5 Days Bwindi & Lake Mburo National Parks Gorilla & Wildlife Tour
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
This morning, you will be met by your driver/guide with whom you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Have lunch enroute. Bwindi is the home to the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world with over half of them found in Uganda and the other half in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcanos . Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers retreat! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda; and seven red data book species. Once continuous with the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, Bwindi is now an ecological island, surrounded by cultivation on the rich volcanic soils. You will need a good night rest in preparation for the next day’s gorilla tracking.
Day 2:Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
Wake up early in the morning for breakfast at the hotel and thereafter report to the ranger station for briefing then proceed with the gorilla tracking where the guides will take you through the forest, slashing at the underbrush, leaving thick creepers, to track gorillas. This trek can take from half an hour to five hours thus, a sound degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. It is astounding to think that there are only 700 or so of these creatures left in the world! .
Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park;
After breakfast we will head for Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s fourth National park was gazetted in 1982.The Park covers an area surface of 256kmq. Have a game drive as you enter the park and have a chance to see impalas,elands,topi and many antelopes,buffaloes,Zebras not forgetting the varied scenic beauty hills and valleys.
Day 4: Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, take a guide nature walk in Lake Mburo, which has more than 310 bird species have been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park. It is probably the best place in Uganda to see Acacia associated birds and also of special interest to birders, are the swamps. The swamps are home to the highly localized Papyrus Yellow Warbler recorded nowhere else in Uganda. After lunch, have a boat launch on the lake and have a chance to do more bird viewing,see other wildlife as well,this will take 2-3 hours.
Day 5: Game Drive before Return to Kampala
Following breakfast, go for a morning game drive; prepare to depart with a stop over at the equator where you will stand and be in both the southern and Northern hemispheres at the same time and also stop at the royal drum makers. Later be dropped off by your driver/guide.