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Classic Uganda Safari Adventure

Entebbe, Mburo, Bwindi, Queen, Kibale, Murchison


12 Days 11 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people




The 12 Day classic Uganda safari is an adventure holiday that squeezes up time to give you the best of the country’s attractions in less than two weeks. It is a jam-packed tour package, including meeting the giant silverback mountain gorilla and his family in the misty jungles of Bwindi, an encounter with the ancient forest tribe, and hiking across Africa’s oldest rainforest jungle.

The trip also includes walking with chimpanzee troops in Kibale, traversing Uganda’s vast savannah plains to get the closest anyone can ever to Africa’s iconic wildlife animals, and standing at where Sir Samuel Baker stood to gaze at the magnificent Murchison Falls.

The camps on this classic Uganda safari are meticulously selected to give you excellent comfort and safety during your journey. You’ll have a private driver guide and trip manager to make sure everything on the journey is to your expectation. Let yourself free and immerse yourself in local cultures and the untouched wild.


Since this is a PRIVATE classic Uganda safari, travelers will choose their most comfortable travel dates and select accommodation based on availability. Note that you can reschedule this tour anytime for up to 12 months at no cost.


  • Day 1: Arrival (Entebbe activities) – Papyrus Guest House/Boutique Hotel No.5
  • Day 2: Lake Mburo NP (Game drive & boat ride) – Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mihingo Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Lake Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable NP (Nkuringo) – Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Gorilla Tracking (Nkuringo or Rushaga gorilla groups) – Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Canoe on Lake Mutanda – Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Hike across Bwindi – Drive to QENP – Kasenyi Safari Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Queen Elizabeth NP (game drives and boat safari) – Kasenyi Safari Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Queen Elizabeth – Kibale Forest – Primate Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Chimp tracking & Bigodi nature walk – Primate Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Kibale – Murchison Falls NP – Murchison River Lodge  (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: Murchison game drives & boat trip – Murchison River Lodge (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Murchison – Entebbe via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (B, L)
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  • Discover the stunning landscapes of Uganda's highlands.
  • An unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi
  • Walk with chimpanzee troops in Kibale Forest
  • Regenerative hike “across” Bwindi Forest with a professional walking safari guide
  • Classic Uganda safari game drives Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, and Murchison Falls National Parks
  • Encounter with white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Meet, explore and learn and support the local communities and forest people of Bwindi

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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe (optional activites)
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe (optional activites)

Arrive in Entebbe as per your international flights and transfer to Papyrus Guest House.

Optional Activities
Mabamba Shoebill Stock spotting
Take a local speed boat or canoe on Lake Victoria to Mabamba Swamps, the best place for spotting the rare shoebill storks. Of course, some fortune is needed but rarely does one leave the swamp without seeing one! Many other water birds have chosen this area as their home, so birding is always exciting.

You can also enjoy a relaxing sundowner on Lake Victoria, take a walk in the historic botanical gardens or the quiet suburban streets, visit the zoo for an introductory tour of the animals you'll find upcountry, or relax at the lodge's gardens to clear the jetlag.

• Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House or Hotel No.5 (Luxury)
• Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Entebbe - Lake Mburo National Park
Day 2: Entebbe - Lake Mburo National Park

Enjoy an early breakfast journey to Western Uganda across the beautiful landscape of central Uganda, to the beautiful Rwakobo Rock elevated over the Mburo savannah plains. Stop-over en-route at the Equator crossing to take some photos and Mpambire, to watch the ancient making of traditional drums.

After lunch at the lodge, you can take a game drive on the park tracks and a 1-hour boat ride on Lake Mburu to view some of Africa's most admired wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Animals you may encounter on the drive include bushbucks, zebra, giraffe, bush duikers, crocodiles, hippos, plenty of water birds.

The classic Uganda safari drive from Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park takes about 5-7 hours.

• Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner + Drinking water

Day 3: Lake Mburo - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Day 3: Lake Mburo - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, take a game drive or relax at the lodge and prepare for another 6-hour journey across Uganda's southwestern highlands.

