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17 Days Uganda Wildlife And Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour

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This 17 days Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking safari tour starts and ends in Entebbe International Airport Uganda. This Adventurous wildlife and gorilla trekking tour will take to encounter the endangered gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys of Uganda in their untouched natural habitat, get a close encounter with other diverse African wildlife species such as the African big five mammals (Leopard, Lions, Elephant, Rhino and Caped Buffaloes), beautiful landscapes, and culture experience and if you are a Bird lover, this is best safari to spot several species of birds. This adventurous Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking tour will take you to explore the Ssezibwa falls the ancestral site to the Buganda Kingdom,  the source of the River Nile in Jinja, Sipi falls, Kidepo Valley national park for the wildlife sighting and to visit the Karamajong communities (Manyatta houses) for Cultural experience, Murchison Falls national park for the wildlife sighting game drive, to explore the world’s strongest Falls “Murchison Fall” and boat cruise on the Victoria Nile, visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary for the white rhino experience, Kibale Forest National Park “the primate capital of the world” for chimpanzee tracking, Queen Elizabeth National Park “A medley of wonders” to search for the tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector, boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and wildlife sighting game drive through Kasenyi plains, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the mighty mountain gorilla encounter then proceed to Mgahinga gorilla national for the golden monkey experience, Batwa community cultural trail and Mount Sabinyo hiking, Lake Bunyonyi for boat canoeing and bird watching and lastly Lake Mburo National Park for a jungle horseback riding and night nocturnal sighting game drive. During this 18 days Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking tour in Uganda will give you a close encounter of the Africa’s major wildlife species such as the big five mammals of the African Jungle (Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards and Caped buffaloes), Predators, Giraffes, Zebra, many primate species including the intelligent chimpanzees, the endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkeys and numerous bird species.

The best time to visit Uganda for 17 days Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking safari tour is in June to August. You can also visit between December to February.

  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Trekking, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
17 Days Uganda Wildlife And Gorilla Trekking Safari Tour.

Safari Highlights 

Day 1: Entebbe town- Evening sunset cruise on lake Victoria

Day 2: Entebbe city- Jinja source of the Nile- Nyero rock paintngs – Drive to Sipi falls

Day 3: Sipi Falls Hiking – Transfer to Kidepo valley national park

Day 4: Kidepo valley national park- Full day wildlife sighting game drive

Day 5: Kidepo valley national park- Karamojong community tour- Transfer to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

Day 6: Murchison falls national park – orining Rhino experience- Transfer to Murchison falls – Evening hike to the top of the falls

Day 7: Murchison falls national park- Early morning game drive – Boat cruise – Evening game drive

Day 8: Murchison falls national park- Transfer to Kibale forest- Bigodi Swamp walk

Day 9: Kibale forest- Chimpanzee trekking- Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park- Kasoga community tour

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth national park- Morning nature walk and Chimpanzee trekking- Afternoon boat launch and evening game drive

Day 11: Queen Elizabeth national park – Morning carnivore experience- Search for tree climbing lions- Drive to Bwindi

Day 12: Bwindi gorilla trekking – Transfer to Mgahinga

Day 13: Golden money tracking – Batwa community tour

Day 14: Morning Sabinyo gorge walk and Transfer to lake Bunyonyi

Day 15: Morning boat riding – Transfer to Lake Mburo- Evening and night game drive

Day 16: Morning horseback riding – Drive to Entebbe

Day 17: Entebbe city – Shoebill Experience at Mabamba wetland sanctuary – Drive to Entebbe airport

