Overview of the 9 days Uganda gorilla safari

The 9 days Uganda gorilla safari features a visit Uganda to some of the best Uganda safari destinations like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Bunyonyi.

This Uganda safari tour kicks off with a visit to the adrenal capital of Uganda- Jinja for an adrenal rushing white water rafting activity following the turbulent white waters of the Nile. Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park the primate capital of the world and have an encounter with several of the 13 primate species that are found here as you engage in an epic Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari. Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is your next destination on this safari in Uganda experience. While here you’re in prime position to have a one on one encounter with several of the finest wild mammals that call this park their home such as 4 out of 5 of Africa’s big game which include lions, leopards, cape buffaloes and elephants. If you have a thing for birding, well you’re in the right place that will get you engaged in a Uganda birding safari escapade as you have over 6000 bird species to see while traversing Queen Elizbeth National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is your next destination a visit to Bwindi is everything you need on an Africa gorilla safari as it gives you an opportunity to be toe to toe with the amazing mountain gorillas which call this place their home. This park is home to 17 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you a gorilla trekking Uganda safari experience that’s compared to none amongst all the gorilla destinations in eastern Africa. Round up this safaris Uganda experience with a visit to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi in kabala for a relaxation at the tranquil waters of this magnificent lake.

Highlights of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Transfer to Jinja for a white water rafting

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Transfer to Kibale national park Uganda and engage in a cycling experience in Mpanga tea estate

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Do chimpanzee trekking in the morning and an evening walk in the bigodi wetlands

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:  Have a morning transfer to Queen and engage in a morning game drive as well as an afternoon boat cruise over the Kazinga channel

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:  Have a morning drive in the Ishasha sector as you transfer to Bwindi

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:  Engage in a gorilla trekking Uganda safari experience

Day 7 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Have a morning nature walk and an cultural encounter with the Batwa

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Explore the beautiful islands of Bunyonyi

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Transfer back to a Kampala or Entebbe for a flight back home

Detailed itinerary of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife

Day 1 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: This safari in Uganda commences with an early morning pickup from your hotel by one of our highly experienced guides who comes in in any of our fleet of safari vehicles such as the 4×4 safari land cruiser for hire in Uganda / 4×4 safari jeep for hire in Uganda, 4×4 safari minivan for hire in Uganda and 4×4 safari coasters for hire Uganda for large group of travellers on this epic Uganda safaris tours experience. embark on an early morning road trip to Jinja where you get engaged in an epic rafting adventure following the various 5 categories of white water rapids on the coarse of the river as it makes its preemptive mission in the Egyptian sea of the Mediterranean. During this epic tourist activity in Jinja source of the Nile, you are granted with a chance to fight all the 5 white water activities that are present here and if you’re an adventure sport fanatic this is your best chance of showing of your great skills as well show to the world that you can stir the entire coarse of the white waters without having the raft capsize. After about 3-5 hours of nothing else but pure thrill and joy return land where you can grab a quick snack then transfer to Buikwe for a zip lining experience as you explore the pristine jungle of Mabira. Just like white water rafting, zip lining is also a sport only for the daring ones as it the higher canopies of the forest with nothing else but a rope tied around your wast. From here return to the lodge for diner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation

Luxury Protea hotel Kampala, Cassia hotel Kampala, Skyz hotel Naguru

Mid range : Cassia lodge, Acacia Beach Hotel, Lake Heights Hotel Entebbe

Budget : 2 Friends Hotel, Airport Guest House

Day 2 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:   the second day of this Uganda tour kicks off with a transfer Kibale national park which lies about 312km or a 5-hour journey away from Kampala in Kibale. Even though this safari in Uganda is rather short, it comes with captivating road sightings as you get to see the lush green scenery that blankets Uganda’s land scape. Watch the sunrise on a clear day to warm you up as you journey to primate capital of the world on this 8 days short Uganda wildlife tour. Arrive in fort portal town Uganda’s tourism capital that’s beautifully tucked on the fringes of Rwenzori mountain foothills, have an fine dining experience as you partake a traditional Ugandan meal prepared using fresh and organic foods to give you the best of Uganda’s taste. After this fine dining experience your short Uganda wildlife tours, next on the agenda is a short Uganda wildlife safaris transfer to Mpanga tea estate for your cycling experience. Have ever seen how tea is processed to give you that aromatic cup of coffee you’ve always enjoyed? Well, this is your chance to see how all that is done, follow the tea harvesters on your bikes to the farm and see them as they collect the tea leaves and when you come back to the factory be part of the inspection team that monitors the quality of the tea being produced. This gives you an opportunity to tour the factory and get an insight of how one of Uganda’s best products is produced. From there return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Mountain Of The Moon, Nyaika Fort Hotel

