4 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari to Bwindi & Lake Mburo National Park

Overview

The 4 day Uganda gorilla safari and Lake Mburo National park is one of the best safaris that gives chance to travellers on Uganda safaris to have memorable encounter with the world endangered species of the mountain gorillas protected in one of the ancient Impenetrable forests in Bwindi. The safari starts from Kampala and it takes you to south western Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable where you will have the best experience on earth to interact with the stunning apes in their natural Impenetrable forest habitat. You will also have the chance to enjoy the sights of different birds protected in Bwindi, explore the local Batwa community trails among others. You will have chance to visit the Lake Mburo national park which is unique savannah national park of its own in Uganda. The park houses the rare Impala (from which Kampala City derived its name), unique elands Zebras, Burch ell’s Zebras, Topi, bush backs. Lake Mburo located in the Centre of the park offers opportunities for you to experience boat cruise which is highly rewarding with the views and sights of crocodiles, hippos, as well as stunning water birds.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Drive transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (drive distance of 527kms)

Day 2:  Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Park (2 - 8 hours trek)

Day 3: Drive transfer from Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 4: Do game drive & transfer to Kampala

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Detailed Itinerary

Day I: Drive transfer from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (drive distance of 527kms)

On the first day, you will meet and greet our driver guide who will be with you for the rest of your four days safari in Uganda. After you early morning breakfast in your Kampala lodge or home, you will embark on drive transfer from Kampala to Bwindi. You will drive on the south western direction from Kampala city. The interesting 9-10 hours journey takes you through unique scenic view of Ugandan country side. After covering a drive distance of 77 kilometers, you will have stopover at Equator in Kayabwe for splendid water experiments, photo shooting and visit to the African craft shops. After the perfect stopover, you will continue with your drive through the urban town of Masaka, enjoying the views of the farmed lands found along the Masaka-Mbarara route. You will have your Lunch stopover at Igongo Cultural Centre which is situated along the way from Masaka to Mbarara just 12 kilometers to Mbarara town the biggest town in western region. After enjoying your Ugandan traditional Lunch prepared in Igongo, you will embark on your journey driving through Mbarara town and you proceed through some of Uganda’s   beautiful countryside decorated with tea plantation, farmed lands, stunning hills with ever green vegetation to Bwindi. You will arrive late in the evening and drive direct to your lodge to Check-in , relaxation from the long hours of traveller, prepare for  next morning hectic but highly rewarding mountain gorilla trekking and also have dinner  as well as overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-range/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 2:  Do gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Park (2 - 8 hours trek)

After your early morning ebullient breakfast that will give you the energy to hike the hills when searching for mountain gorillas, you will proceed to the park head Quarters for briefing at exactly 8:00am Ugandan local time. After the briefing from the ranger guides, you will be driven to the head trails where gorilla trekking activities start .From here you will be led by armed ranger guides into the forest to begin the trek of 2-8 hours through this majestic and mysterious Impenetrable forest. Gorilla tracking as an adventure in Bwindi needs you to be physical fit since it involves serious climbing and hiking in the dense hills and slippery forest of Bwindi. The most interesting moments is when you encounter the mountain gorilla moving in their social groups. At this time all the fear you had about the gorillas is washed away as they will receive you with calm smiling face showing that they have no problem to human beings. You will be given one magical hour to stay with gorillas viewing at them as they go about their daily activities, with in the one hour ,you can also take as many photos as possible and ask different questions to the experienced guides. After the one hour of interaction, you will make return journey to the park headquarters where you be driven back to your lodge for relaxation and preparing for an evening community walk. In the evening, you will visit the nearby Batwa community for a refreshment cultural encounter. Here you will be guided by a local guide who will take you to the different communities to see how people have managed to survive through farming.  You will see how local brew is processed from fresh Bananas and forest remedies to get beer and Waragi. After that interesting cultural encounter, you will drive back to your respective lodge for memory sharing in the lodge’s refreshment Centre, dinner and eventually overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Mid-range/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Drive transfer from Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

Immediately after your early morning breakfast in your Bwindi lodge, you will embark on drive transfer from Bwindi to Lake Mburo national park. The interesting drive will be highly rewarding because it will take you through the Switzerland of Africa (the beautiful Kigezi Islands) where you will be able to enjoy the views of unique green vegetation, traverse through the hilly areas of south western Uganda, by-pass the beautiful, hospitable Ugandans living in western part of Uganda. You will make a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara after whch you will proceed 33km to the park for an afternoon boat cruise. The boat offers possibilities of encountering different bird species, hippos, among other stunning features like the lake itself. After the interesting boat cruise, you will retire back to the park headquarters for short evening game drive where you will have chance to enjoy the views different bird life like Zebras, eland, impalas, bush backs, Burch ell’s Zebras, Topi, and also different bird species. Afterwards, you will drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury) Arcadia Cottages Mburo (Mid-range/Standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do morning game drive & transfer to Kampala

You will wake up very early in the morning; take your early morning hefty breakfast and afterwards drive to the park headquarters for an interesting game drive through the savannah vegetation of Mburo. During the game drive you have possibilities of encountering a range of wildlife species such as the Zebras, eland, impalas, bush backs, Burch ell’s Zebras, Topi and also the six lakes with in the park when you do a simple hike to the Kazuma outlook. The game drive will make you enjoy the sights and views of different bird species African Finfoot, Shoebill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, and Brown-chested Lapwing among others. After game drive, you say the last word of thanks to the park staff and embark on drive transfer from Lake Mburo to Kampala. You will have stopover for Lunch in Masaka and another stopover at the equator where you will have chance to buy some crafts, take photos, do water experiment. Afterwards you will proceed to Buganda Royal Drum Makers at Mpambire where you will have short stop over to watch how these drums are made and after that you will get back to the vehicle, and continue with your drive to Kampala. You will arrive in Kampala City late in the evening.

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