This 9 Days Uganda Safari is one of the best active adventures you can enjoy in Africa. It features gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale, white water rafting in Jinja and classic game drives in savanna national parks.
- Tour Style: Small Group Adventure Uganda
- Accommodation: 9 days (8 nights)
- Price: US $2500 (includes Gorilla and Chimpanzee trek permit)
- Safari Grading: Active Tour: Moderate to Difficult on Gorilla Trek
Tour Highlights: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Trek – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drives and Boat Cruise – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trek – Lake Mburo National Park – Jinja – Source of the Nile adventure activities
Day 1: Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park
Leaving Kampala at 6 am we head through the scenic farm land to the Kibale Forest National Park. This afternoon we visit the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary rich in primate, bird and butterfly species. We take a three hour walking trail through the wetlands with a local guide who will give you a interesting overview of life in the swamp.
Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning we take a included forest chimpanzee trek following the spoor of a wild but habituated group of chimpanzee. Kibale Forest boasts 13 different species of primate, more primates than in any other East African forest. While in the forest your knowledgeable guides will point out a range of primates, birds, plants and animal spoor. After lunch we cross the equator and move on to Queen Elizabeth National Park where we will stop for two nights. We take an evening game drive on arrival.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park
We spend a full day in the park. First an early morning game drive looking to spot the larger preditors and see the sun come up in the park, at around 9.30 we are back to the lodge for breakfast, then relax during the heat of the day with lunch and a swim at the beautiful Mweya Lodge before heading out for an afternoon boat cruise up the Kazinga Channel. Highlights of this cruise include good elephant, hippo and buffalo sightings plus the spectacular bird life such as the Pink Backed Pelican and Crowned Crane. Keep your eyes peeled for monitor lizards on the banks and the occasional crocodile. We then game drive on our way back to our camp.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi
After a final early morning game drive in the park we head off to our gorilla tracking area. We will track the mountain gorilla in the Bwindi Forest in Uganda. We slowly wind our way up through beautiful steep sided valleys. Every spare space is used for agriculture in the densely populated area, with up to 90 people being supported on every acre by subsistence agriculture. These patchwork mountains dotted with small thatched villages make today one of our most scenic drives. We keep climbing until we get to the protected tropical rain forest where the mountain gorillas live.
Day 5: Gorilla trek in Bwindi National Park
Your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. Sitting with the mountain gorilla is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences you will ever have. A dominant male Silverback can weigh over 200 kilos, is the largest living primate, and he will control our meeting as well as deciding when his group will eat, sleep and move on. His females care for their young with affection and playfulness but also with discipline. They are very curious, and are capable of making over 25 different vocalisations including smiles, chuckle and purr. Communication also includes posturing, chest beating and if all else fails the charge! The privilege of spending time with this family group is an experience that will never leave you.
Day 6: Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park
We leave the forest and wind our way back down the mountain valleys to Lake Mburo National Park arriving at the park in the afternoon in time for a game drive or boat trip. This small gem of a park with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores supports a rich diversity of habitat. Forest galleries, swamps, rich acacia woodland and grassland all support a wealth of wildlife. There are five lakes within the park boundary. The lakes supports hippo, crocodile and otter. On the fringes of the lake’s buffalo, warthog, topi, water buck, eland, and bush pig reside. Bird life abounds with over 315 species present.
Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park to Jinja
This morning you take a walking safari in the park with a game ranger. After brunch we pack up and head towards Jinja. We stop on the way to check out the herds of long horned Ankhole cattle of the region and again at the equator for a break on our journey.
Day 8: Jinja
We stay at a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile. Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities available at the source of the Nile. Options include white water rafting,kayak school, jet boat, horse ride, mountain bike, quad bike, bunjy jumping, village walk or perhaps volunteer for the day at Soft Power a local educational charity.
Day 9: Jinja to Kampala/Entebbe
A final free morning for activities on the Nile. After lunch we pack up and head back in to Kampala/Entebbe where the tour ends.