4 days Uganda Gorilla Tracking and Lake Mburo National Park Safari

This 5-days wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park is probably the best and most popular East African Safari package. Lake Mburo National Park habours several species not observed elsewhere in Uganda.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1124 - $1812
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
4 days
Best months:
January May - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
Birding safaris Birding Boating safaris Boating
*Prices are estimates and used as guidelines only. Please contact the tour operator for an exact quote.
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Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda for your gorilla trek.
Day 2:
Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Day 3:Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector (famous for tree-climbing lions)
Day 4: Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc, return to Kampala/ Entebbe

Day 1: Briefing on the safari, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest, southwestern Uganda for your gorilla trek.
Meet and greet with our local guide over breakfast, and then after drive heading to southwestern Uganda. En route, there is a local community popular for making local drums and crafts and a fruit market. Stopover, admire and buy yourself souvenirs. Proceed to the Equator line taken as one beautiful scenery in Africa - the pathway of the sun and take photographs.
Pass by mountains, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest during the nine hour journey.
Overnight at either Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge (Up-market accommodation)
or, Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp (Moderately priced accommodation, mid-range standard)
or, Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Low Budget accommodation)

Day 2:
Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas and other primates
Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Overnight at either Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge (Up-market accommodation)
or, Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp (Moderately priced accommodation, mid-range standard)
or, Travellers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Low Budget accommodation)

Day 3:Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha Sector (famous for tree-climbing lions)
Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, etc.
We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Buchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Rock
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Day 4: Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc, return to Kampala/ Entebbe
Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park Headquarters. This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps. After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast on the wooden decking overlooking the water hole. Before lunch you can relax at the pool, the bar area or enjoy the privacy of your room.
In the afternoon we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey. En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment', then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
 

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  • Buhoma Lodge
  • Engagi Lodge
  • Travellers Rest Hotel, Buhoma Community

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