9 Days Nature Safari, with Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda Gorilla Tours

Uganda Wildlife Tours

The 9 Days Uganda safari takes you through the prime Uganda safari parks including; Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi. It takes you through the Big 5 of land animals including lions, leopard, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffalo. Additions of giraffe, Antelopes among other wildlife makes it interesting. The primates of Kibale which stretch up to 13 species including common chimpanzees and mountain gorillas of Bwindi give thrilling encounter of modern apes. The rewarding boat cruise on River Nile and Kazinga Channel forms a refreshing thrill that creates lasting memories.

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Day 1: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park from Kampala.

Day 2: Do game drive & boat cruise

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 4: Do chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk

Day 5: Visit Sempaya hot springs & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Do game drive & boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 8: Do gorilla trekking

Day 9: Transfer to Kampala.


Day 1: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park from Kampala. (Visit Ziwa rhinos & hike top of the falls)
Transfer after breakfast to Murchison Falls National Park in the north west of Uganda. You will pass through the flat savannah landscapes of Nakasongora before branching off a little at Nakitoma 115km from Kampala for 7 km drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track white rhinos that only thrive at this place in the whole of Uganda. Continue to Masindi for lunch after which you will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park to hike the top of the falls. The hike to the top of the falls exposes you to the roaring sounds of the Nile River as it squeezes itself through an 8m gorge to fall 43m below the Devils Cauldron forming a plume of spray marked with a trade mark rainbow. Check in at your lodge for overnight.
Drive Distance: 311km Drive time: 5 hours.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Murchison River lodge (Midrange/standard) or Bwana Tembo (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do game drive & boat cruise

Wake up early enough for a cup of coffee before arriving at Paraa to catch up with the ferry crossing at 7:00am to the northern bank of the Nile. Upon crossing, you will drive through the amazing rolling savannah combretum dotted with enormous numbers of wildlife including; Elephants, Buffaloes, giraffes, Jackson hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, bush bucks, waterbucks, lions and if lucky elusive leopard. The 3 – 4 hour game drive is a rewarding encounter of typical African game. Return to the lodge for relaxation till lunch after which you will gather at Paraa for Nile Launch cruise starting at 2pm. The 3 hour boat cruise exposes you magical offerings of the Nile including the rare shoe bill stork, Nile crocodiles, Hippos, and wild game drinking on the river side. The launch trip stretches to the bottom of the falls. Return to the lodge for overnight.
Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

The drive to Kibale National Park is not an ordinary journey; it involves driving through the lush country side dotted by amazing features of earth movements including the Albertine rift valley. The farmed landscapes bring out the typical African villages that you have always heard of or wished to see on your safari like this safari in Uganda. Kibale is 441km about 9 hours’ drive from Murchison Falls National Park. The lunch stop will be made in Hoima town dubbed the oil city and continuous drive will see you arrive in Fort Portal and Kibale in particular in the evening overlooking the mystical Ruwenzori Mountains famously known as the mountains of the moon.
Accommodation:
Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Do chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk

Wake up early enough for a cup of coffee before arriving at Paraa to catch up with the ferry crossing at 7:00am to the northern bank of the Nile. Upon crossing, you will drive through the amazing rolling savannah combretum dotted with enormous numbers of wildlife including; Elephants, Buffaloes, giraffes, Jackson hartebeest, Uganda Kobs, bush bucks, waterbucks, lions and if lucky elusive leopard. The 3 – 4 hour game drive is a rewarding encounter of typical African game. Return to the lodge for relaxation till lunch after which you will gather at Paraa for Nile Launch cruise starting at 2pm. The 3 hour boat cruise exposes you magical offerings of the Nile including the rare shoe bill stork, Nile crocodiles, Hippos, and wild game drinking on the river side. The launch trip stretches to the bottom of the falls. Return to the lodge for overnight.
Accommodation:
You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 5: Visit Sempaya hot springs & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, embark on the drive to Semuliki National Park 78km about 2 – 3hours. You will pass through Fort Portal town and continue to Semuliki. You will take a 2 – 4 hour nature walk to Sempaya hot springs where you will marvel at these natural springs boiling beyond 100 Degrees Celsius sprouting up to 2m high. You can boil your plantain or an egg to have it ready within minutes. Have a picnic lunch at the hot springs after which you will embark on the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park 196km about 5 hours. The amazing views of snowcapped Ruwenzori Mountains will accompany you on your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation:
Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Mama land Pumba Safari Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Do game drive & boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Wake up for an early morning 3 – 4 hour game drive though the Kasenyi tracks where you will have chances of viewing a range of wildlife. Some of these include; lions, elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, jackals, among others. You will marvel at them as they gather what to put in their stomachs and others taking a rest. The savannah landscape in which they thrive is an attraction in its self. Return to the lodge for relaxation till lunch time after which you will gather at Mweya for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel at 3:00pm. The 2 hour launch cruise takes you through the offers of the 45m long Kazinga channel including impressive views of the Nile crocodiles, Hippos, abundant bird life and a range of wild game quenching their thirst along the channel waters. Return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation:
You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will drive through Ishasha where you have chances of seeing tree climbing lions before continuing to Bwindi for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp (Upmarket/luxury), Engagi lodge (Midrange/standard) or Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 8: Do gorilla trekking

After your early morning breakfast, gather at the Park Headquarters Buhoma for briefing from the park rangers about the conduct of gorilla trekking activity. After the short briefing, you embark on the challenging trek through the impenetrable jungle of Bwindi with its rugged landscape involving valleys, swamps, steep slopes and rocky areas amidst amazing jungle sounds and bird songs which is an attraction in its self. You will finally come across these endangered apes in thriving in their ancient habitat foraging or socializing. You will marvel at the gorillas as they welcome you, interact and finally say bye when your one hour with them is used up. The opportunity to take as many photos as you can is availed to you while asking questions to your guide about these apes is up to your discretion. Retreat from the activity to the lodge for relaxation.


Trekking duration
: 2 – 8 hours.


Accommodation:
You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 9: Transfer to Kampala.

After your breakfast, embark on the journey back to Kampala. The drive will expose you to country side sceneries and economic activities that have sustained the lives of the local communities for centuries past among which include extensive Banana plantation and cattle keeping. You will make a stop for lunch at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara. You can opt for a 30 – 40 minutes’ tour in the cultural museum after which you will continue on the drive to Kampala to arrive in the evening.
Drive distance: 527km Drive time: 10 hours

End of safari


General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)


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