7 Days Gorilla tracking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda

This vast region of thick elevated forest is a true planet of apes, and home to the last surviving population of Mountain Gorilla- the world’s biggest ape, and the highlight of this safari.

Mountain Gorillas are an endangered species of great apes that survive today thanks to a concerted international effort to preserve them. Rwanda and Uganda are the only countries in which they can be seen, with the largest population being found in Uganda

  • Visit to the Igongo Museum in Mbarara
  • Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Game Drive, Boat Cruise on Queen Elizabeth National Park

Caution: Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nettles and normally a rather muddy terrain. Only 1 hour is spent with the Gorillas to ensure their protection and conservation.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, a Safari Specialist will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel. At 1700hrs we shall have a welcome meeting brief from the safari specialist. In case you need help with anything, our Safari Specialist is on call to attend to you. Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may try out an optional activity or relax at your hotel.

Optional Activities

  • Kampala city tour
  • Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Uganda Wildlife Education Center
  • Botanical gardens (nature walk & birding)
  • Bicycle tour around Entebbe
  • City walk

No meals are included on this day

Day 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park- evening wildlife safari drive

We set off at 6:30 AM for our drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park along the way, we shall visit the drum makers and also stop at the Equator for a wonderful experience, and have a chance to stand in the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.

Back in the van, we’ll drive to Igongo Cultural Centre where you will be taken through the museum to deeply understand the culture and folklore in this particular part of Uganda. After the museum walk, we’ll have lunch here and then stretch our last leg to this beautiful awaited park named after the Queen of England and be there in time for an evening game drive.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular and most visited tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling Savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

elephants and buffalos in qenp

Day 3: Morning wildlife safari drive, afternoon boat cruise

Start the day with a very early morning breakfast, get in your safari van and drive around the park to stand a chance of seeing herds of grazers breaking their fast and also may stand a chance to see the big cuts feasting on their early morning catches, you will also visit the famous Katwe salt lake.

After a hot lunch at Mweya Lodge, you will embark on a boat cruise along the kazinga channel with lots of Hippos and Crocodiles slaying in the waters. The wide variety of birds like the Kingfisher, Pelicans, Fish eagles and many more combined with the great views during the cruise will brush off the exhaustion of the long drives in the park and keep your mind awake with fresh memories.

Return to your accommodation after the boat cruise and rest for the rest of the evening or opt for an evening wildlife safari

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector

You have probably heard that Queen Elizabeth National Park is the base of the Tree Climbing lions. We will set off with a packed lunch on a search for these kings and queens of the jungle among other wildlife in the Ishasha sector as we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi

Embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience.

Trek back to the lodge with the rest of the day at leisure or opt to do a community walk around the park.

It is important to be well prepared to trek – you never know if your total trek will be “short” or “long”. The total duration of the trek can vary and be anything between 3 & 9 hours in length depending on the location of the gorillas, who are constantly moving.

Proper hiking attire must be worn – you will be trekking in a rainforest with lots of vegetation, undergrowth, nestles and normally a rather muddy terrain.

You mainly walk where there are no paths apart from the occasional buffalo or elephant trails. After the trek, drive back to your lodge for a late lunch and probably a much-appreciated shower.

Meals: Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Kampala / Entebbe

This marks the end of our safari. We’ll head straight for Kampala and depending on your flight schedule transfer to the airport immediately.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Departure at leisure

Meals: Breakfast

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