Uganda- Queen Elizabeth national park which is an ideal place for game viewing and Bwindi a wonderland for the endangered mountain gorillas. Uganda holiday safari will offer you an opportunity to track the noisy chimpanzee families racing through this verdant forest, as well as a thrilling experience of tracking the few remaining 700 mountain gorillas surviving in the world.From the Bigodi Wetland you will get the pleasure to see a number of swamp birds. From the savannah plains below the Rwenzoris. Africa Gorilla Tracking safari in Uganda is done in Bwindi and Mgahinga parks where Mountain Gorillas are found in Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park of Uganda has about 650 mountain gorillas out of the remaining 720 word wide preserved gorillas and is the main Mountain Gorillas safari destination Uganda has but also in east and central Africa . The Nshongi gorilla family the newest group is believed to be the largest and the most unique in Uganda, with 34 individuals led by three silver backs. The Nkuringo and Mubaare are among the 6 habituated gorilla families in Uganda.
Uganda Safari packages
The Uganda 6day gorilla trek takes us through the dense jungle to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas in the wild. Bwindi Forest is also known for its high biodiversity and excellent bird watching.Experience one of Africa’s most magical wildlife encounters – seeing the rare mountain gorillas in the wild, as well as trekking chimpanzees, spotting other wild animals and gaining insight into the cultures of Uganda.
This safari will take you through Kibale Forest with its thirteen species of primate including the chimpanzee, offer you an opportunity to track the noisy chimpanzee families racing through this verdant forest, as well as a thrilling experience of tracking the few remaining 700 mountain gorillas surviving in the world.
Info about Uganda:
Uganda is particularly noted for its gorilla tracking safari holidays, having nearly half the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas within its borders. Uganda is situated in east central Africa and shares borders with Sudan, Kenya to the east, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.
The varied scenery includes tropical forest and tea plantations on the slopes of the snowcapped Ruwenzori Mountains, the arid plains of the Karamoja, the lush, heavily populated Buganda, the rolling savannah of Acholi, Bunyoro, Tororo and Ankole, and the fertile cotton area of Teso.
The greater part of Uganda consists of a plateau about 4,000 ft in height. Along the western border of the Ruwenzori Mountains reaching heights of over 16,000 ft, while on the eastern frontier Mount Elgon rises to 14,178 ft. By contrast, the Western Rift Valley, which runs from north to south through the western half of the country, is as low as 3,000 ft on the floor of Lake Edward and Lake George and 2,000 ft on the flow of Lake Albert.
The White Nile River has its source in Lake Victoria. Uganda has the greatest variety of primates anywhere in Africa, including Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas and is home to over 1,008 recorded species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees. Access to visit the gorillas is strictly controlled, with only small groups being allowed at any one time and always accompanied by a ranger. Clients interested in seeing gorillas in the wild might also consider Rwanda.
CODE ATU 110: 10 Days Ruwenzori Mountain Climbing (A date with the Mountains of the Moon and Queen Elizalbeth)
Day 01: Arrival day.
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, a guide from ANAPA Travel will meet you and transfer you to Kasese and over night at Hotel Margherita for Bed and Breakfast depending on time of arrival. This evening, your guide will go to the park headquarters and the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services concessions to arrange payments, rent equipment and select guides and porters for the following day’s journey.
Day 02: Rwenzori gate- Nyabitaba Hut
This morning, you will begin your hike by leaving the park head quarters (5400ft 1,646 m), walking past typical “ wattle and mud” Buhonjo homes and gradually moving upward through elephant grass and garden plots. It takes approximately forty minutes to reach the National Park boundary (which can be a pleasant half or one day trip for someone not going further). The trail then follows the Mahoma River after about two and a half hours. After crossing the River, you will have a very steep climb through open bracken fern slopes and Podocarpus forest up to Nyabitaba Hut ( 8,700 ft/ 2,652) reached about an hour and a half past the Mahoma River crossing. During this part of the trip, you may be able to see Chimps and some times behind the Hut you can see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys and catch glimpses of the brilliantly -colored Rwenzori Touraco ( a bird of the tree tops). Over night at Nyabitaba hut with full board accommodation.
Day 03: Nyabitaba Hut- Nyamileju Hut.
From Nyabitaba Hut that trail leads westward for a half km then drops north (right) steeply to Kurt Shafer Bridge, crossing below the confluence of Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. By turning down the bridge you begin the circuit counter clock wise. After crossing the Shafer Bridge, the muddy slippery trail climbs steadily up through bamboo forest. After one and a half hours you encounter an area of slippery boulder hopping which many hikers consider the most difficult and dangerous footing on the circuit. Over night at Nyamileju Hut. Nyamileju means “ a place of beards” referring to the lichen and spanish moss draping trees nearby. On a rare day, Mts. Stanley and Speke can be seen from the top of the rock near the Hut.
