Brief Description Of the itinerary
Mountain gorilla safaris always come top on many adventure travelers’ bucket list of must do tourism activities in Africa for those who want to take on a more physical participation in adventure. It is a field activity, done on foot and gets you more face to face with nature. Nowhere else on planet earth do you have higher opportunities of trekking Mountain gorillas; the largest primates than Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park; Uganda. It is a habitat for more than half of the remaining 900 gorillas in the world. Satisfy your Uganda adventure safari thirst with an equally exciting exploration of savannah grassland beaming with high population densities and species of other mammals. Besides elephants, buffalos, leopards, hippopotamus and other species, the most exciting of them all are tree climbing lions of Ishasha, southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. For keen birders the thickets of Bwindi, savannah and woodland grasslands and aquatic vegetation around lakes George and Edward will utmost keep you on your toes checking your bird guide book with very rare species. Safaris into Uganda stand out above the rest as a supreme destination that caters for interests of anybody yearning for excitement, thrill and physical adventure.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest.
Gorilla Cousins safari driver will pick you up from your hotel or another agreed pick up point. You will begin an approximately 9 hour exciting Uganda safari with a brief stop at Equator line crossing area at Kayabwe for photo opportunity, brief clockwise and anti clockwise experiments, cup of hot organic Arabic coffee and walk from north to south hemisphere on foot. You will have an African buffet lunch break in Mbarara and to freshen up. You will then travel the smooth Ankole grassland plains dotted with scattered acacia tree species and beautiful long horned Ankole cattle grazing majestically. You will then ascend the chilling Kigezi hills; a conducive habitat for Mountain gorillas, arriving at your hotel early evening to freshen up, relax your mind and gaze at scaring forested valleys and rugged hills. You are living your dream; tour into Uganda, home of the endangered Mountain gorillas. You can then sleep soundly to stillness and quietness of the night with loud howls sneaking in from the background in the wilderness.
Day 2 in the impenetrable jungles trekking Mountain Gorilla
Be up with the early bird, take a hot cup of coffee with a snack and be at tourism office by 8:00 am for briefing by Ranger guides about general trekking experiences, getting porters to carry your extra luggage and start off your real exciting Mountain gorilla trekking safari. Ascend steep, rugged, mist covered, thick forested hills and get in the mix with thousands of other primates, birds, mammals, insects and different wildlife species sharing habitat with gorillas and walk in their foot prints. The exciting feeling of challenging the impenetrable forests, meeting up with the gorillas and everything about the jungles is so captivating and your brief duration of life in the jungles will stretch your imagination. You will spend just one hour with gorillas within which you will have grasped almost everything about gorilla safari. Get back to your hotel for a late lunch, relaxation and stretching your tired body. You may take a brief walk through the communities sharing habitat with the gorillas, listen to their songs, dance to their music and get first hand life experiences and stories of communities living with the gorillas. You will get back to hotel for dinner, relaxation and overnight stay.
Day 3: Depart the impenetrable forests, enter savanna grassland
Bid farewell to the thick jungles and take another dramatic tour of Uganda descending the steep escarpments onto the bed of Albertine rift valley and explore the savanna grasslands. You are now in Queen Elizabeth National Park; home to 4 of the giant Big 5 mammals of Africa; Lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant besides a host of other mammals and lots of beautiful birds and other wildlife species. You will have your lunch at a camp in the wilderness and do an evening game drive, marvel at the scenery and beauty of the landscape and landforms as you head to Mweya peninsular arriving in time to watch a stunning sunset; one you may never encounter anywhere else with giant elephants and other mammals in the back ground. Check in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Relax till lights fade.
Day 4: Early morning Game drive, afternoon launch cruise
Wake up with the first light of the morning. Take a hot cup of coffee with a light accompaniment and set off to optimize opportunities of seeing as many wild mammals as possible and have the best of Uganda wilderness safari. Watch the predators on active hunt of prey before the heat of the day and the prey are very much aware of this and extra alert of deadly surprise attack. Other mammals are lazily grazing on beautiful fresh savanna grassland softened by the morning dew, with lots of bird species painting the skies with eye catching colors while others are perched atop beautifully scattered acacia trees. You will get back to hotel to freshen up, relax and enjoy your lunch. You will get on the afternoon launch cruise and get safely more close to mammals as they cool off the heat of the day on the shores of Kazinga Channel and maximize your opportunities of viewing more water bird species. You will then head back to the hotel to another stunning sun set and cool off the heat of the day and shake off fatigue by the swimming pool. Relax and enjoy your Uganda safari till lights fade.
Day 5: Safari back to Kampala
You will enjoy your morning sleep and have a late breakfast before embarking on a 6 hour transfer to Kampala via Fort Portal. You will stop briefly by the Equator line crossing area for photo opportunities and walk again from south to northern hemisphere. You will then travel the bed of rift valley with views of Rwenzori Mountains on the sides. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and proceed with stunningly beautiful tea plantations on both sides of the roads. You will reach Kampala early evening and the driver drops you at an agreed place to mark end of the exciting exploration safari to Uganda.