8 Days Enchanting Chimpanzee and Gorilla Safari in Uganda

  • Entebbe - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park

Wildlife Game Drive and Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This 8-day safari will take you to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to more than half the population of the remaining 880 mountain gorillas in the world. You will have an experience of a lifetime as you watch at close range these majestic apes feed, play, and relax. The safari will also take you to Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Park for game drives and boat trips. This safari will be the most enchanting experience in Uganda!

Highlights

  • Gorilla and chimp tracking
  • Game drives and boat trips
  • Uganda Equator experience
  • Covers all park entrance fees
  • Includes chimpanzee and gorilla permits
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Private 4X4 transportations
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 activity days
  • English
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Upon your arrival, you will be accommodated at Anderita Beach Hotel. You will stay at several lodges or campsites during your safari. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can choose to 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. Meanwhile, in Lake Mburo, you will stay at Eagles Nest 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 set off after breakfast and head west to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey will take around 6 - 7 hours. You will have a stopover at the Uganda Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take memorial photos.

Afterward, you will continue to Mbarara Town where you will have lunch before proceeding to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. The dinner and overnight stay will be at the lodge booked for you.

  • Accommodation (budget): Kazinga Channel View Resort / Simba Safari Camp / Bush Lodge
  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 3

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, and many others.

You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast after which you will enjoy a two-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes George and Edward and view concentrations of giant hippos, elephants, and crocodiles among others. You will return to your lodge for the dinner and overnight stay.

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

Day 4

After breakfast, you will report to the tourist center at 08:00 for a briefing before tracking the chimpanzees. The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk 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.

After the trek, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for the amazing Kazinga Channel and see at close range the water animals which include hippos, buffalos, and crocodiles.

There is also a variety of bird species on the water banks, especially the famous shoebills, pelicans, and jacanas. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your 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: 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 before returning to your lodge. If there's enough time, you will go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities.

You will visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat a wide array of human sicknesses, see a blacksmith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life, and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will also be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community. The dinner and overnight stay will be at your lodge.

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

Day 7

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 while its green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like the zebras, warthogs, elands, and impala among others which can be seen even as you enter the park.

You will have a 2-hour game drive and go for lunch at the lodge reserved for you. In the afternoon, you will go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to the crocodiles and hippos. You will return to the lodge for the dinner and overnight stay.

  • Accommodation (budget): Eagles Nest Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8

After breakfast, you will go for another game drive before setting off on your return journey. 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 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 the generations.

You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for the dinner and overnight stay.

You will visit Uganda Equator where you will experience being in two hemispheres at the same time.

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 home to 350 bird species including the marabou stocks and the crowned cranes as well as zebras, impalas, elands, buffaloes, oribis, defessa waterbucks, leopards, hippos, topis, crocodiles, and reedbuck.

Together with 13 other lakes in the area, Lake Mburo forms part of a 50-kilometer-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes lie within the park’s borders. Once covered by open savanna, 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 savanna is interspersed with rocky ridges and forested gorges while patches of papyrus swamp and narrow bands of lush riparian woodland line many lakes.

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.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All park entrance fees
  • Arrival or departure airport transfers
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Daily meals
  • Excursions to Uganda Equator
  • Game drives and boat cruises
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permit
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking
  • Local guides
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English-speaking driver-guide
  • 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.

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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