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4 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Lake Mburo, Uganda

Short Safari Uganda

Discover the unparalleled nature and wildlife of Uganda on this trip with a safari through Lake Mburo National Park and an unforgettable gorilla encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. See the traditional Mpigi drum-making and the equator line, discover Lake Mburo with boat ride and game drives, and see the majestic Ugandan gorillas in their natural habitat.

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Lake Mbruro boat ride included
  • Gorilla trekking at Bwindi Forest
  • Chance to visit the equator and the Mpigi drum makers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • 3 nights accommodation included
  • Gorilla permit included
  • Small group experience (max 7 People)

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4 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 7
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Accommodation

You will be provided three nights of accommodation on this safari. Accommodation options include budget lodge twin or double room, budget lodge single room, superior lodge twin or double room, and superior lodge single room. On the first night of the safari, you will stay in a Lake Mburo eco-lodge, while the second and third nights will be spent in a Bwindi eco-lodge.

Program

You will depart Kampala on Day 1, stopping to see traditional drum making and the equator line before reaching Lake Mburo National Park. You will take a two-hour boat ride to see incredible nature and wildlife, and then wake up early on Day 2 for a Lake Mburo game drive and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On Day 3, you will experience your unforgettable gorilla trek, and return to Kampala on Day 4.

Gorilla trek rules

For conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled. The following rules apply and must be strictly adhered to:

  • No one with a communicable disease, such as flu or diarrhea, is allowed to enter the park.
  • You will stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, so do not surround them.
  • Do not get closer than seven meters (21 feet) to the gorillas.
  • Do not eat or smoke when with the gorillas or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
  • Turn away from the gorillas and cover your nose and mouth if you have to sneeze or cough.
  • Do not leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
  • No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
  • Do not spit on vegetation or soil when in the park, use your hankie or other garment.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Lake Mburo National Park

You will wake up early on this day and get ready to be picked up from your accommodation in Kampala to begin this adventure to the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. The first stop is at the Mpigi Drum Makers, where you will watch ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations.

The next stopover will be at the equator, where you can take photographs on both sides of the northern and southern hemispheres, pick up some souvenirs, or just stretch your legs. You will continue into the Ankole Region of Uganda and onwards to Lake Mburo National Park, arriving in the afternoon.

Next, you will take a two-hour boat ride on the lake, giving you a chance to see some of the incredible local wildlife. African fish eagles and kingfishers perch high on trees that overlook the lake, searching for their next meal.

In the water, there are also large groups of hippos and if you are lucky, you will see the crocodiles that line the shores of the lake. Overnight stay will be in a Lake Mburo eco-lodge. Lunch and dinner is included in this day.

Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi National Park

You will wake up for an early-morning game drive in Lake Mburo National Park, with a chance to see newly-integrated giraffes, herds of zebra, buffalo, and antelope. The park also has fierce predators, namely jackals, hyenas, and leopards. For the best authentic experience of Lake Mburo National Park, you will opt to climb Kazuma Hill, which is high enough to see the five lakes and rolling hills of the pristine park. After a late breakfast, you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Dinner and overnight will be in a Bwindi eco-lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included in this day.

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Buhoma Sector

After breakfast, you will take a short drive to the park headquarters for a gorilla trekking briefing. You will then be ready for one of the highlights of this safari. There are 13-habituated gorilla groups spread across the four sectors of Bwindi. Each tourist group is made up of a maximum of ten people who go trekking to find one of the gorilla groups.

An advance group of trackers will locate the gorillas ahead of time and communicate back to your group. The communication between this advance party and your group continues until the gorillas stay in one place long enough for you to catch up and spend time with these wonderful primates in their natural habitat.

Once contact is made with a gorilla group, you will be allowed to observe these incredible creatures for one hour. This strict time limit is to ensure that they do not become too acclimatized to humans. Once the gorilla trek is over, you will return to your lodge for a well-earned rest. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included in this day.

Day 4: Bwindi to Kampala and airport drop-off

You will have breakfast at the lodge and then head off towards Kampala. There will be a couple of places to stop off for lunch before you arrive at the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in time for your flight back home. Breakfast is included in this day.

Included excursions

  • Equator visit
  • Lake Mburo boat ride
  • Visit to Mpigi drum makers

Location

This safari will be held at the Lake Mburo National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included in this day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All game drives
  • Visit to Mpigi drum makers
  • Equator visit
  • Lake Mburo boat ride
  • 1-day gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Kampala accommodation pick-up
  • Kampala Airport drop-off
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Gorilla permit (600 USD per person)

What's not included

  • Optional activities
  • Other meals or drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.

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