7 Days Chimpanzee Trekking and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

  • Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

7 Days Chimpanzee Trekking and Wildlife Safari in Uganda

  • Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Kibale Forest National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife Safaris in East Africa

This safari tour takes you to the Murchison Falls National Park for wildlife viewing through game drives and boat launches, and to Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of the world, for a chimp trek and to see various species of monkeys and birds. You will have a walk in the Bigodi swamp, which is renowned for rare bird species, and then crown the safari with a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park for more wildlife viewing. You will surely have a fun ride and an exciting time.

Highlights

  • Chimp trek in Kibale National Park
  • Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Includes all park entrance fees and chimp trekking permits
  • Game drives in the Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks
  • Nature walks in the Bigodi swamp and Uganda Equator experience
  • Boat cruises on Victoria Nile and Kazinga Channel
  • 2 breakfasts and lunches and five dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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In this retreat, you will either be staying in tents in forest camps and lodges, or in rooms in forest guest houses.

Anderitah Beach Hotel

Anderita Beach Hotel is the closest Hotel to the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe. It is the best blend of access to an airport and beach near a hotel, convenience and luxury into a single experience. Your room at Anderita Beach Hotel is warmly decorated to complement the breathtaking, spectacular views of the Lake Victoria, the Sunset, and the airport. Over 30 warmly spacious in-suite rooms with custom in-room amenities like High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Connection, Flat Screen TV with over 100 Cable Channels, Spacious Shower Room, Closet, small refrigerator, Mosquito net, air conditioning, great beach view, and 24 hour room service.

Fort Murchison

This hotel is set on the Eastern banks of the slow flowing Albert Nile and revokes the idea of a well maintained isolated outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and legendary explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. Built in the right spot and inspired by the historical background, Fort Murchison is unlike any other in Uganda. The massive tower, the earth colored walls, the touch of Swahili style will impress you from your arrival up to your departure.

Kibale Forest Camp

Get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around from the comfort of your tent. Complemented by excellent food served in a cozy grass thatched restaurant, the camp forms your perfect base.

Kibale Forest Camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest, just outside the southern part of the National Park. It borders the Magombe swamp, known for the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and is a mere is a 10 min drive to Kanyanchu Visitor Center, the place from where your chimp track will start.

Day 1 - Arrival in Uganda

You will be met at the airport by a safari guide who will transfer you to the Anderita Beach Hotel in Kampala, where you will be staying overnight.

Day 2 - Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

Early in the morning, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek to view the rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s rhino reintroduction project. There are nine white rhinos and tracking is done on foot for one and half hours. You will continue to the town of Masindi for lunch and drive later to Murchison Falls National Park. The entire journey takes six to seven hours. You will have dinner and stay overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Day 3 - Game drive and boat cruise on Victoria Nile

You will wake up very early and set off at 6:30 a.m. for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeests, and waterbucks. You may also spot oribis, bushbucks, Bohor reedbucks, sitatungas, bush duikers, warthogs, bush pigs, 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 herons, Egyptian geese, pelicans, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, saddle-bill storks, and the rare shoebill storks.

You will return to your lodge for brunch and some relaxation before you set off in the afternoon for an upstream boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the base of the falls. En route, you will see hippos, crocodiles, water bucks, and a wide variety of birds. The boat stops just tens of meters from the Devil’s Cauldron so you can snap photos of the picturesque and majestic Murchison Falls.

Day 4 - Visit to the top of Murchison Falls and travel to Kibale Forest National Park

In the morning, you will visit the top of the Murchison falls, where you will observe the Nile River squeezing itself in a seven-meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flowing down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals, as well as birds.

After this, you will set off on a nine-hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is through a verdant countryside, and passes by traditional homesteads and farms via the towns of Hoima and Fort Portal, which rest in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Day 5 - Chimp trek and Bigodi swamp walk

After breakfast, you will go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is exceptionally represented. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, which is known to be a delightful ape. It is also home to other species like the rare L’Hoest's monkey, Colobus monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, and olive baboon among others.

The walk takes two to three hours, after which you will return to your lodge for lunch. After that, you will go for a walk in the Bigodi swamp where you will see a variety of rare bird species and other smaller mammals. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight after the swamp walk.

Day 6 - Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park and boat cruise

In the morning, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori mountain range. As you go through the game park, you might spot some animals including elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, antelopes, and warthogs among others. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a unique two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42-kilometer channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George.

This trip passes through, possibly, the highest concentration of hippos in Uganda. It offers excellent opportunities for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful with well over 550 resident species. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Day 7 - Game drive and travel to Kampala

You will wake up early and go for a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park’s diverse ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. You will see buffaloes, lions, elephants, and other wildlife in their natural habitat after which you will return to the lodge to get your belongings and transfer to Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Uganda Equator, where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos.

You will also make a stopover in Mpigi to go to the royal drum makers center, where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using traditional methods passed down through generations. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight, or brought to the hotel of your booking for an overnight stay.

  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Boat cruise on Victoria Nile
  • Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Visit to Mpigi's royal drum makers center
  • Visit to Murchison Falls
  • Visit to Uganda Equator
  • Visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Walk in Bigodi swamp

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 the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains, and Semuliki national parks, as well as the Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Murchison Falls National Park

First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, this park is Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. This is the largest national park in Uganda, covering 3,480 square kilometers, and one of the most spectacular in Africa. 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. A cruise upstream the Nile to the falls is an unforgettable experience. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. On the banks, prolific wildlife including elephants, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.

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.

You have two breakfasts, two lunches, and five dinners included in the price of this retreat.

