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What’s included

  • A qualified English-speaking local guide
  • Experienced ranger guide in Kibale, Rwenzori Mountains, Bwindi and Lake Mburo
  • 14 nights in good standard accommodation
  • All tracking permits, excursions and entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Safe drinking water
  • All road transport as described in the itinerary
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • The chance to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Gorilla & Wildlife Walking Safari, Uganda Wildlife

Walking & Trekking

Uganda | Walking & Trekking

Gorilla & Wildlife Walking Safari, Uganda
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Flight inclusive from £4,445,
Land only from £3,695

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A wildlife adventure like no other - tracking great apes in their natural environment.

Highlights

  • A real once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Track gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat
  • Take a boat trip on the mighty River Nile
  • See the spectacular Murchison Falls
  • Experience incredible wildlife safaris in Uganda’s best national parks
  • Tick off the “Big Five”

Reviews          

The trip overall was most enjoyable and Uganda is a destination that pleased beyond expectation.
Mr D, Manchester

The itinerary was excellent. We saw and did so much in the 2 weeks
birds, animals, varied and amazing scenery, plus the highlight was sitting about 2 metres from a gorilla. Most days was packed with activity, which I really enjoyed as I want to see/do as much as possible when I travel.

A wonderful holiday which showcased the diversity of wildlife, birds, landscape and flora that Uganda has to offer. Savannah, rainforest, mountain, lake, all in a country the size of the UK. Almost every day had a highlight, Murchison Falls, the crater lakes, 4 out of the big 5, spectacular scenery and then there were gorillas. My personal favourites were seeing a leopard close up, Murchison...
Lena, Cumbria

Wow, what a trip! Seeing the chimps and gorillas in their natural environment on this walking safari really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With so few gorillas in the wild it was a very special experience, one I'll treasure for a long time. Uganda itself is a very beautiful country and has lots of wildlife to be seen, including the big five and countless colourful birds.
Mr P, Gloucestershire

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With fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left in the world, this is a privileged opportunity to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitat. Accompanied by our expert ranger guide we track a family of gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and observe their behaviour and daily life. The chance to encounter such rare wildlife at close quarters is a truly remarkable experience. We will also spend a full day tracking chimpanzees in the Kibale National Park, watching how they hunt, feed, play and interact.

In addition to our time with the apes we enjoy a boat trip on the Nile, scenic walks to beautiful viewing points and safaris in several of Uganda’s other game-rich national parks giving us an excellent chance of spotting the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

We stay in characterful lodges and a safari camp set in delightful locations, where we can relax and feel at one with the magnificent natural surroundings of this captivating African land.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
Walks on: 10 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Entebbe

Accommodation types: Hotels, Lodges, Forest Camp

Meal arrangements: All meals included except dinner on day 2 in Entebbe. This equates to 12 dinners, 13 lunches and 13 breakfasts.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Entebbe, Uganda.
3
Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive to Murchison Falls NP.
4
Game drive in Murchison Falls NP. Afternoon boat trip on the River Nile to Murchison Falls.
5-6
Drive to Kibale NP. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest. Walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.
7-8
Walking in the Kibale Forest and Rwenzori Mountains NP. Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP.
9
Safari drive in Queen Elizabeth NP, followed by a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel.
10-11
Game drive to see tree climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector. Continue to Bwindi NP.
12
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
13
Walk to Kisoro town. Drive to Lake Bunyonyi.
14
Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Guided cyle ride.
15-16
Safari walk in Lake Mburo NP. Drive to Entebbe. Transfer to airport for flight home.
17
Arrive London.
Leader: Local leader, Uganda
Local leader, Uganda

In Uganda you will be led by a local English-speaking guide with guiding qualifications and valuable experience. They will share with you their passion and knowledge to ensure you have an enjoyable holiday in Uganda. These guides have extensive knowledge of the wildlife and are excellent are spotting these!


Gorilla & Wildlife Walking Safari, Uganda Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Entebbe

    Fly from UK to Entebbe.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Entebbe
  2. Day 2 - Arrive in Entebbe.

