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Gorilla Tracking and Safari in Uganda

Enjoy a luxury holiday including gorilla tracking and safari in the best national parks in Uganda! All Gorilla Trips' in-depth knowledge and experience guarantee a highly personalized gorilla tracking safari. Your tour guide will guide you through tree identification and make the most of your safari. Witness the great Uganda's wildlife now!

Highlights

  • Safari cruises
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Gorilla permit worth 600 USD per person
  • Chimpanzee permit worth 150 USD per person
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle during game drives
  • Transportation to safari sites by air
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

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12 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport

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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay at several accommodations. They are:

  • 1st night: Serena Lake Victoria Hotel in Wakiso District
  • 2nd and 3rd nights: Apoka Lodge in Kidepo National Park
  • 4th and 5th nights: Paara Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park
  • 6th and 7th nights: Ndali Lodge in Fort Portal
  • 8th and 9th nights: Mweya Safari Lodge in Mweya, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 10th night: Ishasha Wilderness Camp in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 11th to 13th nights: Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Note: If you and your partner(s) prefer to stay in single rooms, you will have to pay the single room supplement of 1253 USD per person.

All Gorilla Trips Safari Uganda Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

All Gorilla Trips' safari guide will pick you from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for a transfer to the Serena Lake Victoria Hotel where you will have an overnight stay.

Day 2: Fly to Kidepo Valley National Park

Today, you will fly in a chartered light aircraft to Kidepo Valley National Park. Then, you will check in to the lodge and go for a guided walk. These walk will enable you catch up with the next days activities.

  • Accommodation: Apoka Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Wildlife safari and community visit

This morning after breakfast, you will go for the wildlife safari in the Kidepo Valley National Park. The driver / guide will take you to the south-western part of the park, Narus Valley, where you will be able to view one of the rugged Napore-Nyagea mountain ranges. You will also enjoy the scenery of the Lokayot Hills, range marks of Morungole.

Animals like lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, elands, oribis, cheetahs, and many more as well as bird species like the famous hamerkops can be seen while you are on the game drives. After lunch, you will be taken to pay a visit to the Karimojong homesteads and their kraals to see and relate to their traditional customs, spears headdresses, jewellery, arrows, bows, and many more.

  • Accommodation: Apoka Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Game drives and cruises

After breakfast, you will go for another wildlife safari to the seasonal river to see some of the birds like hamerkops, fish eagles, yellow warblers, shoe bills, papyrus gonolek, and others. Later, you will fly in a chartered light aircraft to Pakuba Airfield (PAF) in Murchison Falls National Park. You will have a game drive on your way to the lodge.

In the afternoon, you will go for a launch trip on the Nile from to the bottom of the one of greatest falls in the world, Murchison Falls. On the launch cruise, expect games like crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and plenty of water birds on the shores including the rare shoe bills.

  • Accommodation: Paraa Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Wildlife safari and a visit to the top of Murchison Falls

Go for a game drive in the northern sector of the park. Most of the games can be found in the north area of the Victoria Nile River and east of Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This game drive will reward you with animals like elephants, oribis, giraffes, waterbucks, hartebeests, topis, buffaloes, sitatungas, bushbucks, warthogs, bush pigs, lions, leopards, mongooses, genets, hyenas, jackals, and bat eared foxes.

In the afternoon, you will be transported by ferry to the southern bank to visit the top of Murchison Falls.

  • Accommodation: Paraa Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Charter fly to Fort Portal / Kasese

You will have a game drive on your way to the airstrip for your chartered flight to Fort Portal where a guide will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. Your lunch will be at the lodge. In the afternoon, there will be a visit to numerous crater lakes.

  • Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park for a chimpanzee trek. Take a walk in search for chimpanzees. While on the chimpanzee trek, you will be able to encounter other different primate species which include red-colobuses, grey cheeked mangabeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the blues, as well as other wildlife such as butterflies, birds, and many other small insects.

Your tour guide will guide you through tree identification in the forest as well as in explaining to you the other features of the forest. In the afternoon, take a nature walk through the Bigodi Swamp, a crater lake in Kibale. On the walk, different bird species can be seen.

  • Accommodation: Ndali Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, past the mystical Rwenzori mountain range. You will have a game drive on your way to the lodge.

In the afternoon, there will be a launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel. On this cruise, you will spot different kinds of wildlife drinking water along the shores. These include hippos, elephants, buffaloes, as well as water birds.

  • Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Wildlife safari

After a cup of coffee, embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi tracks and Queens' mile in the park and expect to see lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mongoose, waterbucks, kobs, and, if you are lucky, the leopards, plus a lot of small animals and birds. Then, you will drive back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the Maramagambo Forest.

  • Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will have a game drive to Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Check in to the lodge and after lunch, have a game drive in search of the famous tree climbing lions which are always spotted clinging on old fig trees. A drive through this open savannah landscape, characterized with a variety of acacia trees, is quite a memorable adventure. Overnight Ishasha Wilderness camp

Meals included Breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will have a final game drive before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest. In the afternoon, there will be a community walk.

  • Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Gorilla tracking

After having breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters for a gorilla tracking briefing where you will be briefed on the etiquette 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 gorillas.

The gorilla trek can take from half an hour to five hours, therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. You will sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. If you have a free time in the afternoon, you will take a guided village walk to see how Ugandans live.

  • Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Gorilla tracking

After breakfast, you will head to the forest for the second gorilla trek.

  • Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14: Charter fly to Entebbe

You will be transferred to the airstrip to catch the charter flight. Then, you will be back to Entebbe to be transferred to your hotel or airport depending on the departure flight.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Note

Minimum age to trek the gorillas is 15 years old and for chimpanzees is 12 years old. Gorilla permits must be paid in full to confirm the safari and are also non-refundable.

All of our itineraries may be customized to your wish. You may add extra days, change a hotel, or include different tourist attraction. Please send All Gorilla Trips' staff members an inquiry for a free, no-obligation trip plan.

Gorilla tracking rules

  • A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group (family) of habituated gorillas in a day.
  • Always wash your hands before you head out to see the gorillas.
  • Do not leave litter in the park.
  • Keep your voices low at all times while with the gorillas. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions. This will ensure that you will be able to observe the beautiful birds and other wildlife in the forest.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters (21 feet) from the gorillas.
  • Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guide’s example by crouching down slowly and do not look at the gorillas in the eyes. Wait for the gorilla to pass you by and do not attempt to run away (as this will increase the risk of attack).
  • Flash photography is not permitted. When taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the gorillas is a regulated one hour.

Included excursions

  • Visit to Karimojong homesteads
  • Visit the top of Murchison Falls
  • Visit to numerous crater lakes
  • Nature walk through the Bigodi Swamp
  • Visit the Maramagambo Forest
  • Guided village walk

Location

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda's borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700 kilometers from Kampala. It was gazzeted as a national park in 1962 and has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.

Kidepo is Uganda's most isolated park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa's finest wilderness. From Apoka in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined distant mountain ranges.

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.

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community run initiative that protects the Magombe swamp. It is good for primates and butterflies but the 4.5-kilometer trail is one of the best guided bird trails in East Africa. The swamp is home to 138 bird species.

Ndali - Kasenda Crater Lakes

Western Uganda, from Albertine Rift to Rwenzoris and Virunga Mountains, has one of the world's densest concentration of volcanic crater lakes. There are 4 main groups of these crater lakes: Crater lake in Kibale National Park, Kasenda cluster west of Kibale National Park, Katwe cluster not far from Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Fort Portal cluster to the north, and Bunyaruguru cluster south east of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The Kasenda cluster is the most extensive and easily accessible from Kibale National Park. These lakes offer lots of possibilities for exploration with verdant bush, great landscapes, and lots of birds and butterflies and other wildlife. Ndali Lodge is probably the best spot from which to explore the lakes and surroundings.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth hosts a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest bio diversity ranging from the open savannah to rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. You can find almost 10 species 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 National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 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 National Park holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Alberine rift endemics that occur in Uganda.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • 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

What's included

  • 1 chimpanzee permit (150 USD per person)
  • 1 gorilla permit (600 USD per person)
  • 2 gorilla tracking
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver / guide
  • Fuel for the safari
  • Game drives and walks
  • Internal flights as mentioned
  • Park-entrance fees according to the program
  • Safari cruises
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof during game drives
  • Visits and excursions as listed on the itinerary

What's not included

  • A porter for during gorilla tracking
  • Additional meals
  • All expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, optional activities, telephone bills, souvenirs, etc.)
  • International air fares and entry visa to Uganda
  • Personal medication
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where All Gorilla Trips will pick you up. Several well-known airlines such as British Airways, Kenya airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, SN Brssels, South Africa Airways, and Qatar Airways among others fly in regular scheduled flights in and out of Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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