7-Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking, Chimps, Big 5 & Big Cats Safari

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  • On this Uganda safari, you will trek chimpanzees in Kibale National Park as they search for food in the wild.


    After that experience, you proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the medley of wonders for an encounter with the Big 4 where you will have a game drive in Kasenyi and a refreshing boat safari on the Kazinga channel, which connects Lake George to Lake Edward.


    Proceed to Bwindi for the ultimate gorilla trekking experience.


    Finally, end the tour will end in Lake Mburo national park where you have an option of a boat ride or a nature walk in the park.


    Tour Highlights



    • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park
    • Chimps trekking in Kibale Foest National Park
    • Spot the Big 5 & Big cats
    • Unlimited game drives
    • Seek Tree-climbing lions
    • Meet the local people
    • Enjoy a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
    • Explore Queen Elizabeth NP
    • Explore Lake Mburo NP
    • Travel with an expert guide rated excellent by past clients
    • Stay at comfortable facilities rated excellent by past clients
    • Pick up and drop off included


    Detailed Itinerary


    Day 1: Arrive Entebbe, Pick up & Transfer to Kibale Forest NP


    Hopefully, your flight is scheduled for an early (not past noon) landing in Entebbe. Your safari will start from the Entebbe International Airport where you will be received by the assigned driver/guide and depart for Kibale Forest National Park.


    The park is popular for its primates’ population like the chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and red-tailed monkeys.
    You will arrive in the late afternoon (evening) and just check into your accommodation, relax and later enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay (awaiting the next day’s activity).


    Lodge: Papaya Lake Lodge
    Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner


    Day 2: Chimp tracking Kibale Forest and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP


    Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ point where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest.


    An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking and you will be marveled by the sights of primates here. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.


    You will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will head out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive in time for your dinner and overnight at the booked accommodation.


    Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge
    Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 3: Morning game drive & afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel


    Be up early and have your breakfast. Proceed for a morning game drive in the park during which you will see Lions, Elephants, Leopard (though a rare sighting), Cape bushbuck, Cape Buffalos, Defassa Waterbucks, Giant Forest Hogs, Uganda kob among others. Return to your accommodation for some rest time and then lunch.


    In the afternoon you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which connects Lakes: George and Edward and you will surely be fascinated by the concentrations of giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others.


    You will also see many varieties of birds on the water shores. You will have dinner and overnight at your accommodation.


    Lodge: Mweya Safari Lodge
    Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi with en-route game drive in Ishasha area


    Have breakfast then set off for Bwindi Impenetrable NP through the Ishasha 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 really hard to spot (most especially when they’re down in the grassland looking for prey). Hoping you get the chance to spot them, the sight will be spectacular! Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.


    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, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the next day.


    Lodge: Engagi Lodge
    Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 5: Gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest – Community visit plus interaction


    After an early breakfast and a briefing by a ranger guide, you will enter the gorilla sanctuary for your adventure. The beauty of this rainforest is.


    The area offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain varies with the movements of these great primates.


    Once you locate a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored.


    Return for some rest and lunch at the accommodation. If time and energy allow, you may take an (optional) community visit and interact with the local community after the gorilla tracking.


    Else, take the afternoon just relaxing after a strenuous early part of the day trekking gorillas. Dinner and overnight stay at the booked accommodation.


    Lodge: Engagi Lodge
    Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mburo NP & enjoy evening) game viewing


    Have breakfast and set off to Lake Mburo NP. Drive past the intensely terraced Kigezi hill slopes into Mbarara town and finally Lake Mburo NP.


    Arrive in the park in the early afternoon and take some rest before proceeding out for the late afternoon (evening) game viewing.


    On the game drive, expect to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras in big numbers, topis, impalas, warthogs, Uganda kob and Cape buffalos among others. Later, relax at the accommodation where you will spend the night.


    Lodge: Rwakobo Rock Resort
    Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


    Day 7: Mburo park (nature) walk & transfer to Entebbe Airport


    Enjoy your early breakfast and proceed for the Mburo morning park/nature walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger/guide.


    On this early morning guided walk, you often encounter hyenas that are returning to their dens after a night of being on the prowl. Also, you will have the opportunity to encounter (at close range): Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelopes, Cape buffaloes among others.


    Take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. From this vantage point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo NP.


    Thereafter, return to the accommodation for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport for your flight out (recommended for 18:00 onward).


    Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch 

    Tour price: USD 2889 per person sharing a double room




    • Gorilla permit
    • Chimps permit
    • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
    • A professional driver/guide
    • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
    • All Taxes/VAT
    • Roundtrip airport transfer
    • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
    • Bottled water throughout the trip




    • International flights (from/to home)
    • Drinks
    • Visa fees
    • Covid-19 test




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    • Travelling in small groups (2-12 persons)
    • Individual tailor-made safaris possible
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    • Professional English speaking Ugandan drivers and guides
    • Group tours single friendly


    This entry was last modified on 2021-09-01. If you would like to add additional information or inform us about changes or errors, please contact our team.



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