This 4-day adventure is the best of wildlife safaris in Uganda, offering you the opportunity to spot creatures from Uganda’s myriad natural wonders. See the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, catch a glimpse of the wildlife, and venture into the natural wonderland that is Lake Mburo National park, famous for its numerous species of wildlife, including Zebras topis and giraffe.
Track the rare mountain gorillas through the mountains of Bwindi National Park
Enjoy a short stopover at the Equator crossing landmark for a cup of coffee and shopping handicrafts
Observe other animals in the Lake Mburo National Park such as giraffes, leopards, and zebras
Experience tracking golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Explore the flora and fauna in Kalinzu Forest with its 414 species of trees and 378 species of birds
Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe/Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
This is the day you will transfer from Entebbe or downtown Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park. A Bamboo Ecotours representative will pick you up in Entebbe or downtown Kampala in the morning (8:00 am or another agreed time) and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. The drive will take about 5hrs to go through western Uganda’s major towns of Masaka and Lyantonde. After arriving at Lake Mburo, you will have an option to join an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo to sight wildlife. Alternatively, do a night game drive. Dinner and overnight at Lake Mburo National Park.
Day 2: Game Drive at Lake Mburo & Transfer to Bwindi National Park
Start the day with an early morning breakfast at your lodge. After breakfast, we will drive through Lake Mburo savannah plains in search of wildlife. On a good day, expect giraffes buffalos, Zebras, topis, and other animals. After the game drives, we continue the journey southwestward to Bwindi National Park. The drive from Lake Mburo to Bwindi National Park is estimated at 5-6hrs. Dinner & overnight at Bwindi National Park.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking Bwindi National Park
Today is a special day! The gorilla safari Uganda is famous for. You will head to Bwindi National Park immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The presentation will cover the basics of what to expect during the trek and how to approach the animals for their safety. The national park guide will assign all visitors a gorilla family to track, and after that, your adventure begins. Depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest, the trek can last from 3 to 8 hours, the average time being between 3 and 5. Venture into the vegetation until you come across these incredible creatures; it is a truly unique experience. After the trek, you will return to the lodge to relax, eat dinner, and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Day 4: Golden Monkey Trek & Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda
This will be the last day of the 4-day gorilla trek and Lake Mburo safari adventure.
Golden monkey trekking. Trek the Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
This trip will take you to trek the golden monkeys, an endemic species of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda. You will enter the forest and walk through the bamboo vegetation and various indigenous plants like giant lobelia. Your national park guide will tell you about the national park’s history and the fauna and flora that the park holds during the trip. The golden monkey trek should take about 5 hours.
Transfer to Kigali, Rwanda via the Cyanika border post immediately after the golden monkey trek. The drive from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to Kigali is estimated to take about 4-5hrs.
Optional activities (see tab 4)
Visas, travel insurance, and items of personal nature
WHAT TO BRING
Rain jacket or poncho
Cameras and extra batteries
Hat/cap and sunglasses
Pair of binoculars
Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites
Age restriction: 15-80 years old
A valid passport is required on the day of travel
This tour is not wheelchair accessible
We advise against people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions participating on this tour
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
GOOD TO KNOW
On day 3, depending on the availability of gorilla permits, we may propose trekking gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Accommodation & Meals
Day 1 (meal plan: dinner)
Lake Mburo Arcadia Cottages
Day 2 & 3:
Lake Mutanda Resort
Rushaga Gorilla Lodge
Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
Day 2: All meals included
Day 3: All meals included
Day 4: Breakfast & lunch
We will choose from one of these lodges according to availability.
Optional Activities on Days 1 & 3:
The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $80 USD
Visit the Batwa Community in the Village – $30 USD
Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda – $30 USD
Coffee-Making Experience – $30 USD
Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro – $30 USD
Boat trip on the Mweya Peninsular – $30 USD
See our Local Experiences(opens in a new tab) page for more information on each activity.
Location: Rubaga Kampala Uganda