6 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

Safari Overview

This 6 days Gorilla and wildlife safari will first take you to Queen Elizabeth for game viewing and launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel, gorilla tracking in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, hike Mount Sabinyo and later proceed to Lake Bunyonyi for a relaxation before returning to Kampala.

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 2:  Chimpanzee tracking and drive to Kisoro     

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

Day 4: Volcano Hike at Mgahinga

Day 5: Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi

6 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, we will set off on the southern bound road, have a stop over to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once and after proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will continue through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals which may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent view for bird watching and game viewing, ideal for the Uganda safari .The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge (Midrange) and Enganzi Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner

 

Day 2:  Chimpanzee tracking and drive to Kisoro     

This morning, you will leave for the 08.00am chimpanzee trackking in Kyambura gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially Chimpanzee of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the middle of savanna grassland. After lunch, drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas.

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Lodge (Luxury), Travellers’ Rest Hotel (Midrange) and Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left.

Accommodation: Lake Mutanda Lodge (Luxury), Travellers’ Rest Hotel (Midrange) and Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 4: Volcano Hike at Mgahinga

After breakfast, take your packed lunch, at least 2liters of water in your backpack, camera, light jacket, and a good pair of boots. You will hike Mount Sabinyo which translates “Old Man’s Teeth” for its jagged peaks.  The height of volcano is 3669 meters and today’s elevation gain will be about 1300 meters. This volcano offers 3 challenging peaks to climb. A climb up the mountain takes one up a ridge along the eastern side of the climb to peak one. If you are to continue, the climb to peak eleven involves walking a ridge with breath-taking drops into gorges of Rwanda and Uganda. Finally, the hike up to the peak is steep with several ladders and mush scrambling. The journey takes about eight hours round trip to cover the 14 km stretch. Mgahinga volcano acts as a better view point offering great views of the 3-countries Uganda, Rwanda and Congo on clear days without clouds and mist.

Accommodation: Mgahinga Safari Lodge (Luxury), Travellers’ Rest Hotel (Midrange) and Kisoro Tourist Hotel (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 5: Proceed to Lake Bunyonyi

You will have breakfast at the Lodge while preparing to drive up to Lake Bunyonyi. On arrival, relax at Bird’s Nest while awaiting a canoe ride on the lake in bid to explore the Islands. This lake lies at an altitude of approximately 2000m, and it follows the contours of the hilly terrain that separates the towns of Kabale and Kisoro. It is a very beautiful spot, dotted with small islands and ringed by steeped terraced hills. Bunyonyi is a word that means “place of little birds” and it is particularly good for water birds. Overnight at Bird’s Nest

Accommodation: Bird’s Nest (Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange) and Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Budget)

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

 

Day 6: Reserved for departure

After breakfast, you will return to Kampala

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch