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8-Day South Western Uganda Safari

From US$ 2,500 per person
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drive and boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Park for gorilla tracking
  • Tour at Lake Bunyonyi for Canoe Trekking
Southwestern Uganda is often described as the mother of pearl where rich regions of lakes can be found as well as islands and mountains. This is also hailed as the best wildlife-watching region and one of the world’s best places to spot primates.

In this safari, we cover 3 national parks in south western Uganda: Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking or Chimpanzee habituation experience; Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drive and boat cruise along Kazinga Channel; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla tracking where half of the gorilla in this world live.

Finally, we end our tour at Lake Bunyonyi for the much- awaited Canoe Trekking.
Day 1 Transfer to Kibale National Park 8 hours Kibale Forest Tented Camp

Your guide will pick you up early in the morning and provide briefing on your upcoming safari.

We then proceed to a rich tropical forest in Uganda, Kibale National park. The park provides shelter to roughly around 70 mammal species including chimpanzees, as well as over 375 species of birds.

Day 2 Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Wetland Walk 8 hours Kibale Forest Tented Camp

Tracking chimpanzees is a unique experience that makes Safari in Uganda at par with its neighboring East African countries. There is nothing more exotic than starring in a real African jungle adventure. You get the real Ugandan atmosphere as you move through the bushes and watch the Chimps swing through the steady branches.

If you can’t get enough, you may opt to do the habituation experience, which means you can spend the whole day with these amazing creatures. In the afternoon, guests doing the Chimpanzee Tracking will continue to Semuliki National Park.

In the afternoon, you have the option to go for a walk at Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary where you can see primate species, and reptiles among other interesting mammals. Bird lovers will enjoy sightings of over 200 bird species.

Day 3 Queen Elizabeth National Park 8 hours Eco lodge

Today, we will make our way to Queen Elizabeth National Park via fort portal town and have our lunch in the bush or peninsula of Mweya.

In the afternoon, you will have your first taste of safari experience as we traverse through the bushes of her royal majesty, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you can see hippos, leopards, elephants, lions, and Chimpanzees among other 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of birds.

Day 4 Game Drive & Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel 8 hours Eco lodge

You will go on a morning game drive after breakfast. You will get to see tree-climbing lions found in the southern area of the park lazily lying up on the branches of the huge fig trees. Also witness Uganda Kobs in the open Ishasha plains as well as other wildlife including elephants and Cheetah roaming freely in their natural habitat.

After lunch, we proceed to Mweya peninsula for a boat trip through the Kazinga Channel. Here you will see wildlife along the banks of the channel including buffalo, elephants, birds, and hippos.

Day 5 Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 8 hours Eco lodge

We depart for Bunyaruguru to enjoy wonderful views of lush tea, fruit plantations and the Rwenzori Mountains. We then continue to pass through Ugandan soil along Kagamba, Ntungamo, and Kabale, which is heralded as the Switzerland part of Africa with its hilly nature and breeze.

Finally, we will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda where another amazing game drive adventure awaits.

Day 6 Gorilla Trekking & Lake Bunyonyi 8 hours Entusi Resort (mid-range)

After breakfast, we set out for Gorilla tracking. The starting point is only 10 minutes away from the accommodation and we begin with a brief orientation at the Gorilla Briefing Centre.

For this activity, each group will have 8 participants with an assigned guide. As a team, you will venture into the forest for a once in a lifetime Gorilla tracking experience.

In the afternoon, we depart for Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy the relaxing scenery as we cross the lake. Because this lake is a lowland area, you have the chance to see this beauty from the top of the hills. In the evening, a nice ambience awaits you at Entusi resort to cap off the day.

Day 7 Lake Bunyonyi 8 hours Entusi Resort (mid-range)

Apart from its serene beauty, Lake Bunyonyi is also known as a place for little birds. In fact “Bunyonyi” translates to “place of many little birds”. Lake Bunyonyi encircles 29 islands of various shapes and sizes. Here, you will embark on a canoe trek to enjoy its serene ambiance and breathtaking views, which has made this place synonymous to paradise.

We will also visit the local community in the area and immerse in their culture. This is a chance to visit or volunteer for the underprivileged children of Mwendo where you will be welcomed by traditional dances stemming from its rich history. You can also visit the pygmies community, a member of an ethnic group whose average height is unusually short. An adult man’s average height is less than 150 cm tall.

Day 8 Kampala or Kigali 5 hours No accommodation

After breakfast, we ride a motorboat and land on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. From there, we head back to either Kampala or Kigali in Rwanda.

what’s included
  • Park fees
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chim permits
  • All activities
  • Meals
  • All accommodaton
  • A professional driver/ guide
  • All transportation
  • All taxes/ VAT
what’s excluded
  • Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
  • Accommodation on the day before the tour departs
  • Accommodation on the last day
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Personal Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 8 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Kampala, Uganda
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
other information
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