Safari Package Inclusions and Exclusions at a Glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Ground transport in 4*4WD and air-conditioned safari vehicle for 17 days (Safari van)
  • An English speaking driver/guide for 17 days
  • Fuel for 17 days
  • All park entrance fees
  • All park activities
  • All government applicable taxes
  • Accommodation for 16 nights
  • Full board meal plan
  • All en-route meals
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Return airport pick up
  • A visit to Ssezibwa falls
  • A visit to the source of the River Nile
  • Boat cruise on the Nile River
  • A visit to Nyero rock painting
  • A visit to Sipi falls
  • Morning hiking at Sipi falls
  • Morning and evening game drives at Kidepo valley national park
  • A visit to Karamonjong community for cultural experience
  • White Rhino tracking
  • Hiking to the top of the Falls
  • 3 hours boat cruise on the Victoria Nile in Murchison Falls NP
  • 2 game drive in Murchison Falls NP
  • Evening Bigodi nature walk
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person
  • 2 game drives in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • 2 hours boat cruising on Kazinga channel
  • 1 game drive in search for the tree climbing lions
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 Golden Monkey permit per person
  • Sabinyo mountain hiking
  • Evening canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Morning boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi to visit several Island
  • 1 night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • 2 hours horseback riding
  • A visit to Equator crossing point
  • A visit to Mabamba swamp for the shoebill experience
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entry visas and flights
  • Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Telephone services
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  1. Day 1 Pick up from Entebbe International Airport – Drive to Entebbe town to your booked Hotel – Evening sunset cruise on Lake Victoria

    Upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will meet a representative Vibrate Holiday Safaris at the visitors’ waiting lounge for a meet and greet and then drive you to your booked hotel to check in, have refreshments and later be briefed about your 18 days Uganda safari. If time allows, go for 2 hours evening (0500 am) sunset cruise on Lake Victoria the largest lake in Africa and second largest fresh water body in the world. The cruise will take you from the Lake shores in Entebbe town towards the equator imaginary line or local islands as you are viewing the sun over the horizon, watching the fishermen cast their nets from their small fishing boats while enjoying the snacks and drinks provided on board. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Via Via Guest House (Standard)
    2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range)
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Dinner

  2. Day 2 Entebbe city – Jinja source of the River Nile – Nyero rock paintings – Drive to Sipi Falls

    This day, after having breakfast, start the day with a simple briefing from your driver regarding what you should expect in the day and then start your 18 days Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking safari tour through eastern Uganda with visit to explore the Ssezibwa spiritual falls one of the most treasured site in the Buganda kingdom one of the strongest kingdoms in Uganda. According to the indigenous people around this place, the Ssezibwa falls were born as a normal baby as the local site guide will narrate to you. Later proceed with your drive through Mabira forest reserve, tea and sugar cane plantations alongside the Kampala –Jinja highway with another stop in Jinja city to explore the source of the River Nile which is the longest River in Africa’s and world’s longest river with a boat cruise from shores to the exact point where John Speke spotted the first European explorer stood where the Nile River water is separating from the Lake Victoria water to start its journey up to the Mediterranean Sea. The River Nile flows about 4,132 miles to the Mediterranean Sea going through several African countries such as Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. After exploring the source of the river Nile, continue with your drive to Sipi the spectacular falls with an en-route stop in Mbale city to stretch your legs after a long drive, refresh yourself, have and then continue with your journey to the Nyero rock paintings. The Nyero rock paintings were described by UNESCO as three tiered rock shelters with primitive beautiful art paintings on their inner surfaces. This paintings are said to be done by the earlier ancestors of the Nyero village and these are believed to be the Batwa pygmy people who lived in this place around 1250 ADs during the Stone Age era but they are no longer existing in this place. Therefore, this means the Nyero rock paintings have lived for about 750 years ago. After exploring the Nyero rock paintings, drive to Sipi falls in Kapchorwa district to check in at your reserve lodge to relax, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options;
    Lacam Lodge (Standard)
    Rafiki Lodge Sipi (Mid-range)
    Sipi River Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal Plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  3. Day 3 Day 3; Sipi falls – Morning Sipi falls hiking - Transfer to Kidepo Valley National park

    Rise up very early in the morning to have breakfast, check out of your room and go to start your morning Sipi falls hiking. The Sipi falls are comprised of three spectaculars falls with one over 100 m, second 85 m and the third one 75 m so, hiking all the 3 falls will give you a beautiful view of  the low land plains and Mount Elgon. The hike is so sweating but you will be cooled by the breezes and splashes of the falls, you will have a best scenic moments of the sun rise. After Sipi falls hiking, start the drive to Kidepo valley national park through the Gisu and Karamoja regions while seeing the indigenous people working on their farms, laying bricks and others grazing their cattle. Kidepo valley national park was ranked third amongst the Africa’s best wilderness destinations to visit by the CNN travel. The park hosts over 80 mammal species including big cats search as Lion, Leopard and cheetah and other predators and mammals  and about 475 recorded bird species. Some of the mammal and bird species are unique to this park with nowhere else to see them in other Uganda’s national parks like cheetahs. While in Kidepo valley national park, you may spot the 4 mammals of the big five family (Elephants, Caped buffaloes, Leopard and Lion) cheetah, Giraffes, Zebras, and Elands, Aardwolf, Caracal, Greater and lesser kudu, Guenther’s dik-dik, Mountain reedbuck, Spotted hyenas and ostriches. Visit to the Karamojong communities that are similar to the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania. On your arrival at Kidepo Valley National park, check in at your reserved lodge to check to relax, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard and Mid-range)
    Adere Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  4. Day 4 Kidepo valley national park –Full day wildlife sighting game drive

    This day, wake up very early in the morning  to have breakfast and then leave the lodge to the Park for an early morning wildlife sighting game drive to spot wildlife species in this park such as the 4 mammals of the African big five family of the jungle “Lions, Leopard, herds of Buffaloes and huge Elephants”, many predators like the spotted hyenas, bat-eared fox, striped and spotted hyena, Cheetahs, Caracal, Aardwolf and hunting dogs some of these are unique to this park, many antelope species like Eland the biggest specie of the antelope, Bush duskier, Bushbuck,  Defassa waterbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, Bohor reedbuck, and oribi one of the smallest animals in the antelope family Giraffes and Zebras and many others. Wildlife sighting game drive in Kidepo national park is one of the key activities. Unlike other Ugandan national parks, Kidepo has numerous mammals and in largest populations. The game drives will take you Narus Valley which has vast grassland and the main water supply to the park which attracts large concentrations of animals in the valley throughout the year and Kidepo valley to search for the Ostriches and visit the hot springs, the Kanangorok hot springs lay about 11m over Kidepo river on South Sudan border. During your full day game drive, you will have a short break to have lunch, refreshments and then continue with your day activity until late evening to return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard and Mid-range)
    Adere Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  5. Day 5 Kidepo valley national park - Karamojong community tour – Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    After breakfast, checkout of your room and go for the Karamojong community tour which is also known as “Manyatta” or “Ere” meaning an enclosed residential area, surrounded by sharp thorns and with small entry points for people and a larger entry point for cattle. The Karamojongs are pastoralist, still living in the primitive life style like without the use of modern technology, staying in temporary houses called Manyatta houses, having unique art and craft and indigenous dressing style. Men stay mainly in the Kraal during dry season as they migrate closer to water sources and then woman and children remain in the Manyattas to prepare for agriculture production. During your community tour to the Karamajong communities, your local guide will explain to you the most interesting stories about their life, take part in their daily activities such as milking, local millet grinding and cultural entertainments by the women groups. Later, start your road drive to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for the rhino experience. On your way to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district, you will have an en-route stop in Gulu town to have lunch, relax and later continue with your drive to the lodge check in to relax, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Ziwa Guest House (Standard)
    Amuka Safari Lodge (Mid-range and Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  6. Day 6 Murchison falls national park – Morning Rhino experience – Transfer to Murchison Falls national park – Evening hiking to the top of the falls

    This day, after breakfast, meet your local based site guide to be briefed about the rules and regulations to follow during rhino experience and later embark on your rhino experience adventurous walk that will give you a chance to explore them close to their feet and taking as many memorial photos as you would want. The sanctuary is a home to over 35 individuals of the southern white rhinos and one of the most popular wildlife destination in Uganda. After rhino experience, return to your lodge to have refreshments, check out of your room and start your drive to Murchison falls national park found in the northwestern Uganda, one of the most visited destinations and the oldest national park with the mighty “Murchison falls” which are said to be the world’s strongest falls. Murchison falls national park is a home to over 76 mammals such as the huge Elephants, prides of healthy Lions, herds of Buffaloes, the shy Leopards, Warthogs, Rothschild giraffes, Jackson hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, many primates including Chimpanzees our closest relatives with 98.8% human DNA, many aquatic mammals like the huge hippopotamus and 451 recorded bird species including the rare shoebill stork. On your way to Murchison Falls national park, you will have an en-route stop to have lunch in Masindi town and thereafter, proceed with your to the park, to explore the “Murchison Falls” with a hiking to the bottom and top of the Murchison falls to watch how the Victoria Nile river flowing through a tiny gorge of 7 meters wide and drop 43 meters down making it to turn into a violent tempest and forming the said to be the worlds’ strongest falls which is a breathtaking sight. After, enjoying the magnificent Murchison falls, drive to cross the river to check in at your booked lodge to relax as you are prepare for your night wildlife sighting night game drive to search for the nocturnal animals. Dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)
    Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  7. Day 7 Murchison Falls National Park – Early morning game drive – Afternoon boat cruise – Evening game drive

    Rise up very early in the morning to have breakfast and setoff for an adventurous early morning wildlife sighting game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This morning game drive will give you a close encounter of numerous wildlife mammals and bird species of the park such as Giraffes, caped Buffaloes, Uganda Warthogs, huge Elephants, Jackson hartebeest, many antelope species like Oribis and many others, Lions, Spotted hyenas and some primate species like Olive baboons and many others and your driver guide will be able to give you as much information as possible which will make your game drive so interesting. Your camera has to be well charged and on standby not to miss any moment uncaptured. After your half days game drive, go to your lodge to have refreshments, lunch and then the driver take you for your afternoon boat cruise on the Victoria Nile. During your boat cruise trip, you will be able to see various species of water animals and birds such as the hippopotamuses, Nile, the colored kingfishers and many others. May see other land mammals on the shores when they have come to drink water and swimming such as Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, Elephants, Buffaloes etc. The boat cruise will take you few meters to the bottoms which will give you a breathtaking view of the falls. After your 3 hours afternoon boat safari on the River Nile, have some refreshments and go for an evening wildlife sighting game drive still in the northern sector of the park to search for the big predators such as Lions, Leopards and Spotted hyenas and other mammals. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)
    Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  8. Day 8 Murchison Falls National Park - Drive to Kibale Forest national park – Bigodi sanctuary wetland nature walk

    Today after your fantastic breakfast, leave the lodge and go for another early morning wildlife sighting game drive to search for more wildlife species of the park mostly those you would have missed in your previous game drives such as the big predators like Lion, Leopards, Spotted hyenas and other mammals. Later embark on your road drive to Kibale Forest National Park through villages and small towns while watching the indigenous people carrying out their daily activities such as working on their coffee and banana plantations, tea plantations, farms and laying bricks and many others. You will be excited by their style of work as they do not use modern technology but they get more yields. You will enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the countryside that will make your drive so adventurous. Kibale Forest National Park is popular for the highest number of primate species in Africa with 13 different species including chimpanzees our closest relatives sharing 98.8% of the human DNA. Visiting Kibale Forest National Park will let you explore many primate species such as; The Blue monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest monkey, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys and many others. On the way, you will have lunch and other refreshments en-route at Fort portal city thereafter, proceed with your drive to the park.  On arrival at Kibale Forest national park, check in at your booked lodge to relax and later visit Bigodi wetland Sanctuary for an evening guided nature walk. This swamp is a super paradise to the keen bird lovers with a chance to encounter about 200 bird species which lives here and some species can miss in the Park Forest and then be found here, it is also home to 8 primate species. Dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)
    Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  9. Day 9 Kibale Forest national park – Chimpanzee trekking – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park – Kasoga community tour

