15-Day Gorilla Trekking, Big 5 and Nature Sighting Safari

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15 Days
Availability : As you Plan
ZZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
LAKE MBURO NP
Min Age : NA
Max People : Private Tailored Safari

Overview


Uganda is a land of contrasts; tangled jungle, snow-capped fabled mountain of the moon, roaring rapids, vast sparkling lakes, terraced hillsides, grassy plains, arid savanna, deep forest…and breathtaking beauty everywhere you look. In a matter of days you can see some of the world’s rarest creatures:  go tracking in the forest to see Gorillas and Chimps, search the marshlands for the elusive Shoebill, wander the forest floor following the trail of Forest Elephants, visit a Karamojong tribe or a Batwa (pygmy) village. This is a country worth knowing and it is definitely worth seeing.

Let Home to Africa take you on this remarkable safari into the Pearl of Africa. The Fond Memory will be unforgettable.

Fun: launch trips to the base of the Murchison falls and along the Kazinga Channel, hike (if you like) to the top of the falls, game drive, chimp & gorilla trekking, a swim or canoeing in Lake Bunyonyi.

Bragging Right: Being at the top of the Murchison Falls, Close encounter with the chimps, gorillas and golden monkeys firsthand in their natural habitat, touring the Pearl of Africa.

My trip at a glance
Day and Date Destination Attention Accommodation Meals
Day One Entebbe Airport |  Lodge
  • Arrive and overnight in the booked accommodation.
Cassia Lodge Lunch, Dinner
Day Two Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary | Murchison Falls NP
  • Transfer to Murchison with detour rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Fort Murchison Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Three Murchison Falls NP
  • Explore Murchison: undertake game drive and launch trip to the base of the falls.
Fort Murchison Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Bird-sighting in Budongo Forest-Royal Mile and Busingiro Section.
Budongo Eco Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five Kibale Forest NP
  • Exit Budongo and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six Kibale Forest NP
  • Go explore the Kibale crater lakes plus the Mahoma Falls.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven Kibale Forest NP
  • Go explore Kibale: Chimp tracking and the Bigodi Swamp Walk.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and take the Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Queen’s Morning game drive and the afternoon explosion crater drive.
The Bush Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten Ishasha Area
  • Tour the Ishasha area to locate tree climbing lions plus other wildlife.
Enjojo Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • More tree-climbing lions’ viewing and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bakiga Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve  Bwindi NP | Lake Bunyonyi
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & sightseeing.
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen Lake Bunyonyi
  • Go explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community and sight birds.
Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen Lake Mburo NP
  • Transfer to Lake Mburo NP: undertake a park walk or a boat ride on the lake.
Rwakobo Rock Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen Entebbe Airport
  • Mburo Morning game drive and Transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch the flight out.
Not Provided (Unless requested) Breakfast, Lunch
My trip Step – by – Step

Day 1: Arrive and overnight in the booked accommodation.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a Home to Africa representative who will welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your booked accommodation. In case you have had an early landing in Uganda, you may opt to go out for a late afternoon ride around Kampala City. Expect to visit places like the Kasubi Tombs, the Uganda Museum, Uganda Martyr’s Shrine to mention but a few. You will have dinner plus overnight stay at your booked accommodation.

 

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison with detour rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.  

After breakfast, embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include: the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. Then surely you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.

En route, make a stopover at Zziwa Rhino sanctuary for your first Big 5 experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi in order to enjoy your lunch. Continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the Evening.

 

Day 3: Explore Murchison: undertake game drive and launch trip to the base of the falls.

After an early breakfast, tour the Northern section of Murchison with a high concentration of savannah wildlife. Enjoy game viewing and photography of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, Uganda kob and lions, the leopards (if you are lucky) plus a variety of bird species.

Return to your accommodation for lunch and a brief repose. After lunch, you will embark on a three-hour launch trip to the base of the Murchison Falls. This trip is said to be the highlight of the safari in Murchison falls since it allows you to get up close to the animal species within the water. Cruise past huge hippo pods, crocodiles and numerous aquatic birds adorning the north bank on the way to the mighty waterfalls. You will have an opportunity to take thousands of pictures, so carry your camera with you if you like.

Also, proceed for a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike is a strenuous one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Miss it only if you must! Return to your accommodation, relax, enjoy your dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Bird-sighting in Budongo Forest-Royal Mile and Busingiro Section.

Budongo Forest reserve, one of the most important bird-sighting areas in Uganda, lies on then escarpment north-east of Lake Albert. It consists of a medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest with areas of Savanna and woodland.

You will go bird-sightting the Budongo’s famous Royal Mile in the early morning. It is a wide forestry track considered by many to be the country’s premier forest bird-sighting locality. This is the best place in Uganda for Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. There are many confusing forest Greenbuls to test you including: Xavier’s, White-throated. Canopy flocks support Yellow-mantled Weaver, Rufous Thrush and Uganda Woodland Warbler. The undergrowth along the track holds numerous skulkers including: Brown and Pale-breasted Illadopses, Fire-crested Alethe, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Yellow-browed Camaroptera. You will need to keep an eye on any openings in the forest canopy expecting to see: Cassin’s and Crowned Hawk Eagles and White-throated Bee-eaters are all possible. Proceed to the accommodation for lunch and relaxation.

