4 day cycling and gorilla safari in Uganda

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20 day Uganda wildlife and primate safari

This 4 day cycling and gorilla safari in Uganda takes you to Bwindi impenetrable national park or gorilla trekking and cycling and Lake Mburo for cycling and wildlife safaris. Bwindi is one of the most popular safari destinations in Uganda and is home to the largest number of mountain gorillas in the world. While Lake Mburo doesn’t have the some of the big cats, the park is home to the largest herds of impala and Zebra.

4 day cycling and gorilla safari highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Afternoon cycling to Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Day 3: Cycling around Lake Bunyonyi and transfer to Lake Mburo
  • Day 4: Cycling in Lake Mburo and return to Kampala.

4 day cycling and gorilla safari itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi national park.

Upon the commencement of this 4 day cycling and gorilla safari in Uganda, you will be briefed on the safari by a representative from Getaway Uganda Tours. Driving along the Masaka highway, we will make a stop at the equator for breakfast and some pictures. Proceed to Bwindi through Mbarara, Ntungamo and Kabale. On arrival at the hotel, we will check into the lodge with the beautiful views of the forest.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking and cycling to Lake Bunyonyi.

On this day, we head out for the highly anticipated gorilla trekking. After a safety briefing at the park headquarters, we will be divided into groups of 8 to trek the various gorilla families. The trek into the forest is both rewarding and exciting. On making spotting the gorillas, we will be amazed at the sheer beauty of these gentle giants. An hour is allocated to observing them as they eat and go about their business. Videos and photos are allowed. However the flash mode has to be disabled. After the trek, we will return to the lodge for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, we will head out to Lake Bunyonyi on our cycling expedition. This will allows us to experience the forest and the local communities from a different perspective. Depending on your level of fitness, we will reach Lake Bunyonyi and relax for the night.

Day 3: Cycling in Bunyonyi and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

After a well-rested night, we will have a morning cycling adventure on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. The spectacular scenery around the lake offers unforgettable memories on this Uganda cycling safari. The transfer will take us to Lake Mburo national park where we will check into our lodge for the night.

Day 4: Cycling safari and return to Kampala.

On the last day of our 4 day cycling and gorilla safari in Uganda, we will have a hot breakfast before your cycling safari in the park. Although the park lacks the big cats, Lake Mburo offers a variety of wildlife. These include; leopards, buffalo, giraffes, topi, eland, zebra, impala, warthogs and much more. These can be spotted as you cycle in the park. We will then check out of the park and head for Kampala where our cycling and gorilla safari will end.

Hiking Mt Sabinyo

Hiking Mt Sabinyo

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Hiking Mt Sabinyo is one of the top hiking excursions in Uganda. Sabinyo is one of the three mountain ranges that make up Mgahinga gorilla national park. At 3,645m the mountain range offers some of the best hiking experiences in Uganda. Sabinyo is part of the Virunga Mountains that ran along the borders of Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. The summit of the mountain is shared by the 3 countries. Here, you have panoramic views of the 3 countries. Mount Sabinyo derives its name “Sabinyo” (old man’s teeth) from the rugged peaks which look like the spaces in the old men’s teeth.

The Hike

The hike up Mt Sabinyo is scenic with amazing views of the rugged peaks and crater lakes. Although the mountain is shared by 3 countries, it can only be trekked from Uganda. Hiking Mt Sabinyo takes around 8 hours depending on your level of fitness and the weather. 5 hours will take you to the top while the descent will take 3 hours.

At 7:30am, you will register at the park headquarters where you will be briefed about the mountain and the hike. You will be escorted by rangers and guides and armed with a walking stick for support. Porters can be hired to help you with your luggage. Be sure to carry plenty of drinking water, energy bars and a packed lunch. The hike will take you to the bamboo zone at 2400-2800m which is habitat to the golden monkeys. Unless you are golden monkey trekking, they are rarely seen on this hike. Other wildlife species on the mountain include elephants and gorillas.

At 2800-3200m, the vegetation transitions into pristine forest. At 3200m, the terrain changes into sub-alpine zone all the way to the summit. The Rwenzori Turaco can be spotted in this region. Mt Sabinyo has 3 summits which can be reached on this hike. Here, you will get to the point where the 3 countries meet.