    On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda you will be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in Entebbe just a short 10 minute drive from the airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Boma Hotel Or Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe
  3. Day 3 - Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Drive to Murchison Falls National Park (6-7 hours).
    gorilla and wildlife walking safari ziwa rhino sanctuary.

    This morning you will begin your journey to Murchison Falls National Park taking you past the hustle and bustle of Kampala, Uganda's capital city. On route you'll make a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for your first wildlife experience of the holiday. At the sanctuary you'll have a short walking safari to see up-close the endangered Southern white rhinos that are being re-introduced to Uganda. To date, the project has proudly provided a safe haven for 15 Southern white rhinos and continues to grow its numbers as the rhinos reproduce.

    Afterwards you continue on to Murchison Falls National Park. At 1,480 square miles this is Uganda's largest national park and is abundant in wildlife and diverse landscapes. You will arrive at your accommodation for the night, located on the banks of the River Nile where you are likely to spot pods of hippos.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Murchison River Lodge Or Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
  4. Day 4 - Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and River Nile boat trip with walk to the top of the Murchison Falls.

    After an early breakfast you will take a game drive in the park. The drive takes you across the savannah, through the Borassus palm forest and across grassland down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north. You'll be in search of wildlife roaming the African savannah including lions, leopards, hyenas, elephants and buffalo. Be sure to also look overhead, for Murchison Falls National Park has an impressive diversity of birdlife, including the Black-chested snake eagle, Secretary bird, colourful Swallow tailed bee-eater and the prehistoric-looking Shoebill stork.

    You will spend the afternoon on the Nile where the crocodiles and hippos reside, taking a boat trip along the river to see the powerful Murchison Falls. The waterfall is between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert and is where the mighty River Nile forces itself through a narrow seven meter gorge and tumbles down over 40 meters with immense power. At the waterfall you will have the option to walk to the top to get the best view of the falls from above. The walk to the top takes about 45 minutes to an hour, but is worth it for the close-up view which you can't quite get from the boat.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Murchison River Lodge Or Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
  5. Day 5 - Drive to Kibale National Park.

    This morning you will leave Murchison Falls National Park for the long drive to Kibale National Park ready for your chimpanzee experience tomorrow. The drive will take about 8 hours and en route you'll drive past many scenic tea plantations and have a break in Fort Portal for lunch. You should arrive at Kibale Forest Camp in the afternoon where you can refresh yourself and perhaps relax on the private veranda and try spotting the wildlife in the surrounding forest.

    The 296 square mile tropical rainforest at Kibale boasts the highest concentration of primates anywhere in Africa and is home to 13 different species including the rare red colobus and L'Hoest's monkeys. It is also one of the best places in the world to track chimpanzees in the wild.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kibale Forest Camp Or Isunga Lodge, Kibale National Park
  6. Day 6 - Chimpazee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. Bigodi Swamp walk. Optional visit to local village and school.
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    Today you will visit Kibale Forest and spend time tracking and observing chimpanzees, its most famous inhabitants. Kibale has one of the highest diversities and densities of primates in all of Africa totaling 13 species including the black and white colobus, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos. As you are walking through the forest, your guide will identify any primates you see as well as other birds and wildlife that inhabit the forest.

    Once your guides have located a family of chimpanzees you will be able to observe their behavior as they swing through the trees, play on the ground, feed and interact with each other. It's a truly fascinating experience that is over all too quickly.

    In the afternoon you have the opportunity to go on a guided walk through the swamps, of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is adjacent to Kibale National Park. The wetland provides a home for many different primates and other mammals and is considered a birdwatcher's paradise.

    After the walk you can go on a community walk in nearby village or visit a school in where you can talk to the students and teachers and participate in the lessons. Alternatively you can return to your lodge and simply relax.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kibale Forest Camp Or Isunga Lodge, Kibale National Park
  7. Day 7 - Walking in Kibale Forest - 3-4 hours.

