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Uganda: 7-Day Trip to See Gorillas, Chimps, and Big Cats

5/5

Duration

7 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Explore the national parks of Uganda to see the native plants and local wildlife. Trek through Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

Not suitable for
  • Children under 15 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Hiking pants

Know before you go

  • This activity requires some level of fitness and participants should be used to walking
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy the magical gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Seek Tree-climbing lions
  • Spot the Big 5 and other big cats
  • Visit Lake Bunyonyi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Pick up and Transfer to Kibale Forest NP

Your driver/guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Kibale Forest National Park.

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodge: Turaco Treetops Lodge/ Similar

Day 2: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. Later transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel

Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopard (though a rare sighting), Cape bushbuck, Cape Buffalos, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, and Uganda kob among others.


In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodge: Marafiki Safari Lodge/ Similar

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi with en-route game drive in Ishasha area

Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable NP through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodge: Bakiga Lodge

Day 5: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off through the tracks to search for the gorillas. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these humble giants.



However, the time ranges between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tedious, it entails walking along steep hilly tracks however encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them.


Later continue driving further south to Lake Bunyonyi. A very beautiful lake with 29 islands which might make you feel like you are out of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodge: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP and enjoy the evening game viewing

Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP.

Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodge: Rwakobo Rock Resort

Day 7: Mburo park (nature) walk and transfer to Entebbe or Kampala

Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide. Later hit the road to Entebbe and Kampala.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Included/Excluded

  • Return transfers from Entebbe or Kampala
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional driver/guide
  • National park entrance fees
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimps permit
  • All activities listed in the itinerary
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • Drinks (other than water)
  • Visa fees

Tour's Location

Reviews

5/5
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Customer

June 13, 2022

Perfect location

We stayed at 41 Draycott Place in March 2017 for one week. We absolutely loved the location - walking distance to King's Road and Sloane... Read more
We stayed at 41 Draycott Place in March 2017 for one week. We absolutely loved the location - walking distance to King's Road and Sloane Square station - We had a one bedroom flat (3) on the third floor for our family of three. Beds were comfortable and we had everything we needed in the kitchen. The shower stall was a little bit on the small size though. Heated towel rack in the bathroom was a nice feature. No lift in the building so you need to drag your suitcases up the stairs. Overall a very pleasant stay and we would definitely stay at Draycott place again! Good value for money. Less

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June 13, 2022
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June 13, 2022

Amazing stay

Hi we stayed for 2nights at The Apartments it was amazingly clean well equipped and best location. Cafes, resturant within a walking distance. I would... Read more
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