Gorillas, Chimpanzees & The Big Five – Tracking Wildlife through Uganda’s National Parks - Awesome Experiences

Call us today on

+44(0)208 432 0885

Gorillas, Chimpanzees & The Big Five – Tracking Wildlife through Uganda’s National ParksUganda

From £2,557 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
This trip through Uganda’s many national parks is a must for animal lovers, thanks to a wealth of wildlife and lesser-spotted visitors.

Perfect for:

Wonders of Wildlife
Summary

Uganda

Tick off some of the world’s most incredible wildlife encounters in one week on this experience, as you journey through Uganda’s immensely varied habitats. Home to one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, Uganda is among the world’s best places to view animals in the wild. Its riverbanks, lush forests and Savannah grasslands harbour many rare, protected species, including the Big Five, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and many incredible birds. 

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • See rare black and white rhinos in their only wild habitat in Uganda
  • Cruise the Nile to breathtaking Murchison Falls, past hippo and crocodile
  • Meet our nearest relatives, Chimpanzees, up close and personal on a trek through Kibale National Park 
  • Track critically endangered Mountain Gorillas through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Start your trip with a stay near vast Lake Victoria after being welcomed with warm African hospitality. With your chosen lodge as your base for the next few days, you’ll visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - the only place to see Rhinos in the wild in Uganda - trekking through the bush with your private guide to view them up close. The following day, you’ll take a safari cruise along the magnificent Nile towards the spectacular Murchison Falls, spotting hippos, crocodiles and kingfishers along the way. 

Next, you’ll head through tea plantations towards the lush, green landscapes of Kibale National Park, where Chimpanzees live alongside several other primate species. See them in their natural habitat, before heading towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for your final day, savouring an up close encounter with critically endangered Mountain Gorillas as you trek through dense bamboo foliage. These beautiful primates only exist in three African countries and cannot be bred in captivity, so this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

uganda summary


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £500 per person and take approximately 12 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times.

Experience start point: Entebbe [EBB].

End point: Entebbe [EBB]. Leave in the evening.

Map
Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Uganda

Day One: Arrive in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you’ll transfer to your chosen lodge in Entebbe or Kampala to settle in.

Overnight in Entebbe/Kampala 

Classic - Lake Heights Entebbe Hotel 

Premium - Protea Entebbe Hotel 

Deluxe - Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Meals included: Dinner 


Day Two: First Day on Safari - Meet the Rhinos

After a briefing on the next few days with your guide, you’ll set off for the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to rare black and white rhinos and the only place in Uganda to see them in the wild. You’ll trek on foot through the bush to spot them, passing oribi antelope and buck as you go. Then, after lunch in the town of Masindi, you’ll drive onwards to the Murchison Falls National Park, where elephant, giraffe and hippos live in the lush surrounds of the Nile. You’re making for your lodge, where you’ll have dinner tonight.

Overnight at Murchison Falls 

Classic - Murchison River Lodge/Twiga Safari Lodge 

Premium - Paraa Safari Lodge 

Deluxe - Baker's Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Rhinos


Day Three: Murchison Falls Game Drive

It’s straight to the 4WD, to look for lion, giraffe, buffalo, elephant and myriad bird species on a morning game drive. Then, after lunch, you’ll go on a very different type of safari – by boat. Cruising along the Nile towards the gasp-inducing Murchison Falls, you’ll spot hippos (there are around 4,000 of them here) and enormous crocodiles. Kingfishers and bee-eaters flit along the riverbanks, and you might even see a rare shoebill – which looks part dodo and part dinosaur. Finally, you’ll reach the base of the falls, to witness the dramatic point where the Nile forces itself through a seven metre gap in the rock to cascade 43 metres down.

