6 Days Uganda Tour, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Safari Overview

This fantastic 6 Days Uganda tour with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari is a 5 nights, 6 days tour that takes you an incredible Gorilla and wildlife encounter visiting the iconic Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that is famous for its epic gorilla adventure, Lake Mburo National Park for a thrilling wildlife experience, fantastic game viewing and Lake Bunyonyi for stunning scenery, excellent birds etc. This Gorilla tour starts and ends in Kampala. It begins with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park which allows you encounter some of the finest savanna wild game which includes Cape buffaloes, Elands and Burchell Zebras. Your next destination will be Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to over 459 gorillas out of the remaining 1063 gorillas in the world, 9 other primate species and over 350 bird species with 23 Albertine rift endemics and 27 lizard species and while here you will engage in an epic Mountain gorilla trekking experience which is likely to the epitome of this safari as it gives you an encounter with these amazing wild beings. From Bwindi National Park, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a relaxed boat ride on the serene and tranquil waters of this lake that are patched with 29 islands hence being dubbed the lake of a thousand islands. This Uganda safari adventure can be arranged under budget, midrange or luxury accommodation options and can be customized further to suit your safari interests.

With this 6 Days, Uganda safari adventure expect nothing but unforgettable Africa safari memories!

6 Days Uganda Tour, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Trip Prime Highlights

  Encountering wild game as you explore the enchanted plains of Lake Mburo National Park.

  The incredible boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi.

  Having an African cultural fusion as you visit the Batwa pygmies and the Banyankole.

  Having a close encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable jungles of Bwindi National Park

  Standing in 2 different hemispheres/ halves of the world at the Equator point

6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Trip Featured Parks and Other Destinations

  Day 1: Entebbe International

  Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park

  Day 3 & 4: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

  Day 5: Lake Bunyonyi

6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Safari Highlights

  • Day 1: You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to a hotel to unwind.

  • Day 2: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for an evening game drive.

  • Day 3: Ankole cultural experience before transferring to Bwindi National Park.

  • Day 4: Do gorilla trekking and also enjoy an evening community walk to the Batwa

  • Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise and an evening community hike.

  • Day 6: This is the final day of the safari you will transfer back to Kampala.

6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport & transfer to a hotel in Entebbe to unwind

Welcome to Uganda! Your Africa safari experience will begin right before you land at Entebbe because if you’re seated in a window seat and your flight lands at Entebbe International Airport during day time, you can enjoy window views as your flight approaches landing at Entebbe and you will be amazed by the sprawling waters of Lake Victoria which welcomes to this beautiful Pearl of Africa as the airport is situated on a peninsular of this amazing lake the world’s second-largest freshwater lake, the largest lake in Africa and the largest tropical lake in the whole world. You will be welcomed by the soothing fresh breeze and equatorial sunshine which will make your skin glow in no time if you land on a warm sunny day. After clearing through the immigration you will get out of the terminal building where you will be met by one of our company representative waiting area who will courteously welcome you into Uganda. You will be helped to load your cargo into the car by your safari guide and you will be driven to your hotel in Entebbe for overnight. If you aren’t so tired your guide will give you a briefing about your itinerary but if you don’t feel like having it then, you can decide to postpone until tomorrow morning as you have your breakfast. Check-in at your hotel and relax off the rest of the evening.

Highlight of the day: Sighting the serene waters of the second biggest freshwater lake in the world Lake Victoria

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Protea Entebbe Hotel
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Lake Heights Entebbe hotel/ The Boma hotel/ Hotel No5 Entebbe
  • Budget/ Basic: Entebbe Airport Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast / Half board in a hotel in Entebbe

Drive distance & time: Approx. 3-5km or 10-20 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Airport pick up

Other activities you can do include: –

If your flight arrives early to Entebbe, you can opt to engage in any of the following activities

  • Birding experience in Mabamba swamp & Botanical gardens
  • Entebbe city tour
  • Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Fishing on Lake Victoria
  • Visiting Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) for a chimpanzee close up experience
  • Sundowner boat cruise on Lake Victoria

Day 2 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo Park and engage in an afternoon game drive