  • 2 breakfasts and two lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All game drives within the national parks
  • All park entrance and related fees
  • Boat cruises on the Kazinga Channel and Victoria Nile
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp trekking permit
  • Drinks during meal times
  • English-speaking driver and local guide
  • Excursion in Bigodi swamp
  • Private four-by-four ground transportation
  • Transfer from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Visit to Mpigi's royal drum makers center
  • Visit to Murchison Falls
  • Visit to the Uganda Equator
  • Visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Any additional activities, services, or tours
  • Departure taxes
  • International airfare cost
  • Other drinks and beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance costs
  • Visa costs

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Saso Uganda Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is 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 Emily from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We went on a 3 day tour to Murchison Falls with Wilson, and he was a fantastic guide from start to finish. We were short of time to do everything we wanted to, but he made sure that the trip was arranged in the best possible way for us to visit everywhere we wished to. "

    "We had an incredible time tracking chimps, and rhinos and Wilson took us on some amazing game drives - working tirelessly to help us spot some rare creatures, and hugely knowledgeable about everything that we saw. Wilson was wonderful company, and he really made the trip special for us - by the end of the trip he felt like a friend as well as a guide. I'd hugely recommend taking a trip with this company."

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  • Review by Joly Dee
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a three day safari for our honeymoon "chimps and gorillas" with Michael as our guide. Michael was the perfect guide giving us as much information as we wanted, he was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. He is by far the best guide we have had all across Africa. The places we stayed were first rate and the vehicle was reliable. Definitely recommend."

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  • Review by A traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a 3-day safari of Murchison Falls NP with these folks. Nothing but the best memories of the entire trip. We could not be more satisfied."

    "Some of the highlights:"

    "- The owner, Wilson, is friendly and directly reachable on the phone. We have been swindled before, so I wanted to be extra-sure before committing to these folks. I went and met Wilson at his home in Kampala and he immediately put me at ease. They own and rent out several modern, clean vehicles in very good condition, and run safaris all the time."

    "- Our driver, Kassim - young, very helpful, observant, drives very well, great conversationalist with lots of interesting tidbits, sharp-eyed spotter in the park"

    "- The trip itself: we were very happy because Saso does not do the usual nickel-and-diming that is very prevalent in other economy safari companies, for example in Kenya. Also, in Murchison Falls NP itself, Kassim was very proactive in working the phones and as a result we got to hang out with 12 lionesses and lion cubs for almost an hour, watching them as they ate and played. This was only one of many sightings during the day."

    "- Itinerary: even though we made a few last-minute changes to the overall plan, Wilson and Kassim handled everything admirably and made sure we got where we wanted to go"

    "- Arrangements for food: I don't know if this is standard across all their safaris, but the food arrangements were all uniformly excellent. Further, Kassim took note of our dietary preferences and only took us to places where we would get good options All in all, a great safari. If you're looking for a good safari company in Uganda, look no further!"

    "Side note: something that caused me a bit of anxiety before the safari began was the fact that they have very few TA reviews, and all the reviewers have just 1 review! Unfounded anxiety, as it turned out. These guys are the real deal."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend these guys, they've got good quality reliable safari vehicles. Kizza Ahmed who was our driver was very experienced, friendly and informative. Been on two safaris to Murchison Falls NP with Saso and look forward to many more."

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  • Review by Danielle B
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my trip with Saso. I was travelling alone but that was not problem due to my friendly guide Kassim. He showed me a lot of animals in Queen Elisabeth NP (even the lions!), he has a lot of knowledge about Uganda, the animals and the culture and he was nice company during dinner! "

    "Saso made a good program for a travel of 5 days, it was never bored and the accomandations were very clean and luxury with good food. "

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  • Review by Fulda from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "We had a great four day trip to Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale. Thanks to Wilson and his team from Saso Uganda Safaris. The communication with Wilson during the organisation of the trip was great. The prices are good. The trip was well organised, we got to enjoy the wilderness of the national park and the nature in Kibale plus the Chimp. trekking was a great experience. well, when you book with Saso Uganda Safaris, you can never go wrong."

    "thanks Wilson and your team."

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  • Review by Anna B
    10 out of 10

    "We were a couple of friends who went on a 5 day safari trip with Wilson. Everything was perfect. He knows a lot about the wildlife and the animals. He arranged everything after our needs and made sure we saw everything in our interest. The gorilla trip and queen Elizabeth nationalpark were fantastic experiences. We also visited the chimpanzees in Kibale nationalpark. The accommodation was very nice. We couldn't have had a better guide. Thank you Wilson!"

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  • 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 FreyaWalnut from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We were picked up from the airport and greeted by Ahmed who was our driver and your guide for the first 4"

    "5 days of our trip. We did safari in the amazing Murchison falls national park and explored the city of Kampala with Ahmed. Our guide become part of the family and we all felt comfortable with him. He was knowledgable about the animals throughout the safari and wanted to give us the best experience possible by seeing as many different animals as we could. We had a jam packed adventure whilst on safari, including an amazing boat trip (organised and arranged by Ahmed), and our days were all planned out including where to eat and stop for water etc. Ahmed was also flexible if we wanted to change any plans. After showing us the safari he gave us a tour of the city so that we could see my mums school and the university that my granddad worked in. We felt safe with Ahmed as he advised us on how to keep our possessions safe and what not to do in the city. He said that he was happy to help booking any further accommodation or trips for us even once our tour ended so that he could barter for us and get a more reasonable price. He also offered to give me and my dad a lift to the airport a week or so after the tour had ended which was really helpful. Overall Saso Uganda safaris were very friendly and welcoming and we had an amazing family adventure organised by them!"

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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
    10 out of 10

    "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 Uganda
    10 out of 10

    "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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Kampala, Uganda

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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Special discount

Clients who book this safari in the months of April, May, and November 2017 are eligible for a special discount of 50 USD per person.

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