8-Day Uganda - Chimps, Gorillas & Lions

From $2,690 (USD)

Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room

Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Safari overview

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. Queen Elizabeth National Park has teeming wildlife and a grassland savannah and Bwindi Forest is full of interesting endemic flora and fauna. On top of this you will find highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and the boat safaris. And, as with all our midrange trips, you will stay in an excellent array of comfortable lodges.

Tour Summary

You'll go to Uganda 

This tour starts in Kampala (Uganda) & ends in Entebbe (Uganda) 

You'll visit Kampala (City), Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Lake Mutanda,Bwindi NP & Entebbe Airport

Activities: game drives, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking & boat safari

Game drives: pop-up roof minivan

Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle

A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost.

Day by Day

Arrival

You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).

Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

After arrival at Entebbe Airport, your driver/guide will pick you up and take you directly to your lodge in Kampala. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore some of the the sites in and around Kampala.

 

You will overnight in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The rooms are furnished in cozy safari style, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.

Main destination: Kampala

Accommodation: Cassia Lodge Mid-range lodge located in or near Kampala

Meals & drinks: Meals at own expense Drinks not included

Day 2: To Kibale Forest

Today you will drive to Fort Portal in the western part of Uganda. The route is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda. The last hour of the journey will take you through dense forest and sounds of the wild. Total driving today will be about 6 hours.

 

You will be staying at a wonderful accommodation, located in a patch of evergreen forest, just outside the southern part of the National Park. You can spend the late afternoon relaxing at the lodge, from which there is a lovely view of the forest and its wildlife.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale Forest NP

Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk

Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. An experienced forest ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once located, you will spend a full hour with the chimps. Since they are still wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

 

Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and beautiful scenery. It is also usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

 

Optional: Chimpanzee Habituation

For an extra US$70 pp you can do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimptracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close enounter with chimps. Book in time; only 6 persons are allowed to go per day. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.

Main destination: Kibale Forest National Park

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp Mid-range tented camp located just outside Kibale Forest NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 4: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

In the morning you can relax at your lodge, make a crater lake hike or visit a nearby tea plantation, where you will be able to assist the tea pickers and learn about how leaves are selected for the highest quality (all activities of this morning are at your own cost). You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park (4 hours).

 

In the late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into Queen Elizabeth. Lions are often sighted inside the park as well as at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for large numbers of hippo and elephant, and also keep your eyes peeled for leopards.

 

You will stay in a nice lodge, overlooking the spectacular Kazinga Channel. The lodge offers you a chance to watch wildlife at the waterhole from your own private verandah and to fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Bush Lodge Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 5: Game Drive & Boat Safari in Queen Elizabeth

An early wake up today! A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the sun rise. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across many warthhogs, elephants, waterbucks, buffalos, Uganda Kob, and maybe even a lion or a leopard.

 

Back at the lodge in the late morning, a well-deserved brunch will be served.

 

During a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon, you will see a many hippos, as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari you have an en-route game drive back to the lodge.

 

Optional activities:

- Hot Air Balloon Safari (US$ 380 p.p.)

- Lion tracking (US$ 50 p.p.) - actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park (95% chance to see them).

Main destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation: Bush Lodge Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 6: To Lake Mutanda & Bwindi Forest

Today you drive in about 7 hours to Lake Mutanda, located in the south-western part of Uganda and close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. En route you will pass the country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you stop at a local restaurant (not inclusive).

 

Your comfortable lodge is overlooking the beautiful Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes. This will undoubtly be one of the most spectacular views you have ever seen!

 

Tomorrow you will depart from here for the gorilla tracking. So it is best to get a good night's sleep.

Main destination: Lake Mutanda

Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort Mid-range resort located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 7: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with the rare mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda!

 

The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

 

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.

 

Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants!

Main destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation: Mutanda Lake Resort Mid-range resort located outside Bwindi NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 8: Back to Kampala and/or Entebbe

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport). You will also make a stop the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

 

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Main destination: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)

Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included.

End of tour

Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.

You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$15.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
  • Drinks