8 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

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

8 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

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

Chimpanzee and Gorilla Safaris Uganda

This safari provides an opportunity for mountain gorilla and chimpanzee viewing in Uganda as well as game drives and boat safaris. Each safari program by Alpha Adventure Safaris are tailored to suit individual requirements, aiming to delight even the discerning traveler with the insight into little known tour and safari destinations throughout the region. With Alpha Adventure Safaris, you will always feel at home in a local society when traveling.

Highlights

  • Boat or canoe safari
  • Daily guided game drives
  • Services of an English speaking driver and guide
  • Includes gorilla permit and entrance fees to all national parks
  • Ground transportation in a 4 x 4 safari truck
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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Kibale forest camp

Kibale forest camp offers an affordable classic canvas experience in the form of ten African safari style tents tucked away in a lush forest. A budget alternative is the lazy camping on the campsite. Complemented by excellent food served in a cozy grass thatched restaurant, the camp forms your perfect base if you are looking for an affordable and comfortable place from where to explore the area. You will be staying here on the first and second night of the safari.

Enganzi lodge

Enganzi game lodge, the perfect gateway to the mighty Queen Elizabeth National park, is a perfect setting to begin your journey into the wild. This captivating lodge is nestled on a hill bordering the Queen Elizabeth National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush in the cradle of western Ugandans magnificent wild.

With five splendidly set cottages which offer a picture perfect view of the Queen Elizabeth National Parks bush expense, guests will be spoilt for choice in glimpses of natures best at flora and fauna. You will be staying here on the third and fourth night of the safari.

Travellers' Rest Hotel

The hotel is built in a somewhat colonial style and was entirely renovated in 1999. It has 12 rooms at very reasonable prices and it offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla treks or day visits to the area. When you enter, the ibis welcomes you with its typical sound. The beautiful surrounding garden is the home of many birds.

Sitting on the terrace, you can smell the sweetish perfume of the honeysuckle, and in the evenings, when it gets cooler, you can warm yourself by the fireplace, outside or in the lounge. You will be staying here on the fifth and sixth night of the safari.

Papyrus guesthouse

Papyrus guesthouse is a nine-room bed and breakfast in Entebbe, offering all amenities of a small and beautiful boutique hotel. All comfortable rooms have ensuite bathrooms and are equipped with either twin or double beds - according to your preference. Mosquito nets and high quality mattresses ensure a re-creative sleep. Baby cots and triple occupancy are available upon request.

Free high speed Wi-Fi is available. Currently, the network is best at the reception and on the terrace. Papyrus guesthouse is working on an extension so that connection will be at the same speed in all the rooms and in the gardens. You will be staying here on the last night of the safari.

Day 1

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where you will be met by an Alpha Adventures representative and transferred to Kibale. You will be briefed on your upcoming safari before driving westwards towards Fort Portal and Kibale Forest National Park for about four to five hours.

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you will pass through traditional Ugandan villages and see people tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans, and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide excellent photo opportunities.

You will enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region as you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. A carpet of green spreads before you as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. You will then continue towards the Kibale Forest.

Years of study by scientists here (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for its variety of primates and is also a terrific area for birds. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Kibale forest camp.

Day 2

You will assemble at the Kanyankyu River Camp at 08:00 to begin your chimpanzee trek. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins and one of the most threatened primate species. The forest is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals, and featuring an intricate social structure.

Other primates that call this forest home include black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey cheeced mangabeys, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, and pottos. Bird species include the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, and the black bee eater. You may even see some elephants!

In the afternoon, you will visit a nearby forest swamp that is an excellent site for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is maintained by the local community. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Kibale forest camp.

Day 3

In the morning, you will drive for three hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped, 16,000 foot Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the "Mountains of the Moon". This 767 square-mile conservation area is bordered on the northeast by Lake George and in the southwest by Lake Edward. Its western border adjoins the Zaire Parc Du Virunga.

You can expect to see teeming herds of Uganda kob and topi here, as well as elephant, lion, giant forest hog, and buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingoes reside seasonally. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a game drive in the north of the park. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Enganzi lodge.

Day 4

You will set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park. You will make your way along the Kasenyi track in search of lions, elephants, and solitary buffaloes. The vast population of Uganda kobs in this area means you will have a good opportunity to see big cats in action!

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife at a close range. Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat while buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds, including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork, and many others. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Enganzi lodge.

Day 5

Around mid-morning after breakfast, you will drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as you head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. If the roads permit it, you will pass through Ishasha, the southern sector of the park, along the way.

Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. It is a fabulous place to see tree-climbing lions. Indeed, nowhere else in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this amazing wildlife sight! Alternatively, you may take a route through cultivated expanses. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Traveller’s Rest.

