8 Days from$2850 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Budget, Mid Range
This safari is a fantastic opportunity to stand in the vicinity of the remarkable mountain gorilla, track chimpanzees, see impressive Murchison Falls, explore the Nile River and search for the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you might spot the elusive big cats, lions and leopards, as well as the rest of the big five and more. On this safari, get up close to nature exploring the wonders of Uganda, learn more about primates by observing them, meet new people and enjoy life in Africa!
Safari types:Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
You will visit:Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Jinja , Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Wildlife:Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Hyena, Antelope, Grey Mangabey, Forest Pig, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Crocodile
Activities:Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, White Water Rafting
Getting around:Game Viewing Vehicle, Motor Boat
Start/end:Start/end in Entebbe
- White water rafting on River Nile
- Tracking rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Game drives and boat cruises in both Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest or Kyambura Gorge
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Visit to the equator crossing
The minimum age for trekking gorillas is 17 years The gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits are subject to availability - it is therefore advisable to book your gorilla permits in advance at least two months before the safari commences Any person with a communicable diseases is not allowed to trek/track primates
Rates – Per Person USD
From USD 2,850 per person, based on two people sharing a room
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Meals throughout the safari period
- Ground transport aboard a 4×4 safari van
- Gorilla permit
- Rhino tracking permit
- Chimp permit
- Boat cruise
- Park entrance fees
- Ferry crossing
- Vehicle entrance
- Services of a professional English speaking guide and excellent driver
- En route lunches and bottled water in the safari vehicle
- Game drives as specified in the itinerary
- Air ticket
- Visa fees
- All extra services at the accommodation for example laundry
- Beverages such as soft and alcoholic drinks
- Charges by the porters during gorilla trekking
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Mukisa Safaris Uganda‘
- All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
- Display price is usually based on two people sharing
- ‘Mukisa Safaris Uganda‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
- All itineraries are subject to availability
Day by Day Overview
Commence this great adventure whilst taking the route to Jinja to conduct white water rafting on the mighty Nile River. On arrival you will go rafting. You may opt for the straining yet interesting grade 5 or a less tedious grade of at least grade 3. Whichever you opt for, safety, fun and thrills remain assured. Fish delicacies and golden beer produced from nearby domestic breweries will be available for you if you opt to taste. After the day’s adventure, we may opt to return to Kampala or remain in Jinja to enjoy the cool breeze from this mighty river, that battles the Amazon for first spot of the longest river in the world!
Accommodation: Speke Hotel
On this second day of your safari, you will enjoy a walking safari through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you track white rhinos. During this activity, you will explore and learn more about the way these animals live, enjoying a memorable experience as you walk through the trails in the sanctuary, capturing great photos.
After this amazing activity, you will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Arrive at the lodge, relax, enjoy the cool breeze from the Nile River and the great sights of animals as they graze near the lodge.
Accommodation: Fort Murchison
You begin your exploration of Murchison Falls National Park with a game drive in the northern circuit. There you will encounter beautiful rolling plains and may see lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalos, elephants, bushbuck, spotted hyenas, wild cats, leopards as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders, this area supports the secretary bird, black chested snake eagle, tawny and marshall eagles, carmine and swallow-tailed bee-eaters among others.
In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls where you will view the Nile as it thunders through a small 7-meter gap down to the delta. This experience is breathtaking and the mighty thunder of the falls should not be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many animal and bird species including huge Nile crocodiles and hippos as well as other wildlife that may come down to drink from this mighty river. You may see the pre-historic shoebill, saddle-billed stork and many other birds.
This day is for travel from Murchison Falls to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey is quite long and may take between 7-8 hours. Along the way, there’s a lot to enjoy; seeing the beautiful scenery of the escarpments, various plantations and the people themselves as they carry on with their day to day activities.
Accommodation: Pumba Safari Cottages
Rise early and set sights on Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will embark on exploration of the park by conducting a game drive through the tracks of the park. Queen Elizabeth is greatly inhabited by the big five, various primate species as well as over 600 species of birds! You intended to see animals! Exploration of Queen Elizabeth gives you opportunity to spot Elephants, Buffalos, lions, Leopards, Warthogs, Hyenas, water bucks, antelopes and many bird species including Ibis, Fish Eagles and vultures among others that live in this park.
Exploration of the park will be supplemented with an evening boat cruise along the spectacular Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward to Lake George. The boat ride along the banks will give you an opportunity to see yawning hippos, herds of Uganda kob with their black and white spiraled horns, Nile crocodiles sunbathing, as well as elephants immersing themselves beneath the water while poking their trunks up and splashing themselves with water to cool off.
Brace yourself for an encounter with our closest cousins; the chimpanzees in the forest of Kalinzu. Get your jungle boots on early and join the forest wardens to track chimpanzees. Your time in the forest will also provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates including colobus monkeys and mangabey) as well as other animals, birds and a variety of butterflies, flowers and other insects. Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98.7% of their DNA composition with humans. They are sociable, intelligent as well as communicative. Other interesting traits are their abilities to use stones to crush nuts, use empty pods to collect water plus using sticks for capturing termites from their holes. A successful track of the chimpanzees will give you good lessons about primates as well as beautiful lasting memories of Uganda.
After this expedition, you will have lunch and then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for yet another memorable highlight of this safari. Upon arrival, relax at your lodge in preparation of the next day’s highlight or take an evening walk around the environs of the hotel for some bird watching.
Gorillas are endemic to Uganda and some parts of Rwanda and DR Congo, with half of the world’s population in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You are almost certain that you will see gorillas when you are in Uganda. Joining a gorilla trek is an amazing activity, conducted through the densely forested steep hills until you finally meet these tranquil gorillas within the green plant cover. It is such a wonderful and memorable encounter.
Gorilla trekking groups are assigned on fitness levels. You can request a shorter or longer hike depending on your preferences. For many, the chance to trek in such exotic forest makes a longer hike worthwhile. Others might prefer to meet the gorillas that are closer to the trail head. After this fun filled expedition, you will travel back to your lodge for relaxation or for any other preferred activity such as walks or bird watching.
After your awesome time in western Uganda, you will embark on your return road trip to Kampala. This time we traverse the rolling hills and mountains of Kigezi and Ankole region. We go past valleys, lakes such as Bunyonyi and forested areas. Great panoramic views and eye catching scenery are present along this route. Surely, your journey will be filled with moments of memorable exposure to nature.
When you reach Mbarara town, you will have lunch. Afterwards you make a brief stop at the equator crossing, take some photos and engage in some of the activities and experiments that people often do when they reach the equator. The experiments are not scientifically tested/proved but fun to watch, wuch as pouring water in the basin while observing how it swirls in opposite directions in the northern and southern hemispheres of the equator line. There are also curio and souvenir shops where you can get some mementos of your awesome Africa safari.
Return to Entebbe for airport or hotel drop off.