7 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kanungu District - Kisoro

Overview

Primate Safari in Uganda

Africa Adventure Safaris offers you once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in encountering Uganda’s iconic features while enjoying its enthralling wildlife. You can’t afford to miss out on a chance to look into the eyes of the endangered mountain gorilla in the dense forests of Bwindi as you rewind from the breathtaking wildlife viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. With the company of an experienced and knowledgeable safari guide, you will be taken to explore the spectacular wilderness in all its majesty.

Highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Kazinga channel boat cruise
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will stay at The Bush Lodge / Enganzi Game Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bakiga Community Lodge, and Mutanda Eco Community Centre.

The Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge offers 10 non-self-contained tents. These are furnished with comfortable beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment. All tents are placed under a grass thatched roof which creates your private terrace and provides some welcome shade. The tents share a communal ablution block with showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided.

Enganzi Game Lodge

Enganzi Game Lodge has 5 splendidly set cottages which offer a picture perfect view of the Queen Elizabeth National Park's bush expense.

Bakiga Lodge

Bakiga Lodge offers accommodation of 2 twin tents and 2 family cabins, all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available at the lodge.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Buhoma Community Rest Camp offers 6 well-furnished and self-contained (en-suite) safari tents, 3 self-contained cottages, and 2 non-self-contained twin cottage bandas. All of the bandas are built with local materials and are of African architectural design. They offer a 6-bed dormitory as well as several campsites.

Mutanda Eco Community Centre

The camp provides accommodation, camping facilities, and food.

Day 1

Your tour guide will pick you from the hotel or airport depending on the meeting point and drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda. This 8-hour drive will allow you enroute stopovers at the equator for photography and water experience as you check out the local craft centers for souvenirs and later at Igongo Cultural Centre for a lunch break and a deep insight into the Ankole culture.

Enroute views of the zebras in people’s farms around Sanga area will be a signal to you for the existence of rich wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park, a few kilometers off the Mbarara-Masaka Highway. You will then proceed through Bunyaruguru Tea Estates and to the crater lakes including Lake Rutoto that has a shape of the map of Africa. You will arrive at The Bush Lodge / Enganzi Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 2

After an early cup of coffee, you will set out for an early morning game drive in the northern part of the park. You will follow the Kasenyi Track in search for early risers like lions, jackals, and leopard if you are lucky as they retire from a night hunt as well as elephants, buffaloes, and other wildlife. After that, you will return to the lodge for a full breakfast, and then lunch later.

After lunch at 14:00, you will assemble at the Mweya Peninsula as you prepare to set off on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes Edward and George. While on the boat, you are likely to see big herds of buffaloes, elephants, monkeys, bushbuck, Uganda kob, topi, and the defassa waterbuck, crocodiles, hippos, as well as beautiful birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, and bee-eater among others.

Day 3

You will have a hearty breakfast in preparation for the forest walk in search of the chimpanzees. You may track chimpanzees either in Kyambura Gorge or Karinju Community Forest. Later on, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enroute drive through Ishasha sector may reward you with sights of the famous tree-climbing lions as they rest in the huge fig trees taking shelter from the scorching sun. You will then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for an overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Bakiga Community Lodge.

Day 4

You will have a heavy breakfast early in the morning and head to the park headquarters with packed lunch and at least 2 bottles of drinking water, cameras, and binoculars. You will then get a briefing by the senior park ranger. At 08:30, your gorilla trekking will begin. You will penetrate the dense tropical forest with a tropical green canopy until you encounter the mountain gorillas.

Most people who had an opportunity meeting these gentle giants confess that it is the most exciting wildlife experience ever. Park officials will allow you to stay in their presence for one hour. The time taken to encounter the gorillas ranges between an hour and 8 hours. No one can be certain over this, since the gorillas live in the wild and keep moving looking for food.

After that, you will return to the lodge for relaxation. If you have been lucky finding the gorillas closer, you will return to the lodge relatively early and enjoy fresh and warm food. You will stay overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp or Bakiga Community Lodge depending on the section of the forest.

