7 Days Uganda Safari, Wildlife, Chimpanzees and Gorilla Trekking Tour

Mountain gorilla encounter
Mgahinga gorilla national park

7 Days Uganda Safari, Wildlife, Chimpanzees and Gorilla Trekking Tour

7 days Uganda safari is one of the best wildlife and primate safari packages you should book. It provides you a great chance to engage in diversity of wildlife activities ranging from chimp tracking, gorilla trekking, game drives, launch cruise and Batwa cultural experience.

The 7 days Uganda safari, wildlife, chimpanzees and gorilla trekking ushers you into different safari destinations in Uganda including Kibale Forest National Park a home to 13 primate species, Queen Elizabeth National Park which hosts the unique tree climbing lions and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with over 459 endangered mountain gorillas. Your 7 days Uganda safari, wildlife, chimpanzees and gorilla trekking trip begins and ends in Kampala or Entebbe.

Brief itinerary of the 7 days Uganda safari

7 days Uganda safari
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale forest

Detailed itinerary of the 7 days Uganda safari

Day 1 of the 7 days Uganda safari: Departure for Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal Tourism City

Pick up early in the morning by your driver guide and you transfer to Kibale Forest National Park after a leisurely breakfast. Take 5-6 hours driving via Mubende to Fort Portal where you will have lunch break then connect to the lodge in Kibale Forest National Park.

Accommodation

  • Papaya Lake Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
  • Primate Lodge (Moderate)
  • Chimpanzee Guesthouse, Kibale Forest Camp (Basic)

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest & nature walk in Bigodi Swamp

Go track chimpanzees after a hefty breakfast and briefing at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre, taking you from 2-4 hours. The actual chimp trek starts at 8:00am with park guide onlead and you will have a maximum of 1 hour enjoying a face to face encounter with chimpanzees. Thereafter, walk back or your driver guide will pick you up then transfer for lunch break in your lodge.

Later at 2:00pm, go enjoy a nature walk with community guide onlead as he or she ushers you into Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Explore variety of primates, birds, flora which you didn’t sight while in Kibale Forest trekking chimpanzees.

Accommodation

  • Papaya Lake Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge (Luxury)
  • Primate Lodge (Moderate)
  • Chimpanzee Guesthouse, Kibale Forest Camp (Basic)

Day 3 of the 7 days Uganda safari: Leave Kibale for Queen Elizabeth National Park through Fort Portal

Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and later, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, 3 hours’ drive through Fort Portal Tourism City. Lunch will be offered at the lodge and later, you embark on an afternoon launch trip on Kazinga Channel. Get to see submerged hippos, basking crocodiles, diverse water birds and a lot more.

Accommodation

  • Katara Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Park View Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Moderate)
  • Bush Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Hostel (Basic)

Day 4: Game drive and boat or launch cruise

Have breakfast and after, game drive taking you 2-3 hours on Kasenyi plains will begin with an experienced guide. Get to enjoy sight of buffaloes, lions, African bush elephants, antelopes, leopards, warthogs, birds to mention but a few. Drive back in a 4×4 Land Cruiser or 4×4 Safari Van with pop-up roof to have lunch in your lodge then go for yet another thrilling launch cruise on Kazinga Channel.

7 Days Uganda Safari
Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation

  • Katara Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
  • Park View Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Moderate)
  • Bush Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Hostel (Basic)

Day 5 of the 7 days Uganda safari: Game drive & take 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Get up early and have a leisurely breakfast. Later, head to Bwindi 3 hours but expect a quick game drive at Ishasha sector, south of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This lets you see the tree climbing lions and you will have lunch at Savanna Resort prior checking into the lodge in Bwindi.

Accommodation

  • Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
  • Ichumbi Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Silverback Lodge (Moderate)
  • Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nshongi Camp (Basic)

Day 6: Gorilla trekking & Batwa cultural experience

After leisurely breakfast, head to Bwindi offices with some snacks and bottle of mineral water to be briefed on guidelines for gorilla trekking. At 8:00am, start a search for anyone of the 20 gorilla families assigned to you in your group of 8 visitors. This may last you 2-6 hours and it includes a maximum of 1 hour of photo taking and learning more about mountain gorillas.

Get back to have a relaxed afternoon then go interact with the Batwa pygmies in their communities. They will entertain you with their great dances and music performances as you also explore in-depth about their traditions, cultures.

Accommodation

  • Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge (Luxury)
  • Ichumbi Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Silverback Lodge (Moderate)
  • Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nshongi Camp (Basic)
7 days Uganda safari
Bwindi Impenetrable national park

Day 7: Leave Bwindi for Kampala or Entebbe

After a heavy breakfast, get to your 4×4 Land Cruiser or 4×4 Safari van ready for return trip to Kampala or Entebbe. Make a stop at Igongo for a delicious lunch break and later, relax, take pictures at Equator.

End of your 7 days Uganda safari

The safari package includes

  • Gorilla permit at $700
  • Chimpanzee permits at $200
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Park entrance fees
  • Nature walks in Bigodi
  • Photography & touring
  • All trip activities except the optional ones
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Transport
  • Professional English-speaking safari or tour guide

The safari package excludes

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Visa fees
  • Cigarettes
  • Telephone calls
  • International flights
  • Beverages
  • Optional activities’ fees
  • Insurance expenses

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