4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Tour In Lake Mburo National Park

4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS
  • 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Tour In Lake Mburo National Park

Description

This 4 days Uganda gorilla trekking and wildlife tour was created to give you the opportunity to meet the magical Mountian Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda’s smallest national park, and wildlife game viewing drives in Lake Mburo National Park. While on this 4-day Uganda gorilla trekking and wildlife tour, you will also visit other great places in Uganda like Lake Bunyonyi, the Uganda equator landmark at Kayabwe, and the Igongo cultural center. We selected the most eye-catching activities at each place you will visit while on this safari to make your stay adventurous and more memorable. The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is situated high in the clouds in southwestern Uganda, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m, with a dense forest that inhabits the rare mountain gorillas and the endangered golden monkeys, plus other wildlife species. Besides the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, the Mgahinga gorilla national park has huge cultural significance, particularly for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. The Lake Mburo National Park is a park to enjoy the beauty of nature and do the most romantic jungle activities, such as the night jungle safari, horseback riding safari, and boat cruising. Lake Mburo national park is home to several species of mammals, including zebras, giraffes, impalas, buffaloes, elands, hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, leopards, spotted hyenas, and some primate species, among others.

Highlights of the 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Tour In Lake Mburo National Park

  • Day 1: Pick up from Entebbe international airport/ hotel in Entebbe or Kampala – Drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park
  • Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking – Drive to Lake Bunnyonyi – Evening boat canoeing
  • Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Lake Mburo national park – Afternoon boat cruise – Evening and night game drive
  • Day 4: Morning horseback riding safari – Drive back to Entebbe international airport / Kampala city

Day 1: Pick up from Entebbe international airport / hotel in Entebbe or Kampala city – Drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park

Today, very early in the morning, after breakfast at your hotel/place of stay in Kampala/Entebbe or on arrival at Entebbe International airport with an early morning flight at least 09.00 am, you will be met by our company representative to meet and greet, be briefed about your 4-day Uganda Gorilla trekking and wildlife tour, have all your travel bags loaded in the vehicle, and then start the drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, approximately 519km from Kampala, which takes about 10 hours’ drive. On your way to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you will have a stopover at Igongo Cultural Center and Museum to relax and stretch your muscles after a long drive, be served lunch, and continue with your journey to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, where you will arrive in the late evening to check in at your booked lodge to refresh, have dinner, and relax while preparing for your adventurous mountain gorilla trekking safari the following day.

Accommodation options; Gahinga Lodge (Luxury) Lake Mutanda Resort (Mid-range), Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Lunch / Dinner

Day 2: Mgahinga gorilla national park – Mountain gorilla trekking – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi – Evening boat canoeing

Rise up very early in the morning to prepare yourself for the mountain gorilla trekking safari. Get all your required things for mountain gorilla trekking ready, such as a camera, pair of binoculars, insect repellants, dress up in the required style, get your travel bag packed, have breakfast, get your packed lunch, and check out to meet your safari guide and drive to the park information center at Ntebeko Visitor Center to meet other guests for the pre-mountain gorilla briefings about the dos and dots to follow during mountain gorilla trekking, what to expect during mountain gorilla trekking, and how to behave when you have met the mountain gorillas. Also, during the pre-trekking gorilla trekking briefing, you will be assigned a UWA park guide and rangers, and then start the forest walk through dense vegetation perched on steep slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes to look out for the magical mountain gorillas. While searching for the mountain gorillas, you may encounter several other wildlife species such as golden monkeys, chimpanzees, buffaloes, forest elephants, and several bird species, and your forest guide will give as much information as possible regarding everything you will encounter during the forest walk, which will make your walk so interesting. You will wake and have breakfast very early as you wait for the driver to take you to the park headquarters for the briefing by the park warden or rangers. The walk will take you through thick bamboo forests at an altitude higher than normal, which makes Mgahinga Gorilla National Park unique compared to other parks in Uganda. Mountain gorilla trekking requires a lot of physical fitness depending on the location of a gorilla family, so you need to carry enough water and snacks to keep you going. Once you meet the mountain gorillas, you will forget all the tiredness you went through to encounter these peaceful and dramatic primates. You will stay with them for one full hour and are free to take as many photos and record videos as you want. After spending an hour with the magical mountain gorillas, return to the starting point to receive your certificate of appreciation for the contribution towards the conservation of the mountain gorillas in Uganda. Meet your safari guide to have lunch and other refreshments and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most beautiful places in Uganda to relax on a canoeing safari.

Lake Bunyonyi is situated in Southwestern Uganda and is Uganda’s deepest lake and second deepest in the world, with a depth varying between 44m and 900m, a width of 7km and a length of 25km. It is well-known for its clean water, ever-changing climate, which is typically cool in the mornings and evenings, and mild temperatures. The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery that is characterized by the flourishing green terraced hills and is made up of 29 beautiful islands that are distributed transversely in the central part of the water. Lake Bunyonyi is fully free from Bilharzia and other dangerous aquatic animals, which makes it safe for swimming.

