5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari 

Overview of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari

This 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari  offers you a rewarding encounter with the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed the Impenetrable, the sights and sounds of Jinja – the home to the Source of the Nile River and a thrilling romantic recreation at Lake Bunyonyi whose 29 Islands have earned it a dub as the Lake of a thousand Islands. The Uganda safari tour covers Mountain Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Horseback riding, a boat ride on River Nile and Lake Bunyonyi Uganda not forgetting fascinating sightseeing experience of the Kigezi Highlands.

With a minimum of 400 mountain gorilla population which is close to half of their entire world population (1004) of which twelve groups are habituated for trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has positioned itself as an ideal Uganda gorilla safari destination. This gorilla safari destination is positioned in the south-west of Uganda stretching over a geographical coverage of 321 Sq. Km standing at an elevation of 1,160 – 2,607 Km above sea level.  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park comprises of 32,092 ha appearing as one of the largest East African areas that still feature Afro montane lowland forest which is credited to have survived the last ice age making it an ideal habitat for a myriad of Species and noted to have the great density of trees at its respective average in the whole of East Africa.  The diversity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be witnessed in the range of Species that it supports. There are more than 163 species of trees, over 140 Species of fern along with other taxa. Sixteen (16) Species of this flora is limited to the south-west of Uganda including Lavoa swynnertonii which is threatened globally. The forest also supports 214 species of birds, 7 species of diurnal primates, over 120 species of mammals and 202 butterfly species.  Significantly to note is that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a habitat to nine (9) globally threatened including the mountain gorilla, l’Hoest’s monkey, common chimpanzee, African giant swallowtail, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African green broadbill, Grauer’s rush warbler, cream-banded swallowtail and African elephant.

Gorilla trek safaris in Uganda‘s in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be done in any of its four (4) trekking regions including Buhoma where the three gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyaja and Rushegura thrive; Ruhija where other three gorilla families of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro, Rushaga with its five gorilla families of Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye and Kahungye and lastly Nkuringo with one gorilla family named Nkuringo. All these gorilla families are habituated and two other gorilla families are being habituated in the south which indicates that gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is on the move to prosperity.

Lake Bunyonyi literally translated as the place of little birds is positioned in between Kisoro and Kabal to the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is positioned at 1,962m above sea level stretching for 25km in length and about 7km in width. Lake Bunyonyi is given as the second deepest Lake in Africa, Amazing about Lake Bunyonyi is its count of 29 Islands which do not exist in any other water body in the region. The main Islands include the Bushara, Kyahugye, Akampane, Bucuranuka and Njuyera. The surrounding Kigezi Highlands present magical scenic views ideal for sightseeing. 5 Days Gorilla & Uganda Adventure Safari starts in Kampala and ends in Entebbe.

Uganda safari Highlight of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari

Day 1 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer late in the evening to Jinja

Day 2 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Do 3-hour horse riding encounter & afternoon 2-hour Boat cruise

Day 3 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe & traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre

Day 4 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Np and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sunset canoe ride

Day 5 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer to Entebbe for the flight departure

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari

Day 1 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer late in the evening to Jinja

Transfer to Jinja 80km about 2 hours drive from Kampala. You drive through the en-route landscapes of Jinja road including the Sugar cane plantations at Lugazi and the Mabira Central Forest Reserve with its incredible soothing fresh air.  Proceed to Jinja for relaxation and overnight

Accommodation:

Budget: Source of the Smile Guesthouse

Midrange: 2 Friends Hotel Jinja

Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort

Day 2 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Do 3-hour horse riding encounter & afternoon 2-hour boat cruise

After a relaxed breakfast, you will embark on an exciting and adventurous Nile horseback rising encounter starting at 10 am. You traverse the banks of the Nile River and community lands adjacent to the River.  The encounter will last for 3 hours after which you will retire for lunch. In the afternoon, you embark on the boat ride to the source of the Nile exploring this historical point where the Nile River commences its 90 days journey to the Mediterranean Sea. The 2-hour ride offers exciting sights and sounds of the Nile River including a range of bird species.

Accommodation:

Budget: Source of the Smile Guesthouse

Midrange: 2 Friends Hotel Jinja

Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort

Day 3 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe & traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre

After an early breakfast, you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda 553km about 10 – 11 hours drive starting at 6 am. You will follow the northern bypass to avoid 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 northern 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 a 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 Forest National Park Uganda in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 4 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Np and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and sunset canoe ride

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long-lost cousins – the Mountain Gorillas. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. From here, you head to the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungle whose thickness would at some points necessitate using a machete to make a path, hiking the challenging landscapes some of which are steep and slippery at times under the canopy of the mature forest which forms darkness even during the day. 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 gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you. However, as a result of habituation, Mountain gorillas are always welcoming with the Silverback beating a little of his chest to demonstrate his might and also welcoming to you to the group. The young gorillas are very playful and are at times not aware of the 7m rule thus can try to draw closer to even touching on your body – save it by taking some steps away to observe the distance. You are not limited in any way to ask as many questions about gorillas and their habitats along with taking pictures so long as you have the opportunity to do so. 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 fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon for relaxation and a recreational boat ride on the lake, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi resort

Midrange:  Lake Bunyonyi Rock-resort

Day 5 of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari: Transfer to Entebbe for the flight departure  

After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive. You drive through the magical highlands of Kigezi covered with mist in the morning before continuing through impressive south western Uganda landscapes of Ntungamo with extensive banana plantation 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. An optional game drive can be made in Lake Mburo National Park with the opportunity to explore the Rothschild giraffes, Elands, Burchell’s Zebra, Impala, Topis among others

End of the 5 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla trekking Uganda Adventure Safari