12-Day Wildlife Sighting Trip to Uganda Including Gorilla Trekking

12 Days | 11 Nights

Safari Overview

On this mesmerizing 12-day Wildlife Sighting Trip to Uganda, you will have breathtaking biodiversity and unforgettable encounters. Witness majestic lions roam the savannah, track elusive leopards, and immerse in gorilla trekking, the pinnacle of adventure. Experience nature’s wonders like never before, making memories to cherish forever.

Day to Day itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to Jinja. Drive Time: Approx: 3-4 hrs.

We hope your flight is scheduled for an early landing at Entebbe Airport, you will be received and welcomed to the Pearl of Africa by the assigned Professional English-speaking Private Trip Guide. Thereafter, you will transfer to the booked accommodation in Jinja, a thrilling journey through Uganda’s breathtaking landscapes and magnificent Mabira Forest with several sugarcane and tea plantations. Depending on your time of arrival you may visit the source of the Nile River on a sunset boat cruise before checking in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: The Haven Eco River Lodge Budget Level.
Meal plan: Half Board (HB)
Day 2 : White water rafting experience and transfer back to Kampala.  Drive Time: Approx: 3-4 hrs.

Have a relaxed breakfast at the banks of the river and then go for an adrenaline-pumping adventure with our thrilling White-Water Rafting on the majestic Nile! Brace yourself for heart-pounding rapids as you navigate through breathtaking landscapes. Unleash your inner adventurer while experiencing the ultimate rush of conquering the Nile’s untamed currents. In fact, no prior experience is required to undertake this unforgettable adventure on the Nile as the practical tips are given before the raft starts. Along with experienced kayakers, you will spend like 5 hours enjoying this bucket-list experience that promises unforgettable memories!

Return to accommodation for lunch and then head back to Kampala for dinner and overnight at the booked accommodation.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Nexus Resort Hotel Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 3 : Transfer to Murchison Falls NP with Rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive Time: Approx: 6-7 hrs. Excluding time in Zziwa.

Have an early breakfast and hit the road to Murchison Falls NP. The major highlights of this Park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison Falls, the strongest waterfalls in the whole world and the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National park where you will have a chance to view lions, buffalos, elephants, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, and a concentration of hippos that will leave you fascinated. En route make a visit to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for your first Big Five experience where you will have an hour of Rhino tracking. You will have another stopover in Masindi town for lunch and then continue to the park arriving in the evening to check in for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Fort Murchison Tent Moderate Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 4 : Murchison morning game drive and afternoon Boat trip to the base of the falls.

Be up early for breakfast and depart for a very early morning sunrise game drive, exploring the park’s savannah in search of lions, giraffes, elephants, buffalos’ leopards (though hard to spot) and other wildlife. The park’s diverse landscape provides an excellent opportunity to see a wide variety of animals. Return to your accommodation for lunch and some rest time.

In the afternoon, embark on a boat safari along the Nile River to the base of Murchison Falls. This boat trip allows you to witness large concentrations of hippos and crocodiles, as well as various bird species. At the falls, experience the powerful rush of water as the Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge, creating a magnificent spectacle. Return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Fort Murchison Tent Moderate Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 5 : Depart Murchison Falls National Park and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive Time: Approx: 5-6hrs

Be up early and drive to the top of the falls to have breakfast witnessing the falls up close and then hit the road right away to transfer to Kibale Forest NP. This journey is an incredibly scenic drive passing through passing through villages lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda with stunning views. The major highlight of Kibale National Park is its primates like the chimpanzees, the colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and red-tailed monkeys. While trekking chimpanzees, these are regularly seen swinging on the forest trees and others feeding on the forest fruits. You will arrive in Kibale in the evening and do little but check into accommodation for dinner and relax to prepare for the next day.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge Budget Level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 6 : Kibale Chimpanzee trekking experience and afternoon(evening) Bigodi Swamp walk.

Have an early breakfast and head to the ranger’s post for a short briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Embark on a captivating chimpanzee trek, led by expert guides who’ll help you spot these charismatic creatures and after spotting the chimps you will be allowed one hour in the presence of these human close relatives learning their way of life, playing, and way of feeding. Also expect to see the cheeky red colobus monkeys and the l’Hoest’s monkey, among others adding to the primate spectacle. Return to the lodge for lunch and some rest time.

Later go out for a Bigodi swamp walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is a fascinating area located in Magombe swamp. This area boasts extensive an array of diversity among which are several primate species like baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, and mangabeys, among others, and various bird species such as Great Blue Turaco among others. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Chimpanzee Forest Lodge Budget Level.
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 7  : Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP, relax, and go for an afternoon /evening game drive.

