6 days safari of Gorilla trekking
This 6 days safari of Gorilla trekking starts and ends either in Kampala the Capital of Uganda or Entebbe. The major activity is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and a gorilla permit costs US$600 each person. Bwindi is habors many wild animals however are mainly mountain gorillas who goes over 340 with four mainly tracked gorilla families. Other animals include; chimpanzees, monkeys among others.
On the same safari, you have a chance to tour Queen Elizabeth National park which isfamously known for its Kazinga channel. It connects Lakes; George and Edward, travelers will have an opportunity to have a boat cruise and watch many wildlife species including the hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and many bird species. Other animal species with the same habitant are; the elephants, tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, kobs, antelopes, water bucks, warthogs etc. This tour its worth the money being requested for because its an exceptional one including a visit to Lake Mburo National park where you enjoy the cool lake winds and having a glance at the birds in the sky. The commonly known name of this park is ” the smallest park in Uganda” with species like; Zebras, impalas, giraffes, kobs, antelopes, birds etc.
Day 1: Depart for Lake Mburo National Park
Have an early morning cup of tea at your lodge where the guide picks you for your exciting journey, to Lake Mburo National Park which is situated in Kiruhura district in Western Uganda. It’s your choice to have stopovers or to strictly drive to your destination. You might a stopover at Mpambiire drum makers point to buy yourself a souvenir and at the Equator in Kayabwe and have photograph moments or even shoot a short video. We well know you have a phone to capture all this but it’s advisable to as well carry a camera. Due to the long-distance and careful driving along different roads at a minimum speed, you will arrive at the park in the afternoon. Have a delicious meal of your choice according to the meal plan, rest and prepare for the game driving. In the afternoon, it gives a clear view of the wild animals since they collect around ponds and the lake itself to get water. Some of the animals include; Kobs, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, water hogs and impalas among others. Later in the evening before it gets darker return to the lodge, have dinner and rest.
Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Hopefully, you have had enough sleep for this great day, take your breakfast as usual. Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as you comfortably enjoy the drive and the amazing volcanic landscape with greener endless rolling hills. At the sart of the journey, the guide will advise you to have a lunchbox because you might not have time to seat and take lunch. Have a camera near you for capturing the vast lands of banana plantaions and the weaving children on the road sides calling you “muzungu”. As you approach the mother land of over 340 individuals of mountain gorillas, you have access to some of these animals in the park. The main aim of many gorilla trekkers to BwindiImpenetrable National Park are the four main tracked gorilla groups with 12 gorilla families. The guide or driver from African Safari Journeys makes sure you arrive on time such that you don’t miss any of the activities on that day such as the evening walks.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking
It’s always recommended to have an early morning breakfast before you proceed to any tour. The day starts with a briefing at the headquarters by a trained experienced park ranger, he summarises the key things or points you should always follow while in the park. The briefing is actually about the rules and regulations, the do’s and don’ts or how to conduct yourself while in the park. After, you start hiking up and down in search of these giant animal species with the help of the tour guide being allocated to you and the other trekkers for that particular group. The rainforest seems to be bushy whoever the ranger who leads the group paves way for the rest, making it easier to maneuver through. Some of the travelers might be interested to know the number of hours for trekking but it’s not easy since it depends on the location of the mountain gorillas on that particular day. Therefore, to approximate, it takes about 2-8 hours in most cases.
It’s on an advantage to carry a bottle of mineral water for refreshment and snacks due to the long number of hours of trekking. The weather for the day is unpredictable so it’s wise to carry a pair of gumboots, a raincoat, and a waterproof backpack. For our first time hikers, it’s better to have a few physical exercises since it requires fit individuals. When the gorilla family is identified, you allowed to spend one hour with these gorillas and capture a video if possible as you critically observe the human-like nature of behaviors. If not exhausted in the evening you may decide to have a community Batwa tour, the ancient people who first lived in Bwindi. Enjoy and join them during cultural dances.
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
The easiest route to embark on after the morning breakfast is passing via Ishasha sector to reach the vast savannah vegetation. While approaching the park, get a chance of viewing the tree-climbing lions and many other animal species such as elephants. The main tourist attractions in this park include; the diverse ecosystem of the park, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands the classic game drives, chimps, and over 600 bird species. Besides that, the Kazinga channel connecting both Lake Edward and Lake George and has a variety of wildlife species including the crocodiles, hippos, birds, buffaloes, etc to watch while boat cruising and the few enormous crater lakes. While boat cruising along kazinga channel here are the commonly viewed animals at the banks of it hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. At the lodge enjoy your dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Game driving and boat cruising.
Wake very early in the morning ta take the route along Kasenyi track, where the majority of the animals live such as elephants, antelopes, waterbucks, buffaloes, lions, kobs among others. In some sections, it requires having a pair of binocular for a proper view of far animals since you not supposed to exceed the park premises. It’s also advisable for travelers on self-drive to reduce to a minimum speed while in the park due to the crossing of some of these animals. Later, head to the lodge for your lunch, relax and take some time to review the memories for the day.
The great time spent along the Kazinga channel, you would have got a chance to view water birds such as the saddle-billed stork, pink backed pelicans, the malachite kingfishers and animals such as crocodiles, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, feeding along the channel.
Day 6: Departure back to Kampala/Entebbe
Have a heavy breakfast if possible eat some food “Katogo” accompaned with tea and set off for Kampala. Take a route through Mubende whereby you will have great view of the different herds of cattle nd beautiful landscape. Have your lunch in Mubende town and continue to Kampala/ Entebbe for your bus or flight back home.