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15days/14nights
Entebbe
Entebbe
Min Age : 10+

15 Days Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari Tours

This Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari offers wonderful adventure opportunities in the favorite visitor destinations in Uganda – the pearl of Africa. Designed to allow for immense and gratifying experiences on your visit to Uganda, it is suitable for different types of travelers such as small groups trips, family safari holidays and anyone who seeks a classic wildlife and gorilla experience.

On this long stay tour, you will get to visit the magnificent Kidepo Valley National Park in Northern Uganda, and then Murchison Falls, Kibale, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. You will then continue to the southwestern part of Uganda into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – where you will track mountain gorillas for your once in a lifetime experience. Finally, after Bwindi, you will go to Lake Mburo for some more game and unbelievable herds of Zebra and birds to lead you off to Kampala and Entebbe.

On this Safari, you will see animals like Giraffes, Zebras, Lions, elephants, Uganda kob, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, birds, crocodiles, among so many others.  The beauty and diversity of nature, wildlife and people’s cultures and ways will only astound you – and make your safari even the more memorable.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda

Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be welcomed by your designated safari guide. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour Entebbe town. Entebbe was the colonialists’ administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. The name Entebbe means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit Entebbe botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education center (Entebbe Zoo). Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Kampala

Meal plan: Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Airport Guest House

Mid-range: Boma Guest House

Luxury: Botanical Beach Hotel

 

Day 2: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park

Today you will start the long drive from Entebbe heading north to Kidepo Valley National Park. Gazetted as a National Park in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent. Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses with a picturesque savannah landscape extending far beyond the gazetted area, towards horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. You will arrive at your accommodation late in the evening. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Mid-range: Savannah Kidepo Lodge

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

 

Day 3: All day Game drive to the hot springs

After breakfast, you will embark on an extensive all day Game drive in Kidepo valley national park. You will carry a packed lunch and with the company of a ranger guide, start your search for the animals and birds of Kidepo. The park ranger will help you spot the lions that may be sitting on the valley’s various rocks. Other wildlife includes elephants, leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, ostrich, buffalo and much more, in the wild Narus Valley.

The game drive will traverse open plains that extend past Kanangorok Hot Springs towards mountains across the Sudanese border. This is the part of the park where ostriches are most commonly seen. At the hot springs, you will take a brief walk to observe and photograph. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Apoka Rest Camp

Mid-range: Savannah Kidepo Lodge

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

 

Day 4: Morning Nature Walk, and afternoon Community visit

Kidepo Valley National Park offers a range of nature walks depending on your strength or preference. Shorter guided walks of around two hours can be taken through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre. The walk to Lomej Mountains can be last four hours, the hike starts at 7 am. Guests can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive Borassus palm forest. Namamkweny Valley can be reached in one hour from Apoka.

In the afternoon you will take a visit to a willing community of Karimojong. Discover the unique culture of this remote tribe with the Lorukul Cultural Group, located just outside Kidepo Valley National Park. Their main livelihood is herding livestock, and the social and cultural importance will be explained as you walk with the guides to the traditional Karamojong manyattas (homesteads), granaries and cattle enclosures. Learn how the villagers make their distinctive beads, sample the local cuisine, and even learn the tribe’s folklore and beliefs. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Savannah Kidepo Lodge

Mid-range: Nga’Moru wilderness camp

Luxury: Apoka Lodge

 

Day 5: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

This morning you will leave Kidepo and head south for Murchison Falls National Park. The park is the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda and is divided by the famous River Nile into two almost equal halves – where it has to squeeze itself through the legendary Murchison Falls, an impossibly narrow 7-meter gap in a cleft rock that creates the powerful explosion of white water. You will have a game drive in the evening as you drive to your accommodation. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Murchison falls National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Fort Murchison

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

 

Day 6: Morning game drive, and afternoon Boat cruise to the falls

After an early breakfast, you will proceed for a Game drive in the park where you will see Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, bush duiker, warthog, and bush pig. Large carnivores in Murchison falls National park include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile. On the boat ride, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck, and Uganda Kob. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. The boat will stop just tens of meters from the sinister, frothing and bubbling base of the falls. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Murchison falls National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Fort Murchison

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

 

Day 7: All day drive to Fort Portal

Today, you will have an all-day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and tea fields along the way. You can make brief stops to visit with some tea fields if you want to. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Rweetera Safari Park

Mid-range: Kibale Forest Camp

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge

 

Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking and biking around the crater regions in Kibale

After breakfast, you will embark on the search for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park. The park is also home for 10 other primates including L’hoestes, red colobus, blues, red-tailed monkeys, and gray-cheeked mangabey. The tour guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a biking adventure through the crater region. This area has over 30 crater lakes. You will visit some of them and enjoy wonderful photography opportunities. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Kibale National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Rweetera Safari Park

Mid-range: Kibale Forest Camp

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge

 

Day 9: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Evening Game drive

In the morning, you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Along the way, you will pass via the crater region. Enjoy scenic views and picture stops along the way. You will arrive in time to take an evening game drive before heading to your accommodation inside the park. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: The bush lodge

Mid-range: The bush lodge/Irungu Safari Lodge

Luxury: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

 

Day 10: Morning game drive, and an Afternoon Boat Ride on Kazinga Channel

Early in the morning, you will set out for a game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters makes it home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bushbuck.

In the afternoon you will enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching, and game viewing. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: The bush lodge

Mid-range: The bush lodge/Irungu Safari Lodge

Luxury: Kyambura Gorge Lodge

 

Day 11: Drive to Ishasha sector, and Game drive for tree climbing lions

Early in the morning, you will set out for Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is most famous as the place where tree climbing lions can be spotted. Here you will have an extended game drive led by a ranger guide as you search for the tree climbing lions. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: At The River Lodge Ishasha

Mid-range: Enjojo Lodge

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

 

Day 12: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads. Along the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the mountainous countryside and this comes with many incredible photography opportunities. You will proceed to your accommodation located on the boundary of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Bwindi National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Ride 4 a woman

Mid-range: Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Luxury: Bwindi Lodge

 

Day 13: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today, you will enjoy Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  Bwindi has the biggest concentration of gorillas, given its small size. The search for Gorillas goes through the thick untamed rainforest, where you’ll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth. It isn’t the easiest of activities and will be arduous, but the encounter is well worth the effort. Watching gorillas in their natural habitat is an experience that will last a lifetime.

The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about the history and lifestyle of the Gorillas. After spending an hour with the gorillas you shall head back to the lodge to rest from the breathtaking activities of the day. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Bwindi National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Budget: Ride 4 a woman

Mid-range: Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Luxury: Bwindi Lodge

 

Day 14: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park and an evening Game drive

After an early breakfast, you will leave Bwindi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. You will be welcomed into the park by various herds of zebra, buffalo, Eland, and antelope as they graze in the savannah grass.

On your evening game drive, you will see more wild animals, and birds as you drive along the lake. Birdwatchers will enjoy some of the 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola and White-winged Warbler. Enjoy Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

Accommodation:

Mid-range: Rwakobo rock

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

 

Day 15: Morning Nature Walk, and return to Entebbe for departure

Early in the morning, you will proceed for a morning nature walk under the escort of an armed ranger. This will allow you to enjoy the sights of animals including close encounters with herds of Zebra and antelopes. You will return to the lodge for breakfast after which, you will depart for Entebbe where you will take your next flight back home. Along the way to Kampala, you will have enough time to stop over at the equator for fun equator photos.

Main Destination: Kampala/Entebbe

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner and drinking water.

 

Enjoy the best of Uganda Gorillas and wildlife safari tours

 

Things included

Ground transportation

English speaking driver/guide

Bottled water through the safari

1 Gorilla tracking permit per person

1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person

Park entrance fees

Meals as indicated in the itinerary

All Activities

All accommodations as mentioned in the itinerary

 

Things excluded

Airfare to and from Uganda

Visa to Uganda

Airport tax

Travel / Medical / Baggage insurance

All beverages [both alcoholic and non-alcoholic]

Any activity, meal or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary

Tips

Telephone bills

Souvenirs, other items of a personal nature

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