This Uganda safari experience starts from Lake Mburo National Park, containing an extensive area of wetland that harbors several species of mammals. You will also experience gorilla tracking and cultural trail with the Batwa forest people in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This safari is crowned with a visit to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride, swimming, or view point hikes that will make this safari amazing.
You will stay for 1 night at Anderita Beach Hotel, 1 night at Eagles Nest Camp, 1 night at Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite / Travellers Rest Hotel / Gorilla Valley Lodge, and 2 nights at Bushara Island Camp.
You will meet your safari guide at the airport who will transfer you to Anderita Beach Hotel. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.
You will set off after breakfast to the Lake Mburo National Park in the western part of the country. You will have a stopover at the Mpigi drum makers village to see how the royal drums are made using traditional methods that have been handed down over generations.
Another stopover will be at the Equator where you can take some photos at this international landmark. You will also watch the mesmerizing water experiments conducted at the spot where the two hemispheres are divided.
You will continue the drive through the rolling hills and plains dotted with the community homesteads and herds of the long horned Ankole cattle to Lake Mburo National Park. You will arrive in the afternoon to enjoy boat riding followed by dinner and overnight stay at Eagles Nest Camp.
You will wake up early and set off for a morning game drive to enjoy the rich biodiversity of this small park that boasts of the large herds of zebra, impala, gigantic eland, topis, and a variety of bird species. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and hit the road again to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in the lodge.
You will have an early morning breakfast and then move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla tracking rules at 07:45. You will track through the thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the gorillas, which can take you 1 - 8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails. You will have one hour to stay with the gorillas.
After that, you will be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi. The drive will be through a beautiful part of the country that is often referred to ‘the Switzerland of Africa’ because of its unique cool weather, despite being near the Equator.
This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa (900-meter deep) and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias-free. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at Bushara Island Camp.
Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there are plenty of birdlifes around the lake. The landscape is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. You will spend the whole day in the Lake Bunyonyi area, taking boat rides, swimming, or if you like, hiking the hills around the lake to see the beautiful scenic landscapes.
You will have a relaxed breakfast and set off on the journey to Kampala. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to your hotel for dinner and stay overnight.
You will enjoy safari in Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda. Uganda is a tropical country and much of it lies on the African plateau, between 900 -1,500 meters above sea level. Dubbed the pearl of Africa, Uganda is home of natural beauty, displayed in the vast beautiful landscape and rare animal species like the mountain gorillas and white rhinos.
Situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara, Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savanna national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years.
It is home to 350 bird species including the marabou stock and the crowned crane as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, defessa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, topi, crocodile, and reedbuck. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50 kilometer-long wetland system linked by a swamp.
Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges, while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, “Bwindi impenetrable Forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated gorilla groups.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
You will be served 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners. Bottled drinking water will also be provided on safari.