Mandela Safari Holidays

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

SAVE USD 250 per person on this amazing safari, taking you to south western Uganda where you will have many opportunities to see wildlife, trek in the forest to find gorillas, meet locals, soak up beautiful scenery and much more. You visit Queen Elizabeth National Park to see savanna animals and as well have a boat trip on the Kazinga channel. You then trck chimpanzees in their natural habitat and continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to meet the mountain gorillas. You then relax at the mighty Lake Bunyonyi before visting Lake Mburo National Park, famous for large herds of zebras, impalas and eland.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Trekking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Zebra, Hyena, Hartebeest, De Brazza’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey Mangabey, L'Hoest Monkey, Blue Monkey, Black-faced Vervet Monkey, Patas Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Crocodile, Duiker, Jackal, Oribi, Giraffe, Topi, Waterbuck, Warthog, Red Colobus, Olive Baboon
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Village Visit, Birding, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Entebbe, end in Entebbe
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

Budget Safari

SPECIAL OFFER from USD 2,390 per person, two people traveling

per person – normal price is USD 2,640 per person, two people traveling

Midrange Safari

2 people – from USD 3,260 per person

3-4 people – from USD 2,880 per person

5+ people – from USD 2,710 per person

What's Included

  • All accommodation & meals as per itinerary
  • 4WD safari car (Toyota Land Cruiser)
  • English speaking guide/driver
  • 1 gorilla permit per person (value USD 700)
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person (value USD 200)
  • Game drives
  • Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Bottled drinking water
  • All park entrance fees

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Porter for gorilla trekking (if you need one)
  • Activities marked optional in the itinerary
  • Drinks besides water


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Mandela Safari Holidays
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Mandela Safari Holidays‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be welcomed/picked up by your guide for transfer to your hotel in Kampala. On this day you will be briefed about your whole tour. Depending on the time of arrival, you may go for a Kampala city tour leading you to the Buganda palace, Kampala city center, Uganda martyrs’ shrine Namugongo and Gadaffi Mosque.


  • Budget– ViaVia Guesthouse /Secrets Guesthouse
  • Midrange – Malakai Eco Lodge/KHotels Entebbe
  • Meal Plan – Lunch and supper

Having had breakfast at leisure, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will have a boat trip on the Kazinga channel. This is the water stream that joins lakes Edward and George and is said to have the largest concentration of hippos in the world. It is also known as the Center of Ecology due to many animals and bird species recorded on its banks. Other animals to see include crocodiles and monitor lizards. This boat trip is likely to be among the highlights of your safari. We then check into our lodge for evening accommodation.

Travel Time – Approx. 6 hrs


  • Budget – Tembo Safari Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages
  • Midrange – Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper
Elephants Kazinga Channel

We wake up early for a morning game drive to search for the early risers. This is the best time to spot predators such as lions, leopards and the spotted hyena. Other mammals to see include buffaloes, waterbucks, elephants, kobs, warthogs and more. We then later visit Lake Munyanyange to see flamingos. Having had lunch, we proceed to the Katwe Salt Lake. This lake has been in existence since the 16th century and is responsible for the survival of people in Katwe village. You will see and learn how local salt is extracted and made ready for consumption and sale in this area. We end our day with an evening game drive in the Kabatoro sector which is famous for large herds of elephants and is also a feeding ground for hippos. This evening, be ready to take a picture of a feeding hippo.


  • Budget – Tembo Safari Lodge/Pumba Safari Cottages
  • Midrange – Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan- Breakfast, lunch and supper

After breakfast, we prepare ourselves for the once in a life time experience – chimpanzee tracking. You may track the chimpanzees either in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu Forest, the choice is yours. This activity is a bit challenging but very rewarding, so expect to walk for one to six hours depending on where the chimps will be on this day. Having encountered them, you will have a full hour with them. The chimpanzees’ behavior can provide a clue to that of our early ancestors. We have lunch and then travel to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This area is famous for the rare tree climbing lions which tend to climb fig trees to escape the mid-day sun. Other mammals here include elephants, buffaloes, topi, waterbucks and so on.


  • Budget – Bullbush River Camp
  • Midrange – Enjojo Lodge
  • Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Today you will have an early morning breakfast a game drive around this section of the park and then travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. On your way there, you will see beautiful scenery, the evergreen plant cover which Uganda is known for and the terraced hills. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to more than half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, many other primates and over 380 bird species. Arrival will be in the late afternoon and then check in your lodge to relax.


  • Budget – Broad Bill Forest Camp/Ruhija Rest Camp
  • Midrange -Bakiga Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Meal Plan-Breakfast, lunch and supper

After a mighty breakfast prepared by your accommodation, we report at the gorilla tracking starting point for a short briefing. You then enter the impenetrable forest with your packed lunch to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Be ready to walk for 45 minutes to 5 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas that day. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to interact with gorillas and then return to your accommodation. In case you return early, you will enjoy cultural dances from the local community before relaxing at your lodge.


  • Budget – Broad Bill Forest Camp/Ruhija Rest Camp
  • Midrange – Bakiga Lodge/Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Meal Plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

After enjoying breakfast at leisure, you will be led by your guide to Uganda’s deepest and most beautiful lake, known as the ‘Lake of 100 Islands’. This is somewhere you will feel relaxed after the tracking activities in Bwindi. While there, you can join a number of optional activities including canoeing, bird watching, hiking to the nearby falls and forests, visiting a Batwa community, swimming and so on. Note that only Lake Bunyonyi and Mutanda have been proven bilharzia free.


  • Budget – Bunyonyi Overland Resort
  • Midrange – Bird Nest Resort Bunyonyi
  • Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

After a leisurely breakfast, we embark on a journey to Lake Mburo National Park. This is where you will be able to see zebras, giraffes, elands and more, making it a great add on to a Uganda gorillas and wildlife tour. Other animals include buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, waterbucks, impalas and so on. After having lunch, enjoy a 2-hour boat trip on Lake Mburo to search for crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water birds and so much more.


  • Budget – Eagles Nest Camp/Leopard Rest Camp
  • Midrange – Rwakobo Rock/Arcadia Lodges
  • Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

After breakfast, we embark on the long journey back to Entebbe so as to catch your flight back home. En route we shall have a stop at Kayabwe (equator village). The Equator is the point at which the earth is divided into the northern and southern hemispheres and is the latitude marked 0on the world map. You will be transferred to the airport or hotel of your choice in Entebbe or Kampala hence end of safari.

Meal plan – Breakfast and lunch

Accommodation – Not included

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