13 Days Game Viewing and Golden Monkey Safari in Uganda

  • Murchison Falls National Park - Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Bunyonyi - Lake Mburo National Park- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Overview

Amazing Safari in Uganda

Ready to be taken to the Murchison Falls National Park for wildlife viewing through game drives and boat launches during this 13-day safari in Uganda, contribute to Golden Monkey Experiential project in Mgahinga National Park. Completing your visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you will not only have the opportunity to see gorilla, chimpanzee, and golden monkey, there are plenty of other amazing wildlife to be seen!

Highlights

  • Gorilla tracking at Bwindi
  • Boat cruise and game drives
  • Golden Monkey Experiential project
  • Mongoose tracking and chimpanzee tracking
  • Walking safari in Lake Bunyonyi
  • 12 nights' accommodations
  • 3 daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 8.

  • 12 activity days
  • English
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During this 13-day safari, you will have these following accommodation choices for each night.

  • Night 1 will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.
  • Night 2 and 3 will be at Fort Murchison (in tents), Murchison River Lodge (in tents), or Red Chili.
  • Night 4 and 5 will be at Rwenzori travelers, Kibale forest camp, or Chimpanzee forest guest house.
  • Night 6 and 7 will be at Kazinga Channel View Lodge, Simba Safari Camp (in tents), or Bush Lodge (in tents).
  • Night 8 and 9 will be at Rushaga Gorilla Camp Tent or Gorilla Valley Lodge.
  • Night 10 will be at Mount Gahinga Rest Camp or The Travellers Rest.
  • Night 11 will be at Bushara Island Camp.
  • Night 12 will be at Eagles Nest Camp.

Day 1 - Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe airport, then you’ll meet the staff and be transferred to your hotel. The staff will brief you about all of the activities. Your overnight stay will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.

Day 2 - Murchison Falls National Park

You will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the rhinoceros. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s rhinoceros reintroduction project. There are 9 white rhinoceros and tracking will be done on foot for 1.5 hours. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge of your booking.

Day 3 - the Nile

You will wake up very early and set off at 06:30 for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork, and the rare shoebill stork. You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippopotamuses, crocodiles, waterbuck, and a wide variety of birds like the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.

Day 4 - Kibale Forest National Park

After your breakfast, you will visit the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the Nile River squeezing itself in a 7-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds. You will thereafter set off on a 9-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is through verdant countryside interpassing traditional homesteads and farms and via the towns of Hoima and Fort portal which rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. You will have an opportunity to do a swamp walk upon reaching Kibale. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge of your booking.

Day 5 - Kibale Forest National Park (Chimpanzee Habituation Experience)

Today you’ll accompany Kibale’s researchers in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a “soft” habituation project with chimpanzees. You’ll learn to safely observe the chimpanzees during their daily activities, so they get comfortable with human presence without changing their natural behaviors. You will be able to experience the chimpanzee families as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed. Guided by biologists and researchers, you will enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimpanzees for the entire day until they build their nests at bedtime. You will enjoy your dinner and have an overnight stay at your lodge of booking.

Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park (Mongoose Tracking)

At 09:00, you will begin your drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoying the majestic views en route of the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains - the famed "Mountains of the Moon". In the afternoon you’ll join a research team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority to track banded mongoose, a highly social mongoose which is closely related to the better-known meerkat. As the research team embarks on their daily monitoring activities, you are awarded plenty of time to observe the mongoose troupes as they normally go about life. See how they engage teamwork, hunt prey, and defend each other.

Observe family / group hierarchy among other amazingly interesting mongoose behaviors. Like meerkats, each mongoose group or family sleeps together in a communal underground den, changing between den sites every 3 to 5 days. They emerge at sunrise and forage together in the morning and afternoon before returning to the den at sunset. Take as many photos as you wish before heading back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park (Game drive, Lion Experiential & Boat Safari)

See a different face of the park as you venture off road with a research team to track lions and contribute to a valuable lion research project in the Ishasha Sector. The researchers' Land Cruiser is fitted with radio-collar-receiving equipment. You get a full briefing on the animals with opportunity for as much lion photography as you can manage.

