Embark on a captivating 5-Day Uganda wildlife and gorilla safari that combines thrilling wildlife encounters with a memorable gorilla trekking experience. This safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Witness the Big Five, a variety of bird species, and the remarkable gorillas in their natural habitats. With a blend of game drives and gorilla tracking, this journey offers a well-rounded exploration of Uganda’s natural wonders.
Accommodation Options (Midrange):
Throughout your 5-day safari, you will be accommodated in midrange lodges or tented camps known for their comfort, convenience, and connection to the natural surroundings. Accommodation options may include lodges like Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, or similar properties in the Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi areas.
Day 1: Arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Your adventure begins with your arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda’s most famous wildlife reserves. You will be met by your guide at the nearest airstrip or a designated meeting point. After a warm welcome, embark on a game drive within the park, offering you the chance to spot various wildlife species, including elephants, buffalos, and antelopes. Check in at your chosen lodge or camp within the park, enjoy dinner and relax in the heart of the African wilderness.
Day 2: Full-Day Game Drive and Boat Safari
Today, set out on a full day of game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, giving you ample time to explore the diverse ecosystems and wildlife. Keep an eye out for the Big Five and the park’s numerous bird species as your guide provides insights into the animals’ behavior and habitats.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. This boat safari offers exceptional opportunities for wildlife viewing, including hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birdlife. Return to your accommodation in the evening for dinner and relaxation.
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the mountain gorillas. The scenic journey takes you through picturesque landscapes and local communities. Arrive at your chosen lodge or camp near Bwindi, check in, and have lunch.
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Today is dedicated to the highlight of your safari – gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette and safety guidelines. You’ll also be assigned to one of the gorilla families that you’ll visit today.
The trek can vary in duration and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you’re visiting. It may take a few hours or the entire morning, but the experience of encountering these gentle giants in their natural habitat is truly rewarding.
Once you find the gorilla family, you’ll have up to an hour to observe and photograph them from a safe and respectful distance. It’s an incredible opportunity to witness their social interactions, behaviors, and the bond between family members.
After the gorilla trek, return to your lodge for lunch and some relaxation. In the afternoon, you can explore the surrounding area or participate in optional activities like a community visit or nature walk.
Day 5: Departure
After breakfast, bid farewell to the beautiful Bwindi Forest and depart for your next destination or journey home, marking the end of your 5-day wildlife and gorilla safari in Uganda. Your guide will transfer you to the nearest airstrip or the location of your choice.
– Gorilla trekking permit
– Accommodation as specified
– Meals as per the itinerary (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
– Bottled water during the safari
– Park fees and permits
– Professional guide
– Ground Transportation
– International airfare
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Travel Insurance
– Personal expenses
– Tips and gratuities
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
How to Get There:
To commence your 5-day wildlife and gorilla safari in Uganda, book an international flight to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Several international airlines operate flights to Entebbe from major cities worldwide. Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you can take a domestic flight to a nearby airstrip, where your safari guide will meet you. Alternatively, you can arrange for ground transportation to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, allowing you to enjoy Uganda’s beautiful landscapes during the journey.