6 Day Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari From Tanzania
Gorilla tracking safari can be combined with a Tanzania Safari. Uganda and Tanzania share a border on the southern sector of Uganda.
You may fly from Tanzania to Entebbe Airport daily flights are readily available to book. You may also do a road trip from Tanzania to Uganda via Mutukula Border. This is however along drive.
DAY 1 –Fly From Tanzania To Entebbe Airport
Early in the morning, fly from Dar-el salaam Airport to Entebbe Airport to catch up with your road trip. Your driver guide will take you through Masaka City but have a stop at Kayabwe Equator. You may take photos standing on both sides of the earth at the same time.
Proceed through Mbarara City and drive through Kigezi mountains the Switzerland of Uganda. It is composed of interesting highlands, water bodies, valleys and so much more.
Drive along the meandering roads till you arrive Bwindi Forest area to spend the night.
Accommodation: Mahogany Springs/ Engage Lodge/ Bwindi Community Bandas
DAY 2 – Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
After breakfast, get ready to head to the briefing point where you will be informed about how to behave while with the gorillas.
Do not forget to carry gorilla tracking gears including the Masks and hand sanitizer. You will also be informed about how to behave on the way to meet the mountain gorillas.
Later the ranger guide will escort you into the forest to start searching for the great apes. Along the way, you may have the chance of spotting olive baboons, black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys , blue monkeys to mention but a few.
Finally when you get to meet the mountain gorillas, you are advised to be at least 10 meters away from them. This is to prevent spread of any communicable infection to them and to you.
Take photos as instructed by the ranger guide and spend one precious hour with the gorillas. Return to the lodge to relax.
DAY 3 – Drive To Murchison Falls National Park
Rise up early for breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National park. The drive is quite long but very scenic.
Pass by lush vegetation cover, incredible water bodies and so much more. Arrive late Evening to check in
There is another option of flying to Murchison Falls in case you do not want a long drive.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge/ Red Chillis Camp
DAY 4 – Game drive and Launch Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
An early morning game drive will give you great opportunity of seeing numerous wildlife as they rise from overnight hideout.
A game drive on the Mweya peninsular is a chance to see animals like Rothschild giraffes, herds of buffalos, Oribi, wildebeests, leopards, lions, hyenas, warthogs, Uganda Kobs and so much more.
Several birds linger in the park and lots of primates like black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, olive baboons to mention but a few.
Watch the amazing view of River Nile and all its surrounding and take photos for memories.
After lunch the launch cruise to magical Murchison Falls is the highlight of the day. As you sail, you watch pods of hippos relaxing in the water while Nile crocodiles open wide there giant mouths. Watch numerous birds that nest in the cliff along River Nile.
As you draw closer to the falls, you will feel the turbulence of the boat change, the water surface becomes foam too. Finally you feel the power of Murchison falls as water squeezes through the narrow gorge to burst out producing a thundering sound.
On a clear day, the rain bow may be formed right before your eyes as cloudy appearance is also displayed.
Return to your lodge to relax.
DAY 5 – Chimpanzee Trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi Murchison Falls
Get up early morning for the chimpanzee trekking expedition. Do not forget to wear your mask and hand sanitizer. You will be briefed on how to behave while searching for chimpanzees. Follow the trails that have been constructed by regular trekkers.
They are very sensitive primates that watch out for intruders in there territory. You need to be calm as you walk so as not to miss out on other interesting primates, birds, butterflies and so much more. The forest is rich with a variety of wildlife and lots of ancient tree species.
When you take the optional visit to Bigodi Swamp, you may have the chance of seeing lots of other primates like olive baboons, blue monkeys, red tailed monkey, black and white colobus to mention but a few.
Get back to your lodge to relax.
DAY 6 – Drive Back To Entebbe Airport
Having enjoyed your moment with the mountain gorilla, seen the wildlife in Murchison Falls drive to Entebbe Airport to catch up with your flight back home.
To book this 6 day Gorilla and wildlife Tour in Uganda, you need to have booked a return night flight.
How To Book Gorilla Tracking Safari
Gorilla tracking requires you to have a gorilla permit in order to be assured of participating.
Send your personal details to the consultant as requested after you have secured a gorilla permit.
Do Mountain gorillas bite?
Mountain gorillas are serene primates and vegetarian. When with them try to avoid looking into there dark brown eyes because they are shy animals. They normally go into hiding if you over stare at them.
Which Is The best Gorilla tracking Area To Book?
Gorillas in Uganda are trekked according to area but each area has varying interesting gorillas. Each habituated gorilla family just like human beings has different characteristics.
Some may have very many infants, others have funny Silverbacks, others have very playful juveniles so you have fun according to behavior of the gorillas.
Which Is The Best time To Book Gorilla Tracking Safari
Gorilla tracking is available throughout the year. You can book a gorilla permit at any time so as to be part of this memorable expedition.
As travel has seasons, during the peak season, the demand for gorilla permits is high and accommodations. During the shoulder seasons, competition for gorilla permits is slightly lower and even the prices for accommodations at Bwindi Park are discounted.
You just need to have some fitness so that you can maneuver the hikes. In case you have some physical impairment, a sedan chair is available once requested.
Note this As you book a gorilla trekking safari In Uganda
A waterproofed backpack is vital for your camera because it may rain at any time without warning, water bottle to quench your thirst as you trek to see the mountain gorillas and snacks.
If not sure of your fitness, you may hire a porter for a small fee to carry your backpack and help you up the steeper slopes.
As you plan your gorilla tracking tour, ensure you contact your travel insurance about whether they cover your gorilla trekking permit because you may be required to pay an additional premium.
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