BEAdventurous on our Mountain Gorilla Safari Adventure!
Winston Churchill once stated that “Uganda is the Pearl of Africa” and we couldn’t agree more. Uganda is where East and West Africa collide. Be prepared to excite your senses and peak your desire for adventure. With lush green landscapes and warm, welcoming locals there is so much exploration packed into one small country. Experience the authenticity of Uganda on this unforgettable customized Broad Escapes tour.
There is no short supply of animals as you visit the largest National Park in Uganda, Murchinson Falls. Getting up close to Murchinson Falls allows you to sense its power and see its unbelievable beauty. Trek Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, following them as they swing through the treetops. Catch a glimpse of the famous tree climbing lions as you take a game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Trekking Gorillas will be the ultimate wildlife experience, getting so close you can observe their features and experience their daily rituals. Rich in cultural history you will experience the many traditions that remain strong still today by visiting local villages and engaging with the people. Meet local women who trust that everyone has the power and potential to change their life, regardless of their challenges.
With expert guides leading the way, you will realize why Uganda has all the best that Africa has to offer on this exclusive BE Uganda – Mountain Gorilla Safari Adventure tour!
This very intimate travel experience will have a maximum of 11 travellers so don’t miss out, book today!
To learn more about our Uganda Gorilla Adventure check out these blogs Adventures in Uganda & Memories of Uganda
DAY 1 | Monday, March 6
Arrival in Entebbe
*Independent arrival in Entebbe.
Upon arrival meet a representative who will escort us to our safari vehicles and introduce us to our driver/guides for a private group transfer to our hotel. As most flights arrive in the evening, we’ll drive to our accommodation where we will be able to relax after a long flight.
*Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will have a designated group flight from Toronto. The group transfer will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
2 Friends Beach Hotel Entebbe (or similar) – 1 night
DAY 2 | Tuesday, March 7 (BLD)
Entebbe to Masindi
After breakfast we’ll travel to Masindi with a stop along the way at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a Rhino Trekking Expedition. The Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where one can see Southern White Rhinos. Once famed for its dense rhino population by the mid 80’s Uganda had no rhinos left. The sanctuary re-introduced rhinos in the early 2000’s and due to the conservation efforts at Ziwa, their numbers have increased from 6 to 30+ rhinos. We’ll observe these mammoth creatures at a close but safe distance and may see a range of other wildlife species too. Continue onto Masindi for the evening and overnight.
DAY 3 | Wednesday, March 8 (BLD)
Masindi to Murchison Falls N.P
Start the drive to Murchison Falls National Park through the Kaniyo Pabidi Forest via the southern entrance. Murchison Falls National Park is split in to its northern and southern sectors by The Nile that runs east to west through the park. We’ll visit the Nile River at the top of the falls where the water cascades down through a narrow gap on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. This afternoon, get your cameras ready for our first incredible game drive! The park is home to the Big 5 with the exception of the rhino. Also in residence are hippo, buffalo, giraffe as well as several antelope, monkey species and more.
Overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge (or similar) – 2 nights
DAY 4 | Thursday, March 9 (BLD)
Murchison Falls N.P
Rise this morning for a game drive! Most of the game viewing will be done in the Buligi Game tracks in the northern sector of the park. After lunch we’ll take a boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls. See birds perched on tree branches ready to hunt, mammals drinking or cooling down in the river and reptiles basking in the sun. A highlight of the tour will be to get up close to Murchison Falls.
DAY 5 | Friday, March 10 (BLD)
Murchison Falls N.P to Hoima
After breakfast we will game drive as we leave the park, then head south westwards to Hoima Town which acts as a midway stopping point between Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Hoima Town is historically known as the principal city of the Bunyoro Kingdom.
