06 Days Gorilla & Wilderness Safari - Uganda

This itinerary is created in a way that brings more and more excitement for wildlife lovers every day. Next stop is, therefore, Queen Elizabeth National Park, where two game drives will hopefully bring you in sight of four of the Big Five along with thousands of hippos and over 600 species of birds. Then, last but not least, the fauna finale of this holiday is the gorilla safari and trekking expedition that takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to over half of the earth’s 800 or so mountain gorillas. Travelling in a small group means that we are able to organise the much sought after gorillas safari permits in advance, staying in a nearby mountain lodge that is at the heart of the small rural community here.

And for one more treat before you go, this trip also includes a visit to Lake Mburo National Park, which is conveniently close to Kampala for your departure, but also famous for its zebra, hippo and buffalo residents.

per adult from

$4,688

NZD

Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Mburo National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Entry/Admission - Queen Elizabeth National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Tips
    • Extra Accommodations
    • Shoppings

  • Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

    Stop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara Uganda
    Meet and greet with our local Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari guide over breakfast, and then after we drive heading to south western 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.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

    Day 2: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park:

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Uganda
    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.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Engangi Lodge

    Day 3: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:

    Stop At: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Buhoma Uganda
    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.

    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Engangi Lodge

    Day 4: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park:

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    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.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Simba Safari Camp

    Day 5: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Stop At: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    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.

    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Simba Safari Camp

    Day 6: Visit the crater lakes and transfer to Kampala

    Pass By: Queen Elizabeth National Park, 410 kilometers from Kampala, Kasese Uganda
    Breakfast and head for Kampala (about 5 hours driving) via Mubende. This route travels through breath-taking 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.


    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in KampalaAirports
    • Entebbe Airport, Entebbe Uganda
    Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Ngutu Adventures and Safaris

Activity ID: V-65909P11

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