5 Days Bwindi Gorilla and Wildlife Viewing Safari : Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a home to half world’s population of great mountain gorillas and other wildlife species and main location to do Gorilla trekking. The park is located in southwestern region of Uganda approximately 9 to 10 hours’ drive from Kampala capital to access the main destination. Bwindi Impenetrable forest has attracted a lot of tourists to come see these unique apes in their nature environment.
However, our itinerary is a combined tour package of 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas and Wildlife viewing safari to Queen Elizabeth national park a second largest national park in Uganda and the top visited national park on Uganda Wildlife Safari. In Bwindi National park you will do Gorilla trekking and in Queen Elizabeth national park adventure into game drive or wildlife viewing and boat cruise on Kazinga channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward in the park. Queen Elizabeth is a popular destination for unique tree climbing lions which can be spotted in few destinations on African safaris and with largest population of hippos in the world to be encountered along Kazinga channel. The kazinga channel will expose more of the wildlife species than to any other viewing areas in the park, though Ishasha sector is famous for tree climbing lion viewing both positioned within the park. You will also visit the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park to have a chance of trekking one of the habituated gorilla families in one of the four gorilla’s sectors; Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. This 5 Days Bwindi Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris starts and ends in Kampala or Entebbe.
Highlight of 5 Days Bwindi Gorilla and Wildlife Viewing Safaris
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park –Buhoma Region
Day3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Morning Game drive and Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day 5: To Kampala /Entebbe Airport.
Day 1: Travel to Bwindi, Visit Lake Bunyonyi
Travel to Bwindi: After your aroma tea breakfast served at the hotel in Kampala or Entebbe town, your safari driver will pick you up and drives you to southwestern direction with a short briefing about the 5 days Bwindi Gorilla and Wildlife viewing safaris. As your proceeding to drive you will have a first stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe for photography, water experiment as well as enjoying the north to south hemisphere, visit craft shop around. After proceed to drive to Mbarara for lunch Enroute. After lunch, you will drive through a rewarding countryside with banana plantations, farms and beautiful rolling hills of Kigezi, if time still arrives visit Lake bunyonyi known as Switzerland of little birds. Arrive in Buhoma Sector at your booked accommodation unit-Buhoma Community Rest Camp and Engagi Lodge or Silverback lodge
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Day2: Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla Trekking: Wake up early in the morning have heavy breakfast, with packed lunch boxes, your safari driver guide will drive you to the meeting center for briefing about rules for gorilla trekking at 7:30 am. Then exactly ,8:00am your guide will lead you to the assigned gorilla group through a dense thicker forest as you trek in search for gorillas. This trek can take you 30 to 7 hours a day depending on the gorilla’s location. But it is an extraordinary feeling being with these unique apes whom we share a close DNA 98% yet they are endangered creatures. Once gorillas are located one hour will be given to you to spend with them enjoy their amazing life style as well as capturing photograph. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay in the same lodge unit.
Meal plan; Breakfast, Dinner and Overnight stay.
Day3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth: After breakfast, check out of Bwindi and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park and arrive early afternoon, have lunch at Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge. After, lunch relax a bit at the lodge. Then after proceed for evening game drive in the open savannah plain in Kasenyi. At the Kasenyi plains, you will be able to adventure abundance of wildlife species including Elephant, leopard, buffaloes, lions, Uganda kobs, Hyenas, warthogs, antelopes, lions among others, you also drive to kazinga channel where you can be able to spot large school of hippos and water bird species. After, return back to the lodge.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge
Pumba safari cottages
Day 4: Morning Game Drive and Afternoon boat cruise
Morning Game Drive: You will wake up have breakfast, drive back for morning game drive ,you adventure species that you could have missed out on the evening game drive. You will be able to see leopards before they return back to their hideouts, hyenas. You will also drive to Ishasha sector to explore the tree climbing lions and other animal species. Drive back to the lodge for lunch and relax.
Boat Cruise: After having lunch, your driver will drive you to Kazinga channel a best place to enjoy boat cruise with rewardable sight of school of hippos and Nile crocodiles in the water as well as other animals can be seen quenching for water, watch water bird species like African Skimmer, Yellow billed stork, African finfoot, blue-headed bee-eater, martial eagle, white-tailed lark among others.
Day 5: Depart to Kampala or Entebbe or Airport
Depart: After morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport to board a flight back home.
End of 5 Days trip Itinerary
Gorilla trekking permits
Boat cruise fees
Transport to and from
Knowledgeable English speaking guide
Person expenses; tips, laundry services, drinks, extra money.