Departure city: Entebbe, Uganda
Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari
* based on 6 participants
This safari takes you to the zebras in Lake Mburo national park and the beautiful cultural experience with the local tribe of the long horned Ankole cows and the famous mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable national park for a great thick rainforest experience and the amazing community visit to the local people leaving around the national park.
Day 1: Drive to Lake Mburo
Drive early from Entebbe and stop at the equator for the water demonstration and pictures then have some coffee or tea or a snack then continue to Rwakobo Rock lodge for lunch then later do an evening mountain biking or walking safari to see some wild game then later have dinner and spend the night at this lodge.
Day 2: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Start with an early breakfast then do a morning game walk and cultural visit then drive to the breathtaking thick forest of the Bwindi national park, as you travel you will make scenery picture stops and short visits to the extraordinary activities of the locals by the roadside as you travel.
This day is filled with very exciting beautiful landscape viewing and the beautiful method of cultivation on the hills of the western part of Uganda.
Day 3: Gorilla tracking
This is the D-day, on this day, start with an early breakfast and you are driven to the briefing centre in the southern sector of the Bwindi national park then you are prepared for the day’s hiking to the famous mountain Gorillas and have an amazing experience with them for an hour. One can never tell how long you will spend in the impenetrable forest but that depends on how far the Gorillas are and the pace of the group hiking to them. After this great experience, you will be driven back to the lodge.
Day 4: The Batwa/ pygmies community visit
Visit the Batwa Pygmy communities and the local tribe around for an unforgettable experience with the pygmies who now live outside the forest having been evacuated from the Bwindi national park in early 90’s, the pygmies used to share the forest with the Gorillas till it was gazetted as a conservation area.
Day 5: Drive to mabamba swamp for the shoebill adventure than to Entebbe
After the amazing experience with the Gorillas and the Batwa pygmies, we then embark on a long journey back to Entebbe while enjoying some stops we make on the way like lunch, scenery pictures and the mabamba swamp boat safari on a dugout canoe as we look for that special bird called the shoebill stock and a very good birding experience then we continue to the lodge in Entebbe.
Night 1: Rwakobo Rock Mid-range lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP
Rwakobo Rock is a peaceful and secluded retreat where you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The 8 comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offers great sunset views. The main dining area overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park. Set in the pristine Ankole ranchlands surrounding Lake Mburo National Park; whether you want to sit back, sip on an ice-cold drink in a hammock or head out into Lake Mburo National Park for a day of exciting exploration, there is something for everyone here.
Rwakobo is nestled on a scenic outcrop with breathtaking views. Animals such as zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the waterhole beneath the dining area. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.
Night 2, 3 & 4: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP without fences
Rushaga Gorilla Camp is a haven for trekking within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and a reason why you should visit Uganda. Coverage stretching about 6 acres of land bordering the Bwindi Impenetrable National park at Rushaga
The land is comprised of a mountain, with nice vistas of the Impenetrable forest front and a permanent spring where forest elephants occasionally come down for a drink from the national park. Find out more about Gorilla Trekking and gorilla tracking groups in Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
Price of the entire trip: 1334 $ p.p. with 6 people on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travellers on this trip to bring the price down.
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Lake Mburo national park is known as the ‘Home for Zebras’. The park’s well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as topi, impala and several acacia-associated birds.
Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes found in the park, which together attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while the swamps hide sitatunga antelope.
The translocation of Rothschild Giraffes from Murchison Falls National Park to Lake Mburo National Park brought in one of the precious Uganda safari tour product that have made the park more vibrant. Sheltering largest counts of Impala, Burchell’s Zebra and Eland antelope, Lake Mburo National Park presents good wild game viewing possibilities especially with its arrangement of game walking safaris which allows one to explore wild game on foot.
The surrounding pastoralist community is more into cattle keeping and rear the beautiful Ankole long horned cattle. The people feature unique traditions centred on the cow itself. Taking a community walk, listening to traditional stories, attending to the local performances and immersing in an experiential touch of the cattle keeping experience combine to generate lasting memories of a safari in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley. The hillsides which are mist-covered are sheltered by one of the ancient and very biologically varied rainforests in Uganda that dates back to more than 25,000 years, comprising of about 400 varied plant species. More notably, this “impenetrable forest” in addition protects an predictable 320 population of mountain gorillas – approximately half of the population in the world, among which are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors.Bwindi is habitat to more than half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. actually there are over 300 mountain gorillas living here.
Gorilla devotees for Uganda safaris from different corners of the world to enjoy this Ultimate Safari in Uganda – Mountain Gorilla tours / tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.The word “Bwindi” means “darkness” and taking a hike this magnificent forest will certainly unveil to you the reason why the forest was named so. You will as well be in position to fast tell why actually the forest is also regarded as Impenetrable. One requires to be realistically physically fit to take part in this mountain gorilla tracking / trekking adventure because it may involve climbing the steep terrain.
In addition to the endangered impressive mountain gorillas there are also 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, ten of which are only found in this areas in the whole of Uganda. This is really a destination to explore. Because there are few habituated Gorillas living here (gorillas that have been trained to withstand human presence and not likely to attack), actually the time offered to see them is limited and so are the permits which currently are offered at a cost of $500 per individual. No person ever complains after spending some time with these very fascinating Mountain Gorillas in Uganda within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is among the most stunning rainforest anyone will ever come across.