7 Days Small Group Adventure Holiday. Rafting, Wildlife and Gorillas

Overview

This small group adventure holiday takes you on an exciting 7-day journey to explore the wildlife, the gorillas, and the mighty river Nile in Uganda.

The trip starts off in Kampala and takes you to Jinja where you get to raft the great river Nile at its source. Jinja is regarded as the adventure capital of East Africa and will give you an adrenaline rush to blow your mind.

Your journey will then turn back west and go to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see all kinds of savannah wildlife and birds. You will then ascend the Kigezi highlands and go to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – home of endangered mountain gorillas.

You will hike in the thick and dark rainforest in search of gorillas, and you will meet them for 1 hour before hiking back. From Bwindi, you will return to Kampala and complete your trip with a stopover at the equator line for some photos and some crafts shopping.

This trip is ideal for someone who wants to see gorillas and savannah wildlife as well as the adventure activities that are popular around the source of the Nile. Look through the detailed day-by-day program to get a feel of how your safari would flow.

Detailed Itinerary

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

Day 1: Airport pick up, transfer to Kampala

Our driver/guide will wait for you at Entebbe International Airport and welcome you to Uganda. You will then be transferred to your hotel for the night.

Your guide will also brief you on the details and expectations of your specific Small Group Adventure Safari such that everyone is well prepared and ready.

Accommodation:

Standard Papyrus Guest House
Comfort Cassia Lodge
Luxury Serena Hotel Kampala

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2:White Water Rafting Adventure in Jinja

Today you will go Rafting on the Nile and see a number of falls, also tour Jinja town depending on the time available. In the evening you will be transferred back to Kampala for your overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Standard Papyrus Guest House
Comfort Cassia Lodge
Luxury Serena Hotel Kampala

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3:Drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you drive for about 8-9 hours with a stop for lunch in the cozy town of Fort Portal then later continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is Uganda’s second-largest park and is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

The park has prolific wildlife including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog, and Waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and around the entrance to the park.

Be prepared for huge numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine. Watch wildlife at the waterhole from your own private verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah.

Accommodation:

Standard Bush Lodge
Comfort Kasenyi Safari Camp
Luxury Marafiki Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Wildlife viewing & Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning wildlife safari game drive in this park. With the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, this 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 ecosystem of grassy plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes, and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

After lunch, you will go on a 2-3 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos while other animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge.

This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with more than 600 different species.

You will be transferred back to your lodge after the boat trip.

Accommodation:

Standard Bush Lodge
Comfort Kasenyi Safari Camp
Luxury Marafiki Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After early morning breakfast, today we drive from Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

This is a 4-7 hours journey passing through the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands, with its terraced hillside and winding roads to the Bwindi forest. We will have a stop-over on our journey in Kabale town for lunch.

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, and Dinner

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning after breakfast, get ready for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies, and 360 birds.

The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups that can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorilla’s habitat.

En route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken by Gorilla trekking can be as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours before one returns.

Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own Gorillas in the Mist.

In the Evening visit the community and interact with the local people.

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, and Dinner

Day 7: Drive back to Kampala

After breakfast, you continue your drive back(approx. 9 hrs) to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport). Of course, you stop at the equator, the best place for your souvenir shopping.

Your tourist driver/guide will bring you to your accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe or to Entebbe Airport (this is only possible if your flight leaves at midnight or later).

Accommodation: None. (Last day)

Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch

This will mark the end of your 7-day Small Group Adventure 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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