UAAV 016 – 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi and Volcanoes

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This 7 Days trip starts in Uganda and ends in Rwanda. Tour Lake Mburo National Park the best place to see zebras, elands, impalas, topis, buffalos, and other wildlife, visit the endangered mountain gorillas in both Bwindi Forest National Park (Uganda) and Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).

Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Explore Lake Mburo National Park
Day 3: Drive to Bwindi National Park
Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Southern Bwindi
Day 5: Cross to the Rwandan side
Day 6: Gorilla trekking
Day 7: Drive to Kigali

Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Meet at your hotel and leave Kampala for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have a stop at the Equator where you will perform a simple experiment to experience a tropical balance, have a look at the traditional drums and crafts being made, and thereafter proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. Bird viewing opportunities are excellent – for birders, this is one of the best places to find African fin foot, papyrus bush shrike. The meal plan for this day is lunch and dinner at your preffered accommodation.

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp
  • Mid range: Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mburo Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Rwonyo Camp Site

Day 2: Explore Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, explore the park with a game drive in search of animals like:  zebras, impalas, topis, buffalos, elands. Bird watching opportunities are excellent here, with about 313 bird species recorded here including the rare shoebill stork, White-winged Warbler, Crested Francolin among others. After exploring the park in a car, return to the lodge for lunch before heading out for a boat ride after lunch that gives you the chance to view water animals like; Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and water birds including; Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. The meal plan for this day is breakfast, lunch and dinner at your preffered accommodation.

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/Mantana Tented Camp
  • Mid range: Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mburo Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Rwonyo Camp Site

Day 3: Drive to Bwindi National Park

After breakfast, choose between having a guided nature walk in the park or game drive as you prepare to head south west to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest famously known for the rare Mountain Gorillas. Bird life and primate life in this forest is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics that occur in Uganda, of which you might have a chance to encounter some as well as other primate species. The meal plan for this day is breakfast, lunch and dinner at your preferred accommodation.

  • Luxury: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill
  • Mid range: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge/Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Wag Tail Eco Camp

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Southern Bwindi

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the gorilla tracking information office for a pre-gorilla tracking briefing by the park warden and rangers at 8am. After briefing, the rangers will then lead you into the forest to track these gentle giants (Mountain gorillas). The thrill of spending time observing the gorillas as they interact with each other is a pleasing and unforgettable one, you are allowed an hour witnessing the interaction of these close relatives of ours. You are advised to carry with you a packed lunch for, the time spent tracking the gorillas would not be known to you but varies from 3 to 8 hours. Time permitting; you may go for a late afternoon community walk to see the local people’s way of life and cultures. The meal plan for this day is breakfast, lunch and dinner at your preffered accommodation.

  • Luxury: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill
  • Mid range: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge/Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Wag Tail Eco Camp

Day 5: Cross to the Rwandan side

After breakfast, drive to the Uganda-Rwanda border and be transferred to Ruhengeri for a relaxation. The meal plan for this day is breakfast, lunch and dinner at your preffered accommodation.

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura

Day 6: Gorilla trekking

This morning with an early breakfast, you will drive to Volcanoes National Pak headquarters where our trackers will be met and head up the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes after a briefing from the park wardens. Visit one of the ten habituated groups assigned to you. Tracking the gorillas through the lush forested slopes of the Virungas is an absolutely exquisite experience. You need to have a good level of fitness for the gorilla trek. You can trek from 1-6 hours through dense forest vegetation, slippery slopes and changing weather. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch. Some gorilla families however are hard to pin down, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. After lunch, you may decide to visit the local communities neighbouring the park or relax at the lodge. The meal plan for this day is breakfast, lunch and dinner at your preffered accommodation.

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel
  • Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura

Day 7: Drive to Kigali

Have breakfast and be transferred to Kigali. You may decide to visit the local markets and artcraft shops within the Kigali city centre. Your tour will end in Kigali

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