5-Day Wildlife Fly-In Safari, Gorillas and Kalinzu Chimps

Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth NP

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi NP

Wildlife safaris in Uganda might not be as well-known as others, but they certainly do not disappoint. See zebras & giraffes in Lake Mburo National Park on this 5-day adventure, go to the home of half the world’s mountain gorilla population, go on game drives through QE National Park to see hippos, elephants, and tree-climbing lions, and finally trek through a kaleidoscope of wildlife and nature in the Kalinzu Forest to track chimpanzees.

Tour Highlights

Cruise down the Kazinga Channel to see crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and birds

Track chimpanzees through Kalinzu Forest Reserve with expert guides

Spot unique tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of QE National Park

Track mountain gorillas in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi National Park

Drive through Lake Mburo National Park to glimpse zebras, giraffes, topis, and Impalas.

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Trip Details

Trip Details


Adults (15-80): $3,864

Please inquire for the budget accommodation price, this is our mid-range accommodation tour

2 persons or more: $2,965 per person
3 persons or more: $2,764 per person
4 persons or more: $2,585 per person

Departure Time

The first flight from Entebbe to Mweya departs Entebbe International Airport at 07:00 AM

Meeting Point

We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:

  • Mweya Airstrip at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kasese Airport


Monday to Sunday, year-round


5 days

Difficulty Level

Moderate – uphill trekking

Group size

1 to 4 persons


  • One gorilla trekking permit per person (value of $800)
  • One chimpanzee trekking permit per person (value of $130)
  • Domestic flight (one way) on Day 1
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) as specified in the itinerary
  • Drinking water when in the safari vehicle
  • Park entrance fees and other costs described in the itinerary

Not Included

  • International flights from the country of origin
  • Accommodation for days not listed in the itinerary
  • Airport transfer only available on the day of the trip
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance
  • Gifts, gratuities, and tips
  • Other costs of personal nature
  • Optional activities (see tab 4)

What to Bring

  • Hiking boots
  • Garden gloves
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Long-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Cameras and extra batteries
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Flashlight (torch)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Other items to include: zoom lens for wildlife shots and energy bars/bites

Participation Requirements

  • Age restriction: 15-80 years old
  • A valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • We advise against people with heart problems or other serious medical conditions participating on this tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Good to Know

Depending on the availability of gorilla permits, we may propose trekking gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

What You’ll Do

You will board a domestic Aerolink Uganda flight from Entebbe Airport scheduled for departure to Kasese/Mweya Airport, Queen Elizabeth National Park. There are three departures for the domestic flight: 7:00AM, 10:15AM & 12:00PM.

A Bamboo Ecotours representative will pick you up at the Kasese/Mweya airport and drive to the lodge. Check-in at the lodge and get ready for the afternoon activity.

Kazinga channel boat cruise (if time permits)
If time permits, join the Kazinga channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. You will spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters. After the Kazinga channel boat cruise, drive to Kibale National Park. The drive to Kibale National Park will go through the famous crater lakes of the Fort Portal region.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Trekking

After early morning breakfast, we will drive to the Kalinzu forest to experience trekking the chimpanzees in their forest home. If you are lucky on the trek, you might encounter other different species of monkeys in the Kalinzu forest. These include colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys. After the chimp trek, drive to Bwindi National Park via the Ishaka-Kabale highway. The drive to Bwindi National Park will take about 5-6hrs.


After early morning breakfast, we will have a short drive to the Bwindi National Park gate to receive a gorilla-trekking briefing. The national park guide will conduct the presentation that covers the basics of what to expect during the gorilla trek and how to act to ensure the safety of both guests and the gorillas. Once you are assigned to a group, our adventure into the rainforest begins! Follow your guide through dense vegetation until you encounter these impressive creatures in their natural habitat. Depending on how far inside the forest the gorillas are, the trek can take from between 3 hours up to 8, but most last between 3 and 6 hours. After the gorilla trek, we will take you back to the lodge to enjoy a well-deserved dinner and an evening of relaxation.

On this day, we will drive from Bwindi National Park and head towards Lake Mburo National Park. There will be a stopover for lunch at the Igongo Cultural Centre near Mbarara city or take lunch at the lodge. After lunch, continue to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the lodge and get some rest before the scheduled evening game drive.  There is a provision to do the Lake Mburo boat trip to spot wildlife including giraffes, buffalos, topis, and Zebra. An evening game drive is also an option.

After early morning breakfast, enjoy a short game drive in Lake Mburo National Park. Continue with the drive to Kampala or Entebbe town. If your exit flight is on this day, continue directly to Entebbe International Airport in time for the departure flight. A short stopover is planned at the Equator crossing near Masaka town. This will be the end of the 5-day trek.

Accommodation & Meals

Optional Activities During the Safari

  • Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $90 USD
  • The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – $80 USD
  • Visit the Batwa Community in the Village – $30 USD
  • Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda – $30 USD
  • Coffee-Making Experience – $30 USD
  • Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro – $30 USD

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