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12 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Murchison National Park, Uganda

Astonishing Uganda Safaris

This tour takes you to best Uganda destinations, which are so good to the viewers. This tour will make you experience the beauty of Uganda, the pearl of Africa. You will enjoy many packages, including the gorilla safaris, chimpanzee tours, boat trips, wildlife safaris, and many more on this particular tour. Experience a memorable moment with mountain gorillas!

Meet the guides

Martin
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Highlights

  • Game drives to view wildlife
  • Explore communities of Bwindi
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking with gorilla tracking permits in Uganda
  • Transport in a 4x4 vehicle during game drives
  • Animal viewing on boat and canoe cruises
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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12 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
08:30

You will stay in various accommodations with budget, mid-range, or luxury options. During the first night, you will stay at Paraa Safari Lodge, Sambiya River lodge, or Red Chilli. For the second night, you will stay at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli. For the third and fourth nights, the stay will be at Primate Lodge Kibale or Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

During the fifth and sixth nights, you will stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or budget Simba Safari Camp. For the seventh night, the overnight will be at Gorilla Resort or Buhomma Community Bandas. For the eighth night, you will stay at Buhoma Community Bandas. During the ninth night, you will stay at Arcadia Cottages or Bunyonyi Overland Camp or Bushara Island. The overnight for the tenth night will be at Lake Bunyonyi. And for the last night, you will stay at Mantana Lodge or Rwonyo Camp.

Program

Day 1: Uganda wildlife safari in Murchison Falls National Park

You will be picked by the safari guide from your hotel and you start your transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. You will also travel by road with lunch on the way before reaching the park. You will then take a tour to the top of the falls as the first activity in the park.

This hike will also take you up to the water edge, where you will have the opportunity to get close to the narrow gorge through which this river explodes into the falls. You will then proceed to the lodge for your overnight and dinner. Dinner and overnight will be at Paraa Safari Lodge, Sambiya River lodge, or Red Chilli.

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

Have breakfast and after, take an early morning game drive to view the early risers. You will be able to view many animals on the Buligi, Albert, and Queen’s track north of the River Nile and you will be accompanied by the guide.

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth includes elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Jackson hartebeests, lions, oribis, waterbucks, and other game on the grassy hillsides. After that, you will return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for a boat cruise on the Nile, where you will view many species of animals including hippos, crocodiles, and other park residents. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Paraa Safari Lodge or Red Chilli.

Day 3: Murchison Falls - Fort Portal

After enjoying your breakfast, you will start your transfer to Kibale National Park, which is also a long and rewarding journey to those interested in scenery viewing and the African homes locally built. You will arrive at the park in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at Primate Lodge Kibale or Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

Day 4: Kibale National Park and Bigodi Swamp

You will begin with a cup of coffee in the morning, then head to the headquarters to get briefed about the trek. Then, you will start your trekking experience in the tropical rain forest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, and many others.

After lunch, you will take a guided nature walk to Bigodi Swamp, an initiative under the surrounding communities of Kibale. Bigodi Swamp is famous among tourists because of its rich variety of bird species and primates like the red-tailed monkeys, black and white Colobus, and grey-cheeked mangabey. Dinner and overnight will be at Primate Lodge Kibale or Chimpanzee Guesthouse.

Day 5: Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have a cup of coffee in the morning, and after the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, this journey will take you through the historical Kasese Town with the clear view of the mountains of the moon. You will also enjoy a game drive on your way to the accommodation facility in the middle of the park, which provides a chance to spot many animals like waterbucks, warthogs, and other wildlife.

After having your lunch, you will proceed to Kazinga Channel to take a boat cruise. Its shores attract a large number of birdlife, mammals, and reptiles year around. The boat cruise on Kazinga Channel is a must visit for all tourists visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight will be at luxury Mweya Safari Lodge or budget Simba Safari Camp.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will begin with a game drive in the morning towards the mating grounds of the kobs. You will look for the great residents of the park, these include the lions, elephants, buffaloes, and early risers, before transferring at the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, go on with your safari after with a guided nature walk to Maramagambo Forest. Here, you will visit the bat cave and the blue lake you may also see other primates and bird species in the forest. Dinner and overnight will be at luxury Mweya Safari Lodge or budget Simba Safari Camp.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Gorilla Park

You will have a morning breakfast and after, transfer for chimpanzee trekking safari in Kyambura Gorge. You will enjoy a walk into the gorge of the river, which is a home for the chimpanzees in search for the apes, which are man’s closest relatives.

This hike is also a stunning down the valley with a variety of birds and butterfly. Immediately after the trek, you shall continue to Bwindi Gorilla Forest Park passing through the traditional homes and locally built. Arrive Bwindi and overnight stay will be at Gorilla Resort or Buhomma Community Bandas.

Day 8: Gorilla safari in Bwindi

You will wake up early in the morning and have your breakfast as you prepare to start your journey to greater experience. By 8 a.m., you will report to the headquarters for a briefing by the rangers as well as registration. The guides will then lead you to track the gorillas through the bush, pushing your way through the undergrowth and the thick creepers.

And when the gorillas are sighted, the visitors will be guided to within six meters of them, and you will have a chance to sit around these great apes for a whole hour looking into their big eyes. These big giants are also powerful and can sometimes weigh over 250 kilograms.

The visitors also require a reasonable degree of fitness, as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes, since the trek can take from half an hour to six hours depending on the movement of these lovely primates. You will have your packed lunch after the trek. Dinner and overnight will be at Buhoma Community Bandas.

Day 9: Bwindi - Lake Bunyonyi

Have a morning cup of coffee and take a community walk around Buhoma. This walk will take you to the neighboring communities of Bwindi. Also, have a chance to get involved in activities like the traditional dances and cooking. This walk will enable you to see the lifestyle and the culture of the communities.

You will have lunch and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale with many bird species, that’s why it acquired the name. It is also the deepest lake in Uganda. You will take a canoe ride to the various islands in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Arcadia Cottages, Bunyonyi Overland Camp, or Bushara Island.

Day 10: Explore Lake Bunyonyi

You will take breakfast at your lodge and after enjoying a number of activities for you to do. You may visit the local markets in Kibale, visit plantations, take a community walk to see the lifestyle of people in Africa, go birding on the lake since it is a home to many birds, play volley, or go swimming in the evening. Later, transfer to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park

Have breakfast and after, depart to Lake Bunyonyi and travel to Lake Mburo National park. This park is a very special place. Every part of it has a variety of animals. It contains an extensive area of the wetland. The animals found here include zebras, impalas, elands, topi, and buffaloes. The bird population includes the rare Shoebill stork.

Its sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lakeshore has a varied mosaic of habitats, forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal, and permanent swamps, all of which support a wealth of wildlife. You will also check in at your lodge, have lunch, and proceed for a boat cruise on the lake, where you will view many animals, including the crocodiles, hippopotamus, and plant species. Dinner and overnight will be at Mantana Lodge or Rwonyo Camp.

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park - Kampala

The last day of the safari will end with a game drive in Lake Mburo before traveling to Kampala. The park is also endowed with many animal species for wildlife viewing and some of the animals include waterbucks, topis, zebras, and warthogs. Travel to Kampala after the game drive with a stopover at the equator and Mpambile drum makers for crafts. Arrive at Kampala late afternoon.

Guides

Martin Lugwana

Location

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is situated at the extreme northern end of the Albertine Rift, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment collapses into the palm-dotted savanna. Murchison Falls National Park was announced as a game park in 1926. It is Uganda’s oldest and largest conservation area, with 76 mammal species and over 400 bird species.

The park is divided by the Victoria Nile, which drops a height of 45 meters steeply over the rift valley wall, creating the Murchison Falls, one of the main attractions and highlights of the park. The mighty cascade drains the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert.

This river stretch of provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular animals that visit the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes, while crocodiles, hippos, and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park has the loveliest and most deviated tropical forest in Uganda. This forest cover, interspersed with grassland patches and swamps, dominates the northern and central parts of the park. Kibale National Park houses over 70 mammal species, where 13 of the species are primates, including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds.

Kibale National Park touches 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, which is located at the north of Kibale National Park. The Kibale - Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park nears the Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited national park. Its diverse ecosystems, including sparkling lakes, fertile wetlands, savannah, shady and humid forests make it an ideal habitat for a huge range of primate species, including chimpanzees, lions, hippos, and over 600 species of birds.

The park is situated on the sides of Mountain Rwenzori and is also well known for its volcanic activity with enormous crater lakes. Salt is extracted out of one of these crater lakes, namely Lake Katwe. At the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the Kazinga Channel, whose banks are always lined with hippos, buffaloes, and elephants.

The park’s endless Ishasha Sector is home to the famous tree-climbing lions, which always wait for the easy meal like antelopes. The culture of Queen Elizabeth National Park is most intriguing. There are many opportunities for tourists to meet and interact with the local communities and enjoy stories, music and dances, and more. You will be filled with awe when you visit this remarkable park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda, near the edge of the rift valley. Bwindi’s hillsides are covered by a very old and biologically diverse “impenetrable” rainforest, which has been around over 25,000 years and comprises of almost 400 species of plants. More importantly, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the country’s famously known mountain gorillas, estimated to be around 320 in number.

This includes several habituated gorilla groups which can be tracked. Not only does Bwindi National Park house the gorillas, but is also home to over 120 primates, which include baboons, chimpanzees, antelopes, and elephants. There are over 300 different species of birds in the forest. Expect to find your accommodation at any of the two neighboring towns - Nkuringo and Buhoma.

They both have all ranges of accommodation ranging from luxury lodges to budget campsites. You’ll also find crafts, restaurants, and an opportunity to discover about the local traditions, for example, the culture of the Pygmy people and the culture of the Bakiga people through village tours and performances by the locals.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact treasure box, situated conveniently close to the highway that links Kampala to the parks in western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by the ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks, which date back more than 500 million years.

Lake Mburo National Park houses up to 350 bird species, as well as eland, buffaloes, zebras, impalas, oribis, Defassa waterbucks, leopards, hippos, hyenas, topis, and reedbucks. Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50-kilometer long wetland system connected by a swamp.

Five of these lakes are located within the park’s borders. A place once covered by open savannah, Lake Mburo National Park now contains much woodland as there are no elephants to tame the vegetation. In the western part of the park, the savannah is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

Food

Full board meal plan is included in the price. The food will be regular. Bottled water will also be provided while on safari.

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

Things to do (optional)

You can experience a rhino trekking during this safari.

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Daily meals
  • Full-time English speaking professional driver and guide
  • Gorilla trekking permits (Uganda)
  • Photography and touring
  • Transport

What's not included

  • Beverages or drinks
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Kampala hotel fees (the evening of the safari and the night after the safari)
  • Laundry services
  • Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Visas

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.

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12 days / 11 nights
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  • April 1 - May 31
  • November 1 November 30

 

High season
  • December 1 - March 31
  • June 30 - October 31

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