6 Days Gorilla Tracking Safari and Boat Riding Trip in Uganda

  • Lake Mburo National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi - Queen Elizabeth National park

Game Park Uganda Safari

Enjoy this Uganda safari in Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will experience a large variation of safari, from gorilla tracking to cultural experience with the Batwa forest people. You are guaranteed to have an unforgettable safari experience of a lifetime where you can make interaction with the endemic mountain gorillas of Uganda and other animals.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Batwa cultural trail
  • Mountain gorilla tracking
  • Bird watching & boat cruising
  • Includes gorilla permit worth 600 USD per person
  • Daily meals & mineral water
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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You will stay for 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 1 nights at Bushara Island Camp, and 2 nights at Kazinga Channel View Lodge / Simba Safari Camp / Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge.

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 Queen Elizabeth National Park for game driving and boat cruising.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lake Mburo National Park and boat riding

You will meet your safari guide at the airport who will transfer you to 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.

Day 2 - Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

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 a lodge.

Day 3 - Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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.

Day 4 - Canoe riding, swimming, or hiking in Lake Bunyonyi

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 can choose either to go for a canoe ride, swim on the lake, or hike to the view point on the hills to see the exceedingly beautiful scenery of this part of the country. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5 - Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive where you will see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalos, elephants, defassa waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topis, and bushbucks. After that, you will return to your lodge to enjoy your lunch and then in the afternoon, you will go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Kazinga Channel is a 42 kilometers channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful with over 550 resident species. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 6 - Travel to Kampala

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, Lake Bunyonyi, and Queen Elizabeth National Park 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.

Lake Mburo National Park

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

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.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions, ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. A favorite way to view the game is by launch trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Lake Edward.

You will be served 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners. Bottled drinking water will also be provided on safari.

  • 5 night’s accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Canoe riding / swimming / hiking
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation
  • Additional beverages
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Tickets and departure taxes
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 12 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 9 days before arrival.

Kampala, Uganda

Saso Uganda Safaris offers wildlife and gorilla tracking safaris and tours in the famous jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. They are passionate about nature and aim to deliver enriching travel experiences.

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