12 DAYS GORILLAS & BIG FIVE UGANDA SAFARI

Itinerary Overview

During this 12 Days Gorillas & Big Five Uganda safari you get the chance to search for the Big 5 as well as trek in the jungle for both mountain gorillas and chimps. We take you on a journey through Uganda as you take in the wildlife, scenic nature and enjoy meetings with Uganda’s friendly people.

 

Four of the Big 5 roaming  freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant that you will have chance to see in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s. Luckily it is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary where you will see it during this 12 Days Gorilla & Big Five Uganda Safari.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer From Airport To Hotel In Entebbe

When you land at Entebbe Airport, the driver will welcome you and transfer you to a Hotel in Entebbe ahead of your safari. While in Entebbe, we can visit art and craft markets and take a walk in the botanical gardens or relax at your hotel.


Overnight: Tilapia Lodge (Budget)

Karibu Guesthouse (Midrange)

                                Hotel No. 5(Luxury

Day 2: Transfer To Murchison Falls NP Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 

Following a delicious breakfast, you will begin the 5 – 6 hours’ drive to Murchison Falls National Park, which is the country’s largest and oldest national park. A one hour Rhino trekking stopover will be made en route in the Nakasongola district. After that, it’s time for lunch before heading to the lodge for some rest, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Overnight: Fort Murchison Lodge (Budget)

Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange)

 

Paara Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 3: Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Nile Boat Cruise

After breakfast, we shall drive out for a morning game drive with a chance to spot different animals. We shall proceed at the hippo pool where bush breakfast will be served while viewing   hippos and birds. After the game drive, we shall drive back to the lodge for lunch before we go for our boat cruise where we shall have a chance to see  hippos, and crocodiles, and other  mammals such as elephants, antelopes, buffalos, and more at the banks swimming, sunbathing and  taking water. We shall also have a great view of the falls from the bottom.


Overnight: Fort Murchison Lodge (Budget)

Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange)

 

Paara Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 4: Transfer To Kibale Forest NP

After an early breakfast, we shall start our journey to Kibale Forest NP which is also Uganda’s primate city. It is a long drive of about 5hrs so we shall have lunch in Fort portal town and continue for an evening around the craters. Along the journey we shall go through typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations. In the craters, we have a chance to spot monkey species such as black and white colobus, red colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabeys.


Overnight: Lake Nkuruba Lodge (Budget)

Isunga Lodge (Midrange)

 

Chimpundu Lodge (Luxury)

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking, Transfer To Queen Elizabeth N.P

In the morning, we shall drive to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters for briefing about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee trekking and get allocated a trekking group.

We shall start our trek into the forest in search for chimps, in the forest, we shall have a chance to meet different species of monkeys for example red colobus, red tailed monkey and bush babies, we shall also meet butterflies and various bird species like the native Great Blue Turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo and the superb black bee eater. When you finally meet the chimps, you will be allowed one hour with them as you take pictures and videos while learning about their behaviors.

 

 After the trek, your guide will pick you for lunch and then embark on our journey to Queen Elizabeth.


Overnight: The Bush Lodge (Budget)

Elephant Hab Lodge (Midrange)

 

Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 6: Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

After an early breakfast, we shall drive to the park to explore the beauty of this Queen Elizabeth NP with a chance to spot elephants, mongoose, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, leopards, warthogs, and many more. We shall drive back to the lodge for lunch and later go for an afternoon boat trip on Kazinga Channel.

While on the  Kazinga channel boat trip, a water body that connects Lake George and Lake Edward, we have a chance to spot different bird species like pelicans, vultures, fish eagles, kingfishers, sacred ibis and many more and animals such as buffalos, bushbucks, crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and others. Return to the lodge with a simple game drive. 


Overnight: The Bush Lodge (Budget)

Elephant Hab Lodge (Midrange)

 

Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 7: Morning & Evening Game Drives In Ishasha Sector

After an early breakfast, we shall set off for an adventurous road trip in the vast savannah of Ishasa sector; the South of Queen Elizabeth NP famous for its tree climbing lions. During the game drive, we have an opportunity to encounter topis, buffaloes, elephants and luckily find the tree climbing lions which will be the high on this day. The lions are usually spotted lazily sleeping in the fig tree branches. After the morning game drive we shall drive back to the lodge, check in, enjoy lunch and a bit of relaxation and in the evening  we shall drive back to the lodge for another  game drive for a  chance to search for more wildlife we might have missed during the morning game drive.

Overnight: Topi Lodge (Budget)

Enjojo Lodge (Midrange)

 

Ishasha Wilderness Camp (Luxury)

Day 8: Morning Game Drive, Transfer To Bwind Forest NP

After our breakfast, we start our drive towards Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; home to the magnificent Mountain Gorillas. Before the journey, we will go to the park for a game drive for a chance to encounter some animals and thereafter drive to Bwindi Forest National Park. We shall get to the lodge just on time for lunch and after lunch, we can take an evening walk around the community or enjoy a leisurely evening at the lodge as we share some stories and memories of the safari.

 

Overnight: Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Mahogany Springs Lodge (Midrange)

 

Bwindi Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)

Day 9: Gorilla trekking, Batwa Community Experience

After breakfast, we shall head for the highlight of this trip. Drive to the park headquarters briefing about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. You will be allocated a gorilla trekking group and ranger guides then you start your trek in the forest. When you finally meet a gorilla family, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them learning and creating memories with them while also taking photos and videos.

In the afternoon, we shall go for a Batwa cultural encounter for a chance to learn about the cultural and traditions of the locals. Enjoy their music, dance and stories.


Overnight: Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget)

Mahogany Springs Lodge (Midrange)

 

Bwindi Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury)

Day 10: Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi, Afternoon At Leisure

kilifi county

After a relaxed breakfast, we prepare to check out, leave the misty mountains behind and transfer to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi   driving through cultivated hills of Kigezi highlands. Lake Bunyonyi offers stunning views and a bit of relaxation while we remise on our safari. Enjoy a free afternoon as you relax at the resort with a great number of optional adventurous activities to engage like canoeing along the lake with chances to spot exotic bird species.


Overnight: Bunyonyi Eco Resort (Budget)

Arcadia Lodges (Midrange)

 

 (Luxury)

Day 11: Transfer To Lake Mburo, Afternoon Game Drive

After a hot cup of tea or coffee, we shall leave the scenic Lake Bunyonyi behind and start our journey towards Lake Mburo National Park. We shall reach the lodge in time for lunch, check in and prepare to go for an afternoon game drive for a chance to view Zebras, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and Impalas. 


Overnight: Eagles Nest Lodge (Budget)

Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Midrange)

 

Mihingo Lodge (Luxury)

Day 12: Morning Safari Walk, Transfer To Entebbe

On this day, we shall enjoy a unique safari walk getting you close encounters with wildlife. We shall visit the hyenas den, with a possibility to see Leopards, zebras, waterbucks, birds and buffaloes in there morning routine jungle life. After the safari walk, we shall have breakfast at the lodge ahead of our journey to Entebbe as we have reached the end of the 12 Days Gorillas & Big Five Uganda safari. Along the journey, we shall stop by the Equator for some photo moment and souvenir shopping, we shall then continue with our drive to Entebbe in a hotel or to the airport for flights back home.

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