Mabamba Wetland, Mountain Gorillas Tracking & Wildlife Safari - 11 Days

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. During this safari, you will visit the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in the heart of Africa in the corner of southwest Uganda nestled between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will also visit Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Rift Valley. You will also visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. And you will also visit; Mabamba Wetland Sanctuary. You will overnight in the best accommodations Uganda has to offer.

Overview for 11-Days Mabamba Wetland, Mountain Gorillas Tracking & Wildlife Safari

Uganda is all about its friendly people and the diversity in landscapes and activities. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer. During this safari, you will visit the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in the heart of Africa in the corner of southwest Uganda nestled between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will also visit Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Rift Valley. You will also visit Queen Elizabeth National Park. And you will also visit; Mabamba Wetland Sanctuary. You will overnight in the best accommodations Uganda has to offer.

Itinerary for 11-Days Mabamba Wetland, Mountain Gorillas Tracking & Wildlife Safari

Day 1
To Lake Mburo National Park for Afternoon Game Drive with a stopover at Mabamba Swamp

On this day, you will have your breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena & reedbuck. You will stop at Mabamba wetland for a guided walk in nature featuring Shoebill stork.

You will arrive at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon and have your lunch before going for your afternoon game drive where you will be assured of spotting Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Warthog and Waterbuck. You may also encounter large herds of over 100 elands and the recently introduced Giraffes.

After your afternoon game drive, you will check in for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Eagle’s Nest Lodge. Eagle’s Nest Lodge is located on a high hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park, this tented camp has not only one of the best views in Uganda, it is also the ultimate African canvas experience.

Day 2
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Lake Mburo

On this day, your safari breakfast will be served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Zebras, elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today.

You will return for your lunch in the afternoon & go for a 3-hours boat safari where you will come face to face with the flora and fauna of the lake. And along the bank, you will also see many animals that come to the water especially in the dry season. You will also see many hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, buffaloes, & over 3 types of otters that are found in the lake various bird species like; kingfishers, African Fish eagles, blue headed weavers, Herons, pelicans, the rare shoebill as well as the cormorants before returning to the lodge for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 3
To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Batwa Community Visit

On this day, you will wake up early and have your breakfast at leisure then transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while enjoying a scenic drive that allows you to view the beautiful and varied country side. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley. More notably, this “impenetrable forest” protects an predictable 320 population of mountain gorillas – approximately half of the population in the world, among which are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors.

You will arrive in the late afternoon and visit the Batwa communities for them to take you through their traditions of local dance, beer making, fire setting among others.

After the Batwa Community Visit, you will check in to Buhoma Community Rest Camp for relaxation, dinner & overnight. Buhoma Community Rest Camp gives outdoor enthusiasts a taste of safari-style living and is an excellent base camp for gorilla trekking, as well as observing the many endemic bird species that inhabit the region.

Day 4
Mountain Gorillas Tracking & Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi

After your breakfast, you will hike to the Park headquarters just meters from the Lodge for briefing by Uganda Wildlife Authority guides before transferring to the starting point for Mountain Gorillas tracking. Your tracking experience will be an exciting, yet challenging, journey along forested slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation & bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. The visit will give you a glimpse into the life of a Mountain Gorilla family & if you are lucky enough to gaze into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla. Visiting Mountain Gorillas will take you 3 hours to a full day trek through the forest since Mountain Gorillas move from one place to another every day looking for food & water.

After Mountain Gorillas tracking, you will go for a Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi, a scenic highland lake with 29 verdant islands that are good for guided excursions in dugout canoes (optional) before checking in to the lodge for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay.

Day 5
To Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stopover at Ishasha Sector for Game Drive

After your morning breakfast, you will embark on an exciting drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park situated in the shadows of Mt. Rwenzori with several stops along the way for game drive at Ishasha sector, relaxation & landscape viewing before reaching the Park in the evening.

You will Ishasha sector in the afternoon and go a game drive where you will expect to see Tree Climbing Lions, elephant, buffalo, antelopes and giraffe and keep your fingers crossed for lion and leopard. The game track network converges is at Ishasha sector.

After your game drive, you will continue with the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and check in to Pumba Safari Cottages for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay. Pumba Safari Cottages is a great Lodge by Queen Elizabeth national park-located in a prime wildlife area. The lodge is located in Kyambura overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 6
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Kazinga Channel

On this day, your safari breakfasts will be served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard.

You will return for lunch & later in the day when the sun is high in the sky & the animals make their way to the river for a drink, you will head to Kazinga Channel for an exciting boat safari. You will spot more hippos today than you can possibly imagine. Herds of elephants and buffalo will also be wandering down to the shoreline to bath in the cooling waters. It will be a wonderful experience.

After the boat safari, you will return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay.

Day 7
Game Drive & Transfer to Kibale National Park

After your morning breakfast, you will go for morning game drive where you will expect to see elephant, buffalo, antelopes and giraffe and keep your fingers crossed for lion and leopard. The game track network converges is at Kyambura sector. After your morning game drive, you will have your lunch before transferring to Kibale National Park.

You will arrive to Kibale National Park in the evening & check in to Kibale Forest Camp for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay. Your stay in Kibale Forest Camp for the next two nights will offer you a unique jungle experience. You will get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. The elegant tented camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest which borders the Magombe swamp and is a mere 10 min drive to where your chimp tracking will start.

Day 8
Chimpanzees Tracking & Visit to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

On this day, you will wake up early and have breakfast before moving to Kibale National Park for Chimpanzees Tracking experience where you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!

In the afternoon after your lunch, you can choose whether you would like to go for Community walk or go deeper into the forest on a Swamp Walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary; home to 8 primate species, over 200 bird species, butterflies and various reptiles before returning to the Lodge/Camp for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9
To Murchison Falls National Park for Afternoon Game Drive

On this day, you will have your breakfast at leisure & transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take you through the western arm of the Rift Valley where you will also be rewarded with splendid views of the countryside with several stopovers en-route for lunch, landscape & beautiful sceneries viewing.

You will arrive in the afternoon and go for afternoon game drive before checking in to Fort Murchison Lodge for relaxation, dinner & overnight stay. The lodge is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile that will add to your safari experience.

Day 10
Game Drive & Boat Safari on Victoria Nile

On this day, your safari breakfast will be served before the day breaks so that you can start your morning game drive as the sun comes up. Sunrise is the best time for wildlife spotting as animals tend to be the most active during the “golden hours”, when the first rays of sunshine come to rest on the savannah. Elephants, buffalo and several species of antelope are some of the characters you may come across today, & if you’re lucky, you may even spot a lion or leopard.

You will return for lunch in the afternoon & go for a 3-hours boat safari upstream on the Victoria Nile to the falls where you will pass by breathtaking scenery, as well as many crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys & other animals that come down to the Nile. The boat will drop you near the waterfall for your hike (1-1.5 hours) up to the top of the falls (optional at additional cost of $15 pp).

After your boat safari, you will return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11
Top of the Falls Walk, White Rhinos Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Departure

On this day, you will enjoy your last sunrise and breakfast in this beautiful National Park in Uganda with a walk to top of Murchison Falls for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before transferring to Ziwa White Rhinos Sanctuary.

You will arrive to Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary and enter the territory of the southern white rhinos on foot where well-trained rangers will guide you through the bush to where the white rhinos are. You will get the opportunity to watch these endangered, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

After White Rhinos tracking experience, you will have your lunch before the guide drives you across the beautiful sceneries back to Entebbe & drop you off at Entebbe International Airport 3 hours before your departure time. Please make sure your flight departure is after 4 pm at the very earliest. For flights departing before 4 pm you will need an extra night in Entebbe, which we can help arrange for you at an additional cost.

Inclusion in this Safari includes;

  • - Park fees (For non-residents)
  • - Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • - Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • - All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • - All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • - A professional driver/guide
  • - All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • - All Taxes/VAT
  • - Roundtrip airport transfer
  • - Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • - Drinking water (On all days)

Exclusion in this Safari includes;

  • - International flights (From/to home)
  • - Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • - Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • - Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • - Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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Who offers this safari?

– This tour is offered by Ecovic Tours & Travel Uganda.
– This operator reserves the right to change rates advertised on this website.
– If you request changes to this tour, the advertised rate will likely change.
– If an accommodation is fully booked, the operator will suggest a comparable alternative.
– The exact order, content and rate of this tour is subject to availability.
– Gorilla tracking permits are subject to availability.

Price & Availability for this Safari;

Rates Per Person

Start dates
Solo1 room 2 people1 room 3 people2 rooms 4 people2 rooms 5 people3 rooms 6 people and above
Jul 28, 2020 – Dec 31, 2024 $3,700 $2,550 $2,250 $1,900 $1,700 $1,450

Accommodation during this safari includes;

Eagle’s Nest

Budget tented bush camp bordering Lake Mburo National Park without fences.

Eagle’s Nest Lodge is located on a high hill bordering Lake Mburo National Park, this tented camp has not only one of the best views in Uganda, it is also the ultimate African canvas experience.

Buhoma Community Haven Lodge

Budget lodge located just outside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp gives outdoor enthusiasts a taste of safari-style living and is an excellent base camp for gorilla trekking, as well as observing the many endemic bird species that inhabit the region.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Budget resort located in or near Lake Bunyonyi.

Pumba Safari Cottages

Budget lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Pumba Safari Cottages is a great Lodge by Queen Elizabeth national park-located in a prime wildlife area. The lodge is located in Kyambura overlooking Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kibale Forest Camp (Camping)

Just outside Kibale National Park.

You will get absorbed by forest smells and sounds, spot primates swinging through the trees and observe rare birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering around. The elegant tented camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest which borders the Magombe swamp and is a mere 10 min drive to where your chimp tracking will start.

Fort Murchison (Tent)

Budget tented camp located just outside Murchison Falls National Park.

The lodge is set in a beautiful surrounding and looks out on the majestic Albert Nile that will add to your safari experience.

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