Budget Gorilla Safari
The 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda is a gorilla and wildlife combo safari. This budget gorilla safari Uganda goes to QENP and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda features gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
This is home to more than half the population of mountain gorillas in the wild. This 5 Day African budget gorilla safari Uganda goes Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park stretches over the western arm of the East African rift Valley. The park overlooks the mystical Rwenzori Mountains. The park is a home to over 600 species of birds and 95 mammal species. It is home to the impressive 45km long Kazinga Channel. This natural channel connects Lake George and Edward.
Your 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda will go through the Ishasha sector. This area of QENP is popular for its tree climbing lions. Your 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda itinerary is below:
Highlights of the 5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda
- Uganda gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Game watching
- Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
- Relaxation at the shores of Lake Bunyonyi
5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Itinerary
Day 1: KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Pick up from your hotel in Kampala by our safari rep. You will have a brief on the 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda. This is to be followed by departure from Kampala.
Drive to the south west of Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will be punctuated by a stop at the Equator Crossing Kayabwe. The place also features rewarding photographing opportunities. Proceed to Mbarara where you will have another stop for lunch.
Embark on the drive passed Mbarara town with the views of Bunyaruguru Crate. You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the evening. Enjoy your dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular savanna reserve and has the widest variety of wildlife of any Ugandan park. The variety of habitats include grassland savanna, forests, wetlands and lakes.
This provides the setting for an extensive range of large mammals and primates. Four of the big five are present and regularly seen. Rhinos are absent.
The park is set against a backdrop of the Ruwenzori Mountains. Additional scenic points are Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and at least 10 crater lakes. The most accessible part of the park is open savanna, but large forest areas are open to the public.
These include the forested Kyambura gorge and the extensive Maramagambo forest in the southeast.
Leopard sightings are common and the Isasha sector is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Huge herds of buffalo and elephants are found in the savanna areas of the park.
An amazing number of hippos inhabit the Kazinga channel on which daily boat trips are conducted. Chimps can be tracked and several antelope and other primate species are present. Giraffe and zebra are absent.
Day 2: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Start your 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda with early breakfast. This is before you undertake a game drive in the Kasenyi tracks and the Queen’s Mile. This is in the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You have the opportunity to explore a range of wild game here.
They include the cape Buffaloes, Leopards, Topi, Elephants, Kobs, Waterbucks and Warthogs. You also have the Hyena, lions, side stripped jackals among other wildlife. There is also an abundance of bird species since Queen Elizabeth National Park. Return to your budget accommodation in Queen Elizabeth. After relaxation and lunch, you will head to the Mweya Jetty.
You will have an afternoon 2-hour boat cruise running along the Kazinga channel. The channel stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward covering 45km distance. This cruise offers you an opportunity to see wildlife at close range.
The cruise also offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. From the boat you will head to your accommodation place. Dinner and overnight will be at Simba Safari Camp.
Day 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH – BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK
The 5 Day budget gorilla safari Uganda tour day starts with breakfast. This will be followed by a drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive goes through Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Here you will spend some time searching for tree climbing lions. After lunch you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Arrival will be in time for lunch and overnight at Broadbill Forest Camp.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.
More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 340 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including four habituated mountain gorilla groups that are open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as Columbus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 348 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Day 4: BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK – LAKE BUNYONYI
Start your budget gorilla safari Uganda tour with an early breakfast. You will then head to the park offices to get briefed and at 8:00am. Embark on the Uganda gorilla trek along the designated trails. Gorilla trekking might take up to 6 hours depending on the gorilla’s movement.
The trek though tiresome, is very well rewarding when you meet the apes. You will spend time with and photographing these great gorillas. Take note of their inviting brown expressive eyes. This is a life time thrill of a wild life adventure only Africa can offer you.
After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point. With picnic lunch done, you will enjoy a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. This will be by driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands. On arrival at Lake Bunyonyi, check in at Byoona Amagara Island Retreat. Dinner and overnight will be here.
Day 5: LAKE BUNYONYI – KAMPALA
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala. This is an approximately 7 hours’ drive. A lunch stop will be made in Mbarara and another at the Equator. Finalize your budget gorilla safari Uganda tour with a drop off at your Kampala budget hotel.
End of 5 days Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour
5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour Cost
5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour Cost Includes:
- Meal plan on full board while on safari
- All Transportation and airport transfers
- All park entry fees
- Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
- 1 X Uganda Gorilla trekking permit
- All government tax
- Lots of African Sunshine
5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour Prices does not include:
- Deviation from the program
- Items of personal use
- Tips, Porterage and personal expenses
- Drinks, beverages
What to Pack for your 5 Day Budget Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour
- Light and heavy neutral color clothes
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Light rain coat
- Insect repellant
- Sun hat
- Sun glasses