Destinantions: Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi National Park & Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park & Kibale National Park

Safari Overview

Experience the best of Uganda through her Northwest and Southwest circuit where you will have a chance to encounter the Big 7! These are African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, Rhinoceros, Chimpanzees & Gorillas Uganda is among 11 countries where member of the big can be found. This incredible safari enables you see the Big 5 as well as experiencing a once in a life time Gorilla Trek in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Tour Highlights

  • Road trip through Northwest and south western Uganda
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park
  • Boat trip on Kazinga Channel
  • Chimpanze trekking in Kibale National Park
  • Visit to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Boat Trip on the Victoria Nile
  • Rhino Trek in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport – the adventure begins!

On your arrival at Entebbe you will be met by your guide. Having passed immigration and luggage collection please exit the arrival hall and look out for your guide who will be holding up a signboard with your name thereafter transfer to your hotel where you will have time to relax and look forward to an exciting safari

Driving distance:  15 Minutes
Activity: 0
Overnight: Boma Guest House or Airport Guest House

Day 2: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, we set off on our long drive to Murchison Falls National Park, passing local villages and different landscape. The drive takes about 07 hours. The first stop on the safari will be at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for where you will be able to Rhino Trek. This increadible experience enables you to get up close with the endagered Rhino’s which are protected and cared for in the sanctuary. After a lunch stopover the safari will continue on to Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. The River Nile runs through the park and attracts Nile crocodile, hippo and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda Kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see

Driving distance:  7 Hours
Activity: Rhino Tracking
Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 3: Game Drive and Boats Tour to the bottom of murchison falls

Early morning after breakfast you will start your game drive in the northern sector of Murchison falls national park where you will have the chance to see various animals including the Jackson heart beast, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, cape buffaloes, elephants, many monkeys and birds, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda Kob, topi and waterbuck are just a few of the big name mammals you may see. Your many be lucky to spot the lions or the rare leopard.

After lunch, you can look foward to a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnicent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice over a 40 metre drop creating the amazing spectacle. The cruise enables you to see the Nile Crocodile, pools of Hippo, Waterbucks Elephant and a variety of bird species

Driving distance: _
Activity: Game Drive, Hike & Boat Cruise
Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge or Fort Murchison Lodge

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Fort Portal

Today your guide will drive you to Fort Portal and explore the area around the base of the Rwenzori Mountains near Kibale Forest National Park, in Western Uganda, an incredibly diverse forest that is home to over 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, red Colubus monkey, the rare L’Hoest monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, baboons, etc.

Driving distance:  7 Hours
Activity: _
Overnight: Mountains of the Moon or Kibale Forest Lodge

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

After breakfast, it’s an early start to report to the ranger headquarters at 8 am in Kibale Forest National Park to track habituated Chimps. These engaging apes, our closest living relative, are great fun to watch as they play and fight in the fruiting trees. Your experience guides will introduce you to the different members of the chimp families, as well as the birds and plant life of the forest. The trails through the forest are generally easy to navigate and you will always be accompanied by Rangers.  The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier that its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into areas of Kibale Forest. Occasionally other large mammals such as buffalo, giant forest hog and numerous antelope species can also be seen. Birders will be on the look-out for an incredible list of 335 bird species. Butterfly lovers and botanists will be impressed by equally long lists of rare and endemic forest species

Driving distance:  1 Hour
Activity: Chimpanzee Tracking
Overnight: Mountains of the Moon Hotel or Kibale Forest Camp
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 6: Kibale National Park - Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning we will depart for Fort Portal via Kasese towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, set on the floor of the Rift Valley, with the occasionally visible peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains behind you. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills. The Kazinga Channel lies in central Queen Elizabeth, its banks fertile with large mammals such as hippo, elephant and buffalo and over 600 bird species, more than any other national park in Uganda

Driving distance:  3 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 7: Morning game drive, afternoon boat ride

Early morning wake up for the morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. During the game drive, you will be likely to meet Elephants, Lions, Buffalos, Antelopes, water bucks and many bird species. This will be followed by a crator drive through the crator region of Queen Elizabeth Park with magnificent views of the beautiful landscapes in Queen Elizabeth National park.  In the afternoon you will have a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. On the cruise you will see hippos, buffalo, kobs, and elephants at the water edges. Have a spectacular bird watching on the water banks, look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Storks, African Spoonbill, African White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, etc

Driving distance:  _
Activity: Game Drive & Boat Cruise
Overnight: Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Ishasha- Bwindi

After breakfast transfer via to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth in the South. You may see the tree climbing lions, among other animals such as topis, buffaloes, many bird species and among others. Thereafter we shall procced to Bwindi National Park, on our way we pass through interesting villages and have some breath taking views of the mountains. Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique jungle, with many monkey species. Bwindi is one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas! Today we will depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the world. The forest covers an area of 331 km² at the south-western edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi’s most-revered species are the approximately 400 wild Mountain Gorillas (2011 census) that make up half of the world population of these gentle apes

Driving distance:  6 Hours
Activity: Game drive in search for the tree climbing lions
Overnight: Haven Lodge Bwindi
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 9: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park

You will be up early on the morning of your Gorilla Tracking for a good breakfast in preparation for the day’s physical activity. You will report for registration at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 8 AM. After a briefing by the rangers, your gorilla trek will start. The trek usually takes between three and six hours so a reasonable degree of fitness is required, as well as a strong pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest. They will escort you through the sometimes thick bush, occasionally hacking the dense undergrowth with a machete as you search to locate the gorillas. The mountain gorillas are under 24 hour monitoring for their own safety, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them. The rangers monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact.

In part due to gorilla tourism, the population of gorillas is slowly increasing but the species remains critically endangered. Gorillas and humans share almost identical genetic material and their health must not be compromised by coming into contact with human diseases (via our food, for example). To reduce transmission of disease from humans to gorillas, you will also be advised to keep a distance of 7 metres from the gorillas.

Once you have located the gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings to one side, and approach the gentle giants, just with your camera. The guides will interpret the animals’ behaviour and advise on what you are watching. Females and their young, young males and even a dominant Silverback may be seen: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping! You will never forget your encounter with the gorillas. They will be quite curious to see you! You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to base

Driving distance:  _
Activity: Gorilla Tracking
Overnight: Haven Lodge Bwindi
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 10: Bwindi National Park - Lake Mburo National Park

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy driving through Kabale highlands. The topography is mainly green, interlocking and heavily cultivated hills with spectacular valleys. The altitude of the district ranges between 1,219 metres (3,999 ft) and 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level

Driving distance:  5 Hours
Activity: 0
Overnight: Rwakobo Rock or Eagles Nest Camp
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, dinner, Bed & breakfast

Day 11: Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe

Game drive in the morning, on our way back we can make a stopover at the Equator for photos. Transfer to the airport for your departure. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight (End of service)

Driving distance:  5 Hours
Activity: Game drive
Overnight: Flight
Meal Plan: Full board – Bed & breakfast

End of Safari

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, trekking, snorkeling and biking.


Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Gorilla permit costs $600 per Person and is included in the price. Gorilla trekking is Uganda's mostly sought after tourism activity, its therefore advisable that clients obtain their permits in advance prior the trekking date. Permits are never booked, obtained on a first come first served basis and can only be confirmed with payment


My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

Option 1: (Transport in Safari Land cruiser)
Boma Guest House
Pakuba Safari Lodge
Mountains of the Moon
Twin Lakes Safari Lodge – Upmarket category
Haven Lodge Buhoma
Rwakobo Rock – lower category

Option 2: (Transport in Safari Minibus)
Airport Guest House
Fort Murchison Lodge
Kibale Forest Camp
Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
Buhoma Community Camp
Eagles Nest Camp


What's Included

  • Transport in safari 4 X 4 landcruiser or minibus
  • Airport charges and transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park ($150 per Person)
  • Meal plan as described in the itinerary
  • Boat trip at Kazinga Channel
  • Boat trip on the Victoria Nile
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Rhino tracking
  • Game drives and crator drive in Queen Elizabeth
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park ($600 per Person)
  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips for guides
  • Any personal expenses
  • Entry visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew
  • Any sightseeing, excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Anything else not mentioned above
  • Survivors.

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.

Please observe our Additional checklist for Gorilla Tracking
  • Long sleeve shirts and trousers (old clothes recommended as they can get very dirty and torn from the thorns and jungle foliage)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses (although once in the jungle you are in the shade)
  • Gardening gloves to protect your hand from the thorns and vines
  • Good ,comfortable sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
  • Long socks to truck your trousers into
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera with lenses of different mill metres
  • Waterproof rucksack (or plastic bags inside your rucksack)
  • Plenty of water (the camp provides a packed lunch and lots of water
  • For evenings at the camp it is worth taking a warm fleece as evenings can be chilly. For the daytime light, casual clothes generally suffice.