4 Day Uganda Gorillas and Tree Climbing Lions Safari

This express safari offers you the unforgettable opportunity of tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat of tropical rainforest in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up. Another highlight of your safari awaits you during a game drive in Ishasha, situated in the southern sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park with the opportunity to see the rare and unique tree climbing lions of Uganda.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1912 - $2741
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
4 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
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This combination safari gives you the two highlights the animal kingdom of Uganda has to offer and that are most frequently requested by international visitors: First you will be going an exhilarating search for the famous Tree Climbing Lions of Ishahsa, near the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Thereafter, you have the opportunity to venture on a climb to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and generally tolerant of human visitors.

Day 1 - Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Drive from Kampala to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Day 2 - Queen Elizabeth National Park to
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / North (Buhoma).
Gorilla tracking in the park.
Day 3 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala.
Drive back to Kampala with stop at the Equator crossing.
Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala.
Drive back to Kampala with stop at the Equator crossing.

Day 1 - Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

The early morning departure from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park leads via Mbarara, where you will stop briefly for lunch. The total driving time is approximately 7 hours and you check into the Ishasha Jungle Lodge in the afternoon, enjoying your first late afternoon game drive thereafter. Dinner and overnight at the Ishasha Jungle Lodge.

Day 2 - Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will start the day with an early morning game drive to find the elusive tree climbing lions of Ishasha. The game drive may last up to 3 hours, returning to the lodge in time for a full breakfast. Transfer by noon to the Silverback Lodge just outside the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your gorilla tracking adventure. The transfer may take approximately 2 hours to complete. Dinner and overnight at the Silverback Lodge.

Day 3 - Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning breakfast at the lodge and transfer to the gorilla trekking start off point. The gorilla briefing is done from 7.45 am to 8.15 am and thereafter gorilla trekking starts in earnest. The trekking can last from 3 to 8 hours depending on how far the gorillas moved through the forest the previous day.

On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to see the Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green tropical forests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors. You can experience all this while you will be accompanied by trained rangers to guide you through the experience. Dinner and overnight at the Silverback Lodge.

Day 4 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Kampala

Depart Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your return drive to Kampala. En-route you will have one stop in Mbarara for lunch and a photo opportunity at the Equator crossing. This will be a 10 hour drive.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Accommodation Option 4 to 5 stars: 1 night accommodation Ishasha Wilderness Camp - full board basis. 2 nights accommodation Gorilla Forest Camp - full board basis.
  • Accommodation Option 3 to 4 stars: 1 night accommodation Ishasha Jungle Lodge - full board basis. 2 nights accommodation Mahogany Springs - full board basis.

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Intek Travel

- We offer private/custom safaris
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- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
- We book international flights
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Since: Jun 1995

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Bushbaby
Bushbaby
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Elephant
Elephant
Mountain gorilla
Mountain gorilla
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Bird watching
Bird watching
Bush walks
Bush walks
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Game drives
Game drives
Photography
Photography
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Shopping/markets
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