5 Days Uganda Safari Itinerary & Best Tips by a Local Guide
Itinerary Overview: 5 Days Uganda Safari
A perfect 5 Days Uganda Safari is a gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing tour that takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks. This 5 Days Uganda Safari is suitable for tourists who would want to enjoy a Gorilla trekking holiday with a magical wildlife tour.
5 Days Uganda Safari starts and ends in Kampala-Uganda’s capital. From Kampala, the transfer will have its first stop at the equator line and then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. At the park, you will undertake a game drive in one of the most popular national parks in the country in search of wildlife. After the game drive, take a boat cruise along the famous Kazinga Channel then search for tree-climbing lions along with the Ishasha sector. From Queen Elizabeth National Park the tour continues to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla trekking. This is the best national park for Mountain Gorilla trekking since there are several Gorilla families and therefore the highest chance of seeing the gentle giants. A 5 Days Uganda safari and wildlife tour in Uganda is recommended for individuals above the age of 15 since that is the minimum age for gorilla trekking in Uganda. This safari can be undertaken by any number of travelers and is available all year round.
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- Safari starts with pick up and ends with drop off in Kampala
- Activities include game drives, boat cruise and Gorilla trekking
- Gorilla trekking will be in Bwindi Forest National Park
- Game drives and boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Transfers will be by a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Accommodation before and after trip can be arranged on request at an extra cost
What you need to know
- Accommodation is provided as included
- Pack the right Gorilla trekking clothes
- Tour can start any time of the year
- Minimum age for tour is 15 years
- Gorilla permit is included in the cost
Itinerary Gallery: 5 Days Uganda Safari
Safari Highlights: 5 Days Uganda Safari
- Day #1: Transfer by road from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Day #2: Game drive and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
- Day #3: Tree climbing lions game drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – for the 5 Days Ugandan Safari
- Day #4: Mountain Gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Forest
- Day #5: Return from Bwindi by a 4×4 safari vehicle to Kampala – end of 5 Days Uganda Tour
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Detailed itinerary: 5 Days Uganda Safari
Day 1: Transfer by road from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
An allocated driver guide will pick you up from your place of residence or hotel Following a meeting and greeting, you will board the safari vehicle for a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. If interested, you will stop at the equator line about 80 Km from Kampala for photography at the world’s centerline. The drive to western Uganda continues with a lunch stop in Mbarara. You will probably arrive in the evening and check in to book a hotel. You have dinner at the hotel and later on, spend the night there.
Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge
Mid-range: Enganzi Game Lodge
Budget: Bush Lodge
Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
Early morning, you will be served breakfast at the hotel and then be transferred by your guide to the park for a game drive. You have a game drive along the Kasenyi plains in search of wildlife that roams the plains. Some of the animals that can be spotted here include kobs, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, topis, and many more. After the game drive, you then are driven back to the hotel for lunch. Following lunch, you will head out for an evening boat cruise on the popular Kazinga channel. During the boat cruise, you see lots of animals as they come to quench their thirst and also several bird species. Kazinga channel has several aquatic species including hippos and crocodiles. The views on the boat cruise are very spectacular. After the boat cruise, you then transfer back to your hotel for dinner and rest. You sleep in the previous night’s hotel.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3: Tree climbing lions game drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Following breakfast at the hotel, you then go for another game drive along the Ishasha sector famed for tree-climbing lions. The search for the tree-climbing lions lasts about 4 hours and will be amazing to see these big cats climb on the trees. After the game drive, you have lunch in the Ishasha region then continue with the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Arriving in the evening, you check into booked accommodation facility for dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation will depend on the sector allocated for trekking.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4: Mountain Gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Forest
Be ready to wake up early, have breakfast, and get ready for your Gorilla trekking experience. It’s expected of you to be at the park headquarters by 8:00 am for a briefing from the park rangers and your driver-guide will ensure the transfer. During the briefing, the park rangers inform trekkers of the dos and don’ts of Gorilla trekking. At this time, you are also allocated a Gorilla family to trek. Each group is trekked by 8 people in most cases depending on the hiking ability. You get to the very dense tropical jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable forest for a lifetime adventure. You spend about 2-6 hours or more trekking. However, a maximum of 1 hour is spent in the presence of the mountain gorillas watching the family and taking pictures. After 60 minutes of watching the gorillas, you then walk back to the park headquarters. Here you receive a congratulatory Gorilla trekking certificate. Your guide drives you to your accommodation facility where you relax.
Overnight at previous night accommodation.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 5: Return from Bwindi by a 4×4 safari vehicle to Kampala
On the last day of your 5 Days Uganda Gorilla safari and Wildlife Tour, you have breakfast and embark on the 8-9 hours drive back to Kampala. You have lunch en route. Arriving in the evening, your safari guide will ensure drop off at a preferred destination or hotel.
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
End of the 5 Days Uganda Safari
- All activities as included
- Accommodation & meals as indicated
- 4×4 safari vehicle
- A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide.
- Bottled drinking water on board
- International flights & Visas
- Any changes to the itinerary
- 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
- 4×4 safari van for budget travelers
Safari Route: 5 Days Uganda Safari
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