6 Days Gorilla Trekking and wildlife safari

Top Destinations/Parks to Visit:

  • Lake Mburo National ParkLook out for zebras, topis, buffalo, elland, impala...
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest For Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari scenery experience
  • Queen Elizabeth National Parkfor Tree-climbing lions, elephants.

Activities to do on this Safari:

  • Wildlife Game Drives
  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

6 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari

Overview

This 6 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari Holiday involves a lumpsome of activities like the mountain gorilla tracking experience in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (with over 12 other primate species), a visit to Lake Mburo National park –in this particular National park, one can take a bush walk and be able to see the wild animals up close.  You could choose a bush walk, horse-back safari or ride in the park on a mountain bike as you view the game. And Queen Elizabeth National Park with 4 of  the ‘BIG 5’, i.e climbing lions,the buffalo, the leopards and the elephants. Other animals to look out for include over 600 bird species, antelopes, crocodile, chimps, nyena,Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthlog  and many more .

Tour Highlights of 6 days gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris

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

Itinerary Summary

  • 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.

Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival at the airport and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

You will meet and greet with our local Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari guide over breakfast, and then after we drive heading to southwestern Uganda. Enroute to the park , you will have a stop at mpambire dram making village and  the Equator  for some photography, water experiment and craft shop.

We shall have a stop over in Mbarara and later continue to Lake Mburo. On arrival to the lodge room, take a short rest and get ready for an evening game drive looking out for zebras, topis, buffalo, eland, impala, water hogs, waterbucks and many 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: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

We shall have an early morning breakfast and assemble for briefing where the rangers will tell us about the dos and donts while trekking the Mountain gorillas. The Guide will lead us into the forest to look for the gorillas. Once found , you will spend some time with them especifically one hour before returning to the hotel for an early lunch.

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

We shall then 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 good for 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  while.

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. The park has over 350 species which migrate mainly from the Lake victoria source of the nile albetine Rift include .Some of the albertine endemic bird species include; Ruwenzori Nightjar,Red-throated Alethe,African Green Broadbill,Red-faced Woodland Warbler,Handsome Francolin,Short-tailed Warbler,Collared Apalis,Mountain Masked Apalis,Archer’s Robin-Chat,Dawrf Honey guide,Grauer’s Warbler,Dusky Crimsonwing,RwenzoriBatis,Purple-breasted Sunbird,Regal Sunbird,Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Strip-breasted Tit,Blue-headed Sunbird,Grauer’s Rush Warbler,RwenzoriTuraco,Strip-breasted Tit,Kivu Ground Thrush,Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, and the Strange Weaver.

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 plantation gardens, 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

Tour Highlights

  • Western Uganda Safari Road Drive
  • Wildlife Game DrivesBoth Lake Mburo & Queen Elizabeth parks
  • Gorilla Trekking Jungle SafariIn Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Best Time to Visit

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda and Rwanda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

How to Obtain Tourist Entry Visa

The most easier way of getting a visa to Uganda is by purchasing it at the entry point, Entebbe Airport or any border station. This is very possible for tourists. All you need to do is pay USD 50, fill in the application form with passport dates and information. The visa fee of USD 50 usually runs for 90 days.