Have an early breakfast and drive off to Queen Elizabeth NP. You will reach Queen early enough to relax, have lunch, and later go for game viewing. During the game, drive expect to spot wildlife like elephants, buffalos, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, bushbucks, and lions among others. Optional: (extra cost) You may choose to go for the Queen’s breathtaking explosion crater drive. The drive is sightseeing with a very spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen with various wildlife to spot like Cape Buffalos and Elephants. Return to accommodation for relaxation, Dinner, and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Irungu Safari Lodge Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 8 : Queen’s morning game drive and afternoon Boat Trip on the Kazinga Channel.

After an early breakfast head for a morning game drive along the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for wildlife such as; cape buffalos, waterbucks, elephants, lions, leopards (though hard to spot), and bushbucks, among others which will leave you amazed. Return to your accommodation for lunch and some rest time.

Later in the afternoon, take 2 hours on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George and Lake Albert, expect to catch sight of wildlife like hippos in a big concentration, elephants, crocodiles, and various water birds such as the African fish eagle, the African skimmer, and the yellow-billed stork among others and this experience will fascinate you.  Return to the lodge for a relaxing evening, dinner, and overnight stay.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Irungu Safari Lodge Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 9 : Depart Queen en route Ishasha sector for tree climbing lions and transfer to Bwindi National Park. Drive Time: Approx. 6-7 hrs.

After an early breakfast, checkout and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP Park. The major highlight of this park is its endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and a variety of bird species. Bwindi harbors over 400 mountain gorillas which is roughly more than half of the total number of total the world’s gorilla population. En route Ishasha sector which is famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. Spotting these unique creatures as they laze on the branches of fig trees will paint lasting memories. (Though sometimes they are hard to spot) You will also be able to spot other wildlife such as Uganda kobs, cape buffalos, elephants, and warthogs in addition to tree-climbing lions, and then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable NP arriving in the late afternoon just check in for dinner and overnight.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Broadbill Forest Camp  Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 10 : Bwindi Gorilla trekking  Experience and afternoon transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Have breakfast and move to the rangers’ post. You will receive some briefing (from a ranger guide) on the dos and don’ts during trekking. Thereafter, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is spectacular! The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary with the movements of these great primates. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but endangered giants is unforgettable. Return to the accommodation for some rest time and lunch and later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, you will arrive in the evening and relax by the lake.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Bunyonyi Eco Resort Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 11 : Transfer to Lake Mburo and enjoy an afternoon/evening game viewing.  Drive Time Approx. 5-6 hrs.

Have breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo through Mbarara town. You will arrive in the early afternoon take some rest and later go for a late or evening game viewing. Expect to spot the gigantic elands, antelopes, zebras, Topi, impalas, cape buffalos and Uganda Kobs among others. Later relax at the accommodation for an overnight. Optional:( extra cost) incase you’re interested, you may go for a breathtaking night game drive. During a night game drive expect to see nocturnal creatures including snakes, hynas, owls, and elusive leopards (if your lucky) among others.

 

Lodge/Hotel: Mburo Eagles Nest Budget Level
Meal plan: Full Board (FB)
Day 12 : Early morning Mburo safari walk and later transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch your flight back home en route to the Equator line.  Drive Time: Approx. 6-7 hr

After an early breakfast experience, the magical allure of an Early Morning Mburo Safari Walk, where you will spot graceful zebras, majestic giraffes, and curious antelopes roaming freely. Delight in the soft rays of dawn casting a golden glow over the untamed wilderness. Later, embark on a thrilling transfer to Entebbe Airport, your heart brimming with unforgettable memories. En route, seize the opportunity to cross the iconic Equator line, straddling the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously for some photographs and to buy some art and crafts depending on your interest, arriving in the late afternoon/evening for departure. A perfect farewell to Uganda, immersing in the country’s wildlife wonders and captivating natural wonders before bidding adieu. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next you visit, and thanks for choosing Private Trip Uganda!

Lodge/Hotel: Only Provided on Demand
Meal plan: Half Board (HB)

Safari Pricing

1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
USD 5,410 USD 3,637 USD 3,257 USD 2,963 USD 3,132 USD 2,976

Tour Inclusions


All meals and accommodations as per the itinerary.
Applicable Park entry fees USD/ activity fees.
All ground transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.
Services of a full-time English-speaking guide/driver.
Kibale Chimp Trekking permits (USD 200 ) per person
Bottled water while on a safari.
Gorilla trekking permits (USD 700) per person
All airport/hotel pick-ups and drop off.
All activities as stipulated in the itinerary. (Except those stated as optional)
Rhino Tracking (USD 50 per person

Tour Exclusions


Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Phone calls and bar bills.
Airfare.
Personal/travel insurance.
Driver guides gratuity.
Entry Visa to Uganda (Apply Here)
All activities stated as “OPTIONAL”
All kinds of drinks except water.
All other Services of a personal nature.

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