Safari & Tour Overview
Spend eight wonderful days tracking chimpanzees and gorillas through some of Uganda’s renowned reserves. Pass through the town of Fort Portal and the Crater Lakes region on your way to the Kibale Forest National Park, where you will have the opportunity to track a number of primates, including intelligent and energetic chimpanzees. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Rwenzori Mountains on the way to the Queen Elizabeth National Park and be intrigued by the local culture and agile tree-climbing lions while also enjoying a cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Continue your journey to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the opportunity to track the majestic and endangered mountain gorillas.ENQUIRE NOW
Tour Duration9 Days 8 Nights
Departure/Return LocationJohannesburg, South Africa
Destinations on TourEntebbeKibale National ParkQueen Elizabeth National ParkBwindi Forest National Park
IncludedDrinksLocal FlightsLuxury AccomodationMealsPrivate Guide and Vehicle
Not IncludedAll TransfersCharter FlightsConservation FeesDrinks not specifiedGratuitiesHelicopter TransfersInternational FlightsItems of a Personal natureLaundryMeals not specifiedMedical InsuranceOther ActivitiesPersonal ExpensesSafari ActivitiesTravel InsuranceVisa Costs
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival in UgandaExcitement awaits as you arrive in Entebbe, Uganda. Upon arrival you will be collected by your driver for your transfer to your hotel. The 2 Friends Beach Hotel is ideally situated on the banks of Lake Victoria with convenient access to Kampala and the best spots around Entebbe. Dinner can be enjoyed at your hotel.
Head to the home of the chimpanzeesAfter breakfast, leave the Ugandan capital and drive to Fort Portal, a lovely town resting in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, and famous for its tea plantations. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way as you pass the Crater Lakes region on your way to the secluded Primate Lodge, located within the Kibale Forest National Park. Experience the world-renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivalled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primate paradise and home to over 13 different species of primates and numerous other mammals, butterflies and birds. Primate Lodge is tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for your Chimpanzee tracking excursion. Dinner will be enjoyed at the spacious dining terrace with incredible views.
Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi WalkAfter breakfast, start the day with some sensational chimpanzee tracking in the heart of the Kibale Forest. The reserve boasts the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa, providing sightings of wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and the black and- white colobus monkeys on your guided nature walk. After a hearty lunch, transfer to Bigodi to visit a local community initiative - the Bigodi Wetland Walk. Be on the lookout for primates and the rare great blue turaco, one of the 138 bird species found in the swamp area. Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.
Head to Queen Elizabeth National ParkAfter breakfast, we check out and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Lunch packs are provided to enjoy on route. Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. We enter the park through the Ishasha sector famous for the tree climbing lions. Enjoy a short game drive as we proceed to the northern section of the park. We arrive in the park and check into Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Situated in the remote reaches of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha Wilderness Camp is a tranquil retreat set on the banks of the Ntungwe River. Dinner will be enjoyed in the cosy dining area or al fresco on the banks of the river.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National ParkAfter breakfast, we will enjoy a morning game drive in the Park to search for the tree-climbing lions and so much more! Return to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon, we will go on a game drive to the Ishasha plains to see the resident tree climbing lions plus a diversity of other wildlife. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo and Uganda kob and a variety of bird species. After an exciting day of game drives, return to the lodge, relax and freshen up before enjoying a fine dinner under the African night sky.
Game viewing on the Kazinga ChannelAfter an early breakfast, check out and head to the Kazinga Channel for a boat cruise. The famous Kazinga channel links Lake Edward and Lake George over a distance of about 32 kilometres, and is one of the primary features in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The channel has become a popular tourist attraction due to its magnificent wildlife sightings, with many tourists opting for a boat cruise safari in order to fully explore the channel’s offerings. Kazinga channel is home to a number of animal and bird species – including the world’s largest concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles. Animal species to be on the lookout for – either in or alongside the banks of the channel – include Nile crocodiles, hippos, monitor lizards, buffaloes, and elephants. After the cruise, head to Mweya Safari Lodge for check in. The Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains – the ‘Mountains of the Moon’; Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure at the lodge.
Head to the gorillas of BwindiAfter an early breakfast, embark on your last morning game drive. In the afternoon your will make your way to Bwindi National Park with lunch en- route. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its misty landscapes are covered by Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest jungle, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this rainforest is a habitat to an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, constituting almost half of the world gorilla population. Buhoma Lodge, a top quality and intimate property, commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. Dinner will be enjoyed at the lodge.
Once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekkingAfter an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we go to the Park offices for the briefing at around 8:00am and later start the trekking entering the forest, the natural habitat of the gorillas. Your gorilla trekking adventure may take 3-8 hours under warm, muddy and strenuous conditions, sometimes with rain overhead. But all these conditions cease to be a challenge the moment you come face to face with the amazing mountain gorilla. The feeling is one unlike any other felt before, and this will be an experience you will never forget! The most incredible day on the tour will end with a sumptuous dinner while you relive the moment you saw a gorilla for the first time.
Departure and charter flight to EntebbeAfter breakfast, check out after which you will be transferred to Kihihi airstrip for your charter flight transfer to Entebbe Airport. From here you will fly directly home.
Map & Destinations
Entebbe is a city in Central Uganda. Entebbe sits on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. The town is situated in Wakiso District, south of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. Entebbe is the location of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda's largest commercial and military airport. Entebbe offers a relaxed stop-over alternative to Kampala if you're flying into or out of Uganda, as the air is clean, the streets are safe to walk, and the old colonial gardens and parks with the lake in the background make for a serene atmosphere.
Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. Kibale National Park contains one of the most beautiful and the most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda. This is the best place to see a large number of forest wildlife, including 13 species of primates and the renowned chimpanzees. It’s famous for the red colobus, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkey, bushbuck as well as mongoose. The Bigodi Swamp in Kibale is a top birding destination with 138 bird species that can be spotted here.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most famous tourist attraction. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
The Kazinga Channel is a wide, 32-kilometre (20 mi) long natural channel connecting the two Lakes; Lake Gorge (which is to the east) and Lake Edward (which is to the west). This channel is among the most important features in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kazinga Channel is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the Queen Elizabeth National Park and taking a boat tour along the channel gives visitors the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalos while elephants linger on the shoreline.
Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Highlights & Activities
✓ Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park ✓ Tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park ✓ Wildlife and bird cruise on the Kazinga channel ✓ Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest
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