Overnight at Murchison Falls 

Classic - Murchison River Lodge/Twiga Safari Lodge 

Premium - Paraa Safari Lodge 

Deluxe - Baker's Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Murchison Falls


Day Four: Onwards to Kibale

It’s an early start for a drive that takes you half way down the country, through the undulating highlands of southwestern Uganda, bound for the lush region of Fort Portal. Watch the landscape change dramatically over the course of the six-hour journey: eventually, you’ll reach the hills of tea plantation country, making your way towards the vast evergreen rainforest of Kibale National Park.

Overnight at Kibale 

Classic - Crater Safari Lodge Primate Lodge 

Premium - Kibale/Papaya Lake Lodge 

Deluxe - Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Kibale


Day Five: Monkey Business

Today you'll trek through the Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees. Their quick moves make them harder to track than gorillas, but there’s a high likelihood that you’ll meet a group as they eat and relax in a clearing. Along the way, you’ll spot up to 12 other primate species, including potto, red colobus monkeys and grey cheeked mangabey. As you walk through the forest, your guide will point out the local plants and wildlife, and you may see bush pig, buffalo, and perhaps even elusive forest elephants. Finally, you’ll meet our nearest relatives up close, spending a memorable hour with them before driving past soaring mountains and bottle green plantations bound for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world’s population of critically-endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Overnight at Bwindi 

Classic - Engagi Lodge Bwindi/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge 

Premium - Buhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Mahogany Springs Lodge 

Deluxe - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp/Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/Trackers Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Crater Chimp


Day Six: Seeking out Gorillas

The trip ends on a high on its final full day, as you trek through bamboo forest in search of gorillas. These Mountain Gorillas are unable to survive in captivity and only found in three countries in the world: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Accompanied by a guide and some trackers, you’ll embark on an arduous hike through the undergrowth in search of a family – more than worth it for the chance to stand just six metres from the animals, as you observe them (and they observe you!) over the course of an hour. Then you’ll trek back towards your waiting transport and return to your lodge.

Overnight at Bwindi 

Classic - Engagi Lodge Bwindi/Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge 

Premium - Buhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/Mahogany Springs Lodge 

Deluxe - Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp/Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge/Trackers Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Gorilla Trek

For a peek at the Bwindi Gorilla Experience click here!


Day Seven: Journey to the Equator

After an early breakfast, it’s time to return to the airport: but this is no ordinary transfer. You’ll drive past the vegetation-blanketed hills and lakes that have earned southwestern Uganda the nickname ‘little Switzerland’, and pass ankole (bizarre, extra-long-horned cattle) in Mbarara before reaching the equator line. You’ll stop here for a short break and photo opp, before continuing the journey to the airport, arriving in the early evening.

Meals included: Breakfast 

Ankole


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 5 lunches; 6 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • All game drives, treks and park entry fees
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour and during border crossings during your experience
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry

What to pack:

  • Binoculars
  • DSLR Camera with 70-300 or 80-400 lens or Bridge Camera
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Cool, comfortable clothes with long sleeves and trousers and light waterproof
  • Small waterproof backpack/camera case
  • Walking Boots
  • Gardening gloves or equivalent to protect hands


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:


Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.


Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.


When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

Children: Children under 15 are not permitted on this experience due to gorilla tracking restrictions

All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £500 per person and take approximately 12 hours depending on exact flight configurations and layover times.

Experience start point: Entebbe [EBB].

End point: Entebbe [EBB]. Leave in the evening.

Continue on to select date and hotel options
From /per person

Unable to progress as there are currently no step options for this tour
continue
Back
/per person

Select hotel class

TEST tourbank -chooseoptions

Select room option: Price
From /per person
continue

Back
From /per person
Please Wait... We're checking the calendar for you.
From /per person
Unfortunately these options are not available on this tour
continue Continue
Back
From /per person

Select room option: Price
From /per person
Unfortunately these options are not available on this tour
Continue
ACCEPT COOKIESTo give you the best possible experience, this site uses cookies. Using this site means you agree to our use of cookies. We have published a cookies policy, which you should read to find out more about the cookies we use. View cookies policy.