Gorillas, Chimps & Game Safaris

About your trip

Experience a unique African adventure over 14 days, encountering diverse wildlife, including the iconic Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Forest. Uganda hosts over half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population. Engage with locals, participate in sustainability initiatives, and enjoy recreational activities for an unforgettable journey.

Your safari day-by-day

Day 01 | Arrival in Entebbe

Your journey begins with your arrival in Entebbe, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by your tour guide for the safari. After clearing customs, you’ll be transferred to your guesthouse for a comfortable overnight stay.

Stays: Boma Guesthouse, Karibu Guesthouse

Day 02 | Exploring Entebbe, Uganda

After breakfast, embark on a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. This center, established in 1952, serves as a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned animals. Explore the facility on an engaging behind-the-scenes adventure, gaining insight into wildlife conservation efforts in Uganda. Later, head to Ggaba, a suburb of Kampala, to connect with children with disabilities, offering support and spreading joy. If time allows, explore the vibrant capital city of Kampala, soaking in its culture and energy.

Stays: Boma Guesthouse, Karibu Guesthouse

Day 03 | Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Today marks the beginning of your journey to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park. Depart Entebbe and travel towards the park, with a fascinating stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here, embark on an exhilarating trek to encounter the southern white rhinos in their natural habitat. After this memorable experience, continue your journey to Murchison Falls, where you’ll check into your accommodation and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Stays: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge

Day 04 | Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Start your day with an early morning game drive across the vast plains of Murchison Falls National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of majestic wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. Return to your lodge for a delicious breakfast before embarking on an afternoon boat cruise along the Nile River. Cruise upstream to the base of the magnificent Murchison Falls, witnessing the powerful rush of water as the Nile plunges through a narrow gorge. You’ll have the option to disembark and hike to the top of the falls for panoramic views of the surroundings.

Stays: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Sambiya River Lodge

Day 05 | Journey to Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, depart from Murchison Falls and travel to Kibale Forest National Park. Enjoy scenic views along the way as you journey through Uganda’s beautiful countryside. Make a stop at a local restaurant for lunch, where you can savor traditional Ugandan cuisine. Upon arrival at Kibale Forest, settle into your accommodation and unwind amidst the tranquil surroundings of the forest.

Stays: Turaco Treetops, Guereza Canopy Lodge

Day 06 | Chimpanzee Tracking and Swamp Walk

Wake up early for an exciting chimpanzee tracking adventure in Kibale Forest. Accompanied by experienced guides, venture into the forest in search of these intelligent primates. Listen to the sounds of the forest and keep an eye out for other wildlife species along the way. After an unforgettable morning, return to your lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, embark on a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp, a community-owned wetland sanctuary. Explore the diverse ecosystem of the swamp, home to numerous bird species, including the elusive shoebill stork. Learn about the conservation efforts undertaken by the local community to protect this important habitat.

Stays: Turaco Treetops, Guereza Canopy Lodge

Day 07 | Queen Elizabeth National Park– Ishasha sector

Today, journey further westwards to Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. Enjoy scenic views of the Rwenzori Mountains and lush vegetation as you travel towards the park. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation and take some time to relax before embarking on your safari adventures.

Stays: Buffalo Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp

Day 08 | Safari and Boat Cruise

Begin your day with an early morning game drive through the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Keep your camera ready as you search for the park’s diverse wildlife, including lions, elephants, buffaloes, and more. Return to your lodge for a hearty breakfast.

In the afternoon, embark on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. Cruise past pods of hippos, basking crocodiles, and a variety of bird species. Marvel at the picturesque landscapes and enjoy close-up views of the wildlife along the shores of the channel.

Stays: Buffalo Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp

Day 09 | Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today, journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Enjoy scenic views as you drive through the rolling hills and lush forests of southwestern Uganda. Upon arrival, check into your accommodation and take some time to rest before your gorilla trekking adventure tomorrow.

Stays: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 10 | Gorilla Tracking Expedition

Embark on a thrilling journey into the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the magnificent mountain gorillas. Accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, trek through the dense vegetation in search of these gentle giants. Upon encountering a gorilla family, spend an awe-inspiring hour observing their behaviors in their natural habitat. The encounter offers a profound connection with nature and creates lasting memories.

Stays: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 11 | Optional Activities

Batwa Encounter: Delve into the history of Bwindi Forest by visiting the Batwa Pygmies, the original inhabitants of the forest. Learn about their traditional way of life, cultural practices, and survival skills.

Volcano Hike: Embark on a scenic hike to explore the volcanic landscapes surrounding Bwindi Forest. Enjoy panoramic views of the rugged terrain and lush vegetation.

Community Walk and Canoe Ride: Engage with the local communities surrounding Bwindi Forest, gaining insights into their way of life, traditions, and customs. Take a leisurely canoe ride on the serene waters of nearby lakes, soaking in the tranquil ambiance.

Golden Monkey Hike in Mgahinga Forest: Venture into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for an exhilarating trek to encounter the rare golden monkeys. Marvel at their playful antics and vibrant fur as you explore their natural habitat.

Stays: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 12 | Tranquility at Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, a picturesque destination renowned for its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere. En route, enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling hills and terraced landscapes. Upon arrival, check into your chosen accommodation and take some time to relax amidst the serene surroundings.

Stays: Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi, Bunyonyi Rock Lodge

Day 13 | Wildlife Encounter at Lake Mburo National Park

Awake to Lake Bunyonyi’s tranquility and proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. Encounter diverse wildlife, from zebras to leopards. After settling in, embark on a thrilling game drive across the savannah plains, capturing the park’s scenic beauty against rolling hills. Immerse yourself in nature’s splendor and create lasting memories in this picturesque wilderness.

Stays: Kigarama Wilderness Lodge, Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Day 14 | Return to Entebbe, Uganda

As your safari concludes, enjoy a morning at Lake Mburo National Park, perhaps with a final game walk. After breakfast, head back to Entebbe, making stops, including the equator, for souvenirs. Transfer to your accommodation or Entebbe International Airport, concluding your unforgettable Uganda safari.

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