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Western Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek

Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, Uganda

Safari and Gorilla Trek Overview

This 10 night, 11 day Safari and Gorilla Trek provides a Ugandan Safari along with an opportunity to view gorillas, chimpanzees and other rare primates in the wild.

Accommodation is in 6 hotels/lodges/camps; staying first at the Kabira Country Club in Kampala, followed by Primate Lodge in Kibale Forest National Park, Katara Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Engagi Lodge at Bwindi and finally at Lake Mburo Tented Camp at Lake Mburo.

Safari and Gorilla Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (Kampala)

On arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala for check in at the Kabira Country Club.

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Kabira Country Club has all you could possibly need in a modern, comfortable hotel, situated in a wonderful location.  With easy access to Kampala’s dual carriageway ring road, connecting you to all main arteries leading out to the Uganda’s natural special and diverse beauty that the country is famed for, and inspired Winston Churchill to describe Uganda as “The Pearl of Africa”.

Kabira Country Club is located a convenient five kilometres from the Central Business District.  Situated near to the essential social amenities like residential homes, schools, hospitals and shopping arcades, and in one of the most beautiful areas of Kampala, making it the perfect base for exploring all of Uganda and its surroundings.

Overnight: Kabira Country Club - Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 - Kampala / Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast, drive south via Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms to Kibale Forest for check in at Primate Lodge.  Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon.

Primate Lodge in Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park.  It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest that is home to 13 different species of primates, including chimpanzees.

Privately secluded in the rainforest, this safari lodge offers you a truly authentic jungle experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates in Uganda.  Whether you wish a high level of comfort, rather stay in a midrange cottage or want to bring your own tent, Primate Lodge Kibale is the ideal place for you!

Afternoon visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to search for smaller mammals and primates.  Look out for the rare red colobus monkey and the sitatunga.  The guided 4.5km circular trail through the swamp is also one of the best guided bird trails in East Africa, as well as offering a realistic opportunity to see up to six different primate species in a space of a few hours.

Overnight: Primate Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3 - Kibale Forest National Park

Forget about rushing for the morning chimp tracking. Instead, wake up with the sounds of the forest, enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare yourself for an exciting meeting with the chimpanzees.

All day search of chimpanzees and 10 other primates including L'Hoest’s, red colobus, blues, red tailed and grey - cheeked mangabey monkeys.  The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.  This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters.

Kibale National Park is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa.  It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals.  Each community has a complicated social structure.  The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.  Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling.  We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

Overnight: Primate Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4 - Kibale Forest National Park / Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey to arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Katara Lodge.  A game drive en-route may be rewarded with views of lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species.

Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond, Katara Lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s premier safari destination and one of the most bio diverse reserves in the world.  Katara Lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the park and the many activities it offers, including game drives, bird watching, the famous launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel, chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge, and forest walks in the Kalinzu or Maramagambo forests, all of which provide truly memorable wildlife experiences and incredible opportunities for nature photography.

In the afternoon, enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward.  This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge.  This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.  The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Overnight: Katara Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5 - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, you will spend the whole day at the Queen Elizabeth National Park with both the morning and evening game drives.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.  The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species, including chimpanzees, and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Ugandan kob.

Overnight: Katara Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 - Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector)

Early morning transfer with a morning game drive en-route to the Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park, arriving in time for check in and lunch at the Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp.  You will then spend the afternoon at leisure before going for an evening game drive until dusk when you return to your camp.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated inside the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, and is an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness.  This exclusive camp offers quality accommodation and services in this unspoiled remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area.

Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area besides the river, is comfortably furnished and with large mosquito-netted beds, its own private en-suite bathroom and dressing area providing running water, hot water ‘bush’ showers and a flushing eco-friendly toilet.

Overnight: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7 - Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector)

You will spend the whole day in Ishasha Sector with both a morning and evening game drive, and spend some time at your camp leisure in between.

The Ishasha sector is notably recognized for its resident tree-climbing lions that are an exceptional attraction and one among the highlights on all safaris taken within Queen Elizabeth National Park.  In the southern section of this park, the Lions are now and again spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees, whereas the Ugandan Kob (which are the major food to these lions) graze in the plains of the Ishasha sector.  The Ishasha sector is located near the far most south-western rim of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is not only the most well liked park but also the most travelled-to national park within Uganda.  The landscape in this section of the magnificent park is considerably different from that found in other parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park.  The Ishasha Sector within Queen Elizabeth National Park is habitat to the internationally renowned tree-climbing lions which are actually unique to this very place.  The males of these exceptional lions have black manes..

Overnight: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8 - Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector) / Bwindi National Park

Drive through the "Switzerland of Africa" area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi.

Situated in the area bordering the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Engagi Lodge not only boasts uninterrupted views over this green canopy, but also has a low impact on the environment.  Built from locally sourced materials by members of the surrounding communities, Engagi blends in with its surroundings and offers a naturally rustic atmosphere that complements the beautiful forest.

Overnight: Engagi Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9- Bwindi Gorilla Trek

Bwindi is a magnificent green swathe of dense rainforest and is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, and a recently proclaimed World Heritage Site.  Begin your gorilla trek in the early morning, and set off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with guides and trackers who are very experienced at locating the gorillas by finding the nest the family had used the previous night.  The search for these majestic animals goes through thick untamed rainforest, where you'll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth and it can be arduous at times.  But when you come face to face with the gorillas for the first time, the trek there will be more than worth it, and watching gorillas in their natural habitat is a memory that will last a lifetime.  After spending an hour with the gorillas we head back to the base camp for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

Overnight: Engagi Lodge - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10 - Bwindi National Park / Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast, you will check out of your lodge and drive to Lake Mburo National Park, arriving in time for check in and lunch at the Lake Mburo Tented Camp.  Thereafter, enjoy the boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to crocs and hippos.

Birdwatchers will enjoy the more than 250 species of birds found at Lake Mburo, including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-faced Lapwing, Carruther's Cisticola, the extraordinary White-winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-Away bird.

Evening game drive along the Lakeshore track.  With its own system of game trails and cleared walkways the "Kigambara Loop" offers interesting guided lakeside walks.  Find here herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and eland.  Oribi and topi are easily approached.

Overnight: Lake Mburo Tented Camp - Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11 - Departure

After breakfast, proceed for a game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger.  The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage kilpspringers and topis.  Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankore Cattle peaceably.  Return for lunch, which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park.

After lunch, drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en-route, where you will able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations.  There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs.  You arrive in Kampala in the early evening and transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for your departure flight back home.

“Safari Njema.  Kwaheri na urudi tena.” – End of Safari.  Goodbye and come back again.



Please Note

Prices are subject to change without notice, so please ask for an up to date quotation before making commitments.

Confirmation is subject to availability at time of reservation.

In the event that the quoted accommodation is not available at the time of reservation, alternative accommodation of a similar calibre will be provided.

Number in party






All Year

Cost per person (2 sharing)

US$ 5,202

US$ 4,695

US$ 4,432

US$ 4,285

US$ 4,182

Single Room Supplement

US$ 638

US$ 638

US$ 638

US$ 638

US$ 638

Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek Price Guide

Notes on Gorilla Trekking

We strongly recommend the following

On confirmation, please advise the following for each member of your party

Please note that gorilla permits are booked on a “first come first served” CASH basis and therefore can be snapped up by anybody.