This 5-day Ugandan adventure takes you deep into the mist-shrouded hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park—home to over half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth. With the help of specialized guides, you'll track, observe, and interact with these gentle giants in an unforgettable and environmentally-conscious way. After two nights in the jungle, transfer to the sweeping savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where lions, elephants, and giraffes roam the Rift Valley floor.

Highlights

  • Embark on a scenic guided road trip through southwestern Uganda
  • Track gorillas through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Discover Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse African wildlife
  • Support conservation efforts by fueling the eco-tourism economy

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Uganda!  Kampala
Day 2 Transfer to Bwindi National Park Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 4 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 5 Transfer to Entebbe, Departure Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda! 

The busy streets of Kampala

Welcome to Uganda! Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you'll be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your evening's accommodation. The rest of the day is free for you to rest up and prepare for tomorrow's adventures.

If you feel like stretching your legs, you can head out in the afternoon to the capital city of Kampala. Visit the Uganda Museum and the Lubiri Palace, or simply stroll around the busy streets.

Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi National Park

Morning mist at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Get ready for the start of your gorilla adventure! In the morning, you'll depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site is considered one of the richest biological and botanical regions in the entire world. Its rainforest is over 25,000 years old and contains almost 400 species of plants. It is also the best place on the planet to see wild mountain gorillas. 

There are only about 800 wild mountain gorillas left worldwide, and Bwindi is home to about half of that number. A visit to the national park—especially one focused on meeting these great apes—helps conservation efforts by incentivizing ecological preservation as a part of the local economy. Besides gorillas, the region provides shelter for another 120 species of mammals, including several primates such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes.

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi National Park

Young gorillas playing
Young gorillas playing at Bwindi

Rise bright and early this morning for a gorilla tracking adventure. Before beginning the trek, park rangers will brief the group to ensure your safety and that of the great apes. The trek usually takes three to six hours, so make sure to bring along a good pair of walking boots or shoes.

The rangers will guide you through the village gardens and into the jungle-like forest as you search for gorillas. As part of anti-poaching efforts, the apes are under 24-hour monitoring, so you’re almost guaranteed to see them! 

Once you have located a gorilla family, you will be asked to leave all your belongings on the side and approach the gentle giants with only your camera. It is advised that you keep a distance of 23 feet (7 m) from the apes to reduce the risk of transmitting human diseases to them. This also helps the guides interpret the animals' behavior and easily retreat if danger is perceived.

You will be able to see the families in their natural environment: feeding, playing, interacting with each other, or just sleeping. The gorillas are usually quite curious to see humans as well! You'll be allowed exactly one hour with the apes before returning to base.

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

The African savannah
Classic African savannah in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Get an early start today with a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Set on the floor of the vast Rift Valley, the park is is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. Its diverse ecosystems include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes, and fertile wetlands, making it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species, and over 600 species of birds. The landscape of northern Queen Elizabeth comprises dozens of ancient craters carved into gentle rolling hills, against a backdrop of the majestic Rwenzori Mountains

Day 5: Transfer to Entebbe, Departure

Goodbye, Uganda!

After breakfast, you'll begin the journey back to Entebbe International Airport. Along the way, stop for a delicious picnic lunch and have a fun photo opportunity at the Equator before reaching the airport and catching your departing flight. Safe travels!

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