5 Days Gorilla Trek Uganda

Gorilla Trek Uganda, Nature Tours and Wildlife Safaris

The 5 day Gorilla trek Uganda and chimpanzee safari tour will take you to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park. These are some of the major tourist attractions in western Uganda. In Bwindi, you will enjoy a forest adventure tour as you look for mountain gorillas in thee jungle. At Lake Bunyonyi, expect to do a boat ride on the nice waters as you enjoy bird watching and nature. You will finish the safari with a tour of Lake Mburo National Park where activities like boat cruise and game drive will be part of your safari menu while at the park.

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Gorilla Trek Uganda

Leave Kampala in the morning to transfer to Bwindi, the Gorilla habitat in Uganda. Have a brief stop at the Uganda Equator and another one in Mbarara city for lunch. You will proceed with the journey to going through the highlands of Kigezi, also known as the Switzerland of Africa with beautiful terraces and hilly landscape. Overnight at Gorilla Mist Camp or Bakiga Lodge on full board.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for a briefing at the park offices. Your day’s guide will take you for gorilla-tracking through steeply forested and beautiful landscape along several forest trails. The pinnacle of this exciting forest tour activity is when you get the opportunity to view the gentle endangered mountain gorillas, a superb experience. After an hour with the gorillas, walk out of the forest back to the lodge. Lunch at the lodge followed by a relaxed evening. Overnight at Gorilla Mist Camp or Bakiga Lodge on full board.

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy Nature Tours

Lake Bunyonyi UgandaIn the morning after having breakfast, drive via Kigezi areas (the Switzerland of Africa) as popularly known because of it beauty and head the wonderful magnificent Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi was formed from lava flow from one of the Virunga Mountains that blocked off the Ndego River at present-day Muko to create a natural dam. The lake made up of about 20 small islands and surrounded by steep terraced hills, Bunyonyi is a magical spot that is worth visiting by any Ugandan tourist. This Bilharzia-free lake has no crocodiles and hippos and therefore very ideal for swimming. Travelers can hire kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes for excursions to keep busy for days.

Bunyonyi has beautiful weaver colonies along its shores and larger birds are also represented by birds like the grey-crowned crane and a number of herons and egrets. Bunyonyi is one of the best places in Africa for one to watch otters (the diurnal spotted-necked otter) in particular with several pairs resident around Rutinda and the islands in the proximity. Shortly after lunch, take a boat ride on the lake to visit neighboring pygmy tribes with their unique culture. For birders, the Bunyonyi area is exceptionally gifted with the resident African Harrier Hawk, Yellow-backed, spectacled weavers, and many others. Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Overland Resort or Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort 0n full board.

Day 4: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park for Boat Cruise

Drive gently to Lake Mburo National Park in the morning after having breakfast. Arrive at the park in the after, take lunch and do boat cruise on Lake Mburo. You will see several animals and birds during the 2-hour boat ride.

Driving around the park will expose several animal species reward to you, very rare elsewhere in Uganda. Mburo is the only park Uganda National Park to harbour the handsome antelope, impala from whom, Kampala that Uganda Capital city was named. It’s also among the 3 protected areas countrywide where Burchell’s zebra live, the two areas being the remote Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe. Topi, bush buck, common duiker, oribi, Defassa water buck and Bohor reed-buck are the other antelope species that are also found there.

A leopard

A game drive in Lake Mburo will also give you a chance to see bush pigs, Warthogs, hippos, Leopard, buffaloes, side-striped jackal and numerous smaller predators that exist in the park. The park also has two diurnal primates including the vervet monkey and the olive baboon. There are also 315 bird species are recorded in the safari park making it the best place in Uganda for seeing acacia-associated birds like the mosque swallow, black-bellied bustard, bare-faced go-away bird and Ruppell’s long-tailed starling.

Birds recorded in Mburo National Park southern species at the very northern limit of their range, like the southern ground hornbill, black-throated and black-collared barbets, and green-capped eremomela. For bird watching, it’s the swamps in which six papyrus endemic are present including the striking blue-headed Coucal, the brilliantly colored papyrus Gonolek, and the popularly localized white-winged and papyrus yellow warblers, the last recorded no where else in Uganda. You will also enjoy a nature walk if time allows. Overnight stay at Kimbla Mantana Tented Camp, Mburo Safari Lodge or Rwakobo Rock on full board.

Day 5: Game Drive and Departure to Kampala

Take breakfast and go for half day game drive after which you drive to Kampala en route enjoying your lunch in Masaka and stop at the Uganda Equator to shop beautiful African handicrafts and photo shootings. You can also stop at Mpambire for drums of all sizes and a variety of handicraft. Arrive in Kampala in the evening and relax at your hotel, marking the successful end of the gorilla trek Uganda safari.

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