5 Days Uganda Safari (Lake Mburo & Bwindi National Park)

Safari Overview

5 Days Uganda Safari takes to Lake Mburo tour for wildlife viewing and Gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable forest Park Uganda brings forth two distinct aspects which are wildlife safaris at Lake Mburo national park and gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Wildlife viewing in Lake Mburo National Park

Wildlife viewing in Lake Mburo National Park

 

Brief Itinerary – 5 Days Uganda Safari

  • Day 1: Arrive at the airport
  • Day 2: Drive to Rushaga
  • Day 3: Gorilla tracking/ Batwa experience
  • Day 4: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 5: Walking safari then transfer to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary – 5 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1: Arrive at the Airport

Arrive at the airport and if time allows there are options to take on like visiting the reptile village, visiting botanical gardens, visiting the zoo for the behind the scene experience. Later transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Boma Hotel, Hotel no.5, Best western hotel, K hotel

Meal plan:  Breakfast and Dinner

Day 2Drive to Rushaga

 Transfer to Rushaga after your morning breakfast with an equator stop and have hot lunch around Mbarara then embark on your journey to Rushaga. Along the way, we can opt for different activities like visiting Jumbo Junior School and the pineapple farms in Ntungamo.

Overnight at Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Valley Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 3: Gorilla trekking /tracking safari  

Wake up relatively early for a heavy breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking Uganda. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a talk by one of the rangers the guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. 

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

(This tracking can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes) Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. 

About 900 of these amazing species are left in the wild of which Uganda has half of the world’s population.
Depending on the longevity of the tracking activity, you can opt to relax or do Batwa cultural experience that involves activities like Group dancing, hunting, firewood collecting, drum making, and after that we walk slowly back to the lodge. 

Overnight at Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Valley Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4-Drive to Lake Mburo National Park    

After our breakfast, we embark on a 4 hours journey to Lake Mburo. Depending on the drive, we can choose to have lunch along the way or have lunch at the hotel.

Later in the day, we shall do a boat cruise on Lake Mburo in search of animals like; buffaloes, crocodiles, Nile monitor lizards, and other birdlife like The African finfoot, White-backed night heron, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek among others.

Then later after the cruise took on a short game drive searching for more animals like; The common eland, Burchell’s zebras, African cape buffaloes, savannah baboons, and birds like Coqui Francolin, Crested Barbet, Tabora Cisticola, Brown Chested Lapwing, and a Dusky Lark. Then later head back to the lodge for an overnight.

Overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Mihingo Safari Lodge, Eagle’s Nest Safari Lodge, and Kigambira Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5 Optional walking Safari/ Cultural experience/ Horseback riding/ Cycling

Depending on our flight, we can choose to do any of the above listed optional activities like taking a close encounter with the wildlife by walking in the park accompanied by an armed ranger or you can choose to cycle in the park.

Later after any of your chosen activities, we can drive back to Kampala with a lunch stopover at the equator and if time allows, we can visit an orphanage school at Kayabwe before being dropped off at the airport or the hotel and hence bringing our 5 days Uganda Safari experience to a memorable end.

What is included;

  • Transport- tour vehicle, fuel, and driver
  • Full board accommodation for the nights
  • Entrance fees.
  • All activities.
  • Bottled drinking water

What is not included

  • Visas
  • Air ticket
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost for anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.

Information about Bwindi Forest National Park

Tracking Gorillas preferably the silverbacks and their families in Bwindi National Park is the foremost tourist attraction while on an Uganda safari, and possibly the best wildlife encounter in the world.  Here half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas live in this most diverse rainforest ecosystem.  

There are other primates here as well; Non-habituated Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, and L’hoest’s Monkeys.  In addition, there are 350 bird species, 200 butterflies, about 27 species of frogs, about 250 species of trees including the rare East African mahogany (Khaya anthotheca), and 100 species of ferns including the silver inch plant (Zebrina purpusii)

Bwindi has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site; the 3,315 square meter park has 4 tracking trails, one leading to the highest peak, Rwamunyonyi at 2,607 meters in elevation. These trails, also provide access to the many other attractions of the park, such as rivers, waterfalls, and swamps all with a high level of wildlife concentration like the black-fronted duiker, African forest elephants, and the rare African golden cat. Among more wildlife concentrations are snakes like the Great lakes bush viper, the Blanding tree snake, the black-spotted green snake, and the rare vine snake.

Lake Mburo National Park; 

Lake Mburo National Park is 260 square kilometers in size and is diverse in terms of the various ecosystems that exist within its boundaries, dry hillsides, swamps, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooden savannas, and forested areas.  It is in proximity to Kampala on an excellent tarmac road, which makes it accessible to many.  There is a wealth of wildlife in Lake Mburo

 National Park.

In terms of activities, there are Game drives, boat cruises on the lake itself, and visits to the Salt Lick trails through the Rubanga Forest.