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5 Days Safari Uganda Tour – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari in Queen

5 Days Safari Uganda Tour - Gorilla Trekking Bwindi, Chimpanzees & Wildlife Safari

Overview of The 5 Days Safari Uganda Tour

The 5 Days Safari Uganda Tour is an amazing 5-day Safari to Uganda offering gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzees tracking & wildlife safari in Uganda Queen Elizabeth Park.

The destination Bwindi is the greatest mountain gorilla habitat on earth with almost half of their world population (400 out of 880).  The park comprises dense forest undergrowth with mature trees that form the canopy while standing on a rugged hilly landscape with deep saddles which combine to justify it as an impenetrable forest.

This natural setting makes the gorilla trekking encounter in Bwindi go beyond only gorillas. The 5 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda also features the Uganda tour destination of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park stretches over the western arm of the East African Rift Valley for 1,978 km2 overlooking the mystical Rwenzori Mountains.

The park is home to over 600 species of Uganda birds, 95 Uganda mammal species, the impressive 45km long Kazinga Channel connecting Lake George and Edward, the Ishasha Sector with its tree-climbing lions, the Kyambura gorge the home of chimpanzees and the remarkable scenic Katwa explosion Crater.

Safari Highlights of the 5 Days Safari Uganda Tour

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Track Chimpanzees in Kalinzu Game Reserve
  • Day 2: Do a morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel & an evening game drive along the channel track
  • Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do a game drive in the Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth NP in search of tree-climbing lions and other wild game
  • Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation
  • Day 5: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi back to Kampala

5 Days Gorilla Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari in Uganda – Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe and a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center

After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, you get into your comfortable safari vehicle in the company of your guide at 6:30 and drive to the southwest of Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park 417km about 7 hours drive.

You make a stop at Uganda Equator Crossing Kayabwe after driving 77km from Kampala and have time to explore this significant geographical site – the Sun’s way and the point of separation between the northern and southern hemispheres.

A well-interpreted water experiment is performed to show the separation of these two poles. The place also features rewarding photographing opportunities where you take photos with one leg in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern hemisphere.

Continue on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park making another stop for lunch. Embark on the drive past Mbarara town and enjoy the views of Bunyaruguru Crater and the lush Kalinzu Forest.

Arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening and engage in Chimpanzee tracking in the Kalinzu Forest reserve before retiring to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Up market / Luxury: Mazike Valley Lodge, Midrange / Standard:Enganzi Game Lodge, Budget:Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 2: Do a morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel & an evening game drive along the channel track

You wake up for an early morning cup of coffee in the views of the moist savannah before heading to the park for the game drive at 7 am. Undertake a game drive in the Kasenyi tracks and the Queen’s Mile in the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park lying flat on the Albertine rift floor.

This Uganda safari encounter offers you an opportunity to explore a range of wild game including;

  1. Cape Buffaloes
  2. Leopards
  3. Topi
  4. Elephants
  5. Kobs
  6. Waterbucks
  7. Warthogs
  8. Hyena
  9. Lions
  10. Side-stripped jackals among other wildlife.

You will see counts of Birds in Uganda since Queen Elizabeth National Park has the highest bird count in the whole of Uganda and East Africa (over 600)including the;

  1. Martial Eagle
  2. African Skimmer
  3. Black-rumped Buttonquail
  4. Chapin’s Flycatcher
  5. Pink-backed Pelican
  6. Verreaux’s Eagle Owl
  7. White-tailed Lark
  8. Black Bee-eater
  9. White-winged Warbler among other birds.

Retreat from the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise departing at 2 pm.

You will have an afternoon 2-hour boat cruise running along the Kazinga channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward covering a 45km distance. This cruise offers you an opportunity to see at close range the highest concentration of water submerged Hippos, surrounded by over 550 species of migrant and resident birds plus crocodiles drinking and resting at water edges.

The cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching in Uganda, and wildlife safari in Africa. You retreat from the boat cruise and do an evening game drive along the Channel track to explore more wild game in their evening moments. Continue to the lodge for overnight

Accommodation: Up market / Luxury: Mazike Valley Lodge, Midrange / Standard:Enganzi Game Lodge, Budget:Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do a game drive in the Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth NP in search of tree-climbing lions and other wild game

After breakfast at your respective lodge, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Ruhija depending on where you are going to track gorillas from.

The drive takes you through the Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you spend some time driving in its rolling plains marked by counts of fig trees in search of tree-climbing lions that tend to climb the fig trees during the daytime.

The short trees with overlying branches in Ishasha present better opportunities for viewing tree-climbing lions than in any other part of the world where such Species exist. Continue on the drive to make another stop in the local communities of Kanungu for a coffee plantation tour to explore the traditional coffee growing practices, its cultural attachment to the local people, and its significance to the local community.

Arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation: Up market/Luxury: Haven Lodge Buhoma, Midrange/Budget: Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation

Have breakfast at your respective lodge and then go to the park offices to get briefed at 8:00 am after which you embark on the Uganda gorilla trek along the designated trails within the impenetrable forest in search of these great Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

The gorilla trekking might take you 2 – 8 hours to find the giant Gorillas depending on their movement. The trek/quest for these great apes is tiresome but very well rewarded by meeting, spending time with, and photographing these great gorillas as you look straight into their inviting brown expressive eyes, this is a lifetime thrill of only a wildlife African safari adventure can offer you.

After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing methods to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape.

You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon and embark on the boat cruise to explore the second deepest Lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands. Retire for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket/Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort, Midrange/Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort

Day 5: Transfer From Lake Bunyonyi Back to Kampala

After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala City 437km about 7 hour’s drive. You drive through the magical highlands of Kigezi covered with mist in the morning before continuing through the impressive southwestern Uganda landscapes of Ntungamo with extensive banana plantations and cattle farms.

lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Center and another can still be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe to get yourself a memorabilia to carry back home.

End of the 5 Days Gorilla Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Getting There

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages/drinks of a 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)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
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