Day 6

After breakfast, you will participate in a briefing before beginning your gorilla trek. You will make your way through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but once you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten!

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will be hiking. Expect to walk in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. Once sighted, visitors will be guided to within six metres of the gorilla. You will sit with them for a whole hour and gaze into their big round eyes.

For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with them.Your accommodation for tonight is in the Traveller’s Rest.

Day 7

Eat an early breakfast before embarking on your return trip to Kampala. You will drive down the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. The impressive long horned Ankole cattle are not to be missed as you traverse Mbarara.

A remarkable highlight of this return journey is a stop at the equator, which you are sure to cross during a brief stop, having lunch on the way. Your accommodation for tonight is in the Papyrus guest house.

Day 8

You will have your breakfast and lunch at Papyrus guest house then you be transferred to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) at around 03:30 p.m. for your flight.

Kibale National Park

The 795 square kilometer Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. The forest cover predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fortportal plateau. Kibale is highest at the park‘s northern tip which stands 1590 meters above sea level.

Nothern Kibale is also the wettest area, receiving a mean annual rainfall of up to 1700 millimeters, mostly during March to May and September to November. The climate is generally pleasant with a mean annual temperature range of 14 to 27 degrees Celsius .Temperatures are highest and rainfall is lower in the south where the terrain drops down onto the hot rift valley floor and the forest gives way to open grassland.

Southern Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park and together, these protected areas maintain a 180 kilometer-long migration corridor for wildlife which extend from Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth, to the Sebitoli forest in north of Kibale.

The Kibale fortportal area is one of Uganda's most rewarding areas to explore. The park lies close to the Tranquil Ndali - Kasenda crater area and within a half day‘s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, and Semuliki National Park, and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The 1978 square kilometer Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lake Edward and Lake George where a mosaic of habitats supports 95 mammal species and a remarkable 612 species of birds. Forty years ago, Douglas Willocks described the diverse features that led to its creation in 1952. There still exists no better introduction or a more enticing invitation to visit the park.

Scenically, the area had everything. Thirty miles to the north, the blue Rwenzori exploded from the plain, a composite, jagged mass of mountains, 60 miles long and 40 miles wide and looking in certain lights as if you could reach out and touch them. Across Lake Edward to the west, the Mitumbe hills stood sentinel on the Congo, blue too in the long sight but in the closer green, wooded, precipitous, unfriendly, and epitomizing darkest Africa.

The eastern boundary of this possible park was marked by the calm green escarpment of the western Rift Valley. And between all the hills, mountains, and lakes was endless savanna, its constantly repeated motif the branched cactus arms of the candelabra Euphorbia tree.

The park forms part of an extensive system of contiguous protected areas, namely the Kigezi (265k square kilometers) and Kyambura (154k square kilometers) Wildlife Reserves, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Kibale National Park (766 square kilometers) and, in the neighboring DRC, the 2000 square kilometer Virunga National Park. Rwenzori Mountains National Park lies a few kilometers north.

The dramatic scenery is largely due to the mountains beyond the park boundary. The park itself lies on the Rift Valley floor where it rises 480 meters from 910 meters at the Kazinga Channel to 1390 meters in the explosion crater field.

The low altitude and its location directly on the equator mean that temperatures can be warm, rising from a mean minimum of 18 degrees Celsius to a mean maximum of 28 degrees Celsius. The park receives up to 1250 millimeters of rain, mostly during March to May and September to November.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Impenetrable Forest Reserve was gazetted in 1942, upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992 and recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. In the local Lukiga language, Bwindi actually means ‘impenetrable’. This double warning is apt, for Bwindi is all but impenetrable; 327 square kilometers of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys and high, draughty ridges.

But if the terrain is far from easy to negotiate, it is well worth the effort. A trek through one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests in search of the endangered mountain gorilla ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters.

Bwindi can be cold especially in the morning and at night. The annual average temperature range is seven to 20 degrees Celsius with the coldest period being June and July. Warm clothing is required, plus wet weather gear since Bwindi receives up to 2390 millimeters of rain pere year. This is concentrated during two wet seasons, short rains in March to May and heavy rains in September to November. Instead of tropical deluges, rain in Bwindi often falls as long hours of soft drizzle.

You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Complimentary drinking water is available only on the safari vehicle.

  • Capture photos of the wildlife with your camera
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the camping grounds
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views
  • White water rafting and bungee jumping
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Boat or canoe safari
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily guided game drives
  • Entrance fees to all national parks
  • Gorilla permit
  • Government taxes
  • Ground transportation in a 4 x 4 safari truck
  • Services of an English speaking driver and guide
  • Transfer to and from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Laundry
  • Personal drinks and cigarettes
  • Personal insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Alpha Adventure Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Kampala, Uganda

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