Day 04: Nyamileju hut- John Matte Hut
After breakfast, you will continue to John Matte Hut (11,200 ft3, 414 m) which is through a tiring bog full of these extraordinary plants and the slow pace can be a delightful chance to examine and photograph this unique environment. Well situated, John Matte is newly constructed, large and comfortable though muddy around the site. Hikers who feel they have reached their limits by this point should consider John Matte a reasonable stopping point. You can just enjoy the unique vegetation in the bog and the great views and the following day begin you return to Nyabitaba hut.
Day 05: John Matte Hut- Bukulu Hut
You leave John Matte Hut to cross the Bujuku River and enter the lower of the two Bigo Bogs, where your first real experience jumping from tussock to tussock in a grassy bog begins. The trail is very muddy and follows the left (southern) edge of Lower Bigo Bog until eventually it reaches the round metal “uniport” of Bigo Hut and it’s rock shelter. A steep section past the hut leads to upper Bigo Bog. In the last half of this bog a board walk has been constructed. Though some may think it an ugly intrusion, it makes walking easier and keeps hikers from further damaging the bog.
An hour and a half beyond the upper bog, and after climbing through drier ground and crisscrossing the River, you reach Bukulu Lake. The southern end of the lake is a majestic setting, with Mt. Bakerto the south, and views west to Mt Stanley and north to Mt. Speke. Beyond the north end of the lake is a rock shelter called Cooking Pot and a short distance further is Bukulu Hut( 13,000ft/3,962m),favourably located for parties climbing Mt. Speke.
Day 06: Bukulu Hut- Kitandara Lake Hut
To continue the circuit, you leave directly west from Bukulu hut on a newer trail, which rises and falls twice before finally climbing steeply through magical moss- draped Groundsel Gully towards (14,345ft/4,372m) Scott Elliot pass. At the head of the gully is a short, strong ladder at a particularly steep section, after which a right hand branch would lead to Elena Hut (14, 700ft/4,430m). This is a steep, rocky trail which when wet or icy is treacherously slippery. Continuing straight, and a few steps below the pass there is a sheltered spot for a break, from here there is a second trail to the right to Elena is the Base Camp for climbing. Margherita peak in the Mt. Stanley complex, which would require an additional day or two and can only be attempted with ice axe, mountain boots, crampons, ropes and prior arrangements with RMS guides. Over night at Kitandara Lake Hut.
Day 07: Down the Mountain
start hiking back to the park head quarters. After breakfast, you will probably begin very early if you decided to make it all the way to the Park Headquarters and complete your trek (8 hours). The other alternative will be to spend a night at the Nyabitaba Hut.
Day 08: If added a day on mountain.
Start hiking back and complete your trek by the evening. On arrival at the Park Office, visit a simple restaurant developed by a local ladies group for a beer and a luxurious candlelight meal. Overnight at Hotel Margherita Bed and breakfast.
Day 09: Tour Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National park to end your trip with relaxation at Mweya safari lodge. Have an afternoon boat trip and later an evening game drive. Spend the whole evening relaxing by the swimming pool and dinner and over night at Mweya lodge for full board meal.
Day 10: The Short game drive and Transfer airport
Have a morning game drive and later transfer to Kampala and later catch your flight back home depending on International departure times.
ATU 109: 14 days Uganda Discovery Safaris Tour
A Classic Discovery Tour to Uganda. This 14 day safari-journey to the world¹s richest country offering an abundance of wildlife is also an experience into the cultural life style of the remote areas of Uganda. While Gorilla and chimp tracking is the highlight of this safari-journey, you will also be seeing Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants, over 900 species of birds and an abundance of dense green Forest. This is a safari-journey for lovers of nature and natural lovers!
Trip highlights: Murchison Falls, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale and Semliki Valley wildlife reserve, Bigodi Swamp walk, boat trips and game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National parks, gorilla tracking in Bwindi or Rwanda, visiting the Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls in Jinja.
Day 01: Arrival – Entebbe -Kampala .
On arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our ANAPA Travel Uganda representative Staff and driver who will then transfer you to Kampala for the overnight at either Serena Kampala Hotel (High end/luxurious accommodation), Hotel Africana (Medium class accommodation) or Namirembe Guest House (Low budget/basic accommodation) for bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park.
An early departure – but well worth it! After breakfast, you are on your way North to Murchison Falls National Park having a break at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola to view the Rhinos. Uganda ’s Rhinos became extinct in the early 1980s, after a period of civil unrest and heavy poaching. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage. This is a long drive as you travel north through the country and once you reach the Nile in the heart of the Park, you will cross on the ferry to Paraa.
The sight of the Nile River, the world’s longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable. Dinner and Overnight for full board at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge(Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation). Paraa Safari Lodge overlooks the mighty Nile where Hippos wallow in the water. The lodge is located on the North bank, which is the closest location to the wildlife in the Park.
Day 03: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to the rolling plains where you have chances of viewing Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the Secretary Bird, Black Chester Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert.
