9 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARI TOUR GORILLA TREKKING, CHIMPANZEE TRACKING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour SAFARI OVERVIEW

Our 9 days Uganda wildlife safari tour is 8 nights/9 days wildlife safari in Uganda tour that takes you to the country’s wonderful must-see destinations. We will start our trip by exploring the legendary Amabere caves and go straight to our first highlight, Kibale National Park which is possibly the best place in the world to track wild chimpanzees. Over 1500 Chimpanzees live here along with 12 other primate species.

After a quick stopover at Ruboni Community on foothills of Rwenzori Mountains (Africa’s highest Moutain range at 5109m), we will continue to our second top highlight of the trip- Queen Elizabeth National Park. This amazing park has a record of over 610 bird species and 96 mammal species including Hippos, Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, elusive Chimpanzees and the uncommon tree-climbing lion. Here we will undertake classic game drives the scenic savannah plains and a wonderful boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world.

Continuing on our journey, we reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a World Heritage site, that contains the top highlight of this entire trip; the endangered Moutain gorillas (our human cousins). Encountering these gentle giants of the forests, is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience and your gorilla trekking tour here is a great opportunity to be where nearly half of world’s Moutain gorillas live, about 459 individuals at last count. Our 9 days Uganda wildlife safari tour starts and ends in Kampala via Lake Mburo National Park where we will enjoy game walking safari among the wild mammals of this Uganda’s smallest but beautiful savannah park.

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9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  Spend a magical hour with the gentle giants of the forests, Mountain gorillas

  Tracking wild chimpanzees (our closest genetic relatives) on foot in a tropical rain forest

  Undertake a wonderful boat trip on the spectacular hippo-filled Kazinga Channel

  Enjoy game drives in the scenic savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park

  Encounter the uncommon tree-climbing lions in Ishasha

  Walk among the wild mammals of Lake Mburo National Park

  Visit cultural sites; learn about life in Uganda and the country’s history.

9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS/PARKS

  Day 1 & 2:  Kibale National Park.

  Day 3, 4 & 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

  Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

  Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi

  Day 8: Lake Mburo National Park

  Day 9: Transfer to Kampala.

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9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Drive from Kampala to Kibale National Park.

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale & Bigodi Swamp Walk in the Afternoon.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & enjoy an evening game drive upon arrival.

Day 4: Morning game drive in Kasenyi, Kazinga Channel boat cruise & Evening game drive.

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & transfer to Ishasha sector.

Day 6: Game Drive in Ishasha sector & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, enjoy an evening game drive upon arrival.

Day 9: Enjoy a morning game walking safari in Mburo and transfer to Kampala.

9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour −DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Drive from Kampala to Kibale National Park, Visit Amabere Caves & Fort Portal Crater Lake.

After an early breakfast at the hotel in Kampala at around 6.30am, we will drive to Fort Portal Area to the west of Uganda. It is a drive of about 5 hours (300km). We will enjoy some wonderful scenery along the way: good views of rural landscapes, enroute towns, inselbergs of Mubende, swamps and forests both natural and plantation.

We will have lunch in Fort Portal town after which you undertake a heritage tour to Amabere cave which is named after the live stalactite formation, Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru (literally, Breast of Nyinamwiru) which resembles the twin breasts of a woman. The woman in question is Nyinamwiru, a legendary princess who is said to have been so beautiful that no man could leave her alone. When Nyinamwiru father King Bukuku became weary of receiving marital requests from unsuitable suitors, he took the extreme measure of cutting off his daughter’s breasts in order to make her less attractive. But even this proved to be insufficient to deter Nyinamwiru many admirers, so the king hid her away in the cave now known as Amabere. Here, she was discovered by the Batembuzi King Isaza, who impregnated her with a son.

Because Nyinamwiru lacked breasts, she stayed on in the cave with her baby, feeding him on the cloudy limestone ‘milk’ that drips from its stalactites. The child nurtured by the stalactite formation grew up and became king Ndahura, founder of the Bachwezi dynasty that ruled over the Bunyoro Kitara Empire centuries ago. From the caves, embark on a hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field for an amazing sightseeing experience. After these exciting activities we will transfer to Kibale National Park, about an hour to the south.

Highlight of the day: – A heritage tour to Amabeere Caves and Fort Portal crater lake field hike.

 

Accommodation:-

Exclusive/Top-notch:- Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge

Up market/Luxury: – Crater Safari Lodge/Primate Lodge Kibale

Moderate/Mid-range:- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House- Cottages

Basic/Budget: Kibale Forest Camp- Tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House-Main House

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 350km or 7-8 hours

 

Activities & Services:-

  • Visit Amabeere Caves
  • Fort Portal crater lakes hike
  • Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Optional activities:-

  • Nocturnal walk in Kibale Park to see nocturnal creatures like Bush babies, Night jars, Tree hyrax and Genet
  • Cycling in Mpanga tea estate

 

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Do Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale & Bigodi Swamp Walk in the Afternoon.

After breakfast at around 7.00am we will transfer to Kanyanchu visitor center for the first highlight this Uganda trip; chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park. This 795km2 park is a lush tropical rainforest, believed to have the highest density of primates in Africa. It is home to 13 primate species including a population of over 1500 chimpanzees, Uganda red colobus and the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys. There are also an incredible 375 plus bird species that live here including the highly prized Green breasted pitta.

However, Kibale is most famous for being one of the best places in the world to track wild chimpanzees, our closest relatives which share 98.8% of DNA. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale starts at 8.00am with a briefing, during which you’ll learn a little about the apes you’re about to see, as well as being given some dos and don’ts. Top of the list: avoid getting too close. Not only for your own safety, but also for theirs as our colds, viruses and diseases can easily spread to them due to shared DNA. It’s also not wise to imitate their calls. While it might seem fun to mimic them, if you’re not careful you might accidentally end up recreating a battle cry and bring 120 angry chimpanzees down upon you.

Once you’re briefed, you will embark on jungle walk in search of these Africa’s great apes (accompanied by an expert park ranger). While following the designated trail, you enjoy incredible views of trees some of which are very tall and huge, flowering plants, birds and a range of primates. Upon reaching Chimps, you spend one full hour with them as they forage, roll themselves on tree branches, patrol, and make pant hooting calls, mate among other exciting behaviours. From the 2 – 5-hour activity, you explore the wetland and community experience in the adjacent Bigodi eco-community exploring the local traditions and way of life.

Highlight of the day: An encounter with the wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park on foot.

Accommodation:-

Top-notch/Exclusive: – Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge

Luxury/Up market: – Primate Lodge Kibale/Crater Safari Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Chimpanzee Forest Guest House- Cottages

Budget/Basic: – Kibale Forest Camp- Tents/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House-Main House

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Bigodi swamp walk

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX)
  • Birding
  • Night walks

 

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Visit Ruboni Community enroute & enjoy an evening game drive upon arrival.

We start our day with a relaxed breakfast and depart the lodge at 8.00am for the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is a 2 to 3 hour drive with incredibly scenic views en route. En-route to Queen, we will branch off towards Kasese to connect to Ruboni Community on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, the third highest mountain in Africa to experience the cultural traditions of the Bakonjo and Bamba who have lived on these foothills for over 300 years past.

We will learn about their way of life; the crops that they grow, livestock that they keep, their art and craft, not forgetting impressive music, dance and drama. We will have lunch in Kasese and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon game drive in Kasenyi sector gaining incredible views of the scenic savannah plains filled with counts of fantastic mammals.

Extending over 1,978km², Queen Elizabeth is one of the most biologically diverse parks in the world, protecting over 612 species and over 96 mammal species in its fabulously diverse landscapes of tropical habitats: rolling grasslands, moist acacia woodland, tropical rain forest, and a variety of wetland habitats including the open waters and swampy shores of Lake Edward and George, the 40km-long Kazinga Channel that connects them, and several freshwater and saline crater lakes.

 

Highlight of the day: – The evening game drive through the magnificent landscapes of Kasenyi.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Lodge / Katara Safari Lodge

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Enganzi Game Lodge/ Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget/ Basic: – Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 157km or 2-3 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer back to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Visit the Ruboni community
  • Afternoon game drive

 

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Morning Game Drive in Kasenyi, Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise & Evening Game Drive.

After breakfast this morning, we will set off for game drive at 7am.  Kasenyi sector is the main area of interest and offers good possibilities of spotting some Africa’s impressive big games Lions, Elephants, buffalos, Leopard, Topi, Uganda Kobs and much more. The game drive lasts 3 – 4 hours after which you drive to Mweya peninsular for hot lunch.

During the game drive, we will also encounter several special bird species such as Grey-crowned crane, Red-throated spurfowl, Yellow-throated longclaw, White-backed vulture, White-headed vulture, Palm-nut vulture, hooded vulture, and Long-crested eagle.

You will sign up for the 2pm Kazinga Channel boat cruise for a 2-hour experience along this amazing natural channel. The wonderful boat cruise will give us a chance to cruise just meters from hundred hippos, buffalos, elephants, crocodiles, waterbucks, along with numerous waterbirds such as Water thick-knee, Saddle bellied stork, Pink-backed pelicans, Black-headed gonolek, plovers, Yellow-billed stork, White-billed stork, African Spoonbill, African fish eagle, Marabou stork, African jacana, Weaver birds, White-faced Whistling ducks, and Knob-billed Ducks plus much more.

It is remarkable experience being so close to all these fantastic creatures from the comfort of the boat, with the stunning park all around us adding to the memories we will have of this cruise. Upon return from the boat, you do a game drive along the channel track as you head back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Highlight of the day: The Afternoon boat cruise the spectacular Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Lodge / Katara Safari Lodge

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Enganzi Game Lodge/ Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget/ Basic: – Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 157km or 2-3 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Morning game drive in Kasenyi sector
  • Afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel
  • Evening game drive along the channel track

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day:-

  • Lion tracking
  • Night game drives
  • Cultural visits
  • Birding

 

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve & Transfer to Ishasha Sector.

This day will start at around 6.30 am with a breakfast after which we drive to Kalinzu Forest Reserve on the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National Park to engage in an exciting Chimpanzee trekking encounter. You trek through this lush tropical rain forest for 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour of actual Chimpanzee viewing as they forage, patrol, mate, jump from branch to branch, hunt among other behaviours.

From the activity, slope down to Ishasha sector 2.5 hours drive for an afternoon game viewing encounter in search of the rare tree climbing lions  and other wild game such as Elephants, Buffalos, water bucks among others.

Highlight of the day: – Encountering the uncommon tree-climbing in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge / Mazike Valley Lodge / Katara Safari Lodge

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Enganzi Game Lodge/ Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget/ Basic: – Pumba Safari Lodge / Bush Lodge

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 157km or 2-3 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Morning game drive in Kasenyi sector
  • Afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga channel
  • Evening game drive along the channel track

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:

  • Night game drives
  • Cultural visits
  • Birding

 

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Game Drive in Ishasha Sector & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

We will start with an early breakfast at around 6.30am and then we will undertake a morning game drive in Ishasha Sector for more wild game viewing including more chances of seeing the park’s iconic tree climbing lions. We will then depart Queen Elizabeth Park and head south further to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Home to around half  (459) of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (our human cousin), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a Natural World Heritage Site that offers the best gorilla trekking in Uganda which is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Professional armed ranger guides will take you into the heart of this teeming ecosystem in search of habituated gorilla families, whereupon you’ll spend a magical hour with the gorillas. The success rate of finding gorillas on a daily basis is around 99% and such is the positive impact of these conservation-driven treks that the gorilla population is actually increasing.

But a jungle trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park isn’t just about gorillas: there are 11 other species of primate including the rare L’Hoest’s monkeys  and numerous other mammals ranging from shy forest elephants to giant forest hogs. The bird watching is excellent – keep a look out for any of the 23 endemics among the 351 recorded bird species – while even the most seasoned of nature-lovers will be amazed by the dazzling colours of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species.

Highlight of the day: – Searching for the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha Sector in Queen Elizabeth Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Top Notch/Exclusive: – Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge

Luxury/Upmarket: – Haven Lodge Buhoma

Mid-range/Moderate: – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Trekkers Tavern Ruhija, Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 130-220km or 4-7 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Game drive in Ishasha sector in search for the tree climbing lions
  • Scenic transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable

 

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for Relaxation.

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular! The area offers dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to visit. The time taken to see the Gorillas (2-6 hours) depends on the movements of these great apes and you will be allowed one hour in their presence.

The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered apes is an awesome, exciting experience. Under the ever-watchful eye of a dominant silverback, you’ll encounter between a dozen and thirty other gorillas, each with their own personalities, from cocky adolescents and wise mothers to young ones rolling through the bamboo. You are free to take as many photos as you wish; the use of flash is strictly prohibited.

From the activity, you slope down to Lake Bunyonyi via the fascinating Kigezi Highlands. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day. The evening will be spent at leisure with a boat ride to explore the beauty of this lake.

Highlight of the day: – The one magical hour with the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Birds nest @ Bunyonyi

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Budget/ Basic: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 55-85 km or 1-3 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

 

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & Enjoy an Evening Game Drive upon Arrival.

After an early morning breakfast at around 6.30am, we will leave Lake Bunyonyi and embark on 99km (4 hours) drive to Lake Mburo National Park. The enroute scenic sights are interesting and a lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Centre restaurant for Uganda Cuisine. An optional to the cultural museum tour can be arranged.

We will then proceed to Lake Mburo Park for an exciting afternoon game drive. The 370km2 savannah park is the only place in southwestern Uganda to see Zebras and the only park in the country with impalas. You will also look for elands, topis, waterbucks, Rothschild’s giraffes, among others along the beautiful views of the savannah at the sunset.

Highlight of the day: – The rewarding evening game drive in Lake Mburo National Park.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mihingo Safari Lodge/ Matana Tented Camp

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Rwakobo Rock / Emburara Farm Lodge/ Arcadia Lodge Mburo

Budget/ Basic: – Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 199km or 3-4 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Lake Mburo
  • Evening game drive in Mburo Park

 

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: Do Morning Walking Safari & Transfer to Kampala.

After breakfast at around 7.00 am, engage in a rewarding game walking safari on the moist savannah stretches of Lake Mburo National Park marked with sights of ancient Precambrian rocks dating far back to 500 million years past, the beautiful undulating hills and the range of wild game such as Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild giraffes, Topis, Warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, Klipspringer, elands, Cape Buffaloes among others.

The Park is also home to a range of bird species (350) including the Red-faced Barbet, African finfoot, African scops owl, Blue-breasted kingfisher, Grey-crowned cranes, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested lapwing, African-wattled lapwing, African Fish Eagle, Carruthers’s cisticola, Greater painted-snipe, Shoebill stork, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird, Narina Trogon, papyrus gonolek, blue-headed coucal, white-winged warbler, papyrus yellow warbler, Southern ground hornbill, Black-collared barbets, Back-throated barbets, Green-capped eremomela, and Bare-faced go-away bird.

From the activity, you drive back to Kampala.

Highlight of the day: – Walking amongst the wild mammals of Lake Mburo National Park.

Meal Plan: – Breakfast & Lunch

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 280km or 4-5 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Transfer to Kampala

End of the 9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour

9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  Full time English professional safari driver guide

  4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with poop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

  Full board accommodation

  Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

  Boat cruise fees

  Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

  Bottled water

9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour: EXCLUSIONS

  International &domestic flight fees

  Visa fees

  Laundry services

  Items of personal nature

  Gratuities and tips

  Other beverages/ drinks

  Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Tour GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Drink plenty of water and carry some quick calories (the trek typically take 2-8 hours)
  • Put on your sturdiest walking shoes for the trek
  • Wear thick trouser, long sleeved shirt/t-shirt, and gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants.
  • It is often cold at the outset, so bring a sweater or jersey
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Having poncho or raincoat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a good idea at any time of the day.

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