RU 03: 4 Nights/5 Days Tracking Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Day 1: Entebbe – Lake Mburo National Park

On arrival at the airport, you will be met your safari guide who will warmly welcome you and depart by road to Lake Mburo National Park (the drive will take approximately 3-4 hours).

You will have a stopover to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand at the Equator for a photographic opportunity and also listen to some few interesting facts. We will continue to Lake Mburo National Park.

This Park is an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. Bird viewing opportunities are excellent – for birders, this is one of the best places to find African fin foot, papyrus bush shrike. After checking in, you will take a late afternoon game drive or a dug out canoe.

Overnight in Mantana Tented Camp/ UWA Bandas (FB)

Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park – Bwindi National Park

An early start – a wonderful chance to take a guided nature walk. This walk takes you to the Salt Lick Area. A strategically located wooden platform (Observation point) offers a chance to see at least four different species of animals at any one point while they lick the salty soil.

Return to the camp for breakfast, after which we will head through the highlands to Kabale, where we will stop for lunch. Continue on your journey, which offers excellent views including the triangular peaks of the Virunga volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo. The road then drops down into a valley, to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the mountain gorillas!

Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board)

Day 3: Bwindi National Park

Up relatively early for a hearty breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla tracking. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers; the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. (This trek can take from half an hour to 5 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes).

Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. It’s amazing to think there are only about 650 of these beautiful creatures left!

If you have the energy this afternoon, take a guided walk on the Munyaga River trail, which is an ideal short walk. This trail leads to three delightful crystal clear waterfalls, and there is a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. Here you may also see birds and primates from the forest edge.

OR If you have the afternoon free, how about a guided village walk – see how the Ugandans live!

Overnight at Gorilla Resort/Buhoma Community Bandas (Full Board)

Day 4: Bwindi – Kampala

After a morning breakfast, we will drive back to Kampala stopping en-route for lunch arriving in the early evening. On arrival in Kampala, your safari guide will transfer you to your hotel. If you have energy, your guide will take around the African Craft market where you can buy Souvenirs for your self. Overnight at Speke Hotel/Hotel Africana (BB)

Day 5: Kampala – Fly Home

Your safari guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight.