This 14 days’ safari will give you an opportunity to experience the scenery, nature and wildlife of Uganda. Your safari will start with the beautiful Murchison falls national park that is home to the thunderous Murchison falls. You continue to the beautiful You will continue to the primate capital of the world – Kibale national park which is home to 13 primate species with the main attraction being chimpanzees. After the experience with chimpanzees in Kibale you will visit “the medley of wonders”- Queen Elizabeth national park with its wide range of wildlife and beautiful scenery of crater lakes. The tour then continues to Bwindi impenetrable national park for the ultimate gorilla trekking experience. After here you will proceed to the beautiful Lake Mburo national park – The home of Zebras and cap it up with white water rafting on the Nile.
Day 1 – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary | Encounter Rhinos
Depart for Murchison falls National Park right after an early breakfast. Enjoy the views of the scenery of Uganda along the way and colorful roadside markets. Stop at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to learn about the conservation of Rhinos at this sanctuary. After this experience, proceed to the park and visit the top of the falls depending on time before proceeding to your lodge for overnight.
Day 2 – Murchison Falls | Game drives and Boat Safari on the Nile
Murchison Falls National park is the biggest park in Uganda offering amazing game viewing. Start early with a game drive on the Northern bank of River Nile. Watch the different animals and birds in their natural habitat. During the game drive look out for bush bucks, water bucks, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest, leopards, Uganda kobs and bird species.
In the afternoon, join in a relaxing boat ride. Look out for animals coming to water and those resident /semi residents like Hippos, crocodiles, and monitor lizards.
Day 3: Lake Albert | Community Experiences
Leave for the shores of Lake Albert with a short game drive from your lodge as you exit the park. Have a brief stopover in Mubaku community and enjoy the traditional dance and folktales. This community neighbors the park and contributes to conservation of the wildlife.
Day 4: Lake Albert | Cycling on the Escapement
Have a good breakfast and leave for time in the community – learning about the lives of these people and engaging in some activities according to your interest. Visit a fishing village and water falls. Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure splashing in the pool or reading a book. The lodge has bicycles – consider enjoying a cycling tour around the village.
Day 5: Kibale national park | Explore the tropical forest
Today we depart for the home of Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park. Kibale forest is home to 13 species of primates with the main attraction being chimpanzee tracking and bird watching. The journey to this tropical forest passes villages and colorful road markets.
Have a visit to the Amabere Ganyina mwiru caves in Fort portal town and enjoy the stories about these fascinating caves with waterfalls.
Day 6: Kibale forest | Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Community
Today after breakfast, embark on the chimpanzee trekking activity. Chimpanzees share 98.7% of man’s DNA and are referred to as man’s closest relatives. The trek starts with a briefing from your ranger guide about your chimpanzee trek. This experience offers you an opportunity to view these primates in their natural habitat. After locating the chimpanzees, you are allowed to spend one hour watching them.
In the afternoon, take a walk in the Bigodi community and interact with the locals. Get a coffee experience, banana beer making experience, basketry and listen from the medicine man about how he deals with different diseases.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth park | Explore Uganda’s Wilderness
After that exhilarating experience with the chimps in their natural habitat, journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through Crater lakes region (depending on road condition) and enjoying views of the Rwenzori mountain ranges. Have a stopover at the Rwenzori Sculptors gallery.
Continue to the park and take the crater drive to enjoy the beautiful scenery of craters in the park and wildlife. Exit the park and visit the Katwe salt mines. At the Katwe salt mines, learn about the salt mining processes and the history of the area in general. Have a picnic lunch and later proceed to the lodge for overnight.
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth park | Game drives and Boat Safari
After an early breakfast we leave for a game drive joining the lion research team on lion tracking and supporting their work. The car is customized for game viewing, enjoy the exotic species which include Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Uganda Kobs etc.
In the afternoon join a boat safari on Kazinga Channel – towards Lake Edward with different animals on its banks and beautiful species of birds. Stay in the park for an evening game drive and later for a night game drive as you look out for the nocturnal animals
Day 9: Bwindi Forest | Explore the impenetrable forest
Leave after breakfast for Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The park is home to several bird species, butterflies, primates and mammals. The drive takes you through beautiful scenery of terraced hills of Kigezi highlands. The locals terrace these hills as they prepare gardens for especially planting potatoes.
