8-day Uganda Group Gorilla Trekking

Although Uganda is famous for The Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees it is also home to, The longest river in the world, the River Nile. The most powerful waterfall in the world, Murchison Falls, The third largest lake in the world, Lake Victoria. Those natural wonders coupled with The Ruewnzori Mountains it western Uganda and Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda create an incredible habitat for animal and birds that is unrivalled in East Africa. However, we know that despite all those breathtaking attractions it is The People of Uganda that make this country the wonderful destination that it is.


  • Entebbe
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Uganda

Tour Summary

Full Day by Day Itinerary


Day 1 : Entebbe

Welcome to Uganda! On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by our Company representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and will introduce you to your Driver who will also be your Guide. The first stop will be a short drive to your accommodation where you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.
Your journey will be approx; 8km. 15min drive


Day 2 : Lake Mburo National Park

Your Ugandan safari adventure begins in earnest with a trip to Lake Mburo National Park. You will head west on a scenic drive towards the heartland of the Ankole Kingdom.  The drive is one of the most scenic in Uganda as you transition out of the suburbs of the city and into open marsh and the grasslands, where the famous long horned Ankole cattle graze.
Your journey will be approx; 270km. 6hrs drive

Afternoon Activity
One of the best activities to do in Lake Mburo is a scenic boat ride on the lake. This is one of the best ways to see the diverse wildlife that the Park has. The boat ride can be done at dawn or dusk depending on your safari itinerary and will normally take around 2 hours. All the rides begin at the Rwonyo jetty, it will not take you long before you begin to see large groups of hippos in the water as well as crocodiles and buffalo lining the banks of the lake. The lake is also famous for its bird life, from majestic fish eagles, colourful kingfishers, to hammerkops and their enormous nests.


Day 3 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

A Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park are a perfect way to begin or end a Safari in Uganda. The park has a variety of wildlife that almost contradicts it's small size in comparison to the other parks in Uganda. The park doesn't have any large cats apart from leopards who are normally only seen at night Lake Mburo has a large variety of antelopes and Rothschild's giraffe have recently been reintroduced. However, the highlights of the park have to be the Burchell's zebra and eland which are only found in two National Parks in Uganda.

Transfer from e to Lake Mburo National, the safari will continue westwards, leaving the Ankole Kingdom, and heading towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Kigezi Kingdom, home of the remarkable mountain gorillas!
Your journey will be approx; 280Kms / 6 hours drive.


Day 4 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Morning Activity
Your Gorilla Trekking experience is finally here, hope your camera is charged and you are ready for what lies ahead. An early start will see you  transfer 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 have began to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.

Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There is also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.

Afternoon Activity
You will visit a community in the Buhoma area of Bwindi called Ride 4 a Woman. You will get to visit these incredible women and learn more about their story!


Day 5 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you will drive from Bwindi heading north to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the landscape changes as you move away from the thick forest into the open savannah lands. You will begin to notice the traditional homesteads and farms that characterise this area. Entry to the Park will be via its southern sector, also known as the Ishasha sector.

In the afternoon, a game drive in the Ishasha sector gives you a chance to see the famous tree-climbing lions that can be seen hanging out of large fig trees. No one really knows why lions in this area climb trees but there are many theories surrounding this behaviour. However, lions are not the only animals in the park. Large herds of Uganda Kob, Hippos, elephant and antelope also roam this part of the park, making it an ideal place to view the wildlife at it's best.
Your journey will be approx; 70Kms / 2 hours drive.


Day 6 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning Activity
A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view differing landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east section of the park and but west of Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in Uganda and for good reason. There diverse landscape houses a wide range of animals, birds and plants which enables any visitor to partake in games drives in different locations of the park, a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel where animals and birds line the banks of this waterway that stretches between two lakes and Chimpanzee Trek in Kyambura Gorge.

Afternoon Activity
One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre-long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world's largest concentrations of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers.

The Kataara Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group was formed in 2005 to combat the problem of human-wildlife conflict in this particular area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The group provides alternative income for Kataara families and an incentive to conserve Uganda’s precious wildlife. There is a proud mixture of Banaynkore, Bakiga, Batoro and Banayruguru tribe, which is reflected in the artistic diversity of the products that are created, developed and sold. The women believe in maximizing the use of natural materials grown locally; even the dyes for the baskets are created by boiling leaves from local herbs. A visit to the group will enable to find out more about how this incredible enterprise works and be inspired by the individual stories that the women have. There will also be a chance to support the group by purchasing reasonably priced crafts.


Day 7 : Kibale Forest National Park

Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park, you will leave the Rwenzururu Kingdom and journey into the heart of the Tooro Kingdom towards the principal city Fort Portal before arriving Kibale the Primate Capital!
Your journey will be approx; 150 KMs / 3 hours drive.

Afternoon Activity
Your Chimpanzee Trekking experience has finally arrived! It begins at the Uganda Wildlife Authority HQ at Kayanchu Gate where your trekking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. About 1 hour before your group sets off an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. Once located the advance party send a radio message back to your trekking group so that you can navigate through the forest. During the trek, you will also get to see the different birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don't become accustomed to human contact.


Day 8 : Departure

After an exhilarating experience with the chimpanzees, you will begin your return trip to Entebbe. The journey will see you leave the Kibale Forest National Park in the Tooro Kingdom and head eastwards back to the Buganda Kingdom. Your journey will be Approx 350 kms/ 6 hours drive.


Meet and greet at the airport upon arrival
Transfers and transportation in a 4×4 Safari
Vehicle with an English-speaking driver guide
Park entrance fees
1 x Chimpanzee tracking Kibale forest
1 x Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Forest
Game drives in Lake Mburo, Ishasha and
Kasenyi Sectors of Queen Elizabeth
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Boat ride on Lake Mburo
Cultural and community visits mentioned
Accommodation as stated above
Meals as stated
1 litre of drinking water per person per day in the vehicle


International flights
Travel insurance
Optional activities
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel