5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari

5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari

Uganda Gorilla Tours

Uganda Wildlife Tours

The 5 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari takes you to the savanna rolling landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its four of the big five of land animals including leopard, lion, buffalo and elephant. The Kazinga Channel extension has counts of Nile crocodiles and Hippos. The safari also offers you an opportunity to encounter the chimpanzees in the valley of Apes famously known as Kyambura gorge. It also includes the gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where a half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas is known to exist. The recreational boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi commonly referred to as the land of a thousand hills brings with it a taste of romance and relaxation.

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Day 1 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do an evening boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel

Day 2 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Do morning game drive & afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge

Day 3 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do a game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Day 4 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Do Gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation

Day 5 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer back to Kampala, lunch at Igongo Cultural Center & Equator stop at Kayabwe


Day 1 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do an evening boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 417km about 7 hours’ drive from Kampala. The drive will take you through impressive Uganda’s country side landscapes including the traditional rangelands of Ankole and the scenic Bunyaruguru crater field. You arrive in time for lunch in Queen Elizabeth National Park after which you will gather at Mweya for a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel with the impressive views of aquatic wildlife like Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, birds and a range of other wild game like elephants, buffaloes & antelopes drinking on the channel side. The boat takes 2 hours and stretches to the shores of Lake Edward overlooking the Congo boarder. Retreat from the activity, do a game drive along the channel track and extend a little to the savannah plains of Kasenyi as time may allow before heading to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Do morning game drive & afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge

Wake up early in the morning like at 6:00am, take your breakfast and embark on the wild game drive at 6:30am in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through Kasenyi with the opportunities of meeting the nocturnal wildlife species when they are retreating back to their hiding grounds and also meet the early morning risers when they are starting their daily activities of looking for food. The ranges of wild game which may be seen during the game drive include the elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The tracks are well designed to increase you possibilities of encountering wild game in their natural habitat of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you will transfer to Kyambura gorge for a thrilling chimpanzee trekking. The encounter in Kyambura takes about 2 – 5 hours trekking the gorge with its steep slopes and verdant vegetation cover that inhabits it. The views of the flowing river on the gorge floor are also rewarding. The encounter with chimpanzees is very interesting as you see them roll themselves on tree branches, make pant hooting calls and socialize. Retreat from the activity and transfer to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 3 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do a game drive en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where half of the critically endangered mountain gorillas are known to be existing. The stretch to Bwindi will see you make a stop en route in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions which tend to rest on fig tree branches during day time. The drive in Ishasha takes 1 – 2 hours before continuing on the drive to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 4 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Do Gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation

After your early morning hefty breakfast, your driver guide will drive you with your packed lunch, bottled water, to the Park head Quarters in your respective gorilla trekking region for an early morning briefing at about 70:30am to 8:00am about etiquettes of Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Uganda. While at the park headquarters, you will meet other trekkers and you will be divided into groups of eight individuals who are only allowed to trek one specific habituated Gorilla family. After briefing, UWA experienced ranger guide will lead you to the trail heads where thrilling gorilla trekking experience starts from. You will entre in the ancient, thick dark impenetrable forest to begin hiking the hills and slopping the valleys when looking for the unique species of the mountain gorillas inhabited in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The trek can take you between 2-8 hours to meet face to face with the mountain gorillas and once up close, you will be allowed to spend one magical hour with these stunning apes. During this time you can decide to sit down listen to gorilla crumble, study how these apes go about their daily activities and you can take as many photos as possible. When the one hour is done, you will walk back to the park headquarters and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. You can then undertake a sunset boat cruise on the lake of a thousand islands exploring its main islands before retiring for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari: Transfer back to Kampala, lunch at Igongo Cultural Center & Equator stop at Kayabwe

After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala. You will drive through impressive landscapes of south western Uganda before arriving in Mbarara the largest town in the Sub region. You will make a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara and another stop at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments. Proceed for 77km to arrive in Kampala in the evening marking the end of the safari.

End of safari of the 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari


General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)


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