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13 Day Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Trip

This 13 day Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari starts and ends in Entebbe. It includes 1 gorilla permit of $600 per person and 1 chimpanzee permit of $150 in the final costing. This interesting safari will take you through the Hills of Kabale that’s referred to as the “Switzerland” of Uganda to the Bwindi impenetrable national park in western Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to a number of over 340 mountain gorillas, making it half of the mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world. This  safari will continue to take you to Murchison Falls which is famous for its magnificent Waterfalls that squeezes through an 8m  wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the Devil’s Cauldron creating a trademark Rainbow, with a variety of wildlife and boat cruises, the animal species in this park include; lions, elephants, bush bucks, antelopes, Uganda  kobs, birds and many more.

More of What To Expect Of the 13 Day Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Trip

This 13 day Uganda wildlife and Gorilla tour will also take you to Queen Elizabeth Park famous for its tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector and the Kazinga channel that has many animal species including the Hippos, crocodiles, lions, elephants, buffaloes and others.
The chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is not a miss too with the biggest number of primates (13sps) in Africa including; chimpanzee, bush babies, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and many more. While enjoying this 13 day Uganda wildlife and Gorilla safari, you will also visit the Lake Mburo National park, this is the smallest park in Uganda and is famous for large herds of  Zebras and the Newly introduced Giraffes and many other animal species.


Day 1: Arrival at the Entebbe International Airport.

Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your 13 day Uganda wildlife and gorilla safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you’re advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one-hour drive from Entebbe.

Day 2: To Murchison Falls National Park.

We begin our panoramic drive northwest early morning through the famous Luwero Triangle, and visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, for Rhino tracking then drive to Masindi Town for lunch. Thereafter, drive to Murchison Falls National Park. If time allows, we visit the top of the falls.
Dinner and overnight at our accommodation.
Drive time: ±7 hours
Budget accommodation: Red Chilli Camp, Fort Murchison Tents, Heritage Lodge
Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, Nile safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge

Day 3: In Murchison Falls National Park.

Today we head for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!!. Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls trademark Rainbow. While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also a zone for many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: To Kibale Forest National Park

After your very early morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, and the town was named after a British Special Commissioner for Uganda Sir. Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town. 

Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s greatest tropical rain forests and is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. We traverse through Ugandan Traditional Villages where you see people in gardens nurturing their traditional crops such as millet, sorghum, beans and maize. Keep eyes open for some bird species along the way such as Long-Crested Eagles, Double-Toothed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, sunbirds and weavers as we travel. We shall have a stopover at Fort portal town for late lunch, and after continue to our accommodation, check-in and have an evening off relaxing.
Drive time: ± 8 hours.
Mid-range accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp or Chimpanzee Guest house
Luxury accommodation: Primate Lodge or Ndali Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge

 Day 5: In Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale has 1450 Chimpanzees representing Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, which has many crater lakes.

Day 6: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After our morning breakfast, we will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Ranges. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a Savannah grassy plains, and volcanic craters and home to abundant wildlife. We will have a game drive enroute to the park headquarters. Watch out for lions, leopards, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, bushbuck, and a variety of birds among other wildlife. After checking in and having lunch, we could enjoy the unique 2-hour drive through a fishing village and head to the biggest Salt Lake in the country (Lake Katwe). Overnight at our accommodation
Driving time: ± 3 hours
Mid-range Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge or Simba Camp.
Luxury Tour: Mweya Safari Lodge or Elephant Plains Lodge, Katala Lodge

 Day 7: In Queen Elizabeth National Park

We start with an extensive early morning game drive in the Park, while pursuing the most wildlife congested tracks including the Kasenyi Track. Expect to see; Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, the rare Giant forest hogs, Hyenas and Waterbucks. Return and have breakfast at your accommodation. In the afternoon we’ll take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel, an experience not to miss!! You will appreciate the scores of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as if lucky, the rare Leopard prowling. There is a variety of bird species for example Pelicans, Cormorants, egrets, herons and Jacana amongst others. We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: To Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Today we will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is an opportunity to view Buffaloes, Topi, Hippos and many more wildlife species. After checking in and having some time to relax, have an afternoon game drive which will provide opportunities to see Spotted Hyena, Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, Defassa Waterbucks, Elephant, Leopard (if lucky), antelopes, Lions and several bird species
Driving time: ±2 hours.
Mid-range Accommodation:  Savannah Resort or Enjojo Lodge
Luxury Tour: Ishasha Wildness camp or Savanna Resort, Destination jungle Lodge

Day 9: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After an early breakfast, we do a second game drive before embarking on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. We then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Driving time:  ±5 hours
Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp/Crater Bay
Luxury Tour: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Mahogany Springs Lodge. 

Day 10: In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the does and don’ts while in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and starring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome. After tracking we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight.

Day 11: To Lake Mburo National Park.

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As we enter the park it is likely that we will spot some wildlife. After checking in we will go on an evening game drive where we expect to see Buffaloes, Impalas, Zebras, Elands, Bushbucks, warthogs, Hyenas amongst others. Overnight at the lodge.
Driving time: ± 3,4 hours
Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp, or UWA bandas ,Rwakobo Rock Tent(non self-contained)
Luxury Tour: Mihingo Lodge, Rwakobo Rock or Mantana Luxury Tented camp 

Day 12: In Lake Mburo National Park

Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari on foot. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich bird life and the many hippos that are cooling off.

Day 13: To Kampala.

After breakfast, Leisurely drive back to Kampala, have a stop-over at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. We have another stop-over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations. We arrive Kampala/Entebbe in the afternoon.

13 day best of Uganda wildlife with Gorillas - Bwindi and Kibale chimpanzees Face on a mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda


Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park
Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi Swamp Walk
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Morning Game drive & afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Day 8: Proceed to Ishasha for the Tree climbing lions
Day 9: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 10: Gorilla trekking -Bwindi impenetrable national park
Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 12: Morning Game drive and an afternoon boat cruise
Day 13: Return to Kampala/Entebbe

Tour inclusions
  • park fees
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Accommodation(Full Board)
  • Touring and Photography
  • Transport in 4WD vehicle
  • Driver/Guide(English speaking and professional)
  • Drinking water
Tour Exclusions
  • Gorilla permit USD600.00
  • Chimpanzee Permit USD150.00
  • International flights
  • Laundry
  • Tips given to staff
  • Visa USD50.00 /E.Africa USD100.00 
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Extra activities not included in the itinerary 
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