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.

4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari

4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari

On this 4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari, you will trek through the grasslands of Zziwa in search of the rhino in their natural habitat. Visit the Aru falls on your way up north and immerse yourself in the wilderness that is Kidepo valley national park.

4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari highlights

  • Rhino trekking in Zziwa rhino sanctuary
  • Visit the Aru falls
  • Game drives in Narus Valley
  • Sun downer on Amaphwas rock
4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari

4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari itinerary

Day 1: Rhino trekking and visit Aru falls.

On the first day of your 4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari, you will have an early start as you begin your Uganda wildlife safari. The first stop will be at the Zziwa rhino sanctuary. We will have breakfast before embarking on the trek. After a safety briefing, the rangers will guide you on foot and locate the different rhinos in the sanctuary. Each rhino family group can be seen for around 30 minutes. This is to avoid agitating them. Proceed to Gulu where we will have lunch.

We will drive further to Aru falls, 40km from Kitgum town. Here, we will hike down to the base of the waterfalls for amazing sightings and possible swimming. Since river Acwa is seasonal, the water levels tend to fluctuate with the season. We will then proceed to Kitgum where we will spend a night.

Day 2: Transfer to Kidepo and do an evening game drive.

On this day of this 4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari, we will have an early start for Kidepo valley national park. The scenic drive through the Karamajong plains is both breathtaking and rewarding. On arrival, we will check into the lodge and enjoy our delicious lunch. Later in the evening, we will venture out for an evening game drive.

On this game drive, we will drive into the Narus valley in search of the dwellers of the park. We hope to see wildlife like elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, hyenas, zebra, eland, Jackson’s hartebeests and so much more. We will then retire to the lodge for the night.

Day 3: Morning game drive and evening sun downer.

Following a restful night, we will venture into the park for another game drive. This will give us an opportunity to spot the wildlife we may missed on the previous game drive. More to that, we will take time to enjoy the ones we saw but this time at a leisurely pace. We will have a bush breakfast at Kakine campsite overlooking the Narus valley.

Later in the afternoon, we will go for an evening sun downer on the amaphas rock. This rock up crop rises 50 meters and has impeccable views of the savanna grasslands and the sunset. We will have a couple of drinks as celebrate the beauty of the park.

Day 4: Transfer to Kampala.

This is the last day of this 4 day Rhino and Kidepo wildlife safari and we will be transferring back to Kampala. This journey is long but worth it. We will have lunch in Gulu before continuing to Kampala. On arrival, the guide will drop you at your hotel, residence or airport. This will mark the end of your Uganda wildlife safari

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4 day cycling and gorilla safari in Uganda

Enjoy the outdoors as you trek the gorillas in Bwindi, cycle in the beautiful scenery of Lake Bunyonyi and embark on cycling safaris in Lake Mburo national park for amazing wildlife encounters

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Hiking Mt Sabinyo

Hiking Mt Sabinyo

Climbing Mt Sabinyo – Hiking in Uganda – Uganda hiking safaris

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

2 Day Uganda cultural safari tour

2 Day Uganda
cultural safari tour

This 2 Day Uganda cultural safari tour is short Uganda safari that offers amazing wildlife and cultural tours in Lake Mburo national park. The park is located in western Uganda, a 4 hour drive from the capital Kampala. On this cultural safari, you will get to encounter the local culture of the Ankole people who raise cattle for milk, butter and livelihood. Encounter amazing wildlife in this small but wildlife rich national park

Safari
highlight

  • Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo and do afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 2: Cultural tour and return to Kampala.

2 Day Uganda
cultural safari tour detailed itinerary

Day 1:
Transfer to Lake Mburo national park.

On the
day of this wildlife and cultural safari, our guide will pick you from your
hotel or residence. Driving along Masaka road, you will have you first stop at
the equator. Here, you will have breakfast and take part in the hemispheric
experiments. You will then proceed to Lake Mburo. On arrival, you will check
into the lodge and have an early lunch in preparation for the afternoon boat
cruise. This cruise takes place on Lake Mburo and this ensures a relaxing time
in the wild.

During
the boat cruise, you will close encounters with the wildlife in and around the
lake. Some of these wildlife include; hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and plenty
of bird species like the kingfisher, fish eagle, crested cranes and many more.
After the boat cruise, you will go for an evening game drive. You will get to
encounter more wildlife like zebra, impala, leopards, elands, giraffes,
buffalo, topi and many more. You will then return to the lodge for a relaxing evening.

Day 2:
Cultural tour and return to Kampala.

After a restful night, you will go to a local community for a cultural safari tour. We will begin with their first activity of the day; milking. This is done by hand as it was done in their traditional cultural. You will learn about the process of storage and turning into butter. You will be amazed at the different wooden vessels used to store the milk. The design of these wooden vessels is amazing. The construction of their huts is another aspect of their cultural that is fascinating. After the cultural our, we will depart Lake Mburo for Kampala. A stop over at Mpambire will expose us to the craft of making drums. We will then proceed to Kampala. On arrival, the guide will drop you at your hotel or residence. This will mark the end of our 2 Day Uganda cultural safari tour

Uganda reduces Gorilla trekking fees

Uganda reduces Gorilla trekking fees

Uganda has reduced the gorilla trekking fees as well as park entrance fees to national parks in Uganda. This is in an effort to revamp tourism after the Covid 19 Pandemic. As the world came to a halt because of the virus, Uganda wasn’t spared. A nationwide lockdown was imposed, airports and borders were closed and primate parks were closed. Tourism staff lost their jobs, hotels downsized and some even closed. This posed a huge challenge to the conservation process. Communities and individuals who earned from tourism suffered. Out of work, some reverted to poaching and it didn’t end well for them.

The Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) is the government agency tasked with conserving, protecting and managing the national parks in Uganda. It manages the 10 national parks, and 13 game reserves in Uganda. In a bid to revamp tourism in Uganda, the UWA has reduced the gorilla trekking fees, chimpanzee trekking fees and the park entrance fees. Airports have been reopened and tourism has resumed. The Uganda local population has done their share in contributing to tourism. Local groups and families have visited the national parks and game reserves. With the Standard Operating procedures, the savannah plains have hosted a few tourists and this has led to the initiative to reduce the fares to attract more tourists.

As the vaccines are about to hit the market, UWA has responded by reducing the fees starting from 1st December 2020 to 31st Marc 2021. This will give a hint of fresh breath to the tourism industry. The discounted fares include

  • 50% discount on park entry fees for national parks
  • 50% discount on birding fees
  • Reduced rates on primate trekking

Gorilla trekking permits

  • Foreign Nonresidents from $700 to $400
  • Foreign Residents from $600-$300
  • East African citizens from Ugx 250,000/ to Ugx 150,000/

Chimpanzee trekking permits

  • Foreign Nonresidents from $200 to $150
  • Foreign residents from $150 to $100
  • East African citizens from Ugx 150,000/ to Ugx 100,000/

If you have always desired to go gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking or wildlife safaris, now would be a good time with these reduced rates. Help revamp the tourism industry in Uganda by undertaking these post covid primate and wildlife safaris in Uganda.