Our 8 days Uganda Safari and gorilla trekking package is ideal for those who are interested in mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee trekking and a general wildlife safari. The package also includes visiting the Batwa pygmies, relaxing by the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, visiting the Bigodi Wetlands sanctuary and boat cruises. And by the end of the trip, you would have visited the best wildlife reserves in Western Uganda including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Apart from gorillas, it also has 119 other species of mammals, over 350 plant species, 202 butterfly species and 346 species of birds. Bwindi stands out for gorilla trekking because it has over 14 habituated gorilla groups. It is the only park where tourists can register to take park in the gorilla habituation experience. Kibale forest on the other hand is home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, Colobus monkeys, olive monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkey among others. Kibale is the best place to track chimpanzees in the world. Unfortunately, the park has no gorillas. Had it been the case, it would have been the most visited national park in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is more known for standard game drives, tree climbing lions, lion tracking, boat cruises along the Kazinga Channel and chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge. Queen Elizabeth National Park stands out because of the remarkable scenery – a result of volcanic activity and earth movements that occurred over one millions of years ago. It has beautiful crater lakes, savannah plains, underground forests like the Kyambura gorge and the Maramagambo forest. Expect to see water bucks, hippos, elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelopes and over 600 species of birds while visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park.
This safari also includes a stop at the amazing Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, island hoping and nature walks. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the deepest lakes in Africa. All in all, this Uganda wildlife safari package offers some of the best wildlife experiences in Uganda. The tour starts from Kampala or Entebbe in Uganda. You might be interested in the shorter 6 days Uganda safari or the 15 days Uganda tour package. There is also the amazing 7 days Uganda wildlife safari package.
Transfer to Kibale National Park
A guide from safari vacations and travel services will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and embark on the journey to Kibale national park. As you start your Uganda safari prepare to take photos of Uganda’s beautiful and green countryside along the way. You will have lunch at Fort Portal town and then be taken for a tour of the town and the headquarters of the historical Tooro Kingdom. Fort Portal is small town but located in an area with perfect climate which has resulted in beautiful scenery. The town remains green all year round. Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury), Primates lodge (Luxury and Midrange) and Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget).
Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk along the Bigodi Swamp
After early breakfast, you will head for briefing from the Kibale National Park offices regarding the rules and requirements while tracking chimpanzee. After the briefing, you will be given walking sticks and led into the forest to find the primates. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park takes between 3 to 5 hours. It is a different experience from gorilla trekking because chimps are more vocal and love to spend time on top of trees. They are also more mobile and might require that you follow them for a long time before they settle down to allow good photography. You will return afterwards to your hotel for lunch and rest. Later in the evening, you will go for a walk around the Bigodi swamp walk to spot other primates and several species of birds. Dinner and overnight at Primates lodge (Luxury), Chimp nest (Midrange) and Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).
Head for Queen Elizabeth national park – game drive in Ishasha
After breakfast, you will head early to Queen Elizabeth national park in time to go for the first game drive which is at the Ishasha sector. The Ishasha sector is world famous for tree climbing lions and off course other great mammals, primates and antelopes. The lions prefer resting on top of trees because it helps them escape insect bites and see potential prey. The tree climbing lions of Ishasha are rare. Tanzania also has tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara but tourists can also see them in Kruger National Park. However, the best place to see them is in Queen Elizabeth National Park. After this first game drive, you should now head back to your lodge for rest.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range), Simba safari camp (budget).
Second game drive and boat cruise
You will wake up early to take breakfast ready for a long eventful day. The guide will take you for an early morning game drive at the Kasenyi plains with the purpose of catching up with nocturnal animals returning to their dens after a busy night of hunting. The morning is also the best time to spot the early risers like birds and other mammals. You should be able to see hippos, lions, leopard, buffalos and antelopes of various kinds. After the game drive, drive back for lunch, rest and then set off at 2.00 pm for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. This is the meeting point for all of the animals in the park especially during the dry season. expect to see a collection of bird species that could rival any you have seen elsewhere. You will also see water dwelling animals like crocodiles and hippos plus all the others you spotted during your previous drinking by the water banks. After this you, should be tired and ready to go back for a rest or take walk around the lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury), Ihamba Lodge / Park view lodge (mid-range) and Simba safari camp (budget).
Visit Maramagambo forest – Transfer to Bwindi forest national park
You will wake up early morning as usual to a sumptuous breakfast at your lodge. Our guide will take you to Maramagambo forest which is home to chimpanzees and cave bats. While in the dense forest, look out for birds, forest hogs, dwarf antelope and several other primate/monkey species. The bats attract pythons to their caves and if you are lucky, you could spot a battle between predator and prey. Chimpanzee trekking is not open in Maramagambo because they are not habituated. However, you may be lucky to spot some along the trails. After having enough of the Maramagambo forest, you will then head off for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with lunch taken along the way.
Dinner and overnight at Chameleon Hill Lodge (luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Midrange) and Tarvan Trekkers Bwindi (Budget).
Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi – Visit to the Batwa Pygmies
You will wake up very early to take your breakfast before heading out to the park offices for briefing at 7:00 am. During the briefing, the park Rangers/Guides will share information about the requirements and rules for gorilla trekking. The meeting is compulsory and it is also at this time that you get to be assigned a gorilla family and porters.
