The 13 days Uganda Gorilla Safari offers great experience the true African wildness as it takes you to unspoiled corners of Uganda including the Murchison falls National Park. Expect to have big game drive as you spot for some of the Big 5; African lion, Elephant, Buffalo, and Leopard. Take Boat trips to explore more of the prolific birdlife and animals, primates trekking, Gorilla tracking, Cultural walks, Forest walks, excellent bird watching, Mountain hikes,in the impenetrable natural forest and photography among others. This tours starts and ends at Entebbe Airport in Uganda.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda : Entebbe Airport
On your arrival, you will receive warm greetings from your driver guide and transfer to Kampala Holiday Express Hotel or Grand Imperial or Kampala Forest Cottages. If you arrive in morning hours, you can take a city tour in Kampala, visit Kasubi Tombs, Bahai TemPO. All meals at cassia lodge/Sheraton hotel/Golf course hotel
Day 2: Connect to Murchison Falls National Park
Morning breakfast will be followed by connection to Murchison falls National Park (7-8hrs drive), pass through Rhino sanctuary have lunch at Rhinos hotel, proceed to. Murchison Falls is the largest park in the country with a large population of animals, birds and beautiful landscapes of savannah and forests, relax in the evening as you wait for dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge / Nile safari Lodge.
Day 3: Full Day in Murchison Falls National Park
Set out after some tea or coffee and embark on an exciting 3-4 hour early morning game drive to explore the savannah in the Northern bank of the Nile. Expect to see herds of buffaloes, elephants, lions, giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, spotted hyenas and leopards. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and relax as we wait for lunch.
Gather your strength after lunch for an unforgettable, spectacular, fascinating safari by boat along the magnificent River Nile to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Expect to find many Hippos, Huge Nile crocodiles and Buffalos basking along the shores. Return for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Albertine Rift Valley – Kibale Forest
Have breakfast and drive for (7-8 hrs drive) through Lake Albert and the Rift Valley escarpment, with breathtaking panoramic sceneries en-route to Fort Portal; the capital town of Tooro kingdom which lies on the shadow of Rwenzori Mountains. Relax in the evening at Ndali lodge/Primates lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight. At Mountains of the moon /Rwenzori View house
Day 5: Primates tracking and Bird watching
after early morning breakfast drive to kibale forest park HQ (1hrs drive)Assemble at Kanyanchu tourists center for a briefing on Chimpanzee tracking. Expect to encounter other primates like black and white colobus, vervet and red tailed monkey with over 350 bird species including the rare shoebill.
After lunch, gather your strength for a nature walk to Bigodi ecotourism project near Kibale forest. Expect to typical / traditional homestead, to hear storytellers, the local healer and get an idea of the traditional culture of the Batoro and Bakiga.
Retrun for dinner and overnight at Ndali lodge / Primates lodge,. Kibale forest lodge.
Day6: Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park
We shall have breakfast and start a 2-3hrs drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, with lots of game viewing en-route. Expect to find early raisers and predators returning to the hideouts; relax as we wait for lunch at Mweya Safari Lodge. Enganzi lodge/katara loddge/ kingfisher lodge/ Simba Safari Camp
Embark on a launch cruise after lunch from Mweya peninsula along Kazinga channel, famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa, with huge Nile crocodiles, Buffalos and Elephants along the shores and about 611 bird species. The boat provides a clear platform for photographing. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge Enganzi lodge/katara loddge/ kingfisher lodge/ Simba Safari Camp.
Day 7: Wildlife Exploration in Queen Elizabeth
Another extraordinary wildlife experience awaits you this morning! After a cup of coffee,
Go for a game drive along the tracks of Queen Elizabeth, in the Northern side towards Lake George and Kasenyi village. Expect to see lions, herds of elephant, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, Ugandan kobs, and shy/rare leopard.
Gather your strength in afternoon for more exploration of the park to the Southern Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth. The game drive here rewards your with tree climbing lions which are seen during the hot hours of the day, as they lie resting on top of Figs trees. Also expect herds of buffaloes, elephants, topi antelopes and more. Return for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Chambura Gorge Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast, drive to Kyambura / Chambura gorge for wild chimpanzee tracking. Expect other primates like Vervets, Colobus and red-tailed monkeys, Giant forest hog, Galago and Mangabeys with many bird species. Later proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Home to half of the remaining world population of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Arrive by evening, dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort / Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 9: Day for Life changing event; Gorilla Tracking
After early breakfast, proceed to park headquarters with packed lunch for a briefing about the Dos and Don’tswhile with gorillas. Tracking can take 2-9 hours depending on their movements. Tracking involves walking up through steep and densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation. You will stay with these Giant apes for 1 hour for observation and photography.
In the evening, you can relax at the lodge or take a cultural walk to nearby Batwa communities and learn about their cultures. Dinner and overnight stay in Buhoma lodge,Engagi lodge, gorilla resort,Gorilla safari lodge .
Day 10: Bwindi Forest – Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast will be followed by transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with wonderful sceneries en-route. Enjoy one of the most extraordinary wildlife and birding experience by boat as you cross the Lake Bunyonyi. The forested green islands on the lake are home to different species of endemic birds which the guide will help you to spot. All meals at Arcadia Cottages. Bunyonyi/Bird nest
Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi Lake Mburo National Park
Have breakfast and drive through Kabale in the Kigezi region, known as the Switzerland of Africa characterized by terraced cultivated hills. Visit the Bakiga cultural museum and later connect to Lake Mburo National Park, the smallest of Ugandan National Parks. Expect big game drive enroute as you head to Lake Mburo National Park. Take an evening game drive before sunset in search for the beautiful impalas, elands, topi and many antelopes, buffaloes, and zebras among others.
Dinner and overnight at mihingo lodge Arcadia lake Mburo
Day 12: Boat ride on lake Mburo – Kampala
After breakfast, embark on a morning boat trip on Mburo Lake, an excellent place for birding including the rare shoebill. Other animals include Hippos, Huge crocodiles. Later proceed to Kampala with a stop at the equator for photographs, reach by afternoon. Dinner and overnight at cassia lodge, Kampala Sheraton or Holiday Express Hotel.
Depending on your flight schedule, relax at your hotel, or transfer to Ngamba Island (Chimpanzee sanctuary) and later transfer to the airport.