    In the morning after having breakfast with all your bags already packed in your vehicle, meet your driver to drive to the park information office center to join other guests for the pre-chimpanzee trekking briefing about the guidelines to follow during chimpanzees tracking in their natural habitat and to be given a family to track. After briefing, depart for the guided forest walk to search for chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Kibale Forest national park has over 1500 chimpanzee individuals which is the highest population in Africa. In the course of chimpanzee tracking safari, you will en counter other wildlife species such as many bird species, other primates and mammals, butterflies, flowers and tree species and the guide will be able to give you information about everything that you will encounter which will make it so exciting and adventurous. The time taken looking for chimpanzees is not known but expected to be between 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the location of the family you are tracking. When you meet them, you will be allowed to spend a maximum of 1 hour with them and taking as many photos as you would want. After staying with chimpanzees for an hour, return to the park information offices to meet your driver, have refreshments and lunch and later drive to Queen Elizabeth Park. Queen Elizabeth national park is referred to as a medley of wonders due to it rich in the biodiversity with over 100 mammal species and about 606 bird species it is the best destination for wildlife sighting, chimpanzee tracking, boat cruise safaris, community tours and guided nature walk. On your arrival at Queen Elizabeth national park, check in at your booked lodge to relax and then visit Kasoga community for the community experience. This community tour will give you a chance to directly get in touch with the indigenous people around the park to share with you their life style and relationship with wildlife and take you through their cultural life, local fish preservation, marine practices and visiting women making crafts shops and later, canoeing which will reward with remarkable experiences. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)
    Elephant Hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  10. Day 10 Queen Elizabeth national Park – Morning nature walk and chimpanzee trekking – Afternoon boat launch on the Kazinga Channel – Evening wildlife sighting game drive

    Rise up very early in the morning to have breakfast, meet your driver and go Kalinzu forest reserve for a morning guided nature walk and chimpanzee tracking. Kalinzu Forest Reserve is part of Maramagambo forest reserve, home to 6 primate species, 414 tree species, 379 species of birds, 261 butterfly species and other wildlife species. On your arrival at the forest office center, you will be warmly welcomed by the local site guide to be about the guidelines to follow during forest walk and chimpanzee tracking and then start your walk. During your forest walk you will encounter several primates including Chimpanzees, Blue monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys and others plus other mammals, many bird species and tree species. The site guide will help you to spot several wildlife species in the forest as well as giving you much information about everything that you will encounter. When you meet chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them carrying as they are playing in the forest, hunting and jumping in tree branches. After Kalinzu forest walk and chimpanzee tracking, drive back to your lodge to relax, have refreshments and lunch and later drive to Queen Elizabeth national park for an afternoon boat cruise safari on the Kazinga channel. The Kazinga Channel is one of the most impressive features in the Park, where you will explore numerous wildlife species both mammals and birds. It is a narrow water stream connecting Lake George and Lake Edward with 32 km long and said to be having the highest concentration of hippopotamuses and crocodiles in Uganda and at the same time, it is the main water source to the park wildlife. The Kazinga channel is also known to have the biggest population of Hippopotamuses in Africa. Therefore, during your afternoon boat cruise safari on the channel, you will encounter a variety of wildlife species such as, big schools of hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards and other land mammals like Caped buffaloes, Elephants, Uganda Kobs and many bird species. After your afternoon boat cruise safari, have a short break to relax and start your evening wildlife sighting game drive through Kasenyi plains to lookout for the wildlife species of the park mostly the big predators such as Lions, Leopards, Spotted hyenas and others during the game drive, you will encounter numerous mammals such as Uganda Kobs, Caped buffaloes, Warthogs, Forest giant hog, herds of huge Elephants, Caped buffaloes and many others. Then dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)
    Elephant Hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

     

  11. Day 11 Queen Elizabeth national park – Morning carnivore experience – Search for the tree climbing lions - Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

