Discover Uganda Small Group Wildlife Safari 7 Days
This unique itinerary invites you to discover the very best of Uganda on a small group guided tour through some of this beautiful country’s best National Parks. Including mountain gorilla and chimp tracking experiences, this exciting trip will bring you unforgettable primate and wildlife encounters, cultural interactions and stays in traditional and adventurous safari lodges.
Departing from Entebbe, we will go in search of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park before making our way to Kibale Forest National Park to discover the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa. Here we will enjoy a sensational chimp tracking experience as well as a community walk to learn about the local tribe that lives in this area before travelling on to Bwindi National Park for an unforgettable Mountain gorilla tracking experience. And as if that wasn’t enough adventure for one trip, we will then head on to Uganda’s smallest National Park, Lake Mburo, to enjoy a game drive to see a huge variety of species unique to the area including impalas, zebras and elands. A truly remarkable itinerary that promises some of the finest wildlife encounters in Africa.
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people sharing in standard accommodation.
An upgrade to superior accommodation throughout is available. If you wish to choose superior accommodation the price of your tour will be from $3073.
Prices do not include international flights but these can be arranged as part of your package.
Please note: The gorilla tracking experience will require a walk of between 2 and 8 hours through sometimes muddy conditions, and so participants will require an average level of fitness.
Set departure dates for 2018 include: 13th July, 4th August, 24th August, 21st September, 4th November, 15th December. 2019 dates available on request.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Visit 4 of Uganda’s finest National Parks
- Thrilling and unforgettable Mountain gorilla and chimpanzee tracking experiences
- Discover a huge variety of other wildlife and birdlife including the famous tree climbing lions
- Enjoy unique cultural experiences and interactions
- Spectacular scenery at every turn
- Travel in comfort in the company of an expert English-speaking driver and guide
- Small group tour with a maximum of 6 people, allowing for a more flexible and personalised experience
- All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Gorilla permit for Bwindi National Park and gorilla tracking experience
- Transport to/from the starting point for gorilla tracking
- Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
- Transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle (minibus)
- English speaking guide and driver
- Activities and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
- National Park entrance fees and ranger fees
- AMREF Flying Doctors Insurance
ITINERARY6 Nights 7 Days
- Day 1 | Entebbe
- Day 2 | Entebbe to Kibale Forest NP
- Day 3 | Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Village Visit
- Day 4 | Kibale to Bwindi NP
- Day 5 | Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
- Day 6 | Lake Mburo National Park
- Day 7 | Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe
Welcome to the pearl of Africa! After having arrived independently to Entebbe International Airport you will be greeted by a representative for your transfer to the Boma Guesthouse (5 to 10 minute drive) for your included overnight stay. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in this tastefully restored colonial homestead in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight stay at the Boma Guesthouse with breakfast included.
Upgrade option: Protea Hotel.
Entebbe to Kibale Forest NP
Today your adventure truly begins and after an early breakfast at your guesthouse you will be collected by your English speaking driver and guide to begin your journey through some of Uganda’s most remarkable National Parks. Travelling in a comfortable 4wd safari minibus we will begin our 450km journey to our first stopover, Kibale Forest National Park. The journey is likely to take in the region of 7 hours but the spectacular scenery along the way is sure to keep you more than occupied.
Along the way we will enjoy the first of many thrilling wildlife experiences as we make a stop at Queen Elizabeth National Park to go in search of the famous tree climbing lions and enjoy a picnic lunch before proceeding towards the foothills of the “Mountains of the Moon” to reach Kibale Forest. Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa, including over 1000 chimpanzees. Tomorrow you will have the chance to get up-close to these intriguing animals so after a delicious dinner at the lodge a good night’s rest is in order in preparation for a new day of adventure.
2 nights accommodation at Kibale Primate Lodge in a standard cottage with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Upgrade option: Primate Lodge luxury cottage.
Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Village Visit
Today it’s time for one of the highlights of your trip as we take the short walk into the forest to begin your chimpanzee tracking experience! Kibale Forest is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa, and is renowned as being the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. After a pre-tracking briefing you will begin your hike into the forest to visit a large habituated family of chimps that consists of over 120 individuals. Along the way your guide will tell you all about this beautiful forest and its fascinating residents including other primates and bird species such as the blue breasted Kingfisher, black billed Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Chestnut winged Starlings and many more. We will hope to spot some of these as we walk.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees you will have an hour to observe them, soaking up their captivating behaviour as they climb through the trees, groom, growl, feed, and take care of their young. An unforgettable experience that will no doubt leave a lasting impression.
