8 Days Gorilla & Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda

Overview

8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda is one of the prime adventure safari packages that you can have in Uganda. The safari features white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile River in Jinja, the Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves walk and Fort Portal crater lake hike in Fort portal, Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in Kibale National Park area, the Mount Rwenzori hiking, the wild game viewing and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the boat and Batwa experience on Lake Bunyonyi and culture and heritage tour at Igongo Cultural Center and the 1520 AD Eclipse monument. It is a magical wonder worth exploring.

Summarized itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal. Do Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere ga Nyinamwiru caves

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk and transfer to Kasese

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Day 5: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and do afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Do Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride & visit the Batwa community on one of the Islands

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala. Make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to tour the cultural museum & traditional lunch, hike the Biharwe hill to explore the 1520AD eclipse monument & then transfer to Kampala

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Jinja, do half day white water rafting and afternoon bungee jumping

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River, the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to your rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. Retreat from the half-day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site for an afternoon bungee jumping experience where you enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through the air, the views of the cliff, and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange / Standard:  Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic:  Buziga Country Resort

Day 2: Mpanga Tea estate cycling and Fort Portal Crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about a 5 – 6 hours drive. You will drive through the impressive landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing the unique geographical features including the Mubende Inselbergs not forgetting the small towns en route including Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo. You arrive in Mpanga tea estates in the mid-morning and then embark on a cycling experience. Retreat from the adventure and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. Retire from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetland walk, and transfer to Kasese

Gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from the respective park rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. Note that other than chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in Kibale, the rare I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon, and potto which may be viewed during the trek. After the encounter filled with unforgettable excitement where you are free to take as many photos as you can, retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your Friendly Gorilla safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi Wetland for an afternoon eco-walk to experience some of the 138 species of birds including the famous Great Blue Turaco and a range of hornbills. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kasese arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari cottages

Day 4: Do whole day Mount Rwenzori Climbing

Gather at Nyakalengija ranger post to start the Mount Rwenzori hike at 8 am. Organized by the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services that manages the central circuit, the Rwenzori hike is a whole day encounter enabling you to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in detail. The Rwenzori Mountains stand as the third highest in Africa rising to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day-long exploration to the legendary mountains of the moon presents magical sights of the Rwenzori ridges, the rift valley lakes below including Lake Edward and Lake George, the savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the panoramic view of Kasese town. Retire at 5 pm for relaxation, dinner, and overnight at your favorite lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari cottages 

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game drive and an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

After an early breakfast from your hotel, set off at 6am and connect to the park to embark on the game drive activity that starts at 7am exploring the magical wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You drive through Kasenyi plains exploring the Kob’s mating ground and the extensive grassland and woodland that supports a myriad of wild game including the Cape Buffaloes, the African elephants, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbucks, the Uganda Kobs, the side-striped jackal, the leopard, spotted hyenas, the lions among other species. Retreat from the 3 – 4 hour activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to the Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise for possible sight of herds of Hippos, the Nile crocodiles, the water birds on the shores and a range of wild game drinking water from the channel. Upon retreating from the cruise, you embark on a mini game drive along the channel track in the Mweya peninsula as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Bush Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages   / Kazinga Channel View Resort

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with Ishasha game drive en route in search of tree climbing lions

After breakfast at 7 am, you embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 218km Ruhija and 309km Rushaga depending on the lodge selected. You undertake a notable game drive in the Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of the famous tree-climbing lions and other wildlife like waterbucks, buffaloes, kobs, and elephants. The fig tree branches of Ishasha present memorable day beds for the lions which derive a unique encounter with the Kings of the Jungle in the wilderness of Uganda. Retreat from the drive and continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge   / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Havens

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp  / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 7: Bwindi gorilla trekking and an evening boat ride in Lake Bunyonyi

Settle for breakfast at 6 am and connect to the respective park headquarter to catch up with the briefing at 8 am about the nature of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In the company of the ranger guides very armed for protection against any wild attack, you traverse the forest marked by lush flora, magical birds, and other fauna like duikers in search of the amazing mountain gorillas where over 400 of them are known to be thriving in the impenetrable forest. The steep hills intercepted by deep valleys and streams present a challenging hike which is an experience of itself. The one hour with the gorillas is magical as you see them forage, socialize, the young ones play and the silverback demonstrating it might lure you to take as many photos as you can. Retreat from this activity which can take 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and connect to Lake Bunyonyi 52km from Ruhija and 73km from Rushaga driving through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical sceneries. Upon arrival, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi exploring the famous lake of a thousand Islands, a dub that it has acquired because of its 29 Islands. You can also visit the Batwa people on one of the Islands to explore their traditions before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Birdnest

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort /Arcadia Cottages

Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

Day 8: Transfer to Kampala

After breakfast, embark on the 437km about 7 hours transfer to Kampala making a stop at Igongo Cultural Center to visit the Erijukiro Museum which features a range of artifacts of all tribes of southwestern Uganda. There is also a range of sculptures and writings that bring out the history of the region. You proceed to visit the 1520AD Eclipse monument which is a living testimony of the total solar eclipse that befell the region in that year. The locals attach a lot of tradition to it as it marked their repossession of cows. Retreat from this historical tour and settle for lunch at Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant at Igongo Cultural Center and then continue on the drive to Kampala. Another stop is made at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for impressive photoshoots. You can visit any of the gift shops to get yourself a souvenir to take back home.

End of the 8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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