    Today you'll enjoy a walk in the Kibale Forest National Park. You follow a pleasant trail that takes you past crater lakes, rural villages and manicured tea plantations. Tea has become one of Uganda's most important crops and the country is now the third biggest producer of tea in Africa. Uganda's climate provides plentiful sunshine and rainfall, along with rich soil conditions and a relatively high altitude; in fact everything required to grow large quantities of good quality tea. As you walk and travel through the countryside you will no doubt see much evidence of this thriving industry.

    Your picturesque path takes you uphill to reach an observation point aptly called 'the top of the world'. From here your exertions are rewarded with fantastic, far-reaching views over rainforest and crater lakes, as far as the distant peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kluge’s Guest Farm, Fort Portal
  8. Day 8 - Walking in Rwenzori Mountains National Park - 5-6 hours. Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

    Today you will be walking in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated for both its bio-diversity and natural beauty. Located in southwestern Uganda, the Rwenzori Mountain range straddles the equator on the Uganda-Congo border and is the highest in all Africa with three peaks over 5,000m. It is home to Africa's third highest peak after Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya and provides a haven for numerous species of birds, wildlife and flora, including several that are unique to this region.

    The trail takes you to a maximum altitude of 2,300m and partly follows the River Mubuku from which you'll get lovely views of Baker and Portal and, on a clear day, the snow-capped Margherita Peak, 5,109 metres, a truly spectacular sight of the Rwenzori Range's highest summit. Along the trail you may come across lots of wildlife, in particular chameleons, vervet monkeys and a variety of birds.

    After your walk in Rwenzori Mountains National Park you will drive south to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Enganzi Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  9. Day 9 - Full day at Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    gorilla and wildlife walking safari lion queen elizabeth national park ap.

    Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, making it an incredible destination for a safari. Lions, hippos, hyena, elephants and leopards are just some of the mammals you are likely to spot, alongside primates such as chimpanzees and Colobus monkeys. The park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park from the open savannah to rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.

    You start the day with an early morning game drive through the park, followed by a cultural visit to one of the fishing villages around the park to get an understanding of the local way of life.

    In the afternoon you will take a leisurely boat trip on the Kazinga Channel. The natural channel links Lake Edward and Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and attracts plenty of birdlife, crocodiles, elephants and pods of hippopotamus - all of which you will be able to admire as you journey up the channel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Enganzi Lodge, Queen Elizabeth National Park
  10. Day 10 - Game drive in Ishasha. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

    After breakfast you will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the way you will have a game drive in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is renowned for its resident tree climbing lions. This is one of only two places in the world you can see these lions and you will notice that the males of the pride are easily identified by their black manes. Along with the lions you may also see large herds of buffalo, antelope and hippo.

    From Ishasha you continue to Bwindi the home of the Mountain Gorillas. Of Uganda's forested parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is of course best known for gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes, as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Silverback Lodge, Buhoma
  11. Day 11 - Walking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - 5-6 hours.

    Today you will walk through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Nkuringo via the Ivy River Trail. Bwindi is a primeval forest covering approximately 128 square miles. The forest is within a mountainous region so the trail will involve some steep inclines with altitudes from 1,460m to 2,160m, but during this wonderful rainforest experience you will be able to spot a large variety of wildlife. Colobus monkeys, Bush duikers, 220 species of colourful butterflies and 350 bird species are all abundant in this ancient, 25,000 year old forest.

    At the end of the day you will transfer to your accommodation for the night in Bwindi, pleasantly located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Lake Mutanda and its islands, coupled with a stunning backdrop of the Virunga Mountain volcanoes in the distance.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chameleon Hill Lodge, Bwindi
  12. Day 12 - Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
    gorilla and wildlife walking safari gorilla_tracking bwindi ap.

    It's an early start this morning as you venture into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of the mighty Mountain Gorilla. Sadly the mountain gorilla is considered critically endangered and only exist in small numbers, so this really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Getting up close to a family of gorillas and observing their daily life is an experience like no other and one that will not be forgotten. Mountain gorillas depend on strong social bonds and usually live in groups of up to 20. Bwindi forest has many groups, only some of which have been habituated - a process that takes up to 5 years to get the groups used to human presence.

