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7 Days Lake Mburo, Bwindi Gorillas, and Volcanoes National Park Safari is a breathtaking adventure that will start in Kampala Uganda, and end in Kigali Rwanda. The safari will give you an opportunity to explore Lake Mburo national park which offers great views of animals like elands, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impala, warthogs among others. From the savannah national park you will connect to Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will have a face to face encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in their environment. During the 7 day Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari you will also visit Volcanoes national park in Rwanda where you will participate in cultural tour to interact with the local people, gorilla trekking where you will be able to spend time with the mountain gorillas and Kigali city tour.

Tour Details

7 Days Lake Mburo, Bwindi Gorillas, and Volcanoes National Park Safari is a breathtaking adventure that will start in Kampala Uganda, and end in Kigali Rwanda. The safari will give you an opportunity to explore Lake Mburo national park which offers great views of animals like elands, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, impala, warthogs among others. From the savannah national park you will connect to Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will have a face to face encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in their environment. During the 7 day Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari you will also visit Volcanoes national park in Rwanda where you will participate in cultural tour to interact with the local people, gorilla trekking where you will be able to spend time with the mountain gorillas and Kigali city tour.

Itinerary

Day 1of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari

Pick up and transfer to Lake Mburo national park, depending on your location on the day 1 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park our representative will pick you up from Entebbe airport, brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Lake Mburo national park in western Uganda. The journey takes about 4 to 5 hours drive and you will have a stopover at the Equator to buy souvenirs, take pictures and then continue the journey to the park. Upon arrival you will check into the lodge, have lunch and thereafter go for an afternoon game drive where you will be able to see animals like buffaloes, impalas, elands, warthogs, waterbucks, giraffes, zebras among others. After the game drive you will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2Morning game drive and boat cruise

Morning game drive, after an early breakfast on day 2 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari your driver guide will pick you from the lodge to go for a morning game drive in the park where you will have beautiful views of the sunrise, get an opportunity to view wildlife animals like bushbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, elands, impalas, topi, zebras, giraffes among others grazing in the open savannah plains, view predators like hyenas, leopards and jackal if you are lucky, view different bird species among others. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Boat cruise, after lunch you will drive to the landing site for an exciting boat cruise where you will cruise along the lake shores with great views of animals like buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes along the banks, view hippos and crocodiles in water, aquatic birds like the rare shoebill stork, cormorants, pelicans, herons, kingfishers, fish eagles, have views of the beautiful scenery, fishermen fishing among others. After the boat ride you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3Transfer from Lake Mburo national park to Bwindi impenetrable national park

On day 3 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari, you will have breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park which is located in south western Uganda. You will have en-route lunch in Kabale and then continue the journey to the park with stunning views of Kigezi hills, homesteads, local people, beautiful scenery among others. Upon arrival you will continue to check into the lodge, have dinner and overnight.

Day 4Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on day 4 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari you will carry packed lunch and your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulation of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8 people where each group is allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and a park guide who will lead you into the jungle during trekking. Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park is strenuous therefore grouping of individuals is done according to age, physical fitness and personal preferences therefore in case you are not physically fit you are advised to communicate with your driver guide so that they allocate you a gorilla family that is near to trek. 

Trekking of the mountain gorillas in the park starts at around 8:00am and takes 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located, during trekking you will be able to view mammals like forest elephants, buffaloes, different bird species such as African green pigeon, black bee-eater, black billed turaco, handsome francolin, Rwenzori apalis, purple breasted sunbird, view plant and tree species, other primate species like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys among others. When the mountain gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat where you will be able to observe their habits, behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, grooming each other, playing, take great photos and record the moments to show people back home after the safari. After the incredible moment with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and then videos among others. After the one hour with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight. 

Day 5Transfer to Volcanoes national park –cultural tour

After breakfast on day 5 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to volcanoes national park which is located in north western part of Rwanda. The journey takes about 3 to 4 hours drive passing via Cyanika border in Kisoro district and on the way you will have views of the rolling hills, scenery, local people among others and upon arrival you will check into the lodge and have lunch.

Cultural tour, after lunch you will go for a cultural tour in the communities around the park. During the cultural tour you will visit the Ibyi’wacu cultural village where you will be able to interact with the local people, know about their culture, tradition, visit their farmlands, learn how to make beer from bananas, taste their local dishes, listen to ancient stories, enjoy traditional entertainments, visit the Kings palace among others. After the cultural tour you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on day 6 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari you will carry your lunch box and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kinigi park headquarters for a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations of gorilla trekking. After the briefing you will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek, a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest and then start trekking which takes about 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on where they slept the previous night. During gorilla trekking you will be able to spot some bird species, primates, plants among others and once the gorillas are located you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment which helps you to learn about their behaviors, lifestyle, take great photos and record videos with a flash less camera. After the one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas, you will trek back to the park headquarters and meet up with your driver guide to transfer back to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight. 

Day 7Departure to Kigali for city tour 

On day 7 of the 7 days Lake Mburo, Bwindi gorillas and Volcanoes national park safari, you will have a relaxed breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kigali. Upon arrival you will go for a city tour where you will be able to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre where you will know about the brutal killing between the Hutus and Tutsi, visit Kandt museum of natural history, visit local markets among others. After the city tour you will have lunch in one of the restaurants and then drive to Kigali international airport for your departure flight or to your hotel.

Price Includes

  • Gorilla trekking permits
  • Cultural tour
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Full board accommodation

Price Excludes

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Life insurance