Western Region Uganda
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Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

1. Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

Start the tour with an early morning pick up from your hotel or accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. Then, head to Kayabwe for your breakfast stop after which you will be taken to Lake Mburo National Park, located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda (approximately 240 km west of Kampala). Once in the park, embark on a 3-hour game drive in search of the many species the park has to offer. The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, lion, African leopard, and over 300 bird species. You will have the option to leave the vehicle and go on a guided walk along the walking trail. After the game drive, enjoy the chance to relax in the shade while lunch is served. After lunch, head to the lakeshore to enjoy a 2-hour boat trip. During the cruise, spot hippos, hornbills, and papyrus gonaleks. Finally, head back to Kampala, stopping at the Equator to experience being in both hemispheres at the same time. Be sure to take some pictures here of this unforgettable experience. Once back in Kampala, get dropped off back at your accommodation to conclude the tour.

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From Kampala: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest 3-Day Tour

2. From Kampala: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest 3-Day Tour

Embark on an adventure from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a 3-day tour with a professional guide. Spend time hiking through the montane forest to discover and observe mountain gorillas and other wildlife in nature.  Day 1: Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park After breakfast, at 7:00 AM, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Kampala and begin the journey to the southwest of Uganda. First you will travel through central Uganda. Stop for lunch in Mbarara at the famous Igongo Cultural Centre. From there, continue on through Rukungiri District, passing villages, cultivated farms, and hillsides before you reach the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Check in at Gorilla Valley Lodge or Travellers Rest Hotel where you will stay for two nights. Enjoy dinner and rest before the next day’s adventure.  Driving time: approximately 9 hours Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Arrive at the starting point of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at 7:45 AM for a briefing before your day of gorilla tracking. At 8:30 AM, begin the trek through the forest. After finding the gorillas, you will be able to spend up to 1 hour observing them. All visitors are expected back at the starting point by 7:00 PM. The walks can take 3-9 hours depending on where you find the gorillas. Keep in mind, this is real hiking and uneven terrain, so being physically fit is recommended. A special evening with the Batwa people is also included. Day 3: Return to Kampala After breakfast, the last part of the journey will bring you back to Kampala. Stop in Mbarara for lunch. After Masaka town, you’ll make a stop at the Uganda Equator for a tea/coffee break and the opportunity to buy souvenirs. You will be dropped off at the hotel of your choice in Kampala. If you are continuing your journey somewhere else or returning home, your driver will bring you to the airport for check-in. Driving time: approximately 9 hours

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Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

3. Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

After pickup from your Kampala accommodation, enjoy a hearty breakfast to set you up for the adventure. Then, travel for 5-6 hours towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at the Kazinga Channel for a rest stop along the way.  Arrive at the park in the afternoon and head off on a scenic boat cruise. Look out for the array of wildlife, including buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, and more. From the boat, admire the rolling grasslands, then pass by the plains of Kasenyi, where lions stalk their prey. After the cruise, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep at your picturesque safari lodge. Wake up on day two with a tasty breakfast, then embark on a morning game drive through Kasenyi. On the drive, encounter an array of big and small game. Later, check out of the lodge and enjoy an optional walk through the park in search of primates, before beginning the return journey.  On your way back to Kampala, stop for lunch at the Mpambire Drum Center, where you can see drums being made by the locals and shop for souvenirs.

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From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

4. From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Trek up the mountains of the Mghahinga National Park in Uganda and get the opportunity to see the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on a 1-day guided tour from Kigali. Get picked up at 3:00 AM from your hotel in Kigali and travel northwest to Mghahinga National Park for approximately 3 hours. Enjoy breakfast served ala-carte style with a variety of fresh pieces of bread, pastries, and hot and cold selections at a hotel close to the park.   Make a brief stop at the border to clear with customs and then continue to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. Embark on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude.  Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. Once you spot the gorillas you are allowed to spend an hour watching them. You have an opportunity to get within meters of the families. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth. Return and stop for lunch in town and later proceed to Kigali. If leaving Kigali, you will arrive in time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or if time allows, go on a last-minute shopping before departure.

