15 Days best Uganda Safari- Gorillas Chimpanzees and wildlife

African animals on a safari Uganda

Visit the most attractive sites of gorillas, wildlife and birds around Uganda. Enjoy your vacation upon arrival, all the way to your last day.

The 15 Days Uganda Safari with bird watching, gorilla tracking and wildlife tour offers the following highlights:

15 Days Uganda Safari with bird watching, gorilla tracking and wildlife tour through Uganda’s top destinations.

  • Visit 6 national parks of Murchison Falls, Semliki, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, and Lake Mburo in Uganda
  • Birding and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Nature walk and bird watching in Bigodi Swamp and Ziwa Sanctuary
  • Gorilla tracking and birding in Bwindi
  • Sunrise and sunset game drives in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo
  • Boat cruises on River Nile and Kazinga channel with high populations of water birds, crocodiles and hippos
  • See the local birds, endemics and migrants
  • Cross the Equator and stand in two hemispheres at the same time
  • Tour the local community
Day One: Airport EBB – Arrival at Entebbe

You are warmly received and transferred to the hotel for overnight rest

Overnight stay: Lake Victoria View Guest House (BB) or The Boma (BB)

Day Two: Entebbe to Ziwa Sanctuary 210 km, 4 hr

After a sumptuous breakfast, drive through the countryside birding northwards to the Ziwa Sanctuary. This is the only natural habitat to observe the Rhinos in Uganda. Relax for lunch then go for the afternoon bush walk through the thickets to see the Rhinos while bird watching. Enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight on the sanctuary grounds.

Overnight stay: Ziwa Guest House (FB) or the Amuka Lodge (FB)

Day Three: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to Royal Mile   65 km, 1hr

We start early morning birding through the woodlands and local farms. Transfer to explore the Royal Mile as we look out for the Green Crombec, Dark Capped Yellow Wabler, Black Bellied Firefinch, Grey Headed Olive Back. We then enter the forest where we should expect to see the Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Narinas Trogon, Ituri Batis, Olive and Green Sunbird, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Yellow Spotted Barbets, Little Greenbul, Red-headed Bluebill, Tit Hylia, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, African Emarald Cuckoo and many more. We retire to the Lodge for relaxation.

Overnight stay: Kabalega Resort (FB) or the Masindi Hotel (FB)

Day Four: Birding in Budongo Forest to Murchison Falls national Park

We start early morning and drive north to Budongo Reserve. This is the biggest forest in Uganda with some of the rare and most sought after birds. On the walk in the forest, expect to see the African Dwarf Kingfisher, Bat Hawk, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher Grey Parrots, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Nahan’s Francolin, Velvet-mantled Drongo African Crowned Eagle, White spotted Flufftail, Olive Camaroptera, Yellow and Grey Longbills, Piping Hornbill, White-crested Turaco, White-thighed Hornbill. You are likely to encounter animals of the forest including chimpanzees. Have lunch at Budongo Eco-Lodge.

Continue birding through the woodlands up to the top of the Murchison Falls. Enjoy the views and sounds of the thunderous falls as the River Nile squeezes through a narrow rocky gap. Check in at the lodge and relax to the magnificent sight of the sun setting over the wilderness and animals on the river banks. Murchison Falls is the largest park in Uganda with a wide variety of animals and birds.

Overnight stay: Murchison River Lodge (FB) or the Paraa safari Lodge (FB)

Day Five: Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning game drive in the savannah park to see the predators returning to their dens and grazers begin the day. The Queen track is good for spotting lions while in the Pakuba area leopards and hyenas with kills can be encountered. There are plenty of birds to see in the savannah grasslands and skies including the African hawk Eagle, Martial Eagle Banded Martin, Flappet Lark, White browed scrub Robin, Lesser grey Shrike, Black Cuckoo, Crested Frankolin, Croaking Cisticola, and more.

Along the Albert Nile and Victoria tracks, elephants, Giraffes, antelopes and Hyenas are seen. Return to relax and for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a three hours boat cruise on the river Nile upstream to the bottom of the Murchison falls. Crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants are visible in the water and along the shores. The boat trip provides an opportunity to see the water birds of the river Nile the Shoebill, Saddle-billed stork, Woolly- necked stork, Goliath heron, red throated Bee-eater and long-toed plover, pied Kingfisher and many others.

Overnight stay: Murchison River Lodge (FB) or the Paraa safari Lodge (FB)

Day Six: Murchison Falls NP to Fort Portal about 8 hr

We start early with breakfast before the long drive southwards though the wooded and cultivated countryside. We drive leisurely birding all the way to Fort Portal at the bottom of the Rwenzori mountains. You will have lunch in the colonial administrative town of Hoima.

Overnight stay: Fort Motel (FB) / Mountains of the Moon hotel (FB)

Day Seven: Fort Portal to Semliki National Park   80km 2hr

Have a hearty breakfast and proceed through the Rwenzori Mountains to Semliki. Enjoy the views of the plains stretching up to Congo. You will a walk in the jungle and visit to the steamy Hot springs. The forest, animals and birds are an extension of the vast Congo basin. This makes it the best place in Uganda to encounter some of the West African species which can not be easily seen from other places within Uganda. It is ranked number two in Uganda’s birding sites by the African Bird Club Members. Among the birds, expect to see the Black-throated Coucal, Blue-billed Malimbe, Congo Serpent Eagle, Crested Malimbe, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Hornbill, Capuchin Babbler, Grey-throated Rail, Icterine Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Rufous-sided Broadbill, White-bellied Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Cuckoo.

Later transfer to Kibale Forest, birding en route. Relax by the evening campfire with sounds from the nocturnal animals and birds of the forest.

Overnight stay: Kibale Forest Camp (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day Seven: Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest has the highest number of records of the Green-breasted Pitta and chimpanzees in Uganda. On this day, we go on the trails for Chimpanzee tracking with the highlight being an encounter with a group playing or feeding in the trees or on the ground. Kibale National Park is a tropical forest home to 12 other primates and 355 bird species. You will enjoy the walk as the Guides explain the life of the forest.

Expect to see various rare and colorful birds like the African Pitta, Crested Guinea fowl, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Green backed Twinspot, Scaly Illadopsis, White-winged Warbler, Red-capped Robin Chat, Grey Apalis, White-chinned Prinia, White-napped Pigeon.

In the afternoon, we make a nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp. Along the trails, expect to see papyrus endemics such as the Papyrus Gonolek, White-collared Oliveback and White-winged Warbler. Other species you may encounter are African Marsh Harrier, Black-billed Turaco, White spotted Flufftail, Grey Parrot, Grey Greenbul, Red-faced Cisticola, Red-headed Malimbe, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, White-breasted Negro-finch, and Yellow-billed Barbet.

It is possible to do the chimpanzee habituation experience and birding and spend the whole day with the primates and birds in the forest (optional).

Overnight stay: Kibale Forest Camp (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day Eight: Day Four: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth 160 km, 4 hours

Transfer to the Queen Elizabeth National Park with splendid views of the Mountains of the Moon all the way. Make a stop by the Equator and stand in two hemispheres at the same time. Enjoy afternoon game drive as the sun sets. This park ranks the best in Uganda in terms of bird diversity with over 600 species recorded. On the game drive, you are likely to see the Black Bee-eater, Blue and Harlequin Quails, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Martial Eagle, Temminck’s courser, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker usually on the back of an antelope or Buffalo and others.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or  Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day Nine: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day starts with a morning game drive in the park and along the tracks of the Kasenyi plains west of the national park. This area is famous for predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards with the antelopes and warthogs as prey. Return to the lodge for lunch. We then slope down to the jetty for an enchanting boat cruise along the beautiful Kazinga channel that connects two lakes.

