Gorillas and Exploring South West Uganda Safari | 5 Days

lake bunyonyi - lake kivu-Gorilla Trekking Uganda

From US $1,680
per person (sharing)

Visiting: Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi Forest, Lake Bunyonyi

Main Activities

  • Game drive
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Community village walk
  • Boat ride

Route Map

This fascinating safari is designed to give you a full insight about Uganda’s natural endowments which include; the landscape, cultural diversity and the various game animals. This trip therefore will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest where you will get into close encounter with the gigantic mountain gorillas and Lake Mburo national park for wild life game viewing.

Day 1 — Travel to Lake Mburo National Park with an evening game drive

lake mburo national park

On this day, our company guide will pick you from the hotel/lodge either from Entebbe or Kampala and drive westwards to Lake Mburo National park via Masaka-Mbarara high way.

Along the way, there are amazing and interesting encounters that give you an insight into the cultural and traditional ways of the local communities, for example, a stopover at Mpambire. This is the Centre where drums are made from. These drums used to and still act as musical instruments for traditional functions especially in the Buganda region.

On the Way to Lake Mburo, stop and take in a visit to the Equator that runs through Uganda. It’s marvellous to have pictures taken underneath the Equator Sign.

Generally, people tend to carry out non-scientific experiments, most of them are manipulated illusions and not authentic, but fun to watch.

There are also Curio and Souvenir Shops that you can visit. A couple of them have their wares nicely displayed and make it easier to shop for crafts, including of course the Equator T-Shirt that is an optional buy for many visitors and others.

On arrival in the park, check in at the lodge, have lunch and relax.

In the evening, take a bush game drive where you are likely to see Zebras, Impala herds, Warthogs, waterbucks, Topis among others.

This park provides the best chance of viewing a deep red sunset silhouetting the thorny acacia shrub along the extensive marshy area. This amazing natural occurrence is worthy of being experienced.

Day 2 — Morning game drive and Transfer to Bwindi forest

wildlife Viewing in lake mburo

After breakfast, go for a boat cruise and enjoy the sighting of aquatic animals like hippos, crocodiles as well as buffaloes. Some bird species can also be sighted along the shores. These may include, African fish Eagle, Goliath Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, African Finfoot, Shining blue kingfisher among others.

After the boat cruise, check out and transfer back to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 3 — Gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

bwindi gorilla mountains

This safari day experience allows you to spend the day with the gigantic gentle creatures – the mountain gorillas by hiking through Bwindi impenetrable forest.

The trekking activity starts with a briefing which is conducted by the specialized site ranger. During this briefing, rules and regulations guiding the trekking activity are passed on. This trekking is carried out in various groups and starts early in the morning when the gorillas are out looking for food.

Once you locate the gorillas with your ranger guide, you’re allowed to observe them for an hour and then after, walk back out of the forest. Those who prefer not to participate in the gorilla trekking can take a guided forest walk or explore the surrounding locality with the community village walk.

After this memorable activity with the giant mountain gorillas, you will be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Day 4 — Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

lake bunyonyi - lake kivu-Gorilla Trekking Uganda

On this day, this safari allows you to relax at Lake Bunyonyi after the thrilling and awesome exercise of gorilla trekking and hiking. While here, enjoy the boat ride, canoeing and swimming. This lake is suitable for swimming because it is bilharzia and crocodile free.

However, swimmers should take note that this lake is the second deepest in Africa next to Lake Tanganyika.

Also, the spectacular scenery of the environs of this lake makes the place ideal for relaxation and refreshing.

Day 5 — Transfer to Kampala and then Entebbe

After breakfast, start the journey back to Kampala and while on the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the various scenic landscape features including the terraced hills of Kabale and vast banana plantations in Ntungamo and Mbarara.

This trip takes you for a visit to Igongo cultural centre in Mbarara where you will have lunch from. While here, you will have an opportunity to have an insight into the cultural and traditional setting about the Banyankole who are the inhabitants of this region.

You also encounter herds of the indigenous famous Ankole cow (Long-horned) which are predominantly reared in this western region of the country.

Costs include

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Ground transport
  • Boat cruise
  • Park entrance fees
  • Vehicle entrance
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide/Driver
  • All meals and bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Game drives

Costs exclude

  • Gorilla Trekking permit
  • Visa fees
  • Air ticket
  • All extras and optional at the accommodation for example laundry, beverages.
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Charges by the porters during gorilla trekking gorilla permit

Price — US $1,680 per person (For two people)

The price slightly increases if you decide to travel as a solo traveler. Conversely, the price payable per person reduces from the stated amount if the tour is booked by more than two people.

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