9 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

Tour overview

This safari will take you too many natural destinations of Uganda and these include; Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park as well as Lake Mburo national park. Here you will have an opportunity to track the mountain gorillas and viewing many wildlife species which include; the birds, zebras, the big five, and many more.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Uganda Wildlife safari at Murchison falls safari

Early departure from Kampala and we provide bottled drinking water throughout your safari. It is best to depart at 6:30 am and drive north via Masindi and after Masindi we branch off to Zziwa Rhino Reserve where Rhino Tracking is carried out in the district of Nakasongora, while here you will take this chance to track the Rhinos up close through the savannah and tree for two hours then drive onward to Murchison Falls National. On arrival, you will proceed to the top of the falls were you will be able to enjoy the scenery of the park as well as the falls. Enjoy the evening moment at your accommodation with memories of day 1 of your trip to Uganda, the cool and calm atmosphere of the African jungle only broken by an occasional sound of an animal and birds in the distance.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari Lodge / Sambiya River lodge / Global Village Guest House-FB

Day 2: Wildlife Adventure safari at Murchison

A cup of African coffee at your lodging in Murchison falls then off for a game drive.  Guiding you to where you can spot the animals for the best Wildlife viewing and wildlife Photography opportunity.  Expect to see lion cubs play-fighting, elephants moving across the savannah and the giraffe grazing. You will return to the lodging facility for lunch.
After lunch it is one of the highlights of your safari to Murchison Falls National Park, the boat cruise along the Nile River. You will move up toward Murchison Falls viewing crocodiles, abundance of buffaloes, antelopes of different types,   hippos, elephants, birds, butterflies and so much more. The boat cruise will slowly take you up the Nile River; make sure that you carry drinking water as you head for the Nile cruise. The magnificent Falls are stunning displaying the power of nature.  The river is 50 meters above the falls, moves down words through a 7 meter gorge and falls downstream 43 meters, the sight makes one realize how powerful nature can be with the deafening sounds of the water. You will see Nile crocodiles resting on the River Bank in the afternoon sun within the falls, below the falls you can see a group of hippos relaxing in the water of the Nile and birds flying   above and beyond. The journey down the river slowly begins and more opportunity for seeing animals before you return to your lodging for dinner and good night sleep.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa safari Lodge / Sambiya River lodge / Global Village Guest House-FB

Day 3- Travel to Queen Elizabeth Park

We start our journey from Murchison to Queen Elizabeth after breakfast, as we drive, we are able to see different sights that reflect the various parts of the verdant country side. This will include our version of fast food service at various places where you can buy cooked cassava, beef, and shish kebabs with chicken, juice, roastedmaize, bananas or Ground nuts. We stop at the Masindi Hotel for lunch and continue with our journey to Queen Elizabeth where we arrive late in the afternoon. Check into your lodge. After a long day drive, it is simply relaxation, enjoy dinner and sit out listening to the sounds of the Africa Wilderness, some animals will come quite closer to you and make evening  interesting  as you enjoy your dinner at the lodge.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/ Ihamba safari Lodge/ Mweya Hostel

Day 4 – Explore Wildlife at Queen Elizabeth with a game drive and Boat cruise

Wake up early and take a morning game drive in search for the early risers at Queen Elizabeth Park. After your game drive you will be transferred to your accommodation for breakfast, then a visit to the crater lakes region with their breathtaking view.  Afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel with all its wildlife and abundance of birds of different species including the migrants.  Then it is off for another game drive in the evening, dinner and overnight at your choice of accommodation in Queen Elizabeth.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/ Ihamba safari Lodge/ Mweya Hostel

Day 5- Kyambura Gorge safari and the Bat Cave

Another wonderful day after breakfast not to miss out while on this safari in the heart of Africa – Queen Elizabeth Park and the Gorge in Kyambura. This morning it is off for Chimpanzee tracking at Kyambura Gorge.  This is a relatively easy walk guided by a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger who will guide you to the area where the chimps are tracked.  Chimps move nightly so it takes the skills of an experienced ranger to guide you.After the Chimpanzee trek we have our packed lunch and we are off to the Maramagambo Forest area where we will visit the Bat Cave and see birds, butterflies, tree and plants. Return to your Lodging for dinner and a good night sleep.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/ Ihamba safari Lodge/ Mweya Hostel

Day 6 – travel to Bwindi gorilla forest park

We start the journey to our Uganda safari highlights as we head for Mountain Gorilla trekking after leisurely breakfast. We slowly drive towards Bwindi Impenetrable Park going through the Ishasha Sector and hopefully we will see some tree climbing lions in this area on Queen Elizabeth since it is well known to be a home for the tree climbing lions in Uganda. Reaching Bwindi in the evening relax at your lodging

Dinner and overnight sleep at Luxury Gorilla Resort, Buhoma lodge, Trekkers Tavern, Bwindi Views Bandas, moderate Buhoma community Rest camp.

Day 7 – Gorilla tracking at Bwindi

Breakfast at your lodging and off for the morning gorilla safari briefing before your start one of the most stunning experiences – gorilla trekking (tracking) at the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest. The gorilla trekking experience at Bwindi may last from 2 hours to the whole day it all depends on the movement of these gorillas.  This will be the safari highlight in this gorilla Park of Bwindi.  The gorillas are mobile, they keep shifting new locations on a daily basis can’t be in one place twice. There are no terms to explain what you will go through while on your Gorilla safari experience.  Just a powerful and awesome experience to see the gorillas up close within a distance of 5 meters in a group strictly composed of 8 people.    Gorilla tracking does not permit Children less than 15 year to take part in this experience for health reasons.  The gorilla walk itself is worth taking though it requires physical fitness, the kind of forest you will encounter, the ridges, valleys, the streams that flow through it and of course you will encounter birds, butterflies, baboons, plants and trees as well as other wildlife besides the Mountain Gorillas.
After your Uganda Mountain gorilla safari experience, you will return to your safari lodging for a well-deserved rest.  If there is time you may opt for a walk to the pigmy villages in the afternoon for the Batwa culture insights and how they lived in the forest.

Dinner and overnight sleep at Luxury Gorilla Resort, Buhoma lodge, Trekkers Tavern, Bwindi Views Bandas, moderate Buhoma community Rest camp.

DAY 8 – Travel from Lake Mburo to Bwindi

The gorilla safari is almost coming to the end as we check out of our accommodation at Bwindi.  A lovely breakfast and on road to Lake Mburo National park  recommend to have a stopover before we  end the gorilla safari with great  and amazing wildlife with dotted savanna trees.  Lunch in Mbarara town reaching Lake Mburo in the afternoon check in at your lodge. A boat ride in the afternoon on Lake Mburo is rewarding and a game drive in the evening.  The park is a home to wildlife and there is much to see from crocodiles to hippos, birds of all kind, Zebras, antelopes of all types, Bushbuck, buffaloes, plants, trees and much more. Transfer to our accommodation for dinner and overnight sleep.

Dinner and overnight at:  Mantana safari Tents/ Arcadia cottages/ Rwonyo camp

Day 9 – Lake Mburo / Kampala

The 9 day safari is almost coming to an end as you check out of your accommodation facility in Lake Mburo:  It is a relaxed breakfast and an early morning game viewing safari and photography. As your guide takes you around the five lake game parks in Lake Mburo, seeing the delightful wildlife and birds of different types in a natural setting of acacia dotted savannah trees.  You will be driving towards the park gate then a journey back to Kampala.  On the way the first stop will be Brovad Hotel in Masaka for lunch, a stopover at the equator is another adventure before you reach Kampala, take some photographs while at this point even shop crafts. We arrive Kampala in the evening and transfer to the Airport for your out bound flight back home if your flight is on this day.   9 Days Uganda Adventure trip ends here.

END OF SAFARI

Tour inclusions

  • 4*4 safari vehicle ideal of game viewing and photography,
  • fuel,
  • Lodging and Food,
  • English Speaking Driver guide,
  • Drinking bottled water on all Drives,
  • Park Entrance fees and cultural site entrance fees,
  • gorilla and chimpanzee tracking Permits as applicable,
  • Uganda Wildlife Ranger Guide while tracking.

Tour exclusions

  • tips to staff at the lodge,
  • tips to safari guides,
  • laundry,
  • Uganda Visa costs Air Travel to and from Uganda,
  • cigarettes,
  • Drinks,
  • except those included in lodging meal price.