18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari

18 days uganda gorilla safari - mountain gorillas in uganda

This 18 days Uganda Gorilla safari takes you to some of the most visited national parks in Uganda. Explore the attractions that make Uganda a unique tourist destination to add to your bucket list.

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable which is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, trek through the bamboo forest of Mgahinga in search of the golden monkeys.

 

  18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari highlights.

  • Rhino tracking
  • Murchison falls
  • Game viewing
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Sempaya hot spring
  • Kazinga channel
  • Tree climbing lions
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Batwa pygmies trail
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Safari on foot

Detailed safari itinerary for the 18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will meet with our safari guide from Twende Expeditions who will then  transfer you to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Central inn Entebbe (B.B)

Day 2: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary

This morning our driver will brief you about the 18 Days Uganda safari; then drive to  Ziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola for rhino tracking. After tracking the rhinos, have lunch then take a swamp walk. Expect to see a variety of bird species during the guided nature walk. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Ziwa rhino sanctuary guest house (B.B)

Day 3: Travel to Murchison falls

After breakfast check out of the lodge and travel to Murchison falls. Then hike to the top of the breathtaking Murchison falls to see how the River Nile force itself through a narrow gorge forming a rainbow. Then go for an evening game drive as you head towards your lodge for dinner and overnight at Heritage safari lodge (B.L.D)

Day 4: Game and Boat cruise

Morning breakfast followed by a morning game drive in search of giraffes, Hyenas, Uganda Kobs, Lions, Oribis, elephants, and hartebeest. After that, return to the lodge for hot lunch. Then in the afternoon, you will enjoy 2 hours thrilling boat cruise upstream to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. The cruise offers a closer view of the mighty waterfall on the River Nile. Expect to see hippos and Nile crocodiles in the water as well as elephants, warthogs, and buffaloes along the shores. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Heritage safari lodge (B.L.D)

Day 5: Transfer to Hoima

After breakfast drive to Hoima- the City of oil. Visit some of the historical sites in the Bunyoro kingdom like Karuziika royal palace Katasiha fort, Mparo tombs and also Duhanga cathedral. Then check in your lodge for dinner and overnight at Hoima cultural lodge (B.B)

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale national park

Have breakfast then check out of your lodge and drive through the lush rolling hills of the Albert escarpment to Fort portal town. Then have a short tour in Fort portal town with breathtaking views of the snow-capped Mountains of the moon. After that proceed to Kibale forest driving through the tea plantations. Then check into your lodge for dinner and overnight at Kibale forest camp (B.L.D)

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking, and swamp walk

Have breakfast, then head to the park headquarters for a briefing about chimpanzee tracking.  After that join the Rangers as you search for the chimpanzees; and on finding them, you will spend an hour observing and taking photographs. Then return to the lodge and relax.

In the evening you will also enjoy a swamp walk in Bigodi, a place to see different types of monkeys, wetland mammals such as sitatungas, baboons, and even bushbucks. Besides, Bigodi swamp has over 200 species of birds including the great blue turaco, papyrus gonoleks, and flycatchers. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Kibale forest camp (B.L.D)

Day 8: Transfer to Semuliki

Breakfast then head out to the famous Sempaya hot spring for a fantastic adventure. The hot springs here can boil up to high degrees; therefore with the help of your guide, you will boil eggs and bananas in hot water. Check into your lodge, have early dinner and then go for a night game drive in search of the nocturnal animals. After that return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Ntoroko game lodge (B.L.D)

Day 9: Transfer to Queen

On the 9th day of 18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari; you will drive to Queen Elizabeth after breakfast look out for elephants, kobs and also warthogs as you enter the park. Have lunch at the lodge then later go for an evening game drive. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Pumba safari lodge (B.L.D)

Day 10: Game and Boat cruise

After an early breakfast you will then go for a morning game drive; expect to see a variety of animals as they arise. Later return to the lodge relax, have lunch. After that in the evening, you will have a pleasant boat cruise on Kazinga channel. While at Kazinga channel you will see hippos, buffaloes, elephants and also a variety of bird species. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Pumba safari lodge (B.L.D)

Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi

In the morning of the 11th day of the 18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari; have breakfast then drive to Bwindi forest via Ishasha famous for its tree climbing lions; so as you exit the park to Bwindi forest lookout for these lions in the acacia trees. Then drive to Bwindi arrive in the evening check into your lodge for dinner and overnight at Rushaga gorilla camp (B.L.D)

Day 12: Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, you will head to the briefing point for the do’s and don’ts while with mountain gorillas. Then rally behind your ranger for this exciting adventure with the mountain gorillas-gentle giants. Once you have found them, spend an hour observing and taking pictures. After that, relax at your lodge the whole evening. Then have Dinner and overnight at Rushaga gorilla camp (B.L.D)

Day 13: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla national park

After an early breakfast, you will then transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park for the beautiful Batwa pygmies trail. They will showcase how they lived in their lives while still in the forest before the government evicted them. Batwa pygmies were hunters and gatherers who depended on the wood for shelter, medicine, and food. Also, visit the Sacred Garama cave which was the spiritual and cultural site. Then check into your lodge for dinner at Traveller’s rest Kisoro (B.L.D)

Day 14: Golden monkey tracking

Have breakfast, then drive to Mgahinga park headquarters for a briefing about golden monkeys. Then rally behind a ranger for this fantastic adventure in the bamboo forest. After that, hike the volcano in search of the golden monkeys. Also enjoy magnificent views of the three volcanoes; Gahinga, Sabyinyo, and Muhavura. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Traveller’s rest Kisoro (B.L.D)

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Have breakfast then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where you will then take a canoe ride to some of the islands. Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest Lake in Africa. You will also spend some time interacting with the locals on the island. Later return to the lodge, relax as you watch the array of beautiful birds and the sunset along the shores. Then have dinner and overnight stay at Bunyonyi overland resort (B.L.D)

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo

Breakfast and then check out of your lodge and transfer to Lake Mburo national park. Take a boat ride on Lake Mburo to see hippos, crocodiles and a variety of bird species; along the papyrus swamp. Then enjoy an evening game drive expect to see zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, and Topis. Later check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Eagle’s nest (B.L.D)

Day 17: Safari on foot- Kampala City tour.

In the morning you will either have breakfast; then join a ranger for a safari on foot, or you will enjoy 4 hours horseback riding with a bush breakfast. Then check out your lodge and drive back to Kampala. So stop at the equator for photographs and the water experiment at Kayabwe. Then proceed to Kampala, visit Kabaka’s palace, Rubaga Cathedral, Namirembe cathedral and Nakasero market. Then drive to your hotel for your overnight stay at Holiday Express hotel (B.B)

Day 18: Departure.

The final day of your 18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari. The driver will pick you from your lodge and drive you to the craft market for a shopping spree. Afterward, make to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

End of 18 Days Uganda Gorilla safari

Price per person in USD is $

1pax 2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax
$ 6,188 $4,329 $3,839 $ 3,612 $3,463 $ 3,375

 

Price Includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport per 4WD safari vehicle
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on double room
  • Three meals a day, apart from where it is B.B
  • Drinking bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • All Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla permit (USD 600 per person)
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit (USD 150 per person)
  • Batwa pygmies trail
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones.

Price Excludes: 

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD 50 per person)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips & laundry service
  • All drinks apart from those served for breakfast
  • Any deviation from the suggested program
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