After your exciting morning tracking the chimpanzees you will head back to the lodge for lunch before travelling to the nearby Bigodi Village to take part in a community walk to meet and learn all about the local tribe that lives in this area. Your guide will offer you an insight into the traditional customs and lifestyle, and you will have the chance to visit the local primary school and traditional homesteads before returning to the lodge for dinner and a well-deserved rest.
Kibale to Bwindi NP
Waking up surrounded by the sounds of the African bush is quite an experience, and an early start this morning will reward with an enjoyable guided bush walk through the forest for the chance to encounter some of the unique wildlife that resides here. After returning to the lodge for breakfast we will set off in our minibus for the next leg of our tour and the remarkable Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and is quite simply the best place to observe these gentle giants at a close distance. The park is also home to 9 other primates and features spectacular scenery of trails, rivers and waterfalls.
The 390km journey by road to Bwindi will take approximately 5 hours and en-route we will make a stop at the Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch and an insight into the culture and traditional way of life of the local tribes in this area. The centre includes a museum, garden with indigenous trees and plants and traditional homesteads, and we will have to fully explore before continuing our journey to Bwindi and the Haven Lodge. The Haven Lodge is perched high above Buhoma village offering delightful views across the national park, and after dinner you can settle into your beautifully designed cottage for a good night’s sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s mountain gorilla experience.
2 nights accommodation at Haven Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Upgrade option: Buhoma Lodge
Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi NP
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! After an early breakfast you will join your transfer to the offices of the National Park where upon arrival you will be allocated a gorilla family, an 8-person group and a gorilla trekking guide. After a briefing into what lies ahead, including safety precautions and an introduction to the behaviour of the gorillas, you will be driven to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure.
Depending on the gorilla family that you have been allocated the trek to see them can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 6 hours so patience and an average fitness level are required. The terrain can be muddy, and rainy weather is likely, but as you trek through the jungle the anticipation of seeing these gentle giants in the wild, along with the spectacular views and likely bird sightings on offer, is likely to be more than enough distraction from that. And we can almost guarantee that when you come face to face with these majestic animals the trek will soon become a distant memory!
Upon sighting the gorillas your group will be allowed one hour with them to watch them as they go about their daily lives; feeding, moving, playing, wrestling and feeding their young – this will be a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
Gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi have been designed to ensure that numbers are kept to a minimum whilst still offering the experience of seeing these animals in the wild so that more can be done to protect them and ensure the species’ ongoing survival. The vast majority of your gorilla permit cost goes to protecting these vulnerable animals and ensuring that their population thrives. Thanks to these conservation efforts, in the last few years the mountain gorillas population in Bwindi NP alone has increased from 300 to 400! Without tourist visits there would be substantially less funds available to do this. Each of the habituated families of mountain gorillas are only allowed to be visited by one group of eight people per day, and only 72 visitors are allowed each day.
After your thrilling experience of witnessing the famous mountain gorillas up-close, your guide will lead you back to base where you will be transferred back to the lodge for a delicious dinner and the chance to reflect on what may well have been the greatest wildlife experience of your life.
Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast this morning we will make our way to the final national park of our tour as we jump back into the minibus and head towards the beautiful Lake Mburo National Park. The 340km journey to Lake Mburo will take approximately 6 hours, and along the way we will stop at the Ugandan Equator point to take some pictures and perhaps purchase some souvenirs.
Upon reaching the national park we will check in to Rwaboko Rock, located in a scenic outcrop at the edge of the park, and enjoy a welcoming lunch surrounded by fabulous views. Lake Mburo is the smallest of the Ugandan national parks but it certainly packs a punch in terms of dramatic scenery and fascinating wildlife, and in the early evening you can enjoy an included game drive in search of up-close encounters with impalas, zebras, gigantic elands and giraffes. There are also excellent birding opportunities here, with over 315 species having been recorded in the area. Guided safari walks and boat rides on the lake can also be arranged at an additional cost.
Overnight stay at Rwakobo Rock with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Upgrade option: Mihingo Lodge
Lake Mburo NP to Entebbe
As your memorable Uganda wildlife adventure comes to an end it’s time to say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa as we set off after breakfast back towards Entebbe. The journey back to the airport will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, with a stop along the way for lunch. As you relax and soak up the surrounding scenery filled with memories of your unforgettable experiences make sure to keep an eye out for the black-and-white colobus monkeys that will be hiding along the road.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Boma Guest House, Entebbe
Set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb just a short drive from Entebbe International Airport, this welcoming guesthouse is the perfect place from which to begin your Uganda safari experience. A tastefully restored colonial homestead, the Boma Guest House effortlessly combines modern comforts with the charm and characteristics of the original 1940’s building.
