5 DAYS UGANDA CAMPING SAFARI TOUR, GORILLA TREKKING WILDLIFE TOUR CAMPING SAFARI IN UGANDA   

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari

Gorilla Trekking In Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

5 Days Uganda Camping SafariSAFARI OVERVIEW

5 days Uganda camping safari is a 4nights/5 days camping safari in Uganda tour offering a life-changing mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and a wonderful wildlife game viewing tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Starting and ending in Kampala, your 5 days camping tour in Uganda takes you southwest with stops at the Equator crossing Kayabwe for photoshoots and Igongo Cultural Centre for a traditional lunch before reaching the scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s most popular and biologically diverse game reserve inhabited by 95 mammal species and 610 species of birds.

Undertake thrilling game drives in search of ‘Queen’s’ famous tree-climbing lions as well as other big game like the ground-dwelling Lions, Leopards, Hyenas, Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos, Uganda Kobs, Topis, Giant Forest Hogs, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Warthogs and more. You’ll also cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view the world’s densest concentration of Hippo and Nile Crocodiles.

Next, move to the great Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Forest for a memorable trekking adventure to meet the gentle and shy mountain gorillas – the world’s most endangered, impressive, and biggest primates.  End your amazing 5 days Uganda camping safari with a relaxation tour on Lake Bunyonyi – a place of little birds – which is a magical, stunningly beautiful lake, dotted with 29 emerald islands and framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m).

This Uganda safari tour/trip is totally flexible and can be changed to suit your interests – let us hear from you and we shall do it your way.

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Search for tree-climbing lions in Ishasha Sector

Boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi

Traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre

The Uganda Equator Experience

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari – SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1 & 2: Equator, Queen Elizabeth National Park & Igongo Cultural Center

Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi

Day 5: Drive back to Kampala

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Make stops at the Equator crossing Kayabwe & Igongo Cultural Center for a traditional lunch.

Day 2: Morning game drive in Kasenyi & afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel.

Day 3: Transfer from Queen Elizabeth Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a game drive in the Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions.

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in the Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise & relaxation.

Day 5: Drive from Lake Bunyonyi back to Kampala city.

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with Stops at the Equator & Igongo Cultural Center for a Traditional Lunch.

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 at Igongo Cultural Center for an amazing traditional lunch where you enjoy local foods organically produced and freshly served. You can also take an optional tour to the Erijukiro Museum which features a range of artifacts of the tribes of southwestern Uganda.

Embark on the drive past Mbarara town and enjoying the views of Bunyaruguru Crater and the lush Kalinzu forest. You can make a stop at the crater field for sightseen and photo taking. Arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the day: – The Uganda Equator experience and traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre.

Accommodation: –

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury Safari Tents)/Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Midrange/Standard: – Kasenyi Safari Camp/Bush Lodge (self-contained tents)

Budget/Basic: – Bush Lodge (non -self-contained tents)/Camping at Twin Lakes Campsite

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Uganda Equator crossing experience
  • Lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Night game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 2 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise along the Kazinga Channel.

Have an early morning breakfast at around 6.00 am. After breakfast, embark on a 3-4 hours game drive in the classic savannah plains of the Kasenyi sector. This section of the park, aside from the fantastic wildlife, is also the prettiest in the park, especially in the golden light of the morning. Look for lions, buffalos, elephants, leopards, hyenas, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, Hippos, and various smaller creatures.

Though the major attraction for you is of course the mammals, birding within Queen Elizabeth National Park is wonderful. You spend some time ticking a good number of special species such as Grey-crowned crane, Red-throated spurfowl, Yellow-throated longclaw, White-backed vulture, White-headed vulture, African Skimmer, Long-crested Eagle, Black-bellied Bustard, and Brown Snake Eagle, to name just a few. Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, transfer to Mweya Jetty for another astonishing activity planned; the 2-hour boat trip on the 40 Kazinga channel which flows between Lakes George and Edward. One of the world’s densest concentrations of hippo lives here, as well as large numbers of elephants, crocodiles, and water birds like African Open-billed, Yellow-billed, and Saddle-billed Storks; Water Thick-knee and Pelicans. Retire from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the day: – An amazing wild boat cruise along the spectacular Kazinga Channel.

Accommodation: –

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury Safari Tents)/Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Midrange/Standard: – Kasenyi Safari Camp/Bush Lodge (self-contained tents)

Budget/Basic: – Bush Lodge (non -self-contained tents)/Camping at Twin Lakes Campsite

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Morning game drive in Kasenyi sector
  • Afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel
  • Evening game drive along the channel track

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Bush breakfast
  • Birding
  • Interactive cultural village visits
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge or the nearby Kalinzu Forest
  • Night game drive
  • Lion tracking

Day 3 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a Game Drive in Ishasha in Search of Tree Climbing Lions.

