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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.

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.

 

Rwakobo rock

Rwakobo rock

Rwakobo rock is a safari lodge that is located in Lake Mburo National park. It is a mid-range lodge built on a rock outcrop overlooking the national park. A stay at the lodge is characterized by panoramic views of the wilderness and hills surrounding the safari lodge. Rwakobo rock is secluded and offers privacy during your Uganda wildlife safari. The accommodation at the scattered around the rock, offering authentic wilderness experiences on Uganda safari.

The safari lodge hosts a number of frequent visitors including; zebra, impala, warthog and bush bucks. A camp fire is set out every evening to give visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the starry night on their Uganda safari. Enjoy your cocktail as you hear camp fire stories, learning more about the Ugandan culture.

Rwakobo Rock Accommodation:

Rwakobo rock offers authentic African traditional safari cottages for accommodation. These cottages are grass thatched and solar powered. These cottages are en-suite with a flushing toilet and showers with cold and hot water. The cottages are furnished with comfortable beds, mosquito nets and are designed to blend in with the natural environment. All these cottages have private verandas for you to relax as you enjoy the views of the African wilderness.

Rwakobo rock

Rwakobo rock also offers more budget friendly accommodation in the Hornbill house. This house is grass thatched and contains 5 separate rooms. Each room is en-suite with flushing toilets and showers and has its own private veranda. On request, these rooms can be fashioned into double rooms or twin rooms.

Rwakobo Rock Restaurant and Bar

Rwakobo rock has a well-stocked bar that serves an assortment of wines and spirits, cold and hot drinks. The attentive staff will always available to take your order, Enjoy a cold refreshing drink after an evening game drive in Lake Mburo national park.

Meals at Rwakobo rock are served in the restaurant located in the main lounge of the safari lodge. Buffets and set menus dinners are offered by the experienced chefs at the lodge. In case you are going for an early morning game drive, a packed breakfast can be arranged.

Charging pots for electronics are located around the lounge. For those who would like to share their safari moments with family and friends, a Wi-Fi network is available.

Activities at Rwakobo rock

Game Drives

The lodge is a prime spot for game drives into Lake Mburo national park. Want to catch the nocturnal wildlife like leopards, pangolins, porcupines and hyenas before they hide away for the day? The lodge is 1km away from the main gate. Enjoy the evening and night game drive with a short drive to and from the lodge.

Walking Safaris

Rwakobo rock is perfect for walking safaris. These range from gentle strolls around the rock o long hikes. These walking safaris offered are both within and outside the park. Enjoy the scenery by taking a scenic walk to the neighboring hills.

Cultural Experience

Enjoy the local culture of the Bahima people as you get to interact with them on these cultural safaris. The lodge has partnered with the local communities that allow guests to interact and learn about their local culture. Make local ghee and hear folk stories told by the locals. Milk a cow in the traditional African way on your Uganda safari.

Boat trips

Lake Mburo national park offers relaxing boat trips on Lake Mburo. Get close encounters with hippos, buffalo and crocodiles as you relax on this bot cruise. Uganda wildlife authority runs boat cruises on the Lake in the mornings and afternoon. Spot the amazing bird life on the lake on this cruise.

Bird life

The Rwakobo rock is famous for its bird life. The fig trees attract various bird species including; green pigeons, night jars, turaco, red-faced barbet and many more. As you relax by your veranda, you will be able to spot a few.

Cycling

The lodge has mountain bikes for hire. These allows for guided cycling trips in and out of the park. With an armed ranger, you will be able to cycle into the park and enjoy the wildlife as you cycle. This cycling can be tailored to your needs. Short and long cycling safaris can be determined by your fitness level.

 

Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

Ever wondered about what’s like to trek the impenetrable forests in search for the mountain gorillas? Are you wondering on whether to spend that extra $700 for a gorilla permit? Have you considered whether gorilla trekking is worth the money? A Uganda safari takes you places, from the remote savanna plains to the forests of Kibale. But there’s nothing quite like Uganda gorilla trekking. If you are thinking of doing a safari anywhere in the world, gorilla trekking should be on top of your bucket list. Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought after safari activities in Uganda. It’s an uninhibited safari activity that sees you trekking through the dense forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga in search of these magnificent apes.

Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

The trek through the forest

Gorilla trekking in Uganda entails a marvelous trek through the forest in search of the gorillas. Trackers are sent ahead to locate the gorilla families. You don’t want to trek the whole day, do you? On your trek, the rangers will give you constant updates on the location of the gorillas. This will get your adrenaline pumping. The anticipation will creep in, alerting your every sense. On making contact with the gorillas, you will be astounded at the beauty of the gentle giants. The size of the silver buck, its agility as they climb up the trees will leave you speechless.

Spending time with the Gorillas.

Uganda gorilla trekking is a life time safari activity and here, you are allowed one hour with the gorilla families. The gorillas have a charcoal shaggy coat that protects them from the elements. The young gorillas are a delight. They play with each other and will sometimes want to play with them. You are advised against touching them as this may look like a sign of aggression to their mothers. They could lead into the gorilla charging you. The young gorillas will climb on their mother’s back eat and play with one another to pass the time.

These gorillas are wild and you are required to keep a safe distance. Even when the young gorillas come and tag at your trousers (yes they usually do), do not play with them or be alarmed. They are in their natural habitat. Uganda gorilla trekking is one of those activities that you would want to do over again. Many a client have said that they would do it over all again. I do believe that gorilla trekking is worth the money.

Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $700 effective July. In Rwanda, the permits go for $1500 and $400 in Congo. Gorilla trekking is done all year around but due to the nature of the hike, you are advised to do it in the dry seasons of June-September and December-January. Due to the changes in the climatic seasons, please contact us for more information.

At Getaway Uganda tours, we pride ourselves in offering you well-tailored Uganda gorilla safaris for memorable experiences. Get in touch with us for a quote. We do believe that gorilla trekking is worth the money.