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9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife

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9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife

The 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife Starts from Murchison Falls National Park will take you to the strongest waterfalls which is located in North Western part of Uganda covering areas like Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Nwoya, Amuru, and Pakwach. It is known for its diverse wildlife and it’s also known as the powerful waterfalls in the world. With the breathtaking view of the country’s side, you will witness the Big Five mammal species like Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Buffaloes and Rhinos. You will also get an opportunity to view the Nile crocodiles, Hippos, Waterbucks etc while on a game drive and boat cruise.

Safari destinations

Kibale Forest National park

known for being “The Primate Capital of the World” having about 1500 Chimpanzees which gives a great opportunity for Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation, the park is located in Kabarole District. It is also a home to 120 mammal species like warthogs, bushbucks, bush pigs, antelopes, and over 300 bird species like hornbills, black billed turaco, kingfisher, weavers, cuckoos, purple breasted sunbird, and crowned eagle among other bird species. 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for wild game viewing. Queen Elizabeth National Park dubbed as “The Medley of Wonders”. The park has a variety of offerings ranging from a visit to the Salty lake in Katwe, various mammal species of about 95 like the tree climbing lions at Ishasha sector, the 4 members of the Big 5 like Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions among other species like Antelopes, spotted hyenas, Hippos and endangered chimpanzees. The park also offers over 600 bird species to the birders like the grey crowned crane, handsome francolin, martial eagle, grey crowned heron among others and also an insight of the Nile crocodiles, Giant Hippos at Kazinga channel. You will experience the nature smile of Africa!

Bwindi impenetrable forest National park

For the wonderful and more thrilling mountain gorilla trekking. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in South Western region of Uganda in Kanungu district. It is best known for Mountain Gorilla Trekking Experience, The Park has almost half of the Word’s population of Mountain Gorillas with a population of about 459 individual mountain gorillas, 21 habituated gorilla families in the different sectors of the park like Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga and Ruhija which gives a great opportunity for Gorilla Trekking g and Gorilla Habituation.


Day 1: Arrival and Pickup from Entebbe International Airport

You will arrive for your 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife at the Entebbe International Airport and be warmly welcomed by our driver guide who will brief you about your Safari and you will be transferred to your hotel in Kampala. If times allows you can do a city tour depending on the time of your arrival, you will explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala. You’ll discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda people laid their kings to rest, or the Bahai Temple.

Eat out: Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders. You can stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food. Dinner and Overnight Stay.


Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa rhino sanctuary

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The highlights of this park include the roaring rapids of the Murchison, and the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeests, buffalos, and elephants. Then, you will be fascinated by the concentration of hippos and Nile crocodiles here. For birders, Murchison Falls boasts 450 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork, dwarf king fisher, the white-thigh hornbill, and the Goliath heron among others.

While en route, you’ll make a detour to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for your first Big Five experience where you will have an hour of rhino tracking. Another stop will be in Masindi to enjoy your lunch. You’ll continue to the park and check in to your accommodation to relax for the evening. Dinner and Overnight Stay.


Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Morning Game Drive and Launch Boat Trip to the Base of the falls

Have your breakfast on this day 3 of your 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife and then depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest national park. Here you will have the opportunity of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeests, buffalo, and elephants. For any birder, this area supports the secretary bird, and black-chested snake eagle to name a few. Return to your accommodation for lunch.

After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including hippos, crocodiles and several water birds. Continue with a hike (if you like) to the top of the falls. The hike may be a strenuous one but the thrill of reaching the top is breathtaking. Miss it only if you must. After the hike, you will have an evening game drive on your way to the lodge. Return to your accommodation and have a relaxed evening. Dinner and Overnight Stay.

