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Gorilla Tracking Africa & Adventure Safaris Uganda

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Uganda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget

Tour Overview

Visit Uganda’s Albertine Rift and its most important protected areas including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It includes plenty of wildlife viewing, looking for the big five and much more wildlife, a boat safari on the Nile River to the bottom of Murchison Falls, bird watching, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park and a memorable gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The safari also includes rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Elephant, Hyena, Antelope, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey Mangabey, L'Hoest Monkey, Hippo, Crocodile, Bush Buck, Rhino, Black & White Colobus, Giraffe, Big Five
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Birding
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Minimum age:
    16

Overview

  • Day 1: Start from Entebbe or Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park Safari and track the rhinos at  Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Day 2: Big Five wildlife game drive safari, Murchison Falls National Park game drive and boat trip safari to view wildlife
  • Day 3: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park for primate tracking chimps and monkeys (or request for flight option)
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and guided primates walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla tracking
  • Day 6: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 7: Return to Kampala

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 3,220 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation (options available)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Transport, driver/guide
  • Activities as per itinerary

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Pre and post safari accommodation (available on request)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenditure
  • Travel insurance

Disclaimer

Day by Day Overview

We start the safari from your hotel in Entebbe (or Kampala) at 7 am. If you are arriving on the same day as we start the tour, you need to arrive no later than 10 am. After a briefing about your Uganda safari you embark on the 3-hour drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a beautiful scenic drive through African rural life. At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you track the rhinos, not just from a vehicle but up close, so enjoy great opportunities to see these fascinating animals. You are accompanied by rangers who take you within 10 meters of the rhinos.  You will most likely see other wildlife as you trek the rhinos such as antelopes, warthogs and more. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino and restore rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage. You are allowed one hour with the rhinos while the sanctuary keeper gives you information about them.

The journey continues to Murchison Falls National Park, stopping at the top of the Falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile River. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3,840 square kilometers. Murchison Falls National Park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah. It provides visitors the opportunity to see large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos.

Murchison Falls Accommodation Options

  • Up-market accommodation: Bakers Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Moderate: Pakuba Lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge
  • Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Driving time: ±5 hours

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An early morning departure from the lodge today, not later than 6:30 am. We want to comb out all the thickets and bushes of Murchison Falls National Park in search of its prized wild game. The plan is to catch most of the big predators – the lions, hyenas and leopard in hunting and feeding action – and the best time for this is before the day gets warmer. Your guide is skilled in locating the best tracks on which they will be. On the game drive, you should also expect other more common hosts – giraffe, herds of elephants, buffaloes, and many more. There are really no limits as to how long this game drive will last. Your safari guide will try their best to cover as much as possible before returning to catch the afternoon boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls.

This boat trip along the calmer waters of the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a safari in Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Murchison Falls Accommodation Options

  • Up-market accommodation: Bakers Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Moderate: Pakuba Lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge
  • Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we leave Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park, Africa’s Primate Capital, via the Lake Albert escarpment with a good view of the lake. (You can also make a special request to fly from Murchison to Kibale). The drive is famous for its views of the Great East African Rift valley escarpments.  We also drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of Lake Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join Lake Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to Lake Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea.

You arrive at Fort Portal then continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here. During the afternoon we have time to visit the scenic crater lakes region, checking out the superbly terraced tea estates. In the south of Fort Portal is the Kasenda Crater Lakes region. It sits on the rim of Lake Nyinambuga, the back of the main building looks down over the lake, while the other side of the lodge looks out over another lake in the distance and, further off, the Rwenzori Mountains, which are perpetually shrouded in the clouds, except early in the morning. There’s plenty to do in this area and we can also take an hour’s walk around Lake Nyinambuga.

