uganda safaris

5 DAYS GORILLA LIFE SAFARI

Lake Bunyonyi

SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gorilla trekking in the deep forest
  • Stop Over at Equator crossing
  • Bird watching
  • Beautiful butterflies in the thick forest
  • Nature walk
  • Cultural visits
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Boat Cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Lake Mburo National Park

TRAVEL DETAILS

  • Transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide/driver
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on a shared twin/double room
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • VAT for hotels and lodges metioned in the itinerary

DAY TO DAY SAFARI PROGRAM

5 days Gorilla Life Safari is an amazing 5 days /4 nights tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo, this safari offers you a site of the iconic great mountain gorillas found in this thick forest, bird watching & cultural adventure to the batwa communitee

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the South Western Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. 

This park inhabits a population of about 400 mountain gorillas which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. There are 11 species of primates, including chimpanzee, the monkey variants such as Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, and olive baboon. According to the recent survey, Bwindi has 346 species of birds and 200 species of butterflies.

Gorilla tracking is the major tourist attraction in this Park. Gorilla permit is a must for anyone wishing to go for gorilla tracking in this park.

Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe airport / Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 2: Do Morning gorilla trekking

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, Boat cruise, Bird watching. and nature walk.

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Mburo, wildlife and bird watching and guided walk.

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala.

5 Days Gorilla Life Safari in details 

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After an early morning breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, you will be picked up by your tour guide at 6:30am and embark on 540km or 6-7 hours’ drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National park, located in Western Uganda. We will make a stop at the Equator at Kayabwe (about 77km from Kampala) for photo shoots with one leg in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. You can also perform water experiments to justify the geographical divide between the two hemispheres.

There are craft centers at the site where you can get yourself a souvenir as remembrance of your safari in Uganda. We will continue on the drive and make another stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km to Mbarara town for lunch. Here, you’re served organically grown and freshly prepared African cuisine at the famous Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant literally translated as it’s finished when it is still sweet.

We continue on the drive to arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Mbarara and enjoy beautiful view of tea plantations of southwestern Uganda and the land scapes. Upon arrival, we will check in at the Lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:-

  • Upmarket/Luxury: Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Midrange/Standard: Haven Lodge Buhoma
  • Budget / Basic: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla tracking in the thick forest

After early morning breakfast at around 6.00 am, we set out for a briefing at the park offices where we are allocated a gorilla family to trek and given tips in preparation for a close encounter with the gentle giants. The mountain gorillas in Uganda are part of a worldwide population of just 1063 individuals. The gorillas we are permitted to visit belong to one of 20 family groups, habituated for gorilla trekking.

After the briefing, we’ll undertake a challenging trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the company of an armed expert ranger guide. It may take 2-8 hours of pushing through vegetation before we set our eyes on a colossal dominant Silverback male and his group.

You will probably remember today for the rest of your life as we spend a full hour in the company of a family of Mountain gorillas! Spending time with and photographing these gentle, peaceful, and shy gorillas in the magical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is indeed a unique, breathtaking, inspiring, and thrilling lifetime memorable adventure that leaves you desiring to have it again. 

After the gorilla encounter, we’ll retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:-

  • Upmarket/Luxury: Buhoma Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Midrange/Standard: Haven Lodge Buhoma
  • Budget / Basic: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

 Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

After your early morning breakfast, we drive to the magical Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. You arrive at Bunyonyi in the afternoon and embark on the 2 hours boat trip to explore the second deepest Lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort/ Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4Transfer back to Lake Mburo Park en route Mbarara

After your breakfast embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park via Mbarara in Igongo Cultural Center for lunch (Traditional dishes) but also you will visit the cultural museum here and embark on your drive to Lake Mburo. On arrival, check in to your hotel room for refreshment. Your will have an evening walk through the park for wildlife and bird watching.

Accommodation:-

  • Midrange/Standard: Mihingo Lodge

 Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5Transfer back to Kampala / Entebbe Airport.

After your breakfast embark on the transfer to Kampala via Masaka. on your drive to Kampala, we shall have a stop over at the Equator crossing line for photo shoot and later continue  on our journey. On arrival in Kampala by 3.00 pm local time you immediately embark on a mini famous Kampala drive-through tour which makes the end of your 5 days Uganda tour.

Meal Plan: – Breakfast & Lunch

End of the 5 Days Gorilla Life Safari

SAFARI EXCLUSION

  • Visa fees
  • international flights
  • Laundry services
  • Gorilla Permits
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional activities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other beverages/drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other extras not mentioned in the itinerary

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