"The chance to ride down the River Nile, Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Chimpanzee tracking and much more in one tour"
Get off the beaten track with this incredible safari adventure, which has been carefully designed to show you the best of Uganda’s remarkable natural beauty and wildlife. The country is an animal lovers’ paradise, with every day of this 10-day tour offering new chances to glimpse various spectacular species including chimpanzees, giraffes, the near-threatened southern white rhino and the endangered mountain gorilla. And all the while you’ll be enjoying the spectacular landscapes that surround you at every stop.
Your adventure begins with a day at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will see the only wild rhinos in Uganda. From here you will travel across the country to visit spectacular parks, including the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the mysterious Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Here, you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to see the endangered mountain gorilla up close in their natural habitat. Boat rides down the river Nile, along the Kazinga Channel and across Lake Mburo offer travellers a completely different perspective on the variety of animals that live in this extraordinary setting. If you want a tour that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the best that Uganda has to offer, then this is the trip for you!
The incredible story of the critically endangered mountain gorilla is testament to the power of conservation and, more specifically, ecotourism. Mountain gorillas are found in just three central African countries: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a result of wars, poaching, and forest habitat loss in these countries, mountain gorilla populations sharply declined - just ten years ago their numbers were as low as 400, and the fate of these great apes looked bleak. Over the last ten years, though, there’s been a significant turnaround for mountain gorillas, with conservation efforts helping to boost numbers to over 800, as they stand today.
Ecotourism has played an important part in helping to bring Mountain Gorillas back from the brink of extinction, with the money made through gorilla tourism used to support conservation efforts. For example, funds generated through the cost of gorilla trekking permits have helped to provide funds for anti-poaching patrols, to support local communities, and to improve park infrastructure. By booking a gorilla trekking tour, travellers are able to directly contribute to the protection of mountain gorillas, whilst also experiencing one of the world’s most unique and memorable wildlife encounters! The future of mountain gorillas is intrinsically linked to ecotourism - neither can survive without the other.
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will meet the tour driver and travel to your hotel on the stunning shores of Lake Victoria.
An early breakfast wakes you up for your drive to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in the Nakasongola District. As well as the rhinos, you can also see monkeys, oribi, bushbuck, and other wildlife. Afterwards, you will stop at the Kaberega Diners for some lunch before continuing on your journey to the Murchison River Lodge.
Starting the day nice and early you will partake in a game drive on the northern bank of the Murchison Falls National Park to see giraffes, buffaloes, warthog, lions, elephants and many more. After lunch at the lodge, you will head onto the waters of the river Nile for a two-hour boat ride that will take you to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, and give you another chance to see some of Uganda’s most spectacular wildlife. From here you will hike to the top of the waterfalls to see the entire river Nile squeeze through a small gap between the rocks to explode into an exhilarating whirlpool.
Today you will travel to the Kibale Forest National Park, where you will pass along the escarpment of the Albertine rift valley.
Early in the morning you will be driven over to Kibale Park’s office. Here, you’ll meet the ranger guides before you set off on the Chimpanzee Trek where you will track one of the habituated chimp communities and spend a whole hour with the chimps. After lunch you will be driven to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Start your day right with a good cup of tea before heading out on a game drive through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. See lions, hyenas, elephants, and buffaloes and enjoy the breathtaking views of the crater lakes and grassy hills. After lunch you will head to Mweya and set out on a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which offers further opportunities to see more wildlife that come down to the waters to quench their thirst.
In the morning, see the infamous tree-climbing lions and other big game including topi and elephants in the Ishasha sector of the park. Travel to the Bwindi Forest National Park with a stop en-route for lunch.
By 8 o’clock in the morning you will be trekking through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on your way to meet the mountain gorillas that call this forest home. The forest protects an estimated 320 gorillas, nearly half the world’s population. This is an incredible opportunity to see these endangered animals up close.
Today you will be driven to Lake Mburo National Park. On the way you will stop in Mbarara for some lunch before continuing to the lodge. In the afternoon you will be taken on a boat ride on Lake Mburo to see even more of Uganda’s wildlife.
On your last day you will set out for an early guided walk in the park to see the animals, such as zebra, giraffe and antelope up-close and enjoy the wonderful scenery. After breakfast at the lodge you will be driven back to Entebbe with a stop at The Uganda Equator -a photographer’s paradise!
- The rate shown is a 'from' price per person
- Click 'Ask a Question' up above to speak to the operator about this tour's availability, departure dates and costs
- It is advisable to book your tour well in advance as the gorilla and chimpanzee permits are limited and sell out quickly, especially during the peak months of June, July, August and December.
- Only 8 people can track a gorilla group in a day
- Get yourself into shape pre-departure as the trek involves hiking in difficult terrain!
- Keep healthy pre-departure and treat airborne diseases and illnesses like coughs and the flu. This is because the gorillas and chimps are very susceptible to human illness (remember they are our relatives) and if you are seen to be suffering from these illnesses you will not be allowed to trek. In this instance refunds cannot be guaranteed. Click 'Ask a Question' to speak to the operator about this.
- Refunds: 60 days or more prior to arrival = refund 90%; 59 – 32 days prior to arrival = refund 75%; 31 – 8 days prior to arrival = refund 50%; 7 – 3 days prior to arrival = refund 25%; 48 hours or less prior to arrival = no refund.
- Airport transfers
- Transportation with a 4x4 tour car
- English speaking professional tour driver
- Drinking water in the car throughout the trip
- All meals
- One gorilla permit per person
- One Chimpanzee permit per person
- All park fees and taxes
- Visa fees
- Porter fees
- Premium drinks i.e. alcohol
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Expenses of a personal nature (souvenirs, phone bill, laundry etc)