You'll drive on beautifully paved roads across rolling hills, tea plantations, tropical rainforest, and towards the end, the majestic chain of the Virunga Volcanoes. Pass via Mbarara, Kabale, and Kisoro before reaching Nkuringo, on the southern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The last two hours of this classic Uganda safari journey will be on a dirt road but moderately comfortable in the 4x4 private safari truck until you reach the lodge.

Check into your room and find a relaxing place to enjoy the best views of the jungle resort. Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge brags of its stunning views of the Virunga Mountains chain, and its elevated position above the Bwindi canopy shows off the forest's entire swaths from your room's balcony. You'll be sleeping above the mountain gorilla's free ranging home.

The drive from Lake Mburo to Nkuringo takes about 6-7 hours.

• Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner + Drinking water

Day 4-5: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Cultural Encounters, Canoe Ride
Day 4-5: Bwindi Gorilla Trekking , Cultural Encounters, Canoe Ride

After a very early breakfast, depending on where you'll be trekking gorillas (Nkuringo or Rushaga), you'll be at the trailhead by 8:00 am. The lodge's chef will give you a packed lunch and drinking water to carry in your backpack.

If you're tracking gorillas in Rushaga, your private classic Uganda safari driver will transfer you to the trailhead, which is about 45 minutes drive from the lodge. Nkuringo trailhead is a 5-minute walking distance.

After the briefing, you'll be escorted by a guide and ranger with 7 other trekkers into the mist jungle to meet the incredible mountain gorilla family.

The beauty of the Bwindi rainforest is spectacular. The area offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to gorillas. The time you'll take to reach the gorilla group will be determined by the movements of these great apes. Otherwise, it usually takes from 30 mins to about 4 hours to find the gorillas.

Hiking through the misty jungle, encountering different animal and plant species on the trail will keep you on the edge until you finally find the gorilla family. You'll spend only one precious hour with the gentle giants, savor every second and minimize your time with the lense.

If you're doing the gorilla habituation experience in Rushaga, you'll spend close to four hours with the gorilla, more time with the gorillas than the gorilla trekking experience.

After your mountain gorilla encounter and out of the jungle, relax at the lodge and, for those who like, can either stroll through the native's community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” for an amazing 360 views over southwestern Uganda's highlands and beyond to the Virunga mountains chain. A great way to spend an evening after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

On Day 5, you can choose to stay in and enjoy the sounds of birds, ever-changing views, and read a book or embark on another adventure 30-minutes drive away to Lake Mutanda.

If you chose the Lake Mutanda adventure, you'll take a boat canoe ride in a traditional dugout canoe across Mutanda's calm waters island hopping. There are more than 50 islands on this small lake, this part will introduce you to local cultures and people around the lake.

At the lodge, if you chose to stay back, you can take a walk through Buniga Forest, a pocket forest left for the Batwa Pygmys that left the large Bwindi jungles for the mountain gorillas. The local tribe will showcase their dying cultures in the forest, ancient medical skills and entertain you with their native folklore and music.

Another great activity at the lodge will be the evening campfire dance and music with local native kids. Join in the fun if you can.

• Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge (Private Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Soft Drinks

Day 6: Hike Adventure Across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 6: Hike Adventure Across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, you'll start your Kashasha River Trail (6-7 hours) or Ivy River Trail (4-5 hours) jungle hike across the misty impenetrable Bwindi.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a vast, unique natural reserve with troops of monkeys, duikers, bush pigs, and some of Bwindi's world-renowned bird species roaming under the forest's canopy. On some occasions, hikers may meet the chimps or gorillas on the trail.

Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, the park is now an ecological island with immense conservation importance within a sea of villages and farmland.

This part of the classic Uganda safari adventure is not simply an A to B activity. Your expert walking safari guide will share his knowledge of the forest with you passing through unforgettable views in the jungle. The trail is also a vital footpath for local people, particularly on market days, traveling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the park's northern boundary.