 

Day 5: Exit Budongo and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

After breakfast at your accommodation, drive off to Kibale Forest NP. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

Kibale is popular for its primates like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys and red tailed monkeys. On your chimpanzee trails, these are regularly seen swinging in the forest trees and others feeding on the wild fruits. You will reach and do little but check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.

 

Day 6: Go explore the Kibale crater lakes plus the Mahoma Falls.

Have a calm breakfast before you head off for an exploration of the crater lakes. Enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. Take a hike at Lake Nkuruba to encounter different species of primates and birds, and visit the Mahoma Falls. Meet the local people as you walk through their villages, learn about the customs of the Batoro tribe and enjoy the panoramic views. You will have relaxation and overnight stay at your accommodation.

 

Day 7: Go explore Kibale: Chimp tracking and the Bigodi Swamp Walk.

Have breakfast and head to the trekking point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Return to your accommodation for lunch and later go out for the Bigodi swamp walk. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a fascinating area, located in Magombe swamp. This area is recognized for its extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates’ species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabeys, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Actually skilled birders may spot up to fifty or so new species on a bird list. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the grand Blue Turaco.

 

Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and take the Boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

After breakfast you will Exit Kibale NP and continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park’s diverse ecosystem which include sprawling savannah make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

You will reach Queen early enough to rest, have lunch and later go for a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George to Lake Edward. You will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. Return to the accommodation for dinner and later overnight rest.

 

Day 9: Queen’s Morning game drive and the afternoon explosion crater drive.

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park, along the Kasenyi plains during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopards (though hard to spot), Bushbucks, Cape Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and lunch.

In the afternoon you will go for the explosion crater drive. The drive is basically sightseeing with very spectacular view of the breathtaking scenery in and around Queen. There is also plenty of wildlife to see along the drive although commonest are sights of Cape Buffaloes plus Elephants. Return to the accommodation for relaxation, dinner and the overnight stay.

 

Day 10: Tour the Ishasha area to locate tree climbing lions plus other wildlife.

Have breakfast then set off for a breathtaking game drive in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! You will also be able to see other wildlife such as the Uganda kob, Cape buffalos, elephants and warthogs in addition to the tree-climbing lions.

You will thereafter proceed to the accommodation in Ishasha for some rest and relaxation. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. Later, you will have dinner and overnight rest at the accommodation.

 

Day 11: More tree-climbing lions’ viewing and Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Be up and have your breakfast served. Go for more tree-climbing lions’ sighting and thereafter transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda (harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population), including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

 

Day 12: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation & sightseeing.

After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular! The area offers 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 locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.

Return to your lodge. Have your lunch and thereafter check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

 

Day 13: Go explore Lake Bunyonyi: enjoy canoe ride, interact with the community and sight birds.

After breakfast, you will have the option of visiting the Orugano rain Forest which has diverse plants and animals or spend some time interacting with the Batwa (pygmies) community who inhabit parts of the forest and its surrounding areas. Birders will treat themselves with well over 300 bird species recorded.

Alternatively, you could opt for a canoe trek on Bunyonyi which will introduce you to the major islands and their rich history but also there will be some great time spent in traditional dugout canoe. Return to your accommodation for lunch and relaxation probably reflecting on your trip so far…

 

Day 14: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP: undertake a park walk or a boat ride on the lake.

After an early morning breakfast, set off to Lake Mburo National Park. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes and finally into Lake Mburo NP.

Arrive in the park in the early afternoon for a boat ride on the lake or evening walk in the park. On the game walk, there are different animals to see such as the Eland, Zebras, Cape Buffalos, Sitatunga and other mammals. The boat ride on the lake is good for birders with several birds like African Harrier Hawk, yellow- backed, cormorant fish eagles, spectacled weavers, and heron to be seen. The shores of the lake also boasts a good number of crocodiles and hippos. Later, relax at your accommodation, where you will spend the night.

 

Day 15: Mburo Morning game drive and Transfer to Entebbe Airport to catch the flight out.

Enjoy your breakfast as early as possible then proceed for an exciting morning game drive to see the gigantic eland antelope, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, Warthogs, Uganda kob, Buffaloes and other savannah animals. Thereafter, exit Mburo for Entebbe Airport.

Else, have breakfast and drive off for Entebbe Airport arriving in the afternoon to catch your flight out to the next destination or home. We hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit and thanks for choosing Home to Africa!

Our Pricing

Travelers Price/Person Discount From Base
Solo Traveler 5365 Base Price
2 Person Sharing 3879 27.70 %
3 Persons Sharing 3715 30.75%
4 Persons Sharing 3474 35.25%
5 Persons Sharing 3411 36.42%
6 Or More Persons Sharing 3244 39.53%
Inclusion Exclusion
  • All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.
  • Phone calls and bar bills.
  •  Applicable park entrance fees.
  • Personal/travel insurance.
  • Services of a full-time English speaking driver/guide.
  • Laundry.
  • Water while on safari
  • Airfare
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All launch or boat trip as per itinerary.
  • All other Services of a personal nature.
  • Gorilla trekking permit USD 600 per person.
  • Driver guide’s gratuity.
  • Chimp trekking permit USD 150 per person.
  • Any activity stated as “Optional”
  • All airport/hotel pick-ups and drop off.
  • All kinds of drinks except water.
  • All activities as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • And all government taxes/levies.
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