Gorilla Tracking Safari

11 Days 10 Nights From $3945, per person

Lake Mburo, Bwindi Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale & Murchison Falls National Parks in 11 Days

This Gorilla Tracking Safari takes you to some of the popular National Parks in Uganda that include Lake Mburo National Park for game drives and boat cruises, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park for gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National park for game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, Kibale National park for chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk before you drive to Murchison Falls National park for game drives and a boat cruise to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Overview

This tour takes you to some popular National Parks in Uganda that include Lake Mburo National Park for game drives and boat cruises, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park for gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National park for game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, Kibale National park for chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk before you drive to Murchison Falls National park for game drives and a boat cruise to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls.

Highlights

  • Day One: Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala
  • Day Two: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, evening boat cruise on the Lake
  • Day Three: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day Four: Gorilla Trekking
  • Day Five: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, evening game drive
  • Day Six: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Day Seven: Drive to Kibale National Park
  • Day Eight: Morning Chimp trekking and Bigodi wetland walk
  • Day Nine: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day Ten: Morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls
  • Day Eleven: Drive back to Entebbe International airport for your flight out.

Things To Note

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost

DAY 1: Arrival and transfer to Entebbe

On arrival, you will be met by the Encounter Africa Safari guide who will transfer you to your Guest House or Hotel for overnight stay. Depending on your time of arrival, you may choose to take a boat excursion to Ngamba Island (optional and not included), visit the nearby Entebbe Botanic gardens or visit the Uganda Wildlife Education center.

Drive time: Approximately 15 minutes

Lodge: Secrets Guest House

Meal Plan: Bed and breakfast


DAY 2: Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at the Equator crossing in Kayabwe for photography, stretching and simple experiments. You will arrive in Lake Mburo National Park in time for an en route game drive and a boat cruise on the Lake.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Lodge: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Rwakobo Rock

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After breakfast, you will enjoy an en route game drive through Lake Mburo National Park as you proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in Southwestern Uganda. This journey gives you great opportunities for scenic viewing as you go pass some of the green rolling hills of Uganda with banana and tea plantations. Lunch will be served en route and you will arrive in Bwindi in the evening.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge.

Drive time: 6-7 hours.


DAY 4: Gorilla Trekking.

After an early morning breakfast, with your packed lunch, you will report to the Park Headquarters at about 7:45 am for registration and then you will join other trackers for a briefing about the Dos and the Don’ts during your Gorilla Tracking safari. Your guides will lead you through the thick creepers and undergrowth as you trek to find the Gorillas. This trek can take you half an hour to three quarters of the day. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The amount of time you take during the trek largely depends on the movement of the gorillas. But it is an extraordinary feeling being with these beautiful yet endangered Creatures.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge


DAY 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This morning you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. So, be prepared for some incredible scenery along the way. You will arrive in time for Lunch at the lodge and an afternoon game drive in the plains of Kasenyi in search for Savannah wildlife that may include herds of buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if you are lucky, you will spot some wild cats such as lions and leopard.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Elephant Hab/Pumba Safari Lodge

Drive time: 4-5 hours.


DAY 6: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat on Kazinga Channel.

This morning you will head back to the plains of Kasenyi for a morning game drive to try to find what you could have missed seeing the previous day. Lunch will be served at the lodge. After lunch, you will head to the jetty along the Kazinga channel for the afternoon boat cruise. This cruise offers you beautiful chances of viewing animals like: hippos, elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and some water birds which flop the channel to drink water.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Lodge: Elephant Hab\Pumba Safari Lodge


DAY 7: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the Northern bank of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasenyi) area in search of some wild animals which include: Elephants, Buffalo, and some wild cats, different species of antelopes such water buck, Uganda kobs etc. as well as Savannah birds. After lunch you will drive to Kibale National Park arriving at your lodge in the evening.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Lodge: Chimpanzee Forest guest house or Isunga Lodge

Drive time: 3-4hours.


DAY 8: Chimpanzee Tracking.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park Headquarters located at Kanyanchu. Here, you will join other trekkers for briefing before you proceed into the forest for chimpanzee trekking. You will be led by a well-trained and experienced ranger/guide who will take you for a guided primate walk inside Kibale Forest National Park. This forest provides an opportunity to visit one of the habituated communities of chimpanzees. You are allowed to spend an hour with these Great Apes while observing their behaviour. You are allowed to take photographs. So make sure your cameras are nearby. Kibale National Park is also home to other 13 primate species which can also be spotted while trekking the Chimpanzees. Of course there are also numerous species of forest birds. In fact, this is another haven for bird lovers. After lunch,  you will head to Bigodi wetland for a wetland walk with opportunities to see primates and several bird species. This walk will enable you appreciate the role of the of the local people around Bigodi in conserving the wetland. You can choose to support them through donation in kind. Please note that this is a voluntary act.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest guest house or Isunga Lodge


DAY 9: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park

Drive to Murchison Falls National Park through small towns, villages and great views of the escarpment arriving late evening.

Drive time: Approximately 8-9 hours drive

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 10: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls

After an early morning cup of coffee, you be transfered to the Northern section of the park which is popularly known as Paraa for your morning game drive.  Paraa comes from a local dialect  of the Luo community which means a place of Hippos. In deed this game drive will provide you with an opportunity to spot wild game that may include, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos and if you are lucky you will spot cats such as lions and leopards. You will return to the lodge for a lunch break before you proceed to the pier for your two hour boat cruise to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where you will be able to spot several schools of Hippos as well as be able to witness how the River Nile water squeezes itself in a narrow gorge only to later explode out giving you an experience of a lifetime.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


DAY 11: To Entebbe International airport.

After breakfast, you will drive back to Entebbe international Airport. Depending on your flight time, you may decide to visit the Zziwa Rhino sanctuary (optional and not included).

Drive time: 5-6 hours


COST PER PERSON SHARING

PersonsDatePrice per person
1 PersonAny dateUSD5200.00
2 PersonsAny dateUSD3850.00
3 PersonsAny dateUSD3510.00
4 PersonsAny dateUSD3340.00
5 PersonsAny dateUSD3240.00
6 PersonsAny dateUSD3170.00

Lodge Options

Bwindi Havens Gorilla Lodge Rushaga

Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge Gallery: Click image for details.

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region

Trekkers Tavern Lodge Ruhija Region: Click image for details.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Gorilla permit person per trek
  • Kibale Chimp permit per person per trek
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

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