Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari (Fly to Bwindi)

The 5 Day Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari (Fly to Bwindi) is a Uganda safari that gives you both the experience of the African savanna and the African tropical rainforest jungle. On this African safari holiday trip you’ll avoid the 9 hour drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and take a local flight over western Uganda’s beautiful landscapes to Kisoro where Bwindi Impenetrable NP is found, track the mountain gorillas, hike the jungle and transfer, 4 hours, to Lake Mburo National Park where you’ll explore the savanna plains in a 4×4 safari truck, take a boat safari on the lake and then head out back.

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Overview

The Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari starts and ends in Entebbe, Uganda. You’ll transfer form Entebbe to Kihihi and take less than 2 hours flying cross the country to the gorilla nation. There’s plenty to see from above, keep an eye out for the spectacular scenery for the duration of the flight.

At Kihihi Airport in Kisoro, a trusted driver in a 4×4 safari truck/van will transfer you to your gorilla forest lodge where you’ll check in and settle in, take in the fresh forest air and green sights and maybe choose to take a walk around the African villages and communities of the natives that inhabit the surroundings of the park.

The next day the actual gorilla trekking safari will will start from the park headquarters after a briefing at at exactly 08:00. You’ll be escorted with 7 others by a guide and an armed ranger into the jungle, hiking, trekking, jumping streams and breaking shrubs till you find your designated gorilla family, with which you’ll spend and hour with.

The next one night and two days will be spent in Lake Mburo National Park’s savanna plains and water ways. The park has a good variety of wildlife. Several antelope species can be seen, including topi, duiker, oribi, Bohor reedbuck and klipspringer. Elephant are absent, but herds of buffalo are quite common, and Rothschild’s giraffe have been reintroduced. A healthy population of leopard is present, although mostly seen at night. Hippo and crocodile can be found in the lake..

Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: Local flight form Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking in the jungles of Bwindi
  • Day 4: Transfer to Lake Mburo (4 hours) and Savanna Game Drive
  • Day 5: Game Drive & Transfer to Entebbe (5 hours)

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive Entebbe international airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe by a trusted  Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari driver.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Entebbe Flight to Bwindi Gorilla Park

In time at Entebbe airport by 07:30, your flight to Kihihi airstrip in Kisoro will set off. Look out the window, for Uganda is one of the most beutiful country in the world seen from above. You’ll definately catch sight of the beautiful Rwenzori mountain ranges, tea plantations, numerous lakes and rivers and the magnificent Virunga Volcano moutains just before you land in Kisoro.

In Kisoro, you’ll be picked and driven through Kisoro town up-to your lodge just outside the Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Check-in, have lunch and relax or take a walk around the African villages around the park, your choice.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Today is the Gorilla Trekking D-day. Wake early morning and have you breakfast, get your packed lunch and get to the trailhead before 7:30 AM.

Gorilla trekking starts at 08:00 after a briefing at the park headquarters, you will hike through the dense steep forest searching for the gorillas depending on where they were seen making nests the previous evening.

The gorilla trekking can last 2-7 hours depending on how soon you find the gorillas, this is influenced by the location they stayed overnight. Trekking can be a tasking adventure, but coming to a facial closeup with these close relatives to human is a reward worthy to earn.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda edge at the edge of the great east African Rift Valley. It is a home to over 400 species of mountain gorillas about half of the world’s population. Many of these are habituated in families that are daily visited by tourists. The forest is also a home to over 350 species of birds and 400 flora species.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner + Drinking Water

Day 4: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park 

After a Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari morning breakfast, you’ll transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, a stopover at Mbarara the city of milk for lunch will be a refreshing moment before heading to Lake Mburo Rwonyo peninsular for an afternoon boat cruise.

The park is the smallest of Uganda’s protected savannah parks with lots of metamorphic rocks and home to over 350 species of birdlife, zebras and buffaloes are the faces of the game in this savannah land. Elands, Oribi Waterbucks, Hippos, Reedbucks, Topi and a Leopard can also be spotted on a lucky day.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Lake Mburo to Entebbe and Departure

The last day of your safari starts with a short game drive out of the park with the last chances of enjoying the view of the beautiful game in Lake Mburo National Park. Drive back to Entebbe with lunch en-route and a stop at the Equator arriving in time to check in for your flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

We believe you have enjoyed your Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari holiday in the most hospitable country, the Pearl of Africa!

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at lodges and hotels mentioned in the itinerary or equivalent based on availability
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Transfers in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle with services of an experienced English speaking Driver-guide
  • One-way Scheduled Flight Entebbe to Kihihi
  • 1x Gorilla trekking per person
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • 1 litre of mineral drinking water per person per day in the vehicle.

Exclusions

  • Meals in Entebbe on the arrival day
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • International Air ticket
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Personal Expenditures and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Papyrus Guest House
  • Boma Guest House
  • Lake Victoria Serena Resort
  • Ride 4 a Woman Community
  • Homestay Buhoma Haven Lodge
  • Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Leopard Rest Camp Rwakobo
  • Rock Lodge Mihingo Lodge

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