There is no road through Bwindi, so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, your classic Uganda safari driver will be there waiting for you to embark on your next three-hour journey to the savannah Queen Elizabeth National Park.

• Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
• Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch (lunch box), Dinner & Drinking Water

Day 7: Classic Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Classic Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake early for a morning game drive in Kasenyi tracks. Kasenyi Safari Camp is located at the starting point of the game tracks, so you'll be staying with the animals at the camp.

On the early game drive, elephants and buffalo are very common, and lions are surprisingly easy to spot near the antelope breeding grounds. You'll see many interesting antelope species such as Uganda kob, topi, and bushbuck. Back at the lodge for late breakfast and lunch, then transfer to Kazinga Channel for a boat safari.

You'll join other tourists on a boat launch, or we can prepare a private boat safari for you. Many animals come to the channel to quench their thirst, so you'll be the closest to wild animals any traveler can be. Hippo and crocodile are common in the Kazinga channel. Giraffe and zebra are absent in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

• Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp (Safari Tent)
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Transfer from Queen to Kibale Forest
Day 8: Transfer from Queen to Kibale Forest

You can opt-in for another morning game drive to exhaust your wild curiosity. Otherwise, your classic Uganda safari driver will, at your leisure time, transfer you 4-hours to Kibale National Park via Kasese and Fort Portal Town.

Check-in at the lodge and enjoy the park's vastness. Kibale's diversity of primates is one of the highest in Africa, with 13 species identified. Black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkey, and blue monkey are all regularly spotted and may visit your lodge in the evening hours. Several nocturnal species are present as well, including potto and the eastern needle-clawed bushbaby. These you may meet on your next day's excursion in the rainforest jungle.

The drive from Queen Elizabeth to Kibale takes about 3-4 hours (180 km).

• Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Luxury Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Nature Walk
Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Nature Walk

Early morning after your breakfast, you'll take a 5-minute walk to the trailhead at Kanyanchu visitors' center, where you'll be briefed about the chimpanzee tracking activity.

You'll head out with rangers, an expert tracker guide, and several other tourists to find the chimpanzee troop. The troop is usually in the center's vicinity, which may take from 10 mins - 1 hour to find them. Once you find the chimp troop, you'll stay with them guided by the expert, watching their social dynamics for close to one hour.

If you prefer to spend more time with the chimps, opt for the chimpanzee habituation experience, which allows you to stay with the primates for the whole day along with researchers, doctors, and rangers.

Let's say you don't take the habituation experience; then you'll return to the lodge for lunch and head out after for an afternoon nature walk in the nearby Bigodi wetland.

The wetland is home to the uncommon I’Hoest’s monkey and East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey that overflow from the national park. The black & white colobus, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, bush baby, and potto are among the other primates you'll see on the walk.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a great example of a community-based approach to natural resources management, is managed by the residents who benefit from tourism around the Kibale area.

The sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers - skilled birders can spot up to 50 new species on a bird list. Today 138 species of birds have been recognized within the sanctuary, among which the Great Blue Turaco.

• Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Luxury Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10: North Bound to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 10: North Bound to Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast, the classic Uganda safari will be northbound to Murchison Falls National Park for close to an 8-hours drive.

Located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into the vast palm-dotted savannah, the park is bisected by the Victoria Nile. The “mythical” river plunges here 45m from the rift valley wall, thus creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, centerpiece of the park and final “event” in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last energies from the river and transforms it into a broad, placid stream flowing quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles.

This part of the trip is draining, so relax back in your seat and enjoy the undulating scenes of the Rwenzoris and much of western Uganda.

The drive from Kibale to Murchison takes about 8 hours (400 km). However, there's an option to fly from Kasese to Murchison for those that prefer to avoid the long hours' drive.

• Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge (ensuite Thatched Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11: Murchison Falls Boat & Game Safari
Day 11:  Murchison Falls Boat & Game Safari

Full day dedicated to the discovery of this unique national park.

