16 day Uganda safaris gorilla trekking and wildlife

This itinerary combines visits to 5 National Parks in Uganda, including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park and protects a chuck of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. One of the attractions of Murchison Falls NP is its namesake. The dramatic Murchison falls is where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Murchison Falls NP is occupied mainly by lush and unrefined grasslands. The diversity of wildlife in the park is astonishing and includes 4 of the Big Five – elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards. It is also the most accessible park in Uganda for seeing hundreds of giraffe. A boat trip on the Nile is a must as the Nile boosts one of the densest hippo and crocodile populations in the world. The boat trip will also provide an opportunity for an encounter with a wild population of the rare shoebill.This 16 day itinerary gives you a taste of everything Uganda has to offer. The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable and this itinerary offers them all. From wild, open savannahs to rich, refreshing rainforests and also the shimmering freshwater crater lakes.

STANDARD
TypeStart datePrice p.p.
1 persany dateUSD $ 7,600
2 persany dateUSD $ 4,895
3 persany dateUSD $ 3,650
4 persany dateUSD $ 3,375
5 persany dateUSD $ 3,375
6 persany dateUSD $ 2,900
Single Supplement adds
USD $405
LUXURY
TypeStart datePrice p.p.
2 persany dateUSD $ 5,895
3 persany dateUSD $ 5,480
4 persany dateUSD $ 4,870
Single Supplement adds
USD $777

Day 1: To Murchison Falls NP.Entebbe International Airport

Early morning we will pick you from the hotel or guesthouse of your choice and take you to Murchison Falls National Park. We will stop for lunch in Masindi and then drive for 90 kms through the park, aiming for Paraa. On the way we will visit the Top of the Falls, with a wonderful view over Murchison Falls and the Nile. We will reach Paraa late in the afternoon, and Luxury Tour participants will cross the Nile by ferry to reach Paraa Safari Lodge. For Budget Tour clients,you will continue on to Murchison river lodge. The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, and the evening coming with all the noise of an African night.

Driving time: ± 7,5 hours
Budget accommodation: Murchison river lodge
Luxury tour: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 2: Murchison falls national parkMurchison Falls National Park

The day will be spent viewing game around the park and along the Nile. We will leave early in the morning (if staying at Nile Safari Lodge or Red Chilli Paraa we will cross the Nile with the ferry at 7.00am) and go on a game drive from 8.00am to 12.00noon, seeing several animals including lions and giraffes. In the afternoon (2.00pm to 5.00 pm) we will go on the impressive launch trip on the Nile, up to the Falls, giving you a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and many many different birds!

Budget accommodation: Murchison river lodge
Luxury tour: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 3: In Murchison fallsMurchison Falls

Early in the morning the boat will take us downstream to the Delta, where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. This is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill Stork! In the afternoon you can relax, and if you are on the Luxury Tour you can swim at your respective Lodges.

Budget accommodation: Murchison river lodge
Luxury tour: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 4: To Kibale Forest NPKibale Forest

Early in the morning we will leave for Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert: on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, where we will stay sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest. Sometimes we stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse, overlooking Nyabikere Crater Lake, where we will stay. The lake is famous for the frogs: at night they always give a beautiful concert.

Driving time: ± 9 hours
Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents) or Chimpanzee Guesthouse/Bandas (self-contained Banda’s) – Both outside the forest)
Luxury Tour: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge in Luxury Tents

Day 5: Chimpanzee Walk and Swamp Walk

Kibale forest National Park

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimp walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen!! The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp (community based project)

Budget Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp – Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National ParkEarly morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal we reach at around midday in Bush Lodge/Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon we will make a game drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Budget Accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp with Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Accommodation: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 7: Explore Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth National Park

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

Budget Accommodation: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp with Eco system self-contained Tents
Luxury Accommodation: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 8: Explore Queen Elizabeth – South Ishasha area

Gorilla TourIn Queen Elizabeth NP
Our second day in this beautiful park. Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to Kyambura Gorge. Here people can go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees. After Lunch at Jacana Safari Lodge, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon to search for the tree climbing lions.

