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7 Days Unforgettable Wildlife Viewing Safari in Uganda

Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro District, Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safaris

This safari combines wildlife viewing and an unforgettable trekking with a chance to meet gorillas on the way. From Kampala to Bwindi and to Queen Elizabeth National Park and back to Kampala, the safari offers the best of Uganda at an affordable price. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park is an active expedition with moderate to strenuous hikes.

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Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Unique flora and fauna species
  • Birdwatching and wildlife viewing
  • Observe the substantial chimpanzee population
  • Includes park entrance fees and gorilla permits
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Three meals daily
  • Airport transfers

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7 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

You will be provided six nights of accommodation for this safari. For the first two nights, you will be staying at the Broadbill Forest Camp. For the third night up to the last night of the safari, you will be staying at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge.

Program

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an active expedition with moderate to strenuous hikes. Participants must be at least 15 years old and should be physically fit. While tracking primates, guests will trek through thick jungle at elevations ranging up to 10,000 feet, for as many as four to eight hours, depending on the location of the primates.

Treks can be arduous, and the terrain can be steep, uneven, wet, and muddy. This trip is not suitable for those who suffer from a cardiac, respiratory, or circulatory disorder or a disability that limits mobility.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree climbing lion as well as the Uganda kob, other antelope species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. The park is also a habitat for classic big games, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Meanwhile, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its primate populations, being home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas at over 300 endangered gorillas. The ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species. This why every traveler wants to visit Bwindi on their African safari.

Bwindi is also a birding paradise, home to 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations. Proclaimed World Heritage Site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. There is also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where these two apes live together.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Kampala or Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Leave Kampala at 07:00 a.m. You will be picked up from your hotel or preferred location in Kampala or Entebbe, and you will drive west toward Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The first stop is at the equator crossing. It is a wonderful spot to take pictures and have a cup of coffee. Proceed to Mbarara for lunch en-route to Bwindi, and have lunch at Acacia Hotel in Mbarara.

It is a great opportunity to try out the western Uganda’s Matooke (plantain-type bananas) and roasted goat meat if you are not vegetarian. After lunch, you will drive through the virgin rolling hills of Ankole -Kigezi to the home of the infamous mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving at around 06:00 p.m. Overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast, head to the headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla group you are to be tracking. From there, you will set off for your thrilling experience of the gorillas. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the mountain gorillas.

Look out for additional primates, butterflies, mammals, and birds. The trekking will entail thorough climbing before you come face to face with the mountain gorillas, watching them only a few meters away. You will see the baby with the mothers, the gorillas partaking their every day routine just right in front of you.

Because of tourists like you, Mushra Travel Agency worked with communities to protect the Gorillas. Their fair tourism model supports communities around Buhoma to protect the gorillas. You will personally see how they are thriving within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will have an early breakfast and then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering it through the Ishasha sector renowned for the tree climbing lions. You will have a game drive along the way during which you will see lions, various antelope species, elephants, zebras, hyenas, leopards, and buffaloes. In the afternoon, you will go for a two-hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward.

The cruise takes you through the highest population of hippos and you will see a profusion of animals on the water shores. This launch cruise rewards you with a great opportunity to take photos, watch birds, and see the water animals. Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go on an early morning game drive on the Kasenyi Track viewing a large fishing area. The game drive will take two to four hours. You will also tour Kikorongo, where you will encounter both wet and dry crater lakes. You will have another game drive in the afternoon to see lions, elephants, topis, leopards, bush bucks, cape buffaloes, Defassa waterbucks, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, among others. Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Katwe Explosion Crater

Katwe explosion crater is located in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is believed that this significant feature came into existence as a result of violent eruptions that took place approximately 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. You will take an extremely rewarding 27-kilometer crater drive to Katwe that will offer you a remarkable memory of your safari in Uganda.

The communities have got rich traditions and their lifestyle is centered on the lakes’ natural offerings. You will learn the local processes of salt extraction and how they arrange their mining areas. The crater drive track offers impressive scenic views and the extending to the wider savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth. The views of the overlooking Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the mountains of the moon also add spice to remarkable memories for the safari. Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge.

Day 6: More game viewing and birding

You will go for another game drive that will enable you to see wildlife in their natural setting, for example buffaloes, elephants, and other animals that dwell in the grassland thickets of the Northern Kazinga. If you are lucky, you might have a rare chance to spot lions prey on other game. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a wonderful birding destination. You will do a round of birding to conclude the safari. A number of bird species will also be seen along including the rare shoe bill. Overnight at Twin Lakes Safari Lodge.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch in Mbarara town and proceed to Kampala arriving late afternoon. Drop off at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe in time for your flight.

Included excursions

Included in the price of the safari is a drive to the Katwe explosion crater located in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a two-hour boat cruise down the Kazinga Channel.

Location

This safari will be held at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its primate populations being home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas at over 300 endangered gorillas. The ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species.

It is also a birding paradise and home to 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations. Proclaimed World Heritage site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. There is also a substantial chimpanzee population, and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where these two apes live together.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree climbing lion as well as the Uganda Kob, other antelope species, elephant, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is among the Uganda’s oldest national parks and UNESCO listed it as a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity. The park is among the most diversified eco-systems on the African continent.

In addition to the abundant wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a magnificent scenery with dozens of enormous crater lakes carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel whose banks are thronged with hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and a cocktail of birds, tropical forests which host several primates including the chimpanzees and the endless Ishasha plains which are immersed with a lot of game including the tree climbing lions.

The park stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from savanna and wetlands to gallery and lowland forest. This remarkable diversity is reflected in its bird list of over 600 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa.

Food

You will be served three meals daily throughout the whole safari.

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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the wildlife and sceneries
  • Enjoy the game drives and boat cruise
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Interact with the locals
  • Rest at your accommodations
  • See the stunning views
  • Visit the nearby attractions

What's included

  • 3 meals daily
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Birdwatching activity
  • Boat cruise at the Kazinga Channel
  • Bottled mineral water
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Gorilla permits
  • Ground transportation
  • Park entrance fees and ranger fees
  • Transfer to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Visit to Katwe explosion crater

What's not included

  • Drinks other than the mineral water provided in the vehicle
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Laundry
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passports

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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