4 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari Uganda Wildlife Adventure to Queen Elizabeth National Park
The 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari Uganda wildlife adventure to Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the best and well-planned short Uganda safaris that will offer the ultimate adventurous discoveries and moments.
It is an exceptional tour package taking you on a magical mountain gorilla encounter and wildlife viewing in the savanna.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for its rare tree-climbing lions in addition to the diversity of other wildlife ranging from 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. Nestled in Kabale, southwestern Uganda, Bwindi boasts of over 459 mountain gorillas and 20 habituated gorilla groups.
It is one exceptional park where mountain gorillas share the same habitat with chimpanzees. Your 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari & wildlife also combines a visit to Lake Bunyonyi, a popular water body with 29 scenic Islands. Your trip to Bwindi begins and ends in Kampala/Entebbe.
Brief itinerary – 4 Days Bwindi gorilla safari
Day: Depart Kampala/Entebbe for Queen Elizabeth National Park-undertake afternoon launch cruise
Day 2: Go game drive along Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and connect to Bwindi via the Ishasha area
Day 3: Embark on gorilla trekking & drive to Lake Bunyonyi-undertake evening boat ride
Day 4: Return from Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala/Entebbe
Detailed 4 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari Uganda Wildlife Adventure to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Start your Uganda safari tour from Entebbe upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or Kampala city, from a hotel facility you could have booked prior to the flight.
Our professional tour guide will then pick you up and head for Queen Elizabeth National Park; your first destination in the 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari & wildlife package.
Take the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara city route which allows you make a stopover at Equator crossing in Kayabwe for a photo moment.
As you continue with the drive, you can have more stopovers at spots you will notice that offer a fulfilling green impression of the vegetation cover in the Pearl of Africa!
It is a long route taking you about 5-7 hours’ drive but rewarding. Enjoy view of the beautiful surrounding areas en-route and arrive at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest park after Murchison Falls National Park.
Undertake an afternoon lunch 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 sight of submerged hippos, Nile crocodiles as they bask on the banks, aquatic birds and others.
Have opportunity to take photos and get back. If time allows, go for a game drive via channel trail to enjoy incredible view of diverse wildlife as they return to areas to retire for the night.
Recommended accommodation facilities:
- 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
Begin your day with a leisurely cup of tea or coffee and after, 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, Southwestern Uganda with en-route lunch at Savanna Resort.
Recommended accommodation facilities:
- Luxury: Haven Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge
- Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Lodge
- Basic: Nshongi Camp, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp
Have breakfast early morning and after, assemble at Bwindi park offices for briefing on gorilla trekking rules. Undertake a gorilla trek beginning at 8:00am.
You will track one of the 20 (twenty) habituated gorilla groups. Your adventure takes 2-6 hours inclusive one hour to be spent with mountain gorillas.
After a gorilla trek, descend back to your lodge for lunch break and check out ready to 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
Day 4: Return from Lake Bunyonyi to Kampala/Entebbe
Background Information on the 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari (Gorilla Tracking)
Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Bwindi is derived from the Runyakitara word “mubwindi” and means “a place full of darkness” this name comes from the extensive stands of bamboo interspersed amongst the larger forest hardwoods.
The presence of bamboo and thick undercover cover of ferns, vines, and other plants growth severely hinder direct access on foot to the forest.
The forest is situated on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (equivalent to 16 miles) north of the Virunga Mountains.
The forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth where half the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas lives in their natural habitat.
The forest has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNSCO) as a world Heritage Site for its biological significanc.
The forest has been described as “raven by disputes and crosshatched by historical, political, biological boarders” by the researcher of Craig Stanford, co-director of the park’s Jane Goodall Research center. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was established was in 1991!
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This park is located in the Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of the Virunga Mountains.
It sits on land area of 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) of both Montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only by foot. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world Heritage Site for its biological significance.
Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many other different endangered animal species.
The park is highly endowed with large flora being among the most diverse forest in East Africa, with more than 1000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 plant species of ferns.
The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular area shares in the high levels of Endemism the Albertine Rift!
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbill and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi Gorillas, half of the world’s population of endangered mountain Gorillas.
Habituated mountain gorillas groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabaale and Kisoro respectively all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
- Gorilla trekking best time to go in Uganda is usually in the dry seasons: December-January and June-August
- The price for Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is $700
- Bwindi is a home to over 350 Gorillas, 350 bird species
4 Days 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari Inclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari