Essential Uganda: Chimps & Gorillas Private Tour

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Run by: Rainbow Tours

Reference number: ITN-UGA001

From: £5298.00

This private tour includes all of Uganda's most well-known highlights - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, Kibale and Lake Mburo - with the services of a private driver-guide.  You stay in excellent quality accommodation through out. Demand far exceeds the daily allocation of gorilla permit, so if you want to travel in peak season (Jul - Sep), plan your holiday as far in advance as possible. This is wonderful trip if you want to get to grips with the incredible range of mammals and birdlife that can be observed in Uganda.


Day 1 Depart from London Heathrow to Entebbe on an overnight flight via Nairobi.

Day 2 On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Boma Guest House for a 1 night stay with breakfast included. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a wonder around the botanical gardens where you might even come across the resident troop of black and white colobus monkeys.

Day 3 A four hour drive on good roads takes you to the west of Uganda to the town of Fort Portal the gateway to Kibale Forest and Bigodi Swamp. Here you will stay for 2 nights at the lovely yet simple Primate Kibale Lodge in an en suite walk in safari tent with all meals included.

Day 4 Spend the full day trekking chimps in Kibale Forest, which is a unique opportunity to follow a group of habituate chimpanzee in its daily activities, accompanying the reserve researchers and rangers. This is an early start to watch the chimps wake up, search for food and spend the full day enjoying their behavior without interfering or changing their natural environment.

Day 5 Early morning visit of the Bigodi Swamp in search of prolific birdlife this area has to offer. Depart for the Queen Elizabeth National Park which will take about three hours. Stay 2 nights at the charming Jacana Safari Lodge, which is set on a densely wooded slope at the edge of a crater lake, in a log cabin with all meals included. Here you will see some excellent game including elephant, buffalo and lions. While a boat ride along the Kazinga channel linking lakes George and Edward affords plenty of opportunity to see some of Africa’s highest densities of hippos as well as crocodiles.

Day 6

Day 7 Travel to the Ishasha sector, still within the borders of Queen Elizabeth where the famous tree climbing lions are known to reside. This will only take about two hours on murrum roads to the Ishasha Wilderness Camp in a walk in East Africa style safari tent on the banks of the Ntungwe River for a 1 night stay with all meals included.

Day 8 The highlight of the trip, onto the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the drive will take about three hours. Stay for 2 nights at Buhoma Lodge, with elevated views over the tropical rainforest, in a spacious en suite cottage with all meals included.

Day 9 The lodge is a mere five minute walk to the gorilla trekking centre, gather early morning and head out in search of a family, once spotted you will have one hour to spend observing this gentle giants.

Day 10 After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park which will take about five hours. Day ends at the charming Mihingo Lodge, a quiet retreat overlooking a water hole, for a 1 night stay in a thatched roof walk in tent on raised wooden platform, with all meals included.

Day 11 After breakfast, final six hour journey to Entebbe via the equator and craft markets, in time for your evening departure overnight flight back to London via Nairobi.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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