5 days Wildlife & Gorilla Safari in Uganda

A Quick Overview

This safari will take you gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is located west of the Albertine Rift Valley. Most notably, this safari will take you to see gorillas, humans’ closest relatives. There, you can see the forest terrain, plants, animal life, and birdlife, as well as some butterflies, before heading to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a launch ride on the Kazinga Channel and game driving. The Kazinga channel, located between Lake Edward and Lake George in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, is a popular boat ride destination. Friendly Gorillas Safaris invites you to join the trip and experience the natural beauty of Uganda.

Day 1: Travel from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

After your early morning breakfast in Kampala, Friendly Gorillas Safaris’ driver guide/representative will brief you on the safari, and you will then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest while passing through Uganda’s Switzerland, Kabale. This will be a 7-hour drive, so plan accordingly!

You will stop at Uganda’s Equator for a wonderful photo shoot before continuing to Bwindi for an evening nature walk that will take you to the Munyaga Waterfall and provide you with the opportunity to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and other animals.
Accommodation
Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge /Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Tracking

This is a special day to honor the magnificent mountain gorillas. Going gorilla trekking in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with lasting memories. You meet at the respective park headquarters at 8 a.m. for a briefing, and you are also assigned gorilla families to track. The experience lasts 2 – 8 hours, depending on the gorilla movements, and you have one hour to interact with the gorillas. When approaching gorillas, their response is unpredictable, as it may include them greeting you politely, ignoring you, and charging at you. Retire from the activity and travel to Lake Bunyonyi through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands, where locals use terracing methods to farm their slopes, resulting in spectacular scenic landscapes. After arriving in the afternoon at Lake Bunyonyi, you embark on an exciting boat trip to discover the Lake of a Thousand Islands. The views of the Islands, the surrounding Kigezi Highlands, the bird life on the lake, and the sights of locals in canoes connecting to and from the Islands are very magical and impressive to explore before retiring for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation
Luxury:  Birdnest  Safari Lodge
Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort/ Arcadia Cottages
Budget: bunyonyi overland

Move to Queen Elizabeth National Park on Day 3

After an early breakfast, you can check out of your hotel, carrying with you memories of your gorilla tracking experience, and depart for your Uganda wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth. The path to Queen Elizabeth will take you through Ishasha’s tree climbing lion sector en route to the lodging of your choice in Ishasha or around the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After a delicious lunch and some downtime, you can embark on an unforgettable afternoon game drive in search of the park’s mammals, which include lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, bush pigs, monkeys, warthogs, and various antelopes. Return from this activity to your favorite lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:
Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge
Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

Day 4: Wildlife and Game Viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Breakfast will be served at your Queen Elizabeth Park lodge in the morning, followed by a game drive. On the game drive, you can see animals returning from a night hunt, such as lumbering elephants, tigers, and running warthogs with their tails lifted. Remember that Queen Elizabeth provides breathtaking views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Then it’s time to return to your lodging for some rest and lunch. Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries because you’ll be taking a boat ride, which is a must-do for any visitor to the park. Lake Edward and Lake Gorge share the Kazinga Channel, which runs 40 kilometers between the two lakes.

You will go on a boat ride or cruise in the afternoon. The channel is home to several birds seen during the boat ride, as well as a school of hippopotamus, buffaloes, and warthogs. Nothing beats swarms of pelicans on the sea, birds flying all over the channel, and the boat taking you slowly along the shores as you take Uganda wildlife photos. To say the least, it was a satisfying afternoon game watching.

You will head to your lodging facility for dinner and a relaxing evening at your African savannah cabin.

Accommodation:
Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge
Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

Day 5: Drive to Kampala and Chimpanzee Tour

You will be moved to Kyambura Gorge in the morning for your thrilling chimp tracking safari before returning to Kampala. Even without monitoring the chimps, the Kyambura Gorge is worth a visit. You will spend an hour with the chimps that live there. After that, you’ll return to your lodge for lunch before continuing on to Kampala. You will also make a picture, gift, and craft stop at the equator. You will arrive in Kampala in the evening.

The safari has come to an end.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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