The 4 days Bwindi Gorillas and Lake Mburo safari will expose you to both Ugandas Forested parts and the Savannah Plains in Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo National Parks respectively. While in these two parks you will see various wildlife species like the Mountain gorillas, forest elephants, buffaloes, monkeys in Bwindi, and a big number of zebras, topis, Uganda kobs, giraffes, among others in Lake Mburo as well as bird species in both parks and above all you will enjoy the comfortable hospitable climate and nature.
Day 1: From Kampala to Bwindi National Park
Day 2: Gorilla tracking
Day 3: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 4: Boat Safari on Lake Mburo and Departure back to Kampala
On this day, you will set off from Kampala at 7 am immediately after your breakfast for the 8 hours journey. Drive to the Southwestern part of Uganda to Bwindi. This journey will be incredible as you will be seeing various things on the way such as banana and coffee plantations, long horned cattle, rolling hills. You will have a stop in Mbarara town after which you will embark on the road through the terraced Kigezi highlands, later arrive at Bwindi impenetrable National Park which hosts a rich ecosystem of different living organisms which you will be viewing the next day. Enjoy Dinner and Overnight.
Accommodation Options; Travelers Rest Hotel/Valley lodge(Budget), Lake Mutanda Resort/Chameleon Hill(Moderate), Volcanoes safai Lodge/Rushaga Gorilla safari lodge(Up market)
Meal Plan; Lunch and Dinner
Start your day with a tasty breakfast and make sure you carry packed lunch from the lodge, also other materials you might need like cameras, sturdy shoes, drinking water, sun glasses, rain jackets, and a pair of long trousers. Your guide will take you to the information center for briefing where you will meet with other trekkers before you start trekking at 8:00am. After briefing, enter the mighty Bwindi forest as led by the Park rangers, who will take you to where the Gorillas can be located at that time. The activity takes around 2 to 8 hours, this is because these gentle giants migrate and cannot be stationed in one place, they move basing on the availability of food and water. Also remember that no skill is needed to track gorillas though one needs to be fit enough at least. There is nothing as astonishing and thrilling as watching the silverbacks guard their bases, watch the females feed young ones, play, and grumble at each other among other things, you will take enough photos.
Return to the lodge after, in the evening if time is available you could also have a walk in the Batwa community and see how they live. After have dinner and overnight
Accommodation Options; Travelers Rest Hotel/Valley lodge(Budget), Lake Mutanda Resort/Chameleon Hill(Moderate), Volcanoes Lodge/Rushaga Gorilla safari lodge(Up market)
Meal Plan; Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner
In the morning on this day, you will have breakfast and thereafter you will drive eastwards to Lake Mburo National Park a home to large numbers of antelopes, and other animals like Buchells Zebras, hippos, warthogs, buffaloes, and birds, leaving the spectacular Kigezi highlands behind passing via Mbarara town which is home to the long-horned cattle. You will have lunch along the way, later arrive at the park, check in at the lodge and have an evening game drive. Have dinner and Overnight.
Accommodation options; Mantana Tented Camp/Mihingo Lodge(Up-market), Rwakobo Rock/Lake Mburo Safari Lodge(Mid-range), Rwonyo Campsite(Budget)
,strong>Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Have breakfast, and set out on a boat safari where you will be able to see other smaller lakes like Lake Bwa and Lake Kazamu, also enjoy watching buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, near the shallow waters. There will be a chance to see the birds like the crested cranes, saddle bill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbills and others. After, head back to the lodge, unwind, as you relax at the bar area or the swimming pool. Later have lunch and say bye to the park staff and the park itself as you travel back to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the equator for photos; you could also buy some crafts at the nearby shops, reaching Kampala late evening.
End of Safari
The Trip Cost Includes
- Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
- Transportation to and from!!
- Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
- Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
- Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- All the required permits and paperwork
The Trip Cost Excludes
- International Airfare
- Visa Charges
- Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
- Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
- Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
- Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
Frequently asked Questions
Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.
On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.
The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.
Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.
No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.
Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.
Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.
For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.