UgandaGorillaSafari@UlfAmundsen (6)

Safari and Gorilla Trekking

Get up close to Uganda's amazing wildlife

Safari and Gorilla Trekking

Get up close to Uganda's amazing wildlife

From USD 4568

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Equatorial Africa's verdant oasis, where nature and wildlife flourish like nowhere else on the continent. Nestled between the Congo Basin to the west and the lowland savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania to the east, we find the vulnerable and endemic mountain gorillas. In the enchanting Bwindi Forest, you'll track down these magnificent creatures, providing you with an up-close and personal encounter. You will also visit the chimpanzees in Kibale, and go on safari by jeep and by boat in the Queen Elisabeth National Park, one of Africa's most species-rich national parks. In just nine captivating days, we guarantee you'll be brimming with powerful impressions from these exhilarating animal encounters.

Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking - get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures!
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Traditional safari by jeep
  • Boat trip in the Kazinga Canal
  • Rwanda's capital Kigali

Apart from the fact that you will see one of nature's most fascinating creations, the mountain gorillas, there are many other things that make this trip appealing. Exploring the lush Kibale Forest National Park, tracking chimpanzees deep in their natural habitat, and gliding through the enchanting Queen Elizabeth National Park on a captivating boat safari. This is a UNESCO-protected gem teeming with over 600 bird species – one of the world's highest concentrations. In Bwindi, you will encounter a myriad of endemic species, with a chance sighting of elusive forest elephants. Throughout our journey, you will immerse yourselves in the warmth of local communities, as these national parks seamlessly blend with quaint villages, providing the exceptional service that enriches our stay. The unforgettable friendliness of Uganda will create an enduring impression you will remember fondly forever. 

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Private tour only

This trip is only offered as a private tour. Order by contacting us through the form.

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Opening hours Phone
Mon-Fri : 08-20
Sat-Sun : 14-17
Opening hours Chat
Mon-Fri : 07-23
Sat : 10-18
Sun : 13-21
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Security and Safety

  • 24 hour emergency response
  • Guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Basic medication and first aid kits available 
  • Collaboration with Turlegen.no for medical advice

Safety and physical grades of tours

Physical level

1/6 Physical

These are our simplest tours and require minimal prior knowledge. On trips with this rating, the stages are relatively short and the pace is calm. We have plenty of time to enjoy the view and arrive at the day's destination. Can be carried out by anyone who likes activity and is in normal physical health.

Risk level

1/6 Risk

Activities/trips with minimal risk/everyday risk (incidents that can just as easily occur in everyday life).

Training and Preparations

The trip is suitable for the vast majority of people, but it is an advantage if you are in good physical shape. Sometimes the gorilla tracking can take up to 5 - 7 hours in rough terrain before you see the animals. The terrain can be demanding to walk in, but everyone gets help to get there.

Although you do not cover many kilometers on this trip, it is important to point out that it is a tight programme. Several days you have to get up early and eat dinner late. This is partly because morning and afternoon are the best times to experience wildlife.

This trip does not require any specific preparations on your part, but we recommend that you read a little about Uganda's and Rwanda's history, culture and nature.

Visas, Vaccinations and Health

We kindly remind all tour participants to check their respective country's visa status and vaccination requirements. Ensuring your travel documents are in order is a crucial step in guaranteeing a smooth and hassle-free adventure.

For Norwegian citizens, the passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of the journey. A visa is required for both countries, and it costs 100 Dollars. This can be purchased on arrival in Kigali. See also the current entry and visa rules on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' country pages.

If you are over 67, you should have a thorough medical check-up before your trip. Make your doctor aware that this is a trip involving physical exertion and moving off the beaten track.

It is important that you fill in all parts of the registration form (especially where we ask for information about health and allergies), and let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of before and during the trip. NOTE - If you are on regular medication, have known allergies or the like, you must always have your personal medication with you.

Other Information 

We stay in simple, pleasant lodges and hotels along the way.

The mountain gorillas we visit as tourists are so-called habituated family groups. That is to say, they are used to people because of regular visits by researchers and tourists. In Bwindi, there are only two or three families who are habituated at any given time. This means that more than 250 individuals have no contact with people at all.

It is useful to bear in mind that time does not necessarily have the same meaning here as at home. Delays can happen, and it might be wise to exercise some patience.

It is not always easy to get hold of gluten-free wholemeal bread, lactose-free alternatives or to accommodate other dietary requirements. Enter it in the registration form if you have allergies and we will try to accommodate as best we can. We would still recommend that those who have special dietary needs bring some alternatives in the form of, for example, a packet of crackers, energy bars or similar that you know you can eat.

