7 Nights 8 Days, Far South Gorilla Safari

Highlights: This safari will be in the South West and Western part of Uganda. This part of the country is the most hilly and the coldest too. You will visit two national parks, Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so you’re in for a treat. You will also have the chance to see the only surviving population of mountain gorillas and over a third of them are in Bwindi. Look out for tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippopotamuses and antelopes.

 

Day 1: Drive to Bwindi

We will have an early start from your city hotel and drive through the city in the wee hours of the morning, making our first scheduled stop at the Equator. We will then continue down south making another scheduled stop in Mbarara for a traditional lunch. We should arrive at your accommodation before dusk.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking

Your day will start fairly early so we can find the gorillas in the cool of the day before they wander deep into the forest. If you’re not too tired after this trek we will then go to meet the Batwa, the first people of the great forest. This intercultural visit will not leave you the same.

Day 3: Lake Bunyonyi

There are few lakes in the world that boast of many islands like Bunyonyi does, 29 to be exact. The beautiful scenery and the folklore surrounding this lake will give you an immense appreciation for our diversity. After canoeing in the morning, we will have a community walk in the late afternoon to meet more of the indigenous people and many bird species.

Day 4: Drive to the West

After breakfast we will head out to the most famous national park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will drive through western farmlands and should be there in time for lunch. If you feel rested, we will have an afternoon game drive for a chance to see elephants, antelopes and buffalos.

Day 5: Tree-Climbing Lions

There are only two places in the world to see tree-climbing lions and one of those is in the Ishasha sector of the park. After your morning game drive, we will hit the trails again and head out to find these cats perched up in trees enjoying the shade away from the afternoon sun.

Day 6: Valley of Apes

The Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth is home to chimpanzees and many bird species. We will start our day into this dark lit valley (because of the thick tree canopies), also known as the valley of apes in order to sight a few chimpanzees, birds and other primates. If your energy is not completely expended, we will visit the salt-pans of Lake Katwe.

Day 7: Boat Cruise

In the morning after your breakfast we will have a game drive to catch the park waking up and hopefully find the elusive leopard. In the afternoon we will then proceed to the docks for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel for a chance to see hippos.

Day 8: Drive through Rwenzori

Our last day of your safari will begin with a drive past Rwenzori Mountains which are highest block mountains in East Africa. We will pass through Fort Portal town which is located in the tea capital of Uganda, Kabarole District (because there is so much tea grown in the area). We should reach your city hotel in time for dinner and a good night’s rest.

 

Transportation: We will get around to most of these places by road, most of it is asphalt and some of it is rough. You will however be driven around in a 4WD for comfortable access in difficult places.

Travel Considerations: You will need mostly warm clothing for this safari because most of the trip is in the colder parts of the country. You will also need a pair of closed shoes for the hikes, treks the morning activities. Carry a hat, a few light clothing and don’t forget to carry a camera to capture all your beautiful moments. If you’re super afraid of bugs, please carry insect repellent.

Seasons: The best time to do this safari is June – July and February when the dry seasons in both Bwindi and Queen are concurrent.