15 Days Gorilla Safari & Wildlife safari

Tour overview

The tour takes you for gorilla trekking, chimp tracking, wildlife viewing as well as boat cruises. The safari will take to the most common popular destinations in Uganda, including Bwindi impenetrable national park, Murchison falls, Kibale National park, Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth National park as well as Lake Mburo National Park.

Tour overview

Early departure from Kampala and head for your Uganda game viewing safari at Murchison Falls. Drinking water is provided as a complementary while onboard. We stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary reserve for Rhino tracking, lunch at the historical Masindi hotel. How about a visit to the top of the falls before checking in at our lodge! At the falls you will see the fabulous falls with water flowing down through the 7 meter gorge and you will witness the ground shaking due to the high pressure from the flowing water down the 43 meters. We will later check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari Lodge/ Sambiya River lodge/ Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House

Day 2: Explore the Murchison Falls and its Wildlife.

A well-deserved cup of tea at your lodge and get prepared for the second game drive after crossing the ferry. The game drive starts as you watch out animals like hippos, leopards, lions, elephants, antelopes of all types, birds of all kinds including Europe migratory birds and those from Africa.  Uganda’s wilderness alive with its multitude of primates, mammals and you are right here in the heart of it all. Rest and Lunch at your chosen lodging. Then it is another adventure afternoon boat cruise on the River Nile, taking you up to the bottom of the falls where you will witness the powers on nature known as the most powerful fall in the world. There is lots of animals to see as they come to drink water, Hippos thrashing in the river, crocodiles along the shores, herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, birds, monkeys, and a three hour boat ride with great photo opportunities.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari Lodge/ Sambiya River lodge/ Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House

 Day 3:  Leave Murchison falls for Kibale

A relaxed breakfast at your accommodation and check-out, off for your Primate Adventure safari to Kibale Chimpanzee trekking Forest Park. The park is the only rainforest in East Africa with 13 primates’ species. Awesome journey as you drive through the verdant countryside of Uganda, expect to see a lot along the way. The scenery keeps on changing with fantastic style and design from Vegetation, Homesteads, plantations, people and culture. As you get closer to Fort portal you see the snowcapped Mountains of the Moon from a distance. Lunch break at a hotel in Hoima town. Proceed to the Rainforest of Kibale arriving at your lodge late afternoon and check in to your Luxury primate lodge, budget chimpanzee guest house or Chimpanzee nest lodge in the Jungle. Tonight you will sleep and enjoy your night in the jungle rainforest. Have a good night sleep.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge/ Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon/ Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge/ Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guest House

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking safari at Kibale Forest

A well-deserved morning breakfast to give you energy for the Chimpanzee tracking this day.  Off to the jungle rainforest for primate trekking (tracking) Adventure safari experience in the heart of Africa Uganda. Certainly there are other primates staying in Kibale forest park and these include the Red Tailed monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons and then there is wildlife to see, the forest park, its beauty and the abundant birdlife that stay in this park.  Kibale Forest is covered with beauty, the butterflies, and the mystery of the rainforest.  Return to your lodging for lunch break and rest.

After lunch you will take a tour to Bigodi Swamp Wetland,  the swamp is a home to  135 plus types of birds  thus a birdwatchers’ paradise most of these birds can been seen from the papyrus, polita figs and wild palms.   While on your visit here you will also observe monkeys of different types and wildlife like the rare sitatunga antelope.  You might even find some chimpanzees again and butterflies. After the walk return to you accommodation for dinner and relaxation.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge/ Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon/ Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge/ Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guest House

 Day 5: Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth

We are off for a four hour drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Check into the Luxury Mweya safari lodge or Budget Queen Elizabeth safari camp. If you take the luxury package of this Uganda trip , where from your luxury lodge  you can see the Kazinga channel and its  wildlife closer to you.  A lovely lodge for you to celebrate this day of your holiday in the heart of Africa Queen Elizabeth Park.

It’s time for a delicious Lunch and afterwards it is another adventure one of the highlights of Queen Elizabeth, the launch cruise (boat ride) along the Kazinga Channel. The channel is a home of the largest concentration of birds in Africa, Hippos and other wildlife in Uganda like Buffaloes, Elephants and a fantastic introduction to the Park and its wildlife.  Afterward you are back at your lodge for rest.

After dinner how about taking an optional nocturnal  Game Safari which will take you deep into the insights of an adventure safari to view  wild animals moving  around at night. Afterwards you are back at your lodging for a good night sleep with the romantic night sounds from above and beyond.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ihamba safari Lodge/ Mweya hostel.