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Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

5. Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

Day 1 Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy a city walking tour if you arrive before 12:00 PM local time, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on your first day. Day 2 Depart for your first destination, the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Afterward, head to Murchison Falls National Park. Hike to the top of Murchison Falls followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a 3-star safari lodge. Day 3 After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. Spot 4 of the Big Five game species, lion, water buffalo, leopard, and elephants. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the River Nile where you may spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, and several bird species. Later, go on an evening predator game drive. Day 4 Enter Kibale Forest National Park for a 7-hour scenic drive through local villages and towns. In the evening, rest up at a forest camp. Day 5 Embark on a day of tracking chimpanzees and other primates. See species including Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L'hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon drive, through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 6 Head out on a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains where you will spot elephants, buffalo, kobs, warthogs, waterbuck, and potentially some leopards and lions. After lunch take a leisurely cruise on the Kazinga channel. Day 7 Depart for Bwindi National Park with a game drive through the Ishasha sector (home of the tree-climbing lions). Arrive at the Bwindi Forest in the afternoon. Day 8 Hike through the dense Bwindi Forest with an experienced ranger in search of the resident gorilla family. Enjoy 1 hour of time watching the gorillas. Continue to Lake Bunyonyi with an evening-time motorized canoe ride on the lake. Day 9 On the penultimate day, travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the Mburo Eagle's Nest hotel, before an evening game drive. Day 10 Embark on a short game walk before departing for Entebbe. Stop for lunch before being dropped off back at Entebbe International Airport to check-in for departure flight. An extra night's stay in Entebbe for next day's departure can be arranged on request.

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Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

6. Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda In the evening, get picked up and taken to your hotel. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the hotel restaurant. Day 2: Explore Kigali - Visit Genocide Memorial - Bwindi National Park Start your day with breakfast served buffet-style at the hotel beginning at 8:00 AM. Dig into a variety of fresh breads, pastries, and hot and cold dishes. Leave your hotel at around 9:00 AM for a morning of discovery in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Learn about the city's past and present.  Visit the Genocide Memorial, which remembers the mass slaughter of a million Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in 1994. At around noon, take an hour-long break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, after lunch, set off for Bwindi National Park on a 3-hour journey. You will stop briefly at the border to Uganda to clear with customs and then continue your trip. Arrive at the lodge and have time to settle in before dinner. Freshen up in your room with a private bathroom. Make use of the amenities including a restaurant and bar. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the lodge's restaurant. Depending on the lodge that is available, you will likely be just minutes away from the main gate of Bwindi National Park.  Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Trek Have a buffet-style breakfast from 6:00 AM. Then, at 7:30 AM, take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day.  After completing the park formalities, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Learn how the park is home to over a third of the remaining 1,000 Mountain Gorillas in the world. Walk for two to four hours through thick bush and over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Once you spot the gorillas, spend up to an hour watching these incredible creatures from close by. Depending on the length of our trek, you will return to the lodge by about 1:00 PM and have lunch at 1:30 PM. At 2:00 PM, check out of the lodge and drive for 4 hours back to your hotel in Kigali, arriving in time for some last-minute shopping and a transfer to the airport or hotel in Kigali.

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What people are saying about Western Region Uganda

The trip to Bwindi was amazing! We really loved the whole area, we met Batwa Pygmies as well. We hiked for 3 hours and met the gorillas on the top of the moutain. We were super close to them. We loved our guide-Mark, he was amazing,really took care of us. The best tour guide!!!! Its definitely worth the trip.

We are a once in a life time trip with Mark to the Bwindi Forest. Not only was Mark a blast to chat with, he was also punctual, caring, and provided the upmost safety. What a great experience viewing the gorillas and having Mark there to guide our journey!

This excursion is not recommended, to go to the gorillas you spend 13 hours in the car and on top of that the last section are roads, both to go and to return, you lose two days to spend an hour seeing the gorillas.