4 Day Gorilla Trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari
This affordable 4 Day Gorilla Trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari takes you African Mountain Gorilla Trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to encounter these endangered primates in the wild - a rare and unforgettable wildlife experience!
The Uganda Budget Lodge Safari also travels to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel and game viewing in Uganda's top national park. Safari highlights include a village walk near Bwindi Park and visiting Igongo Cultural Village.
A once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking and wildlife adventure in Uganda!
Day 1: Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Uganda
At the start of this Gorilla Trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari our guide collects you from your pre-tour accommodation in Kampala at 7:30 am. Leaving Kampala, the capital of Uganda, you travel west to Kasese, via the town of Fort Portal.
We stop for lunch in Kasese admiring the beautiful slopes of Mount Rwenzori. After lunch we continue our journey through the scenic landscapes of Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
In the evening we embark on a two hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, getting up close to hippos, buffalos and other wildlife.
The boat trip offers excellent bird watching opportunities, as well as the chance to see elephants, warthogs and Kob antelopes. The banks of the channel are home to a rich variety of birds, including Pink-backed Pelicans, Pied and Malachite Kingfishers and Saddle billed Stork.
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular protected area and covers about 1978 km˛. The park is scenically located on the rift valley floor between Lake Edward and Lake George flanked by towering mountains in the distance. The game park is set among hills and lakes and consists mostly of euphorbia tree-studded savannahs or grasslands. The varied habitats within Queen Elizabeth National Parkhost 95 mammal and 612 bird species.
Dinner and overnight stay at a budget safari lodge.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Forest Park – Uganda
After coffee we set off on an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth Park, exploring the north eastern area along Kasenyi Plains (also known as Mweya), near Lake George, and the Queens Mile.
Wildlife sightings include the Uganda Kob antelope, elephants, lions, buffalo, waterbuck, warthogs and various other antelope and bird species.
Next our journey takes us along the impressive craters of the western Rift Valley escarpment and the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. We take a game drive en route, looking out for wildlife, especially the tree-climbing lions found in this southern part of the game park.
After this rewarding game drive we travel south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Bwindi National Park is home to the endangered African Mountain Gorillas, along with a rich diversity of wild animals, insects and plants. Inhabitants include various other primate species, such as the blue and red tailed monkeys.
Dinner and overnight stay at an affordable lodge.
• Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Bwindi Forest Gorilla Trekking
Today we set off on the once-in-a-lifetime experience of trekking mountain gorillas in the wild.
The day starts with an early morning breakfast, before meeting up with our guide from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, for a briefing on the gorilla trekking excursion.
We then head off into the dense vegetation of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, best known for endangered gorilla trekking, considered the highlight of visiting Uganda and for many the high point of their travels in Africa.
This gorilla walk can take up to six hours, so a reasonable degree of fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are required. The thrill of encountering these gentle primates in the wild is well worth the sometimes challenging trek through the thick undergrowth.
The adventure trek through the jungle takes us in search of a family group of gorillas. Once we find the African Mountain Gorillas we spend some time watching them feed and interact with each other. We get to hear the gorillas communicating with one another and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant adult male gorillas, called Silverbacks. Encountering these giant apes is one of Africa’s most poignant wildlife experiences.
Each gorilla encounter is unique, offering its own rewards. We generally get up close to the adult gorillas to watch them feeding, grooming and resting, as well as witnessing the young gorillas at play.
In the afternoon we explore a local community on foot, to gain insight into the ways of the Ugandan people living near Bwindi Park. After our village walk we return to the camp and have a drink together, recounting our unforgettable adventures with African Mountain Gorillas.
Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.
• Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Bwindi to Kampala & Entebbe
We enjoy an early breakfast on day four and then return to Kampala, visiting Igongo Cultural Village en route. Here we learn about the Bahima and Ankole cultures of Uganda, getting a glimpse into the history of these interesting people.
Along the way we cross the Equator, stopping to take photographs and to have lunch. We arrive back in Kampala and Entebbe (airport transfer on request) in time to catch evening flights, bringing this Gorilla Trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari to a close.
• Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers part of the diverse Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its primate populations, being home to about half the world’s mountain gorillas, at over 300 endangered gorillas. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest ecosystem is exceptionally high in biodiversity, with rich flora and fauna species. This lush forested area hosts some of the richest tree, small mammal, bird, butterfly, reptilian, and moth populations.
Bwindi is a birding paradise, home to 348 bird species. This area is one of Uganda’s best bird watching destinations supporting nearly all of the Albertine Rift endemic species found in Uganda, along with several Red Data Book species.
The Bwindi Forest of Uganda is an ancient rainforest, said to have survived the last ice age. A recently proclaimed World Heritage Site, Bwindi is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world hosting unique and precious floral species. There's also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where these two apes live together.
Full Pricing Info - 4 Day Gorilla Trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari
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Gorilla Trekking Permit $600
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