Ours. Crater lake region in Uganda near Kibale Forest National Park

Best of Uganda

Trips/Gorilla Trekking Uganda

9 days

Uganda really does have it all, and in this trip we take you on adventure encompassing its star attractions. There's hiking in mist-shrouded forest to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, going on game drives and boating safaris, paddling in dugout canoes on the gorgeous Lake Bunyonyi, and so much more! The variety, beauty and adventure of it all will gift you with lifetime memories.

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Detailed Itinerary

Follow Alice map of Uganda with some popular destinations indicated

Day 1: Arrival and cave hike

Today, we fetch you from Entebbe International Airport and head to the scenic region of Fort Portal, known for its beautiful crater lakes. In the afternoon, we enjoy a hike to the fascinating Amabere (or Nyakasura) Caves and Falls.

Uganda Fort Portal crater lake

Day 2: Trek to see chimpanzees

This morning, we head into Kibale Forest on a chimpanzee habituation experience. This gives you the chance to spend four hours watching the antics of these facinating apes. Did you know that the chimp is the closest species in terms of DNA to humans? Along the way, keep a look out for the other 12 species of primates which call the forest home.

Two chimps in Kibale Forest, Uganda

Day 3: Our first game drive!

Today we travel through southeast through green countryside to reach Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park, famed for its beautiful scenery and varied wildlife, shares its western border with Lake Edward. We enjoy an afternoon game drive, during which we'll hopefully spot tree-climbing lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs and more.

Giraffes palms Murchison Falls NP

Day 4: Kazinga Channel boat safari

We head out for another exciting game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. There's also the option today of going on a boat safari on the Kazinga Channel. This is an exciting option as it affords you a different perspective of the park, and brings us into close quarters with many water birds as well as the likes of hippos and Nile crocodiles.

grey-crowned-crane-Uganda

Day 5: Safari and drive to Bwindi

This morning we enjoy one last game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, hopefully seeing even more species of wlidlife. We then drive south towards the mist-shrouded mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the last remaining homes to endangered mountain gorillas.

Male oribi in grasslands of Murchison

Day 6: Trek to see mountain gorillas!

Today, we go on a guided hike in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to find a gorilla troop! The hike itself is a treat, as the forest is an ancient and pristine one, full of diverse wildlife. Then, the pièce de resistance is spending an hour in the company of a gorilla troop. Watch them groom themselves, munch on fruit, leaves and shoots, and maybe see the infants at play. Later, we drive to Lake Bunyonyi.

Silverback and two young gorillas

Day 7: Canoe to Bunyonyi's islands

We spend time enjoying the lake and its surrounds today. Activity options include paddling in traditional dugout canoe to some of the lake's islands for lunch and an explore. There are no crocs in Lake Bunyonyi, so you can swim and even take a fun zip-line into the water! There's also plenty of great hiking trails. Later we drive to Lake Mburo Nattional Park.

Client wears coronavirus in Uganda overlooking lake Bunyonyi

Day 8: Lake Mburo cycling safari

We relax in the park today, which is home to the likes of leopards, hippos, hyenas, zebras, elands, buffaloes, reedbucks and baboons. The park is 20% wetland, so it's very lush. The highlight of the day is going on a guided bicycle safari in the morning. This is one of the few parks in Uganda where you can also enjoy nigh-time and horseback safaris.

Warthog among trees in Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Day 9: Equator visit and departure

Today we drive east towards Kampala, the capital city, stopping over at the Equator sign for lunch. Who can resist snapping a group pic while straddling the Earth's most famous line?? We take you to the airport and bid you adieu, hoping we'll see you again soon!

Follow Alice flag and group at Uganda Equator sign

Inclusions

Gorilla trek permit ($700 pp)

Chimpanzee trek permit ($250 pp)

Airport transfers

All transport in a safari car

English-speaking guide and driver

Accommodation

Meals

Drinking water

Park entrance fees

Stipulated activities

Airfares

Uganda visa

Traveller’s insurance

Tips

Alcohol and soft drinks

Optional activities

Gallery

Infant olive baboon
African buffalo and bird close up
Chameleon sitting on fern in Virunga mountains
Dugout canoes on Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
View of the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with mist and pink frangipanis in the foreground

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