Trip reference number: ITN-UGA001

Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours

Essential Uganda: Chimps & Gorillas Private Tour

From: £5460.00

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 one of our excellent, experienced, professional and knowledgeable private driver-guides. 

You stay in very comforable accommodation throughout. Demand far exceeds the daily allocation of gorilla permit, so if you plan to travel in peak season (Jul - Sep), do plan your holiday as far in advance as possibleto avoid disappointment. 

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 wander around the botanical gardens where you might even come across the resident troop of black and white colobus monkeys and birds such as this Viellot's black weaver (photographed)

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 rustic and very well located Primate Kibale Lodge in an en suite room with all meals included. One of the many species of monkey you have the chance to seek in the park is the Grey-cheeked mangabey (pictured)

Day 4 Spend a half-day tracking wild Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, a superb opportunity to follow our closest relatives and observe their 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 behaviour without interfering or changing their natural environment. (We can also arrange a full-day habituation experience for those who are keen - call us for details).

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 1 night at the charming Mweya Safari Lodge, which is set in the centre of the national park conveniently located by the Kazinga boat launch and very close to the game drive circuits. All meals included. Here you can enjoy very rewarding game viewing, with sightings including African elephant, Cape buffalo and African 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 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 gravel roads to the Ishasha Wilderness Camp in a walk in East Africa style safari tent on the banks of the Ntungwe River for a 2 nights stay with all meals included.

Day 7 Today, you enjoy game driving in the remote Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth, famed for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is an alluring, quiet, off-the-beaten track game viewing area. Here, you explore its many circuits, driving over the plains in the open savannah searching for large herds of Buffalo, Uganda Kob, and Topi, as well as the tree-climbing Lions amongst the many fig trees that dot the landscape.

Day 8 Game drive out of Ishasha. Continue southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park - the drive time today is about 3hrs,30min.. Stay for 2 nights at the very comfortable Buhoma Lodge, with its elevated views over the tropical rainforest, in a spacious en suite cottage with all meals included. We recommend a nature walk in the afternoon, time allowing - it should reveal sightings of spectacular birds such as the Great blue turacou (pictured), which looks a bit like a psychedelic turkey up in the canopy!

Day 9 The lodge is a 5- minute walk to the park HQ, where guests gather early in the morning for a briefing on conduct during Gorilla tracking and then, with trackers and scouts, head out in search of a habituated Gorilla family. Once reached (this can take anything from 40 minutes to a few hours), enjoy that golden hour among these gentle giants!

Day 10 After a leisurely breakfast, drive along the Kigezi Highlands to scenic Lake Mburo National Park - this will take approximately five hours. Your ends at the charming Mihingo Lodge, a quiet retreat overlooking a waterhole, for a 1 night stay in a thatched roof walk in tent on raised wooden platform, with all meals included. A treat here is the presence of some Greater galago (bushbabies), which the staff may be able to show you at night. Birders can seek among others, the Acacia-specialist Red-faced barbet (pictured).

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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