During your gorilla safaris in Uganda you will get a chance to see.
Rhinos, Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Hippos, Antelopes, Zebras, Buffaloes, Shoebill Storks, Birding, Butterflies, Otters, Monitor Lizards, Chimpanzees, Mountain Gorillas.
Day 1 Arrival to Uganda via Entebbe International Airport
The 16 day Classic African Safari begins. The beginning of your safari begins either from airport -depending on your arrival time or if you have an evening arrival time. If you arrive in the afternoon or evening we put you into Cassia Lodge-just outside of Kampala-on one of the highest hills around-overlooking Lake Victoria and Islands and all of Kampala.
Breakfast and an early departure for Murchison Falls National Park in the north of Uganda. The verdant countryside will surprise, the color green is so dominant in Uganda. Much to see along the way and of course you can stop the vehicle at any time to take some fantastic pictures for you to treasure.
Back on the road again towards our destination of Murchison Falls National Park where we then proceed to one of its fabulous wonders, the tops of the falls. The English discover Samuel Baker named the falls when he came through here with his wife Florence in 1864. Idi Amin renamed them Kabalega Falls or Kabarega Falls, but after his fall Murchison Falls National Park came back in vogue and is known as such by most.
The falls are most fabulous and you will be on top of them, the ground shaking by the power of Nile - 50 meters wide dropping down 46 meters through a 7 meter gorge and flowing peacefully into the distance toward Lake Albert. Simply fabulous - Lonely Planet calls it the most powerful fall in the world.
We proceed onward to Paraa safari lodge breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 2 - Murchison Falls National Park - Game drive - Boat trip
After an early breakfast we start the day with the tradition big game safari drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat trip on the river Nile for more game viewing as you head to the bottom of Murchison falls.
overnight at Paraa safari lodge. breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 - Transfer to Fort Portal - Full day drive
We depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal. This long journey will be rewarded with stunning views as you pass small villages and local markets.
overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale. breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4 - Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp
Go in search of the wild chimpansee families, the red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and many other primates in Kibale Forest. After a traditional lunch in Bigodi Village, we will visit the swamp, known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.
overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale. breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 - Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning you can enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in its full glory, where you will have a guided nature walk at the foothills and have a glimpse of the village life. We transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the afternoon with a small game drive on our way to our accommodation in the middle of the park.
overnight at Mweya safari lodge. breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park
The day begins early at 6:00am as we head for the mating ground of the Uganda kobs. We also look out for lions, elephants and other wild animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy some more of the African wildlife.
overnight at Mweya safari lodge. breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7 Queen Elizabeth national park - Ishasha
This morning we check out from Katara Lodge after leisurely breakfast and shift to the Ishasha plains of the Park. Same park but different scenery...we check into the Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp, located in the midst of the wilderness, from your tent veranda you can see the wildlife coming to a nearby creek, Elephants at your doorstep, an awesome experience. Before lunch we take a midday game drive in search of the tree climbing lions who escape the heat of the day in the trees avoiding the bugs below.
Back to Ishasha Wilderness Tented Camp for a fantastic lunch, a little siesta perhaps, then a late afternoon game drive across the plains of Ishasha. Lions, Antelopes in herds, buffalos, leopards, the list is endless.
Day 8 Transfer to Bwindi forest for Gorilla Safari
Another relaxing morning breakfast and a last drive in search of Tree Climbing Lions and other wildlife in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth Park. Take a last journey around this magnificent savannah.
Then it is off for a short drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and one of the highlights of your Safari in Uganda -Mountain Gorilla Tracking. AT Buhoma we check into the up-market Buhoma Lodge - it is not a Tented Camp - a bit cold here for that but delightful cottages that will give you the comfort and rest needed for your Gorilla Tracking Experience.
Lunch at Buhoma Lodge and some rest it is off for a hike on the three hour guided Munyaga Waterfall trail where you encounter lots of primates and birds and butterflies on the lovely trail which moves along the river.
Evening dinner and rest at Buhoma Lodge.
Day 9 Bwindi forest national park
This is one of the biggest days of your life, Tracking (Trekking) the endangered Mountain Gorillas, an early breakfast at Buhoma Lodge, a packed lunch and off it is to an orientation and then a long hike up to a full day tracking your group of Mountain Gorillas. It can take up to 8 hours, but is usually shorter. All well worth it, the cost of the Mountain Gorilla fades into the distance as you view these magnificent creatures up close.
In the afternoon it is a village walk, time permitting to see the practices and ways of the Bagika and Batwa people...a most rewarding time of activities all done in the traditional ways.
Dinner back at Buhoma and another night in the African Rainforest as our Classic African Safari in Uganda continues.
Day 10 Transfer Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast and then comes the time to check out move to one of the most beautiful Lakes in the world. It is the 2nd deepest in Africa - but the setting is like a picture postcard - Lonely Planet calls is a scene out of Lord of the Rings.
We check into The Bird Nest Resort at Bunyonyi - Belgian Managed and Ugandan staffed - you will find it a delight for you both for comfort and for the Food for which many come from near and far. Simply delightful.
Enjoy your lunch overlooking the lake and partake in one of the choice of activities, canoeing, swimming in the lake or swimming pool, a nature walk along the shore, island exploring and bird watching, it all awaits you.
Dinner at Birdnest - enjoy a peaceful day on the lake.
Day 11 Lake Bunyonyo - Mgahinga national park
Breakfast at Lake Bunyonyi and a morning walk along the lake. Check out and depart for Mgahinga Gorilla Park where we check in at Mount Gahinga Lodge in the shadows of the volcanoes and have a delightful lunch. Lonely Planet calls it a stunning location at the foot of the brooding Volcanoes.
Afternoon relax or take a hike nearby with guide
Day 12 Mgahinga national park
After breakfast it is off to Mgahinga Gorilla Park, a region that is dotted with active and inactive volcanoes. In Mgahinga Gorilla Park they are all inactive. There are times when Mountain Gorillas can be found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park depending on their movement from and to Rwanda which is nearby.
The following choices - Golden Monkey Tracking - Golden Monkeys are a rare and endangered species found in this park and in Rwanda. You can also climb one of three volcanoes up to 8 hours for the longest hike - Batwa Trail which goes up to cave that is said to venture into Rwanda.
Dinner at Mount Mgahinga Lodge and rest.
Day 13 Transfer Lake Mburo National Park
Early Morning Breakfast and off for Lake Mburo National Park where we check in at Mihingo Safari Lodge where you stay in beautifully furnished African Safari Tents. Overlooking Lake Mburo, a salt lick nearby where animals gather - simply fabulous, all the comforts in style and our last National Park. Enjoy the lunch a bit on the late side at Mihingo Lodge. If conditions on the road to Mihingo Lodge prevent us from reaching there by lunch time - Lunch will be had at hotel restaurant along the way.
Afternoon boat ride to view Hippos, Crocodiles, Impala, Eland, Buffaloes Zebras on the shore, birds in abundance such as African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike and many other (315 kinds of birds).
Lake Mburo is a continuance of the Tanzanian Plains into Uganda and it is savannah beauty dotted with acacia trees is simply lovely to behold and it is one of only two parks with Zebras and a must for Zebra lovers. There are only two kinds of primates here the Vervet Monkey and Baboons.
Dinner at Mihingo Safari Lodge and rest.
Day 14 Lake Mburo - Kampala
Breakfast and a most special treat - a horseback riding Safari across the rolling hills and plains of Lake Mburo. This is something rather unique in Uganda and Lake Mburo is the only game park where you can go on an escorted horse back riding safari. Amazing as zebras, buffaloes, antelopes are around you while you are riding horseback across the savannah.
Enjoy an early lunch a shower and we leave the savannahs, jungles, rainforests and volcanoes behind as we move toward Kampala or Entebbe. We stop off at the Equator for a picture taking opportunity and arrive at Entebbe by late afternoon.
Dinner at a beachside restaurant at Entebbe - enjoy and get a glimpse of Uganda for the last time on this safari.
Day 15 Ngamba island full day
After breakfast, Depart Entebbe on a 23km speed boat ride to Ngamba island a home of orphaned chimpanzees, a safe heaven for this chimpanzees some caught from pet trader smuglers. Its a joyful, touching and exciting scene once you get there.
Optional Depending on Departure: If your flight departs the following morning we stop back in Kampala. Stay at Cassia Lodge - Dinner at Cassia Lodge. Enjoy a quiet evening or take a tour of the nightlife of Kampala.
Kampala's Nightlife is the most vibrant in all of Africa-In most big cities the night comes alive on weekends - here in Kampala the night never ends and bars might close well into the next morning. Music from live to recorded, dancing, atmosphere such as you have never experienced - people come here from all over Africa to enjoy the night-you would be escorted by our non-drinking driver guide. This is an option that many have enjoyed.
Day 16 Departure
Today depending on your flight time we take it easy and later drive you to the airport. Either go craft shopping or tour of Kampala.
End of Gorilla Safaris in Uganda 16 days!
1. Transport using customised vehicle equipped with GPS and opening roof.
2. passengers and public liability insurance
3. full board at lodges
4. Experienced driver/guide and UWA professional armed rangers in the parks when required
5. all fees for the excursions - activities as stated in the day by day program
6. all park entrance fees
7. accommodation as stated
8. return airport transfers.
9. gorilla and chimpanzee permits
10. boat rides in Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national park
11. Steady Safaris charges
1. Interational flight to and from Uganda
2. visas if required
3. personal travel insurance
4. extra meals
6. tips & laundry
7. optional activities
9. personal items and everything not stated in the day by day program
Rates (Based on Luxury and/or Midrange Lodges and/or Budget)
From $5,190 (2-6 people) sharing a doube toom (Budget accommodation)
From $5,950 (2-6 people) sharing a doube toom (Midrange commodation)
From $6,300 (2-6 people) sharing a doube toom (Luxury accommodation)
- Travellers are supposed to reach Entebbe on the tour starting day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm. If these times can't be respected then 1 or 2 days should be calculated for the overnight in Kampala.
- Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
- Kibale NP offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
- Gorilla trekking is not allowed to anyone under 15 years of age.
- Prices for private safari. No extra passengers added.
- All prices are VAT included.
- Prices are in United States dollars (USD).
- Gorilla permits are available booking at least 6 months before the departure date.
- At the moment of booking a deposit of the 40% of the total amount is due.
- Bookings must be made at least 60 days before the date of departure.
- Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to don't accept bookings made less than 60 days prior the date of departure.
- Full payment has to be made not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
- If the full amount is not paid in due time, Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled.
- 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.
- Gorilla permits are non-refundable.