Highlights

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Rwanda@AboodiVesakaran

Day 1:Arrival at Africa's "Singapore"; Kigali

Arrival in Kigali. Dinner and a good nights sleep before the journey truly begins.

Arrival in Kigali. Dinner and a good nights sleep before the journey truly begins.

Hotel

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Uganda-2022@EliseKoren (10)

Day 2:City tour in Kigiali and arrival at Mgahinga

Following breakfast, you get a brief exploration of Kigali, acquainting yourselves with this vibrant city. The journey goes through diverse neighborhoods, visits to local artisan craft shops, and the option to explore the presidential museum, among other highlights. However, the most poignant stop awaits you at the "Kigali Genocide Memorial," a solemn place of remembrance for the tragic events of April 1994. It was on April 6th, 1994, when Rwandan President Habyarimana's plane was tragically downed, marking the onset of the Rwandan genocide. This profound encounter with Rwanda's history offers deep insights into the country and its resilient people. After the city tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can taste traditional food from Rwanda. Then we set course for Uganda, and Mgahinga National Park. Arrival at the lodge in the evening, where dinner is served.

Following breakfast, you get a brief exploration of Kigali, acquainting yourselves with this vibrant city. The journey goes through diverse neighborhoods, visits to local artisan craft shops, and the option to explore the presidential museum, among other highlights. However, the most poignant stop awaits you at the "Kigali Genocide Memorial," a solemn place of remembrance for the tragic events of April 1994. It was on April 6th, 1994, when Rwandan President Habyarimana's plane was tragically downed, marking the onset of the Rwandan genocide. This profound encounter with Rwanda's history offers deep insights into the country and its resilient people. After the city tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can taste traditional food from Rwanda. Then we set course for Uganda, and Mgahinga National Park. Arrival at the lodge in the evening, where dinner is served.

Lodge

B,L,D

7 hours

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Day 3:Visit the golden monkeys

You find yourselves in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, an area with several ancient, now forested volcanoes in a row. You set out in the morning, and follow the Gahinga trail in search of golden monkeys - or golden mares as they are also called. The forest is full of these monkeys, so you will soon experience them jumping between the trees and creating a stir. You get to spend an hour with the little creatures. Next stop is Bwindi National Park, where tomorrow you will experience what for many is the highlight of the trip. You will check in at a new lodge and enjoy dinner in the evening.

You find yourselves in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, an area with several ancient, now forested volcanoes in a row. You set out in the morning, and follow the Gahinga trail in search of golden monkeys - or golden mares as they are also called. The forest is full of these monkeys, so you will soon experience them jumping between the trees and creating a stir. You get to spend an hour with the little creatures. Next stop is Bwindi National Park, where tomorrow you will experience what for many is the highlight of the trip. You will check in at a new lodge and enjoy dinner in the evening.

Lodge

B,L,D

3 hours

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Day 4:Gorilla trekking

Today is the big day - gorilla trekking at sunrise! The park rangers know where the family groups are at all times. Sometimes you have to go a long way before you find the gorillas, other times they can be right outside where we are staying. Together with an experienced local guide, you search for tracks that indicate that the gorillas are nearby. The terrain can be demanding to walk in, but everyone will get the support they need to get there. The reward for the effort is that you get an hour with one of the world's rarest creatures. Coming face to face with them is an unforgettable experience. If there is time to spare, it's possible to spend the rest of the day exploring the legendary Bwindi Forest further. Here there are over 120 mammal species, 350 bird species, 320 tree species and a myriad of butterflies, shrubs and flowers. The forest is vast and ancient, frightening but at the same time inviting. Teak, mahogany, ebony and countless other noble trees stretch many tens of meters into the air and shade the light. In clearings where the sun escapes, the butterflies dance around and add color to the green. The experience dreams are made of!

Today is the big day - gorilla trekking at sunrise! The park rangers know where the family groups are at all times. Sometimes you have to go a long way before you find the gorillas, other times they can be right outside where we are staying. Together with an experienced local guide, you search for tracks that indicate that the gorillas are nearby. The terrain can be demanding to walk in, but everyone will get the support they need to get there. The reward for the effort is that you get an hour with one of the world's rarest creatures. Coming face to face with them is an unforgettable experience. If there is time to spare, it's possible to spend the rest of the day exploring the legendary Bwindi Forest further. Here there are over 120 mammal species, 350 bird species, 320 tree species and a myriad of butterflies, shrubs and flowers. The forest is vast and ancient, frightening but at the same time inviting. Teak, mahogany, ebony and countless other noble trees stretch many tens of meters into the air and shade the light. In clearings where the sun escapes, the butterflies dance around and add color to the green. The experience dreams are made of!

