Overview of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife

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gorilla trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

This 7 days Uganda gorilla safari takes you on an exploration journey to 3 spectacular destinations in Uganda which include Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A Uganda safari to Kibale National Park gives you an opportunity to have an epic Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari as its home to over 5000 chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. From Kibale Forest National Park proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is about 180km from Kibale National Park and engage in a stunning wild game drive as you traverse various sectors of the savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda on a search for several of the wild mammals that are found here such as topi, African bush elephants, lions leopards and many others. Extend this Uganda tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda for a delightful Uganda gorilla tour experience as you track the Nyakagezi gorilla family that is found here. Climax this tour with a brief stay at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy magnificent views of the numerous islands that are dotted all over this lake.

Highlights of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife

Day 1 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Transfer from Kampala to fort portal and visit the amabere ga nyinamwiru caves

Day 2 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Engage in an epic chimpanzee trekking experience as well as a nature walk in the Bigodi wetlands

Day 3 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife:  Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and engage in a morning game drive as well an afternoon boat cruise

Day 4 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife:  Enjoy a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth as you transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day 5 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife:  Engage in a gorilla trekking Uganda safari and a cultural encounter with the Batwa

Day 6 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Visit and explore the breath taking Bunyonyi lake

Day 7 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife:  Transfer back to Kampala

Detailed itinerary of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife

Day 1 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife:  Ready yourself for this 7 days Uganda gorilla tour by having an early morning cup of coffee and also have your travel bags ready for a thrilling Uganda tour that is awaiting you. Expect to be picked up early in the morning by one of our senior guides in any of our wide fleet of safari cars which includes 4×4 safari minibus for hire in Uganda/ 4×4 safari land cruiser for hire in Uganda / 4×4 safari jeeps for hire in Uganda or 4×4 coasters for hire in Uganda in case you are a big group of Africa wildlife safari-goers exploring this beautiful Pearl of Africa. Strap yourselves in for a comfortable ride over the smooth Kampala – Mityana – Fort portal road. This safari in Uganda road trip is quite short, lasting about 5 hours but it’s quite magical while it lasts. It kicks off with the sights of Uganda’s greenery landscape and as you enjoy it you get to see several Ugandans going about their daily rounds. As you drive on this road expect to see other road users such as commuter taxis that ply this road heading to fort portal town. If you’re person coming from a country where you have cubs for taxis, you will be in for a shock because here, taxis are quite a different thing altogether as they are minibuses that carry 14 passengers and on this tour Uganda road trip to Kibale you’re likely to see many of these loaded with passengers and cargo on the rooftop. The other road users that will share the road with you on your Uganda safaris tours are the Boda bodas. Boda Bodas in Uganda are motorcycles that are used as a quick way to beat the traffic or travelling from one place to other without the hustle of using a taxi in case you don’t own a personal car. You will see several of these loaded with 1-3 passengers and what will amaze you is that it will only be the rider with the helmet if he does have one anyway but the passengers will have none of that. On arrival to fort portal, have a short break for lunch after which you get to officially kick start your safaris Uganda with the exploration of the ambeere caves. Transfer to caves where on arrival, you are in for captivating folklore that was advanced by the earlier natives of this place to the Chwezi in an effort to explain the existence of these rather strange natural landmarks to them. Explore the caves and encounter giant stalactites and stalagmites which are formed as a result of the carbonation process. These caves save the best for last as you get to encounter dramatic waterfalls inside formed as a result of the caves forming sudden cliffs along the river channel. After this rather thrilling adventure into the caves, get to hike the scenic fort portal hills and on making it to the top of these hills, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the rolling fort portal hills as well as sights of the Rwenzori ranges in the far distance. Transfer back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Mountain Of The Moon, Nyaika Fort Hotel

Mid range: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Chimpanzee Nest Lodge Rwenzori View Guest Camp

Budget: Kibale Guest Cottages, Kibale Forest Camp, Rweetera Safari Camp

Day 2 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife : Day 2 of this Uganda safari tours experience commences with an early morning breakfast then transfer to the Kibale Forest National Park Uganda centre where you engage in a short Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari briefing which is aimed at taking you through the various  rules and regulations that are observed during chimpanzee trekking and this is done to ensure your own safety and that of the wild apes while on this magical chimpanzee trekking tour in Uganda. When you are done, you get assigned to a particular ranger to guide on this Uganda wildlife safari walk of faith into the jungle as you track down the chimpanzees. As you track these humans of the wild on this long Uganda wildlife tour / long Uganda wildlife safaris, you can also take note of other spectacular creatures of the wild that you may come across on your Uganda wildlife safari hike to the chimpanzee. After this epic experience return to the lodge for lunch before you venture out for a thrilling nature walk in Bigodi wetlands. The Bigodi wetland Uganda hiking safari experience gives you a vintage position to have a close encounter with several of the 350 bird species that are found in Kibale National Park such as the great blue turaco and the African green pitta. After about 2 hours of exploring these pristine wetlands return to your already pre-booked Uganda hotel in Kibale National Park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Mountain of the Moon, Nyaika Fort Hotel

Mid range: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Chimpanzee Nest Lodge Rwenzori View Guest Camp

