The 10-day Uganda wildlife safari with mountain gorilla trekking tour starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. This is one of the most exciting and adventurous jungle safaris in Africa that promises you the most unique and magical cultural, primate and wildlife experiences that are full of consecutive fun.
This African safari to Uganda is planned to give you an unforgettable wildlife and primate experience such as coming face to face with the magical gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat, having a close encounter with various other African wild animals. such as leopards, lions, elephants and cape buffalos, several species of primates, many species of antelope, beautiful landscapes, visit various ancient places such as the Igongo cultural center to learn about the amazing African culture, and if you are a big bird lover , this is an ideal safari to observe several species of African birds.
The 10 days Uganda safari will take you to the most interesting destinations in Uganda such as Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rhino tracking experience, Murchison Falls National Park where you will discover the famous Murchison Falls, wildlife watching safaris, boat cruise experiences on the Nile River, Kibale Forest National Park where you will spend time with chimpanzees and other primates, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing, Kazinga Canal Boat Safari, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to meet the magical mountain gorillas, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and Lake Mburo National Park for a wildlife viewing safari and jungle horse riding. This is an ideal tour to fully enjoy nature and explore the abundance of wildlife species, beautiful landscapes and numerous species of primates such as the miraculous mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, among others, and to see various African classics such as lions, leopards , African elephants, caped buffalos, giraffes, zebras and many others.
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport – Meet and Greet and Transfer to Your Booked Hotel in Entebbe
When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met and greeted by a company representative and your professional English, French, German or Spanish speaking safari guide, and then transferred to check-in at your booked hotel in Entebbe city. . Freshen up and then meet our company representative and safari guide at the hotel lobby to brief you about your 10-day Uganda wildlife safari with gorilla trekking tour. The hotel is about 10-20 minutes drive from Entebbe International Airport, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Later, if time permits, head to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria for a walking safari. The botanical gardens are home to some primates, such as Vervet monkeys, and several species of birds. The walking safari will take you to the shores of Lake Victoria where you will see some water birds, enjoy the cool lake breeze and get used to the beautiful nature of Uganda. Lake Victoria is the largest body of water in Africa and the second largest body of freshwater in the world, and is shared by three East African countries (Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya). Dinner and accommodation.
Accommodation: 2 Friends Beach Hotel (mid-range)
Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 2: Entebbe – Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park – Descent from Murchison Falls to the Bottom – Afternoon Rest
Wake up very early to have a coffee, have a packed breakfast and head to the northern sector of the park where magnificent safaris take place. During the game drive, your safari guide will help you spot various animals and share with you a lot of information about the variety of wildlife you will see such as caped buffalo, elephants, Uganda kobs, Jackson hartebeest, baby Roth’s giraffes, oribis, lions, wild boars and some species of primates. You can see a leopard on a lucky day. Take a short break to enjoy your full breakfast and then continue on your game drive to fully explore the park and observe various species of wildlife.
Later in the early afternoon, leave the jungle and return to your accommodation to relax, have lunch and then drive to the Paraa meeting point for an afternoon boat safari on the Victoria Nile, starting at 2 :00 pm The safari cruise goes upstream from the tranquil Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, stopping just meters from the falls’ ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, giving you an incredible view of the waterfall and watching the Nile River tumble in a pool. The boat The cruise will take you through the areas of aquatic mammals and birds like hippos, Nile crocodiles, some birds like Egyptian goose, goliath heron, kingfisher, bee-eater pelican, hornbill, cormorant and you may see some land mammals when they come to drink water. After the boat cruise, return to your accommodation, spend the night relaxing until it’s time for dinner, and then drive back to the park for your adventurous night driving experience.
The night safari is very adventurous and opens up more chances of encountering nocturnal mammals and birds of the park such as lions, leopards, porcupines, civets, spotted hyenas and grazing hippos, among others. These species are most active during the night hours and on a lucky day, you may see them hunting which is one of the best experiences in the jungle. During the night safari, you will have the opportunity to experience the nightlife of the jungle, see how animals behave at night and enjoy the night sounds of the jungle. Murchison Falls National Park is the best savannah national park in Uganda for a night game. Thereafter, safari, return to your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid Range
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park – Bigodi Sanctuary Swamp and Community Tour
Today, after your fantastic breakfast, leave your lodge and drive slowly through the park, cross the Nile River and then travel to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is famous for its largest chimpanzee population, with more than 1,500 individual chimpanzees, and some of them are well accustomed to tourism and research.
The park is also known as the primate capital of Africa, with more than 13 species of primate recorded than any national park or wildlife reserve in Africa, making the park a paradise for primate lovers. The park is also home to East Africa’s largest populations of the L’hoest’s monkey and the rare threatened red colobus monkeys. While in Kibale Forest National Park, you will see various primates including black and white colobus, blue monkeys, red-tailed baboons, grey-cheeked mangabeys and over 375 species of birds.
On the way to Kibale Forest National Park, you will enjoy spectacular views of tea plantations, various forests and the shadow of the legendary Rwenzori Mountain, which forms a mystical backdrop to the beautiful volcanic landscape. Stop at Fort Portal City for lunch, move around the city on foot and then continue your journey to the park to check into your reserved accommodation, and then drive to Bigodi Swamp for a nature walk and community experience.
The Bigodi Sanctuary Swamp is dotted with biodiversity and beautiful landscapes and is a paradise for bird lovers, with over 138 species of birds and eight species of primates. These include the grey-cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus, blue and de l’Hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons, plus other mammals such as bushbucks and mongooses that can also be found here.
The marsh is managed by the surrounding local community in order to preserve the unique environmental features along with the wetland for future generations. Thus, during this walk, you will have the opportunity to observe several species of monkeys and birds. Bigodi Community Walk will take you through the nearby community to interact with local people and learn how they live in harmony with wildlife species as well as how they go about their daily activities without using modern technology such as making good gins from bananas. , delicious coffee and crafts. Return to your accommodation after the hike to relax, dinner will be served and overnight.
Accommodation: Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-Range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking Safari – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Visit Katwe Salt Mining Community
After breakfast, meet your safari guide and transfer to the park information offices to join other guests for a briefing on the dos and don’ts of searching for chimpanzees in the forest and how to behave around chimpanzees. . Then, embark on your guided forest walk to search for intelligent chimpanzees, the closest living relatives who share 98.8% of human DNA. During your walk through the forest, you may come across other fauna, both mammal and bird species, such as other primates, wild boars, among others, and your guide will be able to provide you with a lot of interesting information about everything you will find. Which will make your trip so adventurous. Once you meet the chimpanzees, you’ll spend up to an hour with them watching them play on tree branches, feeding and caring for their babies, and taking as many photos as you like.
After staying with the chimpanzees for an hour, return to the starting point to relax, have a snack and lunch, and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a “mixture of wonders.” Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its variety of wildlife species with over 95 species of mammals, including four large mammals, big cats and other predators, 10 species of primates, aquatic mammals and around 600 recorded bird species, and with the Kazinga Canal, the main stream connecting Lake Edward and Lake George.
Before checking in to your reserved accommodation, visit the community of Katwe, which is surrounded by the Katwe Salt Lake, and whose main economic activity is the extraction of salt from this lake. This is one of the most famous communities due to the traditional salt extraction that has been practiced since the 16th century. While in the Katwe salt mining community, you will have the opportunity to participate in salt mining and your local safari guide will provide you with information on how they have managed to maintain their salt mining activities for decades. After the community tour, drive to check-in at your reserved accommodation for the afternoon at leisure until dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid Range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking in Kalinzu Forest – Afternoon Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel – Spend the afternoon at leisure
After a heavy early morning breakfast, you will be driven to the Kalinzu Forest Reserve headquarters to join other guests for pre-tracking briefings, receive a site guide, and then begin your second chimpanzee tracking safari in a different environment. The second chimpanzee trekking safari will give you the opportunity to meet chimpanzees from different backgrounds and have additional experience on how these apes behave in different environments.
Your experienced guide will help you stop and identify various species of flora and fauna that reside in this forest and provide you with information about everything you will find.
Once you find a community of habituated chimpanzees, you’ll have up to an hour to spend with them and enjoy their engagements, such as jumping on tree branches, grooming their babies, and taking as many photos as you like. After spending an hour with the chimpanzees in the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, return to the starting point for a bottle of water to refresh yourself, drive back to your lodge for lunch, relax, and then depart for a 2-hour boat safari in the afternoon. Along the Kazinga. Canal, the main waterway that runs through the park and connects Lake George and Lake Edward. The Kazinga Channel Boat Safari is one of the most recommended adventure activities for visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The cruise will take you very close to various mammals such as hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and many others, as well as various water birds. The fantastic experience during the 2-hour boat safari along the Kazinga Channel makes it a must-do adventure for all visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Later, after the Kazinga Canal boat safari, return to your accommodation to relax for the evening. Dinner and accommodation.
Accommodation: Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-Range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning Game Safari – A Safari Drive to Search for Tree Climbing Lions – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
After having your delicious breakfast, pack all your luggage in the vehicle, check out from your accommodation and then drive to the Kasenyi plains which are located in the northeastern parts of the park for the morning game drive in search of wildlife species. Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably one of Uganda’s most popular national parks and an ideal habitat for classic big game, such as the four mammals of the Big Five family of the African savanna (lions, leopards, elephants and buffalo). , several species of antelope, primates and many others.
Your safari guide will ensure that you spot as many wildlife species as possible and provide you with as much information about everything you may encounter during your game trip. After the game drive, relax and then start the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park via Ishasha sector in the southern parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive to search for the unique tree-climbing lions, which They are only found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda with 4 herds, Lake Manyara in Tanzania with 2 herds, and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
After the safari, have lunch and continue your journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is famous for being home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and one of the oldest and most densely populated rainforests. Uganda’s biological diversity, dating back more than 25,000 years with almost 400 species of trees forming the huge impenetrable forest that is evergreen. It is home to approximately 500 mountain gorillas, 120 species of mammals, including numerous species of primates, and more than 350 species of birds, including 23 species endemic to the Albertine Rift, and is the ancient home of the Batwa jungle people. Dinner and accommodation.
Accommodation: Bakiga Lodge (mid-range)
Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Mountain Gorilla Trekking Experience – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 8 of 10-day Uganda wildlife safari with mountain gorilla trekking tour. Get up early in the morning (06:00 am) to get organized, gather the necessary equipment for mountain gorilla trekking, such as cameras, binoculars, insect repellent, and dress in a style recommended for mountain gorilla trekking, such as long khaki or jean pants. color, long-sleeved shirt, waterproof hiking boots, raincoat, sturdy gloves and round hats.
Have a heavy breakfast, get your packed lunch boxes, drink plenty of drinking water and meet your safari guide to be transferred to the park information offices for information on the do’s and don’ts of gorilla trekking. , how to behave in the presence of mountain gorillas. and expectations, a family of mountain gorillas will be assigned to track and meet the UWA ranger and forest guide.
We recommend that you hire a porter to help you carry your packed suitcase and other items you may need during the mountain gorilla trek. After a pre-mountain gorilla trekking session, begin your trek through the forest in search of endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. The time it takes to meet your assigned mountain gorilla family is unknown, but can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the gorilla family’s movements and location.
Therefore, you must be physically and mentally prepared to walk a long distance through the forest which is made of hills and without clear trails which are only done at that particular time of tracking by your guide depending on the location of the family. of gorillas. That is why it is recommended to bring enough water to stay hydrated and snacks to stay energized since a lot of energy is spent walking through the forest in search of mountain gorillas.
Once you meet the mountain gorilla family, the thrill of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat will outweigh the hardships you went through while searching for them. A mountain gorilla family can be made up of several members, such as the giant silverback, which is always the boss and protector of the family, mothers, calves and young.
In your time with the mountain gorillas, you will learn a lot about their behaviors, how they socialize, and how they get excited by your actions, such as playful babies, mothers grooming their babies, and Mr. Silverback, who quietly watches the situation while He is ready to protect the family from any kind of attack. You will spend a maximum of one hour with the mountain gorillas and you can capture as many photos and record videos as you want to preserve your great memories with the mountain gorilla family in the jungle.
After an hour with the mountain gorilla family, return to the trek start point to receive your mountain trekking certificate in recognition of your contribution to the conservation of endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Grab a snack, enjoy your full lunch and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi to relax while enjoying a boat canoe safari on Lake Bunyonyi. Dinner and night
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Mid-Range)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 9 Lake Bunyonyi – Morning Boat Safari – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Evening Wildlife Safari Experience
Today, wake up at a convenient time, have breakfast and then go for a morning canoe safari on Lake Bunyonyi which lasts about 2 hours to explore the lake and visit different islands on the lake with a local canoe guide who has a lot of experience. Experience. With the places and all the things around. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by 29 islands of different sizes along the water, making it one of the most magical places.
Each of the 29 islands in Lake Bunyonyi has its own unique and interesting story behind it, which your local guide will tell you about during the canoe safari, such as Akampene Island, also known as “Punishment Island”, which was used by the Biga community to punish girls who would become pregnant before official marriage by isolating them there to die as a way to teach a lesson to the rest so that they would not make the same mistake. So poor men who could not afford the bride price would go to this island to get free wives from among those who might have been exiled to this island.
In an African society, it was shameful for a girl to become pregnant before her official marriage, and this caused the family to lose the respect of the community. So, this caused parents to be strict with their daughters as a way to protect them. After canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, return to your lodge for viewing and begin your trip to Lake Mburo National Park with a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch, visit the museum, one of the richest heritage sites in Uganda with history, traditions and lifestyle of Ankole and southwestern Uganda that will take you centuries back in the life of the.
Thereafter, drive to the park to check into your booked accommodation and then take an overnight trip to look for wildlife species found in this park such as the beautiful zebras, impalas, elands, Topis, other antelope species, wild boars, caped buffaloes. , the giraffes relax. After the night game drive at (06:00 pm), return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
The night safari will increase your chances of seeing nocturnal wildlife species like spotted hyenas, leopards, civets, African pythons, porcupines, bush babies among others, which are very difficult to see during the day. safari. It is an interesting experience to go out at night and Lake Mburo is one of the best parks for a night safari. Later return to the hostel to spend the night.
Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest protected savanna area in Uganda, but is highly endowed with flora and fauna and other natural features. The park has 350 recorded bird species, 68 mammal species and 13 small lakes. Its forested and savannah plains provide good habitats and feeding grounds for zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, impalas, wild boars, oribi, Defassa antelopes, leopards, spotted hyenas, topi, reedbuck, hippos, giraffes, calves, porcupines, white-tailed wild boars. , African rock pythons and many others.
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Lodge)
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park – Morning Horse Ride – Game Drive Safari – Drive Back To Entebbe International Airport
Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast, load all your travel bags into your safari vehicle, check out from the lodge and go for an early morning jungle horseback safari in the park. Horseback riding safaris in Lake Mburo National Park are undoubtedly one of the most incredible activities that provide visitors with an unforgettable experience of spotting wildlife and taking a nature walk while horseback riding.
During a horse safari through the park, you will have the opportunity to see animals such as zebras, impalas and the more shy ones such as elands, which are curious to look at their close relatives without black and white stripes. Horseback riding is the quietest way to explore the park, leaving no footprints, noise or air pollution like a safari vehicle, making you feel part of nature.
After the horse safari, stay in the park for a game drive to explore this park in depth and have the opportunity to encounter a high concentration of zebras, meet giraffes, impalas, elands, African buffalos, wild boars and many other animals wild. After the safari drive (11:00), return to the lodge to spend some time relaxing at the lodge until it is time to serve lunch, check out and then begin your journey back to Entebbe city. On the way to Entebbe, you will stop at the Ugandan equator located at Kayabwe, which is believed to separate the planet into two parts; the northern and southern hemispheres.
While at the equator landmark, you will see the water experiment, which is done to show how forces move differently on each side of the planet and to test the difference between the two hemispheres. For example, water drains from the funnel clockwise in the northern hemisphere, while it drains counterclockwise in the southern hemisphere.
Here, the sun rises and sets quickly, and temperatures and weather are virtually constant year-round. Take some commemorative photos with one foot in the southern hemisphere and one foot in the northern hemisphere, giving you the opportunity to take a photo while standing on both sides of the world at the same time. It is also said that while standing on the equator line, his body weight reduces by about 3 kg, so he will have the opportunity to prove this statement correct or false. After the water experiment, have lunch and then visit some craft shops to buy some souvenirs designed entirely in local Ugandan art.
After spending some time at the Ugandan equator, continue your journey to Entebbe International Airport to prepare for your return flight. This will be the end of your 10-day Uganda wildlife safari with a mountain gorilla trekking tour.
Meal Plan: Breakfast/Lunch
Package price $3978 USD per person sharing
(Mid-range accommodation) on a full board basis in a Landcruiser safari (4×4, air-conditioned and convertible)
Package price includes
- Round-trip airport transfers (pick-up and drop-off)
- Private transportation for 10 days in a well-modified short land-cruiser safari (4×4 WD, air conditioning and pop-up roof)
- Fuel for 10 days
- English speaking safari guide for 10 days.
- Private mid-range accommodation for 9 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
- Bottled mineral waters and all meals en route.
- All applicable government taxes
- All entrance fees to the park and all activities on the itinerary.
- 1 mountain gorilla trekking permit per person
- 2 chimpanzee trekking permits per person
- Rhino Tracking Experience at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Hiking safari to the top of Murchison Falls
- Morning and Evening Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park
- 3-Hour Afternoon Boat Cruises on the Nile River
- Sunset Nature Walk at Bigodi Sanctuary Swamp
- 2 Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris (Kibale Forest National Park + Kalinzu Forest Reserve)
- Visit the salt mining towns of Katwe
- Morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kazinga Canal Boat Safari Cruise
- Game drive safari in Ishasha sector to look for tree climbing lions
- Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Ruhija Sector)
- Visit and canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi
- A visit to the Igongo cultural center
- Afternoon and morning game drives in Lake Mburo National Park
- 2-Hour Morning Jungle Horseback Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
- Kayabwe Equator Landmark Visit
Package price excludes
- International and domestic flight
- Entry visas to the country
- personal travel insurance
- Meals and extra activities
- Alcoholic beverages and other refreshments (soft drinks, beer, special juices at the hostel and wines)
- Personal items/laundry/telephone expenses/souvenir purchases,