Lodge

B,L,D

2-7 hours

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Day 5:From Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a good breakfast, you journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is Uganda's most popular game reserve. Here is open sweeping savannah, dense rain forest, swamps and beautiful crater lakes. Hippos, lions, hyenas, buffalo, leopards, chimpanzees and baboons live here, to name a few. You will have lunch on the way, there will be time for a safari in the reserve before check in and dinner at the lodge.

After a good breakfast, you journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is Uganda's most popular game reserve. Here is open sweeping savannah, dense rain forest, swamps and beautiful crater lakes. Hippos, lions, hyenas, buffalo, leopards, chimpanzees and baboons live here, to name a few. You will have lunch on the way, there will be time for a safari in the reserve before check in and dinner at the lodge.

Lodge

B,L,D

6 hours

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Day 6:Morning safari and boat safari on the Kazinga canal

Jeep safari in the morning - this is a good time to see animals coming out of the night's slumber and beginning their search to look for food. You will be able to see warthogs, elephants, lions, antilopes, impalas, leopards and several different bird species. Lunch back at the lodge, before it's time for boat safari on the Kazinga canal in the afternoon. This is an absolutely fantastic experience where animals abound both on land and in the water - hippos. crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes.

Jeep safari in the morning - this is a good time to see animals coming out of the night's slumber and beginning their search to look for food. You will be able to see warthogs, elephants, lions, antilopes, impalas, leopards and several different bird species. Lunch back at the lodge, before it's time for boat safari on the Kazinga canal in the afternoon. This is an absolutely fantastic experience where animals abound both on land and in the water - hippos. crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes.

Lodge

B,L,D

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Day 7:Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale

After breakfast, the journey goes to Kibale National Park where it's time for chimpanzee tracking. This is considered by many to be the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You arrive at the national park in the morning, and after lunch and a short briefing at the headquarters, you head out into the forest. As there are many chimpanzees living in this forest, the chances of meeting several of these creatures are high. You check in at yet another pleasant lodge for the evening, where you also have dinner.

After breakfast, the journey goes to Kibale National Park where it's time for chimpanzee tracking. This is considered by many to be the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You arrive at the national park in the morning, and after lunch and a short briefing at the headquarters, you head out into the forest. As there are many chimpanzees living in this forest, the chances of meeting several of these creatures are high. You check in at yet another pleasant lodge for the evening, where you also have dinner.

Lodge

B,L,D

3 hours

Uganda-2022@EliseKoren (6)

Day 8:Volcano crater tour and return journey

After breakfast, you are going on a morning walk, which offers a panoramic view of the landscape, and several old volcanic craters. After the trip, lunch is served at the lodge, and then the journey continues to the airport in Entebbe. Driving past villages, animals, people, both on foot, on bicycles and perhaps on horseback, before arriving at the airport.

After breakfast, you are going on a morning walk, which offers a panoramic view of the landscape, and several old volcanic craters. After the trip, lunch is served at the lodge, and then the journey continues to the airport in Entebbe. Driving past villages, animals, people, both on foot, on bicycles and perhaps on horseback, before arriving at the airport.

B,L,D

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Day 9:Homeward bound

Homeward bound! Thanks for adventuring with us!

Homeward bound! Thanks for adventuring with us!

Arrival in Kigali. Dinner and a good nights sleep before the journey truly begins.

Hotel

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Following breakfast, you get a brief exploration of Kigali, acquainting yourselves with this vibrant city. The journey goes through diverse neighborhoods, visits to local artisan craft shops, and the option to explore the presidential museum, among other highlights. However, the most poignant stop awaits you at the "Kigali Genocide Memorial," a solemn place of remembrance for the tragic events of April 1994. It was on April 6th, 1994, when Rwandan President Habyarimana's plane was tragically downed, marking the onset of the Rwandan genocide. This profound encounter with Rwanda's history offers deep insights into the country and its resilient people. After the city tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can taste traditional food from Rwanda. Then we set course for Uganda, and Mgahinga National Park. Arrival at the lodge in the evening, where dinner is served.

Lodge

B,L,D

7 hours

You find yourselves in Mgahinga Gorilla Park, an area with several ancient, now forested volcanoes in a row. You set out in the morning, and follow the Gahinga trail in search of golden monkeys - or golden mares as they are also called. The forest is full of these monkeys, so you will soon experience them jumping between the trees and creating a stir. You get to spend an hour with the little creatures. Next stop is Bwindi National Park, where tomorrow you will experience what for many is the highlight of the trip. You will check in at a new lodge and enjoy dinner in the evening.

