16 day safari

Prices from

£6000

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

2 chimp treks and 2 gorilla treks included

Visit Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Nkuringo

Trip dates and content can be tailored to your needs

It is true to say that if you include a visit to Murchison national park in Uganda, you need to add a lot more time to your Uganda gorilla trekking holiday - but what's the rush? If you avoid the holiday weekends you will see few other visitors here and the wildlife encounters, including huge Wild Elephants, Hippos, Lion, Leopard and the iconic Shoebill, can often be amazing. From here, it's a long but scenic drive up the escarpment and down the other side to Kibale, where you will have two amazing chimp trekking opportunities in the stunning forest. You then have time for more savannah wildlife viewing at Queen Elizabeth national park, before then heading to two seperate and stunning gorilla trekking locations in Bwindi and then Nkuringo. We then include some well deserved chill out time at the surreal Lake Bunyonyi, before heading back to Entebbe to connect with your onward flight.

    When to go:

Best time to visit - MAY

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

Best hotels to stay in near Entebbe Airport the Boma
Arrive into Entebbe Airport and transfer to your nearby hotel
On arrival at Entebbe international airport you will be met and transferred to ‘The Boma Hotel’ for your overnight accommodation. If you arrive in the morning you can explore the nearby Botanical gardens with the chance to see many different bird species and the resident Black and white colobus monkeys.

Accommodation : The Boma Hotel

Day 2

best safari lodges at Murchison Falls national park
Long scenic drive from Entebbe to Murchison
After breakfast you will be picked up by your driver/naturalist in the Landcruiser and set off on your long, but scenic journey to Murchison Falls national park - a personal favourite of ours here at Wildlife Trails. The first town to aim for will be Masindi, where you will stop for an enjoyable, relaxed lunch (cost not included) at a good quality local restaurant. From here we will drive a further 2 hours to the ferry crossing over the Victoria Nile to the beautifully located Paraa safari lodge.

Accommodation : Paraa Safari lodge

Day 3

Murchison Falls boat cruise options
Morning game drive followed by the classic boat
Morning private game drive looking for a variety of wildlife including Wild Elephants and Lions before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will be take the famous ferry boat up river to see the magnificent falls. There is much to see from the top deck, including hundreds of Hippos, Elephant, large crocs and some great birds. There is also an option for the boat to drop you off and then you can hike to the top of the falls and be picked up by your driver there.

Accommodation : Paraa Safari lodge

Day 4

Best national parks to visit in Uganda Murchison Falls
Morning and afternoon game drives in the park
Morning and afternoon drives in Murchison National Park. Depending on availability there is the option to join a small group boat safari towards the Delta area of the Nile for a good chance to see Shoebill. The total cost for this boat trip is around $300, so better to share amongst a group if possible. OR, we could look at adding in a trip to the Mwamba Wetlands en route from Entebbe.

Accommodation : Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 5

Best safari lodges to stay in at Kibale Primate Lodge
Drive up the escarpment from Murchison to Kibale
After breakfast we start our long drive along the Western Nile Rift Valley before climbing up the escarpment on good roads that provide great views back to Murchison Falls national park. We then slowly descend and drive through rural villages and some towns before entering the beautiful secondary forest of Kibale and checking into our lodge right next to the national park entrance.

Accommodation : Primate Lodge

Day 6

Best place to see chimps in Uganda Kibale Forest
Morning chimp trekking followed by afternoon birding and primate walk.
In the morning you will go chimp trekking in the beautiful forest of Kibale NP. Not only is this the best location to see chimps in Uganda, but it is also home to other beautiful primates, such as the Red Colobus and Grey-cheeked Mangabey. After lunch you will be taken on a guided community swamp walk, with fantastic birding opportunities, and a chance to see both Black and White and Red Colobus monkeys (sometimes better views than in Kibale!)

Accommodation : Primate Lodge

Day 7

Best safari lodges to stay in at Queen Elizabeth national park
Morning chimp trekking then drive to Queen Elizabeth
You will have the rare chance to take a second days chimp trekking at Kibale before getting on the road and drivign 3 hours to Queen Elizabeth national park. You will love the incredible views from your hill top accommodation; relax for the rest of the afternoon at the lodge.

Accommodation : Katara Lodge

Day 8

Best safari activities at Queen Elizabeth national park
Morning game drive followed by afternoon boat safari in Kazinga channel
Early morning jeep safari inside Queen Elizabeth national park, where you can enter via different gates and explore a variety of different areas. Late afternoon boat safari along the famous Kazinga Channel, looking for Hippo’s, Elephant and a great variety of bird species. By taking the later departure, we come back to shore around 1 hour before the park shuts and this is an ideal time to head to 'Leopards Loop' for a chance to see one of the 2 big cats of Queen Elizabeth

Accommodation : Katara Lodge

Day 9

Best place to see tree climbing lions in Africa Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth
Drive south through Ishasha to Bwindi. Looking for tree climbing lions enroute.
We set off early in the vehicle as the drive is long to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. However, we have the bonus of a mini-safari in Ishasha - southern sector of Queen Elizabeth - looking for the amazing tree climbing lions. Although this is a very dry area, there are decent prey densities and lions use the large fig trees found here for their afternoon snoozes. We have around 4 hours from Ishasha to Buhoma (gateway to Bwindi) and will aim to arrive early evening.

