12 Days Enthralling Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park

Captivating Safari Uganda

Join this safari trip in Uganda which designed for you who seek exposure to all the diversity of Uganda's ecosystems. Each aspect of this safari reveals more of Uganda, from the rolling plains of Murchison Falls, the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest, the wildlife-rich savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest habitat of the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi. It is guaranteed that you will see the best things Uganda has to offer!

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • 2 boat cruises safari
  • Exciting rhino tracking
  • Covers all park entrance fees
  • Includes gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Up to 6 hours of gorilla trekking
  • 11 nights’ lodging
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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During the safari, you will be staying at the following accommodations:

  • Lake Heights Hotel (1 night)
  • Paraa Lodge (3 nights)
  • Primate Lodge (2 nights)
  • Mweya Lodge (2 nights)
  • Engagi Lodge (2 nights)
  • Mantana Tented Camp (1 night)

Note: Should you and your partner(s) prefer to stay in single rooms, there is a single room supplement of 632 USD per person.

Day 1: Entebbe

You will be met at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) by All Gorilla Trips driver guide and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe.

  • Overnight: Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe

Day 2: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Murchison Falls National Park

This morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. En route, you will visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking. Then, you will proceed to Murchison Falls, located in North Western Uganda. You will visit the top of the falls, one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water. After that, you will proceed to cross the ferry to the northern bank where your accommodation and most of the wildlife is concentrated.

  • Overnight: Paraa Lodge
  • Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

In the cool morning before the sun rises too high, you will see plenty of game on your Buligi wildlife safari by vehicle, Albert and Queens track north of the River Nile.

After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise from the lodge to the bottom of Murchison Falls. On the cruise, you will see many hippos and crocodile, and you may also see elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and birds like; herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers, and if lucky the rare shoebill. The boat trip to the falls and back will take about three hours.

  • Overnight: Paraa Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park

This morning, you will enjoy another game drive. In the afternoon, you can do many activities of your choice, like relaxing by the swimming pool. Or, if you are still interested, you may also enjoy another game drive.

  • Overnight: Paraa Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park

This day will start with breakfast, followed by the departure to Kibale Forest National Park. You will pass via the Albertine escarpment. On a clear day, the view from the top of the Albert rift is fantastic. You will have lunch en route and arrive in Fort portal - Kibale Forest late in the afternoon.

  • Overnight: Primate Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kanyachu tourist center for clearance and briefing from the ranger guides before heading to the forest for your next activity, chimpanzee tracking. This is the most popular walk of Kibale's forest walks and it starts at 08:00 and lasts for about 2 -3 hours, depending on the time you take. Though you will be searching for these habituated chimpanzees, you may also encounter other primates like the red-tailed monkey or black and white colobus monkeys. This incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates.

  • Overnight: Primate Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park through the towering Rwenzori Mountains. You will pass through the crater valley with beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep. This is truly the most magnificent scenery in the park. In the evening, you will embark on another game drive.

  • Overnight: Mweya Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi area of the park, where you might spot the lions. Other wildlife to be spotted include cape buffaloes, giant forest hogs, leopards, lions, elephants, teaming Uganda kobs, topi, bushbucks, and many more.

After lunch, enjoy a unique 2-hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. On the launch trip, possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edges. This launch cruise offers an excellent opportunity for photography, bird watching, and game viewing.

  • Overnight: Mweya Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

This morning, you will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The drive (if the road conditions allow) will be through the Ishasha sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the famed tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the endangered Mountain gorillas. Not only that, Bwindi also offers magnificent bird life and variety of flora.

  • Overnight: Engagi Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

This day will start with Breakfast, then you will report to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking briefing, where you will be briefed on the etiquettes of gorilla tracking. You will then embark on your memorable journey with the company of ranger guides taking you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking can take from half an hour to 6 hours, therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required. You should also wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes for hours of walking. You will sit in the forest among the endangered gorillas which only 650 left in the world, listen to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male gorilla, the silverback. If you have the afternoon free, you can take a guided walk in the village to see how the communities live.

  • Overnight: Engagi Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park

Today you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park halfway between Entebbe and Bwindi. Lake Mburo lies in covered extensive acacia woodland. You will enjoy a short game drive on the way to your lodge.

  • Overnight: Mantana Tented Camp
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Departure

This morning, after your wake up for a cup of coffee, you will participate in a safari walk in the company of a ranger guide, return to the lodge for breakfast, then have a game drive on your way out of the park to Entebbe. En route, there will be a stop at the equator. Then, you will continue to Entebbe to proceed with your flight home.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

The safari takes place in various places within Uganda, starting and ending in Entebbe. The places that you will visit in this safari including Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which located on the north side of the country. You will also visit Kibale Forest Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park which located in the western part of the country.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park lies in North Western Uganda, spreading inland from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile. Murchison Falls are named after the President of the Royal Geographical Society. The bulk of the Murchison Falls wildlife is concentrated in the northern bank of the Nile, and the best area for game drives is the circuit of tracks that run west from the ferry jet at Paraa to Lake Albert Delta.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forests in Uganda. The forest cover is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp which dominate the northern and central parts of the park elevated plateau. It covers an area of 795 square kilometers.

The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees. It also contains over 375 bird species. Kibale National Park adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180-kilometer long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth hosts a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest biodiversity ranging from the open savannah to rainforest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. You can find almost 10 species here that include hippos, buffaloes, lions, leopard, and the elusive giant forest hog. There are also over 600 species of birds that can be found here.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is the home to the endangered Mountain gorillas. Moreover, the bird life in Bwindi is quite superb and there is an incredible variety of flora there. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Alberine rift endemics that occur in Uganda.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland, antelope, as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of waterbirds while fringing swamps inside the national park hide some unique animals such as the siatatunga antelope and also red, black, and yellow papyrus gonolek.

Your first night in Entebbe will be on bed and breakfast basis. Meanwhile, the rest of the days will be on full board basis except for the 12th day where you will only have breakfast and lunch included. Should you have any dietary request, you may want to specify it at time of booking.

  • 1 chimpanzee tracking permit
  • 1 gorilla tracking permit
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 2 launch / boat cruises
  • 4-wheeled safari vehicle plus fuel
  • Airport transfers
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in vehicle
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • English speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Park-entrance fees
  • Airfares
  • Drinks
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal medical and travel insurance
  • Porter for during the gorilla tracking
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visas

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). All Gorilla Trips will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

Entebbe, Uganda

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