This extraordinary safari includes a thrilling visit with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, chimpanzee tracking in Chamburu Gorge and game drives and a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its vast array of wildlife, including the famous tree climbing lions. Uganda boasts some of the best bird watching in Africa including the rare shoebill stork and the grey crowned crane.

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Trekking to see the endangered mountain gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with the option of a second trek.

Game drives in the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, searching for tree climbing lions.

Additional option to visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for a guided visit and up close experience.

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Day 1


On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, a half day trip to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary can be arranged for you at an additional cost. This may also be organised for the end of your safari if you prefer.

Day 2

Entebbe - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bwindi. This afternoon enjoy a forest walk or a cultural visit. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, is considered the most  diverse forest in Uganda. Home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees, Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa. The park contains almost one half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, meet your guides and begin your gorilla tracking experience. The journey, through dense foliage and up steep climbs, is rewarded with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within metres of these magnificent animals, sharing in their lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities. Following the trek, return to your accommodation and, if time allows, enjoy a guided afternoon forest or community walk. (B)

Day 4

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today there will be an option for a second gorilla trek (must be pre-booked and is an extra cost). (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning drive to the Ishasha section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Afternoon game drives will be enjoyed in the Ishasha area, looking for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant, Uganda kob and the famous tree-climbing lion found in the area. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Spend the day enjoying game drives in the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. You may encounter herds of elephant, buffalos and antelopes, large groups of hippos, and crocodiles basking on the shore. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Queen Elizabeth National Park - Entebbe

This morning travel early to the Chamburu Gorge to enjoy chimpanzee trekking. The forest is alive with noise and you should be lucky enough to see the habituated chimps during your trek. After this, depart to the airstrip for the flight back to Entebbe. (B)(L)

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