Lodge

B,L,D

3 hours

Today is the big day - gorilla trekking at sunrise! The park rangers know where the family groups are at all times. Sometimes you have to go a long way before you find the gorillas, other times they can be right outside where we are staying. Together with an experienced local guide, you search for tracks that indicate that the gorillas are nearby. The terrain can be demanding to walk in, but everyone will get the support they need to get there. The reward for the effort is that you get an hour with one of the world's rarest creatures. Coming face to face with them is an unforgettable experience. If there is time to spare, it's possible to spend the rest of the day exploring the legendary Bwindi Forest further. Here there are over 120 mammal species, 350 bird species, 320 tree species and a myriad of butterflies, shrubs and flowers. The forest is vast and ancient, frightening but at the same time inviting. Teak, mahogany, ebony and countless other noble trees stretch many tens of meters into the air and shade the light. In clearings where the sun escapes, the butterflies dance around and add color to the green. The experience dreams are made of!

Lodge

B,L,D

2-7 hours

After a good breakfast, you journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is Uganda's most popular game reserve. Here is open sweeping savannah, dense rain forest, swamps and beautiful crater lakes. Hippos, lions, hyenas, buffalo, leopards, chimpanzees and baboons live here, to name a few. You will have lunch on the way, there will be time for a safari in the reserve before check in and dinner at the lodge.

Lodge

B,L,D

6 hours

Jeep safari in the morning - this is a good time to see animals coming out of the night's slumber and beginning their search to look for food. You will be able to see warthogs, elephants, lions, antilopes, impalas, leopards and several different bird species. Lunch back at the lodge, before it's time for boat safari on the Kazinga canal in the afternoon. This is an absolutely fantastic experience where animals abound both on land and in the water - hippos. crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes.

Lodge

B,L,D

After breakfast, the journey goes to Kibale National Park where it's time for chimpanzee tracking. This is considered by many to be the best place to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. You arrive at the national park in the morning, and after lunch and a short briefing at the headquarters, you head out into the forest. As there are many chimpanzees living in this forest, the chances of meeting several of these creatures are high. You check in at yet another pleasant lodge for the evening, where you also have dinner.

Lodge

B,L,D

3 hours

After breakfast, you are going on a morning walk, which offers a panoramic view of the landscape, and several old volcanic craters. After the trip, lunch is served at the lodge, and then the journey continues to the airport in Entebbe. Driving past villages, animals, people, both on foot, on bicycles and perhaps on horseback, before arriving at the airport.

B,L,D

Homeward bound! Thanks for adventuring with us!

What's included in the price

Included

All transport as specified in the programme.

In a shared double room.

All meals

Not included

To local guides and helpers. Tips are a normal and expected part of being a tourist in many of the destinations we visit. This is given in cash during the tour, and therefore cannot be included in the tour price.

per request 

Reservation

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is indicative and changes may occur. We also refer to our general travel conditions.

Mountain gorillas are wild animals that have the forest as their free range of movement. There is never any guarantee of seeing a mountain gorilla, but the park authorities operate with a success rate of 99.9%.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions. TIP: We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

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Clothing

Wool or synthetic. Avoid cotton. Remember to allways bring dry socks with you, to prevent chafing. 

We recommend thin wool.

Fleece or wool. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must have a decent hood, and hold out wind and rain. Should have space for midlayers underneath. Ventilation under the arms is recommended. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must hold out wind and rain. Ventilation zippers along the legs is recommended.

Footwear

Bring waterproof shoes/boots that you are familiar with and comfortable in for technical terrain 

Equipment

Avoid bringing a suitcase, they are more difficult to transport between hotels.

Remember new/extra batteries.

Personal medicines and, for example, band-aids, blister plaster, sports tape, throat lozenges, nasal drops, Paracetamol/Ibuprofen, stomach regulators, etc.
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

You should be able to bring 2-3 litres of water.

High SPF, 30-50. Remember chapstick for lips and nose. 

Passport, tickets, bank card, proof of vaccination andproof of insurance. Remember to have a copy of important documents on your phone and/or somewhere in your bag. 

To put the shoes in the tent at night. 

Recommended

Clothing

Down or primaloft.

For evenings and leasure days.

Footwear
Equipment

Nuts, chocolate, energy bars, etc.

Useful

Equipment

Light. Have to be foldable or telescope.

Packing tips

It is pleasantly warm during the day, but it can get chilly in the evenings.

It is a good idea to bring long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt to avoid insect bites and as protection when we walk in dense forest. If possible, choose clothes that blend in with the background (cloth, beige, green etc), as strong colors can scare animals away. Black and blue clothes tend to attract more flies.

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Testimonial

"Beautiful nature and wonderful animals. Get up close and personal with gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, hippopotamus ++. Uganda is incredibly lush and green. Fantastic lodges with a great location, nice rooms and friendly staff."

– Tone, 2022