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  • Have close-up encounters with chimps and gorillas
  • Enjoy a boat trip on Kazinga Channel to see hippos, crocodiles and a host of birdlife
  • Look out for Ishasha’s famous tree-climbing lions
  • View some of Uganda’s crater lakes

Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport

Arrive at the airport where you will be met by your guide and be taken to your accommodation.

Day 2: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

Drive to Fort Portal, through stunning tea plantations and lush green countryside. Stop for lunch before continuing to your accommodation close to Kibale National Park.

Day 3: Chimp tracking and swamp walk

Go to Kibale National Park to track chimpanzees. Walk through the tropical forest and spend an hour watching the chimps. After lunch, take a guided swamp walk, home to a variety of bird species and primates.

Day 4: Crater lakes region and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tour the crater lakes region, then continue south to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Spend the late afternoon relaxing at your lodge with views across Lake George.

Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise

Take a dawn game drive, searching for early risers such as elephant, lions and leopards. Return to the lodge for a full brunch, explore the nearby salt lakes and take an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel with opportunities to come close to hippos, elephants and Nile crocodiles.

Day 6: Travel to Ishasha sector and on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Travel to Ishasha in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. After a game drive, continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to mountain gorillas.

Day 7: Gorilla tracking

Meet for a briefing then head into the forest to track the gorillas. Spend an hour observing them, then return to the lodge, visit the local village or go birdwatching.

Day 8: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park

Travel to Lake Mburo, the only park on your itinerary where you will find eland, zebra and impala. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive and then relax at your lodge, with great views across the Park to the lake.

Day 9: Safari walk and return to Entebbe 

Take a guided safari walk in the Park. Drive back to Entebbe via the equator for a photo opportunity. Your guide will take you to the airport for your flight home.

Any of the activities below can be swapped for activities in this itinerary or you can extend this itinerary to add any of them. This may involve additional costs. We will be pleased to advise you about options and extensions.

  • Chimpanzee habituation experiencespend a full day with the chimps
  • Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa: birding, canoeing, mountain biking
  • Birdwatching: more time in some of the places in this itinerary for birdwatching
  • Semiliki National Park: birdwatching, hot springs
  • Batwa trail: experience pigmy culture on a forest walk with the Forest Keepers
  • Rwenzori mountains: hiking in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon
  • Mgahinga National Park: home of golden monkeys and spectacular birds
  • Kampala: see our Kampala activities pages
  • Day(s) trip to Jinja: white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, boat to the source of the Nile

Accommodation

To help us select the right accommodation for your safari (and in the absence of a complete national hotel classification system e.g. 1*–5*) we use four levels: high-end, mid-range, budget and backpackers. These terms can mean different things to different people but are helpful to an extent.

Air-conditioned rooms are not available in all hotels. Where AC is available, there is usually an extra charge.

Some locations have a limited choice of accommodation and so, to stay there, you must accept what is available. Where possible we prefer to work with responsible accommodation providers. This means hotels and lodges which are locally owned, employ local staff, support their community and protect the local environment.

  

 

Transport

As standard, we use a spacious 7-seater, 4×4 safari Land Cruiser, with pop-up roof, fridge and phone/camera charging facilities. This is the perfect safari vehicle.

  

Alternatively, we offer a slightly cheaper 7-seater, 4×4 safari van with a pop-up roof.

  

5-seater versions of both Land Cruisers and vans are also available.

 

For large group tours we use small buses called Coasters. These usually seat around 28 people, including 5 jump (fold-down) seats in the aisle. They do not have a boot/trunk so luggage is carried on the back seats which reduces the seating capacity. The overhead luggage shelves are small and can only accommodate small bags. Therefore, we recommend you do not over pack.

All vehicles include a driver/guide and fuel for your itinerary. Additional activities, not included in your itinerary, may incur an additional fuel charge. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured, in good mechanical condition and have seat belts fitted.

Please let us know if you have any special travel requirements. For example, if your group has disabled members we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Fly-in safaris

Fancy a fly-in safari, hopping from one location to another by small plane? Or save time by travelling to one of the farther destinations on your itinerary by air instead of road? Domestic flights are available to a variety of locations in Uganda so you can visit all or some of the places in your itinerary by plane, enjoying stunning aerial views of the countryside and wildlife below.

Scheduled and charter flights are available. Scheduled flights have some limitations in terms of routings and days of operation and in some cases minimum numbers are required. We will be pleased to advise you if you wish to fly.

Note: The luggage limit on small aircraft is 15kg per person, including both hand and hold luggage.  This must be in soft bags not hard suitcases.

  • 1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each
  • A private 4×4 safari vehicle (with pop-up roof) with driver/guide and fuel for this itinerary
  • Full-board, mid-range, non air-conditioned accommodation
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water in transit
  • All government taxes
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, phone calls, laundry services, gifts, crafts and personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (normally 5–10% and around $100 for your guide).

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