10 – day Uganda gorilla safari focuses on major activities in the most visited national parks in Uganda. The gorilla safari package involves mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park, wildlife viewing and launch cruise in Uganda’s popular first and second largest Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national park respectively.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (8-10 Hours)
Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Adventure & Batwa Walk (pygmies)
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4: Game Viewing & Launch Cruise in Kazinga Channel
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Day 6: Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest; Home to 13 Primates species
Day 7: Murchison Falls Tour
Day 8: Game drive in the delta circuit- Murchison Falls National Park
Day 9: Chimp tracking in Budongo Forest
Day 10: Departure
Uganda Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi national park (8-10hrs)
Start off early from Kampala heading to Bwindi impenetrable national park. We head south west of Kampala; stop in Masaka to see the equator and in Mbarara for lunch. Continue to Bwindi forest, home to Approximately 480 mountain gorillas/half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Dinner and overnight at Mahogany springs lodge/ Bwindi forest lodge/ Buhoma lodge/Bwindi community camp.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Adventure and Batwa walk (Pygmies)
Get up early, take breakfast and head to the park headquarters for a briefing about the gorillas. Head for the thick jungles of Bwindi as you trek searching for the gorillas. This can take you half a day or more spend an hour with the gorillas. In the evening you can take a village walk around Buhoma and find out about the Batwa pygmy natives, also shop from available curio shops. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (day 1).
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park tour
Have morning breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (5 hrs) via the Ishasha route. On your way, you will see the tree-climbing lions alongside Uganda Kobs, buffalos. Finally when you enter the park begin with a game drive to Mweya Peninsular. Proceed to the crater lakes region. Here there are several saline crater lakes. Check out how the locals mine salt. Overnight in Mweya safari lodge/Katara lodge/Enganzi lodge/ Park view lodge.
Day 4: Game drives and launch cruise – Queen Elizabeth National park
After breakfast go for an early game drive to Kasenyi plains where you will spot black and white colobus, bushbuck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes and many bird species. Head back to lodge for lunch then in the evening go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along lake George-lake Edward, come eye-eye with yawning hippos, crocodiles and over 611 bird species. Return to Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge & transfer to Kibale forest national park
This morning take your breakfast then head straight for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at exactly 8:00 am. Did you know we have a lot in common? So spend some time with them to learn more. There are more diverse primates also mainly Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge has many bird species. You will then transfer back to the lodge for lunch lodge and then depart for Kibale forest national park. Dinner and overnight stay at Primates Lodge/ Crater safari lodge/ Kibale forest camp.
Day 6: Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest and a visit to Bigodi swamp
Wake up early, take breakfast and transfer to the national park headquarters at Kanyanchu for a briefing before the start of the trek. This can take you half a day. While trekking the chimpanzees, you will also encounter other animals such as the blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, blues and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs, and an impressive tree species. Later take a nature guided walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. The Great Blue Turaco can easily be spotted among the other bird 137 species. Dinner and overnight at the lodge (day 5).
Day 7: Transfer to Murchison Falls
Here you will wake up very early, take breakfast and check out of the lodge for Murchison falls national park which will take you roughly 7-8 hours drive. You will have a stopover at Zziwa rhino sanctuary home to the orphaned Rhinos in Nakasongora via luwero triangle with spectacular views of Lake Albert and Rwenzori mountains having lunch en-route. You will then drive straight away to the Top of the falls, quite a sight to appreciate the beauty of the River Nile and the falls. Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari lodge/ Red chili camp/ Nile safari camp.
Day 8: Game drive in the delta circuit
Early morning go for a game drive in the Northern Nile delta circuit and check out for wildlife browsing in the open savannah grasslands such animals include leopards along the leopard track, Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The high supply of Kobs called for unavoidable pride of lions to the delta too. The delta also attracts birders with specials like the Abyssinian ground hornbill, shoebill (herons, waders, and egrets around small pools of water) Senegal thick-knee and Denham’s bustard. What’s not there? In the evening head out for a launch trip on the famous Nile River and value God’s creation of the Murchison Falls, the largest crocs, Hippos, and elephants playing in the water. After such a lovely encounter retires to your lodge at Sambiya Lodge/ Red Chili camp/ Nile Safari camp.
Day 9: Chimp tracking in Budongo Forest
After having a good breakfast, let’s head for a little close tour with our next of kin in the animal kingdom- the chimpanzees in Budongo forest. The forest harbors the biggest chimp population in Uganda -800 of them! So much we have in common with these creatures. Also, you get to see other allied relatives like the black and white colobus, vervet monkey, potto and blue monkey. Afterward, take your lunch and drive straight to Kampala.
Day 10: Departure
Drive back to Kampala after breakfast.
The Safari prices are calculated in US dollars per person and you will travel by safari JEEP 4*4 Toyota Land Cruisers.
Price depends on time of travel (low, high or peak season), number of people in your group and level of accommodation.
- Special discount rate for a group of 3 or more
- Children under 3 years FREE
- Children between 3-12 years 75% of adult rate
- Children between 12-18 years 90% of adult rate
PEAK SEASON: JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER
HIGH SEASON: NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH
LOW SEASON: APRIL, MAY, JUNE
The Safari Package Includes
- Guarantee Price, Guarantee Departure
- All pickups from your hotel and back after safari
- Accommodation as indicated (2 people sharing a double room with 1 or 2 separate beds. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking)
- Activities and meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All park fees and government taxes
- Services of professional English-speaking driver-guide
- Bottled water while on safari
- Unlimited mileage on the safari
- Maximum of 6 passengers in the safari vehicles
- Safari Transport and game drives in a safari minibus fitted with a pop-up roof tops and guarantee of a window seat for game viewing and photography.
- All safari Minibus carries safari accessories such as wildlife books, cooler box, binoculars, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and it has a guaranteed window seats. Option for a jeep available at a small fee.
The Safari Package does NOT Included
- International air fare
- Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa and traveler’s insurance
- Tips to driver-guide