Apes, Wildlife Safari in Uganda -12 days
Climbing rwenzori in Uganda is one of the most challenging experience in the Trip highlights: Gorilla safari in Bwindi (one opportunity). Chimpanzees and primates in Kibale Forest. Swamp birds in bigodi wetland. Hike along the Murchison Falls. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison falls. Tree climbing lions in Ishasha. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- You’ll go to Uganda
- This tour starts and Ends in Entebbe(Uganda) – Getting there & away
- You’ll visit Kibale forest, Bwindi NP, Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest, Lake Mburo
- Activities: gorilla tracking, boat ride, game drive, night drives and walks
- Getting around: pop-up roof vehicle
- Paraa safari lodge, Ndali Lodge or budget Kibale Primate Lodge, Mweya Lodge or the Bush lodge, gorilla forest camp, gorilla mantana lodge, Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Caccia Lodge, Speke resort munyonyo, Serena Hotel, Emin parsha Hotel (breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
- Fly to/from Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Kampala by road to Murchison Falls national park
Early departure from Kampala to Murchison Falls. With lunch en route at the ziwa rhino sanctuary we will arrive in Murchison fall national park in the afternoon and visit the magnificent waterfalls, where the river Nile is being forced into a seven meter crevice.
Murchison Falls National Park – Game drive – Boat trip
After an early breakfast we start the day with the tradition big game safari drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat trip on the river Nile for more game viewing as you head to the bottom of Murchison falls.
By Road Transfer to Kibale forest National park
An early breakfast at Paraa Lodge or Red Chilli Camp and we move toward Kibale Forest through beautiful Ugandan countryside. We stop for lunch along the way and reach Fort Portal in the late afternoon where we check into out Lodging such as up-market
Kibale forest Chimpanzee tracking
It’s breakfast time and a hardy one it is and off to Kibali Forest National Park for Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) and most likely your guide will spot other primates, various birds, flora and fauna for you. Kibale Forest is one of the best places for primates in Uganda and you will surely have a successful morning.
We will have lunch and depart for the Mweya Peninsula of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we arrive in the late afternoon for check in at Mweya Lodge or the Bush lodge.
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari: Early rise and then a sunrise game drive. Afterwards there is a sumptuous breakfast, that morning you will also go and see the crater areas with their breathtaking view. Afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga channel with all of its wildlife and abundance of birds. Then it is off to an evening game drive, dinner and rest at Mweya Lodge or the Bush lodge.
Chimpanzee Tracking, game drive
Queen Elizabeth Park – Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) – Bat Cave & Night Game Drive: Another great breakfast and for those staying at Mweya Lodge, we overlook the Kazinga channel as the sun rises over Queen Elizabeth Park. This morning it is off to Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee tracking (trekking). This is a relative easy walk guided by a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who will guide you to the place where the chimps are. They move nightly so it takes the skills of an experienced ranger to guide you to the chimpanzees.
Afterwards we have our packed lunch and we are off to the Maramagambo Forest area for the bat cave where we usually find a large python resting inside of it. The cave with its thousands of bats is a most awesome experience for most visitors and surely you will find it the same.
After an early dinner we proceed for a new feature at Queen Elizabeth, the nocturnal game drive where you will see lots of animals that you do not normally find during daytime hours. This will be quite thrilling for you and even if you do not get any pictures, the experience alone is worth it.
Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
We move to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for Mountain Gorilla tracking (trekking): A nice breakfast and we slowly move toward Bwindi and hopefully we will see some tree climbing lions along the way in the Ishasha area of the southern section of Queen Elizabeth national park. We reach gorilla forest camp.
This is a long drive on corrugated roads, bumpy and dusty during the hot season months of June-July and December-January.
Uganda Gorilla tracking tour day
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla: After an early breakfast it is off for the morning briefing before embarking on one of the most awesome experiences – gorilla tracking at Bwindi Forest. The gorilla tracking (trekking) at Bwindi can last from a few hours to the whole day. The gorillas move to a new location daily and never stay in the same place, twice. There are no words to describe what you will encounter on your Gorilla tracking (trekking) experience. Simply a powerful experience to see these animals up close within 5 meters of your party of 8. Children under 15 are not permitted. The walk alone is worth it, the kind of forest you will encounter, the ridges and valleys, the streams that flow through it and of course you will encounter other wildlife besides the Mountain Gorillas. After your tracking (trekking) experience return to your accommodation for a well deserved rest. If there is time you might do an afternoon walkabout in a pigmy village this gives you some cultural insights into the local Batwa culture
Transfer to Lake Mburo
The Gorilla tracking (trekking) Safari ends and we shift to Lake Mburo: It is early breakfast and off to Lake Mburo National Park. The perfect place to break a long journey at one of the most delightful places in Uganda. You can stay at one of the classy up-market tented camps that are eco-friendly and simply one of the nicest places you have ever stayed at.
We arrive for an afternoon lunch and check-in and then it is off to leisurely cruise around the lake. There is much wildlife to be seen from hippos to crocodiles, birds of all kinds, buffaloes, zebras, antelopes and much more.
We return for some afternoon rest and then it is off to a sunset walk with a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger. Again you will see lots more animals and after the walk it is dinner at your lodging with a well deserved night of rest.
Transfer to Kampala
The Safari week is about to come to an end: It is breakfast and an early morning game drive through the five lake game park, viewing the fabulous animals and birds in a lovely setting of acacia trees dotted savannah. Checkout afterwards and a journey back to Kampala, on the way we stop at Masaka for lunch, back toward Kampala stopping at Nabusanke Trading Center where you can stand on the equator, take pictures and also buy some souvenirs and crafts then on to Mpambire where you can observe the Buganda Royal Drum Makers and even buy a few, back on our journey arriving at the Hotel of your choice in Kampala.
Kampala – Jinja – Kampala
Depart Kampala early in the morning after breakfast and off to Jinja for a day of rafting on the Nile from mild to wild, (you can easily opt out of this portion of the trip and choose a Mabira Forest visit, source of the Nile, Jinja Town, Bujagali Falls and return to Kampala in the evening to the hotel of your choice.
Kampala – Entebbe
Breakfast and a morning drive through the city for a cultural tour of Kampala with lunch, seeing some of the historic sites such as the Kabakas Tombs, Namirembe Cathedrals, busy markets, downtown area of Kampala, lunch, shopping for gifts from Uganda and off to the airport or your hotel.
Best Price (USD)
- Gorilla Permit and 1 Chimpanzee tracking Permit per person.
- All Meals and accommodation as will be stated depending on available options.
- All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle with AC, FRIDGE, POP UP ROOF.
- Park entrance fees.
- Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
- Water, coffee or Tea while on safari.
- All boat trips.
- All game drives.
- All airport pickups and drops.
- All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
- And all government taxes/levies.
- Bar Bills
- Phone calls
- Personal insurance
- Air fare
- All other Services of a personal nature.
- Driver guide’s gratuity.
Travellers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm. If these times can’t be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
All prices are VAT included.
Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
Gorilla permits are available booking at least 6 months before the departure date.