AVU006 – UGANDA GORILLA SAFARI IN BWINDI (4 DAYS)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a home to over 350 giant Mountain Gorillas which are the most awe-inspiring primates to be found in Africa. There are also 346 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. Gorilla tracking is the major tourist activity in Bwindi. This activity can be challenging therefore ensure physical fitness but an en counter with the giant mountain gorillas will you asking for more….

After Bwindi you proceed to Lake Mburo National Park is a very special game park. Lake Mburo is blessed with; Forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys and seasonal & permanent swamps that support a huge number of wildlife. Lake Mburo National Park is famous for its richness in bio-diversity. It has about 68 different species of mammals. The park also has over 315 different species of birds.

Safari Highlights:

Day 3: Bwindi National Park Gorilla Tracking.

Day 4: Travel to Kampala.

Day 1: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park.

Day 2: Game Viewing Safari – Lake Mburo National Park, travel to back to Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park

Have an early breakfast and depart for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have a stop over at the Equator for photographs and snacks. On your way to the park, have a game-drive as you check in to the lodge. After lunch, enjoy a boat ride in Lake Mburo amidst Hippos. Other animals like Crocodiles herons, African King Fisher, Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and Crested Cranes including local fishermen and fishing villages may be seen. Evening guided walks can also be arranged.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Lake View Resort Hotel (Basic),

Travel time: About: 4 Hours

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 2: Lake Mburo Tour & Transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Forest
After breakfast make an early morning game drive and expect to see Warthogs, Elands, Uganda kob, Buffaloes and many birds. Depart for Mbarara stopping for Lunch at Regency Hotel or Agip Motel Mbarara. Make a scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Kabale through big terraced hills, valleys and forests.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (Luxury),

Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range),

Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Lake View Resort Hotel (Basic),

Meal Plan: Full Board

Travel Time: About 5 Hours

DAY 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Have an early hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers very early in the morning; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (Tracking is an unpredictable activity which can take up 8 hours or less but it depends on the family your tracking – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback.

It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 720 of these beautiful creatures left!

If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epithytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge.

OR You will go for a village walk to see how the buhoma community live or have a batwa experience with the people of the forest, see how they perform their traditional dances and also how they used to survive in the rain forest!

Accomodation:

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge or Mahogany Springs (Luxury),
Gorilla Mist Camp or Silver Back Lodge (Mid-range)
Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas (Basic)

Meal Plan: Full Board
Trekking Time: Unpredictable

DAY 4: Bwindi Gorilla Forest – Kampala

Have an early morning breakfast at the camp before the drive back to Kampala. Lunch en route in Mbarara town.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Travel Time: about 8-10 Hours

END OF UGANDA SAFARI (4 days)

The Safari Package Covers:

Gorilla Permit.
Cultural entertainment
Park Ranger Fees
Boat ride
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer, as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Airfares
Visa Fees
Personal Insurance
Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$)

b>Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 135 for a single room; USD 150 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Basic – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)