The second day of this epic safari tour will commence early in the morning at 6:00 am as you will be picked up from your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala by one of our highly professional guide in a 4×4 safari car then embark on an incredible 240km road trip to Lake Mburo National Park which takes about 4 hours to get there from Kampala. While on this epic road journey, you will enjoy exciting road stops at Mpambire drum centre and have an encounter with local artists as they manufacture a wide variety of local musical instruments such as the drums, African chairs. Another stop is done at the Equator where you get to have an equator experience on how to differentiate the Northern from the Southern hemispheres and also have a photo moment. You will also immerse yourselves in the Equator experience which shows you how the 2 halves are different from each other. From here, continue with your remarkable journey to Lake Mburo where you will be greeted by the undulating topography of this untamed wilderness that is fully beaming with a wide diversity of wild animals. Check-in at the lodge, enjoy lunch, relax for a while and later embark on a rewarding evening game drive in the acacia savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with likely sights of Impalas found nowhere else in Uganda, Burchell’s Zebra and Elands found only here and in far northeast (Kidepo and Pian Upe), Topis, Cape Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes and if you’re lucky you might also encounter the beautiful and stocky Leopards that might found enjoying an evening stroll or even on a hunting escapade.

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Mihingo Safari Lodge/ Matana Tented Camp
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Rwakobo Rock / Emburara Farm Lodge/ Arcadia Lodge Mburo
  • Budget/ Basic: Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 240km or 4-5 hours

Meal Plan:  Lunch in Fort portal & Dinner @ the lodge in or near the Park

Optional activities: –

  • Nature walk
  • Biking
  • Banyankole cultural encounters
  • Evening boat cruise
  • Night game drive

Day 3 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Engage in a Banyakole cultural visit and transfer to Bwindi

On the second day of this tour, you will visit the local Ankole communities where you will encounter the long-horned cattle that are endemic to this area. While here, you will have a chance to see these local people how they go about their daily lives and if you like you can also engage in some of their daily activities such as cattle grazing by the herdsmen, milking process where you will milk the cows using your own hands as you pull the cow’s adder to produce milk. You can also join the ladies as they churn their milk pots to produce cow ghee and yoghurt without using any machine but just their hands. From here you will leave the local community and transfer to Igongo country hotel for a lunch buffet that inspired by the local cuisines that are a delicacy to this part of the country. After having this lunch, you will embark on the remaining 4-5 hour journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda, passing through the beautiful Mirama hills that have been tamed by locals who are growing bananas and other foods stuff on the slopes of these hills. Along the way look out for sightings of local people carrying riding bicycles loaded with farm produces such bananas. You won’t also miss seeing women carrying their children monkey style as they have them strapped in their backs. A final stop will be made at the Great Lakes Museum in Kabale where you get to encounter the African tree of life. This tree is made of different sculptures that depict the different forms of life of Africans. You can take a moment a pose for photos before you continue with the rest of your journey to the lodge in Bwindi National Park.

You will be fascinated by the Ankole community on this day

Accommodation: –

  • Top Notch / Exclusive: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Haven Lodge Buhoma
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Trekkers Tavern Ruhija

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: Approx. 250km or 4-5 hours

Activities & Services: –

  • Morning Ankole cultural experience
  • Transfer to Bwindi National Park

Optional activities

  • Nature walk
  • Biking
  • Game drive
  • Evening boat cruise
  • Birding

Day 4 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do a community walk

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long lost cousins – the mountain gorillas. Dressed in appropriate Gorilla tracking attire along with your packed lunch, you will head out to the park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. With your armed ranger in the lead, embark on a trek, searching for your allocated gorilla family. Along the way keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for several of the 350 bird species that are found in this park that might come your way, you will also be in a position to see some of the other primates here such as the Black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, different species of lizards such as the 3 horned chameleon and many more.  You are treated to the impressive bird songs and beautiful flowers through the experience. The encounter tends to take 2 – 8 hours depending on the Gorilla movements and one hour is availed to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching the gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. After the full hour contact with these gorillas transfer back to the park centre where you get awarded a Gorilla tracking certificate for your tracking efforts. In the evening, you will engage in a Batwa or Bakiga village walk and this allows you to have an up-close encounter with these people to have an understanding of their daily lives.

