4 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

4 Days Gorilla Safari in Bwindi forest & wildlife viewing safari in queen Elizabeth national park Uganda. This safari can begin from Rwanda with a shorter driving distance or begin in Uganda – with a longer driving time to Bwindi national park. Especially starting this tour from Kampala makes this trip a tight schedule with long distance driving which a tourists should be aware of.

Have an amazing opportunity to see a family of gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable forest and wildlife viewing in the Kazinga channel and watch tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Day 1: Pickup from Kampala / Kigali – Transfer to Bwindi National park
Day 2: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Visit Batwa Pygmies / Canoeing
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP – Sunset Launch cruise
Day 4: Early Morning Game Drive – Departure

Day 1: Pickup from Kampala / Kigali – Transfer to Bwindi National park
If starting your tour from Kampala, this is going to be a long drive and you need to start your drive by 7:00 am with brief stop overs at the equator and in Mbarara for Lunch. You will arrive Bwindi forest late evening. If starting your tour from Kigali, the tour doesn’t have to start very early since you only have 4 hours to drive to Bwindi. You will have a tour of Kigali city to the local markets, visit the Kigali genocide memorial sites after which hit the road off to cross to Uganda and drive to Bwindi forest national park.

Dinner and Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Bakiga Lodge / Bwindi jungle lodge (Midrange) and Gorilla Forest Lodge / Chameleon Hill Lodge (Luxury) and Mahogany Springs Lodge / Buhoma Lodge (Super Luxury)

Day 2: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Visit Batwa Pygmies / Canoeing
Have breakfast at your hotel, and with a packed snack, set off for the Bwindi head offices for briefing. After a comprehensive overview from one of the head guides about what to expect during your gorilla trekking adventure, you will split into groups of 8 people for which gorilla family you will be tracking. If you need a simple hike, inform your guide before the briefing so that he helps speak to the trackers to select for you a simple hike. The trackers have an idea of how far each group is as their colleagues go into the forest earlier to establish actual locations of the gorilla groups. Do hire a porter, even if you feel fit enough not to need a hand up having someone else to carry your backpack makes it so much easier as you hike.
You start your hike with your guide and two guards as the forest is home to several other primates like forest elephants.

Chances of seeing gorillas on your trek are high and guaranteed, but just incase you fail to see them, The Uganda Wildlife Authority offers you an opportunity to go back into the forest at half price

Your guide will signal you as you approach the gorillas so you prepared to meet your gorilla family. Its amazing seeing them, its mixed feels, as they are usually relaxed as they go about their day with the babies clinging to their mothers, the silverback gorillas always on a watch for the group, quite evident that “his the man”.
A gorilla family comprises of 10 – 30 members of gorillas with varying ages and can have more than 1 silverback but headed by the dominant oldest silverback.

You get to spend Just one hour with the gorillas after which you hike back to the starting point where you will receive certificates of acknowledgment that you aided gorilla conservation in Bwindi forest.

Return to your hotel for lunch and an afternoon rest, and late evening head out to visit the Batwa pygmies communities which are just neighboring the park. These where the former forest inhabitants who where led out of the forest in order to conserve mountain gorillas and their habitant. You will have a chance to interact with them and learn about their cultures.

Dinner and Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Bakiga Lodge / Bwindi jungle lodge (Midrange) and Gorilla Forest Lodge / Chameleon Hill Lodge (Luxury) and Mahogany Springs Lodge / Buhoma Lodge (Super Luxury)

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP – Sunset Launch cruise
Today you will setoff early for Queen Elizabeth national park. The drive takes approximately 6 – 7 hours drive with enroute lunch. You will have the chance to drive through the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth where you will watch tree climbing lions usually lying in fig trees.
Head directly for Kazinga channel for a 2 hour sunset Launch cruise along the the Kazinga channel. Expect to view herds of elephants, buffalos, hippos, crocdiles, lizards, lots of birds.
Have Dinner and overnight at Enganzi Lodge / Park View Lodge (Midrange), Mweya safari lodge / Katara Lodge (Luxury Lodge)

Day 4: Early Morning Game Drive – Departure
Set off early from your hotel with backed breakfast and head off to start your game drive in the Kasenyi savannah plains of queen Elizabeth national park. This is your chance to view numerous early riser wildlife before they return to their hide places as the sun comes comes out. Expect to view lions, elephants, buffaloes, numerous Uganda kobs and so much more. Later drive back to Kampala or Kigali with enroute lunch. If heading back to Kigali, you will have the chance to explore the Ishasha sector and view tree climbing lions if you missed it the first day as you drive off to Kigali.

End of Tour

The tour quote inclusions
– Gorilla permit/s
– Game drive
– Launch Cruise
– 4*4 Safari Vehicle
– English speaking guide
– Drinking water
– Lunch

Tour Exclusion
– Air tickets
– Flights
– Visa ad visa fees
– Items of personal nature
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
– Tips through the tour

Uganda offers Africa’s greatest diversity of attractions condensed in one small landlocked country with gorilla trekking safaris being the highlight all tour to Uganda. Just like Rwanda, Uganda is home to the rare mountain gorillas, dedicated to conservation gorilla survival in the jungle forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks funded by gorilla permit sales which take tourists to visit groups of habituated gorilla families. Uganda offer travelers a guarantee to come face to face with mountain gorillas on your tour

In Uganda, its not just the gorillas, diversity of attractions can be integrated into your itinerary including chimpanzee tracking, white water rafting on the river Nile, launch cruise along the Kazinga channel to watch rage herds of hippos, elephant, crocdiles, numerous birdlife, rewarding cultural tour, wildlife viewing in the savannah in Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls, Kidepo national park, Lake Mburo national park, explore islands of Sesse for a relaxing holiday.
Uganda offers breathtaking lakes and rivers – lake victoria, lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and river Nile

Why We Love Uganda

Gorilla Safaris to Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park offer life time memories speeding one hour watching a group of gorillas in their natural habitant as well as sponsor a dedicated gorilla conservation project which only surveys because you purchase gorilla permits which funds are used for research, medication, habitant protection. Since the start of gorilla tourism, gorilla numbers have been seen to grow fundamentally and although still recorded by the IUCN as critically endangered species, the numbers of gorillas are flourishing, former poachers have reformed to conservationists and communities surrounding the national parks are receiving help from gorilla tourism

Murchison falls national park today stands as Uganda’s largest wildlife reserve with a variety of wildlife including large herds of buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, a variety of bird species and so much more. We love Murchison falls because of her unique nature of the water falls as they make a roaring sound as water pours.

Mburo national park is Uganda’s smallest savannah parks painted with ancient metamorphic rocks dating way back more than 500 million years. The park is home to over home to 3oo bird species and variety of wildlife including zebra, eland, Defassa waterbuck, impala, buffalo, oribi, hippo, topi leopard and hyena can be spotted and so much more

Mount Sabinyo at 3645m is one of the 8 volcanoes of the virunga conservation region and can be seen from Rwanda and Congo. The sabyinyo volcano offers a challenging hike to the top owing to its ragged nature, recommended only for experienced hikers. Done in Mgahinga national park,the hike is well managed guided by rangers escorted by armed guards. The hike takes unto 8 – 10 hours depending on the groups’ fitness.

– Rwenzori mountains
– Whitewater rafting on the Nile
– Hiking the waterfalls around Sipi in eastern Uganda

Driving Distances Through Uganda Major Towns in KM

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Driving Time Through Uganda Major Towns

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Useful Links

Gorilla Permits
Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
Packing for Gorilla Tracking
Nyiragongo Volcano Hiking
Gorilla Families
Facts on Mountain Gorillas
Gorilla Habituation