10 Days Chimp and Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

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

Overview

Uganda Wildlife Safari and Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking

This Uganda safari will take you to Kibale Forest National Park for chimp trekking which is the main attraction. You will continue to Queen Elizabeth for game viewing and boat cruise and to Bwindi for an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas. You will conclude the tour with a visit to Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive and boat launch before returning to Kampala.

Highlights

  • Visit to the Uganda equator
  • Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 9 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated at the Anderita Beach Hotel for the first night. For the second to the ninth night, you will be staying in tents or rooms at one of the following lodges or camps: Kazinga Channel View Resort, Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elisabeth Bush Lodge, Rwenzori Travelers, Kibale Forest Camp, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friend's Camp, Travellers Rest Hotel Kisolo, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Mihingo Lodge, Mantana Lake Mburo Camp, and Arcadia Cottages.

Day 1 - Arrival in Uganda

You will be met at the airport by the safari guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala, where you'll have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2 - Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

You will depart Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about four to five hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale where you will go for either community walk or visit the beautiful crater lakes region with a spectacular view. Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Day 3 - Chimp tracking and nature walk in Kibale Forest

After breakfast, you will report at the Kanyanchu tourist center at 08:00 a.m. for a briefing on the rules of chimpanzee tracking. Kibale Forest National Park has the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, a very delightful ape. The trek takes two to three hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, and a variety of butterflies, and other insects.

You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 4 - Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive where you will see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, cape buffaloes, elephants, de Fassa waterbucks, Uganda kob, topis, and bushbucks among others. You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42 kilometers channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George.

This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful, with over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be spent at your reserved lodge.

Day 5 - Game drive and travel to Lake Bunyonyi

You will wake up early for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see lions, elephants, topis, leopards, bushbucks, cape buffaloes, defassa waterbucks, giant forest hogs, Uganda kobs, among others. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast after which you will travel to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake, which lies close to the border of Rwanda, is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda.

The second deepest lake in Africa, it is one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzia free. The journey takes six to seven hours and you will have your lunch en route. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake.

Day 6 - Canoeing and hiking on Lake Bunyonyi

This morning, you can choose to have either a canoe ride on the lake or a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You can get to know the seven islands, visit the local families, and admire views of volcanoes.

In the afternoon, you will drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders of Rwanda and Congo. You will go through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as "the Switzerland of Africa." You will see a great countryside and bamboo forests and have great views of the Virunga Mountains. If it is a Monday or Thursday, you will see a large colorful market in Kisoro.

Day 7 - Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules at 7:45 a.m. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides for two to eight hours to find the gorillas. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists.

You will have one hour to stay with the gorillas before returning to your lodge to rest. You will have dinner and overnight at Nkuringo Lodge.

Day 8 - Cultural village walk

After breakfast, you will go for a guided three to five-hour community walk through the farms and villages of the Bufumbira and Bakiga tribes to experience the livelihood of these local communities. You will visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses, see how local beer is brewed using local methods, and be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the local community entertainment groups.

Day 9 - Game drive in the Mburo Park and boat cruise on the lake

You will have an early breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life witg green acacia woodland that harbors wildlife like the zebra, warthog, elands, and impala among others. You will have lunch in Mbarara town and continue the drive to the park. In the afternoon, you will go for a two-hour boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the water animals that include crocodiles and hippos.

Day 10 - Travel to Kampala

After breakfast, you will go for a tour of the park on foot with an experienced game ranger who will explain to you which animals have left behind footprints and droppings. Mburo is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a tour on foot. You will return to the lodge for lunch and later set off on your return journey to Kampala.

You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos.

You will have another stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers center where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted, using traditional methods passed down through generations. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Kampala and be transferred either to the airport for your evening departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Canoe ride on Lake Mburo
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National park
  • Cultural tour among the communities in Bwindi
  • Game drive in Mburo National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Hiking on Bunyonyi Hills
  • Nature walk in the Bigodi swamp
  • Visit to the Uganda equator

This safari will take place at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Lake Bunyonyi area, Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in Southwestern Uganda, on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.

The forest also protects an estimate of 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated gorilla groups. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes. There are also some species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.

Kibale Forest National Park

This park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore.

Kibale 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 northern part of Kibale National Park. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area, and within half a day’s drive from Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, and Semuliki national parks, as well as the Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady and humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds. In addition to its outstanding wildlife attractions, it also has a fascinating cultural history. Here, visitors can meet local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music, and more.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffaloes, and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kobs. A favorite way to view the game is by a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel between lakes George and Edward.

With boat trips on the 40-kilometer Kazinga Channel, a meandering drive among spectacular volcanic craters, lion viewing on the Kasenyi plains, chimpanzee tracking in the depths of Kyambura Gorge, walks into the dark depths of Maramagambo Forest, and game drives beneath the vast skies of the remote wilderness of Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park has plenty to interest any visitor.

Three daily meals are included in the price, starting with dinner in the arrival day and finishing with breakfast in the departure day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • 3 daily meals
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Boat cruise
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • Chimp and gorilla trekking excursions
  • English speaking driver and guide
  • Game drives
  • Private 4 x 4 ground transportation
  • Transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Other beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation (visas)

Arrival by airplane

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

Testimonials

  • Review by Eli

    "What a fantastic trip with Saso Uganda Safaris! We went on a five-day tour visiting the gorillas in Bwindi, game drives in queen Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzee and primate safaris in Kibale. Wilson had arranged everything to perfection. He had arranged excellent hotels, the best guides in the parks, and good lunch places. When the guide on the chimpanzee tour was about to give up on seeing chimpanzees on the ground, Wilson encouraged him to continue and make an effort so that we could see them (which we did). He was so flexible and easy going. He drove very safely in the chaotic Ugandan traffic. We felt safe all the time. If I’m ever going back to Uganda, I would absolutely go on another trip with Saso and I will definitely recommend it to my friends. Maybe it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I have been traveling to about 60 countries, but this experience was definitely one of the best!"

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  • Review by Hannes

    "We went on a tour with Saso Uganda Safaris and I could not be more satisfied. We went on a gorilla safari, a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a chimpanzee safari in Kibale. Our guide, Wilson, arranged everything to perfection. With his experience and knowledge, he made sure we got to see the gorilla family that is most used to humans. Because of that, we got really close to the gorillas, which was a truly amazing experience. Furthermore, the trip was affordable and all accommodations were of good standard. If you would like to go to Uganda on a vacation or a safari, I would recommend you to contact Saso Uganda Safaris. You will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by Sempijja

    "This is the best trip we ever had! I would like to first and foremost thank Saso Uganda Safaris for the great time they gave me and my family. At the beginning of this year, my wife and I decided to take a trip to western Uganda to see the amazing animals in the game parks. Since we both work and live abroad, we decided that when we go back to Uganda for a vacation in June, we should get a safari company that will enable us make our dream come true. A friend of ours who has already went with Saso Uganda Safaris referred us to the company and assured us of having no regrets with them. We got to them and they treated us with a lot of care and comfort. We talked about the places we wanted to visit and how everything would go on. They introduced us to a gentleman by the name of Charles, who was to be our driver and guide. Charles knew his job very well, which helped us in enjoying the trip fully. He first taught us about the safety measures, which showed us that we were in the hands of the right person. We spent three days on the trip and he helped us so much with the animal names since he was so fond of them. He drove us so well and he took us to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo National Park. We really had fun and look forward to going with Saso for more educational and fun trips. Thank you so much once again."

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  • Review by Terry Johan

    "The three-day tour to Bwindi Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was quite fantastic. I and my family will always prefer to travel with Saso Uganda Safaris as we had the best tour guide. We were able to see the gorillas."

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  • Review by Namaalwa Gladys

    "The best travel agency that everyone would wish to travel with. Just love the way your people handled my safari."

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  • Review by Cherry Mill

    "Amazing personalized three-day trip! Saso Uganda Safaris gave me the tour of a lifetime! I was in Kampala on my own for work for the first time and had three free days to see the country. Saso Uganda Safaris created a personal tour which included gorilla tracking in the Bwindi National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kisoro, and a safari wildlife tour across the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we saw tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, baboons, buffalos, antelopes, monkeys, and some amazing birds close up, more than I could have dreamed of. It was also fascinating to drive across the country and see rural Uganda, the beautiful green countryside, including tea plantations and banana groves and African village life close up. Wilson, my tour guide, could spot and identify any animal at a great distance. We did not miss anything en route. He could answer any question about the animals and locations and knew all the rangers and staff in the parks and lodges, which meant he could adapt our itinerary on the fly and fit in as much as possible to make my trip the best he could. I felt totally safe at every moment of the trip. He was a first class driver and navigated the ‘African massage’ roads with amazing skill. I did not know much about Uganda before this trip. In three days, I saw and learnt so much. I have been on three other safaris in Africa and my Uganda trip was by far the best, thanks to Saso Uganda Safaris. It was very good value for money too. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler from Kampala, Uganda

    "It's highly recommended. Saso Uganda Safaris provides a superb experience."

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  • Review by Burt

    "I decided to visit Uganda after I read about it online and what really grabbed my attention was the term “Pearl of Africa”. I grabbed my bags and came over to Uganda to find out myself. I have to tell you, Wilson and his team at Saso Uganda Safaris did not disappoint at helping me to define that. Thank you, Wilson. God bless!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I was so amazed at how our guide told his stories about the wild nature while driving our 4x4 safari vehicle with so many skills. We enjoyed our safari and everyone still talks about it. Thank you guys! "

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