Off Season Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

5 Days 4 Nights From $1600, Per person

Rates are per person (pp) and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

tree climbing lions in ishasha queen elizabeth national park

Overview

Our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari  is meant for those that would love to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in April, May, and November to take advantage of the low season discounts such as Discounted gorilla and chimpanzee permits offered by Uganda Wildlife Authority at a cost of USD600. instead of USD600. This 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari allows you to save USD150 off each gorilla permit booked through Encounter Africa Safaris. Our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari starts and ends in Entebbe and visits two great National Parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat cruises.

Summary of our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari

  • Day 01: Start your 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari
  • Day 02:  Gorilla trekking in Bwindi with discounted gorilla permits at USD600
  • Day 03: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 04: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 05: Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport

Highlights

  • You’ll go to Uganda
  • This tour starts and ends in Entebbe (Uganda)
  • You’ll visit Queen Elizabeth NP and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Activities: gorilla tracking, game viewing and boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

Things To Consider

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

DAY 1: Start your 5 day off season gorilla and wildlife safari

Our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari will begin by picking you up from Entebbe International Airport or your guest house to drive to southwestern Uganda. You first major stop will be at the Equator crossing for stretching, photography and if possible simple experiments. You will proceed to Mbarara town for a lunch break. You may have an opportunity to see the Hima Pastoral people grazing their long horned Ankole cattle, impalas and Zebras grazing in community land near Lake Mburo National Park. After lunch in Mbarara, you will drive past rolling hills of Kabale arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening for dinner and overnigh.

Drive time:  Approximately 8-9 hours

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Broad Bill Forest Camp or Similar


DAY 2: Gorilla trekking with discounted gorilla permit

Today we start our 5 day off season gorilla and wildlife safari by going to the forest to trek the endangered mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will wake up very early to prepare yourself for your gorilla trek. Make sure you put on the right gorilla trekking gear which may include trousers, long sleeved shirts, garden gloves, long socks, sun glasses, a hat, insect repellants, and energy giving food, your cameras before proceeding to the restaurant for breakfast. The lodge will provide enough drinking water so there is no need to worry. Proceed to the park headquarters to join other clients for briefing and then to the forest to look for the gorillas. Once you find them, you will be given one hour of photography and observation before returning back to the lodge. Gorilla trekking can be a little bit strenuous and a certain level of fitness may be required. We also encourage our clients to take porters to give them a push or a pull during the trek. Gorilla trekking is absolutely an amazing experience one cannot explain in one word. Join our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari and save.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Broad Bill Forest Camp


DAY 3: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the way, you will have great views of the great east African rift valley, its escarpments and associated crater lakes, the rwenzori mountains and then onward to the Lodge for relaxation and late afternoon game drive in kasenyi plains.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Buffalo Resort


DAY 4: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

After an early morning cup of coffee or tea, you will drive to Kasenyi plains for your game drive design for you on this 5 day off season gorilla and wildlife safari. Kasenyi plains boost of several wild animals whose chance of seeing them depends on your luck of the day. On a good day, you may spot big cats like lions and leopards hunting, buffaloes, elephants, several antelopes, warthogs and other small mammals. Return to the lodge for lunch and then drive to Mweya peninsular for a two hour boat cruise on Kazinga channel. Kazinga channel has the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world, over 400 water bird species and is a place where most animals converge to drink water. You will have high chances of spotting hippos, birds, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and so much more. Retire to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Buffalo Resort


DAY 5: End of our 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight out. You will have a lunch stop in Mbarara or Equator as you sum up your 5 Day off season gorilla and wildlife safari.

Drive time: Approximately 6-7 hour

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch


COST PER PERSON SHARING

PersonsDatePrice per person
1 PersonAny dateUSD2450.00
2 PersonsAny dateUSD1600.00
3 PersonsAny dateUSD1600.00
4 PersonsAny dateUSD1550.00
5 PersonsAny dateUSD1550.00
6 PersonsAny dateUSD370.00

Lodge Options

Bwindi Havens Gorilla Lodge Rushaga

Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge Gallery: Click image for details.

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region: Click image for details.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Discounted gorilla permits at USD600
  • Game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari Van
  • Fuel for this round trip
  • Services of an English speaking local driver guide
  • All park entry fees
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Accommodation and meal plan as outlined above

Cost excludes

  • International flights, Uganda Visa fees at USD50.00 plus all expenses of personal nature.

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

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