6 Days Uganda gorillas & wildlife safari overview

This primates and wildlife safari takes you to Murchison Falls National Park with the world’s most powerful waterfall and for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with a stopover in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Gorilla ‘Baby Boom’ in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Day 2: Game drive and Boat cruise
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day 5: Gorilla Trekking
  • Day 6: Return to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kampala/Entebbe>Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. After early breakfast, you will be picked from the hotel by a Jewel Safaris professional safari driver guide who will brief you about the tour then start your journey to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s largest conservation area. Along the way, you will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the rhino tracking activity giving you a chance to see rhinos in their natural habitat. The activity takes about 2 hours. Later you will continue to Murchison and on arrival in the park, you will visit the top of the falls before proceeding to check-in at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park. Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and head out for a game drive in the savannah in search of wildlife such as Nubian giraffes, Lake Chad buffalos, lions, spotted hyenas, savannah elephants, Uganda kobs, Lelwel’s hartebeest, common warthogs, Oribi, Bohor’s Reedbuck and many birds like Black-headed Lapwing, Blue-headed Coucal, Giant kingfisher, Swamp flycatcher, Red-throated bee-eater, Black-billed barbet. The game drive is conducted in the Northern sector. After the game drive, you will have lunch at the lodge then prepare for a thrilling boat cruise on the Nile. The launch cruise will grant you an opportunity to an eccentric view of the Nile, amidst the encounter of the huge Nile crocodiles, hippos and several other wildlife and waders like African skimmers on the lake shores. You will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

boat cruise in Murchison falls national park

Day 3: Murchison Falls>Queen Elizabeth National Park. After breakfast, you will drive south of the country through the escarpment. You will have hot lunch in Fort Portal. After lunch, you will have a long drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. Arrive in the park and drive to the lodge for check-in, dinner and overnight. The drive en route to the lodge can be productive in rewarding species like the Uganda kobs, elephants, giant forest hogs among others.

Day 4: Queen>Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Today after breakfast, you will transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the famous Mountain Gorillas making it the best place in Uganda for tracking these gentle giants. The drive to bwindi is very productive with scenic views of rolling hills on the country side. You may have a stopover to capture some beautiful moments or visit a local market before proceeding with the journey. Arrival will be later in the afternoon for evening relaxation, dinner and overnight. 

Day 5: Bwindi gorilla trekking. After breakfast, you will have your packed lunch ready then drive to the park headquarters for a briefing before the gorilla trekking activity. You will then be assigned a group to track a particular gorilla family. You will be led into the jungle by an armed ranger who will keep in touch with the monitoring team on the ground in order to easily locate the mountain gorillas. The activity takes between 3-7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Once you locate the gorilla family, you will be given one hour to watch them in their natural habitat playing, feeding, resting and going about their daily life. You will later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

3 Days Uganda gorilla trek

Day 6: Bwindi>Kampala. Have your morning breakfast and start your journey back to Kampala with a stopover at the equator for a photo session and you may also purchase some hand-made craft souvenirs before proceeding to Kampala, arriving later in the afternoon.  Optional drop off at your hotel or at the airport for your flight.

Accommodation is booked in accordance with your preferences and depending on your budget and availability.

Package includes

  • Gorilla permit
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Kampala
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bottled water (2 bottles per day)
  • Meals included till dinner

Package excludes

  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees