8 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Chimpanzee and Wildlife

8 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Chimpanzee and Wildlife - 8 Days

8 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Chimpanzee and Wildlife

8 Day Uganda gorilla & wildlife safari to Lake Mburo, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks

Tour overview

This 8 day safari begins from and ends in Kampala-Uganda; it will take you to the western part of the country that is gifted with various wildlife species and beautiful sceneries. The main destinations in this safari are; Lake Mburo National Park which sits on an area of 371 sq km with a big number of Zebras and other animals such as antelopes, warthogs, buffaloes, oribis and others seen along the lake shores like the hippos, crocodiles as well as birds (park has over 332 bird species). Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to mountain gorillas and over 340 individuals have made this park their home, also it harbors around 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 346 bird species, 202 butterfly species and many more.

Also to Queen Elizabeth national park which known for its diverse wildlife species like tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, antelopes, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, water bucks, and chimpanzees. Also over 600 bird species many of these are seen during the game drives, nature walks and boat cruise. Kibale National park is home to 13 species of primate such as the chimpanzees, white and black colobus, olive monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkey, among others and around 300 bird species. In fact you will have yourself a great and memorable experience during these 8 days!

Day 1
Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park-Wildlife viewing

Our driver guide will meet you in Kampala at 7:00 am and will drive west of the country to Lake Mburo National Park having a stopover at the drum makers center called Mpambire and also at the Equator to take photographs. When you reach the park have lunch at the lodge and set out for a game drive through the park where you will take a glance on different animals like the Zebras that are found almost everywhere in the park. Later in the evening head to the lodge for dinner and spend a night.

Accommodation options; Mihingo Lodge(Luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge(Mid-range)

Eagle’s Nest Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Lunch &Dinner

Day 2
Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park for a gorilla safari

On this day at 6:30 am after your breakfast begin your journey to Southwestern part to Bwindi Forest, passing via Mbarara town which is endowed with beautiful landscapes, also you will see various rolling hills with terraces, it is such a great journey with all this sights. Upon reaching the park check in at the lodge of your choice and just relax there the whole evening as you get ready for the next door. Dine and overnight there.

Accommodation options; Buhoma Lodge(Luxury), Silverback Lodge(Midrange), Buhoma Community Camp ground(Budget).

Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 3
Mountain Gorilla trekking & Community walk- Bwindi Impenetrable

Have breakfast at 6:30 am and transfer to the park headquarters with packed lunch where you will be briefed by the professional Park rangers. By 8:00 am you will be accompanied by the park rangers as you enter the mist forest to trek mountain gorillas. You might need a walking stick if you are not physically fit enough also considering using potters to carry your luggage just in case you have and you pay them a small amount of money for labor. Trekking may take between 2 and 8 hours and the moment to you see and start interacting with the gorillas only one hour is given to you.

After trekking, return to the lodge to unwind and later in the evening take a walk in various communities such as in Batwa community where you will interact with them and learn a lot from them before you retire at the lodge.

Accommodation options; Buhoma Lodge(Luxury), Silverback Lodge(Midrange), Buhoma Community Camp ground(Budget).

Meal Plan; Full Board

Day 4
Travel to Queen Elizabeth via the Ishasha sector

Enjoy your breakfast and after transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park passing through the Ishasha sector which is home to tree climbing lions. The park has a variety of wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions, and many others. When you arrive have lunch at the lodge and go for a late afternoon game drive where you will be able to see the above animals and many more together with birds. Have dinner and an Overnight.

Accommodation Options; Mweya safari lodge(Luxury), Kyambura Gorge (Mid-range), Bush Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Lunch &Dinner

Day 5
Game drive & a boat cruise- Kazinga Channel

Today you will be very early as you will have breakfast at 6:00 am after which you will immediately start off the game drive, why you have to be early is because you will be able to see the morning risers like the lions, solitary buffaloes, kobs, elephants etc. It is such a great and exciting time as you can easily see these animals closely. Later head back to the lodge for lunch as get ready for the afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga channel which is home to various species like birds such as malachite kingfishers, pink backed pelicans, and animals like crocodiles, elephants, hippos and many more. Basically cruising on the Kazinga is one of the most eye-catching activities in the park. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options; Mweya safari lodge(Luxury), Kyambura Gorge (Mid-range), Bush Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Lunch &Dinner

Day 6
Morning game drive, visit to the baboon cliff & Departure to Kibale

Have tasty breakfast and have a morning game drive and also visit the baboon cliffs where you will be introduced to amazing and beautiful sceneries. Have lunch at the lodge and embark on your journey to Kibale forest national park which is home to Chimpanzees; it is approximately a 2 to 3 hours drive. Arrive in the evening and have dinner and spend an overnight.

Accommodation Options; Ndali Lodge(Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guest(Mid-range), Kibale Forest camp(Budget)

Meal Plan; Dinner

Day 7
Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk

The amazing day is this; have breakfast early enough, leave the lodge for the park headquarters with enough bottled drinking water, where you will be briefed about chimpanzee trekking. After briefing, embark on trekking through the forest at around 8:00am guided by an armed park ranger. Nothing is as amazing as having time with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You will also see other primates like golden monkeys, grey checked Mangabeys, LHoests monkeys, bush babies, among others; you will also spot a number of birds.

After trekking, return and have lunch at the lodge and go for a walk in the Bigodi wetland in the afternoon. You will meet different people that stay there also will see different birds like the Great Blue Turaco and more primates like the bush pigs, otters, baboons among others.

Accommodation Options; Ndali Lodge(Luxury), Chimpanzee Forest Guest(Mid-range), Kibale Forest camp(Budget)

Meal Plan; Dinner

Day 8
Return to Kampala

After your hefty breakfast, leave the park and drive to Kampala via Mubende, where you will be in line to see beautiful scenic views found in this area. You will enjoy lunch still in Mubende and thereafter continue to Kampala. Your driver guide will either leave you at your accommodation facility in Kampala or take you to the Airport in Entebbe just in case you are having your flight back home.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Transport in 4WD
  • Gorilla & Chimpanzee permits
  • Accommodation (Full Board)
  • Tour activities including park entry fees
  • Driver/guide that speaks English
  • Bottled Water
  • Photography

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Hotel fees while in Kampala
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses like; beers, tips given to staff, cigars and laundry
  • Any other extra activity not mentioned above
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Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-12 people
  • Moderate