Kibale Accommodation Options

  • Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge| Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge
  • Moderate:  Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp (ensuite rooms) | Turaco Treetops Lodge
  • Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse| Rweteera Safari Lodge


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Your safari guide will meet you at your accommodation for the transfer to Kibale Park offices for the chimpanzee tracking experience. At the park office you shall be briefed about the chimpanzees and other primates in the forest. You will also be guided on how you need to conduct yourself while tracking the chimpanzees in the forest. After all this, it is time to trek into the jungles in search of the chimps. The walk, in general, requires only moderate physical fitness and most guests can easily manage without much hustle. You will be trekking for about 2 hours or so before encounter the first signs of the chimpanzee troupes in this forest. You should hear them by their distinctively loud pant-hooting in the canopies of the forest.

When you eventually get very close, you should be able to see the chimpanzees playing in the tree canopies. Some will be on the forest floor feeding on the undergrowth vegetation. You will be allowed one hour with them, to take photographs and have all your questions answered by the park rangers. At the end the ranger guides request you start preparing to leave. As you trek from the chimpanzees, be on the lookout for the other primates in Kibale like the black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, and pottos. If you are curious about the birds, you might be able to spot the yellow-spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, and black bee-eater among others. Your chimps trek rangers will exercise plenty of caution as you walk to dodge direct encounters with the fierce elephants in Kibale.

In the afternoon we visit nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. Bigodi is located on the eastern edge of Kibale Forest and is maintained by the local community. You might spot birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Kibale Accommodation Options

  • Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge| Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge
  • Moderate:  Isunga Lodge| Kibale Forest Camp (ensuite rooms) | Turaco Treetops Lodge
  • Low Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (tents) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse| Rweteera Safari Lodge


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we depart from Kibale to the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we shall be having the gorilla tracking experience.  The drive is not less than 5 hours and traverses remarkably beautiful tropical savannah plains with herds of wildlife grazing along the way. We shall be arriving Bwindi late in the afternoon and you can spend the rest of the day resting and preparing for the next day’s adventure to the gorillas.

Bwindi Accommodation Options (all on full board basis)

  • Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge| Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens | Gorilla Conservation Camp| Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Driving time: ±6 hours

Tracking the gorillas in Bwindi is a highlight for most safari visitors to Uganda. There are only 1065 mountain gorillas alive on earth and of these, over 50% live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorillas National Park. That is one reason why being one of the few humans to come face-to-face with a family of mountain gorillas in their wild home is a truly special event in one’s lifetime.Your driver shall be at your accommodation to pick you up for this special day’s adventures. Gorilla trekking starts with a briefing exercise done at the Bwindi Park offices (normally very close to your accommodation). The pre-trek briefing starts at about 8 am and it is mandatory for everyone tracking the gorillas to attend. Here you will be given more information about the mountain gorillas’ conservation and ecology, and how to conduct yourself while tracking to the gorillas.

Afterwards you will be a allocated a gorilla group to which you will be visiting. Most trailheads to the gorillas will be located a few minutes’ drive from the park office but some treks commence right there. Either way, expect to trek for about 2-3 hours in the thick jungles before meeting the gorillas. Once you meet them, the rangers will allow you to up to 6 meters close while guiding you on the best spots to photograph the gorillas. You will be allowed one hour with the gorillas and then it will be time to descend back to camp.

Bwindi Accommodation Options (all on full board basis)

  • Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge| Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Havens | Gorilla Conservation Camp| Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Travellers Rest Hotel Kisoro


Meals today:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Today is our last day on the Uganda Wildlife and Primates Safari. We shall prepare to leave early in the morning for our ±7 hours drive back to Entebbe airport or Kampala (or Kigali on request). The drive traverses the grassed and terraced escarpments of southwestern Uganda while taking in the breathtaking sights of the hills of the region dubbed ‘the little Switzerland of Africa’. This area is a highly fertile, mountainous region with steep-sided hills covered from top to bottom in neatly terraced cultivated rows. Another remarkable highlight of this journey is the Equator line and as we cross it as we have a brief stop here. We will be in Entebbe in the evening before for your flight back home.

Meals today: Breakfast & lunch only

Driving distance: 7 hours to Kampala, 8 hours to Entebbe, 4 hours to Kigali

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