11 Day Big 5, Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari


11 days


Over 8 Activities


5 National Parks


Scheduled Safari

Day 1: Entebbe

Welcome to Uganda! On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by a Let’s Go Travel 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 guide will be with you for the entire safari and will be more than willing to help you with any questions or needs you might have!

Accommodation: Boma Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast
Included Activities:

  • Meet & Greet with LGT arrival service
  • Pick up and transfer to your Hotel

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

An early morning rise will enable you to begin your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The Safari will proceed north towards Masindi and onwards to the park via the southern entrance. The journey to entrance gate will take you through the beautiful Kaniyo Pabidi Forest until the Kichumbanyobo Gate. This journey sees you leave the traditional Buganda Kingdom and move into the region where the Bunyoro Kingdom call home.

Your first stop will be the Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary, who provides trained rangers who will guide you through a Rhino Trekking expedition. You will have the opportunity to observe the rhinos at a very close and safe distance. While at the sanctuary you will also encounter a range of other wildlife species including Uganda Kobs, reedbucks, hippos and crocodiles.

After the Rhino Sanctuary, you will pass through Masindi Town and onwards to the Murchison Falls area characterised by the lush greenery of the Budongo, Rabongo and Pabidi Forest. These Forests are home to an incredible number of plant, bird and animal life and driving through this part of Uganda is like driving through the land that time forgot!

Murchison Falls National Park is split into two its northern and southern sectors by The Nile that runs east to west through the Park. The majority of visitors access the park from the south and have to cross over to the north at the Paraa Ferry Crossing point using a regular vehicle ferry. On the north bank of the river, networks of game tracks explore the Buligi sector in the west and Chobe in the east.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

Your first activity of the day will be a game drive! The park is home to all of the Big 5 with the exception of the rhino. Also resident are hippo, buffalo, giraffe as well as several antelope and monkey species. Most of the game viewing is done around the Buligi Game tracks in the northern sector of the park. The park also boasts the Nile – Lake Albert Delta which is home to a large number of birds including African fish eagles and the rare shoebill storks.

After lunch, it will be time for a boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls, be sure to have your cameras ready for this one. Expect to see birds perched on tree branches ready to hunt, mammals drinking or cooling down in the river and reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks.

One of the highlights of the boat ride is getting up close to Murchison Falls itself, allowing you to feel the awesome power and beauty that comes when the worlds longest river is forced through a 7-meter gap before dropping 40 meters as is continues its journey to the Mediterranean Sea.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities:

  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls

Day 4: Hoima

After breakfast, you will head southwestwards to Hoima Town which acts as a midway stopping point between Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. There is an interesting blend of rural and town life, which you will not get to see anywhere else in Uganda. Hoima Town is historically known as the principal city of the Bunyoro Kingdom.

No trip to the Murchison Falls area would be complete without a trip to The Boomu Women’s Group! The Group was formed in 1999 in the village of Kihaguzi with aim of fighting poverty and creating more social and economic development. The Women now run a small-scale accommodation facility that employs local people and is a source of income.

During your visit to the Boomu Group, you will get to see the other activities that they run as part of their diversification to ensure a varied income base. These include handcrafts, weaving bedspreads as well as poultry farming and bee-keeping.

Accommodation: Hoima Cultural Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Visit the Boomu Women’s group

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park

With the anticipation of your Chimpanzee Trek tomorrow the safari will head further south into the Kibale Forest region. You leave the Bunyoro Kingdom and journey into the heart of the Tooro Kingdom towards the principal city Fort Portal, the only Ugandan town with an English name.

The city sits at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains is considered a gateway to many of the National Park in western Uganda, including Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and the Toro – Semuliki Wildlife Reserves. Look out for the King of Tooro’s grand palace on top of the largest hill in the area.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a part of the Magombe Swamp just south of Kibale National Park. Rare mammals and birds like the webbed feet sitatunga as the great blue turaco call this place home. However, if you aren’t lucky enough to see them there are still plenty of other animals, including bush pigs, black and white colobus monkeys and over 200 species of birds that inhabit the swamp. The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a community-based programme that supports local residents and encourages a healthy link between tourism and the community it affects.

Accommodation: Kibale Guest Cottages
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Visit the Bigodi Swamp

Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park

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. The excitement of Chimpanzee Trekking will probably still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. 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 you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Early morning Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view the different 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 northeast section of the park and but west of Lake George. There are large numbers of buffalo, antelope, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well and lions and the odd leopard if you are lucky.

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 concentration 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 like nyarwehindura, mushoroza and embatabata. 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.

Accommodation: Park View Safari Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities:

  • Early morning game drive
  • Afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Visit the Katara Women’s Group

Day 8: Bwindi National Park

With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives in the northern part of the park experiences ticked off your list, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a parting gift as you head south towards Bwindi and the Gorillas. The Southern Sector of the park is called the Ishsasha Sector and it is famous for the fig tree climbing lions that inhabit this area. Driving this was towards Bwindi will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lions which make a great photo.

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Morning drive to Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9: Bwindi National Park

Today you will wake up full of excitement about the Gorilla Trekking experience that 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 time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There are 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.

At Let’s Go Travel we try and support the communities that we interact with as part of the business we run, with a view to minimising the impact we have on communities as well as ensuring that they too benefit from our operations. One such community in the Buhoma area of Bwindi is called Ride 4 a Woman. You will get to visit these incredible women and learn more about their story!

Accommodation: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities:

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • If trekking in the Buhoma Sector, evening visit the Ride4women Project

Day 10: Lake Mburo National Park

With your Gorilla Trekking experience still a vivid memory, it is time to leave the Gorillas and the Kigezi Kingdom all behind and head towards Lake Mburo National Park and into the heartland of the Ankole Kingdom. The drive is one of the most scenic in Uganda as you transition between the Impenetrable forest and into the Ankole grasslands, where the famous long-horned Ankole cattle graze.

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 it bird life, from majestic fish eagles, colourful kingfishers, to hammerkops and their enormous nests. If you are really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the rare shoebill storks.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Afternoon boat cruise

Day 11: Entebbe

Lake Mburo National Park is one of only two National Parks in Uganda where walking in the park is permitted, this is due to their being no elephants in the park but there are plenty more animals for you to view. The nature walk begins at 7 am and normally takes two hours. There is something special about all five of your senses being awakened as you walk through the park whilst on foot and not in the confines of a safari vehicle. During the walk you will come across hyenas pack returning to their dens, hippos retreating back to the lake, zebra and buffalo grazing on the plains. One of the highlights of the walk is the view you are afforded once you reach the top of the hill. From here you have some of the best panoramic views of the park including a view of 9 of the region’s 13 other lakes.

After an incredible safari, it will be time to head back. During this final leg of the trip, you will leave the Ankole Kingdom and head back into the Buganda Kingdom, heading eastwards towards Entebbe. There are not many places in the world that have the wide range of wildlife, nature and culture. We hope you took loads of great photos and had a wonderful experience that will live with you for a long time. Time for a relaxing and enjoyable meal in Entebbe before the next part of your safari!

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Included Activities:

  • Morning game drive
  • Transfer to Entebbe
2018 Departure Dates:
  • 19th January
  • 16th February
  • 16th March
  • 20th April

  • 18th May
  • 15th June
  • 20th July
  • 18th August

  • 16th September
  • 19th October
  • 16th November
  • 17th December

Accommodation:

  • Papyrus Guest House
  • Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Hoima Cultural Lodge
  • Kibale Guest Cottages
  • Park View Safari Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs Lodge
  • Rwakobo Rock

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