14 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Safari

14 Days
Join us on this safari for a fun-filled discovery trip in the wild, where you will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of Uganda's game animals. By the end of the trip, you will have encountered so many of these fascinating creatures that they will become a common sight to you.
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Your adventure through the impenetrable forest will bring you in direct contact with one of the 15 habituated gorilla families in their natural habitat for an hour of unbelievable excitement. Close encounters with these gentle giants are the ultimate tourism experience. Getting to spot a few of the approximately 1000 last remaining mountain gorillas is...

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Price includes
  • 1 Chimp tracking permit per person
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the safari
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Ground transportation in 4WD safari car
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Park / Activity Fees
Price does not include
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa fees

Your adventure through the impenetrable forest will bring you in direct contact with one of the 15 habituated gorilla families in their natural habitat for an hour of unbelievable excitement.

Close encounters with these gentle giants are the ultimate tourism experience. Getting to spot a few of the approximately 1000 last remaining mountain gorillas is truly noteworthy.

From Kigali, you will travel by road to Uganda and then head on to Bwindi for your gorilla trekking activity. Along the way, you will see the undulating landscape of Rwanda and Uganda with lots of birds, animals, and forests among so many other likely surprises.

The beauty of experiencing these animals in their natural habitat is quite something you cannot replace, with vast information about their human-like peculiar habits to mythical stories that have been told for centuries, this is a motivational and emotional journey you do not want to miss.

From the hot savannah lowland of Queen Elizabeth to the chill highland of Kigezi. While in the Savannah you will be able to look extensively at the vastness around you, the thick rain forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga will engulf you and limit your field of sight to a few hundred metres – and at times less.

The Kigezi highlands provide a certain aura of authenticity, a serene environment and star-filled skies, with the coolest temperatures (literally and metaphorically) – you will probably feel right at home. For the most life-changing experience, the Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks coupled with lodging in or on the borders of the rain forests will be exhilarating.

Destinations: Entebbe, Kampala, Murchison Falls National Park, Fort Portal, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo National Park.

Activities: Game drives, Boat ride to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, Chimpanzee tracking, launch cruise on Kazinga channel, Gorilla tracking, Nature Walks, Community visits.

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Day 1;

Drive to Murchison Falls NP

The panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town to arrive in Murchison Falls National Park will captivate you first. A picnic lunch at the spectacularly situated site located at the top of Murchison Falls will ignite your curiosity even more.

Here is your chance to see the beauty of the Nile perfected! Marvel at the immensely powerful falls, caused by the 50m-wide Nile being funnelled into a 7 metres cleft in the rocks. Dropping 4o metres with a thunderous roar, the falls create a beautiful rainbow and an impressive plume of spray-they were once described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its 6700-kilometre length.

Enjoy the superb comfort and service of Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp.

Day 2:

Game drive, Afternoon Boatride to the falls

Begin the day by crossing the placid Victoria Nile to enjoy a game drive on the northern side of the river. A guide will help you to spot elephant, lion, African buffalo, Rothschild's giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and, for the lucky ones, leopard.

After a packed lunch picnic, climb aboard for a boat safari up the Victoria Nile to the base of the falls, stopping just tens of metres from the "Devil's Cauldron". On the 17km route up the river, marvel at the toothsome hippos and the fearsome crocodiles while looking out for other animals along the banks of the river such as elephant, waterbuck and Uganda kob.

This area is also a zone for many bird species including Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

After taking shots of photogenic Murchison Falls, return to Paraa Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3:

Drive to Fort Portal, Via Hoima

Spend the day driving south, via Hoima, through verdant countryside, passing by traditional homesteads and farms to arrive in Fort Portal.

Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Kibale Tented Camp located on the edge of the Kibale Forest.

Day 4:

Chimp Tracking in Kibale NP

Spend a full day searching for chimpanzees and 10 other primate species, including l' Hoest’s, red colobus, blue, and red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys. The walk is both informative and enjoyable with a guide providing detailed explanations on the primates, as well as other forest fauna and flora.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Kibale Tented Camp.

Day 5:

Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP, Afternoon Boatcruise

Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. A game drive en-route may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species.

After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing while passing through one of the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. As well, many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge, including buffalo and elephants. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge.

Day 6:

Morning & Afternoon Gamedrives

This day will include two game drives, offering the chance to view Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-systems of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters, which provide a home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, provide an excellent opportunity to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, African buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi and bushbuck. Combined with the boat trip up the Kazinga Channel, these two game drives are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of wildlife.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge.

Day 7:

Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Drive through the terraced hillsides and winding roads of the Kigezi Highlands, an area also known as the "Switzerland of Africa", to Kisoro or Bwindi.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Bwindi Tented Camp.

Day 8:

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

This day begins with an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary-a dramatic, steeply forested landscape. The spectacular and incredibly dense rainforest is accessed by numerous animal trails that criss-cross through the forest. Mammals that live here include the endangered Mountain gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog, among others.

This park is best known for its fascinating gorillas. The time is taken to find the gorillas and the terrain covered will vary according to the movements of these marvellous primates. Observing these shy and peaceful animals is a rare, moving, and exciting adventure.

Dinner and an overnight stay at Bwindi Tented Camp

Day 9:

Drive from Bwindi To Kisoro

Drive from Bwindi to Kisoro where you will rest and prepare to see the gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga NP

Gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Dinner and an overnight stay at Travelers Rest Camp.

Day 11:

Rest & Fun activities in Lake Bunyonyi

Travel to Lake Bunyonyi, a mountain tarn surrounded by terraced hills. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, sunbathing, hilly walks or mountain bike riding and cray fishing.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Bushara Island Camp.

Day 12:

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, entering the park through the Nshara Gate. Enjoy an afternoon game drive along the Lakeshore track. The "Kigambara Loop", with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you may find herds of zebra, African buffalo and eland as well as oribi and topi.

In addition to a game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. Self-guided nature trails are also available. Birdwatchers can enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo, including papyrus gonolek, brown-faced lapwing, Carruthers cisticola, the extraordinary white-winged warbler and bare-faced go-away bird.

Return to Lake Mburo Tented Camp for candlelit dinners and first-class service, all under canvas in the heart of the African bush, under the starry African sky.

Day 13:

Game drives in Lake Mburo NP

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger (this is the only park where you are not entirely imprisoned in a vehicle). The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage klipspringers and topis.

There is cattle herding in the area and it is amusing to see zebra peaceably grazing alongside the long-horned Ankore cattle. Return for a leisurely lunch while enjoying the view of the lakes in this park. A boat ride on Lake Mburo allows the visitor to get quite close to crocodiles and hippos.

Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Lake Mburo Tented Camp.

Day 14:

Morning Game drive, Drive back to Kampala

After breakfast, head off for one more game drive. After lunch, drive back to Kampala. En route, stop at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will able to watch ceremonial drums being crafted using methods that have been passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs. You will arrive in Kampala in the early evening.

Notes on Gorilla tracking

  •  Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity and one should be physically fit to enjoy this tour.
  •  Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  •  Minimum chimpanzee tracking age is 12 years
  •  Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  •  While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and sighting the gorillas, the quality of the gorilla trekking cannot be guaranteed.

We strongly recommend that you carry the following:

  •  Rain poncho (lightweight)
  •  Long-sleeved shirt
  •  Waterproof trousers
  •  Sturdy hiking boots
  •  Leather gardening-type gloves
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Insect repellent and any necessary medications must be brought by you either from your home town or Kampala.
  •  Cameras and Camcorders are allowed, but bring enough batteries and memory cards.

Here is our detailed article about what you should carry with you for gorilla tracking in Uganda. Packing list for Gorilla tracking in Uganda.

Please note that to book Gorilla permits is subject to availability and payment. For cases of lack of availability in a requested Gorilla group, we shall suggest an alternative and communicate any changes in your Safari program. Check out this article about gorilla tracking permits to know everything there is about a gorilla permit and why you need one before you can see gorillas in Uganda.

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14 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Safari

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