The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari is a mix of wildlife and gorilla encounter. It itakes you to the most famous Uganda Safari destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park with its counts of wildlife including the lions, African elephants, the Cape Buffaloes, the Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, spotted hyena, panthers, side stripped jackals, the aquatics of Kazinga Channel where one of the world’s largest herds of Hippos happen and the Nile Crocodile which is the second biggest reptile on the world. The Safari likewise includes Mountain gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a living space with about 500 mountain gorillas which is near a half of the 880 numbers that are known to flourish on the planet.
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and complete a watercraft journey toward the evening
Day 2: Do a morning diversion drive and exchange to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Do mountain gorilla trekking and exchange to Lake Bunyonyi for a night watercraft journey and unwinding
Day 4: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi back to Kampala
Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and complete a pontoon journey toward the evening
Leave your hotel early at 6:30am after breakfast for Queen Elizabeth National Park 417km around 7 hours’ drive in the south west of Uganda. Drive from Kampala towards the west and have a stop at the Equator for shopping and stunning photographs. After this proceed with your adventure to Queen Elizabeth National Park faced by the superb Rwenzori Mountain range for a lot of your journey. Arrive at your lodge, relax as you prepare foe an evening boat ride. You will have a night 2-hour boat ride along the Kazinga channel that extends from Lake George to Lake Edwardcovering 45km separation. This safari offers you a chance to see at short proximity the most amazing herds of Hippos, in addition to crocodiles drinking and relaxing on the surface of the water. The 4 days safari offers a brilliant stage for photography, wildlife sightseeing.
Financial plan/Basic: Puma safari houses
Midrange/Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
Day 2: Do a morning Game drive and exchange to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Have an early breakfast and set off for an early morning game drive in search of Buffaloes, Elephants Topi, Kobs, Warthogs, Waterbucks, Hyena, Leopards, and in addition the lions and lots of Birds. After the game drive, you transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through Ishasha. Along the street through Ishasha you have chances of spotting tree climbing lions found only here in the entire of Uganda. Ishasha likewise has Buffaloes, Elephants, Waterbucks and Kobs which can be seen on the way to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park touching base at night for unwinding, supper and medium-term.
Financial plan/Basic: Broad Bill Forest Camp
Midrange/Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp
Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Day 3: Undertake Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and have an evening Batwa / Bakiga Cultural Performance at the lodge
This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long lost cousins – the mountain gorillas. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to
make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Be informed that as when you meet these adorable mammals, you are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and connect to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening relaxation before proceeding to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, chilling at the lodge grounds as you enjoy the performance of the local Batwa or the Bakiga that live around the park. They have magical songs and dancing styles which definitely make your evening colorful.
Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp
Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp
Day 4: Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park back to Kampala
After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala. You drive through the magical highlands of Kigezi covered with mist in the morning before continuing through impressive south western Uganda landscapes of Ntungamo with extensive banana plantation and cattle farms. A lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Center and another can still be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe to get yourself impressive photographs for better memory of your Uganda gorilla safari experience.
End of Safari
Included in the price:
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- 1 Gorilla tracking permit
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
- English speaking driver/guide
- 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
- Welcome package including a detailed map of Uganda
- VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
- International flight
- Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
- Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $55 per person)
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above – Items of personal nature
- Tips – Christmas supplement
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Uganda Gorilla Permits costs
Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.
Best time to visit Uganda
The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.