Day 6: Uganda Wildlife and primate safari at Queen Elizabeth Park

Have a lovely breakfast and you are off for your Adventure Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth Park, where you will see other primates at the same time. Maramagambo forest is another home for the Chimps though they are not habituated for tracking (trekking) so they are not used to humans. The only place to track the habituated Chimpanzees is Kyambura Gorge. Apart from tracking the Chimps in Kyambura, there are other primates residing in the Gorge and these include Monkeys of different types like the Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, if you are lucky you might see the red tailored Monkey, Olive Baboons in Kyambura. The gorge is also recommended for bird watching safaris in Queen Elizabeth where one can spot out different bird species like Blue Black Bee Eater and Blue Bellied Kingfisher along with many forest birds and migratory birds from Europe. After our morning chimpanzee trekking experience, we are off for a leisurely afternoon at our lodge. Lunch and rest until our game drive in the afternoon.

You can’t imagine what the afternoon venture will take you through, as you will be taking a game with the views of the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountain. The afternoon game drive will take you through the stunning Crater lakes; you will spot Uganda’s wildlife such as Lions, antelopes of different types, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants, birds of different kinds, mammals, primates, trees and plants. Back to our lodging for a fabulous dinner and a good night sleep.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ihamba safari Lodge/ Mweya hostel.

Day 7:  Ishasha Queen Elizabeth Tree Climbing lion safari

A wonderful morning with a cup of African tea, check out from our Lodge in Queen Elizabeth and transfer to the southern part of this park where the tree climbing lions are tracked. Still within Queen Elizabeth Park but totally and completely different scenery. We check into moderate savanna Resort, Ishasha Ntungwe or Luxury Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp. It’s located in the heart of Africa wilderness offering views of wildlife roaming around right from your veranda to the dining. Its lunch time and afternoon rest. After a fantastic lunch you will take a game drive through the Ishasha Wilderness plains in search for the tree climbing lions, leopards, Antelopes of all kind, elephants and much more. Dinner and rest in the Wilderness of Ishasha.

Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness camp/ Ishasha Ntungwe River Lodge/ Savanna Resort

Day 8: Gorilla safari journey to Bwindi Impenetrable gorilla trekking park

This will be your last day at Ishasha with a relaxed breakfast and another safari to the Tree Climbing Lions as you head to the gorillas at Bwindi. The journey from Ishasha to Bwindi is not long since you will be enjoying the scenery in Ishasha as well as the wildlife as you head for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. We are right at our lodge in Buhoma, check into Luxury Gorilla resort lodge or Buhoma Community Rest camp- the lodges here are a bit cold but comfortable with beautiful views of the Impenetrable forest, you will need to have this afternoon reserved for rest as you get set for your mountain gorilla safari the next morning. A fabulous Lunch at your Lodge and some rest is recommended. Evening at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Luxury Gorilla resort lodge or Buhoma Community Rest camp

Day 9: Mountain gorilla trip at Bwindi Forest Park

All you have been waiting for  is the gorilla tracking day in Uganda and here is day 9 and this whole day will be  for gorilla tracking, this begins with a lovely breakfast to give you energy to walk into the thick Jungle mountain gorilla forest in search for the gorillas. Assemble at the Uganda wildlife Authority Headquarters for a short briefing with your packed lunch and drinking water.  It can take up to 8 hours, but it is usually shorter.  All well worth it, the cost of the Mountain Gorilla fades into the distance as you view these magnificent creatures up close.

There after you will take a village walks to the Batwa communities, you will be briefly introduced to the life style of these people and how they lived in the forest. The village walk is truly rewarding, you may even take part in some of the traditional activities like cooking and traditional cultural dances. You will walk back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight in sounds of Munyangwa River. If you are staying at Luxury Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Community Rest Camp, all these lodges offer a clear view of the African Rainforest with its sounds.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Luxury Gorilla resort lodge or Buhoma Community Rest camp

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi Adventure safari Holiday

This day you will leave the Impenetrable forest for another adventure safari at Lake Bunyonyi. A lovely morning breakfast and then it is check out time and we are off to the world’s most attractive lakes with over 22 islands on it. Among the lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is the one where you

Will enjoy the delicious food and fruits fresh from African gardens. The lake is simply fabulous.

Its lunch time with sights and sounds of birds, after lunch you may opt to take part in any of the activities organized at the lodge like guided community walk, explore the Island, canoeing, walking along the shores of the Lake. It’s all about you to choose any activity of your choice. Dinner at your lodge – have a peaceful night with the sounds of birds on the lake.