    You will be assisted by an experienced ranger who will guide you through the forest and share their knowledge about the forest's flora, fauna and the habits of the gorillas. Your day is entirely dependent on the location and movements of the gorillas, usually tracking them can take anything from one and seven hours. As the gorillas will be leading the way you will not be following marked paths and some of the terrain could be challenging, but this exclusive wildlife experience will make all your exertions worthwhile.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Chameleon Hill Lodge, Bwindi
  13. Day 13 - Walk to Kisoro - 3 hours. Drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

    In the morning you'll walk from your lodge in Bwindi to the town of Kisoro. From here, you'll make your way to one of Uganda's most beautiful lakes - Lake Bunyonyi. The drive is approximately two to three hours, but the stunning views en route of the terraced mountains make this a pleasant journey through what is known as the "Switzerland of Uganda". On arrival you'll be able to take in the natural beauty of this area from the comfort of your hotel - the lake, the hills, and the prolific birdlife.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort, Bunyonyi
  14. Day 14 - Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Guided cycle ride.

    Today you drive to Lake Mburo National Park. The park forms a mosaic-like habitat with rocks, dry slopes, open and wooded savannas, forests, and swamp. This diversity of habitats is reflected in the diversity of bird life with 313 bird species recorded in the park, including flame head Barbet, Long-tailed Zitting Cisticola (Tabora), African Bins Rail, Collared Barbet and binding Bush singer among others.

    Once you have settled in to your accommodation, you will head out for a guided cycle ride in the park.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Lake Mburo National Park
  15. Day 15 - Nature walk and game drive in Lake Mburo National Park. Drive to Entebbe.
    gorilla and wildlife walking safari zebras lake mburo national park ap.

    Before driving to Entebbe you will have a final chance to experience the superb wildlife and scenery of Uganda as you take an early morning nature walk and game drive.

    After your time at Lake Mburo you will make your way to Entebbe - a journey of 5-6 hours. On route your driver will take a rest stop at an intersection in Kampala - the earth's equator! And, after some lunch and a chance to stand with each foot on different sides of the world, you will continue to your hotel in Entebbe.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Boma Hotel Or Lake Heights Hotel, Entebbe
  16. Day 16 - Transfer to the airport.

    After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  17. Day 17 - Fly Entebbe to London

    Today you will arrive in the UK.

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What’s included

  • A qualified English-speaking local guide
  • Experienced ranger guide in Kibale, Rwenzori Mountains, Bwindi and Lake Mburo
  • 14 nights in good standard accommodation
  • All tracking permits, excursions and entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Safe drinking water
  • All road transport as described in the itinerary
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option)
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • The chance to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Optional sightseeing/activities
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Evening meal on day 2, Entebbe


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

We had a great time!          

The trip overall was most enjoyable and Uganda is a destination that pleased beyond expectation.

An excellent holiday, the best I've had for a long while!          

The itinerary was excellent. We saw and did so much in the 2 weeks - birds, animals, varied and amazing scenery, plus the highlight was sitting about 2 metres from a gorilla. Most days was packed with activity, which I really enjoyed as I want to see/do as much as possible when I travel.

Gorillas, game, grand scenery, it doesn't get better than this.          

A wonderful holiday which showcased the diversity of wildlife, birds, landscape and flora that Uganda has to offer. Savannah, rainforest, mountain, lake, all in a country the size of the UK. Almost every day had a highlight, Murchison Falls, the crater lakes, 4 out of the big 5, spectacular scenery and then there were gorillas. My personal favourites were seeing a leopard close up, Murchison Falls, L Mutanda with the Virunga volcanoes as a back drop and being up close and personal with a Silverback gorilla. If anything, this holiday was several holidays in one.

Uganda is the trip of a lifetime!          

Wow, what a trip! Seeing the chimps and gorillas in their natural environment really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With so few gorillas in the wild it was a very special experience, one I'll treasure for a long time. Uganda itself is a very beautiful country and has lots of wildlife to be seen, including the big five and countless colourful birds.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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