Uganda Gorilla Trip
12 days Uganda gorilla trip takes you to western Uganda. This Uganda gorilla trip starts and ends in Entebbe. On the 12 days Uganda gorilla trip you visit 5 Uganda national parks. They include Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo. The main highlight of the 12 day Uganda gorilla trip is gorilla trekking. You will also enjoy game viewing on this Uganda gorilla safari tour. Chimp trek and other primate are all part of this African wildlife safari in Uganda. The 12 days Uganda gorilla trip itinerary can be found below:
12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trip Itinerary
Day 1: ENTEBBE - KAMPALA
Met at Entebbe International airport by our local representative. This will be upon your arrival in Uganda. You will receive a detailed briefing on your Uganda Gorilla trip. This will be followed by a transfer to Kampala. Drop off at Hotel Africana that is booked on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: KAMPALA - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
Wake up to an early breakfast at 0600hrs. At 0745 you will depart through Kampala city. The drive takes you through Luwero Triangle to Masindi town. It is here that you will have a stop for lunch. Continue driving through to the Murchison Falls National Park. Upon entry, you will have a stop at the top of the falls. Here the Nile is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide). The falls then ferociously plunges down 45 meters. Proceed to the jetty for a ferry across the Nile. Check in will be at Paraa Safari Lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
About Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls Conservation Area covering 5,072 square kilometers is one of Uganda’s largest and oldest protected areas laying at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley. It is named after the breath-taking spectacular water falls on the Great River Nile which in 1864, a British explorer Sir Samuel Baker chose to name Murchison, in honor of the distinguished President of the Royal Geographical Society. The dramatic waterfalls which is the mainstay of the national park is where the Nile, the world’s longest river contracts from a grand stream to explode violently through a narrow six meter gorge into the cauldron of turbulent water 40 meters below ,popularly known as the Devil’s cauldron. According to Samuel Baker, the water falls is the most important object throughout the course of the river.
Murchison Falls National Park boundaries were gazetted in 1952 by the then British Colonial government after surveys and negotiations with the local district administrations of Bunyoro and Acholi. In August 1954, the Board of Trustees for the Uganda National Parks made decisions onÂ the lay out and the design of the park. This was followed by the opening up of the tracks to more remote corners of the park such as Rabongo Forest and the Chobe Sector. Besides the magnificent Nile bisecting the park, Murchison Falls became famous for the abundance of wildlife populations in the lush borassus grassland particularly on the northern banks of the River, including herds of Elephants, Buffalos and Giraffes marauding the plains and woodlands. In the 1960s, the estimated population of elephants was close to 16,000.
Day 3: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. You will be searching for wildlife that includes herbivores and cats. These are the Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Leopards, Buffalos and many others. The game drive will take approximately 2-3hrs. Your return to the lodge will be in time for lunch. In the afternoon you will go for the boat cruise up the river Nile. This is to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Along the cruise you will see abundant Hippos and crocodiles. The bird-life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. You may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill if lucky. The boat takes you right to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. Return back to your accommodation at Murchison falls in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: MURCHISON FALLS - HOIMA
Wake up to an early morning game drive on this day of your Uganda gorilla trip. This will be to see whatever you had missed previously. This will be followed by breakfast and departure. You will be driving south through the Albertine Escarpment. Arrival in Hoima will be in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day at Leisure with dinner and overnight at Kontik Hotel.
Day 5: HOIMA - KIBALE
Start your Uganda gorilla trip day with an early breakfast and departure. You will be driving through to Kibale. Along the way you will make a stop at Fort Portal, the capital of the Toro kingdom. The town is situated in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountain. Proceed to Kibale Forest National Park arriving in time for lunch and an afternoon rest. In the evening enjoy a walk through Bigodi wetland. This is mainly in search of wetland birds. You will have your dinner and overnight at Primate Lodge.
About Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.
It also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Day 6: KIBALE - QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy an early morning breakfast before departure. You will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time for afternoon Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge. Expect to see various primates in the park named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. You are most likely to see the chimps, Black and white Colobus monkeys, baboons among other animals. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Mweya Safari Lodge.
About Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda's most popular National Park and certainly one of its most scenic and most visited wildlife park. It’s located just 2 hours from Mbarara Town. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the South, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from wetlands to savannah to lowland forest. The lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to buffaloes, elephants, various antelopes and a variety of over 600 bird species. Some of the accommodations within the park include the Mweya Safari lodge, Kyambura game lodge, Katara Lodge, Park View Safari lodge among others.
Day 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Start your Uganda gorilla trip day with an early breakfast. You will head to Kisenyi for 3 hours of pure game drive. You should be on the lookout for antelopes, hyenas, Lion, elephants, among other wildlife. You will return to the lodge for some relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon you will be taking an afternoon boat trip along Kazinga channel. Be sure to observe the herds of Elephant and Buffalo drinking and bathing along the shores. It is also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to Mweya Safari Lodge will follow.
Day 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH - BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
The day starts with an early breakfast. This is to be followed by checkout and departure. The drive goes through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here you will take lunch and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions. Proceed to Bwindi Forest which is home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb. There is also an incredible variety of flora. Your dinner and overnight will be at Engagi Lodge.
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 331 kms, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1.160 m to 2.607m. This is a real tropical rain-forest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. In the local language “Bwindi” (from “mubwindi”) means “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located the South East of the actual Park, according to legends.
There are 11 species of primates, including Gorillas, chimpanzee, Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, olive baboon. Particularly, Bwindi is home to 360 mountain gorillas, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds recorded (Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, difficult to see in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of butterflies. Mammals count only 30 buffaloes, leopards, and elephants. There are 324 species of tree.
Day 9: VOILA! GORILLA TREKKING
Start your day on this Uganda gorilla trip with an early breakfast. You will then get into Bwindi Forest National Park and proceed to the HQ. After briefing from the guides, set off for gorilla trekking inside the Bwindi Forest. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities. You will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, you all return to the lodge and relax. Time permitting with enough energy there is an optional village walk. This is to see how the wonderfully friendly local people live and work. You will overnight at your accommodation in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Day 10: BWINDI – LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will make our scenic journey. This is through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. The area is referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. Your arrival will be in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in search of animals such as Zebras, Elands and the abundant bird life. Retire for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.
About Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is an easy half days journey from Kampala and conveniently located on the major road that connects the capital to Uganda’s most visited national parks in the west. Comprising only 370km2, this is Uganda’s smallest savannah national park, yet the only one which has an entire lake within its boundaries. Highlights on a safari to Lake Mburo are the highest zebra population compared to anywhere else in the country, the only impala population in Uganda, herds of Eland, the world’s largest antelope, and comparably the highest amount of leopard sightings. A boat trip on the lake also gives the opportunity to see hippos and some of the 350 bird species recorded here.
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK - KAMPALA
It is time for the Uganda gorilla trip to return to the big city again. An early breakfast will prepare you for the long drive. Departure takes you to the Equator where you will stop for some photos. You will also have time for lunch at the Equator. Proceed to Kampala where on arrival you will be dropped off at your Hotel Africana. Kampala. Your hotel in Kampala is booked on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 12: KAMPALA – ENTEBBE
wake up to your last breakfast on Uganda gorilla trip in Kampala. Time allowing; enjoy a city tour and a shopping spree. This is to pick souvenir for remembrance and gifts for people back home. A transfer to Entebbe to catch your departure flight will follow.
End of 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trip
12 days Uganda Gorilla Trip Costs
The 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trip cost includes
- Accommodation with meals as per program
- Bottled water
- All Park Entrance Fees
- Private safari-vehicle
- An English speaking guide
- 1 X Uganda gorilla permit
- 1 X Chimpanzee Permit
- Government taxes
- Lots of fun and African sunshine
The 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trip cost does not include
- Items of personal use
- All drinks, beverages and alcohol other than what is served at breakfast
- Deviation from the Itinerary
- Tips and porterage
What you carry for your 12 days Uganda Gorilla Trip:
- Sun glasses
- Camera gear
- Heavy and light clothes
- Sturdy hiking boots