- 7 Days from$2550 p/p in USD
- DeparturesYear Round
Guided, Small Group
Discover the best of Uganda with this unique tour! Enjoy the flexibility and personalized service of a small group guided tour with unforgettable primate and wildlife encounters, cultural interactions and overnights in traditional and adventurous safari lodges. Highlights include gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest, chimp tracking in Kibale Forest, searching for the tree climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth NP and game viewing in Lake Mburo NP.
- Safari types:Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
- You will visit:Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo
- Wildlife:leopard, chimpanzees, impala
- Activities:Game Drive, Walking Safari, Trekking, Boat Cruise
- Getting around:4x4 Vehicle
- Start/end:Start in Entebbe, end in Entebbe
- Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
- Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Search of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth NP
- Visit to a local primary school
- Safari walk in Lake Mburo NP
- Possibilities for upgrading!
Itinerary in Brief
- Day 1 Arrival in Entebbe – Boma Guesthouse – no meals
- Day 2 Kibale Forest NP Primate Lodge (standard cottage) B-L-D
- Day 3 Kibale Forest NP Primate Lodge (standard cottage) B-L-D
- Day 4 Bwindi NP Haven Lodge B-L-D
- Day 5 Bwindi NP Haven Lodge B-L-D
- Day 6 Lake Mburo NP Rwaboko Rock B-L-D
- Day 7 Entebbe B-L
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
Boma Guesthouse, Entebbe – an intimate boutique hotel/guesthouse set on the leafy hillside of Entebbe, only 10 min drive from Entebbe International Airport. The seven rooms are fan cooled and have a private shower and toilet. There is an open-air veranda, restaurant and upstairs terrace offering Mediterranean styled menus. WiFi is available.
Haven Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable NP – perched high, above Buhoma village, a 5-minute drive from the main road, and this elevated location guarantees best views across Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We currently offer 6 beautifully designed twin/double cottages and 1 family cottage, all self-contained (en suite). The architectural design is simple and natural merging simple elegance with local materials. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with sweeping views of the valley and forests that surround it. WiFi is available.
Rwaboko Rock, Lake Mburo NP – an eco-friendly family run lodge nestled on a scenic outcrop at the edge of Lake Mburo National Park. The rustic cottages are dotted around the hill, all with a private bathroom and offering great sunset views. The main dining area and bar overlook the national park and a nearby rocky pool where wild animals can often be seen drinking. WiFi is available in the main area.
RATES – PER PERSON USD
2 people in 1 room High Season USD 2,725 Low Season USD 2,550
3 people in 1 room High Seaons USD 2,365 Low Season USD 2,200
4 people in 2 rooms High Season USD 2,175 Low Season USD 2,015
6 people in 3 rooms High Season USD 1,990 Low Seaons USD 1,840
High season – January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October and December
Low season – April, May and November
Rates are per person and are subject to change
Mminimum of 2, maximum of 6 participants
Additional/Optional surcharges to be added to the package
- Single room supplement (standard accommodation) High Season USD 395 Low Season USD 320
- Gorilla permit High & Low Season USD 600
- Optional day room in Entebbe, single occupancy High & Low Seasons USD 160
- Optional day room in Entebbe, double occupancy High & Low Season USD 80
Terms and conditions
- Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person of Great Lakes Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.
- Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.
- The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.
- The safari will be carried out with an international travel company, with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 participants. They have no control of the nationality, gender, age or any other details of the participants.
- The estimated travelling hours are based on the actual hours of driving; stops for lunch or photos not included.
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle (Minibus)
- English speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on a shared twin/double room
- Meals as described in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
- Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Detailed map of Uganda
- AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance
- VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala
- International flight
- Visa (USD $100, available upon arrival)
- Gorilla permit
- Optional activities
- Meals and drinks not mentioned above
- Items of personal nature
Day by Day Overview
Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.
- Overnight at The Boma (BB)
After a relaxed breakfast we will depart the capital city and head west to Fort Portal, with lunch en route. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to Kibale National Park.
Kibale Forest National Park harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Not less than 13 different species are living in this small area of 560 sq km, including black-and-white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys. More important, the dense forest hosts a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in their natural environment. Just outside the national park you will find Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, offering a number of walking trails in the Magombe Swamp.
- Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages (B-L-D)
Today the forest opens for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. After a pre-tracking briefing at walking distance from your accommodation, you will start your hike adventure into the forest. Follow the footsteps of a large habituated family of chimpanzees, with over 120 individuals that has made Kibale one of the best locations in Africa for chimp viewing. En route your guide will explain more about the forest and the other inhabitants, including other primates and birds such as the blue breasted kingfisher, black billed turaco, pied hornbill, chestnut winged starlings and many more.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they continue their daily routine – growling, grooming, feeding, taking care of the young ones and agilely climbing up trees. It certainly is one unforgettable wildlife encounter and the hour is always over too soon. After your forest walk, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Bigodi Village for a community walk that will bring you closer to the local tribe that lives in this area. Accompanied by a local guide, who can tell you everything about the traditional customs and lifestyle, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, traditional homesteads and learn more about the crops in the fields.
- Dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge standard cottages (B-L-D)
After an early breakfast we head to depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. En route we will pass the vast savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will go in search of the tree climbing lions. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route before we finally reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, for an overnight in the middle of the African jungle.
Of the over 800 mountain gorillas worldwide, Bwindi National Park is home to almost half of the gorilla population. There is no better place for observing these gentle giants from a close distance! Thanks to the wildlife conservation program, the number of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest only has increased from 300 to 400 in the recent years, which include nine different families that are habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from the famous residents, the dense forest hosts 9 other primates. There are different trails in the park, including the Munyanga River Trail and Waterfall Trail,
leading through the pristine rainforest to three sparkling waterfalls.
- Dinner and overnight at Haven Lodge (B-L-D)
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. There are four habituated families in the Buhoma area, at least one of which is only a short walk from the briefing area, and you can specify that this is your preferred option, or you can opt for a longer walk, which takes you through some beautiful scenery and villages before going off track and though virgin forest. Otherwise, expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead. However, the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback completely makes up for the effort!
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling with the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
- Dinner and overnight at Haven Lodge (B-L-D)
After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As we enter the park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife. After checking in you will go on a boat ride on the lake to view the rich bird life and many hippos that are cooling off. Have an early dinner before going on a optional (at extra fee) night game drive in an open Landrover with spot light. This special game drive of 2-3 hours provides good chances of seeing the elusive leopard and of course other nocturnal animals. En route we shall stop at Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch. The cultural centre illustrates the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area, including a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads.
Lake Mburo is the smallest national park in Uganda and conveniently located in the west of the country. Despite of its size, the area offers amazing scenery. The five lakes are surrounded by forested hills, open savannah, acacia woodland and papyrus swamps. Wildlife includes some special species such as impalas, zebras and the gigantic elands, which are almost nowhere else found in the country, and in July 2015 giraffes were translocated from Murchison Falls to Lake Mburo NP. Lake Mburo is an excellent place for bird watching as well. About 315 species are recorded in this area. Besides exploring the network of game tracks by car, guided safari walks and boat rides on Lake Mburo can also be arranged.
- Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock (B- L-D)
Early start of the day we will go for a bush walk guided by a ranger. Experience a safari on foot that will allow you to notice the smaller, often overlooked, details and usually brings you much closer to the wildlife than when in a car. Return to the lodge for breakfast and with a game drive on our way out we depart the protected area and back towards the capital city. En-route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for lunch, photos and souvenir shopping. In time you will be dropped at Entebbe Airport for your international flight. (B-L)