How are gorilla groups allocated? Gorilla groups are allocated taking into account your overall fitness. Porters are there to help you carry extra luggage or heavy equipment. Now that you are ready, head to the forest to track your gorilla group along with 7 other tourists. You will go through thick forest, steep and muddy areas before finally meeting the family. Follow instructions from the head guide and take as many photos as you can in the one hour allocated. Stay calm and do not make sudden movements. The memory of the time spent with the gorilla family will always remain with you because watching a family of mountain gorillas is very different from any other wildlife experience.
After your one hour with the gorilla family, you should return back to the starting point where our guide will drive you back to your hotel for rest and lunch. After some rest, you will be taken to visit the Batwa pygmy community who once lived side by side with the gorillas in the forest. They have now been resettled elsewhere to allow for mountain gorilla conservation activities in the park. The Batwa will let you know if their resettlement was successful or not while also entertaining you with cultural stories and dances.
Dinner and overnight at Chameleon Hill Lodge (luxury), Bakiga Lodge (Midrange) and Tarvan Trekkers Bwindi (Budget).
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After a long night of resting, you should wake up for late breakfast before starting the journey to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is arguably Uganda’s most beautiful lake. It has got several beautiful islands, romantic shores and is a sanctuary for countless bird. Lake Bunyonyi is an excellent destination for relaxation after a long safari. You will enjoy relaxing by the lake shores, go boat riding, island hopping and touring the local fishing villages.
Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi overland Resort (budget), Bunyonyi safari camp / Bunyonyi Bird nest (Midrange) and Bunyonyi resort (luxury)
Transfer back to Kampala for departure
Wake up early, take breakfast and prepare for the long journey back to Kampala/Entebbe for your departure flight or a drop at your hotel. The driver will ensure that you stop at key points of interest along the way including the Equator crossing in Kayabwe for lunch and photography
What to pack for your safari;
A camera: A safari in Uganda is incomplete without a good camera. You cannot come back from a safari without evidence to show your friends and family about the wonderful time you had.
Water: Many of the activities mentioned above involve staying out for long hours in the sun. Expect to get dehydrated and tired if you do not pack some water. You need to have water filtration tablets if you cannot move with bottled water.
Packed Snack: This is very important for the chimpanzee habituation experience and gorilla trekking. It is difficult to predict when the two activities will end. You are better off parking lunch so that you don’t get hungry.
Rain Jacket: This is very important while hiking during the rainy season. The rains can be unpredictable in Uganda especially when you consider global warming. There is always the possibility of rain in Bwindi forest regardless of season of the year.
Hiking Boots: Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking requires good hiking boots for comfort especially during the rainy season.
Stocking: Long stockings will help in tucking in your trousers to avoid crawling insects.
Long Shirts and trousers: The game parks and forests contain insects and other crawling creatures that you need to keep off. There are also sharp tree branches and thorns. Long sleeved shirts and trousers will keep off any insects and also protect you from sharp trees.
Hand gloves: Hand gloves are important for grabbing leaves and tree branches while hiking through dense forest.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
This mid-range lodge is found in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is built on the shores of Lake George hence offering very beautiful views of the savanna and the Kazinga Channel. The isolated lodge is popular because it offers an amazing feeling of being out in the wild. There is a rare tranquility because of the unspoiled wilderness surrounding it. The lodge offers 6 self-contained cottages with double or twin beds. Each cottage has a private balcony, indoor showers, Wi-Fi and glass windows which allow guests to have constant views of the lake. Other important amenities include laundry facilities, parking space, a restaurant, swimming pool, barbecue and security.
Kyaninga Lodge is one of the best luxury lodges Uganda has to offer. It is built very close to the starting point for chimpanzee trekking and overlooks the Crater Lake Kyaninga. The scenery is spectacular allowing hence allowing guests to take nature walks or go to the lake for swimming, canoeing or kayaking. The 9 cottages are private and spacious allowing you to enjoy your safari without missing home. Each cottage is built on a raised platform with great views of the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Kyaninga. Other amenities include a large swimming pool at the center, a tennis court, parking space, beautiful gardens and a lot more.
This is one of the popular luxury lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The lodge stands out because each of the 10 luxury rooms/cottages are painted different. Each 7 days tour of Uganda cottage has a private terrace, a large bed, sockets, a table, mosquito nets, a safe, bathroom, shower and warm water. All rooms face the beautiful scenery surrounding
Lake Mutanda and the impressive Virunga Volcanoes. Food is delicious and you don’t have to worry if you are a vegetarian or prefer international cuisines. Everything is served with a personal touch. One other great thing about booking with Chameleon Hill Lodge is the possibility of doing gorilla trekking in Rushaga or Nkuringo sector of Bwindi forest. In fact, one can also reside at the lodge and do gorilla or golden monkey trekking in the nearby Mgahinga National Park.
Safari vacations and travel services assists clients in arranging and clearly planning of the safari and continues to acquire the chimpanzee and gorilla tracking permits for clients’ behalf, we ensure that no delays or any inconveniences on your trip, we arrange accommodation, and transport with a knowledgeable driver guide from our team.