Uganda Wildlife Holiday – 8 Days

8 Days Uganda Wildlife Holiday - Overview

This Uganda wildlife holiday safari takes you on a gratifying journey to see gorillas, chimps, and the abundant wildlife in Uganda’s wild savannahs.

Get up close with chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, spot elephants, lions, and hippos on classic game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and trek through the dense rainforest to witness the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

With cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery, and special wildlife experiences, this safari is the adventure of a lifetime.

Take a closer look at the detailed itinerary and get a better idea of how this 8 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday would work for you. Keep in mind that our trips are fully customized and can be personalized to meet your specific needs.

Detailed 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday

Here is the full day-by-day itinerary for this 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday

Day 1: Airport pickup

Our 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday driver/guide will be waiting at Entebbe International Airport to pick you up and then transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse
  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2:Drive to Kibale National Park

After your breakfast, you will leave Kampala for Kibale National Park in western Uganda. The drive takes around 8 hours including a stopover for lunch in Fort Portal town.

Along the way, you will pass many small towns, villages, tea farms, and roadside markets all of which make the Ugandan countryside full of beauty. You will reach Kibale with enough time to relax and unwind from a day of travel.

  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3:Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

After early morning breakfast, your 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday driver/guide will drive you to the Kibale National Park office where you will be briefed about the activity of tracking chimpanzees in the wild.

You will then go on a guided primate walk in search of chimpanzees and 12 other primates including l’ Hoestes, Red colobus, blue, red-tailed monkeys, brown monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabey.

The park rangers will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates but on all the forest fauna and flora, and will ensure that your walk is informative and enjoyable.

After finding the chimps, you will spend 1 hour with them before heading back to the park offices. You will go back to the lodge for lunch & refreshments.

After lunch, you will visit the community and take a walk in Bigodi Swamp – which is the home of the great blue Turaco bird. The swamp is home to around 200 bird species and 8 primate species. Later, return to your accommodation for dinner & overnight stay.

  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4:Visit Caves & Crater Lakes, drive to Queen Elizabeth N.P

After breakfast, you will start the day with a cultural tour of the ‘Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru’ caves – a great historic site located 10km out of Fort Portal town.

You will be accompanied by an informed 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday guide who knows more about this place. Remember to carry along a flashlight, hiking boots, long trousers, etc since you are going to enter the caves. Thereafter, you will hike the explosion crater lakes surrounding this area and then return to Fort Portal town for lunch and a visit to the Tooro Kingdom Palace.

In the evening, drive to Uganda’s second-largest park, Queen Elizabeth National Park while enjoying the changing views of the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

  • Accommodation: Bush Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning wildlife safari game drive in this park. 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.

With the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, you will have excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, giant forest hogs, cape buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, Uganda Kobs, Topi, and bushbuck.

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

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

  • Accommodation: Bush Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6:Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After your breakfast, you will be driven from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a 6 hours journey passing through the Kigezi Highlands an area known as the “Switzerland of Africa”.

The journey takes you through terraced hills and winding roads to the Bwindi forest. You will have a stop-over in Kabale for lunch.

Day 7:Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today is the big day! Prepare yourself for an encounter with the gentle giants – the rare mountain gorillas.

For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday . You will go into the forest in groups of not more than 8 in search of mountain gorillas. En route, your guide will point out previous signs of gorilla activity such as dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots.

Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboo. Upon finding the gorillas, you will spend a maximum of 1 hour with them after which you will be led back to the starting point.

In the evening, you will go for a community visit and cultural experience of the local Bakiga and Batwa tribes that live close to Bwindi. You will learn about their lives, history, and traditions.

  • Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8:Drive to Kampala

After an early breakfast, your 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday driver/guide will drive you from Bwindi to Kampala. This is a long drive of approximately 9 hours that will take you from the cooler mountainous altitude of the Kigezi Highlands to the lower undulating landscape of Ankole and Buganda, with large farms and plantations dotted with villages and small towns.

You will have several stopovers along the way including the equator crossing in Kayabwe for some pictures. Depending on the schedule of your next flight, a few more stopovers can be added by your guide.

You should reach Kampala in the early evening hours with enough time to freshen up before your flight out of Uganda.

  • Accommodation: None (Last day)
  • Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Price per person (USD)

Here is the cost per person depending on the group size.
 1 Pax  2 Pax  4 Pax  6 Pax
 4790  3410  2840  2650

  • Trip Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.
  • Starting Point: Entebbe, Uganda.

Note: A 30% booking is due upon booking, with the balance cleared 1 month before the trip starts.

Not quite ready to book yet?

That is fine, you can send us an inquiry so that we figure it all out together. Please use this form to talk to our safari specialists and they will help you.

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.)

7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday F.A.Qs

Here are some common questions about this 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday

What are my chances of seeing gorillas on this trip?

Your chances of seeing gorillas are around 99% guaranteed. The remaining 1% is to account for the fact that gorillas are live in the wild and 100% should not be guaranteed with wildlife.

Throughout all the years of operation, our clients have always been able to see and spend time with the gorillas.

Can this trip be personalized for me?

Yes, this 7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday and all our trips can be personalized to fit the specific needs of our guests. Whatever your idea of a safari is, simply let us know and our safari specialists will work with you to make your ideal safari come to life.

What food will I be having on this safari trip?

Uganda is an agricultural country with so much variety when it comes to food. The lodges we work with have experienced chefs who can make great local and international meals.

For any special dietary restrictions or requests, talk to our team so that the information is passed along, and the accommodation partners are better prepared for you.

When is the best time to go for this safari?

Uganda can be visited all year round, thanks to the warm and sunny conditions that prevail all year long. However, the best time is during the dry season months when savannah wildlife is much easier to spot around the water, and tracking gorillas isn’t too difficult due to the steep slippery slopes in the rainforest.

I still have a few more Questions

Whatever your question is, our team is made up of safari experts who will answer all your questions about this trip, or anything else related to traveling and visiting Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Reach out through our contact page, or simply send us a quick message via the form on this page. Alternatively, our phones and emails are also available for you to use – whichever works best for you.