5 Days Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

Duration
5 Days
Destination
Uganda
Travellers
2
This trip is extra special because the two national parks you will visit are the only places in the world that house these endangered mountain gorillas. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries or in this case other species. This customized 5 days Uganda double gorilla tracking safari trip will definitely be enlightenment on how remarkably closely related Gorillas are to humans. This trip is extra special because the two national parks you will visit are the only places in the world that house these endangered mountain gorillas. A worthwhile five-day trip where you will spend hours getting acquainted with behaviours and characters of the magnificent animals some of which will sound strangely familiar, tracking gorillas and catching a glimpse of other animals through the dense rain forests. Informative, enlightening and mostly phenomenal is the only outcome of this trip.
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Destinations:Kampala, Mbarara, Kabale, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Activities: Gorilla tracking, Community Visits, Nature Walks, Bird watching

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
kampala
Return Location
Kampala
Price includes
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Ground transportation in 4WD safari car
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Park / Activity Fees
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa fees

Destinations:Kampala, Mbarara, Kabale, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Activities: Gorilla tracking, Community Visits, Nature Walks, Bird watching

  • Day 1:
  • Day 2:
  • Day 3:
  • Day 4:
  • Day 5:
Day 1:

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning, you will have a brief meet and greet in Kampala. You will then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is found in southwestern Uganda - near the borders of Rwanda and DRC.

Along the drive, you will go through the very agricultural Masaka areas, as well as the very pastoral areas of Ankole where you might happen to seen massive herds of long-horned cattle. The good road makes for a smooth drive and gives a road trip feeling to the journey, as you pass through the various lush landscapes and small towns.

You will stopover in Mbarara for lunch and refreshments and then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.You will reach your residence in Bwindi just in time for an evening of relaxation and a night of much-appreciated rest.

ACCOMMODATION:

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Midrange: Engagi Lodge

Luxury: Bwindi Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

You will start your morning very early with breakfast before heading into the park. You will first go to the park headquarters where you can be briefed and reminded of the rules and regulations to gorilla tracking. You will then be assigned an armed ranger guide and a gorilla family for which you will go and search for.

Along the trail, the trained ranger guide will tell you all about the mountain gorillas and the other wildlife that make up the entire ecosystem of Bwindi National park. The trek goes through the thick forest with steep slopes and massive undergrowth. This 'hard' nature of the trek makes the experience even more rewarding.

After finding the gorillas, you will spend a whole hour observing and photographing them as they go about their daily routine. After spending time with gorillas, you will head back to the Park headquarters where your trek started.

ACCOMMODATION:

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Midrange: Engagi Lodge

Luxury: Bwindi Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:

Drive to Kisoro Town

After your first gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi, you will drive to Kisoro town. Kisoro is a few hours drive from Bwindi and therefore this is a short drive.

You could opt to leave Bwindi in the morning so that you can partake in some fun and relaxing activities in Kisoro - especially around lake Mutanda. Alternatively, you can take your time in Bwindi and explore the nearby communities and villages. Your choice.

You will rest for the night and prepare for your second gorilla tracking experience - this time in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

ACCOMMODATION:

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel

Midrange: Mutanda Lake Resort

Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Today you will wake up early and head to the park headquarters. Same as in Bwindi, you will be briefed and assigned a ranger guide to track the gorillas with you.

In Mgahinga, you will also stand a chance to see the cheerful and fashionable golden monkeys. In fact, that is the only place in Uganda where you can see these endangered golden monkeys.

At the end of the gorilla encounter, you will head back to your hotel for a relaxing evening - or even engage in other community-related activities.

The most popular community activity in Mgahinga is the Batwa Experience trail. The Batwa are a minority tribe that used to live in the forest as hunter-gatherers until 1994 when the forest was gazetted as a national park. The trail will bring you first-hand encounters to what their former way of life was like - and how they managed to co-exist with the forest ecosystem without harming it.

ACCOMMODATION:

Budget: Travellers Rest Hotel

Midrange: Mutanda Lake Resort

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

Drive Back to Kampala

After breakfast, you will say bye to the Kigezi Highlands and drive back to Kampala. On the leisurely drive back, you may stop at several places for photos and souvenirs - so that you can 'cement' the good memories.

You will have lunch in Mbarara before continuing to Kampala. You might stop at the Equator for more pictures and souvenirs if you so wish. You will reach Kampala in the early evening and your driver will drop you off at your desired location. That will mark the end of your Safari.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Notes on Gorilla tracking

  •  Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour.
  •  Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  •  Minimum chimpanzee tracking age is 12 years
  •  Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  •  While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed.

We strongly recommend that you carry the following:

  •  Rain poncho (lightweight)
  •  Long-sleeved shirt
  •  Waterproof trousers
  •  Sturdy hiking boots
  •  Leather gardening-type gloves
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala.
  •  Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring enough batteries and memory cards.
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5 Days Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

Duration
5 Days
Destination
Uganda
Travellers
2