4 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari & Wildlife Tour
4 days Bwindi gorilla safari & wildlife is one of the best short Uganda safaris itineraries. This 4 Days Bwindi gorilla safari & wildlife tour provides you a great opportunity to enjoy a trek to see the giant mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It is an exceptional tour package taking you on a magical mountain gorilla encounter and wildlife viewing in the savannas with an opportunity to relax at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its rare tree-climbing lions in addition to the diversity of other wildlife species including but not limited to the African bush elephants, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, lions, leopards, hyenas, over 620 bird species, Nile Crocodiles, hippos and a lot more.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most sought-after mountain gorilla trekking destination in Uganda. It is one exceptional park where more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas live. Your 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari & wildlife safari also combines a visit to Lake Bunyonyi, with 29 scenic Islands.
Detailed itinerary of the 4 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari & Wildlife tour
Start your Uganda safari tour very early in the morning from Entebbe/Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Take the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara city route which allows you make a stopover at Equator crossing in Kayabwe. Enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding areas en-route and arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park.
Undertake an afternoon launch trip on Kazinga Channel, a 45kms channel that stretches to connect 2 magical lakes; Lake George and Lake Edward. For about 2-3 hours on a boat cruise, expect to excite yourself with remarkable sights of submerged hippos, Nile crocodiles as they bask on the banks, aquatic birds and others.
Transfer to hotel for dinner, relaxation as well as overnight. Accommodation is booked according to your interests and budget.
- Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp
- Mid-range: Marafiki Safari Lodge, Enganzi Game Lodge, Bush Lodge
- Budget/Basic: Bush Lodge in the tents, Pumba Safari Cottages, Kazinga Channel View Resort
Have breakfast at hotel and then undertake a morning game drive via Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive is Queen’s top safari highlight and you will perfectly get the best of this wildlife experience in a 4×4 Land Cruiser or Safari Van with pop-up roof.
Enjoy 2-3 hours of viewing diversity of wildlife ranging from elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, leopards, spotted hyenas, birds to mention but a few.
Retreat from a game drive along Kasenyi track to check out of the lodge then drive to Bwindi through Ishasha area in the Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Expect to strike your imaginations with the tree climbing lions at Ishasha sector plus elephants, buffaloes and a lot more. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with en-route lunch at Savanna Resort.
Arrive at hotel, at one of the sectors of Bwindi, check in and relax. Have dinner and overnight at lodge.
- Luxury: Haven Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge
- Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Lodge
- Basic: Nshongi Camp, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp
Have an early morning breakfast at hotel and head to the park headquarters for briefing by the ranger guides. During the briefing, you are allocated a gorilla group and escorted by a ranger guide, each group with 8 trekkers in search of a habituated gorilla family.
Gorilla trekking can take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas, this is because they are in their natural habitat and can move as much as they want.
However, with the rangers you are guaranteed to see the gorillas since they are tracked every day and therefore, they will take you to where they have spent their day.
After finding the gorillas, you will be allowed 1 hour with them up close. Take photos and see the gorilla group interact, in no time the 1 hour will be gone and you will have to return to the park headquarters.
You are welcomed back and given a congratulatory certificate. Thereafter, you are transferred to your hotel for late lunch and check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
Enjoy a boat ride along Lake Bunyonyi to anyone of the 29 islands. On a boat ride, expect to enjoy sight of birds and magical view of surrounding areas then you relax, dine and spend a night at the lodge.
- Luxury: Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort
- Mid-range: Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi, Bunyonyi Safari Resort
- Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Eco-Resort, Bushara Island Camp
Have breakfast and later, depart Lake Bunyonyi for Kampala/Entebbe. Drive via Mbarara and have lunch break at Igongo Cultural Centre and shopping at a craft village if interested.
Drop off at a hotel or place of residence in Kampala or Entebbe International Airport in case you have a departure flight that day.
Day 1: Depart Kampala/Entebbe for Queen Elizabeth National Park-undertake afternoon launch cruise
Day 2: Take a game drive along Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and connect to Bwindi via Ishasha area
Day 3: Embark on gorilla trekking & drive to Lake Bunyonyi-undertake evening boat ride
Day 4: From Lake Bunyonyi return to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport
Safari Inclusions and Exclusions
The safari package includes
- Gorilla permit
- Park Entrance fees
- 4×4 Land Cruiser or Safari Van for ground travel
- Service of professional English-speaking guide
- Boat ride
- Game viewing
- Bottled water on tour
The safari package excludes
- Visa fees
- Optional activities
- Air tickets
- Telephone bills