While at Lake Bunyonyi, you will enjoy the adventurous boat canoeing safari on the lake to visit some of its 29 islands. Each of these 29 islands has a unique story behind it, such as the Akampene Island, also known as the “Punishment Island,” which was used by the Kiga people to punish their unmarried girls whom they found pregnant by isolating them on this island until dead. Your local canoe guide will give you more information regarding each of the islands that you will visit. Later, return to your lodge to be served dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options; Birdnest Resort @Bunyonyi (Luxury), Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-range and standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast/Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Lake Mburo national park – Afternoon boat cruising – Evening and night game drive safari

Wake up at your convenient time to arrange your travel bag, be served breakfast, check out of the lodge and start the drive to Lake Mburo national park. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savannah national park in Uganda with over 68 mammals these include zebra, eland, impala, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, hippo, leopard, hyena, topi, and reedbuck as well as about 350 bird species and 13 other lakes in the area. On your way to Lake Mburo national park, you will have a stopover at Igongo cultural center to explore how the grand ancestors of the people of western Uganda lived and a collection of their historical artifacts and lifestyle. The Igongo cultural center presents the whole traditional homestead with calabashes, real milk gourds, and hides and skins plus a fireplace together with grinding stones, and farming tools. So, a visit to this place will give you a summary of how the lifestyle of the Ankole people was many centuries back. After the museum tour, have lunch and then drive to the park for your afternoon boat cruise safari to enjoy the fresh breezes of Lake Mburo. During the 2 hours’ boat cruising safari on Lake Mburo, you have to keep your eyes open and camera on standby to spot several wildlife species like the Nile crocodiles, hippos as well as many bird species like the colorful Kingfishers, Hammerkops, and magnificent Fish Eagles. Thereafter the boat safari, go for an evening game drive safari to go deep inside the park to explore it and search for the wildlife animals of the park so expect to encounter a high concentration of zebras, eland, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs, impalas, buffaloes, giraffes, some primate species and many others. Later drive to check-in at your booked lodge to freshen up, have dinner and return to the park for a night game drive safari to explore and enjoy the nightlife of the jungle, see how wildlife animals spend their night and boost your chances of seeing the nocturnal mammals such as leopard, hyenas, grazing hippos, bush babies and many other mammals. It is so interesting to the in the jungle at night and Lake Mburo national park is one of the best savannah national parks for a night game drive. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options; Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury), Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range and standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast/Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Morning horseback riding – Game drive safari – Return to Entebbe international airport

On this last day of the 4-day Uganda gorilla trekking and wildlife tour, wake up very early in the morning to have breakfast, get all your travel bags loaded onto the vehicle, check out, and then go for the morning horseback riding safari in the jungle. Without any doubt, a horseback riding safari in Lake Mburo national park is one of the most fantastic ways to enjoy nature since it offers an opportunity to see and interact with animals such as zebras, impalas, elands, warthogs, bushbucks, waterbucks, and many others from a closer range than when doing a game drive using a safari vehicle, mostly the zebras and elands since they normally want to see their closest relatives without black and white stripes. During the horseback riding safari, you will fully experience and enjoy the sounds of different birds and animals in their natural setting without being disturbed by any artificial sounds like those that are normally caused by safari vehicles. After the horseback riding safari, proceed with a mid-morning game drive using your safari vehicle to go deep inside the park to search for more animals such as giraffes, buffaloes, high concentrations of zebras, and impalas. After the game drive, leave the park to start your journey back to Entebbe international airport, or your place of residence or hotel in Entebbe. On the way, you will have a stopover at the Kayabwe equator landmark to relax, have lunch, and refreshments, and then proceed with your journey back to the airport to prepare for your return flight or drop you off at your booked hotel or place of residence in Kampala city or Entebbe town. This will be the end of your 4 Days Uganda gorilla trekking and wildlife tour.

Meal plan; Breakfast/Lunch

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Tour In Lake Mburo National Park includes;

  • Return airport transfers (Pick and drop off)
  • Private English / French speaking safari guide for 4 days (Other languages can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Private ground transport for 4 days using either safari Land-cruiser or Safari van (4WD and full time air-conditioned)
  • Fuel for 4 days
  • Private standard/mid-range/luxury accommodation on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) for 3 night an extra night/s can be arranged on request
  • Bottled mineral water and en-route meals throughout the tour
  • All government taxes
  • 1 mountain gorilla trekking permit per person
  • A visit and boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • 2 hours afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo national park
  • Night and day game drive at Lake Mburo national park
  • 2 hour’s horseback riding safari at Lake Mburo national park
  • A stopover at Kayabwe equator landmark
  • A stopover Igongo cultural center

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Tour In Lake Mburo National Park excludes;

  • International and domestic flights
  • Extra accommodation
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses like cigarettes, laundry services, buying souvenirs and gifts, telephone calls, hiring a porter, among others.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (Beers, Sodas, Wine, and juice at the lodge)
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