Uganda Mountain Gorillas and Wildlife Trip

A Uganda Gorilla trip designed for those seeking exposure to all the diversity of Uganda's ecosystems.  Each aspect reveals more of Uganda: from the rolling plains of Murchison Falls, the chimpanzees of Kibale Forest, to the lush crater highlands, to the wildlife rich savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest habitat of the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Entebbe

You will be met at Entebbe International Airport by our driver guide and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe.  Overnight Lake Victoria Hotel

Day 02: MurchisonFalls National Park

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park.  En-route Rhino Trackingvisit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for the Rhino tracking.  Continue to Murchison Falls.  This park lies in North Western Uganda, spreading inland from the shores of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile.  The Falls are named after the President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Before crossing the ferry to the northern bank where your accommodation and most of the wildlife is concentrated, you will visit the top of the falls, one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water, overnight Paraa Lodge.
Meals included: Lunch and dinner

Day 03: Wildlife Safari, boat cruise

In the cool morning before the sun rises too high, you will see plenty of game on your Buligi wildlife safari by vehicle, Albert and Queens track north of the River Nile.  The bulk of the Murchison Falls wildlife is concentrated in the northern bank of the Nile, and the best area for game drives is the circuit of tracks that run west from the ferry jet at Paraa to Lake Albert Delta.Elephant

After lunch, enjoy a boat cruise from the lodge to the bottom of Murchison Falls.  On the Launch cruise, Hippos and crocodiles are abundant, and you will see elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and birds like; herons, cormorants, ducks, bee-eaters, fish eagles, kingfishers, and if lucky the rare shoebill.  The boat trip to the Falls and back takes three hours. overnight Paraa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 04: Wildlife Safari

This morning enjoy another game drive.  In the afternoon you choose to either relax by the swimming pool or if still interested, enjoy another game drive, overnight Paraa Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 05: Transfer to Kibale Forest

Have breakfast then depart with  box lunch to Kibale National Park.  you will pass via the Albertine escarpment.  on a clear day the view on the top of the Albert rift is fantastic.  Have lunch en route and arrive in Fort portal - Kibale Forest late in the afternoon. Overnight Primate Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 06: Chimpanzee Tracking

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kanyachu tourist centre for clearence and briefing from the Ranger guides before heading to the Forest for your next activity, Chimpanzee tracking.  This is the most popular walk of Kibale's forest walks and it starts at 0800 hours and lasts for about 2 -3 hours depending on the time you take.  Though you will be searching for these habituated chimpanzees, you will encounter other primates like the Red Tailed Monkey, Black and white Colobus monkeys.

Chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than to any other living creature and are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees.  The incredibly diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates.  Overnight Primate Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 07: Queen Elizabeth Ntional Park

This morning depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park driving past the towering Rwenzori Mountains.  You will pass through the crater valley with beautiful lakes and rich grasslands which are set deep.  This is truly the most maginificent scenery in the Park.  Queen Elizabeth hosts a large variety and volume of wildlife. It boasts one of the highest bio diversity ranging from the open savannah to rain forest, dense swamps and beautiful crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

Almost 10 species that include Hippos, buffaloes, lions, leopard, and the elusive giant forest hog.  There are over 600 species of birds found here.  In the evening there will be a game drive, overnight Mweya Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 08: Wildlife Safari and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

Take a cup of coffee and go for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi area of the park where if you are lucky might spot the lions.  Other wildlife to be spotted include, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, leopards, lions, elephants, teaming Uganda kobs, topi and bushbucks and many more.

After lunch, enjoy a unique 2 hour boat ride on the Kazinga channel and into Lake Edward.  On the launch trip, possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edges.  This launch cruise offers an excellent plarform for photography, birdwatching and game viewing, overnight Mweya Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 09: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

This morning depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  The drive if road conditions allow will be through the Ishasha sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth NP in search of the famed tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the endagered Mountain gorillas.

Bird life in Bwindi is quite superb and there is an incredible variety of flora.  Bwindi is a birders haven!  It holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Alberine rift endemics that occur in Uganda.  Overnight Engagi Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Gorilla Tracking

Breakfast, then report to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking briefing where you will be briefed on the etiquettes of gorilla tracking. You will then embark on your memorable journey with the company of ranger guides taking you through the forest, slashing at the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas.

Gorilla trekking can take from half and hour to 6 hours therefore a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.  You will sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble at each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dorminat male the silver back.  It is amazing to think that there are only 650 or so of these creatures left ib the world!

If you have the afternoon free, you can take a guided walk in the village to see how the communities live.  Overnight Engagi Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park

Today you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park halfway between Entebbe and Bwindi.  Lake Mburo lies in covered extensive acacia woodland.  Lake Mburo has markedly different fauna to toher reserves.  Lake Mburo is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland, antelope as well as Zebra, topi, impala and several acacia-associated birds.

The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the siatatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus gonolek.  You will enjoy a short game drive on the way to your lodge.  Overnight Mantana Tented camp
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12: Departure

This morning after your wake up cup of coffe, you will participate in a safari walk in the company of a ranger guide, return to the lodge for breakfast, then game drive on your way out of the park to Entebbe.  En-route there will be a stop at the equator.

Continue to Entebbe to connect with your international flight out.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

End of safari 

Notes: Minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years.  Gorilla permits must be paid in full to confirm a safari and are non-refundable.

All our itneraries may be customized to your wish, you may add extra days, change accommodation or include different tourist attractions.  Contact one of our staff members for free, no obligation trip plan.

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