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7 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kanungu District - Kisoro

Primate Safari in Uganda

Africa Adventure Safaris offers you once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in encountering Uganda’s iconic features while enjoying its enthralling wildlife. You can’t afford to miss out on a chance to look into the eyes of the endangered mountain gorilla in the dense forests of Bwindi as you rewind from the breathtaking wildlife viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. With the company of an experienced and knowledgeable safari guide, you will be taken to explore the spectacular wilderness in all its majesty.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Kazinga channel boat cruise
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will stay at The Bush Lodge / Enganzi Game Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bakiga Community Lodge, and Mutanda Eco Community Centre.

The Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge offers 10 non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof which creates your private terrace and provides some welcome shade. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided.

Enganzi Game Lodge

Enganzi Game Lodge has 5 splendidly set cottages which offer a picture perfect view of the Queen Elizabeth National Park's bush expense.

Bakiga Lodge

Bakiga Lodge offers accommodation of 2 twin tents and 2 family cabins, all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp offers 6 well-furnished and self-contained (en-suite) safari tents, 3 self-contained cottages, and 2 non-self-contained twin cottage bandas. All of the bandas are built with local materials and are of African architectural design. They offer a 6-bed dormitory as well as several campsites.

Mutanda Eco Community Centre

The camp provides accommodation, camping facilities, and food.

Day 1

Your tour guide will pick you from the hotel or airport depending on the meeting point and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda. This 8-hour drive will allow you enroute stopovers at the equator for photography and water experience as you check out the local craft centers for souvenirs and later at Igongo Cultural Centre for a lunch break and a deep insight into the Ankole culture.

Enroute views of the zebras in people’s farms around Sanga area will be a signal to you for the existence of rich wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park, a few kilometers off the Mbarara-Masaka Highway. You will then proceed through Bunyaruguru Tea Estates and to the crater lakes including Lake Rutoto that has a shape of the map of Africa. You will arrive at The Bush Lodge / Enganzi Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 2

After an early cup of coffee, you will set out for an early morning game drive in the northern part of the park. You will follow the Kasenyi Track in search for early risers like lions, jackals, and leopard if you are lucky as they retire from a night hunt as well as elephants, buffaloes, and other wildlife. After that, you will return to the lodge for a full breakfast, and then lunch later.

After lunch at 14:00, you will assemble at the Mweya Peninsula as you prepare to set off on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George. While on the boat, you are likely to see big herds of buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, bushbuck, Uganda kob, topi, and the defassa waterbuck, crocodiles, hippos, as well as beautiful birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, and bee-eater among others.

Day 3

You will have a hearty breakfast in preparation for the forest walk in search of the chimpanzees. You may track chimpanzees either in Kyambura Gorge or Karinju Community Forest. Later on, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enroute drive through Ishasha sector may reward you with sights of the famous tree-climbing lions as they rest in the huge fig trees taking shelter from the scorching sun. You will then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bakiga Community Lodge.

Day 4

You will have a heavy breakfast early in the morning and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch and at least 2 bottles of drinking water, cameras, and binoculars. You will then get a briefing by the senior park ranger. At 08:30, your gorilla trekking will begin. You will penetrate the dense tropical forest with a tropical green canopy until you encounter the mountain gorillas.

Most people who had an opportunity meeting these gentle giants confess that it is the most exciting wildlife experience ever. Park officials will allow you to stay in their presence for one hour. The time taken to encounter the gorillas ranges between an hour and 8 hours. No one can be certain over this, since the gorillas live in the wild and keep moving looking for food.

After that, you will return to the lodge for relaxation. If you have been lucky finding the gorillas closer, you will return to the lodge relatively early and enjoy fresh and warm food. You will stay overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Bakiga Community Lodge depending on the section of the forest.

Day 5

You will take off a day to visit the different community conservation projects in Kisoro organized by Biodiversity Conservation for Rural Development (BCRD-Uganda). You will learn more about projects in which the Batwa pygmies collaborate to start up different conservation projects. After that, you will stay overnight at Mutanda Eco Community Centre at the gate of Mgahinga National Park.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for playful and rare golden monkeys in the bamboo forests. In the evening, the Batwa Trail will be another highlight to crown your day. You will listen to their folk tales and songs and visit their caves that acted as refugee places during war times as they take you back in time to give you a deep insight of who they are.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala as you traverse the scenic Kigezi Highlands, commonly referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. You will arrive in Kampala by 15:00.

During this safari, you will be taken through Ankole, Sanga area, Bunyaruguru Tea Estates, Lake Rutoto, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel or Karinju Community Forest, Ishasha sector, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, and Mgahinga National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park is located in Western Uganda. The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting the two. It has a stunning biodiversity with open savannas, dense papyrus swamps, crater lakes, forest, and interesting Kyambura Gorge. It is named after Queen Elizabeth II and is home to 95 species of mammal and over 600 species of birds.

Kyambura Gorge (Kyambura Game Reserve)

Approximately 1 kilometer across at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, the stunning Kyambura Gorge also called the Valley of Apes, is the longest of its kind in East Africa stretching over 7 kilometers long. The gorge is home to about 7 primate species including the man’s closest relative namely chimpanzee, the red tailed monkey, olive baboon, and the black and white colobus monkey among others as well as a variety of bird species and one of Africa’s few underground rain forests.

The Kyambura River Gorge forms the western border of the reserve and apart from those nature walks, visitors will be privileged to view one of Uganda's 241 wetland bird species which have been observed in the reserve. The gorge is endowed with a variety of habitats, including peaceful savanna grasslands, entwined thickets, sweeping acacia woodlands, and freshly swaying wetlands of which the visitors to Enganzi can access with wild abandon. To the south, the visitors have free access to the rolling acacia savannas which conceal a number of unspoiled and virgin crater lakes, known to be the most important flamingo sites in Uganda.

Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga National Park shares borders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.

During this safari, you will be served 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners.

The Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge can organize a starlit dinner in the evenings when weather allows and take your table outside. Paraffin lights and a campfire will create a cozy setting from where your 4-course dinner will be served. Due to logistic reasons, they will work with set menus, but if you inform them on time, they will cater to your request and dietary requirements. There will be early wake-up calls with coffee or tea, packed breakfasts, or lunches that can be organized according to your planning of the day.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

They will serve Western and African cuisine prepared by Ugandan chefs using locally grown products. Their set meal would, for example, consist of a fresh mushroom soup, pan-seared tilapia fish or vegetable masala, roasted potatoes, saucy mixed vegetables, crepes with honey sauce, tea / coffee, and hot chocolate. Your breakfast will be fresh fruits and toast accompanied by your choice of prepared eggs (scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or omelet) along with coffee / tea and juice. For your gorilla tracking, they will pack for you a sandwich (egg, tomato and cheese, peanut butter / jelly, tomato, or cheese), a juice box, two pieces of fruit, a boiled egg, and biscuits.

  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Otter viewing
  • Snake safari
  • Swimming
  • Village walks
  • Waterfall viewing

You can treat yourself to a massage treatment at an extra cost at Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

  • 2 nights' accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Mgahinga National Park
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • A full time English speaking driver / guide
  • Airport transfer
  • Batwa pygmies’ cultural visit and community projects
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla, chimpanzee, and golden monkeys tracking
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • Ground transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Maramagambo Forest walk
  • Park ranger fees
  • Airfares
  • Cigarettes
  • Drinks
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities
  • Personal insurance
  • Telephone
  • Visa fees
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.