Mid range: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Chimpanzee Nest Lodge Rwenzori View Guest Camp

Budget: Kibale Guest Cottages, Kibale Forest Camp, Rweetera Safari Camp

Day 3 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:   Start off your second day on this Uganda safari tour as you wake up early and listen to the numerous birds here sing to the new daybreak.  Dash to the restaurant for an early morning breakfast then transfer to the visitor information centre in Kibale Forest National Park where you get to undergo a short briefing about Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari rules and regulations to ensure the safety of the forest dwellers and you as well. Kick of your Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris as you venture into the forest to track these great apes, on your Uganda chimpanzee trekking tour in Kibale forest take note of the other creatures of the forest that might interest you like the birds and the various tree which will be further explained to you in great detail by your guide. On locating the chimps, you are granted an hour to observe these apes as they go about their morning duties such as feeding, grooming the young ones, take photos so that you are always reminded of your encounter with man’s closest wild cousins with A of whom we share a similar DNA of 99%. After this fine dining experience your short Uganda wildlife safari, next on the agenda is a Uganda wildlife safari transfer to Bigodi wetland located just at the fringes of Kibale National Park. Engage in a nice nature walk to over the wooden platform traversing the wetlands of Bigodi. Get to see some of the wildlife that exists here such as birds like the great blue turaco and you may come across some primates such as the vervet monkeys.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge Kibale, Mountain Of The Moon, Nyaika Fort Hotel

Mid range: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Chimpanzee Nest Lodge Rwenzori View Guest Camp

Budget: Kibale Guest Cottages, Kibale Forest Camp, Rweetera Safari Camp

Day 4 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife:  Wake up to the melodious twittering of birds that call this natural wonder home. Begin your road transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park which lies about 130km or a 3-hour drive. On arrival to Queen Elizabeth National Park, you are in for a classic wild game drive done in the Kasenyi sector. While on this drive, watch out the king of the jungle-lions which you spot roaming the vast plains of Queen Elizabeth looking for their best prey for an early lunch meal, other wild mammals to look out for include largest land mammals on the planet the African bush elephants, the stubborn cape buffaloes also numerous here and not forgetting the numerous subspecies of the antelope group that roam freely all over the plains of this great tropical paradise. After about 3 hours of exploring this untamed savanna, come back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to the Mweya jetty and begin a fascinating boat cruise which takes you on an exploration journey of the Kazinga channel. This Uganda boat cruise leads on a collision course with water mammals such as numerous hippos and Nile water crocodiles and a variety of 600 bird species that exist here. After this cruise, have an evening game drive around Kasenyi and when you get lucky, you might just bump into the predators of this savanna park which include lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.

Accommodation options

Luxury options: Mweya safari lodge, Elephant plains lodge, Park view safari lodge kyambura, Ishasha wilderness camp, Mazike valley safari lodge.

Mid range options: Simba safari lodge, Jacana safari lodge, Ihamba lakeside safari lodge, kyambura gorge lodge, king fisher safari lodge kichwamba.

Budget options: The Observatory, UWA bandas, Pumba safari lodge

Day 5 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla & wildlife: Wake up early in the morning and enjoy a heavy breakfast to energise you for the spectacular safaris  Uganda experience that awaits you on the second day of your gorilla trekking Uganda safari. check out of the lodge with your packed lunch then embark on a morning game drive through the Ishasha sector and this gives you the best chance to sight the famous tree climbing lions which are normally sighted while relaxing in the tree branches in this part of Queen Elizabeth Park. After this game drive continue with your safari Uganda journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park which takes you on a 2-3 hour journey covering about 80km.

Accommodation

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge/ Mahongany Springs Camp/Silver Buck Lodge.

Mid-range: Icumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Gift of Nature Lodge/ Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Conservation Through Public Health/ Ruhija Community Camp.

Day 6 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: day 6 of this gorilla safari Uganda kicks off with an early morning breakfast at the lodge then checkout and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park center with your packed lunch for your ultimate gorilla trekking Uganda safari experience. On arrival to the park center indulge yourself in a short briefing for about 30 minutes as you are guided about the dos and the don’ts while engaging in a gorilla tour Uganda spectacle. On meeting the gorillas you indulge in a meet and greet with our long lost cousins whom we share 96% of DNA with. You are entitled to an hour to be mesmerized by these incredible giants after which you begin trekking back to the park center where you get awarded with a gorilla trekking certificate for your trekking efforts which means so much towards the conservation of these gentle giants.

Accommodation

Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge/ Mahongany Springs Camp/Silver Buck Lodge.

Mid-range: Icumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Gift of Nature Lodge/ Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/ Conservation Through Public Health/ Ruhija Community Camp.

Day 7 of the 9 days Uganda gorilla safari: This is a rather a relaxed day as you get to wake up a little bit late and listen to the angelic voices of nature as several of the 350 bird species that are found in Bwindi sing to the new dawn. You are in for a spectacular morning sun rise as you get to see the sun rays penetrating the jungle canopy to create a heart mellowing scenery like you have never seen before. Have a heavy breakfast from a wide assortment of tea and coffee with crunchy bites to energise you for the day ahead. Prepare yourself for your next Uganda safari tour activity which is a Uganda cultural safari spectacle as you get to visit a Batwa community near the park peripherals. On arrival to this community, you are subjected to a royal’s welcome which comes in a complete package of Batwa traditional music and dance from these enchanted community members and when you feel attracted to music feel free to mingle with the Batwa and groove to this African beat. Visit the Batwa doctor and clinic  and you will be surprised by how these people have managed to get a substitute local herb to remedy their ailments without ever finding a need to visit the a modern hospital. After this really insightful cultural experience, return to the lodge for a lunch then in the afternoon you can undertake a Uganda hiking safari as you explore the pristine jungle of Bwindi as you get upclose and personal encounter with numerous of the forest dwellers such as several of the 350 bird species that are found here. At the end of this nature walk transfer lake bunyonyi for where you get to have dinner and an overnightstay.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

Mid range: Lake Bunyonyi rock resort, Lake Bunyonyi eco lodge, arcadia lodge Kabale, Bunyonyi overland resort.

Budget: Byoona Magara Island Retreat

Day 8 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzee:  This day is rather quite relaxed as it doesn’t have a lot of activities involved. Wake up at around 08: 00 am have a morning breakfast after which you get to explore the various tourist attractions of Lake Bunyonyi which include the visiting numerous islands such as Akampene islands- this island was used to be a prison for girls who had gotten from pregnant before marriage also visit the leapers island which was a dumping place for people who had got the leprosy disease. After your epic adventure, return to the lodge for lunch and have the evening free for you to fully relax from what has been a fun and exciting week. However you don’t really need to have a long gorilla safari or Uganda wildlife safaris to visit Lake Bunyonyi Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi can also be visited on short Uganda gorilla safaris like 3 days Uganda gorilla tours / 4 days gorilla safaris Uganda. Since gorillas are so popular with Africa safari goers many tour operators in Uganda / Uganda safari companies who offer these safari packages also make it a point to include a visit to this maginifcent lake. Some of the Uganda tour operators include Prime Safaris &Tours Ltd and Wild Gorilla Safaris Ltd

Accommodation options

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

Mid range: Lake Bunyonyi rock resort, Lake Bunyonyi eco lodge, arcadia lodge Kabale, Bunyonyi overland resort.

Budget: Byoona Magara Island Retreat

Day 9 of the 9 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzee:  Have a morning breakfast and transfer to back to Kampala or Entebbe for a flight back home.

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