5 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

5 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

This gorilla and game safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel which has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. This boat cruise can expose you to more wildlife than you can find on any given game drive. It then takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will have a chance to trek one of the habituated mountain gorilla families and take back memories.

Highlights

  • Visit to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Covers all park entrance fees
  • Getting around with open-sided 4×4 vehicle
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Boat cruise and game watching on Kazinga channel
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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Broad Bill Forest Camp or Crater Bay Cottages

Kabale is situated about 410 kilometers south-west of Kampala. After you across the equator, you drive through Masaka and later Mbarara, on a good tarmac road. On the lake shores, Crater Bay Cottages is offering you a base to explore the Lake Bunyonyi or a wonderful stop over on your way to visit the mountain gorillas in the national parks of Rwanda or Uganda. Crater Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to relax, explore, and enjoy the spectacular landscape and beauty that is portrayed before you.

Bufalo Safari Resort

Bufalo Safari Resort is a cottage resort nestled in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Every cottage is self contained with a hot and cold shower.

Day 1 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi located on the eastern side of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Your guide will make stopovers at the Equator for photographs and lunch in Mbarara town. You will then drive past banana plantations, farm,s and beautiful hills of Kigezi for your overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Crater Bay Cottages in Kabale town.

The included meals are lunch and dinner and you will be provided with drinking water.

Day 2 - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to Ruhija Park headquarters for briefing and joining others for gorilla trekking. You will start your trek, which can take from 30 minutes to six hours depending on the location of mountain gorillas on that particular day. Once you have found them, you will be around one hour for observation and photography before returning back to the park headquarters for certificate and overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Crater Bay Cottages at Lake Bunyonyi.

The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drinking water will also be provided.

Day 3 - Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park located in western Uganda. you will be arriving in time for lunch at Bufalo Safari resort. This will be followed by a short relaxation and an evening game drive in the savannah plains of Kasenyi, where wild animals like buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, and big cats such as lions and leopards can be spotted depending on your luck. After, you will return to your lodge for overnight.

The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while and drinking water is provided.

Day 4 - Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

This morning you will head towards the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what could have missed the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge and after you will head to the jetty along Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you chances of viewing animals like: hippos, water birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles, and many other wildlife which flock the channel for drinking water. You will stay at Bufalo Safari Resort.

The included meals are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Drinking water is provided also.

Day 5 - return to Kampala Entebbe International Airport

After morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your next flight out.

The included meals are breakfast and lunch, and drinking water will also be provided.

Gorilla tracking rules

Before departure for gorilla tracking

  • A maximum eight visitors may visit in a group of habituated mountain gorillas on a daily basis. It will lead to minimum behavioral disturbances to the gorillas and lessen the chances of their exposure to human borne diseases.
  • You should wash your hands always before heading over to tracking gorillas.

Along the way of gorilla tracking tour

  • You should keep the level of your voice as low as possible. On your gorilla tracking safari, you will get to see the greatest concentrations of bird species and other wildlife along the forest.
  • You should not leave any rubbish thing while going on a tracking safari in Uganda. This means whatever things or accessories you bring for your gorilla tracking trip should be carried out back with you.
  • You will be taken to the sites where the tour guides seen the gorillas the day before. From right there, you will follow the trail of gorillas to search them. Even, you will be able to look out for the nestling sites of gorillas along the way.
  • When you will approach to the mountain gorillas, the tour guides will inform you to get ready.

When you are nearer to the gorillas

  • At least seven meters (21 feet) of distance should be maintained to observe the gorillas at all times. The more distance you will be, the more relaxed your group will be.
  • You need to stay tight to your groups when you are up close with the gorillas.
  • You should keep down your voice. Remember that it is okay to ask questions to the tour guides.
  • You shouldn’t smoke, eat, or drink when you are nearer to the gorillas as eating or drinking near to them will increase the chances of food or drink morsels or droplets falling which will cause the risk of disease transmission.
  • Oftentimes, the gorillas charge. You should follow the guides. For instance, crouch down slowly, don’t look at the gorillas directly on to their eyes, and always wait for the animals to pass. You shouldn’t make an attempt to run away because that will increase the risk factor.
  • Flash photography is not allowed. When taking photographs, you should move slowly and carefully.
  • Don’t ever try to touch gorillas as they are wild in nature.
  • The maximum time you will get to spend with gorillas is one hour. If the gorillas become nervous or agitated, the tour guide will finish your gorilla tracking tour early.
  • After visiting, you should keep the voice down until you are away 200 meters from the gorillas.
  • Mountain gorilla tracking
  • Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Visit to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Jacob Sekajja

    Jacob is a computer engineer by profession and a guide by nature and passion. He has been guiding for Encounter Africa Safaris for the past seven years to Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda. He has been trained with Uganda Safari Guides Association and he belongs to Uganda Bird Guides Club and Uganda Cultural Guides Club. Jacob loves people, culture, and birds.

