Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda – 15 Days

Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda – 15 Days

You shall Visit Bwindi Impenetrable for Mountain Gorilla safari, Kibale Forest for Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth for Wildlife Scenery.

Day 1: From Kampala to Murchison Falls

Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Tour in Murchison Falls.

Day 3: Travel from Murchison Falls for Kibale

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking safari at Kibale Forest

Day 5: Uganda Wildlife Safari to Queen Elizabeth

Day 6: Uganda Wildlife and Primates Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park

Day 7: Ishasha Queen Elizabeth Tree Climbing Lions Safari

Day 8: Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Trekking Park

Day 9: Mountain Gorilla trip at Bwindi Forest Park

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi Adventure Safari Holiday

Day 11: Leave Lake Bunyonyi and Travel to Mgahinga Park

Day 12: Whole day Uganda Adventure safari at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Day 13: Uganda Safari at Lake Mburo Park

Day 14: Horse Riding Safaris at Lake Mburo

Day 15: City Tour and Airport

Day 1: From Kampala to Murchison Falls

After a morning breakfast, we drive for to Murchison Falls National Park. We shall drive north wards. The awesome countryside is full of surprises with green being the dominant color. There is much more to see as you head for your safari to Murchison falls, you will be free to stop your safari guide at any point to take pictures of memories and remembrance when you get back home. Make sure that you have enough butteries for your cameras. Arrive in the Park we shall continue to the top of the falls. The falls were discovered and named in 1864 by Samuel Baker with his beloved wife Florance after their safari to Africa. The falls were later given another name by Idi Amin which was Kabarega Falls or Kabalega Falls.But after Amin’s down fall; Murchison Falls National Park came back on record and is known worldwide. In the evening you will for a game drive before you are off to your lodging for dinner and overnight. You will have to cross the Nile River which is another safari adventure, with the sights and sounds of Hippos as they rest on the shores enjoying the evening as well as crocodiles. The birds flying overhead and stunning savannah which is beautiful for pictures. After the game drive we are back to the ferry crossing and return to your accommodation for dinner, with the sounds of the romantic falls and the wilderness totally a unique experience from wherever you call home. Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House Mid-range Accommodation: Sambiya River lodge Luxury Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari Lodge Super Luxury Accommodation: Chobe safari lodge


Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Tour in Murchison Falls.

A tour Guide from Arrive Africa Safari will take you for a game drive after crossing the ferry. The game drive starts as you watch out animals like hippos, leopards, lions, elephants, antelopes of all types, birds of all kinds including Europe migratory birds and those from Africa. Uganda’s wilderness alive with its multitude of primates, mammals and you are right here in the heart of it all. After lunch you will go fot boat cruise on the River Nile, taking you up to the bottom of the falls where you will witness the powers on nature known as the most powerful fall in the world. There is lots of animals to see as they come to drink water, Hippos thrashing in the river, crocodiles along the shores, herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, birds, monkeys, a three hour boat ride with great photo opportunities. Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House Mid-range Accommodation: Sambiya River lodge Luxury Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari Lodge Super Luxury Accommodation: Chobe safari lodge


Day 3: Travel from Murchison Falls for Kibale

After Breakfast leave for Kibale National Park to trek Chimpanzee. The park is the only rainforest in East Africa with 13 primates’ species. Awesome journey as you drive through the verdant countryside of Uganda, expect to see a lot along the way. The scenery keeps on changing with fantastic style and design from Vegetation, Homesteads, plantations, people and culture. As you get closer to Fort portal you see the snowcapped Mountains of the Moon from a distance. Lunch break at a hotel in Hoima town. Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guest House Moderate Accommodation: Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon Super Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge


Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking Safari at Kibale Forest

Chimpanzee tracking takes you in Forest. Certainly there are other primates staying in Kibale forest park and these include the Red Tailed monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons and then there is wildlife to see, the forest park, its beauty and the abundant birdlife that stay in this park. Kibale Forest is covered with beauty, the butterflies, and the mystery of the rainforest. Return to your lodging for lunch break and rest. After lunch you will take a tour to Bigodi Swamp Wetland, the swamp is a home to 135 plus types of birds thus a birdwatchers’ paradise most of these birds can been seen from the papyrus, polita figs and wild palms. While on your visit here you will also observe monkeys of different types and wildlife like the rare sitatunga antelope. You might even find some chimpanzees again and butterflies. After the walk return to you accommodation for dinner and relaxation. Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Guest House, Ruwenzori view Guest House Moderate Accommodation: Chimp Nest Lodge, Bush Lodge Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge, Mountains of the Moon Super Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge


