5 Days Africa Gorilla tour in Uganda, Gorilla tracking tour

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Overview

The 5 day Africa Gorilla tracking tour in Uganda is conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park before extending to incorporate impressive wildlife and chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park stands as Uganda’s gorilla safari destination considering the fact that it features twelve habituated mountain gorilla families which thrive in its four regions where by Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja thrive in Buhoma, Nkuringo thrives in Nkuringo, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza, Nshongi and Busingye thrive in Rushaga and Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro thrive in Ruhija and these families are extracted from a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas that are estimated to be thriving in Bwindi which is almost  half of their entire world population.  The Afro montane forest of Bwindi stretching to 321km2 features Species diversity which include; more than 163 species of trees and over 140 Species of fern along with other taxa. Sixteen (16) Species of this flora is limited to south west of Uganda including Lavoa swynnertonii which is threatened globally. Bwindi also shelters 202 butterfly Species, 214 species of birds, over 120 species of mammals and 7 species of diurnal primates. Bwindi is gifted to provide a refugee to nine (9) Species that are endangered globally namely; African elephant, mountain gorilla, common chimpanzee, l'Hoest's monkey, African giant swallowtail, African green broadbill, Grauer's rush warbler, Chaplin's flycatcher and cream-banded swallowtail. The extension to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is popular site always encountered on safaris in Uganda stretching along the western arm of the East African rift Valley for 1,978km2 overlooking the mystical Rwenzori Mountains is also rewarding. The varied habitats of the park supports over 600 bird species, 95 mammal species, Ishasha sector with its tree climbing lions, the 45km long Kazinga Channel connecting Lake George and Edward, the scenic Katwa explosion Crater and the Kyambura gorge the home of chimpanzees.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Depart Kampala and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator Crossing Kaybwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch en route

Day 2: Track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest and attend to the evening cultural performances of the Bakiga / Batwa People that surround the park

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Day 4: Do morning game drive in the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park and do Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala. Optional chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge before transferring to Kampala

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Kampala and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator Crossing Kaybwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch en route 

After breakfast at your place of stay in Kampala, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park departing at 6:30am.You drive to the country’s south west heading for 527km journey taking about 10 hours’ drive. You drive through the traffic of Kampala and connect to Masaka road on smooth tarmac driving for 77km to make a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe where the world’s main latitude that partitions the world into the northern and the southern hemisphere can be encountered. It is a unique geographical site where water experiments can be carried out to justify the geographical divide between the north and the southern hemispheres. You have an opportunity to take magical photos with one leg in the north hemisphere and another one in the southern hemisphere. Retreat from the break and continue on the drive to Bwindi.  A traditional lunch stop can be made at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara for a local cuisine prepared in modern setting and served in standard utensils.             The food is organically grown and freshly served. Continue on the drive welcomed by the fascinating Kigezi Highlands arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket/Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Wild Camping

Day 2: Track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest and attend to the evening cultural performances of the Bakiga / Batwa People that surround the park

After breakfast at your lodge, gather at the respective park headquarters of the regions where you are going to track gorillas to catch up with briefing at 8am. You attend to briefing by the park rangers after which you follow the respective trails in the forest in search of these critically endangered apes. Following the direction of the respective gorilla family that was allocated to you, the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi goes beyond the ordinary. You enjoy the impressive views of the lush flora most of which are trees of the Afro montane forest, remarkable birds including the endemic Broadbill and remarkable hill sides with deep saddles that present challenging landscapes. The gorilla trekking activity tends to last 2 – 8 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with mountain gorillas. On the event of arriving at the gorillas, you are treated to a marvelous welcome by the dominant Silverback who will then usher you to the entire gorilla group. His chest beating demonstrations as he draws nearer to you allows you to explore his might and his capacity to tear a person into pieces. The young gorillas are playful and would attempt to draw closer to you but remember to keep the 7 rule. You enjoy the entire group foraging, socializing and make sounds for the entire one hour ad you are not limited to taking as many photos as you wish. Retreat from the activity and return to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, chilling at the lodge grounds you are treated to a traditional thrill performance of the local Batwa or the Bakiga that live around the park. They have magical songs and dancing styles which definitely make your evening colorful. Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Wild Camping

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast at your respective lodge, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park to the north of Bwindi. The drive takes you through 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 day time. The short trees with overlying branches in Ishasha present the best opportunities for viewing tree climbing lions than any other part of the world where such Species exist. Continue on the drive to the northern sector of the park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Wild Camping

Day 4: Do morning game drive in the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park and do Kazinga Channel boat cruise in the afternoon

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 7am. 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; cape Buffaloes, Leopards, Topi, Elephants, Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Hyena, lions, side stripped jackals among other wildlife not forgetting counts of bird species since Queen Elizabeth National Park has the highest bird count  in the whole of Uganda and East Africa (over 600) including the Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Black-rumped Buttonquail,  Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-tailed Lark, Black Bee-eater, 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 2pm. You will have an afternoon 2-hour boat cruise running along the Kazinga channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward covering 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 and game viewing. 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

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Wild Camping

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala. Optional chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge before transferring to Kampala

This is dedicated for your transfer back to Kampala 417km about 7 hours’ drive. However, there is a possibility of undertaking chimpanzee trekking experience in the Valley of Apes commonly known as Kyambura Gorge. The gorge is 100m deep and impressively decorated with lush mature tropical forest thriving below sea level. Encountering the chimpanzees in this natural habitat involves trekking its challenging landscapes which creates lasting memories for any traveller on safari in Uganda. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala.

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