Join this national park tour and gorilla tracking in beautiful Uganda. Uganda is best-known around the world for its gorilla tracking experience. The gorillas, also known as gentle giants, which are famous in Uganda are popular among the visiting tourists. Apart from gorillas, you will also see the abundant wildlife that made the jungles of Uganda their home.
Buhoma lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Situated within the national park, Buhoma lodge is a short distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. Ten comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the national park.
Inside the spacious cottages, you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower, and some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.
Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward, and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond, Katara lodge is a 20-minute drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s premier safari destination and one of the most biodiverse reserves in the world.
The park’s varied habitats, which include open savannah, dense papyrus swamps, crater lakes, extensive Maramagambo Forest and forested Kyambura Gorge, are home to almost 100 mammal species and over 600 bird species. Katara lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the park. It offers many activities including game drives, bird watching, the famous launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge, and forest walks in the Kalinzu or Maramagambo forests, all of which provide truly memorable wildlife experiences and incredible opportunities for nature photography.
Mweya safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya safari lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the "mountains of the moon". To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the "mountains of the moon" by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here, the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes, Lake George and Lake Edward.
Simba Safari Camp, renowned for excellent hospitality, is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular park, Queen Elizabeth National Park. The camp has panoramic views across the park’s extensive savannah plains teeming with wildlife as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga Channel.
It is the closest accommodation to Queen Elizabeth’s Kasenyi plains on the edge of Lake George, the famed mating grounds for the Uganda Kobs and thus the most preferred area for game viewing drives. It is also closest to the other areas of northern Queen Elizabeth National Park including the Mweya Peninsula and the Kazinga Channel, well-known for launch cruises, close range game-viewing, and bird-viewing. You'll have an opportunity to go for guided chimpanzees tracking in Kyambura Gorge.
Early morning, you shall set off from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the home of mountain gorillas. It is estimated that half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas, more than 300, are to be found within Bwindi boundaries. The drive is long but enjoyable with lunch en route. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense and crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.
Apart from the gorillas, there is a variety of primates to be seen including the blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys. The great blue turacos, which are often seen, are a marvelous sight even for a non-bird watcher. You shall arrive late afternoon and settle at your tranquil accommodation. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at the accommodation in the area where you will be tracking.
After breakfast, you shall proceed to the park offices to begin your adventure with the gentle giants. A briefing will take place at the park headquarters. The time and terrain vary from one to eight hours according to the movement of the gorillas. The sight of the mountain gorillas will be memorable. You'll return to your lodge for overnight stay. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at the accommodation in the area where you will be tracking.
After early breakfast, you will head for Ishasha in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for the tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River banked by a riparian forest. You shall enjoy a picnic lunch before heading northwards to Mweya Peninsula. You will arrive late in the afternoon.
The Mweya Peninsula is located on the northern bank of the impressive Kazinga Channel at the convergence of the channel with Lake Edward. The area of the Mweya peninsula includes the channel track all the way down to Katunguru gate, then across to Kabatoro gate which has a chunky ground cover with dense vegetation dominated by Candelabra Thorn. There are a number of tracks for a game drive, which are well-maintained. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at the accommodation in the area where you will be tracking.
You shall do an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains. The Kasenyi plains are on the western shores of the adjacent stunning Lake George, just near to the area where the Kazinga Channel confluences with this lake. This area is also known as the Mweya or the Kasenyi sector as a dissimilarity from the renowned Ishasha sector found in the southwestern region of the park.
The region around Kasenyi is actually an open savannah which is swarmed with various wild animals with the Ugandan kob being dominant. Actually, this place is the major breeding area for the Ugandan kobs within this park. For that reason, lions are commonly seen here during the various game drives as they are drawn by the large kob populations, which is their main prey in this area.
In the afternoon, you shall toast the day with a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which adjoins the Lakes Edward and George. You'll have dinner and stay overnight at the accommodation in the area where you will be tracking.
Today after breakfast, you shall drive to Kampala through Fort Portal town, and have lunch en route. The drive will take you through breathtaking scenery like the tea plantations on the Fort Portal, Kampala highway, and the lush green vegetation. You shall arrive late in Kampala, where you will end your trip.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda. The park is inhabited by a population of about 400 mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei) known as the Bwindi population, which make up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is in the nearby Virunga National Park. A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park showed that its numbers had increased modestly from an estimated 300 individuals in 1997, to 320 individuals in 2002, and to 340 individuals in 2006.
There are 11 species of primates, including chimpanzee, and monkey varieties such as Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, and olive baboon. Especially, Bwindi is home to about 400 gorilla beringei beringei, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds registered in here, as Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, which is hard to experience in any other place in East Africa, and 200 species of butterflies.
Gorilla tracking is the park’s main tourist attraction. Tourists wishing to track gorillas must first obtain a permit to do so. Selected gorillas families have been habituated to human presence and the number of visitors is tightly controlled to prevent degradation of the habitat and risks to the gorillas. Tourists can visit the park any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season.
The cost of the tour includes most meals. On the day you go on gorilla tracking, a packed lunch is provided by your accommodation.
Please book your flights to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Gorilla Tour will pick you up from the hotel or guesthouse of your choice in Entebbe.