    Wake up early to have your breakfast, check out of your room and go for a morning lion / carnivore experience. This experience is done by Uganda Carnivore program (UCP) is under the research department of the Uganda Wildlife Authority with a purpose of giving an extra experience of the predators by deeply searching them in their thickets. Predators spend most of their day time hiding and then hunt at night with stealth they can probably approach their prey closer at night than during the day. During the carnivore experience, you will encounter other wildlife species of the park that you could have missed during your previous game drives. After your early morning carnivore experience game drive, have a short break to relax and then start your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park the home to the half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas and one of the oldest forest in Africa that has stayed for over 250000 years. Before reaching Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you will have an en-route game drive through Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park to search for the tree climbing lions. Tree climbing lions are only found in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda with 4 prides and Lake Manyara of Tanzania with 2 prides. Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park is the best destination to see them. After searching for the tree climbing lions, have lunch and later proceed with your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to check in at your reserved lodge, relax dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Nshongi Forest Camp (Standard)
    Rushaga gorilla Camp (Mid-range)
    Rushaga gorilla Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  12. Day 12 Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park - Mountain Gorilla trekking –Transfer to Mgahinga gorilla National Park – Evening boat canoeing on Lake Mutanda

    On this day after having your heavy breakfast with packed lunch, meet your driver guide and drive to the park offices to meet other guests for briefing about the dos and don’ts to follow during mountain gorilla trekking and then start your guided forest walk to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. In the course of mountain gorilla trekking, you may encounter many other wildlife species such as forest Elephants, Bush pigs, chimpanzees, white and black colobus monkeys and many bird species and your guide will be able to give you information about everything that you will meet which will make your forest walk so exciting. The time taken during mountain gorilla trekking is not known since it highly depend on the location and movements of the mountain gorilla family that you are tracking so, it may last between 30 minutes to 6 hours and once you them, you given a maximum of 1 hour to watch them, capturing photos and asking questions you want about the mountain gorillas. Meeting the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is the most adventurous and exciting wildlife experience in Africa so your camera has to be on standby and fully charged to a capture all your interesting moments during mountain gorilla trekking. After spending your 1 hour of watching mountain gorillas, return to the park office to pick your trekking award certificate, have lunch and other refreshments and later drive to Mgahinga gorilla national park in the southwestern Uganda. On your arrival at the park, check in at your reserved lodge to relax and later drive to spend your evening while sailing on Lake Mutanda. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Travelers Rest House (Standard)
    Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Chameleon Hill Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  13. Day 13 Mgahinga Gorilla NP – Morning golden monkey tracking – Evening Batwa community tour

    After breakfast transfer to the Park information center to be briefed about the guidelines to follow during golden monkey tracking and then begin the hike over the volcanic terrain in search for Golden Monkeys in the bamboo forests. The golden monkeys can be only seen in three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with about 5000 individuals that remaining in the Virunga Volcano Chain commonly called the Virunga Conservation Area. But amongst these 3 countries, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda is the best where you can do a Golden Monkey Trek and have an exclusive experience. Once you meet them, you will be allowed to spend them a maximum of one hour. Therefore, after an hour with golden monkeys, return to your lodge to relax, have lunch and later go for a community tour to meet the indigenous people around the park. Batwa community tour experience will take you through the Batwa communities proudly known as “the forest keepers” who used to live in Mgahinga and Bwindi forest but when these forests were made national parks, they were forcefully chased out of the forest and given land outside forests to avoid human wildlife conflict. However, they were evicted out from the forested areas, they established a cultural trail to able to showcase their life style as Bushmen therefore, this cultural trail will make you encounter various aspects of lifestyle and origin of the Batwa pygmy people and how they used to serve in the forests like ways of making fire locally, building their shelters using local materials, demonstrating of hunting skills and how they used to treat themselves using herbal medicine from tree herbs. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Travelers Rest House (Standard)
    Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Chameleon Hill Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

     

  14. Day 14 Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Morning Sabinyo gorge walk – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

