Tour overview

gorillas ugandaThis tour also starts and ends in Kampala. This safari will give you a chance to enjoy the mountain gorillas as well as the wildlife species. The main highlights of the safari will be bwindi impenetrable national park and Lake Mburo National park. You will view many animals in Lake Mburo National park including the eland antelopes, bush duikers, the topis, impalas, bush duikers, and many more. You will view many water animals like the crocodiles, hippos as well as water birds. There are also nearby swamps which have got animal species including the antelopes, sitatunga and red, yellow as well as the black papyrus gonaleks.

You will then continue to Bwindi impenetrable National park where you will trek the endangered mountain gorillas. You will view one of the habituated gorilla groups that is found in one of the sectors found in the park. Trekking of the gorillas is also a tough activity that can involve tracking in the muddy steep hills for many hours as you look for these surviving gorilla giants. The other species that are found with in the park also include; the birds, monkeys as well as the orchids.

Tour highlights

Day 1: Drive to Lake Mburo National park

Day 2: Have a morning game drive & a canoe Trip on the Lake & transfer to Bwindi

Day 3: Have a cultural tour in Buhoma

Day 4: Enjoy gorilla tracking

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Lake Mburo National park

Our guide will pick you up from the hotel and will again give you a briefing about the whole safari. You drive to Lake Mburo and arrive in time for lunch, after have a game drive in the afternoon to view many animals including the topis, zebras, buffalos, impalas an many antelopes etc .later proceed to the lodge  for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mantana Tented Camp

Mid-range: Arcadia cottages Mburo

Budget: Eagle’s Nest Lodge

Meal plan: Full board

Day 2: Have a morning game drive & a canoe Trip on the Lake & transfer to Bwindi

Have a morning game drive in the park to see many animals and then return to the lodge for breakfast as you prepare to go for a guided nature walk which will allow you to explore the salt lick area to view the 3 different animal types licking at the salty rocks. After this, have lunch and enjoy proceed for a canoe tour on the lake to view many water animals as well as birds along the shores and after prepare to transfer to Bwindi arriving in the evening.

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Gorilla Resort Lodge/ Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range: Nkuringo Gorilla camp/ Gorilla Nest Camp

Budget: Bwindi View Bandas/ Bwindi travellers Motel Butogota

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 3: Have a cultural tour in Buhoma

Have breakfast in the morning and then drive to Buhoma sector which is found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is located in south western part of Uganda where you will have lunch and in the afternoon, you will visit the nearby local communities of adventuring their life styles as well as the culture or opt to remain at the lodge and then rest.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range: Silverback Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Enjoy gorilla tracking

Wake up so early in the morning and proceed to the park headquarters to have a briefing about the dos and the don’ts of tracking the mountain gorillas. After, the rangers will lead you to start your search for these wonderful gentle giants. The walk can sometimes be so tough and requires someone who is strong enough. The trackers are also advisable to carry the rain coats as well as the boots since the weather is always unpredictable. There are also potters who carry the luggage on behalf of the guests at a small cost. Once you come face to face with these gorillas, the rangers will also guide you on how to handle them most especially by giving them a 6 meter distance as you play around with them.  It’s also not so easy to predict the time to be taken while trekking and this will mainly depend on the location of some families since some stay really far from the headquarters. But this takes about 2 to 8 hours to come into contact with them and the rangers will also be there to guide you. This trek is also active and needs someone who is physically fit. After the trek, you will return to the lodge for dinner and relaxation in late afternoon.

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge

Mid-range: Silverback Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala.

Have breakfast and then drive back to Kampala city arriving in the late afternoon.

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Tour inclusions

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kigali hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional activities in the itinerary