Overnight at the Hoima Cultural Lodge (or similar) – 1 night
DAY 6 | Saturday, March 11 (BLD)
Hoima – Kibale Forest N.P
Our safari will head further south into the Kibale Forest region. We will leave the Bunyoro Kingdom and journey into the heart of the Tooro Kingdom towards the principal city Fort Portal. The city sits at the foot of the Ruwenzori Mountains, considered a gateway to many of the National Parks in Western Uganda. Grab your cameras and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Today we will go on our Chimpanzee Trekking experience. Begin in Uganda Wildlife Authority HQ at Kayanchu Gate where we will have a short briefing with our guide before exploring the forest. During the trek we will also get to see the different birds, animals, and plant species within the forest. Once we locate the Chimpanzees, we can only spend 1 hour with them ensuring they don’t become accustomed to human contact.
DAY 7 | Sunday, March 12 (BLD)
Kibale Forest N.P to Queen Elizabeth N.P
The safari will continue to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Chanel. This part of the safari is all contained within the Tooro Kingdom, and we will notice a distinct change in the scenery as the lush green crater lake region of the surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah land of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This afternoon we have a cultural experience with a women’s co-operative which provides training and business opportunities to women in the local community.
Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge (or similar) – 2 nights
DAY 8 | Monday, March 13 (BLD)
Queen Elizabeth N.P
A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see the differing landscapes and ecosystems in Uganda. This park is the oldest and most visited in Uganda. The game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east section of the park. We’re likely to see antelope, buffalo, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well as lions and the odd leopard if luck is on our side. One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat trip is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula. The channel has one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants, and a whole host of birds including African fish eagles, kingfishers, herons, storks, and skimmers.
DAY 9 | Tuesday, March 14 (BLD)
Queen Elizabeth N.P to Ishasha
Today we will enjoy a game drive in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park which is notably recognized for its resident tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees. It is a very breathtaking sight to see the “King of Jungle” perched up high on one of the branches, lazily resting away as the day goes by. In addition to the fascinating tree climbing lions, keep your eyes out for buffalo herds, antelope, elephants, hippos and more.
Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (or similar) – 1 night
DAY 10 | Wednesday, March 15 (BLD)
Ishasha to Bwindi N.P
Another amazing and unforgettable day ahead. We will start with a morning game drive then transfer south towards Bwindi and the Gorillas. We will continue our journey east into the traditional Ankole region of Uganda. This area is characterized by the endless rolling hills, savanna grass and acacia trees, an environment that is ideal for rearing cattle and which the Ankole people are well known for. During our private lecture this afternoon, we will learn all about the Mountain Gorillas, including the conservation efforts being made locally and internationally and the positive effects your tourism dollars have on protecting the species and providing sustainability for the local economy.
Overnight at Mahogany Springs (or similar) – 3 nights
DAY 11 | Thursday, March 16 (BLD)
Today is the day we’ve been waiting for – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. An early start will have us transferring to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will begin to track their movements. For conservation purposes, time allowed with the Gorillas is one hour. There are a multitude of other animals that we might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. The afternoon will be at leisure to share stories about the trek and to relax in the lodge at your leisure.
DAY 12 | Friday, March 17 (BLD)
Part of our commitment to responsible tourism is to support the communities in which we interact with, to minimize the environmental and socio-cultural impact while creating economic growth and long-term sustainability. One such community in the Buhoma area of Bwindi is called Ride 4 a Woman. During our visit with these incredible women we will learn more about their stories and how their lives have changed through the efforts of this association. Participate in some of the activities that take place at this community project including weaving, tailoring, traditional cooking and dance.
DAY 13 | Saturday, March 18 (BD)
Bwindi N.P to Entebbe Airport
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Kihihi airstrip for a domestic flight to Entebbe. This evening we’ll celebrate this incredible journey with a farewell dinner as we reminisce about the memories and experiences we’ve shared. Most international flights depart from Entebbe late evening so we’ve secured day rooms which will be available until our final farewell dinner and evening group transfer to the airport.
Day Room at 2 Friends Beach Hotel (or similar) – Entebbe
B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost
**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**