    After morning breakfast with some snacks and drinking, meet your driver to drive to the park meeting point to join other guests to be briefed about your day activity. Later, start your Mount Sabinyo hiking safari which takes about 8 hours where by 5 hours are used to ascend and 3 hours to descend but this highly depends on your level of fitness and pace. This hike will take you through numerous vegetation covers like sub-alpine zone, sharp ridges, bamboo zone and you may meet different wildlife species such as bush pigs, forest elephants, buffaloes golden monkeys, and on a lucky day, you may meet mountain gorillas but these could not be habituated and many bird species like blue headed coucal, white necked raven, archers robin chat, olive woodpecker etc. When you reach at the summit, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of Mgahinga gorilla national park, landscapes, and beautiful scenery and also be standing in three countries Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo at the same time without a visa. After enjoying the greatest views of Mount Sabinyo, start descending to the starting point which might take about 4 hours. Upon your arrival at your starting point, meet your driver and drive to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Standard)
    Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi (Mid-range)
    Bird Nest Resort (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  15. Day 15 Lake Bunyonyi – Morning boat riding - Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park – Evening and Night wildlife sighting game drive

    After having breakfast, go for your morning boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi. Boat riding and bird watching on Lake Bunyonyi are the most exciting things do. Lake Bunyonyi has 29 islands and each island has a unique exciting story like Akampene Island which was used to punish girls who would be found pregnant before marriage by isolating them there to death as a way to teach others not to do the same mistake. In African society, it is an abomination for a girl to get pregnant before marriage and it causes disrespect to the family therefore, parents would work hard to keep their girls safe until they get officially married and anyone who would get pregnant before marriage, would be punished. After you adventurous morning boat riding safari, continue with your drive Lake Mburo National Park with an en-route stop to have lunch in Mbarara city and thereafter proceed with the drive to go to your booked lodge to check in and relax. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest park savannah national park in Uganda but highly gifted with numerous small lakes, deep valleys, woodland vegetation, and rolling hills that provides good habitats a number of wildlife species such as Zebras, caped Buffaloes, Impalas, Elands, Warthogs, Hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, Giraffes and many others including over 300 bird species. After relaxing, leave the lodge to the park for an evening and night game drive to search for the wildlife species in the park. This park is the best destination in Uganda for an amazing experiential night wildlife sighting game drive mostly to search for nocturnal species such as Bush babies, Leopard, White tailed mongoose, Porcupine and Spotted hyenas and many others. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Mpogo Safari Lodge (Standard)
    Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
    Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  16. Day 16 Lake Mburo National Park – Morning horseback riding – Visit Lake Mburo National park – Drive to Entebbe town to spend your evening relaxing at the beach

    In the morning have simple breakfast and go for a morning jungle horseback riding safari in park. Lake Mburo national park is the only wildlife destination in Uganda where horseback riding can be done. The horseback riding safari will enable you to have a close encounter of several wildlife species such as Zebras, Elands, Buffaloes and Impala without them being scared as compared to do a game drive using a safari vehicle which makes it to be the best way of exploring the park. During horseback riding safari, you get an opportunity to get off the usual game drive tracks and go deeper inside the park to explore the park and to search for more wildlife species which cannot happen when using a safari vehicle. After horseback riding safari, drive to explore Lake Mburo which is the main water source of the park. Lake Mburo is the biggest and a visit to this park will make you encounter numerous water birds and also visit the fishing village which is the main community in the park and it is from this side that you will explore the fish species in Lake Mburo and the methods of fishing used. Return to your lodge to check out and embark on your drive to Entebbe with an en-route stop at Kayabwe Equator landmark. At the Equator landmark, you will watch the water experiment showing the movement of forces like on the northern hemisphere, water rotate clockwise and rotate anticlockwise on the southern hemisphere. There is no rotation in the imaginary line due to the forces from different points sink in, take a memorial photo at this landmark, have lunch, shop some souvenirs and later proceed with the drive straight to Entebbe city to check in at the hotel to the beach to spend your evening relaxing on the shores of Lake Victoria which is the biggest Lake in Africa, second biggest fresh water body in Africa shared by 3 east African countries Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Via via guest house (Standard)
    2 Friend Beach Hotel (Mid-range)
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)

    Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

  17. Day 17 Entebbe City – Shoebill Experience at Mabamba wetland sanctuary – Drive to Entebbe international airport for your return flight

