Gorilla and Wildlife Safari
Visit the primate capital of the world
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Meet Uganda’s gentle giants and their neighbors
Join us today and meet ‘the gentle giants of Africa’. Uganda has the highest concentration of mountain gorillas in the world and more than half of the endangered population live here. On our 9-day Uganda safari, you will see for yourself the amazing variety of wildlife, meet and mix with the friendly locals and enjoy the breathtaking and varied landscapes.
What you'll see...
Spot the endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The only park in East Africa with both gorillas and chimpanzees
See the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Stay in luxurious lodges and hotels
Guided chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge
A UNESCO World Heritage Site - arguably the best gorilla habitat in the world
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Price (per person)
Confirmed upon booking
Our driver guide will pick you up upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport
All year round
- English-speaking local guides
- Transport on safari
- 24/7 assistance
- Conservation fees
- Airport transfers
- Full daily breakfast
- Price of international flights
- All passport and visa fees
- Travel & medical insurance
- Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Health vaccinations
- Deviations from tour
- Items of a personal nature (phone calls, faxes etc.)
- Laundry in Entebbe or Kampala
- Charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellations or other inconveniences beyond our control
What to bring
Check out our good to know section for the essentials!
Must be free from coughs and other infectious diseases as these can affect the gorillas
Overview of Your Tour
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our safari guide who will escort you to your hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. Depending on the time of arrival, our Nile Basin guide will take you on an Entebbe city tour for an exciting introduction to the beautiful town.
Overnight: Hotel No.5 (dinner and breakfast)
A stylish boutique hotel nestled in the suburbs of Entebbe town, overlooking a palm-lined garden and a beautiful swimming pool. It has a lively mix of neutral decor colors, vibrant local art, and african prints.
Waking up bright and early, you will be met by your safari guide who will pick you from your hotel and transfer you to Bwindi Forest. We’ll stop at the Uganda equator line to take some photos as you stand on its ‘imaginary’ line – you’re literally on the split of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere! Continue to Mbarara town, the home of the long horned Ankole cattle, where you will have lunch. Proceed through the rolling hills of the beautiful countryside until we reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Check into your lodge for dinner.
Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp / Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge on a full board basis
Today will be the highlight of our safari. After a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll take you to the park headquarters to be briefed by the park rangers about the mountain gorillas. At 8:00a.m. you will set out into the impenetrable forest in groups led by park guides and rangers. The trekking duration is determined by the movements of the gorillas. Upon finding them, in accordance with the park regulations, you will spend a maximum of an hour with the gorilla family observing their amazing way of life. People have been known to break down in tears after their first encounter with these amazing animals.
Later In the evening you can choose to visit the Batwa pygmy community. The Batwa are a semi-pygmoid tribe who previously lived within the tropical forests that covered much of southern Uganda. They spread all the way into DRC and Rwanda but as the forests disappeared, so did they. The few remaining Ugandan Batwa tribe people now live outside the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They were forced out when the forest was turned into a National Park. Learn more about this on the tour and the guide will be more than happy to answer any questions.
Drive to Lake Bunyonyi
Overnight: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort on a full board basis
After the unforgettable but tiring trek in the Bwindi Forest the previous day, it’s time to relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. The lake doesn’t get as much publicity as it should — it is absolutely amazing. The green pastures, its 29 scattered islands on the lake and the friendliness of the locals make it an advert for natural beauty and a perfect relaxation sanctuary.
Take an optional boat cruise on the lake to some of the islands. The lake is free from crocodiles, hippos and bihazia – so feel free to take a dip! Lake Bunyonyi has a maximum depth of 900m making it the third deepest lake in the world and also the second deepest in Africa.
In the late afternoon, we will transfer to Katara Lodge on the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Overnight : Katara Lodge on a full board basis
After a delicious breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive through the Ishasha sector of the park. Here you will search for the exceptional tree climbing lions, which sometimes can be seen resting high up in the branches of huge fig trees. You will spot large herds of Uganda kobs feeding in the plains and other big mammals like buffaloes, waterbucks etc anything could appear!
