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
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • 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

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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