This 6-Day Gorillas and Wildlife Uganda Private Safari can be Budget, Moderate or Luxury-priced. It gives you some of Uganda’s Best – The Mountain Gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest –Tree Climbing Lions and other Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth Park – Giraffes, and Zebras in Lake Mburo Park.
We visit 3 parks in 6 Days filled with African Adventure in Uganda. On this Safari-trip, you cut one long drive – time by spending a night at Lake Mburo Park where you have can see Zebras and Giraffes and other wildlife.
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Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Drive
Our 6-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek – Queen Elizabeth Park & Lake Mburo Park Wildlife Safari in Uganda begins. After breakfast at your hotel we depart Entebbe or Kampala at 7.00am for your Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trekking adventure. It's a 9-hour drive (including breaks) to the Ruhija or Buhoma region of Bwindi Forest. At the end of the Safari fly out of Entebbe since Lake Mburo park is only 4 hours of drive time from there.
Alternate starting point that saves drive-time is Kigali - Rwanda. Fly into Kigali - the Gateway to Southwest Uganda and drive to the Ruhija area of Bwindi in 4½ hour drive which saves you the wear and tear coming from Entebbe or Kampala
We break the journey for lunch in Mbarara town at the Lake view Hotel then off again through some of beautiful countryside of Uganda toward the ancient Bwindi Forest for our much anticipated rendezvous with the world's critically endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda.
We arrive late afternoon in the Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and check into the Bakiga Lodge or the Lodge that you have chosen. From Kigali, you will arrive at lunchtime and check in.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Have an early breakfast and need to be at Bwindi Forest - Ruhija park station for the Pre-tracking orientation by 8.00am, meet with park guides and other trackers, sign the registration book then go over guidelines for you and your safety. The Gorilla tracking begins soon afterward and can be from a short walk to a 7-hour hike through at times rough terrain.
Small groups not exceeding 8 trackers per gorilla family will enter into the Forest for a day. The things you need for the trek are listed here; Packed lunch, you will need it,...its included in your room price and not refundable once missed, 2 liters of drinking water, Light, breathable long Trousers, thick socks that can allow you to tuck trousers in, light, breathable, long Sleeved Shirt, hat, Gardening Gloves and of course a good attitude. You can bring a walking stick if you have one home, here it comes in handy, or you can use a local one. You can engage the services of a porter and help the local community.
Time taken may vary depending on the terrain and movement of the gentle giants. Mountain gorillas never stay in one place twice; they move and build a new nest every day so there is nothing like closest or farthest gorilla family, but the treks may be different. The excitement of meeting the gorillas face to face is so rewarding. Gorilla trekking (tracking) day is certainly the of a lifetime and something that remains with you for a long time and well worth the cost and effort involved. No one has ever complained.
You will not find the mountain gorillas in any zoo, but only in this small section of Africa where the remaining mountain gorillas are found. Fortunately and due to much work they are thriving and surviving here at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and you are there seeing them up close and personal. Afterwards it is a return to the park station and if time permits and of course your energy levels, a village walk is possible, – where you will see traditional ways, from brewing of beer to remedies made from the forest. There will be some dancing and entertainment as you observe the ways of the local people and it is certainly worth your while.
Return to the Lodge for dinner and the second night in the Forest.
Day 3; Move to Queen Elizabeth Park via Ishasha Region – Search for Tree Climbing Lions & Afternoon Explosion Crater Drive
Breakfast and we take the 3 hour drive to Ishasha from Ruhija (from Buhoma – 1½ hours) where we go on a game drive in search of the tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is the best area in East Africa where you can readily see the famous lions, but there is more, such as elephants, buffaloes, countless of antelopes including the Topi Antelope.
Ishasha is the less frequented area of the Queen Elizabeth Park which means that there are not as many people – an abundance of wildlife and of course the tree climbing lions.
The Lions go out on the hunt at night and sleep the day away in the Fig Trees. From early in the morning to the late afternoon, tree-climbing lions are found here.
Lunch at Savannah Resort and thereafter continue to the Mweya region of the park which is a 2 hour plus drive where we take during the late afternoon the 27 kilometer Explosion Crater Drivewhich is one of the most scenic drives in all of Uganda – there are various kinds of craters you will see here.