Day 5

You will take off a day to visit the different community conservation projects in Kisoro organized by Biodiversity Conservation for Rural Development (BCRD-Uganda). You will learn more about projects in which the Batwa pygmies collaborate to start up different conservation projects. After that, you will stay overnight at Mutanda Eco Community Centre at the gate of Mgahinga National Park.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for playful and rare golden monkeys in the bamboo forests. In the evening, the Batwa Trail will be another highlight to crown your day. You will listen to their folk tales and songs and visit their caves that acted as refugee places during war times as they take you back in time to give you a deep insight of who they are.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Kampala as you traverse the scenic Kigezi Highlands, commonly referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. You will arrive in Kampala by 15:00.

During this safari, you will be taken through Ankole, Sanga area, Bunyaruguru Tea Estates, Lake Rutoto, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel or Karinju Community Forest, Ishasha sector, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, and Mgahinga National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This park is located in Western Uganda. The area of the park extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting the two. It has a stunning biodiversity with open savannas, dense papyrus swamps, crater lakes, forest, and interesting Kyambura Gorge. It is named after Queen Elizabeth II and is home to 95 species of mammal and over 600 species of birds.

Kyambura Gorge (Kyambura Game Reserve)

Approximately 1 kilometer across at its broadest point and about 100 meters deep, the stunning Kyambura Gorge also called the Valley of Apes, is the longest of its kind in East Africa stretching over 7 kilometers long. The gorge is home to about 7 primate species including the man’s closest relative namely chimpanzee, the red tailed monkey, olive baboon, and the black and white colobus monkey among others as well as a variety of bird species and one of Africa’s few underground rain forests.

The Kyambura River Gorge forms the western border of the reserve and apart from those nature walks, visitors will be privileged to view one of Uganda's 241 wetland bird species which have been observed in the reserve. The gorge is endowed with a variety of habitats, including peaceful savanna grasslands, entwined thickets, sweeping acacia woodlands, and freshly swaying wetlands of which the visitors to Enganzi can access with wild abandon. To the south, the visitors have free access to the rolling acacia savannas which conceal a number of unspoiled and virgin crater lakes, known to be the most important flamingo sites in Uganda.

Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga National Park shares borders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.

During this safari, you will be served 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners.

The Bush Lodge

The Bush Lodge can organize a starlit dinner in the evenings when weather allows and take your table outside. Paraffin lights and a campfire will create a cozy setting from where your 4-course dinner will be served. Due to logistic reasons, they will work with set menus, but if you inform them on time, they will cater to your request and dietary requirements. There will be early wake-up calls with coffee or tea, packed breakfasts, or lunches that can be organized according to your planning of the day.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp

They will serve Western and African cuisine prepared by Ugandan chefs using locally grown products. Their set meal would, for example, consist of a fresh mushroom soup, pan-seared tilapia fish or vegetable masala, roasted potatoes, saucy mixed vegetables, crepes with honey sauce, tea / coffee, and hot chocolate. Your breakfast will be fresh fruits and toast accompanied by your choice of prepared eggs (scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or omelet) along with coffee / tea and juice. For your gorilla tracking, they will pack for you a sandwich (egg, tomato and cheese, peanut butter / jelly, tomato, or cheese), a juice box, two pieces of fruit, a boiled egg, and biscuits.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Otter viewing
  • Snake safari
  • Swimming
  • Village walks
  • Waterfall viewing

You can treat yourself to a massage treatment at an extra cost at Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

  • 2 nights' accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Mgahinga National Park
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • A full time English speaking driver / guide
  • Airport transfer
  • Batwa pygmies’ cultural visit and community projects
  • Game drives
  • Gorilla, chimpanzee, and golden monkeys tracking
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • Ground transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Maramagambo Forest walk
  • Park ranger fees
  • Airfares
  • Cigarettes
  • Drinks
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities
  • Personal insurance
  • Telephone
  • Visa fees

Testimonials

  • Review by Sandra P from Ottawa, Canada

    "With only 4 days available for a visit in Uganda, Anna was very efficient for planning a fantastic trip that will be remembered forever. We went to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park located in southwestern Uganda and it was marvelous! We stayed 2 nights at Rushaga Gorilla Safari lodge and we were very pleased with the accommodation and food. The Gorilla trekking was everything we had hope for; a demanding walk with a rewarding sightseeing of the Gorillas. We definitively recommend this company."

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  • Review by Heather and Cynthia from Vancouver, Canada

    "My mom and I recently returned from Gorilla and Golden Monkey trekking and it was one of the best experiences we've ever had! Gavis, our guide, truly went above and beyond to make our trip extra special. He was always attentive, friendly, and told us lots about his culture and way of life. Additionally, he was a very safe driver (which is important as the road from Kigali to the mountains is quite windy!). We would absolutely recommend the trip and would always ask for Gavis by name if we returned! Thank you for a marvellous time! "

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  • Review by Peter and Geertruid from The Netherlands

    "First of all: Uganda is a beautiful country. I now understand why it is called the pearl of Africa. This counts especially for the National parks we had a chance to visit during a very well organised safari trip, starting on the 6th of march, ending on the 7th. For us thinking about a safari started with sending a mail and the almost immediate response was from Anna. From that moment on we had good mail contact and she provided us with all the necessary information and tips, including reliable payment of course. "

    "About two weeks before travelling she sent us a long packing list with all possible equipments that could be of use, including clothes. For us absolutely necessary, especially for the gorilla trekking, were the puncture proof hand gloves, the long sleeved shirts, the waterproof and windproof jackets, gaiters and of course strong waterproof walking boots. Before we really went off she mailed us the name of our driver guide and his telephone number. It was a big surprise for us to know that when we met William K. for the first time that there were no other clients for the trip than me and my wife. "

    "William, a handsome young man, age 26, picked us up at our hotel in the centre of Kampala and the fun began immediately, because of the traffic jam. Traffic in Uganda and certainly in Kampala is unbelievable and almost a safari in its very own way. William, so we discovered very fast, is a incredible driver who managed very well in the most difficult traffic circumstances I ever encountered in my whole life. The most difficult round about in Paris, around the Arc the Triumph, is easy compared to the big ones in Kampala. "

    "During the trip we had al lot of time to getting know each other. I was sitting in front, talking to William and he explained us a lot about culture, religious beliefs, and the way of life in Uganda. We also talked about, women wrights, the history of Uganda, political issues, the school and health care system and other topics we had questions about. He immediately made clear that we could ask him everything and so we did most of the time. Our relationship became in a way more personal when I asked him about his youth, his family and the way he was educated. By telling parts of our own history and the way people live in the Netherlands it became even more interesting. A lot of humour kicked in when I started challenging him, because he had told us about fighting sports during the years he went to high school. "

    "On the first day of our trip we reached they first lodge in Kibale forest, named Chimp Guesthouse. The views over the hills and landscapes where so beautiful that paradise as a word came spontaneous to my mind. In the afternoon we had a chance to take a guided walk to the so called frog lake. The guides start talking about Pet names they could give us and after the walk, were we met several very friendly people, drunk banana bear in a small local village, they gave us the names of Abwoli and Ateenyi. The stay at the first lodge was great, as were the people who we met and the way they made us feel at home. An excellent lodge and I will never forget Shakira who served us with great kindness every time we had a meal in the restaurant. "

    "The second day we did a Chimpanzee Tracking and this became an almost mindfulness experience. Our female guide found the chimps very quickly, but unfortunately they would not come down out of the trees, so we had to look up for more than one hour, but no comment about that. It was a most beautiful setting we encountered and it was possible, even without great physical condition. I am 58. In the afternoon we did also a Swamp Tour and during that tour, also guided very profession, we saw a lot of different apes and other species. "

