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5 Days Lake Mburo and Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

  • Cassia Lodge - Mburo Safari Lodge, Kampala - Chameleon Hill Lodge, South of Bwindi National Park, Uganda

5 Days Lake Mburo and Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

  • Cassia Lodge - Mburo Safari Lodge, Kampala - Chameleon Hill Lodge, South of Bwindi National Park, Uganda

Uganda Safaris and Adventure

This tour is perfect for you to have a relaxed gorilla safari experience combined with an excursion to Lake Mburo National Park. You will start your journey at Lake Mburo National Park where you will ẹnoy a boat cruise amidst the hippos and a sundown game drive. From Lake Mburo, you will make your way to Bwindi for some fantastic gorilla trekking adventures to end off your journey. You will stay in various mid-range accommodations during your trip.


  • A professional driver or guide
  • Game drives, gorilla tracking, and boat safari
  • Lake Mburo National Park, Mountain Gorilla, and Buhoma Village trekking
  • Roundtrip airport transfer, transportation, and flights during the tour
  • 4 nights mid-range accommodation
  • Park fees and gorilla permits
  • Daily meals
  • 3 activity days
  • English
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Cassia Lodge

Cassia Lodge is located on Buziga hill, one of the highest hills of Kampala, close to Lake Victoria. The environment is cool with few mosquitoes and an astonishing view of the lake as well as the city. They offer excellent international cuisine in a serene environment. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 people. It has an indoor section with air-conditioning and a terrace section.

Adjacent to the restaurant is the bar with a separate panoramic balcony. In addition, Cassia Lodge has conference facilities, a business center, wireless internet connection, a large swimming pool, and 20 luxurious rooms with satellite television, bar, and balcony overlooking the lake.

Chameleon Hill Lodge

This exclusive, colorful, and vibrant lodge enjoys spectacular views across Lake Mutanda with the Virunga Volcanoes as a magnificent backdrop. Each chalet flaunts its own identity and color scheme along with high quality, handmade furnishings that boast a unique Euro-African style. The lodge offers a special blend of comfort and relaxation, where attention to detail and personalized service are paramount.

As well as being the perfect base to visit the mountain gorillas, one can also enjoy a trip on the hand built boat available for excursions. If in need of a little pampering, the masseur is also on hand to spoil you. The kitchen is famous for its mouth-watering food. Specialties include bread, slowly baked in the wood-fired oven, homemade muesli with hand picked ingredients and the freshest fruits and vegetables from the organic garden.

The Ugandan roads can take their toll and after bumping around for a few days on safari many guests need time to lie back and unwind. Chameleon Hill provides plenty of comfy spots and peaceful places where guests can relax. From the wooden deck overlooking the lake to the verandah in your private little garden, there will always be space to put your feet up, unwind, and relax.

Mburo Safari Lodge

Mburo Safari Lodge is a luxury and eco-friendly lodge in Lake Mburo National Park. You relax in one of the luxurious cottages, all raised on a wooden platform and covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, stylishly and thoughtfully designed for your absolute comfort, convenience, and pleasure.

All cottages have a private balcony with a great view and chances to see the wildlife of Lake Mburo. The luxury cottages are spacious, very comfortable, and equipped with a clean private bathroom with hot shower and flushing toilet. Comfortable king-sized beds with mosquito nets will make sure you have a perfect night.

You will go to Uganda to begin your adventure. This tour will start in Entebbe and ends in Kampala, Uganda. During the trip, you will visit Kampala, Bwindi National Park, and other places while enjoying game drives, gorilla tracking, and boat safari in an open-sided four-by-four vehicle. Additional accommodations before and at the end of the tour cannot be arranged by East Cape Tours. Rates provided are for mid-range accommodations.

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB)

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by the guide who will then transport you to Serena Kampala Hotel, a high-end hotel, Cassia Lodge, mid range hotel, or Ken Rock Hotel, a budget end hotel, for an overnight and dinner. The meal plan includes your dinner.

Day 2 - Kampala

In the morning, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at the equator crossing line in Masaka. Arriving in the afternoon, your lunch is ready at the lodge, then you will enjoy a peaceful and exclusive retreat in Lake Mburo National Park. Afternoon boat cruise amidst the hippos is amazing. A sundown game drive will be held for your rewarding.

You will stay overnight at Mihingo Safari Lodge, a high-end lodge, Lake Mburo Safari Lodge, a mid lodge facility, or Eagles Nest Lake Mburo, a budget facility. The meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - From Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning, you will join a bushwalk for two hours to see the wildlife at a close quarter including the zebras, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, and Defassa waterbuck, thereafter, driving heading to Mbarara with a visit to Igongo Cultural village. This is more rewarding and amazing as you visit the Ankole museum. Lunch break is made at Agip Motel Mbarara. After lunch, you will drive to Bwindi. This is the lushest highland rainforest on the earth, filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops, and papyrus swamps.

You will have dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge, high lodges, Engagi Lodge or Chameleon Hill Lodge, mid lodges, or Buhoma community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Camp, budget facilities. The meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4 - Bwindi gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will begin the day with breakfast and be ready for trekking, which begins at 8 a.m. with a briefing from the UWA staff. The guides will lead you inside the jungle to see the shy primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on the earth.

The tracking may take between two and six hours but it is well worth the effort. The afternoon will be spent on a village walk. The Buhoma village walk will give you a great opportunity to see how the people surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The walk begins with your guide at Buhoma Community Rest Camp and is most informative, rewarding to the average visitors.

You will have your dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Safari Lodge, high lodges, Engagi Lodge or Chameleon Hill Lodge, mid lodges, or Buhoma community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Camp, budget facilities. The meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Departure from Bwindi

After your morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala using Kasese - Fort Portal road via Queen Elizabeth National Park for en route game viewing. If you are lucky, you may spot the elephants, antelopes, and the warthogs.

Taking a stop over at the equator line in Kasese, you will enjoy the winding scenery of the foothills of Mount Rwenzori then arriving in Fort Portal for lunch. Thereafter, you will continue to Kampala or Entebbe to catch up your evening flight back home. Your meal plan includes the breakfast.

Game drives, gorilla tracking, boat safari, and Lake Mburo National Park, Mountain Gorilla, and Buhoma Village trekking are included in the prices.

This tour will take place in Entebbe and Kampala, Uganda.

Daily meals as specified in the program section are included in the prices.

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All activities unless labeled as optional
  • All flights during the tour
  • All taxes and VAT
  • All transportation unless labeled as optional
  • Daily specific meals
  • Gorilla permits per person for non-resident
  • Park fees for non-residents
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Government imposed increase of taxes or park fees
  • Other meals
  • Personal items such as souvenirs, travel insurance, and visa fees
  • Tips (10 USD per day)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from the airport.

  • 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.


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    "Hi Lynn"

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    10 out of 10

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    "We started at Pumba, then moved to Kichaka and ended up at Addo reserve at Camp Figtree. All of these lodges were wonderful. Great accommodations, excellent food, friendly staff and lots of animals. If I was scheduling this again, I would have done Addo first. While we were able to see quite a few elephants and they had a great water hole, after the other two camps, the game viewing was less exciting. It would have made a perfect first camp! Camp Figtree was really a treat, loved being up in the mountains and the lodge was really interesting, having a few less amenities because of its location gave it a charm and feeling of days gone by! Good for a couple of nights though a longer stay may not have been as good as you are really fairly isolated up there!"

    "Pumba was a wonderful camp, I believe we were originally scheduled to be the Water Lodge but were changed last minute to the Bush Lodge. I thought the Bush Lodge was great but if I was staying again I would request the Water Lodge. One of the things I missed from our last safari was the ability to sit around the campfire at night or early in the morning and the water lodge had the nice fire pit which I think made it a little more social! We did go over there one afternoon for the spa which was wonderful. The monkeys were just little devils at the Bush Lodge!! But very fun to watch! The animals were very good at Pumba. We had some great experiences with the lions (the white ones were beautiful) and we were able to get very close to these three Cheetah brothers as they walked down the road, feasted on a kill etc. The landscape there was really interesting as well with hills and plains and there was lots to see."

    "Kichaka was next and I think both Adrianne and I felt it was absolutely our favorite experience of the three. Loved the cabins, feeling like we were in the tree tops, the main lodge was very inviting right on the water hole. Great good. Best food for trying local game (they had Ostrich Wellington!). What we liked the best were the game drives. Our ranger took us out literally for 3/12 to 4 hours twice a day. There weren’t quite as many animals as Pumba and the terrain was different but we were able to go off road whenever it made sense so we could actually get close to things. Saw some amazing things. It felt more like we were tracking animals, looking at prints and doing more seeking out versus just driving on a path and seeing what was there to see."

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