Overnight: Katara lodge
In the morning we’ll take a game drive along the Kasenyi track to see the early risers: the lions, antelopes, elephants, and buffaloes. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a thrilling boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will have the chance to have an up-close-and-personal experience with large schools of hippos, crocodiles and various bird species like malachite kingfishers, pink-backed pelicans and saddle billed stork. All the animals are in their natural habitats – really take in where you are and appreciate nature. Picture time!
Overnight : Katara Lodge
After an early breakfast enjoy a short game drive as you exit the park. You will drive to Fort Portal to have lunch at the lodge. In the evening you will go for a nature walk in Bigodi Swamp, so expect to see several bird species and monkeys like black and white colobus, vervet and red-tailed.
Overnight: Primate Lodge Kibale
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the park headquarters for a briefing before an exciting day of chimpanzee tracking. Follow the park rangers as you walk deep into the Kibale Forest. Hike through Kibale, accompanied by rangers and trackers, in search of the noisy chimpanzee troops… The trek can sometimes be tough but when you find the chimpanzees, any qualms will quickly be forgotten! Enjoy a couple of hours observing and taking photographs of the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Return back from the chimpanzee trek, drive back to Kampala.
Overnight: Kampala Serena Hotel
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home.
End of the safari: it was a pleasure having you!
Good to Know
No matter how many pictures you have seen or what expectations you have, the very first moment you see the animals in the wild will be unforgettable.
Sort your photography gear the night before leaving on the tour. Don’t be that person who forgets to bring the lense or memory card, or worse, forgets to fully charge the battery.
Firstly, try to restrict your hand luggage to one item only. If you are a photographer, then this will mean you must have sufficient space in your camera bag for travel documents, your prescription medication and/or glasses, binoculars and even a change of clothes. Please check with your airline before boarding.
Don’t be shy! There’s no such thing as a silly question. Ask, ask and ask some more.
Spray yourself stupid
Mosquitos. Need we say more?
Give the camera a rest
You’ll have some incredible opportunities for photos along the way but don’t forget to pause and really take in where you are.
What to bring:
- Most important: passport, itinerary, travel insurance docs and eTickets
- Prescription meds and preventative pharmaceuticals (eg. for diarrhea, headaches, heartburn, insect bites, hygiene (hand sanitizer), indigestion, sore throat (lozenges), eye irritations (drops) and, most importantly, anti-malarial tablets
- Prescription glasses, hat, sunblock
- Camera, video and binoculars. Seems an obvious one but very important!
- Casual but comfortable clothes. Layering is key. T-shirt, shirt or blouse with long sleeves and collars help to protect from the sun and mosquitoes. Fleece or warm jacket. A pair of safari trousers — those that zip off at the knees are very handy, too. Comfortable walking shoes and socks. Hat. Bandanna or cotton scarf and a sarong
- Phone, music, tablet or laptop, adaptor
- A good flashlight. A good book. A travel diary or journal
- Finally, don’t forget your sense of humor, patience and some common sense
In order to visit the gorillas you will need a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The gorilla permits are limited and highly competitive, so we need to first confirm their availability before any tour that involves gorillas is confirmed. We can help clients book them locally or the clients can book them directly on the authority website at a cost of $700.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The threat of diseases and terrorism is global and Uganda, like many European nations, has stepped up its internal security and medical inspections at the border points accordingly. Our tourist sites are extremely well guarded.
Regarding the tap water, it is generally not safe to drink. Stick to bottled water which most hotels and lodges will provide or can also buy your own in many of the stores.
Uganda is a diverse country with variable conditions but the country is considered a year-round destination for tourists.
Yes, visas are required for entry into Uganda and can be obtained upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. You can obtain a single-entry tourist visa ($50) and an East African tourist visa (between Uganda | Rwanda | Kenya) for $100 upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport; valid for three months.