Drive your own adventure in Uganda on a self drive holiday at your own pace! This is cheap and offers memorable adventure experience. Drive your self to Bwindi impenetrable national park for mountain gorilla trekking adventure. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended, for example, Toyota Rav4, Land Cruiser, Toyota Surf Hilux, Nissan Patrol and many others. A 4WD vehicle is recommended because of the poor nature of the roads to most of Uganda national parks. For instance, roads to Bwindi impenetrable forest (home of gorillas in Uganda) are very bad with deep holes and huge stone, impassable during rainy season!
If you are 2 people, you can hire Rav 4 in Uganda from USD45 per day. This is very comfortable, strangle and reliable! Leave Kampala early morning and drive westwards via Masaka road. You can have a brief stop at the Equator for photographs, lunch break in Mbarara town. If you have extra days, you can have a game drive in Lake Mburo national park for animals such as Zebras, Obis, Erands, Statungas, Buffaloes and many more including birds. Other activities in Lake Mburo national park include horse riding from Mihingo lodge. Horse riding offers a great opportunity to explore the park’s hidden treasures since there are no dangerous animals in this park. You can also enjoy a nature walk to the salt lick area where many animals gather to lick salt from the soil. There is a raised platform to clear viewing and photographing. This is so amazing and offers life time adventure experience. You can also enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo to see several bird species, Hippos, etc. Among the accommodation options in this park include Mihingo lodge, Arcadia cottages, Mantana tented camp, Mburo safari lodge, Rwonyo tents and many hotels / Motels in Mbarara town such as Agip motel and Lake View hotel.
The road distance from Kampala to Lake Mburo national park is about 3-4hours drive, then from Lake Mburo to Mbarara town is about 30 – 50 minutes drive. From Mbarara to Bwindi national park can take between 4-6hours depending to which park of the park you are going to. Expect several stops at beautiful points for observation and photographing since you are on a self drive Uganda holiday. Bwindi national park is located in the Kigezi hills, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa” due to coldness, characterized winding roads, majestic hills and deep valleys! The scenery is great!
While on your self drive holiday in Uganda to bwindi national park for gorilla tracking, this is important to you; Note that the park has mainly 3 sections and it is very important to consider this when buying gorilla permits. Because each section has different gorilla groups and lodges, you must put this in mind when booking permits and lodges. Below are the sections with their lodges and gorilla groups.
Buhoma section of Bwindi National park
This is located in the north of the park with mainly 3 gorilla groups namely; Mubare group, Habinyanja group and Rushegura group. Among the accommodation options include Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma lodge, Gorilla Forest camp, Bwindi View bandas, Buhoma community rest camp, Gorilla resort and silverback lodge among others.
Ruhija section of Bwindi National park
This is located 90 minutes drive from Buhoma section. This means you can sleep in Buhoma and track gorillas in Ruhija but this is somehow hectic and you must stat early. Gorilla groups here include Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro. Lodges include bakiga lodge, Gorilla mist camp and Gift of Nature lodge among others.
Nkuringo and Rushaga sections
This is found in the southern part of the park. Gorilla groups include Nsongo, Nkuringo, Mishaya, Kahunjye, etc. Lodges include Gorilla safari lodge, Nkuringo gorilla camp, Chameleon hill, Clouds mountain gorilla lodge, Wagtail eco camp, Nshongi gorilla resort, etc
Therefore, as you plan driving your own adventure to go gorilla tracking, consider the gorilla group your going to track before booking accommodation.