8 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Murchison Falls

Overview

You are expected to arrive a night before the safari or have an early morning landing. Your driver/guide will pick and depart for an interesting Game Viewing before embarking on a remarkable chimp tracking the following morning, followed by a captivating firsthand gorilla encounter on your trekking expedition. With a strenuous day trekking, it would be ideal to find a better place for relaxation. That place will certainly be Lake Bunyonyi – a place of little birds. You will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi after the Gorilla Trekking. Enjoy a swim in the lake before a return to Entebbe

Let Friendly Gorillas Safaris take you on this remarkable 7-Days trip to Bwindi National Park – The ultimate gorilla experience, Lake Bunyonyi – a place of little birds. Surely the memory will stick especially since the tour further features an impressive Murchison falls national park tour with Ziwa visit.

7 Days

Min Pax: 2

PP

Uganda

Affordable

Gorilla Trek

Highlights

  • Arrival at the Airport
  • White rhino tracking
  • Visit to the top of the Falls
  • Launch cruise to the bottom of the Fall
  • Iconic game drives
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Transfer back to Kampala

Trip Summary

Dayhours hoursHours  Kilometers
1Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park6-7373
2Chimp tracking in Kyambura gorge2-440
3Transfer to Bwindi3-480
4Gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi2-583.3
5Transfer to Kampala8-9474
6Fly to Murchison Falls NP1234
7Full day exploration of Murchison Falls NP2-6120
8Transfer back to Entebbe4-5234.2Km

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon boat cruise

The Uganda gorilla trek and Wildlife safari start early at 6:30 am from your place of residence after breakfast, with the safari guide picking you up to head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, 417km about 7 7-hour drive in the southwest of Uganda.

which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands, making it the ideal habitat for the classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds.

You will stop for lunch en route then proceed into the beautiful Queen Elizabeth National Park: one of Uganda’s most outstanding treasures. Time permitting, you may proceed for an evening game drive in search of the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth. Alternatively, if you arrive early enough you can do an early evening boat ride to explore the Kazinga Aquatics after which, you will check into your accommodation or else relax at your accommodation (awaiting the next day’s activities).

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba safari Lodge/Forest hog safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari Lodge/ Buffalo safari lodge
Luxury: Ishasha wilderness lodge/ Kyambura gorge

Day 2: Chimp trekking experience

Be up early, have breakfast, and proceed for the Chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura gorge. The Kyambura Gorge is found on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is home to habituated Chimpanzees plus other primates including Baboons, Monkeys, and bird species. The gorge is 1 km long and 100 meters deep.

In the afternoon you will go for the launch cruise on the amazing Kazinga channel, expect to see herds of buffalos, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species, especially the kingfishers, cormorants, egrets, and others.

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba safari Lodge/Forest hog safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari Lodge/ Buffalo safari lodge
Luxury: Ishasha wilderness lodge/ Kyambura gorge

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi

Queen Elizabeth National park tree climbing lions

Have an early morning breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Isasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey).

Bwindi is a big habitat for mountain gorillas in Uganda; harboring an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. With a strenuous day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your accommodation and relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Accommodation
Budget: Rafiki safari Lodge/Bwindi Forest lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla valley lodge/Engagi lodge
Luxury: Rushaga gorilla lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking experience

Uganda gorilla trekThis is a special day dedicated to the impressive mountain gorillas. Undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi is such a lifetime endeavor that will create lasting memories.

You gather at the respective park headquarters for a briefing at 8 am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. The encounter takes 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla’s movements and one hour is available to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas.

Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands where locals apply a terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving an impressive scenic landscape.

Lake Bunyonyi encounter

Canoe-on-Lake-Bunyonyi

Take a nice and calm boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the sights and sounds around the lake.

Accommodation
Budget: Eco-Resort/ Overland resort
Mid-range: Rock Resort/Arcadia Lodge
Luxury: Bird Nest Lodge/Bunyonyi Safaris resort

Day 5: Transfer back to Kampala

Arrival in KampalaYou will have a relaxed breakfast then you may opt to enjoy a swim in the lake before you set off on the journey to Entebbe via Mbarara and settle at Igongo Cultural Center for lunch (Traditional dishes) but also you will have the option to visit the cultural museum here and embark on your drive to Kampala.

You can make an en-route stopover at the Equator (if time allows) for more photos and pass through the gift shops to secure yourself memorabilia as a commemoration of your gorilla and wildlife safari in Uganda.

Uganda equator experience

Check-in at your hotel in Kampala and relax as you await tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 6: Fly to Murchison Falls National Park
Game viewing in Murchison falls

Game viewing in Murchison Falls

Today you will start the journey to Murchison Falls National Park as early as 6 am to be able to have ample time in the park. You will drive directly to the park with a brief stopover at the top of Murchison Falls. After this experience, you proceed for lunch and later for a boat Safari on the River Nile from where you shall watch different animals along the shore both those that live in the water and those coming for watering.

The boat ride takes you to about ten meters from the bottom of Murchison Falls – also known as the ‘ ‘ Devil Cauldron” before returning to the starting point.

Your driver guide will pick you up after a short evening game drive if you are staying at the northern bank of the river otherwise you transfer immediately to the southern bank because of ferry crossing times.

Accommodation
Hornbill Safari Lodge or Heritage Safari Lodge or similar (Budget)
Fort Murchison Safari Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (mid-range)
Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge (luxury)

Day 7: Explore Murchison Falls NP

Murchison falls national parkThis morning after an early breakfast, you check out of the room and leave for the morning game drive on the northern bank of River Nile. The highlight of the game drive is game viewing in our custom-made safari vehicles with a pop-up roof. Some of the animals you might be able to sight and capture on camera include the graceful Giraffes as they move through the grasslands, Hartebeest, herds of buffaloes and Elephants, Lions, Uganda Kobs, the lonely elusive leopards, etc.

After the morning game drive, we shall return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Day 8: Transfer back to Kampala

This morning after an early breakfast, you check out of the room and leave for a short morning transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary before starting a transfer to Kampala. Upon arrival, your driver guide shall drop you at your favorite hotel/Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

End of safari! Thanks for choosing Friendly Gorillas Safaris.

Prices / included services.

Pricing for 8 Days Uganda Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Murchison Falls
Persons1 Person2-3 Persons4-5 Persons6 Persons and more
Budget$ 2950$2620$2480$2270
Midrange$3830$3490$3260$3100
Luxury$4500$4300$4110$3980

Included in this safari:

  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop–up roof
  • A professional Driver guide.
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimp tracking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities/services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International airfares
  • Activities/services not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks/wines, Laundry, and any other service of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance and other activities

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