You are at the highest point in the park with incredible views all around including the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, down the escarpment to the savanna and Lake George and Lake Edward.
We check into Bush Lodge – an excellent mid-range safari camp near the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Park. The camp among the many alternatives in park on the Mweya Peninsula looking over the Kazinga Channel and probably has the best views of the area. The Tented lodge offer a nice room with indoor toilet and shower outside closed area but part of the tent apartment. Wild animals enter the compound and there is a guard - the patrol all night. The noise from the surrounding enter the tent so you fill you stay in the wild. A staff takes you to the tent and from the tent to the dining area after sunset and before sun rise.
Dinner and breakfast the lodge.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth Park - Game Drive and Kazinga Channel Boat Safari
Breakfast before or after the game drive – you can begin your first game drive at the crack of dawn which is about 6:30 am here – that is also the time you can pick up a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to go with us. it Its also the best time for you to see the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have a great chance to view just about every animal here at very close range.
Option 1: Kyambura Gorge or Karinzu Forest Chimpanzee Tracking: Instead of a Game drive you choose to go for chimpanzee tracking for an extra 55 USD/person.
Option 2: Lion Tracking Research: A drive in search of electronically collared lions with researchers. It's 50 USD/person.
Considering any of the two options above means we'll have to skip the morning game drive on this day.
Lunch at the lodge.
At 2pm, we go for the Boat ride along the Kazinga Channel - this a natural which connects Lake George with Lake Edward is a fabulous experience and a highlight of your safari in Queen Elizabeth Park. This is a 2½ – 3 hour slow wildlife boat safari where you see so many animals together at the shoreline. It is right out of national geographic. The sights of hippos and crocodiles lounging by the river is commonplace; African Elephants, Water Buffalo along with hundreds of birds including Pelicans ...excellent! You find many serious photographers on this tour. Great guides – especially with spotting and describing all the different birds.
Tip: sit on the top deck, left hand side for best viewing.
Dinner and second night at the Bush Lodge
Day 5: Move to Lake Mburo Park
Breakfast and we move to Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo National Park is the perfect place to break a long journey at one of the most delightful places in Uganda. The wildlife is not as abundant or impressive as many other African parks. No large predators, since the cattle farmers are too close. Game and boat safaris are possible but it's also a great place to and relaxation!
We'll have our lunch in Mbarara town, thereafter proceed to check into Eagle’s Nest Camp. The facility is just at the entrance gate of the park, but at the outside, so you don’t need to pay the daily park fee like at some other locations. The view from anywhere at Mburo Eagles Nest is amazing! Each tent has its own balcony with seating arrangements, which creates a great opportunity to spend quality time with family or friends - with a quality view. You stay in a self-contained tent, which has a beautiful spacious bathroom with hot water.
Afternoon Wildlife Game - The wildlife is not as abundant as many other African parks and no large predators, since the cattle farmers are too close but there are good things going for Lake Mburo: Burchell Zebras, Rothschild Giraffes - which are the tallest giraffes found in Africa, the large Elands Antelopes, Leopards and Impalas - only place where they are found in Southern / Western Uganda. Combination of lake systems, woodlands, grasslands - make up a good safari with some very nice bird watching opportunities as well!
Dinner and overnight at the Lodge
Day 6: Return to Kampala or Entebbe
Breakfast and a morning Game Drive through the savannah or an ultimate treat. Check out Uganda’s wildlife besides the mountain gorillas in Bwindi such as zebra, warthog, buffalo, klipspringer, eland, oribi and waterbuck. Lake Mburo national Park, a haven for "impalas" small antelopes and herbivorous are most concentrated in Lake Mburo of all the Ugandan national Parks. There is more to impalas, Kampala; Uganda’s capital derives its name from here, it’s beautiful animal. A horseback safari, ATV quad safari tour is also possible. The choice is yours.
Checkout afterwards and a journey back to Kampala, on the way we stop at Masaka for lunch, back toward Kampala stopping at Nabusanke Trading Center where you can stand on the equator, take pictures and also buy some souvenirs and crafts then on to Mpambire where you can observe the Buganda Royal Drum Makers and even buy a few, back on our homeward journey where we arrive in Kampala or Entebbe late afternoon. Our 6-Day Gorillas and wildlife Uganda Safari ends.
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