 

What to carry for the hike.

  • Comfortable hiking sores
  • Rain gear
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Pack lunch and energy snacks
  • Trousers and long sleeved shirt to protect you against shrubs

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari

This 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari takes you to the southwestern part of Uganda for amazing outdoor adventure. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountainous region of Kisoro on this Uganda hiking safari.

Safari Overview.

At 3,669 meters above sea level, Mt Sabinyo offers some of the best hiking adventures in Uganda. The mountain is located in Mgahinga gorilla national park and is one of the 3 mountain ranges that make up the park. The others include; Mt Muhabura and Mt Gahinga. The summit of mount Sabinyo is shared by the three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. On this Uganda hiking safari, you will get to relax and enjoy the serenity of Lake Bunyonyi after the hike.

4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Mt Sabinyo.

After a short briefing, you will have an early departure for the mountain ranges. Driving along the Kampala-Masaka highway, you will make a breakfast stop at the equator. Here, you will be able to take some photos at the equator monument before proceeding on your Uganda mountaineering and hiking safari. We will have another lunch break in Kabale before embarking on the last leg of this drive. The rolling hills of Kabale offer spectacular views of Lake Bunyonyi and terraced hills. On arrival, you will check into the lodge, relax as you prepare for your hike up the mountain.

Day 2: Hike Mt Sabinyo.

After an early breakfast, you will depart the lodge for the park headquarters. You will carry a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water as this hike is a whole day’s hike. At the park headquarters, you will be briefed about the park and the hike to the top. You will accompanied by rangers and you can hire porters in case you need someone to carry your supplies. The day hike takes up to 8 hours depending on your level of fitness. The summit marks the border of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The hike has rare but amazing wildlife sightings of buffalo, forest Elephants and golden monkeys. After the hike, your guide will pick up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening and night.

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

After a much needed recovery night, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi on this day of your 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari. This short drive is scenic with amazing views of all the 3 mountains of Muhabura, Sabinyo and Gahinga. On arrival, you will enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, exploring the different islands on the lake. Here, you will learn of the deep history like Sharp’s island, leprosy colony and Punishment Island. After the island tour, you will check into your lodge in time for lunch. The free afternoon on the lake will allow you to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 4: Transfer to Kampala.

On the last day of this 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari, you will have an early breakfast and check out of the lodge. You will then transfer to Kampala with a lunch break at the Igongo cultural center. On arrival in Kampala, your guide will drop you at your residence, hotel or airport. This will mark the end of your 4 Day Mt Sabinyo hiking safari.

 

4 day Uganda Gorilla trekking and hiking safari

What to wear for Gorilla safaris

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What to wear for Gorilla safaris

What to wear for Gorilla safaris-To truly enjoy your Uganda gorilla trekking safari, all aspects have to be in place. The accommodation, food, transport and what to wear for your gorilla safari. Uganda is home to mountain gorillas. They reside in the mountains, their natural habitat. At over 2000 feet, you are high up in the mountains. More to that, Bwindi is located in the Albertine rift. The terrain is hilly. As you pack for your Uganda gorilla safari, bear this in mind. Don’t ruin your gorilla trekking safari because of inappropriate wear. Below are recommendations on what to wear for gorilla trekking.

Long Sleeved Shirts and Trousers

Gorilla trekking is done in the tropical forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga. In these forests, there are no trails. Rangers go ahead clearing a path for you. Trousers and long sleeved shirts will shield you from branches and shrubs that may scratch you. Waterproof trousers would even be of advantage because of the dew on the lush green vegetation. Wear comfortable clothes because gorilla trekking can be tough.

Waterproof Hiking Boots

When it rains, the grounds can be slippery. A pair of good sturdy hiking boots will make your trekking experience more comfortable. All rangers and trackers wear gumboots on these gorilla treks. For good traction, support and stability, these boots come in handy. Good thick socks are recommended. Tuck your trousers into your socks. However unfashionable, this prevents fire ants from attacking you.