Being in close contact with wild Gorillas will be the highlight of the day

Accommodation: –

  • Top Notch / Exclusive: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge
  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Haven Lodge Buhoma
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget/ Basic: Trekkers Tavern Ruhija

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Engage in gorilla trekking
  • Batwa or Bakiga village walk

Optional activities: –

  • Nature walk
  • Birding

Day 5 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a relaxed boat ride and an evening nature hike

This day is fairly relaxed as you get to wake up a little bit late at 8:00 am for breakfast. You will then check out of the lodge and drive to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical sceneries. Along the way, you will have an en-route stop at a local market for an opportunity to have an African shopping experience as you haggle for the best price bargain while shopping a few selected few items courtesy of the company. This also allows you to interact with the locals and have an insight into how they live their daily lives as well as carry out trade. Upon your arrival at Lake Bunyonyi, you will embark on the whole day Island hopping exploration visiting the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi. You explore the Bucuranuka (Upside down) Island which is believed to have buried people alive after refusing to offer local brew to an old woman and she cursed the Island turn upside down burying its inhabitants. You also visit the Akampane (Punishment) Island where the girls with unwanted premarital pregnancies would be dumbed to die of hunger or as they as try to swim back the mainland. Njuyera Islands also referred to as the Sharp’s Island which is a traditional leprosy healing centre which can also be visited. Have a lunch break then in the evening; embark on a hike to the top of the world point here which takes you 2200meters above sea level and if you manage to get to the top your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of the entire Lake Bunyonyi which will forever be imprinted in your memory. While at the top take time off to catch your breath and enjoy a picnic evening tea that comes with a warm cup of coffee & an assortment of snacks while you appreciate nature’s work and also re-energize before you slope down. After this hike, set off for a community tour as you visit some of the local schools if the school term is open. While here, you will get to meet the local students who are striving for a better future, if it’s fine with you, you can donate a few scholastic items to the school to enable these students to have a comfortable stay in school. After the school visit, retire from the activity return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

An experiential boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi will make be the highlight of the day

Accommodation: –

  • Luxury/ Upmarket: Birds nest @ Bunyonyi
  • Mid-range/ Moderate: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort
  • Budget/ Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services: –

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Bakiga community walk

Day 6 of the 6 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala

You will wake up at 7:00 am to the sweet melodies of birds that will be singing their hearts off to the dawn of a new day and this will fairly make you understand why this Lake in called Bunyonyi which means a Lake of many small birds as you will hear interjecting voices of many birds singing together in uniformity as they welcome the day. While at the top take time off to catch your breath and enjoy a picnic breakfast that comes with a warm cup of coffee or tea & an assortment of snacks while you appreciate nature’s work and also re-energize before you slope down. You will check out of the lodge and embark on the transfer to Kampala 420km and Entebbe 470km from Lake Bunyonyi. During this 470km return journey to Entebbe, you will drive through the rolling hills of Mirama which will fascinate you given how the locals here have managed to tame these wildlands by cultivating along these steep slopes. Along the way back you will encounter many local men carrying farm produce on their bicycles headed towards the nearest local markets. You will make an en-route stop for lunch at Igongo country hotel and just a few kilometres outside Mbarara town to enjoy a locally inspired lunch buffet. From here proceed with the rest of your journey back to Entebbe airport where your safari will come to an end as you catch your departure flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: Approx. 450km or 7-8 hours

Activities & services: –

  • Transfer back to Kampala
  • Traditional Lunch buffet at Igongo country hotel
  • Equator experience
  • Transfer to Kampala

End of the 6 Days Uganda Tour with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi & Wildlife Tour to Lake Mburo Park.

6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari –Safari Inclusions 

   Full-time English professional safari driver-guide

   4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

   Full board accommodation

   Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

   Boat cruise fees

   Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

   Bottled water

6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Tour Excludes

  •    International &domestic flight fees
  •    Visa fees
  •    Laundry services
  •    Items of personal nature
  •    Gratuities and tips
  •    Other beverages/ drinks
  •    Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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6 Days Uganda Safari, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Lake Mburo Wildlife Safari – Gorilla trekking tips

  •   Mountain gorillas sometimes nest far from the start of your gorilla trek, you should ready yourself for a long walk and drink plenty of water.
  •    Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  •    Smoking while inside the forest is strictly forbidden
  •    Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  •    Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  •    Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  •    Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  •    Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  •    Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge
  •    As you prepare to come for your Uganda gorilla adventure, please do some exercises so that you prepare your body for gorilla trekking which can last between 3-8 hours
  •    In case you can’t walk for a very long time, you shouldn’t really worry about not being able to do gorilla trekking because there are potters who can carry you throughout at a small extra cost.
  •    Carry your sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from the tropical heat & sun rays
  •    When you get to the gorillas, don’t make noise because this agitates the gorillas
  •    For more information about gorilla trekking tips please follow these links to read more about gorilla trekking tips and advice.