Enjoy a good breakfast at around 8.30 am. After breakfast, set off on a 4-7 hours’ drive south to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Before leaving Queen Elizabeth Park, undertake a short game drive in the Ishasha Plains in search of the plain’s well know tree-climbing lions. After seeing these mystifying creatures, depart the park and continue on the drive through the rolling hills of southwestern Uganda as you make your way to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park despite a forbidding name is a tropical rainforest wonderland. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, this 321 km² park is breathtakingly beautiful. Its rugged landscape features dense jungle, sparkling mountain streams, cascading waterfalls, deep valleys, and steep ridges.

However, Bwindi is world-renowned for excellent gorilla trekking opportunities, harboring nearly half of the Mountain Gorillas on Earth, about 459 individuals on the last count. Besides the magnificent mountain gorillas, there are other drawcards in the ‘impenetrable forest including more than 120 mammal species, 10 species of primates, and over 350 bird species including the rare and gorgeous African green broadbill.

The highlight of the day: – The rare tree-climbing Lions in the Ishasha sector.

Accommodation: –

Luxury/Upmarket: – Gorilla Forest Camp/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp

Midrange/Standard: – Gorilla Mist Camp/Nkuringo Gorilla Camp/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Buhoma Community Rest Camp/Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 130-220km or 4-7 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • The scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Game drive in Ishasha in search of the tree-climbing Lions

Day 4 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari: Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi. Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an Evening Boat Cruise & Relaxation.

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari Tours

Bwindi Mountain Gorillas

Today, experience what some people define as a life-changing experience; trekking the endangered Mountain gorillas of Bwindi of Impenetrable Forest! You wake up at around 6.00 am for a hearty breakfast after which you pack your lunch and embark on a short drive to the respective park headquarter where you meet the expert local ranger guides.

At 8.00 am, the guides give an informative briefing on how the gorilla trekking experience is conducted. Next, embark on a trek to find the gorillas. A gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is relatively difficult and needs some stamina. It usually takes 2- 6 hours and may reach altitudes of almost 2000m above sea level. The dense forest also can sometimes be wet, muddy, and uncomfortable, but the sheer thrill in coming across a habituated family group of gorillas, dominated by a giant male Silverback, more than outweighs any difficulty.

An adult male can weigh up to 220kg and reach 6 ft. in height but mountain gorillas are calm and gentle; watching their movements are like seeing a mirror image of yourself. Contact time with gorillas is limited to 1 hour but coming face to face with a family of mountain gorillas is indeed a life-changing experience that will be imprinted on your mind forever.

Retreat from the activity and return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Drive through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing methods to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. On arrival, undertake a relaxing evening boat cruise on this Africa’s second deepest lake which is dotted with 29 magical highlands. Retire from the activity for relaxation, dinner, and overnight

The highlight of the day: – Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort/Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 55-85 km or 1-3 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Scenic drive from Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Evening boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Birding in Bwindi
  • Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi

Day 5 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari: Drive Back to Kampala.

Have your breakfast at around 8.00 am and then embark on a 437km (about 7 hours) drive back to Kampala city. You pass through the magical Kigezi Highlands covered with mist in the morning before continuing through impressive south western Uganda landscapes of Ntungamo with extensive banana plantations and cattle farms.

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

The highlight of the day: – The scenic drive through the fascinating highlands of Kigezi.

Meal Plan: – Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: – 437km or 7 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Drive from Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala
  • Lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Morning Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Morning interactive community tour around Lake Bunyonyi

End of the Day 1 of the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla 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)

 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari − 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
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

Links of related safari accommodation in the featured safari destinations for the 5 Days Uganda Camping Safari Tour

Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

  • Luxury accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Midrange accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Budget accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

  • Luxury accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Midrange accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Budget accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Accommodation in Lake Bunyonyi

  • Luxury accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Midrange accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Budget accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi

5 Days Uganda Camping Safari − GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Carry plenty of water and some quick calories. The trek is relatively tiresome.
  • Put on strong hiking shoes/boots
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt/t-shirt, thick trousers.
  • Strong gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants are also recommended
  • Bring a warm sweater/fleece as it is often cold at the outset
  • Carry a rain jacket or poncho since it can rain at any time in the tropical rainforest of Bwindi
  • It is also a good idea to have sunscreen and sunglasses

Follow this link to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.

Visas for Uganda – do you need a visa to enter/tour Uganda?: Uganda entry, exit, and visa requirements

Passport

Any world traveler interested in a Uganda safari or a Uganda tour is required to be in possession of a valid passport issued by the respective country of origin. Uganda immigration Authorities require that the passport copy should be 6 months valid and must have at least one page where the stamp can be put.

Regarding the citizens of the East African Community, it can be noted that they do not require passports to enter Uganda. They can travel under the admissible temporary document and use their national identification cards for identification.

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