Each of the guest house’s comfortable and welcoming bedrooms has been decorated in a mixture of African and European décor and features an en-suite bathroom, four-poster beds with mosquito nets, and a private verandah. The guest house is situated within beautiful landscaped gardens with lake views and the delightful private swimming pool is perfect for a refreshing dip after a long flight. There is also an excellent on-site restaurant and bar, and a craft shop.
Primate Lodge, Kibale
This fantastic lodge located in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park offers the chance to experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivalled nature and serenity in Uganda’s primate paradise. Located right beside the starting point for incredible chimpanzee trekking experiences of the park, Primate Lodge offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Amongst these accommodation options are the nine spacious Luxury Cottages which feature large comfortable beds, sitting areas and en-suite bedrooms. Nestled privately within the forest, each cottage also features a large verandah allowing you to relax and soak up the unique sights and sounds of the surrounding nature.
There are also seven mid-range private Forest Cottages which also offer large comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs overlooking the rainforest, but which offer a little less space than the luxury cottages. There is also a double storied ‘Elephant Banda’ which has an upstairs bedroom with giant king-size bed, a large downstairs living area, and an extensive elevated verandah which seems to stretch right into the forest. This option is very popular with honeymooners and those seeking a romantic escape. For the more adventurous a unique “tree-house” is available and for the more budget-conscious there is also an adjacent camp site.
The main lodge area features a spacious dining terrace where delicious home-cooked meals are served, a well-stocked bar, a cosy lounge, evening camp fire and regular visits from the numerous primates that abound in the park as well as forest elephants!
Buhoma Community Haven Lodge, Bwindi
This newly-opened lodge is situated on a spacious site above Buhoma Village and features splendid views across Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and high quality accommodation for those looking for a relaxing and comfortable stay before and after their thrilling gorilla trekking experiences. This beautiful lodge was dreamed up by the Buhoma Mukono Community Development Association (BMCDA) to provide much-needed revenue, employment and empowerment to the local community, with portions of the revenue being distributed to various local community projects.
Buhoma Haven Lodge offers six beautifully designed private cottages with large double or twin beds, hand-crafted furnishings and attractive en-suite bathrooms. There is also a larger family cottage and most of the cottages have a balcony offering tremendous views over the forest and the ultimate in relaxation after a long day of trekking.
The main area of the lodge provides a well-stocked bar, a welcoming lounge terrace with phenomenal views, an Artisan craft shop and a wonderful dining area where beautiful freshly-prepared 5 course meals are served each evening.
Rwakobo Rock, Mburo
This eco-friendly, family-run lodge is nestled on a scenic outcrop of the edge of the Lake Mburo National Park and provides comfortable and welcoming accommodation for those looking for a peaceful and secluded retreat right in the heart of nature. Being so close to the park, guests will delight in regular visits from some of the park’s intriguing wildlife including zebra, warthog, impala and bushbuck.
Private, well-equipped and very comfortable cottages dotted along the hillside provide good quality accommodation with all the necessary amenities including large comfortable beds, private bathrooms and cosy terraces with great views. There are also rooms available in the newly-built Hornbill House section of the lodge, each of which has an en-suite bathroom and verandah.
In the evening guests can enjoy their evening meal in the beautiful main dining area which overlooks an expanse of rock that adjoins the park, before gathering around the campfire to watch the sun go down on a day of adventure in one of Uganda’s finest wildlife destinations.
What Our Customers
What a super experience – thank you so much making our trip to Uganda everything we wanted. We saw several gorillas, which were our main objective but were absolutely entranced by the variety and beauty of all the birdlife. More emphasis on this needed in your briefings, I would say, but this is a minor criticism since the guides were most knowledgeable and helpful and did all possible to ensure our comfort and safety. No hesitation in recommending you to friends and anybody who will listen! Thank you so much from us both.
We needed some suggestions for our African adventure since, although pretty seasoned travellers, this was somewhere we still needed to tick off our list. The lady we spoke to in your office was most helpful. We had seen ‘gorillas in the mist’ on TV so this was a must for us. She understood our needs and looked after us well – I still cannot believe how close our guide was able to get us to a family of these great apes – we now have lots more jealous friends. Thank you to all involved.
Thanks for all your help – the very detailed briefing and advice really made our vacation in Africa a true ‘Trip of a Lifetime’. Recommendations follow!
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