8 Days Uganda Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safari

Safari Overview;

The 8 Days Uganda Mountain Gorilla trekking Safari is  an excellent safari package that starts with the visit to lake Mburo national park which is unique Small National park housing various mammal species like Zebras, Impala, Elands, Bush Back, Buffaloes, Topi and birds. From Lake Mburo, the 8 days safari joins you to Bwindi Impenetrable national park- Natural habitat of mountain Gorillas in the pearl of Africa. The 8days Uganda Mountain Gorilla trekking safari will also join you to Queen Elizabeth national-famous for its adventurous boat cruise that goes through Kazinga channel and Kibale National Park-primate capital of Uganda. This comprehensive Gorilla safari will start and end in Uganda’s Capital City –Kampala.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park & do an afternoon boat trip

Day 2: Do morning Game drive & an afternoon Boat Cruise

Day3: Transfer from Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4: Do an Early Morning Mountain Gorilla Tracking & afternoon Cultural encounter with the Local Batwa

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth with an enroute game drive in Ishasha sector

Day 6: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Day 7: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, visit the Rwenzori Art Foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa & Ruboni Community craft & wax center en route & do an afternoon Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Tour

Day 8: Do Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking & Transfer to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park & do an afternoon boat trip

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Immediately after an early  morning breakfast in your Kampala place of stay, you will be met by your driver guide and thereafter leave Kampala city heading to Lake Mburo in South western Uganda 280km about 4-5hrs. The journey to Lake Mburo will take you through Mpambire Drum shop where you will have view of local drums and the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe, where you will also have stopover for astounding water experiments and amazing photo shots as well as visit to Africa. Thereafter proceed with the drive to Lake Mburo national park through the farmed hill sides and the fascinating rangelands of Ankole region also called the land of milk and homey.You will arrive in park early afternoon and have your lunch in the park grounds as you marvel at the game and birds roaming within the park grounds. After lunch, join on Launch trip that departs at 2:30pm on the waters of Lake Mburo. The boat cruise will provide you with golden chance to meet the wild game like Hippos, Nile Crocodiles, Elephants,drinking on the lake side. You may also enjoy the views of wide - range of water birds such as the colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their big nests and even the prehistoric-looking Shoebill. Disembark from the activity to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Mid-Range), Eagle’s Nest (Budget).

Day 2: Do morning Game drive & an afternoon Boat Cruise

Right after taking cup of tea, embark on the highly rewarding game drive through the park in search of wild game. The connection of game tracks found in the eastern part of the park will offer you that chance of meeting  different wildlife grazers including gigantic eland antelope, zebras, waterbucks, Klipspringer and the rare Topi, impala, warthog, oribi, buffalo, Defassa reedbuck. The game drive which takes 2-3hours covering a distance of 150kms is very rewarding with even an additional view of some unique bird species. After the activity, you will retire back to your lodge for lunch and relaxation as you wait to embark on an afternoon Lunch trip on the waters of Lake Mburo. After lunch, you will embark on an afternoon boat cruise which sets of at 2:30pm on the majestic waters of Lake Mburo .The boat cruise takes you across 2-3 hours of maximum adventure. Not only does the boat trip offer you opportunities of encountering the game drinking on the lake side, but it also draws you closer to counts of Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and a range of water birds such as the colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles, Hammerkops and their enormous nests and even the prehistoric-looking Shoebill. Retreat back from the activity to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury), Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Mid-Range), Eagle’s Nest (Budget).

Day3: Transfer from Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Transfer from Lake Mburo to Bwindi Impenetrable national park after your early morning breakfast. The drive journey of 235 kilometers about 6-7 hours without enroute stopovers will take you through impressive sceneries dotted with tea, coffee plantations and beautiful local people. On arrival to the park, you will advance with the drive to your lodge to check-in, have dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do an Early Morning Mountain Gorilla Tracking & afternoon Cultural encounter with the Local Batwa.

