8 Days Uganda Safari (Gorillas, Chimps, Big Five & Wildlife)

Itinerary Overview: 8 Days Uganda safari

8 Days Uganda Safari offers wildlife, gorilla trekking, and chimpanzee tracking. 8 Days Uganda Safari and Wildlife Tour comprises a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park

According to this 8 Days Uganda Safari, you will do these activities; visiting the equator line, Gorilla trekking, game drive, boat cruise, chimpanzee trekking, and a nature walk. The Long Uganda Safari starts and ends at Entebbe International Airport with 8 Days and 7 nights on tour. From Kampala, the transfer will have its first stop at the equator line then continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla trekking the next day. This is such a great national park for mountain gorilla trekking since there are several gorilla families and therefore the highest chance of seeing the gentle giants. The 8 Days Uganda Safari also continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Where you have a wildlife viewing experience with a game drive and boat cruise. Kibale Forest National Park will be the last park to be visited for chimpanzee trekking then a nature walk at the nearby Bigodi wetland.

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 Tour Summary

  • Safari starts with pick up and ends with drop off at Entebbe International Airport 
  • Activities include Gorilla trekking, game drive, boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk
  • Transfers will be by a 4×4 safari vehicle
  •  Accommodation before and after trip can be arranged on request at an extra cost

What you need to know

  • Accommodation & meals are provided as included 
  • Pack the right Gorilla trekking clothes
  • Tour can start any time of the year
  • Minimum age for tour is 15 years

Itinerary Gallery: 8 Days Uganda Safari

Luxury Gorilla Safari Bwindi Forest National Park
tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Safari Highlights: 8 Days Uganda Safari

  • Day #1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to hotel
  • Day #2: Transfer by road from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 
  • Day #3: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest 
  • Day #4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector 
  • Day #5: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Day #6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day #7: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest and Bigodi wetland nature walk
  • Day #8: Return by a 4×4 safari vehicle to Kampala
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Detailed Itinerary: 8 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transfer to hotel

On the first day of your 8 Days Uganda Safari, a tour guide will be ready to pick you up from Entebbe International Airport. At the airport, your guide will be easily identified as he/she will have a placard with your names. After meeting and greeting, you will board your safari vehicle for a transfer to a booked hotel in Entebbe or Kampala.

Meal Plan: Dinner 

Accommodation options

Luxury: Protea Hotel/Serena hotel

Mid-range: Boma hotel/Cassia Lodge

Budget: Pineapple Guest House/ Bushpig backpackers’ hostel

Day 2: Transfer by road from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After resting from jetlag at a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala, you will be provided with breakfast early morning and then be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The drive starts early morning out of Kampala city with the first stop at the equator line. You will stop at the equator for photography then continue with the drive to western Uganda with a lunch stop in Mbarara town. You will most likely arrive at the park in the evening and check in to the booked hotel where you will have dinner and later on spend the night. (on 8 Days Uganda Safari). Accommodation will depend on the sector allocated for trekking and communicated at the time of booking.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 3: Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest

This will be one unique day on an African safari as you meet the mountain gorillas. Wake up early, have breakfast, and board your safari vehicle for a drive to the park headquarters. It’s expected of you to be at the park headquarters by 8:00 am for a briefing from the park rangers and your driver-guide will ensure the transfer. During the briefing, the park rangers inform trekkers of the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. At this time, you are also allocated a gorilla family to trek. Each group is trekked by 8 people allocated depending on the hiking ability. You get to the very dense tropical jungle of Bwindi impenetrable forest for a lifetime adventure. You spend about 2-6 hours or more trekking to and from. However, a maximum of 1 hour is spent in the presence of the mountain gorillas watching the family and taking pictures. After 60 minutes of watching the gorillas, you then walk back to the park headquarters. Here you receive a congratulatory gorilla trekking certificate. Your guide drives you to your accommodation facility where you relax, have dinner, and spend the night.

Overnight at previous night accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector

At the hotel, you will be served breakfast before you check out for the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The transfer will be via the Ishasha sector famed to host the tree-climbing lions. Driving through this sector you may get to see these tree-climbing lions. Have lunch and proceed to the hotel where you check in and relax through the evening. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mid-range: Enganzi Game Lodge 

Budget: Bush Lodge 

Day 5: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

On this day, you will have your desired breakfast at the hotel and then be transferred by your guide to the park for a game drive. You have a game drive along the Kasenyi plains in search of wildlife that roams these plains. Some of the animals that can possibly be seen include kobs, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, topis, and many more. After the game drive, you then return to the hotel for lunch and relax. After lunch, you will head out for an evening boat cruise on the popular Kazinga channel. During the boat cruise, you see lots of animals as they come to quench their thirst. This spot is also good for seeing several bird species. Kazinga channel has several aquatic species including hippos and crocodiles. The views on the boat cruise are very spectacular. After the boat cruise, you then transfer back to your hotel for dinner and rest. You sleep in the previous night’s hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

After having a memorable wildlife tour at Queen Elizabeth Park, you will have breakfast at the hotel on this then be ready to have a drive to Kibale Forest National Park. Before reaching the park you may visit the crater lakes and have a few stops if interested. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to booked hotel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Accommodation options

Luxury: Primate Lodge/ Crater safari lodge 

Mid-range: Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest and Bigodi wetland nature walk

After breakfast at your lodge get ready for a chimpanzee trekking experience. Carry along with your backpack with some drinking water and head out to the park for chimp tracking. The trek starts with a briefing on the trekking etiquette and then heads out to the jungle. After the trek, you return to your lodge for lunch and then transfer to the Bigodi wetland for a nature walk. Bigodi wetland is host to an array of biodiversity including primates and bird species. Some of the bird species include the Great Blue Turaco, White-collared Olive back, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Superb Sunbird, and many more. After the nature walk at Bigodi, you then return to your lodging facility where you relax, refresh and have dinner. Accommodation as of the previous night. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 8: Return by a 4×4 Safari Vehicle to Kampala

On the last day of your 8 days Uganda safari, you have breakfast and embark on the drive back to Kampala. You have lunch en route. Arriving in the afternoon, your safari guide will ensure drop off at Entebbe International Airport for a departure flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch 

End of the 8 Days Uganda Safari

Cost Inclusions

  • All activities as included 
  • Accommodation & meals as indicated
  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A professional English speaking knowledgeable driver guide. 
  • Bottled drinking water on board

Cost Exclusions 

  • International flights & Visas 
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Any changes to the itinerary 
  • Laundry

Transport 

  • 4×4 safari land cruiser for luxury travelers
  • 4×4 safari van for budget travelers

Safari Route: 8 Days Uganda Safari

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