Day 10: Bwindi Forest | Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Hike the impenetrable forest in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. First, you will listen to a briefing from the ranger guide. After this, you are allocated a gorilla family to track and you join other people in this group. The trail head for some of the gorilla groups are away from the briefing point so your guide will drive you to starting point. Enjoy the day in the impenetrable forest, you have up to one hour with the gorillas once you locate them. You are advised to keep reasonable silence while watching them.
Day 11: Lake Mburo | A walk in the wild
This morning after breakfast, you will transfer to the tranquil Lake Mburo national park which is the smallest of the savannah national parks in Uganda. Have a stopover at the Igongo Museum for lunch and a visit to the Ankore cultural museum.
Proceed to your lodge for check in and after return to the park for an evening nature walk in the park. You will do a 2 hour walk with a ranger guide who will share intimate knowledge of the park and wildlife.
Day 12: Jinja | Adventure Capital of East Africa
You will have early morning experience milking the cows from a cattle kraal near the park. Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out. You will have a stopover at the famous equator monument for pictures and shopping. Proceed to your hotel in Jinja for overnight.
Day 13: Jinja | White Water Rafting
Today morning after an early breakfast, you will transfer to the starting point of the white water rafting. In Jinja, the Nile finds its origin; visit the Source of River Nile where it starts its 4000 km journey through Africa and a great challenge for rafters.
For those not interested in water rafting – you will take a boat ride to the source and a community walk or Quad bike.
Optional activities: Quad bike safari, bungee jumping, horseback safari ( you can choose these instead of water rafting)
Day 14: Entebbe | Departure
We hope you had a fantastic time in Uganda. Depending on your flight time, leave Jinja after a relaxed breakfast and proceed to the airport for departure flight.
***END OF YOUR SAFARI***
This 14 Days Uganda Highlights Group safari will allow you to have an up-close experience with the different primates’ in Uganda – Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzee. You will also have many wildlife experiences and community experiences. The minimum age for trekking is 15 years for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You will be moving by road and having stopovers for stretching, washroom, photography and lunch depending on your needs.
All your transfers are arranged from the first day to the last day. We arrange these to all the activities and lodges as mentioned in the itinerary. We however do not organize airport transfers. If this is something you want from us, let us know so that we arrange it at an extra cost.
We partner with ideally located accommodations in the mid-range level of comfort and amenities. The lodges have been inspected for health and safety protocols. They offer great service.
Physical Level: Moderate to Difficult
This is an active safari – requiring to be out in the forest and volcanoes walking/ hiking for hours. You need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience. The treks can be as easy as 1 hour hike or as difficult as 4-6 hour hikes. Most of the elevations are above 2000m asl in above sea level.
Dates for this group safari
5th – 18th June 2023
21st August – 3rd September
25th September – 8th October
4th – 17th December 2023
|2 Pax||USD $5938 per person|
|4 Pax||USD $4906 per person|
|6 Pax||USD $4550 per person|
|Single Room Supplement||USD $728|
Price is based on current trekking permits fees. Should the government increase the permits, you will be informed and expected to top up to compensate for increased permit fees.
Booking and Cancellation Policy
A deposit of $2000 is required at time of booking with full payment expected 30 days before start of your safari. This is used to purchase the permits and confirm with the lodges.
Deposit can be paid via bank transfer or credit card – please contact us to send you details. If you pay using credit cards, include 4% which is surcharge from the bank.
The paid deposit for this group tour is non-refundable.
If the group tour is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your deposit will be refunded minus a 15% cancellation fee.
We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.
Should cancellation be required due to severe weather, an alternate date will be scheduled at no additional charges.
No money will be refunded if you withdraw after the tour has started.
We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Included in price
- 4×4 Vehicle for all the transfers indicated in itinerary
- English speaking driver guide
- Full board accommodation
- Water while in vehicle – 1 liter per person per
- 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
- 1 Colobus monkey permit per person
- 1 Gorilla trekking permit per person
- 1 Golden monkey trekking permit per person
- Canopy walk
- Applicable government taxes
- AMREF Evacuation Insurance Cover
Does not include:
- Airfare to and from Kigali, Rwanda
- Passport and entry Visa fees
- Bottled drinks with meals
- Items of personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs etc.
- Gratuities for local guide/ porters and drivers
- Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
This trip is available for booking now – please fill out this form. You can also request this itinerary and pricing as a private tour for you and your friends or family. Our safari experts will advise you in case you need to add on activities to this itinerary and maybe change the lodges.