8 Days Uganda Gorilla & Active Adventure Vacation Safari

8-Days Gorilla &Active Adventure

Uganda’s best wildlife!

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Overview

8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda is one of the prime adventure safari packages that you can ever have in Uganda. The safari features white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile River in Jinja, the Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves walk and Fort Portal crater lake hike in Fort portal, Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in Kibale National Park area, the Mount Rwenzori hiking, the wild game viewing and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the boat and Batwa experience on Lake Bunyonyi and culture and heritage tour at Igongo Cultural Center and the 1520 AD Eclipse monument. It is a magical wonder worth exploring.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal. Do Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves

Day 3: Do Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk and transfer to Kasese

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Day 5: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and do afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride & visit the Batwa community on one of the Islands

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to tour the cultural museum & traditional lunch, hike the Biharwe hill to explore the 1520AD eclipse monument & then transfer to Kampala

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Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to you rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. Retreat from the half day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumping experience where you enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard:  Cassia Lodge  

Budget / Basic:  Buziga Country Resort

Day 2: Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You will drive through impressive scenic landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing the unique geographical features including the Mubende Inselbergs not forgetting the small towns en route including Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo. You arrive in Mpanga tea estates in the mid-morning and then embark on a cycling experience. Retreat from the adventure and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. Withdrawal from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk and transfer to Kasese

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. Note that other than chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in Kibale, the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed during the trek. After the encounter filled with unforgettable excitement where you are free to take as many photos as you can, retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your Friendly Gorilla safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi Wetland for an afternoon eco-walk to experience some of the 138 species of birds including the famous Great Blue Turaco and a range of hornbills. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kasese arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge  

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge  

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Gather at Nyakalengija ranger post to start the Mount Rwenzori hike at 8am. Organized by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services that manages the central circuit, the Rwenzori hike is a daylong encounter enabling you to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in detail. The Rwenzori Mountains stand as the third highest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day long exploration to the legendary mountains of the moon presents magical sights of the Rwenzori ridges, the rift valley lakes below including Lake Edward and Lake George, the savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the panoramic view of Kasese town. Retire at 5pm for relaxation, dinner and overnight at your favorite lodge.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge  

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp    

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game drive and an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After an early breakfast from your hotel, set off at 6am and connect to the park to embark on the game drive activity at 7am exploring the magical wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You drive through Kasenyi plains exploring the Kob’s mating ground and the extensive grassland and woodland that supports a myriad of wild game including the Cape Buffaloes, the African elephants, Defassa Waterbucks, Bushbucks, the Uganda Kobs, the side stripped jackal, the leopard, spotted hyenas, the lions among other species. Retreat from the 3 – 4 hour activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to the Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise for possible sight of herds of Hippos, the Nile crocodiles, the water birds on the shores and a range of wild game drinking water from the channel. Upon retreating from the cruise, you embark on a mini game drive along the channel track in the Mweya peninsular as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Bush Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages   / Kazinga Channel View Resort

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast at 7am, you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 218km Ruhija and 309km Rushaga depending on the lodge selected. You undertake a notable game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the famous tree climbing lions and other wildlife like water bucks, buffaloes, kobs and elephants. The fig tree branches of Ishasha present memorable day beds for the lions which derives a unique encounter with the Kings of the Jungle in the wilderness of Uganda. Retreat from the drive and continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge   / Buhoma Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp    / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 7: Bwindi gorilla trekking and an evening boat ride in Lake Bunyonyi

Settle for breakfast at 6am and connect to the respective park headquarter to catch up with the briefing at 8am about the conduct of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In the company of the ranger guides very armed for protection against any wild attack, you traverse the forest marked by lush flora, magical birds and other fauna like duikers in search of the impressive mountain gorillas where over 400 of them are known to be thriving in the impenetrable forest. The steep hills intercepted by deep valleys and streams present challenging hike which is an experience of itself. The one hour with the gorillas is magical as you see them forage, socialize, the young ones play and the silverback demonstrating its might luring you to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from this activity which can take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and connect to Lake Bunyonyi 52km from Ruhija and 73km from Rushaga driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical sceneries. Upon arrival, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the famous lake of a thousand Islands a dub that it has acquired because of its 29 Islands. You can also visit the Batwa people on one of the Islands to explore their traditions before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort  

Budget / Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Retreat

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, embark on the 437km about 7 hours transfer to Kampala making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to visit the Erijukiro Museum which features a range of artifacts of all tribes of south western Uganda. There are also a range of sculptures and writings that brings out the history of the region. You proceed to visit the 1520AD Eclipse monument which is a living testimony of the total solar eclipse that befell the region in that year. The locals attach a lot of tradition to it as it marked their repossession of cows. The King Olimi of Bunyoro had raided all the cows of Ankole and the Banyankole were starving but when he was from raiding Rwanda and had reached Biharwe (Ankole) heading back to Bunyoro, the total eclipse occurred and him and his men were frightened and abandoned all the cows and when the eclipse was offer the local people found the cows all over and they believed that they had come from heaven and named them “enduga mwiguru”. Retreat from this historical tour and settle for lunch at Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant at Igongo Cultural Center and then continue on the drive to Kampala. Another stop is made at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for impressive photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the north and southern hemispheres. You can visit any of the gift shops to get yourself a souvenir to take back home.

 

End of the 8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda

Inclusions;

  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary·
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Welcome package including a detailed map of Uganda
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

 

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $55 per person)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above – Items of personal nature
  • Tips – Christmas supplement

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before arrival.
  • Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Min: 2 Travelers
Start/End: Kampala
Duration: 5 Days
Activity: Game drives, Boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla tracking, nature walk
Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale National Park

Why Book with us?

  • Safari Departs any date
  • Unbeatable prices
  • Authentic safari experience
  • Tailor-made safari packages
  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
  • Professional guides
  • Life changing travel experiences

Best time to go

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

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