Grey crowned cranes in Mabamba Swamp, Uganda

Definitive Uganda

Trips/Gorilla Trekking Uganda

14 days

This is our dream Uganda adventure – we visit all of the very best spots the country has to offer! We go gorilla and chompanzee trekking, go on safari and boat safaris in the very best national parks, marvel at the spectacular Murchison Falls, raft on the Nile, hike to Sipi Falls, canoe on Lake Bunyonyi and zipline into the water, explore the cities of Kigali and Kampala, and more.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

After being fetched from Entebbe International Airport by your local leader, you're driven to the colonial town of Jinja on the shores of Lake Victoria. Jinja sits at the spot where a river – the White Nile! – flows out of the lake and begins its long journey towards the Mediterranean. If there's time and you're keen, you could go on thrilling tubing adventure down the Nile. Then, in the late afternoon, you enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake.

Seraina sleeping leopard in tree in Murchison Falls NP Uganda

Day 2: Mt Elgon and coffee tour

This morning you head to Mount Elgon National Park in the east of Uganda. The area is famous for growing Bugisu arabica coffee. You will enjoy learning about the world's favourite beverage on a coffee tour. The guide shares with you how locals go about coffee farming, processing and roasting. And the profits from your tour go towards community projects – awesome!

Mount Elgon forest Uganda

Day 3: Sipi Falls hike

This morning after breakfast you head to Sipi Falls, which sits on the edge of Mt Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border. The falls is a series of three drops, with the longest and most iconic being 100 m. Those who want can abseil alongside it! There's also a scenic hike to a pretty cave for those looking for further adventure.

The beautiful Sipi Falls in Uganda

Day 4: Murchison Falls sunset safari

This morning you drive west to reach Murchison Falls National Park, one of the most beautiful and popular spots in all of Uganda. Once there, you can take time to settle in, swim, enjoy lunch, and perhaps take an afternoon snooze. You then go on an early evening game drive in the park. Some of the animals to look for include lions, elephants, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs, giraffes and Nile crocodiles!

Beautiful sunset on safari in Murchison Falls Uganda

Day 5: Boat trip to Murchison Falls

You go on an early morning game drive in the park to look for those animals that were elusive last night. Later in the day you go on a boat cruise up the river to gawp at Murchison Falls, a truly powerful waterfall. Also called Kabalega Falls, this waterfall sits on the section of the Victorian Nile that's runs between Lakes Kyoga and Albert. Its at this point that the river is squeezed between a narrow gap of rock (less than 10 metres in width), hence its extremely powerful surge.

Murchison Falls

Day 6: Waterfall hike

This morning you hike to the top of Murchison Falls. The top of the falls offers a spectacular view over the surrounding landscape. It also helps you to appreciate the power of the waterfall from a different angle. You then enjoy a scenic drive on your way to Kibale Forest, a beautiful rainforest that's a sanctuary for many Old World primates, other wildlife and birds. You can see the Rwenzori Mountains – often called the Mountains of the Moon – in the distance during your drive.

Ours. Red colobus monkey Kibale Forest Uganda

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking

Today you go chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park! You go on a guided hike into the forest to find a chimp troop to visit. Also look for black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys during the hike. This is a fantastic experience, with the guide sharing fascinating info about the plants and animals you see. There's also the option of going on a longer chimp habituation experience for anyone who's keen.

Chimp in Kibale Forest Uganda

Day 8: Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Today you travel to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of Uganda's best game reserves. You go on a safari drive, and should be on the lookout for a variety of large game, like lions, elephants, buffaloes, Ugandan kobs and cheetahs. Later in the afternoon you hop on boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel. This natural channel of water links Lake Edward and Lake George and is an important ecosystem that hosts many animals and waterbirds like hippos, Nile crocs and shoebill storks to name just a few.

Kazinga Channel Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda safari

Day 9: Game drive

This morning you go on another game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Hopefully you can spot some of the animals you missed the day before. Wild animals move around as they please, of course, and so the more game drives you go on, the more chances of spotting all of the various species living in the park. Later you drive south through the rolling Ugandan countryside and past dramatic crater lakes en route to the mist-shrouded Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Uganda safari giraffes

Day 10: Gorilla trek

Today is the day you see gorillas! First off, you receive a briefing from the trek guide on the do's and don'ts when in the company of the gorillas. You then trek into the forest, which is dense with hardwoods, vines, ferns and more. Expect to get muddy! Also, look for unusual birds and Old World monkeys. We encourage you to not spend your hour with the gorillas behind a camera lens, but rather try to be really present in the moment.

mountain gorilla in Uganda

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi hike

After breakfast, you drive to Lake Bunyonyi, a very deep lake containing 29 islands of differing sizes. This is a green and rural region of terraced farms and small villages. We suggest a late afternoon hike or bike ride around the lake to see some of the villages and take in different views of the lake. The word bunyonyi actually means 'place of many little birds', so there's that too!

Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Canoe Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a great spot for adventure. This morning you can do whatever takes your fancy: ride quad bikes up and down the hills edging the lake; zip line into the water; paddle in traditional dugout canoes to one of the islands for lunch; take a boat cruise on the lake; or simply relax on the terrace of the lodge, which sits high above the water and offers incredible views. In the afternoon you travel to Lake Mburo National Park.

Dugout canoes on Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Day 13: Cycling safari

Today you can enjoy a morning bush walk to see the smaller creatures of the African bush or take part in a cycling safari – imagine cycling past a dazzle of zebras! You might well also want to just spend time relaxing at the swimming pool. This evening you enjoy a night safari to see some of the park's nocturnal animals. If you're lucky, perhaps you'll spot a leopard out on the hunt.

Adult male golden klipspringer in Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

Day 14: Departure day

Today is your final day in Uganda. Sniff, sniff. Your local leader drives you back to Entebbe International Airport so you can catch your flight home.

Uganda sundowners with friends Lake Bunyonyi

Inclusions

Gorilla trek permit ($700 pp)

Chimpanzee trek permit ($250 pp)

Airport transfers

All transport (in a safari car)

English-speaking guide and driver

Mid-range accommodation

Meals

Drinking water

Park entrance fees

Stipulated activities

Airfares

Uganda visa

Traveller’s insurance

Tips

Alcohol and soft drinks

Optional activities

What others have to say

Chris and Manu
Chris & ManuJul 2022
We spent 14 wonderful days in Uganda together with our amazing guide Shafic. Thanks to the whole Follow Alice team for making such a memorable trip fo...
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Seraina
SerainaOct 2021
I did a trip with Follow Alice around Uganda and it was amazing. Michael did a great job putting together a nice route to all kinds of different spots...
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Gallery

Ours. Tree climbing lion in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
A male Ugandan kob
Ours. Infant chimpanzee Kibale Forest Uganda
Ours. Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) male in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Murchison falls in Murchison falls national park

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