9 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Wildlife & Culture

Safari Name9 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Wildlife & Culture
Tour CodeTATS-UG-106

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi national park
Start off early from Kampala heading to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This is a long journey about 10 hrs-rides. We head south west of Kampala; stop in Masaka to see the equator and in Mbarara for lunch. Continue to Kisoro off to Bwindi. What makes this park a must visit is the endangered mountain gorillas. These are one of the top creatures that tourists demand to see. Overnight in Gorilla forest camp/ Buhoma Homestead.

Day 2: gorilla tracking
Get up early for breakfast and head to the park headquarters for briefing about the gorillas. Head for the thick jungles of Bwindi as you trek searching for the gorillas. This can take you half a day or more. Spend an hour with the gorillas. In the evening you can take a village walk around Buhoma and find out about the Batwa pygmy natives, also shop from available curio shops. Overnight in Gorilla Forest Camp/Buhoma Homestead.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth national park tour
After breakfast this morning, transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park (5 hrs) via the Ishasha route. On your way spot the tree-climbing lions alongside Uganda Kobs, buffalos. Finally when you enter the park begin with a game drive to Mweya Peninsular. Near the Mweya lodge there are buffalos, warthogs, Defassa waterbuck and bush baby among others. Visit the Katwe town. Here there are several saline crater lakes. Check out how the locals mine salt. Sleep overnight in Mweya Safari Lodge/ Mweya Institute.

Day 4: Game drives and launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
After breakfast go for an early game drive to Kasenyi plains where you will spot black and white colobus, bush buck, Uganda Kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad billed roller, black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. This can take you 2-3 hrs. Head back to lodge for lunch then in the evening go for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel (2hrs) along lake George-lake Edward, come eye-eye with yawning hippos, crocodiles, leopards though sporadic. Watch birds for birders with over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus Gonolek, pink backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, pink backed pelicans, water thick-knee, yellow billed stork, shoebill stock. Don’t forget your camera. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge/ Institute of Ecology/Simba Safari.

Day 5: chimp tracking in Kyambura gorge
This morning take your breakfast then head straight for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at exactly 8:00am. Did you know we have a lot in common? So spend some time with them to learn more. There are more diverse primates also mainly Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals like antelopes, hyenas in the middle of savanna grassland. This gorge has many bird species. After here transfer to Kibale national park which is just a 4 hrs ride. Check in Primates Lodge/ Crater Valley Resort.

Day 6: chimp tracking in kibale Forest
Wake early to track chimps near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are primates in the vicinity like the golden monkey, L’Hoest monkey, grey checked mangabey, red colobus, blues and pottos. Other animals involve forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and an impressive tree species. Later take a nature guided walk to Bigodi swamp sanctuary, a good site for birders. The Great Blue Turaco can easily be spotted among the other bird 137 species. There is also a variety of butterfly species. Return to Primates Lodge/ Chimpanzee Nest afterwards.

Day 7: Murchison Falls Tour
You need to wake up and freshen up for a long journey to Murchison Falls national park. (9 hrs) on way look out for the beautiful views of Lake Albert, and Rwenzori mountains. When you reach drive straight away to the Top of the falls, quite a sight to appreciate the beauty of the River Nile and the falls. There’s accommodation at Sambiya Lodge/ Red Chili camp/ Nile Safari camp.

Day 8: Game drive in the delta circuit: Murchison falls National Park
Early morning go for a game drive in the Northern Nile delta circuit, quite a sight for checking out a high awareness of wildlife. You will spot the leopards along the leopard track, the Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds.

The high supply of Kobs called for an unavoidable prides of lions to the delta too. The delta also attracts birders with specials like the Abyssinian ground hornbill, shoebill (herons, waders and egrets around small pools of water) Senegal thickknee and Denham’s bustard. What’s not there? In the evening head out for a launch trip on the famous Nile River and value God’s creation of the Murchison Falls, the largest crocs, Hippos and elephants playing in the water. After such a lovely encounter retire to your lodge at Sambiya Lodge/ Red Chili camp/ Nile Safari camp.

Day 9: chimp tracking in Budongo forest – Depart for Kampala
After having a good breakfast, let’s head for a little close tour with our next of kin in the animal kingdom- the chimpanzees in Budongo forest. The forest harbors the biggest chimp population in Uganda -800 of them! So much we have in common with these creatures. Also you get to see other allied relatives like the black and white colobus, vervet monkey, potto and blue monkey. After wards take your lunch and drive straight to Kampala. This marks the end of this tour.


  • Arrival and departure airport transfer in Jomo Kenyatta Inter Airport.
  • Hotels booked are exclusivel of 5star level as per the itinerary
  • Transportation using either 4×4 Landcruisers or Safari Van
  • Hotels in Nairobi booked on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Hotels in the Game Parks is based on Full Board
  • Exclusive private vehicle and driver-guide throughout the safari
  • Game drives as per the itinerary
  • Park and game reserve entrance fees
  • English Driver guide available for the safari
  • Drinking water throughout the safari;2 bottles per person per day
  • Unlimited game drives from morning to evening everyday
  • Our 24hours support throughout the safari

  • All International Flights/local Flights + Taxes
  • Visit to Masai Cultural Village in Amboseli
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Breakfast and lunch in Nairobi on the first and the last day
  • Excursions, services and activities not mentioned in this program
  • Flying option available for certain safaris at an extra cost
  • Excursions, services and activities not mentioned in this program
  • Personal expenses e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Drinks, Tips etc

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Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa,” is one of the most beautiful countries on the continent. Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking are the country’s major attractions, along with the friendliness of its people. A country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures, travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.

Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this uniquely lush destination can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas?

For a relatively small country, there’s a lot that’s big about the place. It’s home to the tallest mountain range in Africa the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife watching is huge. Most travelers come for the gorilla Safari, but other major draws are the chimpanzees, ornithology, trekking the Rwenzoris and visiting the source of The Nile river.

We are bordered by the Republic of South Sudan to the North, the Republic of Kenya to the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the South

Destination Uganda:….beyond expectations, a real African experience…
Uganda is home to gorillas and chimps. The Bwindi impenetrable forest offers the unforgettable Gorilla trekking experience. The Murchison Falls Park offers Nile cruises, Queen Elizabeth Park scenery and Lake Edward both with wildlife and birds. The Ruwenzori, “Mountains of the Moon” offer exciting trekking and climbing.

Bwindi Impenetrable
Kibale Forest National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park
Lake Mburo National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
MQueen Elizabeth National Park
Rwenzori Mountain National park
Semliki National Park