Budget Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Luxury Tour: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp

Day 9: To Bwindi ForestGorilla Tracking Bwindi

In the morning we leave Queen Elizabeth national park for Buhoma. After breakfast you will game drive on your way out of the park for a last chance at spotting those tree climbing lions. Lunch will be provided at the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: home of the Mountain Gorillas.

Mahogany Springs Lodge offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. Get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow you have to be fresh for the gorilla tracking.

Driving time: ± 3 hours

Budget Accommodation: Silverback Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Day 10: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi ForestGorilla treks

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the rare mountain gorilla. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.

Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Budget Accommodation: Silverback Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Day 11: Another Opportunity to trekk gorillasGorilla safari in Uganda

Go gorilla tracking again!

Budget Accommodation: Silverback Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Day 12: Travel to Lake Mburo

Renmark river cruiseEarly morning departure to Lake Mburo. This is a small but nice park, the only park in Western Uganda with impalas and zebras. We will make an evening game-drive. Driving time: ± 5,5 hours Budget Accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest Camp Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury tented Camp

Day 13 In Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo National ParkEarly morning we will go for a game walk. In the afternoon a boat trip on Lake Mburo followed by another game drive in the afternoon / early evening. This little park hosts a variety of animals, that is to say 68 mammal species, including a large number of impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. There are 315 bird species including; shoebill stork, red faced barbet, crested crane, papyrus yellow warbler. The vegetation is mainly open Savannah of Acacia trees, Olea and Boscia.Lake Mburo is a natural haven for fauna and flora. The bank teems with animals and birds. Crocodiles and hippopotami are permanent residents, and buffalos come to drink during the dry season. Others include; impalas (the antelope from which “Kampala” is named after), zebras Uganda kobs, duikers bushbucks, Ankole cattle topis, buffaloes, leopards, spotted hyenas, waterbucks, warthogs, oribi. The wide variety of resident birds includes Malachite Kingfishers, Pied Kingfishers, African Fish Eagles, Rufous Long-tailed Starlings, Blue-headed Weavers, Green-necked Doves, Hammerkops, Pelicans, Herons, Cormorants and even rare Shoebills.

Budget accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest camp
Luxury Tour: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury Tented Camp

Day 14: Travel to KampalaRenmark river cruise

After breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Mbarara town, and after Masaka there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight.

Driving time: ± 9 hours

(Day One) To Jinja

Lake Mburo National Park

* Two nights in Jinja, known as the Source of the river Nile
* Overnight at 2Friends Guesthouse based on a double room B&B (poolside)
* Visit to true origin of the Nile, Bujagali Lake and historic city centre of Jinja
* Wide choice of optional activities including rafting, quadbike safaris and horse riding!
* Including road transfer Kampala – Jinja – Entebbe

(Day Two) Jinja

Renmark river cruise

* Two nights on the shores of Lake Victoria
* Overnight at The Lagoon based on a double room Full Board
* Guided nature/village walk to explore the surroundings
* Sunset cruise on Lake Victoria… enjoy the African sunset!
* Optional activities including sport fishing and bird watching
* Including boat transfer Kampala – The Lagoon – Kampala
* Including road transfer Kampala – Entebbe

Included in the price for this trip

  • * Guides
  • * Vehicle
  • * Fuel
  • * English speaking driver
  • * Park entrance
  • * Gorilla permit
  • * Game drives
  • * Boat trip
  • * Chimpanzee walk
  • * Swamp walk
  • * Accommodation
  • * Meals
  • * Bottled water
  • * Rangers in the parks

Not included in the price for this trip

  • * Drinks
  • * Tips
  • * Porters
  • * Laundry services
  • * Second Gorilla permit (we organize it for you)
  • * All activities in Kisoro
  • * Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
  • * Any other personal interests
  • * The first and last night in Uganda
Note:

All meals are included

Transport

4WD Toyota Land Cruiser (1-4 pers.) 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Extended (4-6 pers.) 4WD Toyota Hiace (7-8 pers.) The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans. If necessary we can also hire other vehicles.