  • Paul Nangai

    Paul has been in the business of guiding for quite some time. He holds a bachelors degree in tourism management from Makerere University and he chooses not to sit in office, but to show the clients the beauty of Uganda. He has been guiding to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, and of course Uganda. Three quarters of his time is spent in the field with the safari tourists.

  • Robert Ochaya

    Robert is a Karamanjongo from North Eastern Uganda Park. Robert spent his childhood time in national park since his father worked with Uganda Wildlife Authority and because of this; he managed to learn more about wildlife in National Parks of Uganda. Join him as you'll identify forest, water and forest birds in Uganda. He walks with by binoculars since every day is a birding day. Robert hold certificates from Uganda Bird Guides club, Uganda Safari Guides Association, and defensive driving.

  • Tolbert Gumisiriza

    Tolbert is an Ugandan who grew up in Jinja, the source of the longest river on planet earth. He has been guiding tourists for the last eight years as a guide and tour leader for big groups. He has been trained with Uganda Wildlife Authority on guiding in a national park, Uganda Safari Guides Association on guiding and public relations, Uganda bird guides association specializing in birding and he has been to Burindi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania while guiding clients.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is regarded as one of the oldest and unspoilt tropical forests dating back as 25,000 years. According to the latest mountain gorilla census, it was established that half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas live in Bwindi.

The number of mountain gorillas has been estimated to 820 individuals and out of this, 400 hundred are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which remains the only park in the whole world where mountain gorillas co-exist with wild chimpanzees although there is no trekking chimps since no community has been habituated.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most visited national parks due to its location in the vicinity of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Rwenzori National Park, and Kibale National Park. It is the second largest national park after Murchison Falls National Park and stretches to about 1,978 square kilometers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions commonly spotted in the southern sector of the park popularly referred to as Ishasha. It is home to over 600 hundred species of birds including migratory birds from Europe. Kazinga channel boat cruise remains one of the highlights of the park as several animals such as hippos, elephants, birds among other can be easily spotted.

During the safari tour, you have included in the price four breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.

Batwa cultural experience in Bwindi

The Batwa commonly known as the Pygmies in most books are short people who used to inhabit Bwindi forest as their home but when it was gazatted as a National Park, they were chased out and have now started to live a normal life. They used to feed on wild animals, honey and herbs and could stay I trees or caves. This three to four hour hike to a Batwa village in the midst of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest will allow you the opportunity to meet Batwa elders and their families and learn about their daily lives. Through the assistance of a skilled interpreter you will discover the unique traditions and practices the Batwa people including their deep attachment to the forest, the cuisine they enjoy, how they harvest their food, the style of their homes, and their burial rites. Visitors are even given the chance to learn how to light a fire with just a stick and how to shoot a target with traditional weapons.

Village community walk in Bwindi

You can participate in any of the community walks through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional activities include visits to a traditional home, local orphanage or school, banana brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healers. This three to four hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests. Village walks are popular in Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo.

Walking safari through Bwindi

Visitors have an opportunity for a guided nature walk between Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Buhoma on the opposite side of the park. This three to four hour guided hike provides a leisurely opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest, view the native wildlife, and learn about the many animal and plant species present in the park. You may meet the gorillas on your way through the forest. This walk can start from Buhoma to Nkuringo or from Nkuringo to Buhoma.

  • 4 breakfasts, five lunches, and five dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Game cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mountain gorilla trekking
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Gorilla permit - between 450 - 600 USD per person depending on the season
  • International airfares
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry
  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Uganda Visa 100 USD which can be paid on arrival at the airport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfers from and to the airport are included in the price. Encounter Africa Safaris will have the driver / guide send to 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.

Testimonials

  • Review by Gayle from Vietnam
    9 out of 10

    "OMG they are the BEST tour company I have ever used!! My 23 year old daughter and myself (mother) did the Gorilla trek 2 nights 3 days in Uganda last November stayed at the community rest camp and it was totally amazing. Encounter picked us up from our hotel in Kampala and our adventure started from there. They were informative, helpful soooo accommodating, I honestly couldn't say enough positive compliments to justify them The whole experience was amazing!!!! The experience with the Gorillas is a once in a lifetime event. Go and enjoy say hi to Jerry!!! :)"

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  • Review by Gloria from United States
    9 out of 10

    "When I begin planning a Gorilla Trek in Uganda, I was overwhelmed with the number of operators. I chose Encounter African Safaris because they were friendly, quick to respond to all of my questions, and they worked with me to get a great rate for my group. I took a chance, and was very happy. My high maintenance group (and I say that with love)! had nothing but great things to say. I highly recommend Encounter African Safaris."

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  • Review by Tonje K from Norway
    9 out of 10

    "We are now back from our trip to Uganda, and we could not have been happier with the company we chose. They were great! They arranged everything for us, and we had no issues what so ever. Also, the driver (Hassan) they provided was one of the nicest men we have ever met. Always smiling, and always helping us with whatever we needed help with. Thank you Encounter Africa Safaris Ltd! (And especially Jerry, who we were in contact with from day 1). PS: We stayed at Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, which we also highly recommend."

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