Day 3 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Wake up to the melodious twittering of birds that call this natural wonder home. Begin your road transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park which lies about 130km or a 3-hour drive. On arrival to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you are in for a classic wild game drive done in the Kasenyi sector. While on this drive, watch out the king of the jungle-lions which you spot roaming the vast plains of Queen Elizabeth looking for their best prey for an early lunch meal, other wild mammals to look out for include largest land mammals on the planet the African bush elephants, the stubborn cape buffaloes also numerous here and not forgetting the numerous subspecies of the antelope group that roam freely all over the plains of this great tropical paradise. After about 3 hours of exploring this untamed savanna, come back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to the Mweya jetty and begin a fascinating boat cruise which takes you on an exploration journey of the Kazinga channel. This wildlife safari Uganda boat cruise leads on a collision course with water mammals such as numerous hippos and Nile water crocodiles and a variety of 600 bird species that exist here. After this cruise, have an evening game drive around Kasenyi and when you get lucky, you might just bump into the predators of this savanna park which include lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

Accommodation options

Luxury options: Mweya safari lodge, Elephant plains lodge, Park view safari lodge kyambura, Ishasha wilderness camp, Mazike valley safari lodge.

Mid range options: Simba safari lodge, Jacana safari lodge, Ihamba lakeside safari lodge, kyambura gorge lodge, king fisher safari lodge kichwamba.

Budget options: The Observatory, UWA bandas, Pumba safari lodge

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Day 4 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Wake up early in the morning and enjoy a heavy breakfast to energise you for the spectacular safari in Uganda experience that awaits you on the second day of your gorilla safari Uganda. check out of the lodge with your packed lunch then embark on a morning game drive through the Ishasha sector and this gives you the best chance to sight the famous tree-climbing lions which are normally sighted while relaxing in the tree branches in this part of Queen Elizabeth Park. After this game drive, continue with your safari Uganda journey to mgahinganationalparkuganda.com in Kisoro which is a 6-hour drive away covering about 150km. On arrival to Mgahinga gorilla park Uganda you can choose to stay in the in any of the numerous safari lodges which include luxury lodges in Mgahinga Park such as Mount Gahinga Lodge. Mid-range lodges in Mgahinga like Travellers Rest Kisoro, Tourist Hotel Kisoro, Lake Chahafi Resort and budget lodges in Mgahinga such as Amajembere Iwacu Community Camp, Golden Monkey Guest House, Countryside Guest House.

Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mountain gorilla,mother holding her three day old son in her arm, virunga mountains, rwanda

Day 5 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: Have a morning breakfast then transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch to kick start your gorilla trekking Uganda experience in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Have a short briefing about the short Uganda gorilla safari rules and regulations embark on the search for the elusive giants on this gorilla safari Uganda. On find the gorillas you get to have an hour with these magical humans of the wild as you observe them go about their daily chores in the natural habitat. Return to the park center where you get awarded for your trekking adventure on this gorilla tour Uganda. From here have a cultural encounter with the Batwa people who have been in living in these forests with these wild beasts for close to a millennium. The Batwa people take you on a cultural tour where you are given an insight into their world which includes techniques they used to hunt their amazing jungle clinic which provided them with all the necessary remedies to their ailments. Be part of a stunning cultural performance with the Batwa as you dance to the Batwa music. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay.

Although you have just come to an end of 2 spectacular tourist activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla Park still has more Uganda safari attractions that you haven’t visited. Some of the tourist attractions in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that you have missed simply because of time include the beautiful golden monkeys, the 3 spectacular Gahinga ranges of Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. Several of the 180 bird species that call this place their home have also been missed as another Uganda safari attraction in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These extra attractions that you have missed can give you a chance to engage in a numerous Uganda safari activities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park such as golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda, birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda, hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mid Range: Travellers Rest Kisoro, Tourist Hotel Kisoro, Lake Chahafi Resort

Budget: Amajembere Iwacu Community Camp, Golden Monkey Guest House, Countryside Guest House.

Day 6 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: This day is rather quite relaxed as it doesn’t have a lot of activities involved. Wake up at around 08: 00 am have a morning breakfast after which you get to embark on a road transfer to Lake Bunyonyi Uganda which is located in Kabale district about 65km  or 2-hour drive from Kisoro. On arrival to Lake Bunyonyi, check into one of the numerous accommodation at Lake Bunyonyi such as Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort for a luxury budget. Lake Bunyonyi rock resort, Lake Bunyonyi eco-lodge, arcadia lodge Kabale, Bunyonyi overland resort for midrange or standard budget and Byona Magara Island Retreat for shoestring on budget. After getting comfortably settled into your room, get out of the lodge and explore the various tourist attractions of Lake Bunyonyi which include the visiting numerous islands such as Akampene islands- this island was used to be a prison for girls who had gotten from pregnant before marriage also visit the leapers island which was a dumping place for people who had got the leprosy disease. Lunch and dinner will be served at the lodge as well as an overnight stay.

Day 7 of the 7 days Uganda gorilla safari with wildlife: This day starts off with a morning breakfast at around 8:00 am then embark on a 425km or 8-hour road drive back to Kampala which is coupled with road stops at the Igongo Cultural Center for a locally inspired lunch. Did you know that Uganda is one of the few countries crossed by the equator? Well as you return to Kampala from Kabale, you are gifted with an opportunity to meet the equator line at Kayabwe. While here you have a chance to be in the 2 different halves of the planet as both of these halves meet at this point. Undertake an equator experience which enlightens you on how this simply imaginary line has can be used to locate which part of the planet you’re in. Finally, proceed to Kampala or Entebbe for a flight back home.