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7 Day Best of Uganda’s Wildlife

7 Day Best of Uganda’s Wildlife

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $3167 - $4496
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
From coming face-to-face with endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and searching for wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, to spotting tree climbing lions in Ishasha, and getting up close and personal with hippos and Nile crocodiles along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, this action-packed Ugandan adventure offers the opportunity for some once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters.

Day 1: Entebbe to Kibale

Upon arrival in Entebbe you will be met by your guide and driven to Kibale Forest to begin your Ugandan safari. As you leave Entebbe you’ll have wonderful views of Lake Victoria and you’ll bypass the busy city of Kampala as you make your way through Uganda's stunning countryside to your lodge in Fort Portal, at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains and the base of the Kibale Forest.

Overnight: Kibale Forest
Meals: (_/_/Dinner)

Day 2: Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest

You’ll have an early start this morning as you’ll be required to meet park rangers at 8am for a briefing about your chimp trekking adventure.

After the briefing you’ll head deep into the Kibale Forest to track the troops of chimpanzees that live there. As you trek through the dense rainforest in search of the chimpanzees you’ll hear them screech and hoot around you and it will feel as if the jungle has come alive. Once you’ve found a family of chimpanzees you can spend one hour watching them swing through the trees, play on the forest floor and build nests for their afternoon naps. It is a truly magical experience!

The forest is also home to other primates, including colobus monkeys and red tailed monkeys, plus colourful giant butterflies. 

After your chimpanzee trek we recommend the 'swamp walk' which is a two hour trek through the swamps to meet a local community living in this hostile environment. There is stunning scenery and some incredibly rare wildlife to spot en route. 

Overnight: Kibale Forest
Meals: (Breafast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth

After breakfast at your lodge in Kibale you’ll travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park at the base of the Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. This spectacular national park is full of game and it is known for its large elephant population. 

After checking in to your lodge you’ll head out for an afternoon game drive and a sundowner before dinner. 

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)

Day 4: Boat trip into Kazinga Channel

Today you’ll have a full day to explore Queen Elizabeth National Park. You’ll have morning and afternoon game drives, plus you can also enjoy a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (look out for hippos and Nile crocodiles!), a guided nature walk in the Maramagambo Forest or you can take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth NP.

Overnight: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi

Today as you leave Queen Elizabeth National Park you’ll take short drive through Ishasha where you can look out for the famous tree climbing lions. You’ll then continue on your way to Bwindi National Park.

You’ll stay at a lovely lodge on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and this evening you’ll have a briefing about tomorrow’s gorilla trek.  

Overnight: Bwindi National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking

After an early breakfast you’ll drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park HQ where you’ll begin your gorilla trek. You will be allocated to one of nine habituated groups and your experienced guide and park ranger will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated family. Your trek could last from a few minutes to a full day, depending on the exact location of the specific gorilla family which you’re tracking.

When you meet the gorillas you’ll have the chance to spend up to one magical hour quietly observing them. The gorillas are likely to be just a few metres away from you and they will continue to go about their daily lives - feeding and interacting with each other, under the watchful gaze of the silverback.

In the late afternoon you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation where you can spend the evening reflecting on your incredible encounter with the wild mountain gorillas of Uganda.

Overnight: Bwindi National Park
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: Bwindi to Kigali

Sadly your Ugandan adventure is coming to an end. This morning you’ll have breakfast and then you’ll be driven across the Uganda/Rwanda board to Kigali for your international flight home. 

Overnight: International flight
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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