Red Chilli 4 Days Lake Mburo and Gorilla Trekking Exclusive Safari
$1,150–$1,840 Per Person
On this tour you have the opportunity to experience the best of two very contrasting national parks: Lake Mburo National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The stop at Lake Mburo also helps break up the long and sometimes arduous journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you will set off early in the morning for the privilege of tracking the critically endangered mountain gorilla.
Basic Itinerary in a Nutshell
Day 1: Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park and onward to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – gorilla tracking
Day 4: Bwindi to Kampala
Day 1: From Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
At 260 Km2, Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah parks, however its myriad of habitats supports a surprising diversity of plants and animals. Underlain by ancient pre-Cambrian metamorphic rocks, dating back more than 500 million years, it is the only national park in Uganda to contain an entire lake. Lake Mburo lies at the centre of the park, which together with 14 other lakes, forms part of a wetland system – in fact almost a fifth of the park’s area consists of wetlands. The park is home to over 300 different bird species as well as zebra, leopard, hippo, buffalo, hyena and numerous antelope species including impala, eland, oribi, reedbuck, topi and Defassa waterbuck. In addition a small population of Rothschild’s giraffe was introduced from Murchison Falls in 2015.
07:30 Meet at the Red Chilli Kampala reception for a briefing from your driver-guide before departing on your Safari and Mountain Gorilla Tour.
08:00 Depart Red Chilli Hideaway in a customized 4×4 pop-top safari vehicle and head south-west out of the capital city towards Lake Mburo National Park.
10:30 Equator visit – a great opportunity to have your photo taken in both hemispheres! Short snack/coffee & toilet break.
14:00 Arrive at Rwakobo Rock, situated on the periphery of Lake Mburo National Park, where you will be staying in safari tents with shared bathrooms (upgrades to self-contained accommodation available on request). Enjoy lunch and maybe a swim in the lodge infinity pool whilst looking out over the park surrounds.
16:30 Head out into the park, where you will take a late afternoon boat trip on Lake Mburo to look for hippo and crocodile, as well as the abundant bird species of the lake and papyrus swamps.
18:00 Arrive back at the lodge at approx 18.00, where you will have dinner and stay the night.
Day 2 – From Lake Mburo National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in South-Western Uganda, on the edge of the Rift Valley and alongside the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Classed as a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ecological importance, it is one of Uganda’s oldest rainforests, dating back over 25,000 years. The park provides a rich and diverse habitat for almost 350 bird species and 120 different species of mammal – most famously an estimated 340 critically endangered mountain gorillas: roughly half of the world’s population.
The region also provides shelter for several other primate species, such as baboon, black and white colobus and chimpanzee, as well as elephant and antelope.
07:00 After breakfast at Rwakobo Rock, you will depart for a 3 hour game drive in Lake Mburo National Park.
11.00 Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, taking lunch en route in Mbarara. Total driving time will be around 6 hours.
18.00 Check into Rushaga Gorilla Camp, just inside the park, where you will be sleeping in basic twin cabins with shared bathrooms (please enquire for more luxurious accommodation). Dinner at the camp.
Day 3 – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
06:30 Rise early for breakfast before your 7am gorilla tracking briefing and departure. Exact tracking duration depends on which group you are tracking and where they happen to be situated at the time of your visit. Whilst you will be treated to a full magical hour with these magnificent creatures, the entire experience may take anything from 2 to 8 hours. Lunch will be a packed lunch from the Community Camp, enjoyed in the forest. After your gorilla trekking, you will return to Rushaga Gorilla Camp for dinner and another night.
Optional Extra: If your gorilla trekking experience is short enough, it may be possible to add on a waterfall hike – this may take anything from 2 to 5 hours depending on how much you stop along the way. Take a plunge into the bottom of the icy waterfall if you are brave enough! (Additional Cost: $30 per person).
Day 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala
06.00 Rise early and take a packed breakfast with you on the long drive back to Kampala. A lunch break will be taken en route.
18:00 Depending on traffic and exact time of departure, you should be back at the Red Chilli, Kampala by nightfall.
NB This is an extremely long day of driving and many people, who have time, prefer to break up the journey further. If interested, please enquire with us about making a stopover in Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, where you can relax and chill after some serious trekking and driving! Or to see where else we would suggest you stop over in the area, making your driving days shorter.
From only US$1,150 per person.
Price dependant on number of people on Safari
(Excluding food and drinks)
|1 Person||2 People||3 People||4 People||5 People||6-7 People|
|Standard Price (Per person)||$ 1,840||$ 1,405||$ 1,305||$ 1,225||$ 1,200||$ 1,150|
The best value safari in East Africa!
Please note that all prices are based on a per person sharing basis and are dependent on the number of people on the safari. All activities as specified in the itinerary above is included as well as vehicle, fuel park entry etc. Meals, drinks and other personal items are not included in the price.
Accommodation upgrades are available for this safari, please let us know if you would be interested in upgrading to an en-suite room on your safari.
What we suggest you bring
A photocopy of your passport (including the visa page), torch, malaria prophylaxis, insect repellent, sun block, towel, sturdy walking shoes and long trousers for the walks; plenty of drinking water/snacks; any other personal affects.
1 Person, 8 Persons
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