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Tour Details for the 18 Days Uganda Gorilla

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 and 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.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport per 4WD safari vehicle
  • Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Three meals a day, apart from where it is B.B
  • All Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla permit (USD 600 per person)
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit (USD 150 per person)
  • Batwa pygmies trail
  • All the 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
  • Christmas supplement

Complementaries

  • Safari hat
What to Expect from this safari
  • 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 Itinerary for the 18 Days Uganda Gorilla

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will meet 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, check into your Lodge, have lunch then take an evening swamp walk. Expect to see a variety of bird species during the guided nature walk. Dinner and overnight at Ziwa rhino sanctuary guest house (B.B)

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls

After breakfast check out of the lodge and drive to Murchison falls. Hike to the top of the breathtaking Murchison falls to see how the River Nile force itself through a narrow gorge forming a rainbow. Check into your Lodge take Lunch and head out for an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at a lodge of your choice:

Fort Murchison (B.L.D)- Budget

Murchison River lodge (B.L.D)-Mid-range

Paraa Safari Lodge (B.L.D)-Luxury

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 hartebeests. After that, return to the lodge for a hot lunch. Later enjoy 2 hours thrilling afternoon 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. Dinner and overnight at:

Fort Murchison (B.L.D)- Budget

Murchison River lodge (B.L.D)-Mid-range

Paraa Safari Lodge (B.L.D)-Luxury

Day 5: Transfer to Hoima

After breakfast drive to Hoima arrive on time for lunch and check in to your Lodge/hotel. Visit some of the historical sites in the Bunyoro kingdom like Karuziika royal palace Katasiha fort, Mparo tombs and also Duhanga cathedral. 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. Take 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. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight at:

Kibale forest camp (B.L.D)-Budget

Primate Lodge(B.L.D)- Mid-range

Kyaninga Lodge(B.L.D)- Luxury

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking, and swamp walk

Have breakfast, then head Kanyanchu park headquarters for a briefing about chimpanzee tracking.  After that join the Rangers as you search for the chimpanzees. When you find them, you will spend an hour observing and taking photographs. Return to your lodge for lunch and leisure.

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. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at:

Kibale forest camp (B.L.D)-Budget

Primate Lodge(B.L.D)- Mid-range

Kyaninga Lodge(B.L.D)- Luxury

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. 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 a lodge of your choice:

Rwenzori view guest house(B.L.D)-Budget

Ntoroko game lodge (B.L.D)-Mid-range

Kyaninga Lodge(B.L.D)-Luxury

Day 9: Transfer to Queen

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. Dinner and overnight at:

Pumba safari lodge (B.L.D)-Budget

Ihamba Safari Lodge(B.L.D)-Mid-range

Mweya Safari Lodge (B.L.D)-Luxury

Day 10: Game drives 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 for lunch and leisure. an afternoon of a pleasant boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. During the cruise, you will see hippos, buffaloes, elephants and also a variety of bird species. Dinner and overnight at :

Pumba safari lodge (B.L.D)-Budget

Ihamba Safari Lodge(B.L.D)-Mid-range

Mweya Safari Lodge (B.L.D)-Luxury

Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Bwindi forest via Ishasha famous for its tree-climbing lions. Lookout for these lions in the acacia trees. Arrive in the evening check into your lodge for dinner and overnight at:

Rushaga gorilla camp (B.L.D)-Budget

Bwindi Jungle Lodge(B.L.D)-Mid-range

Clouds Mountain Lodge(B.L.D)-Luxury

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. The activity begins early at 8 am. With walking sticks, water and porters, rally behind your ranger for this exciting adventure. Once you have found them, spend an hour observing and taking pictures. Return to your lodge for leisure for the whole evening. Dinner and overnight at:

Rushaga gorilla camp (B.L.D)-Budget

Bwindi Jungle Lodge(B.L.D)-Mid-range

Clouds Mountain Lodge(B.L.D)-Luxury

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. Dinner and overnight at:

Traveler’s rest Kisoro (B.L.D)-Budget

Birds nest@ Bunyonyi Resort(B.L.D)-Mid -range

Chameleon Hill Lodge(B.L.D)-Luxury

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:

Traveler’s rest Kisoro (B.L.D)-Budget

Birds nest@ Bunyonyi Resort(B.L.D)-Mid -range

Chameleon Hill Lodge(B.L.D)-Luxury

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi where you will then take a canoe ride to some of the islands on Lake Bunyonyi 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. Dinner and overnight stay at:

Bunyonyi overland resort (B.L.D)-Budget

Arcadia Lodges Bunyonyi(B.L.D)-Mid-range

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)-Budget

Arcadia cottages(B.L.D)-Mid-range

Mihingo Lodge (B.L.D)-Luxury

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, if time allows, visit Kabaka’s palace, Rubaga Cathedral, Namirembe cathedral, and Nakasero market. Then drive to your hotel for your overnight stay at:

Mestil Hotel and Residence (B.B)

Cassia Lodge( B.B)

Prestige Hotel (BB)

Day 18: Departure.

The driver will pick you from your lodge and drive you to the hand craft market for a shopping spree. Afterward, drive to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

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