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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour; 12 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Overview of the Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour; 12 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda

This safari focuses on Uganda’s premier safari destinations namely; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing, Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking and Murchison Falls National Park for game viewing. Gorilla tracking and chimpanzees in the spectacular rainforests of Uganda, experience game drives, boat rides and walking safaris, meet the locals and learn about their culture, on this adventure trip!

12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour Safari Highlight

Day 1 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Meet our agent at the Entebbe International Airport & then transfer to your hotel

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch

Day 3 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Uganda Gorilla Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & have Batwa / Bakiga Community tour in the evening

Day 4 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

Day 5: Do game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Hike the Ndali Kasenda Crater field commonly known as the top of the world

Day 7 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

Day 8 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

Day 9 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Do morning game drive and afternoon Nile launch cruise

Day 10 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Visit the top of the falls & transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 11 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour: Departure & if the flight is in the evening, do Kampala City tour

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Detailed Itinerary of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour

Day 1 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking Tour: Meet our agent at the Entebbe International Airport & then transfer to your hotel

Following you flight from the place of origin, you arrive at the Uganda’s main entry point – Entebbe International Airport located on Entebbe peninsular that penetrates into the Lake Victoria – the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the largest in Africa. You secure your Uganda Visa at the Immigration desk and enter the country. Meet our representative who will offer you a warm welcome to the Pearl of Africa and brief you about Uganda and safari in particular after which you transfer to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts, Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort, Camping at Back Packers Hostel

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe and Igongo Cultural Center for traditional Lunch

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest, you make a stop at the Equator Kayabwe 77km from Kampala. The site is ideal for photography where you take photos with legs in different hemispheres. Water experiments can also be made to demonstrate the geographical divide between the two hemispheres. Continue on the drive to make another stop at Igongo Cultural Center 12km to Mbarara town for traditional lunch after which you will proceed to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wild Camping

Day 3 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking Safari: Uganda Gorilla Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & have Batwa / Bakiga Community tour in the evening

batwa-people-entertaining-guests uganda safari

batwa-people-entertaining-guests uganda safari

Early in the morning after breakfast, transfer to respective park headquarters for a briefing before undertaking the gorilla tracking activity at 8am. This activity can take between 2 hours to a full day depending on the movements of these beautiful Apes in the jungle. After the trek return to the lodge for your lunch as you prepare for an evening community walk that will give you chance to interact with the few remaining Pygmy (Batwa) community-the group that is believed to have evolved from the Stone Age people. This group will entertain you with their traditional dance and will be able to make fire by rubbing two sticks together in a similar way like the Stone Age period people did.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Chameleon Hill Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp, Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp, Wild Camping

Day 4 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions

tree climbing lions in ishasha wildlife uganda safari

tree climbing lions in ishasha wildlife uganda safari

Early morning after breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha sector, in anticipation of spotting the tree-climbing lions. The drive through Ishasha offers you the unique chances of spotting the magical tree climbing lions that tend to hang on fig tree branches during the day time. Proceed to upper section of Queen Elizabeth National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages, Wild Camping

Day 5 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Do game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

kazinga-channel-boat-cruise uganda safari

kazinga-channel-boat-cruise uganda safari

After breakfast, embark on a game drive that is enriched with herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelope species like waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks among others, Warthogs, side stripped jackals, Olive baboons, Vervet Monkeys, the Spotted Hyenas, leopard among other wild game. This area also has much to offer to birders since the grassy plains support large flocks of raptors such as Brown Snake eagle, Martial Eagle, Bateleur, African Harrier-Hawk, Grey-Kestrel, Saddle-billed Stork, White and Abdims Stork, Ruppells griffon and the immense Lappet-faced, just to mention but a few. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch and in the afternoon, you gather at Mweya jetty to embark on the 2 hour boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel. On the boat, you have possibilities of encountering the Nile crocodiles and Hippos along with birds such as the African Skimmer and Yellow billed stork. From the boat, do an evening game drive in the peninsular as you connect for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages, Wild Camping

Day 6 of the Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Hike the Ndali Kasenda Crater field commonly known as the top of the world

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park driving along the Rwenzori Mountains 157km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive. Upon arrival in Kibale Area, you embark on the hike to Ndali Kasenda Crater Lake field to gain impressive of the crater lakes including lake Bikera and Nyinabulitwa before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse, Wild Camping at Primate Lodge Campsite / Kanyanchu River Camp

Day 7 of the Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk

bigodi-wetland-walk Uganda Safari

bigodi-wetland-walk Uganda Safari

After your early morning breakfast, Go to Kanyanchu headquarters for a briefing and start chimpanzee tracking at 8:00 am. Expect to see a lot of primates such as chimps, red-tailed monkey, grey-cheeked mangabeys, L’hoest monkeys, the white and black colobus monkey, butterflies, different insects and forest birds. Return to the starting point and settle for your packed lunch after which you proceed to Bigodi Swamp for birding. This Wetland Sanctuary lies on the main Fort Portal to Kamwenge road, 5km south-east of the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre. This community-based project offers access to Magombe Swamp, a very interesting area of papyrus and swamp forest. Some of the special birds endemic to this habitat include the white-winged Warbler, papyrus Gonolek, papyrus canary, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, White-spotted Flufftail, Blue-headed Coucal, the spectacular Yellow-billed Barbet, Black-faced Rufous warbler and Grey-capped Warbler, Scaly-throated honeyguide, Blue-shouldered and Snowy-headed Robin-Chats. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Ndali Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse, Wild Camping at Primate Lodge Campsite / Kanyanchu River Camp

Day 8 of the Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Whole day drive

After your early morning breakfast transfer to Murchison Falls National Park- a long day drive going through the homesteads. You can make a stop-over at Albertine escarpments to observe the rift valley fronted with the blue mountains of Congo. The view of Lake Albert at the floor of the rift valley is fascinating. Aboard the Ferry to cross River Nile to the northern bank for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge, Wild Camping

Day 9 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Do morning game drive and afternoon Nile launch cruise

The Nile Launch Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda tour

The Nile Launch Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park Uganda tour

After your breakfast undertake a morning game drive to the northern sector of the park with possibilities of encountering lions, elephants, leopard, spotted hyena, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda kob, patas monkeys, Rothschild giraffes, Cape Buffaloes, Oribis among other Species. The drive also offers you impressive sights of Murchison savannah landscape that open stretched with scattered borassus palm trees. Retreat from 3 – 4 hour activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, embark on the thrilling boat cruise along the Nile River where you have possibilities of encountering a range of aquatic Species including the Nile crocodiles, hippos, rare shoebill among others.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge, Wild Camping

Day 10 of the Uganda gorilla trekking tour: Visit the top of the falls & transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

ziwa-rhinos uganda safari

ziwa-rhinos uganda safari

After breakfast, cross to the southern section to explore the top of the falls where you encounter the Nile River squeezing itself to pass through a less than seven meter ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed as the Devils Cauldron forming a plume of Spray marked by thunderous roar and a trademark rainbow. The top of the falls is a good site for photography. You retreat from the activity and transfer to Kampala. You make a stop en route in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to do white Rhino tracking in the savannah thicket of Ziwa which is the only point in Uganda where Rhinos can be found. Lunch en route and transfer to Kampala arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Midrange / Standard: Humura Resorts, Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort, Camping at Back Packers Hostel

Day 11 of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla trekking tour: Departure & if the flight is in the evening, do Kampala City tour

This is dedicated for your departure but if you are departing in the evening, you embark in the exploration of Kampala city viewing the sites of cultural, historical, religious, political, educational and economic significance including the Owino and Nakasero Market, Makerere University, Uganda Parliament, Uganda National Museum, Kabaka’s palace, the Gadhafi National Mosque, the Baha’i Temple, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, the Nakasero and Rubaga Cathedral among other areas. In the evening, transfer to Entebbe International Airport for flight departure back home.

End of the 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations

More lodging options in Queen Elizabeth

Mweya Safari Lodge is located in the Mweya Peninsular inside Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south west of Uganda presenting Luxury / Upmarket accommodation to the Uganda safari undertakers.

More lodging options in Bunyonyi

Birdnest at Bunyonyi Resort

Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort is an upmarket / luxury accommodation establishment on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi – the second deepest lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands.

More lodging options in Mburo

mantana tented camp

Mantana Tented Camp is a luxury /Upmarket accommodation establishment in Lake Mburo National Park located on Rwamahungu hill on the borders of the park. The Mantana Tented Camp is a small camp with luxury setting and serene environment.

More lodging options in Bwindi

silverback-lodge

Silverback Lodge provides midrange / Standard Accommodation to the Uganda gorilla safari undertakers trekking Buhoma region.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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