This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river. Stay Overnight for full board at either Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp(High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge(Medium class accommodation) or Red Chilli Rest Camp(Low budget/basic accommodation).
Day 04: Murchison Falls – Kibale
Early game drive to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7 meter gorge dropping 40 meters. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Later head for Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Relax in the evening have dinner and over night at either Ndali lodge, a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest house (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation) For full Board.
Day 05: Kibale National Park.
This morning you will go for the morning Chimpanzee tracking in the forest, get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination returning in time for a heartily breakfast. Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity of a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is managed by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities.
This swamp is a home to approximately 137 bird species and its also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. There are a network of forest trails that radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Dinner and over night at either Ndali Lodge / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), Rwenzori View Guest House/Ataco Guest House (Medium class accommodation) or Primate Lodge Kibale Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). For full Board.
Day 06: Kibale – Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve.
This valley is known as the “Garden of Eden” and has a magnificent view of the River Semliki meandering to Lake Albert. You will stop to visit a local farmer and have a brief tour of his farm then take your picnic lunch at the hot water springs arriving at the Lodge in the afternoon. In the late evening, have a game drive which may reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities. This evening you will dine and stay at either Semliki Safari Lodge This is a high-end, low impact safari lodge set amid 550 square kms of game reserve. All rooms with private facilities. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation). For full Board.
Day 07: Semliki Valley.
After breakfast, you will experience a day of real discovery. Early morning Chimpanzee tracking in the Gallery Forest of the Mugiri River and then afterwards go and visit a local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are looking forward to welcoming and entertaining you. After touring the area, you will have lunch and later go for a boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill returning to the Lodge in the evening. Dinner and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation ) or Camping (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 08: Semliki – Queen Elizabeth National park.
Early morning game drive and if desired your coffee will be brought to your tent then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park having a game drive while entering the park arriving in the afternoon. Relax around the pool after lunch and later go for an early evening game drive. Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, – from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
Almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog plus remarkable 606 bird species that include the Black Chested Eagle, the Swallow Tailed Bee Eaters, to mention but a few. The Primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, and Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons. Reptiles are the amazing huge Rock-Python, Puff adders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory.
Queen Elizabeth Park has the highest recorded number of over 600 species of birds including the Shoebill Stork, Black Bee-Eater, Chappirs Fly Catcher, Bustards, and craters full of Lesser Flamingos etc. Over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 09: Queen Elizabeth.
This morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob that mate around this area returning at the Lodge for breakfast. Then go for the afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. Here Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalos linger in the shallows, a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. February and March offer spectacular sightings of some of the bird migrants. Spend the night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Hippo Hill Camp (Medium class accommodation) or the Institute of Ecology Cottages (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 10: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Approx. 4 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will have a game drive as you depart Queen Elizabeth for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Best known for its Mountain Gorillas, the Montane Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine Rift endemics including the African Green Broadbill, Bar Tailed Trogon and other beautiful forest species. You may decide to relax in the afternoon or take a nature walk ( at an extra cost of $25 P.P) which will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue Monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp/ Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board. You will need to have a good night’s rest to get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.
Day 11: Gorilla Tracking – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
(There is an option of tracking in Nkuringo the southern sector of Bwindi or Rwanda as well). This morning you will have to wake up very early to get ready for Gorilla tracking. Do not forget to take your lunch boxes and all the necessary gear to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on earth. There are now only 650 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours but its well worth the effort. There are always park guides with you who interpret the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the camp or go for a Village walk to visit the Local Batwa Community walk ( at an extra cost of $20 P.P) returning to the Camp in the evening. Dinner and over night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mantana Tented Camp (High end/luxurious accommodation), or Lake Kitandara’s Tented Camp/ Buhoma Homestead (Medium class accommodation) or the Community Bandas (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Mburo National Park. (Approx. 6.5 hours drive).
After breakfast, you will proceed to Lake Mburo National Park passing through the Switzerland of Uganda (Kabale) with beautiful scenery and terraced farming arriving at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon. After lunch, you may decide to go for a boat trip or relax in your room. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Go for an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp (mid-class) or UWA’s Tents (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 13: Lake Mburo – Kampala – Jinja.
After breakfast, proceed to Kampala having a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, the Equator – where you will be able to stand and be on both hemispheres at once arriving in Jinja in the evening. Dinner and over night at either Jinja Nile Resort ( High end/luxurious accommodation), or King Fisher Resort (Medium class accommodation) or Speke’s Camp (Low budget/basic accommodation). Full Board.
Day 14 Jinja – Fly out
After breakfast, you will go to visit the source of the Nile and the spectacular Bujjagali falls. With the biggest rafts on the river, you will see how those who are rafting are able to safely conquer the most challenging rapids, watch the local fishermen and the fantastic bird life. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to later catch your flight back home depending on the International flight departure times.