Day 5: Uganda Wildlife Safari to Queen Elizabeth

We shall drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Have Lunch and after go for a launch cruise (boat ride) along the Kazinga Channel. The channel is a home of the largest concentration of birds in Africa, Hippos and other wildlife in Uganda like Buffaloes, Elephants and a fantastic introduction to the Park and its wildlife. Afterward you are back at your lodge for rest. After dinner how about taking an optional to take a night Game Safari which will take you deep into the insights of an adventure safari to view wild animals moving around at night. Afterwards you are back at your lodging for a good night sleep with the romantic night sounds from above and beyond. Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth safari camp or Mweya Hostel Moderate Accommodation: Simba safari camp, Ihamba Safari Lodge Luxury Accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge.


Day 6: Uganda Wildlife and Primates Safari at Queen Elizabeth Park

Take another adventure Queen Elizabeth Park, Trekking Chimpanzee in this you will also have a chance of seeing other primates at the same time. Maramagambo forest is another home for the Chimps though they are not habituated for tracking (trekking) so they are not used to humans. The only place to track the habituated Chimpanzees is Kyambura Gorge. Apart from tracking the Chimps in Kyambura, there are other primates residing in the Gorge and these include Monkeys of different types like the Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, if you are lucky you might see the red tailored Monkey, Olive Baboons in Kyambura. After our morning chimpanzee trekking experience, Lunch and rest until our game drive in the afternoon. This afternoon go for a game drive with Safari guide. you will spot Uganda’s wildlife such as Lions, antelopes of different types, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants, birds of different kinds, mammals, primates, trees and plants. Back to our lodging for a fabulous dinner and a good night sleep. Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth safari camp or Mweya Hostel Moderate Accommodation: Simba safari camp, Ihamba safari Lodge Luxury Accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge.


Day 7: Ishasha Queen Elizabeth Tree Climbing Lions Safari

As you in the Park to Kyambura. We check into moderate savana Resort, Ishasha Ntungwe or Luxury Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp. It’s located in the heart of Africa wilderness offering views of wildlife roaming around right from your veranda to the dining. Its lunch time and afternoon rest. After a fantastic lunch you will take a game drive through the Ishasha Wilderness plains in search for the tree climbing lions, leopards, Antelopes of all kind, elephants and much more. Dinner and rest in the Wilderness of Ishasha. Moderate Accommodation: Savanna Resort Luxury Accommodation: Ishasha Ntungwe River Lodge. Super Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness camp


Day 8: Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Trekking Park

After breakfast you will for another safari to the Tree Climbing Lions as you head to the gorillas at Bwindi. The journey from Ishasha to Bwindi is not long since you will be enjoying the scenery in Ishasha as well as the wildlife as you head for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. We are right at our lodge in Buhoma, check into Luxury Gorilla resort lodge or Buhoma Community Rest camp- the lodges here are a bit cold but comfortable with beautiful views of the Impenetrable forest, you will need to have this afternoon reserved for rest as you get set for your mountain gorilla safari the next morning.A fabulous Lunch at your Lodge and some rest is recommended. Evening at leisure.Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge. Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Nshongi Gorilla Resort or Bwindi View Bandas Moderate Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Wagtail Safari Camp / Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/ Gift Of Nature Lodge/ Trekker’s Tavern Cottages Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Lodge / Buhoma Lodge/Silverback Lodge Super Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp / Clouds Lodge


Day 9: Mountain Gorilla Trip at Bwindi Forest Park

You will drive to the headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking day in Uganda. We start with breakfast to give you energy to walk into the thick Jungle mountain gorilla forest in search for the gorillas. Assemble at the Uganda wildlife Authority Headquarters for a short briefing with your packed lunch and drinking water. It can take up to 8 hours, but it is usually shorter. All well worth it, the cost of the Mountain Gorilla fades into the distance as you view these magnificent creatures up close. There after you will take a village walks to the Batwa communities, you will be briefly introduced to the life style of these people and how they lived in the forest. The village walk is truly rewarding, you may even take part in some of the traditional activities like cooking and traditional cultural dances. You will walk back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight in sounds of Munyangwa River. If you are staying at Luxury Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Community Rest Camp, all these lodges offer a clear view of the African Rainforest with its sounds. Budget Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Nshongi Gorilla Resort or Bwindi View Bandas Moderate Accommodation: Buhoma Community Rest Camp / Wagtail Safari Camp / Lake Kitandara Tented Camp/Gift Of Nature Lodge/ Trekker’s Tavern Cottages Luxury Accommodation: Gorilla Resort Lodge / Buhoma Lodge/Silverback Lodge Super Luxury Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge / Gorilla Forest Camp / Clouds Lodge


Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi Adventure Safari Holiday

Lovely morning breakfast and then it is check out time and we are off to the world’s most attractive lakes with over 22 islands on it. Among the lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest. We check into Heritage Lodge or Bunyonnyi Overland Resort all owned and managed by Ugandans. You will enjoy your stay at Lake Bunyonyi with a cool and quiet environment. You will enjoy the delicious food and fruits fresh from African gardens. The lake is simply fabulous. Its lunch time with sights and sounds of birds, after lunch you may opt to take part in any of the activities organized at the lodge like guided community walk, explore the Island, canoeing, walking along the shores of the Lake. It’s all about you to choose any activity of your choice. Dinner at your lodge – have a peaceful night with the sounds of birds on the lake. Budget Accommodation: Bushara Island Camp Moderate Accommodation: Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi Luxury Accommodation: Heritage Lodge / Bird Nest Bunyonyi


Day 11: Leave Lake Bunyonyi and Travel to Mgahinga Park

After breakfast go a canoe ride if you missed it on day 10. Its check out time and we are off for another safari journey to Mgahinga Gorilla park, where we check in at Affordable Amajambire community camp or Mount Gahinga Lodge in the foothills of the volcanoes and have a delicious lunch.A relaxed afternoon or opt for a walk along the foot hills of the volcanoes. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.


Day 12: Uganda Adventure safari at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

A cup of African tea will give you the energy for the whole day Mgahinga Adventure safari. The park is surrounded by Volcanoes both dormant and active. All the volcanoes within Mgahinga Park are dormant. You have two safari options- You may choose to take the 8 hours hike to the Batwa trail taking you up the cave and it surrounds Rwanda. You can as well take part in the Golden Monkey Tracking. Its only In Rwanda and Mgahinga Park where one can track the golden Monkeys since they are endangered and rare in Africa.Evening at leisure and dinner at your Lodge. Budget Accommodation: Mount Gahinga Rest Camp Luxury Accommodation: Mount Mgahinga Safari Lodge/Travelers’ Rest Hotel


Day 13: Uganda Safari at Lake Mburo Park

Drive to Lake Mburo after breakfast. The drive to Mburo Park will take you through the rolling hills known as the Africa’s Switzerland, reaching Lake Mburo in time for your Lunch. You will check in at your super luxury Mihingo Lodge or Arcadia Cottages where you will be sleeping in the stunning furnished Uganda safari tents or Cottages. If time does not allow us to have lunch at our Lodge in Lake Mburo we will stop over at Igongo Culture Centre for lunch.Enjoy the afternoon with a boat cruise on Lake Mburo where you will see crocodiles, Impala, Hippos, Eland, Zebras, Buffaloes and a variety of Birds like Bush shrike, Papyrus, the rare Shoebill, Africa Fin foot, Fish Eagle and many more to see. Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp Moderate Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages-Lake Mburo Luxury Accommodation: Mantana Tented Camp Super Luxury Accommodation: Mi hingo Lodge


Day 14: Horse Riding Safaris at Lake Mburo

Horseback riding in lake Mburo is a very exciting one, can’t miss out. Horse riding safaris are unique in this park and not yet introduced to other parks in Uganda. You will see amazing animals like Buffaloes, zebras, antelopes roaming around the savannah while you are horse riding. refresh and off to Kampala driving through the jungles, savannahs vegetation a head of you and there is more to see as you drive to Kampala. The first stop will be at the Equator for craft shopping and photography opportunities reaching Kampala early evening.Your last dinner and overnight at Luxury Sheraton Hotel or budget Namirembe Guest house or similar. You may opt to take a night visit to the sights and sounds of Kampala and this will introduce you to Kampala’s nightlife. So amazing! The nightlife in Kampala is so amazing since it is Uganda’s capital and here the night never ends. Kampala is a collection of all people from all corners of Uganda. The music here is a combination of African and Western Music from record to live music where Uganda’s popular Musicians come live on stage to perform. Surely you will enjoy the nightlife with


Day 15: City Tour and Airport

The sad moments this morning will be boarding your flight back home. Goodbye Uganda to the Pearl of Africa with its lovely people and culture. Included in Safari: Accommodation and meals, bottled drinking water while on board, English Speaking driver guide, 4*4 Wheel safari vehicle with Fuel, English Speaking Game drives, ,Park Entrance fees to the park, Transfers to the Airport transfers, and visit to cultural sites, Chimpanzee and gorilla Permits as applicable and Ranger Guide for Tracking. Not included in Safari price: Air Travel to and from Uganda, Uganda Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those included in lodging meal price.

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