UGANDA

5-Day Uganda Extension

A trip to Africa wouldn't be complete without seeing the largest living primate: the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Enjoy a full day dedicated to gorilla tracking, with opportunities to see the other amazing wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. Round out your trip by shopping for crafts in Entebbe before returning home to the U.S.

Major Destinations:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park

Activities:

Game Drives, Gorilla Tracking


DAY 1: ARRIVE ENTEBBE, UGANDA

Arrive in Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by a Ujuzi African Travel representative. Transfer to your lodge for your overnight.

DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

This morning take a private charter flight to Kayonza airstrip. We then have a 45-minute drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for its Mountain Gorilla population; slightly more than half the world's mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unparalleled in most likely the whole of Africa.

DAY 3: GORILLA TRACKING

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trek can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.

DAY 4: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Mbarara, passing through the "Switzerland of East Africa" area. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park and it is one of the only places to easily see impala and Burchelle's zebra in Uganda. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo, and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Park's 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

DAY 5: ENTEBBE & RETURN TO U.S.

This morning we have an early morning game drive before heading back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. We will stop for lunch at the equator where there will be opportunity for craft shopping and photographs. You will have a dayroom to relax and freshen up. You are then transferred to Entebbe International airport to connect with your departure flight.

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