12 Days Uganda Safari

12 Days Uganda Safari for Gorilla Trekking, Wildlife & Chimpanzee Watching12 Days Uganda Safari for Gorilla Trekking, Wildlife & Chimpanzee Watching

The 12 days Uganda Safari into the thick forests to track the endangered Gorillas, Wildlife & Chimpanzee Watching draws tourists close to mother nature, leaving them with unforgettable experiences.

12 days Uganda Safari Tour starts and ends in Kampala City with unforgettable memories of a diverse of savannah and forest-dwelling wildlife species.

The package includes visits to Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison falls National parks for game drives filled with animal sightings. 

Visits to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mesmerizing gorilla trekking experiences and Kibale Forest National Park for unforgettable chimpanzee trekking tours.

A bonus visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary while connecting to Murchison falls National Park as well as Bigodi wetland Sanctuary during chimpanzee tours.

12 Days Uganda Safari Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda, through Entebbe International Airport

Receive a warm reception from our Company representative on getting at Entebbe International Airport, then get transferred to your booked corteges for a bit of relaxations and preparations for your upcoming adventurous safaris.

Overnight stay:

  • Luxury: Sheraton Hotel Kampala.
  • Midrange: Protea Hotel.
  • Budget: Buziga Country Resort.

Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Depart for Murchison falls National Park with en-route stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Enjoy breakfast, then depart for the spectacular Murchison falls National Park in north-western Uganda.

This marvelous 7-8 hours’ journey involves breaking the journey at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for the magnificent Rhino sightings, a home to  a small herd of  endagered rhinos left in Uganda.

Drive off for Lunch at Kabalega Diners, a popular eatery for tourists visiting northern destinations.

Then straight to Murchison falls National Park, enjoy the incredible game drives around the park. Lodge within the park, for a quiet evening as you are getting fully drowned in nature.

Overnight stay:

  • Luxury: Nile Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Heritage Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Journey time: 7-8 hours including the different en-route stops.

Day 3: Whole day discovering the beauty of Murchison falls National Park

After a warm breakfast at the Lodge, start off with a game drive along the endowed northern banks of River Nile filled with bright views of wildlife and nature.

After this fulfilling game drive, return back to the Lodge for Lunch and some bit of relaxation.

In the afternoon, join other enthusiastic visitors at the Paraa jetty for the Launch cruise that increases chances of encountering more of Uganda’s wildlife species most especially the Semi-Aquatic species.

After this enjoyable boat cruise, hop into the vehicle for a transfer to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight stay:

  • Luxury: Nile Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Heritage Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4: Connect to Kibale Forest National Park for chimp trekking

Early in the morning, drive through the Albertine escarpment, traditional villages, vast banana and tea farms before entering Fort Portal Town in the west for lunch.

Visit the breathtaking Crater Lakes in the afternoon and then get treated with a delicious dinner, have a  peaceful night at the booked lodges. 

Overnight stay at:

  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Primate Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Travel time: 7-8 hours.

Day 5: The fulfilling Chimp trek in Kibale Forest National Park

On day five, Explore Kibale Forest National Park accompanied with a thrilling chimpanzee trekking adventure. 

 Have a warm soupy breakfast then take off to a converge at Kanyanchu .

It is started with a comprehensive briefing that will take you through the guidelines to be followed while trekking or watching the endangered Chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

After all the necessary briefing, sharing pleasantries, preparing your trekking gear, hiring the porter, set out into the forest to search for our close cousins who are possibly going about their daily activities.

Approximately 1-2hours are spent on this adventurous activity, then trek out of the woods to embark on the rest of the journey for the day.

After the chimp trek, you can either chose to rest or visit Bigodi wetland Sanctuary for its unique primates and wetland bird species. 

 Overnight stay at:

  • Luxury: Ndali Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Primate Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Travel time: 7-8 hours.

Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for another Unforgettable Wildlife experience

On this day, we leave  Kibale Forest National Park, driving southwest via breathtaking countryside sceneries and stunning landscapes to the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Here we shall enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and game drive through its sweeping plains to discover the animals that call the area home.

Your dinner and overnight will be at the booked Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Overnight at:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Elephant Plains Lodge
  • Midrange: Enganzi Safari Lodge or Marafiki Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Tembo Safari Lodge or Mweya Hostels.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park tour-Western Uganda.

For the entire day, we are viewing and tracking down animals in the wilderness .

we enjoy nature walks in the safe zones.

The afternoon is dictated to discovering Kazinga Channel through a boat cruise where Hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, Uganda Kobs and buffaloes will be spotted in varying numbers.

Overnight at:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Elephant Plains Lodge
  • Midrange: Enganzi Safari Lodge or Marafiki Safari Lodge.
  • Budget: Tembo Safari Lodge or Mweya Hostels.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8: Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla treks

Leaving the picturesque Queen Elizabeth National Park behind, make way further south to the beautiful Bwindi National Park, home to the largest mountain gorilla population.

Here you will get a chance to visit one of the thrilling gorilla groups in this Park.

visit Batwa cultural group of people, learn about their lifestyle as well as how they make a living after being evicted from the forest.

Before making way into Bwindi, there will be a brief stop for game viewing in Ishasha sector, to sight the tree climbing lions before having lunch at Savannah Resort Kihihi.

Overnight stay at:

  • Luxury: Mahogany Springs Camp or Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
  • Midrange: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge or Engagi Lodge.
  • Budget: Bwindi View Bandas or Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Encounter with the mountain Gorillas and optional community walks

An early start to make the best of the jungle, via the guided gorilla trek to search for mankind’s close relatives in their natural environment.

Converge at the Park Headquarters for registration and briefing, which are mandatory before gorilla treks to get acquainted with the dos and don’ts of these adventures.

Right from the time of venturing into the jungle to meeting the mountain gorillas, patience is required as it can take up to 6 hours in the jungle but all the frustration comes to an end once the Giant Apes are spotted. When it finally happens, put it in mind that one hour is all you have for observation and photography before returning back to the Lodge for lunch.

An option community/village walk provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with the aboriginal people of the forest before it was gazetted in 1991.

After the interesting cultural experience, visitors make way to the Safari Lodge in the outskirts or within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Arriving in the evening, there is enough time to enjoy dinner and later overnight.

Overnight stay at:

  • Luxury: Mahogany Springs Camp or Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
  • Midrange: Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge or Engagi Lodge.
  • Budget: Bwindi View Bandas or Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Connect to Lake Mburo National Park and optional boat ride

After breakfast, we drive through the sweeping plains, rolling hills and mountains at the backdrop to Lake Mburo National Park.

 The journey is about 5 hours and lunch will be along the way (particularly Igongo Cultural Center) before driving straight to Sanga Gate of this western-based Protected Area.

In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo, ending by sunset with breathtaking views that are worth a million pictures.

Then Relax with a glass of cold drink while looking into the sweeping plains and later dinner and overnight.

Overnight at:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge or Mburo Safari Lodge.
  • Midrange: Arcadia Cottages or Rwakobo Rock Lodge.
  • Budget: Mburo Eagle’s Nest or Hyena Hill Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Drive back to Kampala, then connect to Jinja adventure City

Have an early breakfast then enjoy a game drive through Lake Mburo National Park for more views of wildlife species.

Have lunch at the Lodge and leave for Jinja City for several adventures at the source of the Nile.

Arrive in the evening and get checked-in at a Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight stay at:

  • Luxury: Jinja Nile Resort.
  • Midrange: Hotel Paradise on the Nile or Nile Village Hotel & Spa.
  • Budget: The Mansion Hotel or Haven Eco River Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Half day adventures and travel back to Kampala – End of 12 Days Uganda Safari

Breakfast then drive off for whitewater rafting on the Nile River and finally take a leave to the Capital city (Kampala) where you will be dropped off at the Hotel or driven to the Airport for connecting flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

End of the 12 days Uganda Gorillas, Wildlife & Chimps Safari


This package includes;

  • Gorilla Permit.
  • Rhino tracking fees.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Chimpanzee permit.
  • Relevant Government taxes.
  • Community walks.
  • Services of a fulltime English speaking guide.
  • Bottled water.
  • Ground transportation by a private safari vehicle.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Driver allowances.
  • Boat cruises.
  • Fuel fees.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks in addition to Lake Bunyonyi and the one night in Jinja.
  • Game drives.
  • Additional activities on the itinerary.

The Package excludes;

  • Laundry fees.
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Telephone expenses.
  • Tips and souvenirs.
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary

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