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Top of the falls and Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Rise up early morning for a hot breakfast and get ready for the Top of the Falls. Murchison Falls along the river Nile is a true masterpiece of nature! In a small space, a million cubic meters of water from the Nile squeeze themselves through the Albertine Gorge as they make their way 6,853 km (4,258 miles) toward Egypt. Many people wonder how the scenic falls would be, but once you are on top of them and see the entire Nile going through a small gap, it makes sense why so many visitors make the trip. The Nile River is about 50 meters wide on top just before the falls, it drops down 43 meters through a 7-meter-wide gorge.

The journey to the top is a long one but once you reach this place, it becomes worth it. The thunderous spectacle and noise made by the water as it passes through the tiny hole are magnificent! It is not to be missed because no better words can explain the display.

Later, you’ll transfer to Kibale Forest National Park where you will stay for the night.


Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast on this day 5 of your 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife, you will proceed to the park headquarters where you will join other trackers who will have come for the afternoon trek at the ranger’s post. After a short briefing by one of the park officials, you will be allocated a ranger guide who will lead the group into the forest to find the chimpanzees. It is said that there are over 1500 chimpanzees in this forest making it one of the best places for chimpanzee trekking in Africa.

During the trek, you will also encounter other primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, Olive baboons etc. Birds like Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, and Superb Sunbird etc.  Upon finding them, you will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them to learn about their behaviors, social life, how they communicate among others. After this experience, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning Game Drive – Boat Cruise at Kazinga Channel

Wake up early in the morning for a heavy breakfast and proceed for an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains. Be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants, lions, and leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Return to the lodge and check out then head to the Ishasha sector in search of tree-climbing lions. The chance of spotting these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to spot (most especially when they are down in the grassland looking for prey). Should you get to spot them, the sight is picturesque and memorable.

Meanwhile, After lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. After the boat trip, you can proceed for a brief late afternoon game drive and thereafter, return to the lodge. Dinner and Overnight Stay.


Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game drive through Ishasha sector and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Wake up early morning to have a delicious breakfast on day 7 of your 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife, check out of your lodge and drive to Ishasha to look for tree climbing lions, other animals like Elephants, Caped buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Warthogs among others. Have a short break lunch and later drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park the home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and one of the oldest forest in Uganda. Upon arrival at the park, you will check into your lodge for Dinner and Overnight Stay.

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla trekking – Batwa Cultural Encounter – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation

On this day 8 of your 9 Days Uganda Tour Gorillas, Chimps and Big 5 Wildlife after having your heavy breakfast, drive to the park information center for briefing about the do’s and don’ts to follow during Gorilla Trekking and later start your guided forest walk by a ranger guide to search for the giant endangered mountain gorillas. During your walk, you many encounter other wildlife species besides Gorillas such as chimpanzees, black and white colombus monkeys, vervet monkeys, bush pigs, forest elephants, many bird species, butterflies and many others. The time taken while looking for mountain gorillas depends on the location and movements of the allocated gorilla family.  However, Upon finding them, you will spend a maximum of 1 hour to watch them, take photos, follow their moves and ask your ranger as many questions as possible.

Later in the Evening, you will visit the Batwa community who were the early inhabitants of the ancient Impenetrable forest before it became a National park and also a UNESCO World heritage site in 1992 and learn about their social ways of life, how they hunt for food in their ancient ways, visit a Batwa homestead to watch how they dance and also hear ancient legends and their folk songs. Thereafter you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for dinner and an overnight.


Day 9: Exit Bunyonyi for Your Outbound Flight in Entebbe International Airport

You will have a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation with a spectacular view of the Bunyonyi little islands just right in front of you and thereafter embark on your return journey to Entebbe Airport. Expect en route stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and the Uganda Equator line mark in Kayabwe for some memorable photos and maybe buying some art pieces of interest. Proceed with the journey arriving late in the afternoon/evening for your drop-off at the airport. Thus the end of the safari.



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Gorilla permits

Chimp permits

All activities

All accommodation

A professional driver/guide

All transportation

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Roundtrip airport transfer





International flights

Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour


Personal items

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees