5 days Wildlife & Gorilla Safari in Uganda

A Brief Overview

This safari will take you gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, west of the Albertine Rift Valley. Most importantly, this safari will take you to see gorillas, which are the closest relatives of humans. Before going to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a launch ride on the Kazinga Channel and game driving, you can see the forest scenery, trees, animal life, and birdlife, as well as some butterflies. The Kazinga channel, situated in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley between Lake Edward and Lake George, is a popular boat ride destination. Friendly Gorillas Safaris warmly invites you to join the trip and explore Uganda’s natural beauty.

Travel from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park on Day 1.

After an early morning breakfast in Kampala, a driver guide/representative from Friendly Gorillas Safaris will brief you on the safari, and you will then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, passing through Uganda’s Switzerland, Kabale. Plan accordingly as this will be a 7-hour trip!

You will make a photo stop at Uganda’s Equator before heading to Bwindi for an evening nature walk to the Munyaga Waterfall, where you will have the opportunity to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and other species.

Accommodation
Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge /Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This is a special day to remember the majestic mountain gorillas. Going gorilla trekking in Bwindi’s hilly forested landscapes is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories. At 8 a.m., you gather at the respective park headquarters for a briefing, and you are also assigned gorilla families to track. The encounter lasts between 2 and 8 hours, depending on gorilla movements, and you have one hour to communicate with the gorillas. When approaching gorillas, their reactions are unpredictable, as they can greet you politely, ignore you, or charge at you. Retire from the operation and fly to Lake Bunyonyi through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands, where locals farm their slopes using terracing techniques, resulting in stunning scenic landscapes. After arriving at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon, you embark on an adventurous boat ride to explore the Lake of a Thousand Islands. Views of the Islands, the surrounding Kigezi Highlands, bird life on the lake, and locals in canoes connecting to and from the Islands are all very magical and impressive to explore before retiring for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation
Luxury:  Birdnest  Safari Lodge
Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort/ Arcadia Cottages
Budget: bunyonyi overland

On the third day, travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After an early breakfast, you can check out of your hotel and depart for your Uganda wildlife safari to Queen Elizabeth, taking with you memories of your gorilla tracking experience. The route to Queen Elizabeth National Park will take you via Ishasha’s tree climbing lion sector en route to the lodging of your choice in Ishasha or around the Mweya region of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Following a delectable lunch and some downtime, you will embark on an unforgettable afternoon game drive in search of the park’s mammals, which include lions, leopards, elephants, hyenas, bush pigs, monkeys, warthogs, and various antelopes. Return to your favorite lodge for a break, dinner, and overnight stay after this exercise.
Accommodation:
Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge
Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife and Game Viewing

In the morning, breakfast will be served at your Queen Elizabeth Park cabin, followed by a game drive. Animals returning from a night hunt, such as lumbering elephants, lions, and running warthogs with their tails raised, can be seen on the game drive. Keep in mind that Queen Elizabeth offers stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Then it’s back to your lodging for some rest and lunch. Remember to charge your camera batteries because you’ll be taking a boat ride, which is a must-do for any park tourist. The Kazinga Channel connects Lake Edward and Lake Gorge and stretches 40 kilometers between the two lakes.

In the afternoon, you can go on a boat ride or cruise. Several birds seen on the boat ride can be found in the river, as well as a school of hippopotamus, buffaloes, and warthogs. Nothing beats swarms of pelicans on the sea, birds flying all over the channel, and the boat slowly carrying you along the shores as you photograph Uganda wildlife. To say the least, it was an enjoyable afternoon of game watching.

You will return to your lodging facility for dinner and an evening of relaxation in your African savannah cabin.
Accommodation:
Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge
Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

Day 5: Travel to Kampala and go on a Chimpanzee tour.

In the morning, you will be transferred to Kyambura Gorge for your exciting chimp tracking safari before returning to Kampala. Even if the chimps are not being monitored, the Kyambura Gorge is worth a visit. You’ll be spending an hour with the chimps who live there. You’ll then return to your lodge for lunch before moving on to Kampala. At the equator, you can also make a photo, gift, and craft stop. You will arrive in Kampala late at night.

The safari is drawing to a close.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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