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Classic Uganda Gorilla Safari

UG03: 8 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Tour in Uganda

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: Experienced English-speaking driver guide & air-conditioned car
Hotel: Well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice

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Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe / Kampala to Murchison Fall
Your English-speaking driver guide will pick you up at your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. First, we'll drive to Murchison Falls National Park in northwestern Uganda. The whole 310-kilometer (193 miles) journey takes about 5 hours. On the way, we will stop to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for about 2 hours to explore the only population of white rhinos in southern Uganda. After that, you will enjoy lunch at Kabalega Dinner, and then be guided to admire the views of Masindi Town and Budonggo Forest Reserve. After arriving at Murchison Falls National Park, check into the lodge and have dinner.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge - Deluxe room

Day 2: Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and Nile cruise tour
On the second day, we'll explore the Murchison Falls National Park. If you live in the south of the park, you can take the ferry at 07:00 to cross the river; if you live in the north, you will start the game drive at 06:30. In the park, you can see elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, lions, buffalo, Jackson's Hartebeest, leopard, African antelope, etc. The whole activity lasts about 3-4 hours.

At 14:00, you will depart from Paraa Jetty on a Nile cruise and visit the longest river in the world. When reaching the Murchison Falls, you will start hiking to the top of the most powerful waterfall in the world and experience this amazing landscape. The Nile River rushes out of the narrow fissures of the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa, and falls 43 meters (141 ft.) into the rolling pool accompanied by thunderous sound and beautiful rainbows. You will meet your driver guide at the top of the waterfall, then drive back to the lodge for a rest and dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 3: Head to Kibale National Park, enjoy rustic scenery on the way
Today we will head to Kibale National Park which is 360 kilometers (224 miles) away and takes 8 hours by car. On the way, you can enjoy the appealing rural sceneries and enjoy the pre-packed lunch.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Crater Safari Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have breakfast at 07:00 in the morning, and then go to Kanyanchu Tourist Center to attend the briefing session at 08:00. After that, we will start tracking Chimpanzees in 2-5 forests. Kibale National Park has a rich plant system, including flowering plants, and tall trees. There are 375 bird species and 13 primates.

An hour trip with Chimpanzees will be unforgettable because you can discover their food, patrol, fight, mating, play, their jumping skills and other interesting features, while you can also take amazing photos. After that, you will have lunch and then be led to visit Bigodi Wetland and Community to experience beneficial eco-tourism. Continue to drive for about 3 hours (160 kilometers) to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the way, you will enjoy the view of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mazike Valley Lodge

Day 5: Kasenyi game drive & Kazinga Channel boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP
Today, you will have Uganda private safari and cruise tour. Enjoy breakfast at 7:00 before the game drive. Tourists are all interested in Kasenyi sector where you can easily see lions, elephants, leopard, Uganda Kobs, warthog, spotted hyenas and buffalo. The game drive will last 3-4 hours. Then head to Mweya Peninsular by car to have lunch. After lunch, you will get on the cruise at 14:00 to spot the crocodiles, hippos and birds along Kazinga Channel. The cruise will take about 2 hours. After disembarking, you will have an evening game drive and then return to the lodge to have dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mazike Valley Lodge

Day 6: Game drive in Ishasha Sector, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This morning, we will head south to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by car. First, go to the main gorilla trekking trail head in the park, Buhoma in the north. The journey is 160 kilometers (99 miles) long. Then the journey goes to Ruhija which is 218 kilometers (135 miles) away. On the way, we arrange a game drive for you in Ishasha Sector in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will search tree-climbing lions and other wild animals. Then, drive for 2-3 hours to Bwindi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Haven Lodge Buhoma

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, leave for Lake Bunyonyi & stay overnight
Home to over 400 mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best place for gorilla trekking. At 8:00 am, we will head to the park to have a lesson for the trekking. Afterwards, the armed park rangers will lead you into this stunning lush forest. Accompanied by charming birdsong and lush flora in the valley, you will hike on the steep mountain road to explore those large primates, and the process may be a little hard.

The gorilla trekking will last 2-8 hours, but in order to protect the gorilla, the actual time with gorillas is limited to one hour. After this, we will go to Bunyonyi Lake by car to enjoy the beautiful view of Kigezi Plateau, also called "Switzerland in Africa", and leisurely enjoy this beautiful lake with 29 islands at night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Birdnest Bunyonyi Resort

Day 8: Return to Kampala, stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe
Today, your tours come to an end. After breakfast, you will be escorted to return to Kampala for 7 hours' journey (440 kilometers). On the way, you can see banana plantations and farms of southern Uganda. After a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to enjoy Uganda buffet lunch, we will continue to drive and stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe to see the dividing line between the northern and southern hemispheres. It is also a good place to take photos and buy souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
What's Included
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kampala.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Nile Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park.
  • Game viewing in a well-maintained 4x4 safari vehicle.
  • Boat ride at Kazinga Channel.
  • Services of a private driver guide and A/C vehicle.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Uganda.
  • Personal expenses (travel insurance, laundry, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for the driver guide.
  • Uganda Visa Fee.
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