Most companies seem to just have a single driver/guide – I really liked that for this type of longer tour we had a driver and a guide. The driving was very difficult and it was nice that we could ask questions without disturbing our driver, but they also worked as a great team. Really liked that setup.
8-Day Gorillas, Murchison Falls and Kibale Chimp Trek
Track Mountain Gorillas & Chimpanzees
Game Drives in QE National Park
See Murchison Falls & River Nile
This is the ultimate Uganda wildlife safari and national park tour! Not only will we embark on gorilla and chimpanzee trekking tours in the mountainous regions, but we’ll also enjoy boat trips on the River Nile and the Kazinga Channel, and spot wildlife on game drives through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We will have the opportunity to marvel at some of Uganda’s most impressive natural wonders, such as the Fort Portal Crater Lakes and Murchison Falls.
Cruise down the River Nile on a boat tour and marvel at Murchison Falls
Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve and Bwindi National Park
Gaze upon the only wild rhinos in Uganda at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Take in the beauty of the volcanic crater lakes at Fort Portal
Enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasenyi Plains, and Murchison Falls National Park
Learn about the local communities with a visit to a Batwa community village and a coffee-making experience
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Adult (15-80): $3,993 per person
Please inquire for our midrange accommodation price. This is our budget price.
2 persons or more: $2,980 per person
3 persons or more: $2,760 per person
4 persons or more: $2,540 per person
From your guesthouse in Entebbe or downtown Kampala (pick up from the airport not available unless arriving at Entebbe airport before 8:00am)
Monday to Sunday, year-round
Moderate – uphill trekking
2 to 4 persons
- Meals, as per itinerary
- One gorilla trekking permit per person (value of $700)
- One chimpanzee trekking permit per person (value of $50)
- Transport in a comfortable 4×4 safari vehicle
- Domestic flight in Uganda (day 7)
- Accommodation as described in the itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Drinking water when in the safari vehicle
- International flights from home
- Accommodation for days not listed in the itinerary
- Pick up at the airport
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Visas, travel and medical insurance
- Gifts, gratuities, and tips
- Other costs of personal nature
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
- 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
What You’ll Do
Our adventure begins at 8 am when we will transfer from Entebbe Old Town or downtown Kampala to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. Rhinos became extinct in Uganda in the early 1980s and the Ziwa site is being used as a breeding site for black and white rhinos. During our 2 hours at the sanctuary, we will see these creatures roaming around the 7,000 hectares of land and see their daily interactions.
As we leave the rhinos behind, we will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, on the shore of Lake Albert where the River Nile roars through a narrow gap creating the Murchison Falls. We will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.
Wake up to an exhilarating start to the day as we embark on a game drive in the park to spot elephants, lions, giraffe, and other wildlife. This Murchison Falls safari does not stop on the land because, in the afternoon, we will take a relaxing boat trip on the iconic River Nile where, if we’re lucky, we’ll have a chance to see crocodiles, hippos, and an array of rare birds. We will see for ourselves the point where the River Nile joins Lake Albert, which is one of the major highlights of this trip. Feel the immense power and force of the falls as the spray hits your face and you listen to the deafening roar of the water. We will return to our lodge for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 is a day of driving, but fear not, you will still be entertained! On our journey, we will pass the time by marvelling at the scenic views of the Ugandan countryside. We will start with a stopover at the famous ‘Top of the Falls’ where we have spectacular views of the Murchison Falls along the Nile River, a perfect photo opportunity for the budding photographers. Leaving Murchison Falls National Park behind and driving southwards to Kibale National Park. The drive to Kibale National Park will go through major western towns of Hoima, Kyenjojo, and Fort Portal. We will arrive in the early evening.
