5 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour & Wildlife Viewing

5 Days Best of Uganda wildlife safari starts off with gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and ends with wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The tour to Queen Elizabeth entails a game drive in the park to view wildlife like Elephants, kobs, and lions and a launch along the Kazinga channel offering upcose views of water animals like hippos, and birds.

A visit to Bwindi National Park not only rewards you with mountain gorilla tracking but also visits the Batwa pygmies communities as you learn about their ancient culture.

What is included in this safari?

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Full board accommodation
  • Transport and a guide/driver
  • Game Drive
  • Launch Cruise
  • Visit to Batwa pygmies

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After breakfast at your lodge around 07:30 am in the morning your driver/guide will pick you up for a full-day private transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, in southwestern Uganda. On the way, you’ll stop at Mpampaire village to learn different types of African drums such as Engalabi.

You will make another interesting stop for photos at the Equator in the Kayabwe along Masaka highway and have lunch at Igongo Cultural Museum. Afterward, you will continue via the rolling Kigezi hills arriving in Bwindi to access your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs/Bwindi Lodge/Agaandi Lodge/Gorilla Safari Lodge/Icumbi Lodge

Day 2: Gorilla trekking and village walk

You will have an early morning breakfast and drive to the park head offices to catch up the briefing about gorilla tracking. After you have been allocated to a group of 8 trackers, you will get to the starting point to get into the forest for the trek as you search for the endangered mountain gorillas. The search for the gorillas will take about 1-6 hours depending on the locality of the gorilla family.

When you meet the gorillas, ensure to adhere to the advice of the park ranger. Your interaction with the gorillas will take strictly one hour as you will observe them going through the daily routine of feeding and the young ones playing around. You will also have an opportunity to take pictures and videos of these wonderful animals to show back at home.

After an encounter with gorillas, you will be awarded a gorilla trekking certificate, and lunch will be served at the lodge. In the afternoon,  you will visit the local community including Batwa pygmies to learn about their culture and gorilla revenue-sharing benefits such as beekeeping, weaving, craft making, and commercial farming. You will return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs/Bwindi Lodge/Agaandi Lodge/Gorilla Safari Lodge/Icumbi Lodge

Day 3: Morning Nature Walk in Bwind And Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will enjoy an unforgettable morning nature walk on one of the renowned trails in Bwindi with your guide to the refreshing waterfalls expecting to view butterflies, primates, birds, orchids, tree ferns, and flowers.

You will return for early lunch and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route, you’ll stop in Ishasha wilderness to search for the fascinating tree-climbing lions as well as other animals like bushbucks, warthogs, Uganda kob, and eland.

You’ll arrive at your lodge with sunset views, normally called the golden hour, so great for photography.

After dinner, you’ll do a night bush with a ranger using a spotlight to view nocturnal animals like leopards, hyenas, jackals, and night jars. You will also gaze at the stars in the skies as you return to the lodge

Accommodation options: Mweya Safari Lodge/Twins Lake Lodge/Parkview Lodge/Enjojo Lodge/Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 4: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

After a cup of coffee at 06:30 am in the morning you will go for a 2-4 hours game drive with high chances to encounter lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, Cape buffalo, giraffes, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, Uganda kob, topi, eland and many species of birds. you will return for breakfast, relax and till you have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will enjoy 2 hours boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalo, and various water birds like pelicans, kingfishers, African fish eagles, egrets, and herons.  At around 5 pm you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options: Mweya Safari Lodge/Twins Lake Lodge/Parkview Lodge/Enjojo Lodge/Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala

After breakfast, you will depart Queen Elizabeth National Park via Mbarara. You’ll have lunch en route and visit the Igongo Cultural Museum. Continue to Kampala reaching in the early evening. if time permits, you may opt to go to Gadaffi Mosque to have an aerial view of Kampala city and its amazing architecture and after transfer to Entebbe airport.

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