After a leisurely lunch on the Mweya Peninsula, you’ll enjoy a 2-hour boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. This affords the opportunity to view wildlife up close such as hippo’s huff and spray as well as 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.

Day 8 - Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, you’ll drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as you head to the southern sector of the park, Ishasha. This is the best area to see the famous tree-climbing lions draped from low hanging limbs of fig trees. Next, you will visit the Kob Mating Ground, a defined area specifically used by these stunning antelopes for challenging other males, enticing females and mating. Finally, you’ll pass through beautiful savannah grasslands as you head towards the breathtaking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge of your booking.

Day 9 - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

You’ll have an early morning entry into the mountain gorillas’ sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular and heavily vegetated with dense landscapes crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the taken time and terrain vary according to the movements of these fantastic apes.

Your intimate gorilla experience will allow you to accompany the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Bwindi gorilla habituation team for the entire day, allowing you to have a minimum 4 hours in the presence of a mountain gorilla family, since regular permits only allow 1 hour, this is 4 times longer than the regular amount of time spent up close with gorillas. During this time, you will be able to experience the gorilla family as they wake up, hunt, patrol, play, fight, copulate, and breastfeed until they build their nests at bedtime.

The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. Spending more time with them means you are assured of the best possible experience, with 4 full hours for better photography, researcher access for more questions, and enough time to experience more intimate and unusual behaviors. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. Once the gorillas are sighted, you will be guided to within 6 meters of the gorillas, and be able to sit all around them while gazing into their big round eyes as the researchers note health, behavior, and other characteristics. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.

Day 10 - Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the Mgahinga National Park headquarters for briefing and later begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. You’ll have your dinner and overnight stay at your lodge of booking.

Day 11 - Lake Bunyonyi

Given the inevitable rigorous day at Mgahinga, you will cherish some relaxing moments on the shores of this peaceful lake. You will choose among the various tour activities. You can either choose to go birding, cycling, sunbathing, swimming, or even canoeing. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge of booking.

Day 12 - Lake Mburo National Park

You will head to Lake Mburo National Park where you will have your lunch and in the evening you will do a game drive where you will have a chance to see a variety of animal species. Dinners and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Day 13 - Lake Mburo and transfer to Kampala

Unusually, the whole park is open to walkers as long as they are accompanied by a ranger guide. At Rwonyo, a guided walk leads to a salt lick where many animals are attracted to the salty rocks.

Walks on the western side of the lake will begin at 07:00 and take 2 hours. At this time of day, you may encounter hyenas returning to their dens and hippopotamuses retreating to the lake. Hikes through the woodland provide an opportunity to sight forest birds and mammals, while the walk to the top of the hill rewards visitors with a spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes. Your driver and guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45 meters over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80-kilometer stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. On the banks, prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.

Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest hosts at least 1,500 chimpanzees out of the 4,950 found in Uganda, making this the largest concentration of chimps in Africa. The park is also home to 10 other primates including diurnal species like the red colobus monkey, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, gray checked mangabeys, and vervet monkey, as well as many other animals.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park holds huge concentrations of wildlife including predators such as the famous tree-climbing Lions, Leopard, Serval cats and Spotted hyena. Other mammals include elephant, cape buffalo, hippo, a variety of antelope, warthog, giant forest hog and 10 species of primates including vervet monkeys, black and white colobus and olive baboon. The park’s bird species number more than 600, amongst the highest in Africa. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles for over 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 species of mammals including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics – species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga National Park shares borders with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is also the most scenic as it stands at three volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo.

Lake Mburo National Park

Situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara, Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species including the marabou stock and the crowned crane as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, defessa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, topi, crocodile, and reedbuck.

All types of food are supported. For more information, please send Saso Uganda Safaris an inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

If time allows, you will have the opportunity to visit the market for souvenir and gift shopping.

  • 3 Daily meals
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • All tour activities in the program
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla permit
  • Local guides and English speaking driver guide
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees, etc.
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documentation (visas)

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Afterward, Saso Uganda Safaris' team will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. This service is already included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 12 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 9 days before arrival.

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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Saso Uganda Safaris offers wildlife and gorilla tracking safaris and tours in the famous jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. They are passionate about nature and aim to deliver enriching travel experiences.

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