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On this long a waited day, you will wake up very early in the morning; take an relaxed breakfast and thereafter report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for early morning briefing about the rules and regulations to follow while trekking the Mountain gorillas in Impenetrable forest. In the session, you will meet other visitors and you will be divided in groups composed of eight trekkers who authorized to trek one habituated gorilla group. Afterwards, you will be led by UWA ranger guide to trek the Mountain gorillas in the thick creepers and undergrowth of afro monotone vegetation of Bwindi and this will take you between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the mountain gorillas. Once you come across the gorilla group, a memorable, magical one hour will be allocated to you to stay with these charming gentle giants.  You can decide to chill in the middle of forest jungle among the Gorillas, listen to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male-the Silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures. When the one hour is done, you will retreat back to trail head and proceed to the lodge for refreshment and late lunch. After lunch and relaxation, your driver guide will drive you to the nearby Batwa community for refreshing cultural encounter. Here you will be guided by a local guide who will take you to the different communities to see how people have managed to survive through farming.  You will see how local brew processed from fresh Bananas and forest remedies to get beer and Waragi. After that interesting cultural encounter, you will drive back to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth with an enroute game drive in Ishasha sector.

Depart Bwindi Impenetrable National Park after taking your early morning breakfast heading to Queen Elizabeth National park. The drive will take you through the most enchanting part of Uganda. As soon as you arrival at the Ishasha sector, you will have your lunch and there after engage in an afternoon game drive through the tracks of Ishasha sector. The game drive will give you the possibilities of encountering tree climbing lions that tend to lie on the branches of fig trees while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob. You may also see other wildlife species like buffalos, elephants. After game drive in Ishasha, continue with the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Mweya peninsular.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel & transfer to Mountain Rwenzori

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Take an early morning cup of coffee and thereafter, embark on an early morning game drive in the well-coordinated tracks of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through Kasenyi which is a dwelling Centre for a wide - range of wild game including the elephants, lions, buffaloes, Antelopes among others. The Tracks around Kasenyi are well designed to increase your chances of encountering wild game. The sights of an elusive leopard, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, Side stripped Jackal; Oribis among others may not be missed. Return to the lodge after this 3 -4 hour game drive for refreshment and relaxation until the time for lunch. After having a thrilling lunch, embark on the rewarding boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes Edward and George. The 2 hour boat cruise opens your possibilities of enjoying the calm channel waters filled with counts of Hippos no wonder the channel is called the Paradise of Hippos. The other sights of water birds and the Nile crocodiles may not be missed. Retire from the activity to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge (Mid-range/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 7: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, visit the Rwenzori Art Foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa & Ruboni Community craft & wax center en route & and do an afternoon Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Tour

Early in the morning embark on transfer drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale Forest National Park .The drive distance of 157kms about 3 hours’ on rough road is very interesting. You will have stopover at Rwenzori Art foundation which is the only bronze casting center in the whole of African Continent that is located in the shadows of Rwenzori Mountains. You may participate in the wonderful process of sculpture making of which is the common activity done in the Centre. Also take time to tour the Ruboni community wax and craft center that can expose you to the local traditions and the usage of local knowledge to modern development. Thereafter the activity, proceed to Kibale Forest National Park. On arrival to the park, you will drive direct to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on an afternoon Bigodi wetland tour. The famous Bigodi wetland, lies in close distance to the park thus connecting there is less hectic. The Bigodi wetland walk exposes you to typical eco –tourism encounter in Uganda. The impressive flora and fauna existing along with the local community is indeed rewarding to encounter. The sights of great blue turaco and the satunga may not be missed. Retreat from the activity back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Kibale Forest Camp (Mid-range/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 8: Do Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking & Transfer to Kampala

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Right after an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for an early morning briefing about the dos and don’ts of Chimpanzee trekking encounter in the primate Capital of the world – the Kibale National Park. Thereafter, you will walk through the forest with an experienced UWA guide who will be enlightening you about both wildlife and plants life. Immediately you encounter the primates, you will be allowed one memorable hour to interact with the primates. The Chimpanzees will lure you in a state of amazement as they swing through the branches, make pant hooting calls, play with each other, and imitate your body language along with other features that will make your one full hour with them a memorable experience of its own. Retreat from the activity which tends to take 2 – 5 hour to your lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on transfer drive of 358kms about 4-5 hours’ drive without stopovers to Kampala. On arrival to Kampala, the driver guide will drop you to your Kampala lodge or Entebbe international Airport for your scheduled flight back home.

End of the Safari

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