Dinner and overnight at Heritage Lodge / Bird Nest Bunyonyi/ Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi/ Bushara Island Camp

Day 11 – Leave Lake Bunyonyi and travel to Mgahinga Park

A lovely Morning cup of tea at your lodge on Lake Bunyonyi. Carry out a canoe ride if you missed it on day 10.  Its check out time  and we are off for another  safari journey  to  Mgahinga Gorilla park, where we check in at Affordable Amajambire community camp or  Mount Gahinga Lodge in the foothills of the volcanoes and have a delicious  lunch. A relaxed afternoon or opt for a walk along the foot hills of the volcanoes.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 12 –   Whole day Uganda Adventure safari at   Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

A well deserve morning cup of African tea will give you the energy for the whole day Mgahinga Adventure safari.  The park is surrounded by Volcanoes both dormant and active. All the volcanoes within Mgahinga Park are dormant.

You have two safari options- You may choose to take the 8 hours hike to the Batwa trail taking you up the cave and it surrounds Rwanda. You can as well take part in the Golden Monkey Tracking. Its only In Rwanda and Mgahinga Park where one can track the golden Monkeys since they are endangered and rare in Africa. Evening at leisure and dinner at your Lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Mount Mgahinga Safari Lodge/Travelers’ Rest Hotel/ Mount Gahinga Rest Camp

 

Day 13 – Uganda safari at Lake Mburo Park

You will be off for your journey to Lake Mburo after a cup of tea in the Morning. The drive to Mburo Park will take you through the rolling hills known as the Africa’s Switzerland, reaching Lake Mburo in time for your Lunch. You will check in at your super luxury Mihingo Lodge or Arcadia Cottages where you will be sleeping in the stunning furnished Uganda safari tents or Cottages.  Mihingo Lodge offers a clear view of the salt lick where animals meet during the day to lick the salt – simply exhilarating, all the comforts in an African style and our last Uganda Wildlife safari in a National Park.  If time does not allow us to have lunch at our Lodge in Lake Mburo we will stop over at Igongo Culture Centre for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon with a boat cruise on Lake Mburo where you will see crocodiles, Impala, Hippos, Eland, Zebras, Buffaloes and a variety of Birds like Bush shrike, Papyrus, the rare Shoebill, and Africa Fin foot, Fish Eagle and many more to see.

Lake Mburo National park is an extension of Tanzanian Plains into Uganda and it is the smallest savannah park surrounded with acacia trees, it is simply beautiful to behold.  It is one of only two parks with Zebras and are a must see, they are the first animals to welcome you as you get into the park.  The Baboons and the Vervet Monkeys are the only primates found in this park. Relax at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Mantana Tented Camp/ Arcadia Cottages-Lake Mburo/ Rwonyo Camp

Day 14: Horse riding safaris at Lake Mburo

Morning breakfast and the day begins with a unique safari treat in the park- Horseback riding across the savanna park and the rolling hills of Lake Mburo. Horse riding safaris are unique in this park and not yet introduced to other parks in Uganda. You will see amazing animals like Buffaloes, zebras, antelopes roaming around the savannah while you are horse riding.

Back to your lodge for lunch, refresh and off to Kampala driving through the jungles, savannahs vegetation a head of you and there is more to see as you drive to Kampala. The first stop will be at the Equator for craft shopping and photography opportunities reaching Kampala early evening. Your last dinner and overnight at Luxury Sheraton Hotel or budget Namirembe Guest house or similar.

You may opt to take a night visit to the sights and sounds of Kampala and this will introduce you to Kampala’s nightlife. So amazing! The nightlife in Kampala is so amazing since it is Uganda’s capital and here the night never ends. Kampala is a collection of all people from all corners of Uganda. The music here is a combination of African and Western Music from record to live music where Uganda’s popular Musicians come live on stage to perform.   Surely you will enjoy the nightlife with the escort of your guide or any of the staff just to give you company. Remember the night life in Kampala is optional. The sad moments this morning will be boarding your flight back home. Goodbye Uganda to the Pearl of Africa with its lovely people and culture.

Included in Safari:

  • Accommodation  and meals,
  • bottled drinking water while on board,
  • English Speaking driver guide,
  • 4*4  Wheel safari vehicle with Fuel,
  • English Speaking  Game drives
  • Park Entrance fees to the park,
  • Transfers to the Airport transfers,  and visit to  cultural sites,
  • Chimpanzee and gorilla  Permits as applicable
  • Ranger Guide for Tracking.

Not included in Safari price:

  • Air Travel to and from Uganda,
  • Uganda Visa Costs, Laundry,
  • Tips,
  • Drinks,
  • Except those included in lodging meal price.