The boat sails close to numerous animals that stay in the water or come to the channel for a drink such as Hippos, buffaloes, elephants, giant forest hogs, and crocodiles. Many bird species can be seen in the water or on the banks including the Great white Pelican, African Skimmer, African Spoonbill, Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Great white and Pink backed Pelicans, green backed Heron, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover,. The cruise ends down by Lake Edward with stunning views of the border-mountains of the Congo in a distance.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or  Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day Ten: Queen Elizabeth Ishasha

Have a morning game drive and transfer south to the Ishasha sector. Check in at the Lodge for lunch and relaxation. Enjoy a relaxed sunset game drive in search of the tree climbing lions. The drive goes up to the river camp. You will see hippos in the river and primates in the surrounding trees. Birds that we may see on this game drive include the African grey Hornbill, Greater Honey-guide, Green winged Pytilia, Scaly throated Honey-guide, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Rufous napped Lark, Flappet Lark and many others.

Overnight stay: Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB) or  Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)

Day Eleven: Ishasha to Bwindi national Park (60km 2hrs / 150km 5hrs)

After a sumptuous early breakfast, we drive to Bwindi Impenetrable. On our way we bird as we drive through wooded and hilly villages, beautiful landscapes and the mountains with breath taking views. Bwindi Impenetrable is a unique montane forest with many wildlife species and birds. Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you find the endangered Mountain Gorillas!!

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day Twelve: Bwindi Impenetrable forest on the trails Gorilla tracking!!!

Early morning set off in the forest, the highlight being an encounter with a family of the Gorillas!! You will have an hour with them for an experience that will last a life time. The Guides informatively explain the wildlife of the forest and the gorillas.

Birds to see along the trails include the African Broadbill, Archer’s Ground Robin, Ashy Flycatcher, Black-billed Weaver, Banded Prinia, Black-billed Turaco, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Chin-spot Batis, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Red-throated Alethe, Oriole Finch, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Rwenzori Batis, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-bellied Robin chat,  After tracking, we return to the lodge to relax. It is possible to do a community walk in the afternoon and go birding along the forest edges (optional).

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or  Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day Thirteen: Mubwindi Swamp-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After early breakfast we transfer down to Mubwindi Swamp for the whole day birding. The 4km trail walk to the Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050 m and is the best habitat for some of the rarest of all the rift endemics including Archer’s Robin Chat, African Green Broadbill, Blue-headed Sunbird, Carruthers’ Cisticola Dwarf Honeyguide, Grauer’s Scrub-warbler, the Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit. Other rare birds include Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon,Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, Eastern Mountain-Greenbul, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Grauer’s Broadbill, Archer’s Robin Chat, Strange Weaver, White-headed Wood-hoopoe and Waller’s Starling.

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day Fourteen: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mburo National Park 190km 5hr

After breakfast and relaxation, drive leisurely through the mountains and cattle countryside to Lake Mburo. There are five lakes in the park with surrounding rolling hills. It is mostly woodland harboring beautiful bird species, leopards, hyenas, zebras and the rare topi and Eland antelopes. Hippos and crocodiles are common on the lake. In the afternoon, go for a game drive along the tracks to see the animal and birds. Birding along the tracks yields Tabora Cisticola, Egyptian Goose Green-backed Woodpecker and Coqui Francolin, Grey-crowned Crane, Red-faced Barbet. Return to the Lodge to relax with views of the park below.

Overnight stay: Rwakobo Rock (FB) or Mihingo Lodge (FB)

Day Fifteen: Lake Mburo to Kampala or Entebbe

After a sumptuous breakfast, have a game safari walk in the park to see birds and animals in close proximity. It is a thrilling moment if you have never encountered wildlife on foot. We then transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight with a lunch break at the Equator crossing.

END of the 15 days best Uganda Safari 

TOTAL PRICE 2018-2019 (Medium range accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 3850 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 3300 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 3095 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 635 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
TOTAL PRICE 2018-2019 (High Budget accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 5465 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 4820 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 4530 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 795 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
The above Price includes:
  • Ground transfers
  • 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Accommodations with mentioned meals
  • Entrance fees to the National Parks and sites

The following activities: Gorilla, chimpanzee and rhino tracking, game drives, bird watching, boat trips on the river Nile, Lake Bunyonyi and Kazinga Channel and a visit to the crater lakes.

The above Price excludes:
  • All activities not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Insurances
  • Flights and visa for Uganda
  • All Meals and drinks not according to the accommodations
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communications