Gorillas, Chimps, & Game Safari

A 10 day tailor-made gorilla safari taking in the mountain gorillas, savannah game and chimpanzees.

Itinerary Summary

10 Days
May - Nov
Duration Price When Destination Type
10 Days £5565 May - Nov Uganda Tailor-Made
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About this trip

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Game drives in search of the tree-climbing lions and other wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Enjoying a boat cruise on the abundant Kazinga Channel.
  • Taking part in the Chimpanzee Habituation Program in Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Searching for the elusive chimps of Kyambura Gorge.
  • Tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, twice!
  • Visiting Lake Mburo National Park that supports an impressive variety of flora and fauna.

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Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park

On arrival into Entebbe Airport you will be met and assisted through immigration, where you will then transfer to check in for your onward scheduled flight to Kasese Airstrip. Your private guide/driver awaits you who will transfer you approximately two hours to your lodge. On arrival, relax at your camp and prepare for your first chimpanzee tracking experience in the morning.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge (L, D)

Day 2

Kibale Forest National Park & Chimpanzee Habituation Program

This morning you will enjoy a full day at the Chimpanzee Habituation Program. Departing with a packed breakfast and a packed lunch, this special program allows you to accompany Kibale's researchers during their daily activities in the forest, a program that is designed to habituate the chimpanzees to the presence of humans. You follow the chimpanzees throughout the day in this 766-square-kilometre tropical rainforest, which contains the highest primate density of anyarea on earth and provides natural habitat for an amazing 13 primate species. As well as chimpanzees, you'll have opportunities to spot red colobus monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Some of the trees are 150-180 feet in height, providing a majestic canopy for the profusion of rainforest life, including 325 bird species. Even though you may only rarely see them, the park is also home to the largest population of forest elephant in Uganda, as well as buffalo, Ugandan kob, genet, civet, waterbuck and bushbuck.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 3

Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park & Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

Set off this morning from Kibale and make your way southwards towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, approximately a 3-hour drive. On clear days you will have stunning views of the Rwenzori Mountains (the Mountains of the Moon). This afternoon, join the Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise. This is a fantastic boat safari renowned for its wildlife- and bird-viewing, offering a relaxing trip down the channel with chances of spotting elephant, buffalo, huge Nile crocodiles and much, much more.

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Trek

This morning, you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful Kyambura Gorge. Up to 500 metres in width, Kyambura Gorge was formed by deep erosion from the Kyambura River, now flowing 100 metres below on the valley floor. The gorge forms a border between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve. Inside the gorge is an isolated and contained cover of riparian forest. The gorge emerges between open savannah, allowing the resident chimpanzee community a relatively restricted territory. Accompanied by an official UWA Ranger, you will descend into the gorge and spend the morning on a nature walk. Here you will spend time tracking the remnant population of about 20 individual chimpanzees as well as the other primates that inhabit the gorge.

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

Ishasha Sector

Today you will drive approximately three hours to explore Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is considered by some experts as one of the most alluring game-viewing areas in East Africa. It's an off-the-beaten-track destination that you will surely enjoy. In the afternoon, head out on a game drive in search of the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp (B, L, D)

Day 6

Ishasha Sector - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In the morning, head out on a game drive before being driven in a southerly direction to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Passing through farmlands and small towns and villages, you will have the opportunity to see rural Uganda and the vivid green beauty of the country. The drive will take approximately three hours.

Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp (B, L, D)

Day 7

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi's mountain gorillas are part of a worldwide population of just 1,000. The gorillas you can track belong to one of three habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them. The gorillas are by no means tame and are completely wild. Experienced guides will accompany you, many of whom have been involved in the habituation process themselves. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas' habits and information from the previous day to locate your assigned group's whereabouts. Because of this, the time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as nine hours.

Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp (B, L, D)

Day 8

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Your second day of gorilla tracking. A fantastic experience and one that we recommend you make the most of. Ideally try and spend as little time today behind the lens of your camera as possible so you can fully appreciate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This evening, relax back at your lodge and reminisce on the adventures of the last few days.

Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast you will be driven to Lake Mburo National Park. The drive takes approximately eight hours and you will stop off for breaks and a packed lunch along the way. Lake Mburo National Park supports an impressive variety of flora and fauna, including some unique wildlife. Covering just 260 square kilometres, the park is one of Uganda’s smallest, but this makes for some easy and exciting explorations into its unusual and diverse terrains. The five lakes for which the park is also renowned create an area of abundant birdlife and some of Uganda’s finest scenery. This evening, head out on a nighttime game drive to explore the area from a different perspective.

Day 10

Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe

Enjoy a morning game drive in search of the wildlife in the park. Afterwards, you will be driven back to Entebbe for your onward travels. The drive takes approximately five hours.

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