    After enjoying your hot breakfast, leave your hotel and drive to Mabamba Wetlands in Kasanje which is located on the fringes of Lake Victoria – 2nd biggest fresh water body in the world. In Mabamba swamp, you will take a motorized canoe boat with the area site guide and then start your half day search of the incredible Shoebill which is often seen standing in the mashes waiting to hunt. The shoebill stork is one of the most loved and rare bird species. Also in the swamp there are several other interesting bird species that you will encounter like; African Jacana, White-winged Terns, African Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Pied Kingfisher, Winding Cisticola, Malachite Kingfisher, White-faced whistling duck, Red-billed Fire-finch, African Pied Wagtail, Long-toed Lapwing, Saddle billed Stork, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-billed Duck Long-toed plover, Cape wagtail, African Fish Eagle and African Marsh Harrier, Swamp Flycatcher etc. After bird spotting Mabamba wetland swamp, drive back to the city to have lunch and later drive to the airport to for your return flight. This is the end of the 17 days Uganda wildlife and gorilla trekking and culture safari tour in Uganda.

    Meal plan; Breakfast/Lunch

Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi Forest national Park
uganda cobs
buffalo in uganda
lion in uganda queen elizabeth
elephants uganda safaris true africa
bwindi gorillas
Accommodation options

Day 1 Accommodation options
Via Via Guest House (Standard)
2 Friends Beach Hotel (Mid-range)
Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)

Meal plan; Dinner

Day 2 Accommodation options;
Lacam Lodge (Standard)
Rafiki Lodge Sipi (Mid-range)
Sipi River Lodge (Luxury)

Meal Plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 3 Accommodation options
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard and Mid-range)
Adere Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 4 Accommodation options
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard and Mid-range)
Adere Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 5 Accommodation options
Ziwa Guest House (Standard)
Amuka Safari Lodge (Mid-range and Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6 Accommodation options
Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

day 7 Accommodation options
Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 8 Accommodation options
Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)
Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Crater Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 9 Accommodation options
Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)
Elephant Hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 10 Accommodation options
Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)
Elephant Hab Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 11 Accommodation options
Nshongi Forest Camp (Standard)
Rushaga gorilla Camp (Mid-range)
Rushaga gorilla Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 12 Accommodation options
Travelers Rest House (Standard)
Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Chameleon Hill Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 13 Accommodation options
Travelers Rest House (Standard)
Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Chameleon Hill Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 14 Accommodation options
Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Standard)
Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi (Mid-range)
Bird Nest Resort (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 15 Accommodation options
Mpogo Safari Lodge (Standard)
Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Day 16 Accommodation options
Via via guest house (Standard)
2 Friend Beach Hotel (Mid-range)
Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)

Meal plan; Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
  • Ground transport in 4*4WD and air-conditioned safari vehicle for 17 days (Safari van)
  • An English speaking driver/guide for 17 days
  • Fuel for 17 days
  • All park entrance fees
  • All park activities
  • All government applicable taxes
  • Accommodation for 16 nights
  • Full board meal plan
  • All en-route meals
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Return airport pick up
  • A visit to Ssezibwa falls
  • A visit to the source of the River Nile
  • Boat cruise on the Nile River
  • A visit to Nyero rock painting
  • A visit to Sipi falls
  • Morning hiking at Sipi falls
  • Morning and evening game drives at Kidepo valley national park
  • A visit to Karamonjong community for cultural experience
  • White Rhino tracking
  • Hiking to the top of the Falls
  • 3 hours boat cruise on the Victoria Nile in Murchison Falls NP
  • 2 game drive in Murchison Falls NP
  • Evening Bigodi nature walk
  • 1 chimpanzee permit per person
  • 2 game drives in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • 2 hours boat cruising on Kazinga channel
  • 1 game drive in search for the tree climbing lions
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 Golden Monkey permit per person
  • Sabinyo mountain hiking
  • Evening canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Morning boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi to visit several Island
  • 1 night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
  • 2 hours horseback riding
  • A visit to Equator crossing point
  • A visit to Mabamba swamp for the shoebill experience

 

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entry visas and flights
  • Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Telephone services
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks