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Six Nights, 7 Days Safari
Availability : February 2024 to March 2026
Entebbe International Airport, Uganda
Western Uganda
Min Age : 15+
Tour Summary

This 7-day Wildlife & Culture Adventure is an exclusive Uganda safari that will give you a rich and satisfying experience of Uganda for 7 days and 6 nights. The safari components include primates, other wildlife and a community visit. A Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking and a Batwa community cultural experience, enjoy a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, do chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park before your transfer back to Kampala.

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport, Uganda

Departure Time

Pickup on Airport Arrival or Upon client request

Price Includes

  • All Park Entry Fees + Gorilla Permit + Chimp Permit & related charges
  • 6 Nights Hotel/ Safari Lodge Accomodation
  • English & Swahili speaking Tour Guide
  • All transportation during entire Safari (7days)

Price Excludes

  • Tips to local guides + Potter Fees
  • Air fare & Visa fees
  • Laundry & Room Service Fees
  • Any Private Expenses

Complementaries

  • Free Hospitable Africa T-shirt
  • Free Swahili learner's booklet
  • Free Wi-fi Internet
What to Expect
  • Equatorial and Tropical weather conditions with unpredictable rains, so pack your raincoats/ raingear
  • Uneven Park terrain, so come along with sturdy footwear for easy maneuvering
  • Well blended mix of nature & culture, so pack your cameras for photo moments
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellant cream are Must-haves
  • The Uganda Shilling is the currency used in the target destinations for this tour
  • We recommend Early Booking & Early Payment for this Tour.
Itinerary

Day 1Airport Pickup + Transfer from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Your wildlife and culture adventure begins and ends in Entebbe or Kampala. Your guide will pick you up form the Airport or your hotel early in the morning and drive you to the southwestern part of the country through a verdant countryside. You may have a stopover at the traditional drum makers and for photos at the Equator. Stop for lunch at the Igongo Cultural Center Mbarara. Proceed south through the fascinating scenery of the Kigezi highlands, beautifully adorned with terraces and nicknamed the “Switzerland of Africa”.

You will reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the evening and check-in at the booked lodge.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Day 2Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park + Batwa Pygmy community encounter

The highlight of the day and one of the most exciting experiences – meeting the gentle gorillas of the mist! Have an early breakfast at 6:30 am and proceed to the park headquarters by 7:30 am for a briefing from the park rangers. Ensure to carry along a rain jacket, face mask, drinking water, snacks, and ankle-high jungle boots.

The park rangers will allocate different gorilla families which you will track. Besides the gorillas, other animals such as antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzees, baboons, and elephants can also be seen. The park is home to about 350 bird species. Take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare mountain gorillas. This is perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth.

When you finally get to meet the gentle giants, remember: About 1 hour of tracking time, 7m distance, no contact, no running away in case you are charged at, and no flash photographs as silverbacks or dominant males may not like it.

In the late Afternoon to early evening hours, we visit a Batwa Forest Pygmy community where you experience what these amazing forest folks are all about.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)

Day 3Depart Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park + Game Drive at Queen Elizabeth National Park

We will drive through the countryside, passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Northern part of the park (Ishasha sector). Look out for the tree-climbing lions resting in the fig trees.

You may also be rewarded by the sight of elephants, waterbucks, and antelopes grazing in the Ishasha plains.

Have lunch and continue to the upper part of the park at Kasenyi with an afternoon game drive. Retire and check in at your booked lodge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4Queen's Game Drive + Mweya Boating Safari (Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Take a 6:30 am game drive to catch up with the early risers like the leopard, lion, and spotted hyena among others. The park has a diverse ecosystem of grassland plains, tropical forests, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters. This makes it home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

As you take the Kasenyi trail, look out for buffalos, elephants, giraffes, warthogs, kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, duikers, etc. You can also expect to see magnificent birdlife that includes the martial eagle, the woodland kingfisher, the great blue turaco, and the grey plantain eater. Up to 606 species have been recorded in the park. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast.

After lunch, go for the afternoon boating safari along the Kazinga Channel. (Lake Edward + Lake George).  This is home to a variety of waterbirds like the African fish eagle, skimmer, pelican, and the pre-historic-looking shoebill. On a hot day, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks and crocodiles can be seen as they bathe and drink at the water’s edge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park + Kibale Forest National Park + Bigodi Wetlands Nature Walks

After breakfast, you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, famed for its high population of primates in Africa and home to the chimpanzees. You will pass through Kasese town as you enjoy the captivating sight of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges decorating the skyline’s background. You’ll arrive in Kibale in time for lunch.

After lunch, you will embark on a nature walk through the Bigodi Wetland for primate and bird watching before returning to your lodge for your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Day 6Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch for a briefing by the senior park guide. Proceed to track man’s closest relative of all the apes in this vast forest. Encounter other primates like olive baboons, bonobos, red colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, red and blue monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys. You will also see a wide variety of birds.

If time allows, you may take an optional evening visit to the crater lakes of Ndali. Retire for overnight at your lodge.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Day 7Transfer from Kibale Forest National Park to Entebbe/Kampala + Local Cuisine Lunch (Luwombo)

You will check out from the lodge after breakfast and transfer back to Kampala. Drive through Mubende after an exciting Uganda primate and wildlife adventure. Take an optional visit to the Nakayima Tree, A Traditional Religious Site (A.T.R; – African Traditional Religion) which is believed to be the house of the goddess Nakayima and her spirits. Some locals visit her to seek her favor.

Proceed with an en-route local cuisine lunch in Mityana.

You can have a brief tour around Kampala and end your 7-day adventure with some last-minute souvenir shopping. Thereafter, transfer to Entebbe Airport, arriving in time for your departure. We thank you for choosing us. We look forward to welcoming you again. Have a safe journey!

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
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