Gardening Gloves

During gorilla trekking, you will need to reach out for support as you hike down or up the forest as you search for the gorillas. These gardening gloves will protect your hands from scratches. On making contact with the gorillas, you will take them off for good photos and videos.

A Rain Jacket

Tropical forests receive rain in the dry and wet season. While gorilla trekking, remember to carry a rain jacket or a poncho in case it rains. A light jacket that can folded into your backpack with a bottle of drinking water is ideal in case it rains.

Hat

This may seem farfetched but a good brimmed hat will protect you from the elements. If it rains, it will keep your head dry and if the sun is out, it will protect you from sun burn. Local markets have affordable hats that you can carry home as a souvenir.

Insect Repellent

The tropical forest is full of wildlife ranging from primates to insects. Carry and apply insect repellent before your gorilla safari. Apply the repellent and sunblock on your exposed parts of the body. For those who would like to undertake the gorilla habituation experience, carry your repellent and sunblock with you since the activity takes a full day

Warm Clothing.

Yes, warm clothing. Morning and evening in the mountains of Bwindi and Mgahinga are cold. They get as low as 10°C/50°F in Bwindi and sometimes lower. Almost all the lodges in these parks have fire places. Hot water bottles are provided on the cold nights.

3 Day Chimpanzee trekking safari

Kalinzu forest reserve

Uganda primate safaris-Primate safaris in Uganda

Kalinzu forest reserve is located in the southwestern part of Uganda. The forest is close to Queen Elizabeth national park and Maramagambo forest. The forest reserve is home to a variety of wildlife but is famous for its primates. Kalinzu forest reserve is home to 6 primate species namely; chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkey and white and black colobus monkeys. The reserve is also home to 379 bird species and over 260 butterfly species.

Chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest reserve

Although the forest reserve is home to 6 primate species, chimpanzees are the main tourist attraction. Chimpanzees share 98% of their DNA with humans. They look, behave and act like humans do. These primates live in communities and care for their families as a unit. They are very intelligent and use tools to eat fruits and bait insects. Sadly, the chimpanzee population worldwide is dwindling due to loss of habitat. However, the Uganda wildlife authority is doing their level best to preserve and protect these primates.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu forest reserve is home to one of the largest communities of chimpanzees in Uganda. The forest reserve is only second to Kibale national park when it comes to chimpanzee trekking.  With over 320 chimpanzees in the forest, over 50 of these primates are habituated and ready for tourism. On your Uganda Wildlife safari, you can trek these chimpanzees after a visit to Queen Elizabeth national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest is less strenuous than gorilla trekking because of the terrain. However, you should fit enough to endure a 3-4 hours nature walk in the forest. The chimpanzees live in a more flat terrain than the mountain gorillas. On your Uganda primate safari, you should be prepared to follow them a higher speeds.

The Trek

Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest reserve is done in 2 shifts, the morning trek and the afternoon trek. The morning trek starts at 8:00 am and the afternoon trek at 3:00pm. These chimpanzee trek are led by a guide and a ranger. These were involved in the habituation process and have full knowledge of these chimpanzees. The chimps are more active in the morning while they relax in the afternoon and evening. Both trek offer you different but amazing experiences of these chimps. After a briefing at the park headquarters, you will be divided into groups depending on the level of fitness.

You will then head into the forest in search of the primates. As you trek through the forest, you will have amazing encounters of other primate species like the L’hoest’s monkeys, Blue monkeys, baboons and the red tailed monkeys. You will be able to see more wildlife like birds and butterflies on your Primate safari. The trackers will communicate with the guide and ranger who will lead you to the chimpanzee families. The hour trek through the forest will be worth it when you make contact with these chimpanzees. You are allowed 1 hour to observe the chimpanzees. You will be able to take pictures, videos, see them grooming, playing, mating and eating. Others may be just chilling around the trees.

There is a 95% chance of seeing these primates and the cost is just $50, a lot cheaper compared to the $150 in Kibale national park. You can complement your primate safari with other safari activities and destinations like Queen Elizabeth for wildlife viewing and boat cruise and Bwindi national park for gorilla trekking.