Day 4 starts with us heading to the Kibale forest immediately after breakfast to track the chimpanzees in their forest home. If we are lucky on the trek, we may encounter other different species of monkeys in the Kibale forest. These include colobus monkeys, olive baboons, and red-tailed monkeys.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Fort Portal Crater Lakes, perhaps Uganda’s most iconic sight. These volcanic craters formed some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago and they provide an idyllic backdrop to the extensive hiking trail network in the area. Here, you will be able to enjoy the amazing views of western Uganda’s tea farmlands and plantations. If the weather is good, we’ll get a chance to spot the Rwenzori Mountain Escarpment in the distance. After a day full of spectacular views, we will join the Kazinga channel boat trip and after we’ll check in to the lodge and relax in preparation for the following day’s game drives.
We will start the day with an early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterward, we proceed to the famed Kasenyi Queen Elizabeth National Park plains for a short game drive to spot wild animals. Kasenyi plains dwell in the vast savannahs of the Albertine rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will be a morning full of adventure! Expect to encounter lions, herds of buffalos, elephants, Uganda kobs, topi, and bushbucks. While spotting the “Big Five” in the park is not guaranteed, on a lucky day, you may see site leopards to make it to the “Big Five.”
On the way to Bwindi National Park, we will drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, popularly known for its tree-climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at Ishasha have found a way to climb the fig trees to enjoy the warm temperatures in the park. While the sighting of the tree-climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, a stopover at Ishasha is worth a visit! Dinner and overnight at Bwindi National Park.
Today is the day that many of you will have been waiting for. We will embark on a full-day adventure to track the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park. The trek will commence with a short briefing on gorillas trekking rules to ensure the safety of both the guests and the gorillas. We will then start the trek into the Impenetrable Forest to encounter the gentle giants of Bwindi National Park. We will follow the expert guides, looking for signs of the gorillas and changing direction accordingly until we find them. After this rare and memorable experience is over, we will spend the rest of the day and night in Bwindi National Park.
Transfer from Bwindi National Park to Lake Mburo National Park on this day. In the evening, a night game drive is planned at Lake Mburo National Park to spot leopards (not 100% guaranteed) and other wildlife in Uganda’s smallest savannah park. After the night game drive, we will return to the lodge for a rest.
Start the day with an early breakfast followed by a game drive at Lake Mburo National Park to spot additional wildlife. And then start a drive to Entebbe International Airport. If interested, a stopover is scheduled at the Equator crossing to grab coffee and shop for handicrafts. After the stopover, continue with the drive to Entebbe. The estimated drive time to Entebbe is 5hrs. The estimated arrival time should be sufficient to check in for the flight if you have a flight departing Entebbe in the evening.
Accommodation & Meals
- Days 1-2: Red Chilli Rest Camp(opens in a new tab) – All meals included
- Days 3: Kibale Forest Lodge(opens in a new tab) – All meals included
- Days 4: Engiri Game Lodge(opens in a new tab) – All meals included
- Days 5-6: Karungi Camp(opens in a new tab) – All meals included
- Days 7: Hyena Hill Lodge(opens in a new tab) – All meals included
- Day 8: Breakfast & lunch included
Optional Activities During the Safari
- Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- The Batwa Trail Cultural Tour inside Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Visit the Batwa Community in the Village
- Canoe Trekking at Lake Mutanda
- Coffee-Making Experience
- Mabungo Community Village Tour in Kisoro
- Sabyinyo Volcano Hiking Tour
See our Local Experiences page for more information on each activity.
See What Our Previous Guests Have Said...
The lodges were great, gorilla trekking/chimp trekking were more amazing than we could have ever thought. We got up and close to the animals. Most importantly we felt so safe and comfortable with Joseph and Herbert. They were in contact with the manager Edison the whole tour to update him on how things were going and we really loved that. We recommend this tour to all of our friends and family and would love to come back and do another.
Often, tourists from the USA or other parts of the world may feel nervous to visit a place like Uganda because of rumors in the news and hype about concerns. While these issues should be considered for individual needs, we think that tourists who travel with Bamboo EcoTours can confidently feel safe and at ease.