight)
* Leather gardening-type gloves

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Lake Mburo – Drive to Bwindi Forest National Park
Day 3: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking
Day 4: Bwindi Forest – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth – Drive to Kampala/ Entebbe

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

0700 Hours: Depart at our Hotel in Kampala/ Entebbe after breakfast. The journey to Lake Mburo National park will take you 4 hours, reaching the park in the afternoon. From Entebbe, we travel through the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda’s vibrant capital city, before beginning our journey southwest.

Along the way, we visit local markets including a drum market. When we reach the Equator we stop to take photos and test which way water drains from a bath here and continue our journey to Lake Mburo.

1300 Hours: Check-in at your accommodation in Lake Mburo National Park followed by lunch. Later in the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo.

The afternoon game drive offers an excellent way to enjoy the flora and fauna in the park. Animals seen include topi, bushbuck, duiker, oribi, waterbuck, reedbuck, buffalo, warthog, bush-pig, and hippopotamus amongst others. Birding enthusiasts can look forward to spotting kingfishers, African fish eagles, and shoebill storks, amongst other waterbirds.

After the boat ride, you will return to your accommodation followed by dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Campsite, Eagle’s nest lake Mburo
Mid-range Accommodation: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge, Rwakobo Rock
Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge, Mantana Tented Camp, Archadia Cottages

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Lake Mburo – Drive to Bwindi Forest National Park

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The leisurely pace of a walking safari also provides excellent opportunities for the keen photographer. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage klipspringers and topis.

Due to cattle herding in the area, it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long-horned Ankore Cattle peaceably. Drive through the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi.

Accommodation Options:

Budget Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wagtail Eco safari camp, Bwindi View Bandas
Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Silverback Lodge Bwindi
Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking

After an early morning breakfast and guide briefing, set off for your gorilla tracking in the forests of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking can be strenuous because of Bwindi’s challenging terrain. You will need to carry packed lunch and drinking water and wear comfortable boots or sturdy shoes, as well as carry a light rain jacket as Bwindi has unpredictable weather.

Walking sticks will be available from the park rangers. A friendly encounter with these gentle giants will be your most exciting experience! For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these gentle giants.

After an encounter with a group of gorillas some with silverbacks, one can say “a sight of Gorillas has made my lifetime tour”. In the evening, you will have a cultural walk to interact with the local people. Participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups or orphan children groups.

Note that the fees you pay for these performances go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.

Trekking Time: Unpredictable

Accommodation Options:

Budget Accommodation: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wagtail Eco safari camp, Bwindi View Bandas
Mid-range Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Silverback Lodge Bwindi
Luxury Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Bwindi Forest – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector. In the afternoon enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation Options:

Budget Accommodation: Pumba Safari Cottages, Pumba Safari Cottages, Mweya Hostel
Mid-range Accommodation: Bush Lodge, Enganzi Game Lodge, Marafiki Safari Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Kyambura Game Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Hippo Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Queen Elizabeth – Drive to Kampala/ Entebbe

After breakfast, drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations.

There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs. Arrive in Kampala in the early evening.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast & Lunch}

5 Day Uganda Safari Lake Mburo Bwindi Gorilla Queen Elizabeth Prices

5 Day Uganda Safari Lake Mburo Bwindi Gorilla Queen Elizabeth Prices Include:

Ferry Crossing + Park Ranger Fees + Park Entrance Fees + 1 Gorilla permit per person + Bottled water through the safari + Relevant Government Taxes + Nature Walks and Community Visit + Unlimited mileage on game viewing drives + Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle + 2-hour Launch Cruise along the Nile and Kazinga channel + Services of our professional English speaking Driver/ Guide & Full Board Accommodation (4 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary

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Notes

* African Spice Safaris can provide you with the following services at an extra fee;
– Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala, Kampala-Entebbe
– Booking accommodation for you (Night before the safari and after a safari in case your flight is on the next day)


* Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years
* Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed 1 hour
* Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track
* Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour
* While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed


5 Day Uganda Safari Lake Mburo Bwindi Gorilla Queen Elizabeth Prices Exclude:

* Airport tax
* Visa Fees to Uganda
* International Flights
* All beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
* Personal Insurance, Travel, Medical & Baggage insurance
* Laundry, Telephone, Cigarettes, Souvenirs and optional activities
* Any activity, meal, or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary
* Expenses of personal nature such as; tips to Camp Staff and gratuity to Guide/ Driver

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