Accommodation : Engagi Lodge

Day 10

Gorilla trekking holidays including 2 treks
Gorilla Trekking in the magical Bwindi Impenetrable
After an early breakfast you will walk to the park headquarters to commence your Gorilla Trekking. Depending on the group it could take 2-4 hours to reach the group and then you have a magical hour with the family before hiking back. Rest of the day free to recover!

Accommodation : Engagi Lodge

Day 11

Forest walks and hiking in the Bwindi Forest
Enjoy the Kashasha river walk from Buhoma to Nkuringo
Slightly more challenging than the Ivy River Trail, the Kashasha River Trail offers visitors an up close experience of the natural wonders within a rain forest environment. Birds are prolific in Bwindi and your guide will point these out to you during your walk. You initially follow the famous waterfall trail through Bwindi before descending to the river and then taking on the steep trek up the Nteko ridge. The views you will receive at the top make this challenging hike all the more worthwhile.

Accommodation : Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 12

Visit Gorilla families at Nkuringo
You will go gorilla trekking with one of the 3 families close to Nkuringo
This section of forest is home to the three Nkuringo families of Mountain Gorillas from where the Lodge provides a prime access point to the start of the amazing activity. The Lodge has panoramic views of the majestic volcanoes of the Virunga chain, across the escarpment into the Albertine Rift Valley within the DRC Congo. You will start your gorilla trekking in Nkuringo with a gentle walk down to the park headquarters for a safety and health briefing, before being transferred to the start of your gorilla trek. It is not unusual in Nkuringo to trek down to the Gorillas, rather than a steep climb up which is normal when staying in Buhoma.

Accommodation : Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 13

Best places to relax in Uganda Lake Bunyonyi
Scenic drive from Nkuringo to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast drive 4-6 hours to the stunningly located ‘Birdnest Lodge’ (lake view room) with its amazing views of Lake Buyonyi, cold draft beers and gorgeous swimming pool. You can choose to either kick back and enjoy the views, or grab a canoe or mountain bike and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Accommodation : BirdNest Lodge

Days 14&15

Activities and treks available at Lake Bunyonyi
Two full days free for your own activities at Lake Bunyonyi
Two full days to relax at this beautifully situated lodge with the option for canoeing, boat trips and mountain biking around the lake (costs to be paid direct by clients)

Accommodation : BirdNest Lodge

Day 16

Early start for your long drive back to Entebbe
As with all our tours we can tailor them to your requirements. So we could add in a stop at Lake Mburo national park or include a night to relax near Entebbe with views of Lake Victoria; the choice as always is yours.

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £6000 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Travel from November 2020 until December 2021

Includes:

  • £100 donation to Gorilla Doctors
  • Adapted Landcruiser with roof opening
  • Services of an expert driver/naturalist
  • All meals at the wildlife lodges
  • 2 chimp and gorilla permits and all park entrance fees

Excludes

  • Cost of international flights and travel insurance
  • Costs for Visas to Uganda
  • Lunch and dinner in Entebbe
  • Gratuities for park guides and your main naturalist

What

Our clients say about us

Deatils
Thursday October 25, 2018
A life changing experience

The main part of the trip was gorilla trekking in Uganda and Wildlife Trails had organised this very well and provided me with a comprehensive list of what to take which was great. The lodges were...

By Alison
Sunday November 5, 2017
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Very pleasant and tailormade tour in Uganda and Rwanda. Quick, friendly and professional team at Wildlife Trails.
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Sunday October 16, 2016
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A totally stunning holiday with an excellent driver/guide who had brilliant wildlife and local knowledge, excellent driving skills, great attention to detail and a good sense of humour. The...

By Sheila
Tuesday July 14, 2015
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We had the most AMAZING 15 days in Uganda with a few days in Rwanda on safari, including the usual jeep rides but also hiking, biking, horse back riding, boating and trekking. Uganda is the...

By Jeanne and Sandra
Thursday July 9, 2015
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A truly fabulous trip, enhanced by our lovely driver/guide Hassan and many friendly people on our travels whether at our accommodation or any of our daily activities. 

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By Ruth and Mark
Wednesday July 9, 2014
An amazing trip of a lifetime!

We had the most fantastic 2 week trip to Uganda and Rwanda which didn't disappoint on any level. Our guide Stephen was super, really knowledgeable and looked after us so well. We stayed in...

By Mark
Saturday May 31, 2014
Superb all-round African wildlife experience

We spent 2.5 weeks travelling through Uganda and Rwanda in April. We spent time in a number of Uganda's wildlife reserves, went chimp trecking and visited the mountain gorillas in both Uganda...

By Gayle
Wednesday February 19, 2014
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My first trip to Rwanda for gorilla trekking, my driver guide was very friendly and answered any questions I had. He give me a history of the genocide before I went to the museum so I knew what to...

By Jude
Wednesday September 18, 2013
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An eleven day trip starting and finishing in Entebbe. Three friends travelling together in very comfortable 4x4 with excellent driver/guide. Detailed itinerary planned after discussion of exactly...

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