7 Days Wildlife, Chimp, and Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Entebbe - Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

Fascinating Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This 7-day safari will take you to Kibale National Park to see chimps and various species of monkeys and to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel renowned for their diversity of wildlife, birdlife, and picturesque geographical features. You will also see the amazing mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This will be a marvelous experience at the equator where you can sightsee many water birds, primates, wildlife, and enjoy cultural exposures.

Highlights

  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walks in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Game drives and a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Private 4X4 transportations
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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You will be accommodated at Anderita Beach Hotel on your arrival and you will stay at several lodges or campsites during your safari. In Kibale National Park, you can choose to stay at Ruwenzori Travellers Inn, Kibale Forest Camp, or Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse.

In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can stay at Kazinga Channel View Resort, Simba Safari Camp, or Bush Lodge. Then in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will have the options to stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp, Travellers Rest Hotel, Gorilla Valley Lodge. In Lake Bunyonyi, you will stay at Bushara Island Camp.

Day 1

You will be met at the airport by a safari guide who will transfer you to the hotel reserved for you. The dinner and overnight stay will be at Anderita Beach Hotel.

Day 2

You will depart Kampala after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4 - 5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful crater lakes region for a spectacular view. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your reserved lodge.

  • Accommodation (budget): Ruwenzori Travellers Inn / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 3

After breakfast, you will report at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 for a briefing on the rules before tracking the chimpanzees. Kibale National Park has the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee known to be a delightful ape.

The trek takes 2 - 3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, a variety of butterflies, and other insects.

You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at your lodge. Later, you will travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range.

  • Accommodation (budget): Ruwenzori Travellers Inn / Kibale Forest Camp / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4

After your morning breakfast, you will have an early morning game drive where you will see the lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck among others.

You will return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. It is a 42 kilometers channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George.

The boat 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 well over 550 resident species. The dinner and overnight stay will be spent at your reserved lodge.

  • Accommodation (budget): Kazinga Channel View Resort / Simba Safari Camp / Bush Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5

You will set off early (about 06:30) for a morning game drive, an awesome experience to spot the animals in natural habitats. Expect to see the famous Big Five and elephants, buffalos, lions, bushbucks, kobs, giant forest hogs, hyenas, leopards, antelopes, and waterbucks as well as birds. You will return for breakfast and relax till lunch. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

  • Accommodation (budget): Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Travellers Rest Hotel / Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6

You will have an early morning breakfast and move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla tracking rules at 07:45. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1 - 8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists.

You will have one hour to stay with the gorillas once sited and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. The drive will be through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’ because of its unique cool weather despite being near the Equator.

Lake Bunyonyi is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa (900 meters deep) and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharziasis free. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge.

  • Accommodation (budget): Bushara Island Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7

Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge.

You will choose either to go for a canoe ride, swim on the lake, or hike to the view point on the hills to see the exceedingly beautiful scenery of this part of the country. In the mid-morning hours, you will start the return journey to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon.

Depending on your flight schedule, you will either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for your dinner and overnight stay.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park 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 is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, 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.

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, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. A favorite way to view the game is by launch trip on the Kazinga Channel between Lakes George and Edward.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

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 primates include 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.

You will be served daily meals which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner as stated in the itinerary.

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Arrival or departure airport transfers
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimp and gorilla permit
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives and a boat cruise
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Local guides
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English-speaking driver-guide

Testimonials

  • Review by Emily from Manchester, 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 New York, USA
    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 Brighton, 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 Kampala, 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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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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