Early morning game drives en route to the Victoria Nile Delta for a boat trip in this spectacular area teeming with birds and wildlife - several endemic species like the Rothschild's giraffe, the Shoebill stork, and the red-throated bee-eater. Water level permitting, short walk accompanied by the ranger guide.

In the afternoon, scheduled boat trip to the Murchison Waterfalls (with the possibility to disembark and walk to the top of the falls – walk included) - amazing for the panorama and the possible encounters with the local fauna: elephants, giraffes, buffalos, crocs, antelopes … Game drive on the way back to the lodge.

• Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge (ensuite Thatched Cottage)
• Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12: Murchison - Entebbe via Ziwa Rhinos
Day 12: Murchison - Entebbe via Ziwa Rhinos

After an early breakfast, living your last hours of the classic Uganda safari, you'll drive out of the park and head to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for tracking rhinos on foot.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where southern white rhinos survive in the wild. In 1983 both black rhinos and northern white rhinos were declared extinct throughout Uganda. In collaboration with Rhino Fund Uganda, the Uganda government returned rhinos through a breeding and release program that has seen more than 20 rhinos in the sanctuary. An expert tracker leads you to locate the rhinos and stay with them for close to an hour.

Have your lunch at the sanctuary and head on straight to Entebbe for your flight back home.

No accommodation is arranged for this part of the classic Uganda safari holiday. However, we can arrange another night in Entebbe (at a cost) to help you navigate your flight's restrictions.

• Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch; Dinner on own’s account.


  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks as indicated in the itinerary
  • Permit processing at 30%
  • All activities on this classic Uganda safari
  • English-speaking Walking Guide
  • Transfers by private 4x4 vehicle
  • domestic air transfers by small aircraft
  • Experienced English-speaking driver-guide
  • Dedicated tour manager on call 24/7
  • AMREF Evacuation Insurance cover
  • Government taxes
  • Internation flights
  • Uganda entry visa fee
  • Any optional activity not indicated
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Excess luggage fees

Tour's Location

Entebbe, Mburo, Bwindi, Queen, Kibale, Murchison


Trip Terms and Conditions
A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date. Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.

Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 30% tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings canceled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of the tour price penalty charge.

Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the requested deposit payment. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.

All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance and travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice. However, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates, we reserve the right to pass on these charges.
Gorilla Permit Cancellation Policy
**Different and separate from the tour cancellation policy

Gorilla Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the full deposit (US$700 per permit in 2019) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:
• More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
• 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
• 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
• 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years and in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the person will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas.
What should I carry for this trip?
Good question. Quickly, you need to cover yourself when in the jungle. Long boots, a long-sleeved shirt, trousers to avoid bug bites, you need a rain jacket (rainforest, remember?), a carry-on bag to keep your staff and garbage (not allowed to litter), and something for the cold nights. That's more like it. See more this extensive packing list
Will you process my entry visa?
No, but visa processing is done so easily online before you get into the country. Check out this link.

Alternatively, most visitors get a visa at the immigration desk at the Airport after they land in the country. For US$100, it takes you just 5 minutes to do that.

Ensure you have a valid passport, a yellow fever vaccination card, and anything your consulate would advise you.

Here are other details about Uganda visas.
How far is the destination from the airport?
Bwindi is about 10 hours drive from Entebbe International Airport (499 km on paved road). Fortunately for you, we'll take a 2 hour local flight from Entebbe to Kisoro Airstrip and then take an adventure walk for 2 hours and drive to our destination 2 hours ahead. Remember to take in the views and keep your cameras close by. You my not want to forget what you see.
Should I be scared of the Gorillas or be concerned about security?
Noooo! You're are very safe in these parts of the country. You'll have rangers when you enter the jungles and gorillas are commonly known to be really gentle giants. They're habituated for your presence, remember?! But of course, there are some rules you'll be briefed about before you enter the jungle. Talk to our consultants to get a comprehensive briefing before you come.

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