10 Days Gorillas and Game Safari in Uganda

Overview

This gorillas and game safari package explores Uganda’s wildlife, chimps, and gorillas in their wild habitat.

This fascinating 10-day Uganda safari package explores Uganda’s natural beauty.

From the magnificence of the Nile to the chimpanzees and gorillas in their natural homes and the herds of animals inhabiting the savannah. You will start the trip by visiting Jinja for white water rafting and other adventurous activities around the source of the Nile.

Your journey will continue to Kibale National Park for chimp tracking, followed by a cultural visit to the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru and the nearby craters.

You will then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see many savannah animals on a classic wildlife game drive and boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. From Queen, you’ll continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

In Bwindi, you will hike through the thick rainforest and track mountain gorillas along with a very experienced ranger. After spending around 1 hour with the gorillas, you will head back to the starting point. You will leave Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park to check out some more wildlife, before heading back to Kampala or Entebbe where this trip ends.

This trip is ideal for groups and individuals and offers gratifying experiences of nature and Uganda as a whole. Take a look at the detailed day-by-day itinerary to get an idea of how this trip would flow for you.

Detailed Itinerary

Here is the full day-by-day itinerary for this tour

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe, transfer to Kampala

Our tourist guide/driver will be waiting at Entebbe International airport to pick you up and then transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Accommodation:

Standard Papyrus Guest House
Comfort Cassia Lodge
Luxury Serena Hotel Kampala

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2:White Water Rafting in Jinja, back to Kampala

Early morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Jinja for a white water rafting experience on the Nile. This can take either a full or half-day depending on your choice and also visit Jinja town and some craft shops for your souvenir shopping.

Accommodation:

Standard Papyrus Guest House
Comfort Cassia Lodge
Luxury Serena Hotel Kampala

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3:Drive from Kampala to Kibale National Park

Today, after early morning breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Fort Portal town; an 8-hour journey from Kampala with stop-overs along the way. This town nestles in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains so be sure to have that amazing view.

Accommodation:

Standard Kibale Forest Camp
Comfort Turaco Treetops
Luxury Papaya Lake Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park

Early morning after breakfast, you will visit the Kibale National Park to track the Chimpanzees and 10 other primates including l’ hoestes, red colobus, blue, red-tailed, and grey-cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations of primates, forest fauna, and flora.

This primate walk is both informative and enjoyable. In the afternoon, visit the Bigodi swamp and the community around the Kibale Forest National Park.

Accommodation:

Standard Kibale Forest Camp
Comfort Turaco Treetops
Luxury Papaya Lake Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Visit Caves, Crater Lakes. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Today after breakfast early in the morning, you will have a cultural tour of the ‘Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru’ caves located 10 km from Fort Portal town and also hike to the explosion craters surrounding this area. Return back to Fort Portal town for lunch, and in the afternoon visit the ‘Tooro’ Kingdom palace.

In the evening, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for about 3-4 hours following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges for much of the journey.

Accommodation:

Standard Bush Lodge
Comfort Kasenyi Safari Camp
Luxury Marafiki Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Wildlife Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive in the park with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop that provides excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kobs, Topi, and bushbuck.

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse Eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you for a unique 2 to 3 hour boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This boat trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. Many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

This will give you excellent opportunities for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation:

Standard Bush Lodge
Comfort Kasenyi Safari Camp
Luxury Marafiki Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, you will drive through the Kigezi highlands region of Uganda also known as the “Switzerland of Africa” providing views of terraced hillsides and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is a 4-7 hours journey.

Accommodation:

Standard Buhoma Community Camp/ Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
Comfort Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Haven Lodge Buhoma
Luxury Mahogany Springs Lodge / Nkuringo Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Bwindi forest is a spectacular and incredibly dense rainforest that offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape.

You will arrive at the park headquarters early in the morning (7:00 am) for a briefing by the UWA staff before going to trek. Don’t forget to carry along your tracking gear which includes raincoats, jungle boots, and more.

The trekking will take a couple of hours (2 -7 hrs) depending on how far the gorillas might have moved. In groups of 8 people, your guide will lead you through the numerous pathways created for the tourists, and eventually, you’ll find your way to the rare & shy gorillas.

A certificate is awarded by UWA at the end of every gorilla trekking experience. Later relax at your lodge which will give breathtaking views of the park.

Accommodation:

Standard Buhoma Community Camp/ Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
Comfort Rushaga Gorilla Camp/ Haven Lodge Buhoma
Luxury Mahogany Springs Lodge / Nkuringo Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Drive to Lake Mburo National park

Check out after breakfast in the morning for a 7-hour drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch. This is the best place in the country to see zebras.

Lake Mburo has 5 lakes and is mainly a savanna with scattered acacia trees. The park features animals such as impalas, elands, roan antelopes, reedbucks, klipspringers, and topis, as well as buffaloes and hippos.

Adjacent to the park is the ranches of the Bahima (Ankole) tribe, who herd the famous long-horned Ankole cattle that are a common sight here. Take an afternoon boat ride on the Lake & see a variety of birds and hippos too.

Accommodation:

Standard Rwakobo rock lodge
Comfort Arcadia Cottages
Luxury Mihingo Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Transfer back to Entebbe

Early morning after breakfast, go for a safari walk in the park accompanied by your guide and later return to your lodge for lunch.

Check out in the afternoon and depart for Kampala which is 6 hours away with a stop-over at the Equator line. Your guide/ driver will drop you in Kampala or Entebbe International airport for your evening flight.

Accommodation: None. (Last day)

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

This will mark the end of your Gorillas and Game Safari in Uganda.

Inclusions

The price of this tour includes the following items
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour.
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary.
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions

The price of this tour does not include the following items
  • International airfares.
  • Entry visa to Uganda.
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter. (Helps to carry your backpack & push/pull you on the slippery slopes.)
  • Personal insurance (medical/travel)
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature.(e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities.)

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