6 days Lions & Gorillas Uganda Safari
Apes, wildlife, birds
Responsible travel 20% of the proceeds will go towards frontline street kids ministry.
Minimum 2 people required
$2,260 (2 people)
$2,790 (2 people)
$2,900 (2 people)
$1,850 (4-6 people)
$2,450 (4-6 people)
$2,600 (4-6 people)
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda!
You will be picked up from the airport by a representative of your hotel.
He will transfer you to your hotel.
You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning(on day 2) when he picks you up from your hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala. Please indicate to the hotel you are staying at if you desire to explore Kampala and they will put it together for you.
You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. This lodge has got safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.
Journey Time 1 hourAccommodation Cassia LodgeMeal Plan No meals included
Day 2: To Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning you will be driven from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have lunch in a local restaurant on the way.
Queen Elizabeth national is in southwest Uganda. Leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. Nearby Lake Katwe is a huge volcanic explosion crater. Boats on the Kazinga Channel float past hippos and Nile crocodiles. Chimpanzees inhabit the Kyambura Gorge. Trails lead to bat caves in the central Maramagambo Forest. The Ishasha area is home to tree-climbing lions and shoebill storks. Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including Gazelle, Uganda Kob, Warthog and Waterbuck; Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of Hippo and Elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a Leopard lazing in the sunshine.
Bush Safari Lodge is located on a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community.
Overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park it offers private safari tents on raised wooden floors and canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow you to sit comfortably watching the Savannah Plains with breath taking views across the Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. Watch wildlife from your verandah and fall asleep to the roaring of Lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!
Journey Time 8 hoursAccommodation Marafiki Safari LodgeMeal Plan Breakfast and dinner
Day 3: Morning Game Drive & Boat Safari
Today you wake up early start with a cup of coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before you are driven out with your vehicles roof popped for a long game . On the list of animals are various species including Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.
You will return for breakfast at the lodge.
After lunch a drive to the Kazing channel where the boat ride starts. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to for a drink on the channel. Animals to see include Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat-safari you do a game drive back to the lodge.
Journey Time: Depending on game driveAccommodation: Bush LodgeMeal Plan: Breakfast and dinner Optional activities:
Balloon safari over queen Elizabeth national park $380
Lion tracking for lovers of lions you will get close to lion prides together with the research team. The experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of lions. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
Costing: $85 us dollar per person
Optional activity: Chimpanzee tracking Kyambura Gorge, also called the “Valley of Apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth national park. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. You can make a wonderful hike here looking for chimpanzees. Chances of seeing chimps are 50% and that is why we rather call it a nature walk. Don’t miss it; the gorge is simply amazing!
Costing: $100 us dollar per person
Day 4: Drive to Lake Mutanda/ Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Today you drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will pass the country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you stop at a local restaurant (not inclusive).
Your comfortable lodge is overlooking Lake Mutanda and the Virunga volcanoes on the border with Rwanda. This will undoubtly be one of the most spectacular views you have ever seen!
Journey Time 7 hoursAccommodation Mutanda Lake ResortMeal Plan Breakfast and dinner
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking Day
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - the only forest in Africa which can make this claim, in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds. En route to the gorillas, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Accommodation Mutanda Lake ResortMeal Plan Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
Day 6: Back to Kampala/Entebbe
After an early breakfast at the lodge, we will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
Journey Time 9 - 10 hoursAccommodation Not includedMeal Plan Breakfast
Option Fly out via Kigali
Instead of driving back to Entebbe (10 hours), you can also fly out via Kigali, Rwanda. The drive to Kigali is only 4 hours from Mutanda, so that gives you a shorter drive and some extra time at Mutanda Lake Resort or some time to explore Kigali!
Costing: US$ 300 per transfer for a maximum of 7 people (transfer will be organized by your accommodation). Ask for more information about this option and how to apply for your East African Visa (that included both Uganda and Rwanda) with your booking.
Please note that activities in Kigali and accommodation in Kigali are not inclusive in the itinerary. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kigali, please let us know.
Journey Time: 4 hours to KigaliAccommodation: Not includedMeal Plan: Breakfast
Since this is a private tour, departure can be organised for anytime throughout the year subject to the availability of accommodation and transport.
What is included
Transport in a 4wd minivan with pop-up roof for excellent view.
All fuel for the tour.
English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
Accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
All breakfasts and dinners included.
Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking.
Park entrance fees according to the itinerary.
All activities described in the itinerary.
1 gorilla permit per person (US$ 600).
What is Excluded
International air fares.
Entry Visa .
Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
A porter during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack).
Personal (medical/travel) insurance.
Government tax or park fees increase.
Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff.
All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs.
1. Travellers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8pm. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
2. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
3. Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
4. Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
5. Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
6. All prices are VAT included.
7. Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
8. Gorilla permits are available booking at least 3 weeks before the departure date.
1. At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
2. Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
3. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don't accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
4. Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
5. If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
6. Cancellations: 60 days prior to departure date of the tour, full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, refund of 50% of deposit; less than 30 days, no refund.