8 Days Uganda Gorilla, Wildlife & Adventure Safari is an exciting Uganda Safari package that starts and ends in Kampala City.
The Safari includes primate exploration including Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park; extensive wild game viewing along with River Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Adventure Mountain hiking experience in Rwenzori Mountains, recreation at Lake Bunyonyi and heritage tour of Kampala City.
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport – Uganda & connect to the Hotel
Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park for an afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
Day 3: Early morning drive to Rwenzori Mountains for whole day Rwenzori hiking. Explore the legendary mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level with snow cover
Day 4: Extensive Morning Game drive in the Kasenyi Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos – the 45km long Kazinga Channel & evening game drive along the channel track
Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a stop en route in Ishasha sector for a game drive in search of tree climbing lions
Day 6: Undertake Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & connect to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 7: Morning boat ride on the Lake of a thousand Islands & transfer to Kampala with a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch & at the Equator crossing Kayabwe
Day 8: Departure. Half day Kampala City tour if the flight is in the afternoon
After a flight from your country of origin, you arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be welcomed by our representative ushering you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
The fresh waters of Lake Victoria – the world’s second largest fresh water lake offer a cozy atmosphere commemorating your arrival for the wilderness adventure. You then transfer to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Humura Resort
Budget / Basic: Banda Inn / Nexus Resort Hotel
Embark on the drive to Kibale National Park 326km about 6 – 7 hours drive from Kampala. The departure is at 6am after breakfast and the journey offers thrilling views of the countryside including inselbergs of Mubende and the lush green tea estates near Fort Portal.
Settle for lunch in Fort Portal town after which you cover the remaining 26km to Kanyanchu Tourism Center for an afternoon Chimpanzee trekking experience.
The activity starts at 2pm and lasts 2 – 5 hours with one full hour of actual viewing. The Chimpanzees are very exciting to explore as they feed, socialize, hunt, copulate and make their pant hooting calls.
From the activity, you retreat to the centre and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Mid-range / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottages
Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse
Set off at 6am from Kibale and embark on 135km about 2 hours transfer to Rwenzori Mountains for a day hiking experience.
The activity starts at Nyakalengija ranger post and in the company of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide, you set out to explore the foot hills and the ridges of the Rwenzori Mountains popularly known as the legendary Mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level with snow capped peaks.
The encounter offers exciting views of Mountain flora on the lower ridges, birds and the panoramic views of the Kasese town, Savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Rift valley lakes. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Mid-range / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp
Connect to the Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park as early as 7am for an extensive game drive experience gaining possibilities of viewing wild game such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Deffassa Water-bucks, Uganda Kobs, Lions, Leopards, Topis among others. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours after which you connect to Mweya peninsular for relaxation and lunch.
In the afternoon, you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat ride along the 45km long Kazinga Channel lasting two hours with possibilities of viewing Nile crocodiles, Hippos and birds like African skimmers and great Cormorants.
From the activity, you do an evening game drive along the channel track for more wild game views as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Mid-range / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge – Private Tent/ Kasenyi Safari Camp
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages
Following breakfast, you embark on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Ruhija) 218km about 8 hours drive passing through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha for a two (2) hour game drive experience in search of tree climbing lions that tend to climb the fig trees during the day time.
The game drive also offers sights of other wild game. You settle for lunch after which you proceed to Bwindi for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Mid-range / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget / Basic: Broad-bill Forest Camp
You gather at the starting point for gorilla trekking for briefing at 8am by the Uganda Wildlife Authority Park rangers.
You embark on the trek in the forest in search of Gorillas in the mist. It is such a magical adventure experience to traverse the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi dubbed Impenetrable marked by slippery surfaces, dense forest tracts that would even require machete to forge the way through before coming across these gentle giants as they forage or socialize.
The actual Mountain Gorilla viewing is limited to one full hour for conservation purposes but the entire trek can last 2 – 8 hours.
From the activity, you drive to Lake Bunyonyi passing through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands and spend the evening at leisure.
Mid-range / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Eco – resort
After breakfast, a recreational boat ride is undertaken to explore the scenic lake Bunyonyi with 29 Islands. You enjoy interacting moments with the local people and the Islanders connecting to and from their respective Islands on their local canoe paddles.
From 1 – 2 hour activity, you embark on the drive to Kampala about 7 hours’ drive exploring the lush countryside.
A traditional lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past Mbarara and another stop will be made at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiment justifying the geographical divide between the northern and southern hemispheres.
Mid-range / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Humura Resort
Budget / Basic: Banda Inn / Nexus Resort Hotel
This is allocated for your flight back home. However, if the flight is in the evening, you can take up a Kampala city tour touring sites of historical, political, economic, religious and sociology-cultural importance.
These sites include; the Uganda National Museum, the Ugandan Parliament, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine where the Uganda Martyrs were burnt alive, Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedral and the Baha’i Temple among others.