    "The best had yet to come. After a long but very beautiful travelling day, we drove through Queen Elizabeth national Park and discovered that our driver has great eyes, he just saw everything on time, so we also saw apes, elephants and many other animals, we arrived at Bakiga lodge, in Bwindi impenetrable national park. This most beautiful forest is also recognises by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Again the views from our lodge where extraordinary. On day four we went for the world famous Gorilla Tracking and, Wow!, this was a knock out experience, not only because of the gorillas, but also because of the jungle itself and the physical experience. I felt down several times, could at times hardly bread anymore during the way up the mountain, but finally, after about one hour, we encountered the almost extinct species. The first ape we saw was a large so called silver back and he just ignored us human beings completely. After that we saw the whole family of gorillas and they were eating, playing and moving down the hill, so we just had to follow them throughout the indeed impenetrable jungle. Our guide named John was so kind and helpful. He and the others made feel us complete save and I discovered no fear at all. Of course we were briefed carefully before the walk into the jungle and, totally surprising, we both received a personal Gorilla Tracking Certificate. "

    "On the 5th and last day we drove back to Kampala. During they approximately 500 hundred kilometres we saw again great landscapes. The real threat of our tour, so we found out also during the last day, was a strong and beautiful person, our driver guide William K. In spite of all my attempt, I unfortunately could not beat that guy, although I constantly repeated that I could. What a man! We will never forget and hopefully once in a time we find an opportunity to meet again. Thank you William, for giving us such great time. Thank you Anna for organising this flabbergasting safari for us. "

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  • Review by A traveller from Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    "Anna was patient and wonderful, helping to create our 5 day gorilla trip. She handled all of our many email questions with grace and honesty and worked with us until we were totally satisfied.David our guide and driver, was gracious and friendly and went out of his way to make our trip memorable. I highly recommend this company. We did the comfort level."

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  • Review by Lin H

    "My first trip to Rwanda. First day I was guided in Kigali, then off to Volcanoes. My driver Assaf had a lot of knowledge, and answered all my questions. I was staying at Muhambari in Musanze, ok hotell, nothing special, but clean. Early next morning we go to Volcanoes to see the gorillas. We were prepared to go a bit of distance in difficult terrain, but this day the 18 gorillas came out of the woods, so it was like a walk in the park. Great experience, and I will recommend it for everyone."

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  • Review by Deliky

    "I have just returned from 8 wonderful days in Uganda, where I experienced gorilla and chimps tracking, game drives with a lot of birds, hippos,elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, crocodiles, lions, etc. When I contacted Africa Adventure Safaris, Anna replied fast to me. In less than 2 weeks, we managed to create the most wonderful safari itinerary. She made everything possible to customize our trip, fulfill the best of our needs and wishes, and find the best lodges that were in our budget limit. Everything was perfect! We had amazing views from the lodges, wonderful people that took good care of us, and tasty food. Everybody was friendly and wishing to help. Also, we got a skilled guide, William, with very good knowledge of the African wildlife and local culture. I couldn't feel safer with him driving us around the country, especially on the muddy roads. For sure, I will travel with them again."

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  • Review by Kakai M

    "My daughter and I did a 3-day tour with Africa Adventures Safaris. The booking with Nelson was very easy and professional. The driver / guide, Chris, picked us up at Kigali International Airport (KGL) early in the morning and we did a half day tour of Kigali which was very interesting. We then drove to our resort in the Volcanoes National Park. The staff of the resort were all very friendly and helpful. The food was also excellent. We did the gorilla tracking the next morning and we were very lucky. We didn't take long before we located our family of 20 members. They were just doing their own things, playing around and eating plants. We were just observing them and took photos. It was very special to spend 1 hour with these gentle animals. The next morning, we went to see the golden monkeys also in the mountains. They were so beautiful and we saw so many of them on the trees. We had a really lovely time there. After that, Chris drove us all the way to the airport. He was very helpful and took time to deal with Kenya Airways to find my missing luggage which was delivered to me upon my departure at the airport. Thank you Nelson for organizing the trip and Chris for taking very good care of us."

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  • Review by Dave V from Mahe Island, Seychelles

    "Thanks to my guide, Chris, I spent an awesome 3-day in Rwanda. We took a tour of Kigali and went trekking for golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. Everything was well organised and covered in the cost of the tour. I felt safe and looked after the whole time. It was a great experience I would recommend to all. Thank you! What an amazing, once in a lifetime experience!"

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Kampala, Uganda

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Pricing information

If you are traveling in a group of 4 to 10 persons, the price for this safari will be 1750 USD per person. 

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