“We’ve tailored this safari package to offer a rich variety of wildlife experiences, whilst our guides provide a unique insight into the local culture and Ugandan life. Of-course the opportunity to view wild Gorillas in their natural habitat is quite simply amazing. A once in a lifetime experience that is simply a must do for every wildlife enthusiast. Tourism is helping to sustain the Gorillas and their habitat which is exactly why we established On Track Safaris.”
Twelve day Gorilla Safari in Uganda
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Airport.
On the arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will be met by our local representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe town/Kampala.
Day 2: To Murchison Falls.
Early morning drive through Kampala to lunch in Masindi town. Continue driving through the National park stopping at the top of the falls. Here the Nile is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 45 meters. You will then take a ferry across the river Nile to Sambiya river lodge.
Day 3: Game drive and activities in the Murchison Falls National Park.
A morning game drive (after breakfast) in search of wildlife such as Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Leopards, Buffalos and many others. The game drive takes about 2-3hrs, after which we will return to the lodge for lunch, before taking an afternoon boat cruise up the river Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls. As well as abundant Hippos and crocodiles, the bird life is stunning with brightly coloured kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill. The boat takes you right to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Overnight again at the Sambiya rive lodge.
Day 4: Murchison to Hoima.
After breakfast, we’ll take a second game drive in the Murchison National Park. Then head Southwest via the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley to Hoima and overnight at Kontik hotel.
Day 5. Hoima to Kibale
After breakfast on this day, drive through Kibale and reach the colourful and beautiful town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Toro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori. Evening walk through Bigodi wetland in search of wetland birds and primates. Dinner and overnight at the mountain of the Moon hotel.
Day 6. Kibale to Queen Elizabeth N.Park.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in time for afternoon Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura gorge. Expect to see various primates most especially primates of different species, Black and white Colobus monkeys and other animals. Staying overnight at Mweya safari Lodge, with magnificent views over the National Park and its Lakes.
Day 7: Early morning game drive and an afternoon boat cruise.
After breakfast we’ll take a game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, for animals such as antelopes, hyenas, Lion and many others in the savannah grassland. Return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax before taking an afternoon boat trip along Kazinga channel. Herds of Elephant and Buffalo are very often found drinking and bathing along the shores of the channel, which is also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, Saddle billed stork and many others. After this wonderful afternoon, a slow drive back to Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 8: Queen to Bwindi Impenetrable N.Park.
Transfer from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Overnight at Silver back lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 9: Gorilla trekking day!
After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides, set off for gorilla tracking inside the Bwindi forest. Gorilla tracking is one of the unique activities you will enjoy while photographing and observing the gorillas. After tracking, you all return to the lodge and relax.
Time permitting (and if you have the energy), there will be an optional village walk, to see how the wonderfully friendly local people live and work.
Overnight at Silverback lodge/Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 10: After breakfast, we will make our scenic journey through the beautiful terrain of the rolling hills with terraced landscape. An area referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’. We will continue to Lake Mburo national park. Overnight at Arcadia Cottages.
Day 11: Morning game drive
After breakfast, we’ll again take a morning game drive in search of animals such as Zebras, Elands and the abundant bird life. Then we will depart for Entebbe arriving in the late afternoon. Lunch en route at the Equator. Dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel in Entebbe.
Day 12: Reserved for departure.
Transport by vehicle,
Accommodation and meals (excluding lunch and dinner day one, which are dependant on your arrival time but will be available to purchase in your hotel if required.)
All park entrance fees, game drives,
Boat cruise along Kazinga channel and on the Nile River,
English speaking driver/guide and Airport transfers.
Gorilla trekking permits per person,