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8 days of Adventure of Gorilla trekking

8 days of Adventure of Gorilla trekking

8 days of Adventure of Gorilla trekking begins from time you step on the Land of Pearl of Africa and ends in Kampala/ Entebbe International Airport, Uganda. The guide will first drive to the endowered western part of the country with various wildlife species, beautiful sceneries and landscapes. The safari covers different National Park including; Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale National Park in South Western Uganda. All these parks consists avariety of animal species and bird species.

Lake Mburo National Park is located in the western part of Uganda consisting of rich variety of habitats; dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, forest, lakes and swamps. The park if fed by River Ruizi and the only park with elands. The park consists of wetlands both permanent and seasonal ones.

Bwindi Impenetrable forest  is located at the border of Democratic Republic of Congo next to Virunga National Park in Western Uganda.  It provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, and over 400 plant species. The giant mammals include baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. This park also includes wetlands, birds and some butterfly species.

Surely, you will live NOT to regret the 8 days of Adventure of Gorilla trekking tour in Uganda!!

Day 1: Kampala/Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park
Your initial location matters alot, because it determines the number of hours to spend while heading to your final destination. The driver guide picks you from either Entebbe or Kampala by at 7:00 am and be driven to western Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park. Having stopovers depends on your choice, these points include; Mpambire the drum maker center and also at the Equator. At drum maker’s centre buy yourself a souvenir form Uganda or even for beloved ones back home. At the Equator take photographs or videos for remeberance for an exceptional tour in Uganda. Reach at the lodge, have lunch and embark on your aim of game driving through the park where you will take a glance on different animals like the Zebras that are found almost everywhere in the park. In the evening head to the lodge for dinner and spend a night.

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park 
We really need to wakeup very early in the morning such that we have beakfast at 6:30 am then drive to Southwestern part to Bwindi Forest, passing via Mbarara town. Mbarara is locally known as the Land of milk from their great Ankole cows with long horns. Mbarara is not only endowed with these cows but with beautiful landscapes and rolling greener endless hills. Through this this region, you will see various plantaions of matooke and terraces along the hills which preventives destraction of plants. Have check-ins at the lodge of your choice on reaching the park. Take this time to relax and get ready or the next day of tour. Dine and overnight there.

Day 3: Mountain Gorilla trekking & Community walk
Majority of the lodges here well know that their clients are mostly travelers therefore by 6:00 am- 6:30 am breakfast is ready. Be transferred to the park headquarters with packed lunch where you will be briefed by the professional Park rangers. Start trekking down for gorillas in 1 hours’ time be accompanied with two park rangers as you enter the lush mist forest. Park rangers provides supporting/walking sticks at the strart  of the journey and at times helps to pave way due to the interlocked grass. While hiking with a heavy backpack, porters are available at an affordable price. They may seem to be less important but in actual sense in some sections they are of value. For first time hikers, there are no worries because the guide considers every traveler. Trekking for gorillas in most cases, it takes between 2 and 8 hours and for every group of trekkers are provided one hour to spend some time with gorilla family. The number of hours to trek depends on their previous location or where the built their next. After along day of trekking, take a walk in the evening after refreshing other than resting. A walk is to the local communities of Batwa people who are said to be the first people in Bwindi forest, interact with them and learn their tradition and culture as well they will also learn about yours.

An overnight might be spent at Buhoma community bandas/ Silver back lodge/ Mahogany Springs

Day 4: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
The commonest route taken is via Ishasha sector, the home for tree-climbing lions. All this happens after an early morning breakfast at the lodge. The main purpose to start touring in the morning is to watch early raisers like the leopard, lion, spotted hyena among others. As you move towards the park, some animal species are noticed such as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions, and many others. While on game drive, expect to watch martial eagle, the Woodland kingfisher, the great blue turaco, the grey plantain eater. On top of this their are avariety of water species including the African Fish eagle, the African Skimmer, pelican, the pre-historic looking shoe bill and on a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes and waterbucks. Via Kasenyi trail, look out for buffalos, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, topis, kobs, waterbucks, bush bucks, bush duikers among others. Due to the long distance, you reach at the park in the afternoon and lunch is served, relax and prepare for game driving, bird watching therefore a pair of binoculars is required to view the birds in the sky and far animals. Have dinner and an Overnight

Day 5: Game drive & a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel

Because the park is too vast, we continue with game driving in the morning immediately after a delicious breakfast at the lodge which could be at 6:00am. The early raisers are noticed in the different corners of the park which will include; the lions, solitary buffaloes, kobs, elephants etc. It’s an exciting moment to have a close eye view of animal species of this park others trying to hunt as early as 6:00 am. In the afternoon, get back to lodge rest as you get ready for boat cruising on the Kazinga channel which is home to various species like birds such as malachite kingfishers, pink backed pelicans, and animals like crocodiles, elephants, hippos and many more. Most travelers to Uganda, hardly miss boat cruising on Kazinga channel since it’s eye-catching and at the same time eye catching.  Return for dinner at the lodge and spend an overnight.

Day 6: Morning game drive, visit to the baboon cliff 
Surely, game driving is an exciting activity that is very hard for someone to just give up on. From the tasty breakfast get ready for the final game drive in this park for this particular safari and also visit the unique baboon cliffs. The cliff is amazing and have more view of the beautiful sceneries. You given enough time by the tour guide to take photographs and have enough and later embark on your journey to Kibale forest national park. This is largely known  to be shelter for Chimpanzees and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to reach. By evening time between 5:00pm and 6:00pm you will have reached, have dinner and spend an overnight in one of the lodges near. These may include;
Ndali Lodge(Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guest(Mid-range), Kibale Forest camp(Budget)

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking & wetland walk
This is the second last day of your safari in Uganda, as well have breakfast early enough and leave the lodge for the park headquarters. ALL travelers are advisde to carry enough bottled drinking water since when the journey starts their are no stopovers. At the headquarters you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking, what you have to expect and what is expected of you.  After one hour of the briefing, embark on trekking through the jungle at around 8:00 am guided by two armed park ranger. Spending one hour with the chimpanzee is unbelievable but real, within this short period of time you would have learnt some characteristics that do resemble with humans. This forest has other primates like golden monkeys, grey checked Mangabeys, LHoests monkeys, bush babies, among others and for bird lovers you will  spot a number of birds. This physical activity doesn’t take long and so, you have lunch at the lodge and later a walk in the Bigodi wetland. Some people chose to stay their and this wetland attracts many birds such as the Great Blue Turaco and more primates like the bush pigs, otters, baboons among others.

Day 8: Return to Kampala/Entebbe
Don’t miss your early morning brekafast at your lodge because of excitement from your wonderful tour. The guide will drive you via Mubende and have a glance at the art in this region, the beautiful scenic views and marvellous stones. Have lunch in Mubende town then proceed to Kampala. It will be your choice to either be dropped at your accomodation in Entebbe or Kampala or proceed to the airport incase you have a flight. .

Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Planning to visit Rwanda for an safari holiday or trip? The best time to visit Rwanda varies according to the seasosn of the year; i.e. between June to Mid-September is the long dry season; October to November is a shorter rainy season and it’s followed by a short dry season from December to February. During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover. Therefore, one can choose Rwanda at any time of the year depending on the safari expectations and interests.