4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek in Bwindi with Wildlife Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
Track the Uganda mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and See Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National Park habours several species not observed elsewhere in Uganda. It is the only place in Uganda to support a population of impala (from which Kampala city derives its name), and only one of the three protected areas countrywide where Burchell’s zebra occurs, the other two being the far less accessible Kidepo and Pian-Upe. Other antelopes easily seen are topi, bushbuck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa waterbuck and Bofor reedbuck, while the lake and lush fringing vegetation support healthy populations of buffalo, warthog, bush-pig and hippopotamus. Large herds of the majestic eland keep roaming the park.
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Gorilla impenetrable Park
The safari begins from Kampala at 7:00am and drive towards western Uganda. A brief stopover at the Equator allows time for photographs. Another stop at Igongo Ankole cultural centre to share and learn about the Ankole culture how it has evolved. Drive to Mbarara for Lunch break at Agip Motel Mbarara. After lunch, proceed to Bwindi. This is the lushest highland rain forest on earth, filled with primates and exotic birds, valleys, hilltops and papyrus swamps. Via the verdant countryside, you will pass traditional homesteads and have panoramic views of the surroundings. Arrive late evening. Dinner and overnight stay at either Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget)
Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chamelleone Hill Lodge/ Lake Mutanda Resort
Up-market: Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge/ Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Begin the day with breakfast ready for trekking, which begins at 8:00 a.m with a briefing from the UWA staff on how to behave with these endangered mountain Gorillas. Ensure to carry along with you rain jacket, drinking water, snacks, jungle boots etc The guides will lead you inside the beautiful ecosystem to see the shy Primates for a group you have been booked for. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but it’s well worth the effort. Dinner and overnight stay at either Gorilla Valley Lodge/ Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro (lower budget)
Moderate: Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Lake Mutanda Resort
Up-market: Rushaga Gorillas Safari Lodge/ Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge
Meal plan: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Depart from the Gorilla Tracking Park, Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – for zebras, Eland, Hippos, etc.
We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states. The once nomadic Bahima people, part of Bantu-speaking Ankole kingdom, are renowned for the particular bond they forge with their unique, long-horned Ankole cattle. These hardy cattle respond to their individual names when called by their male herder; he in turn lives in close harmony with them. From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Buchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Up-market: Mihingo Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp/ Archadia Cottages
Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge/ Rakobo Rock
Low Budget: Rwonyo Campsite
Day 4: Safari in Lake Mburo National Park for zebras, Eland, Hippos, Buffalo, Topi, birds, etc, return to Kampala/ Entebbe
Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park Headquarters. This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps. After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast on the wooden decking overlooking the water hole. Before lunch you can relax at the pool, the bar area or enjoy the privacy of your room.
In the afternoon we bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala. We drive through a magnificent hilly country and lush cultivation on an approximately four-hour journey. En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment’, then a local community popular for making local drums (Mpabire Village), gardens, crafts shops and fruit markets.
The safari package includes:
Transportation by a 4wd fuelled vehicle
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
2 Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance
Services on an English speaking driver/guide.
However, the package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco.
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