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The Classic Uganda safari

The complete 10 day Classic Uganda safari for intense wildlife encounters. It’s more than just gorillas!

We spend 1 night Entebbe, 3 nights in Bwindi for gorilla trekking and forest walks in the World Heritage Site. A further 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park focusing on big game viewing and 2 nights chimp trekking in Kibale Forest.

  • Entebbe
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Experience big game and birdlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek with chimps in Kibale Forest
  • 10 days/9 nights

Highlights of the classic Uganda safari?

From Entebbe, spend the first night on the edge of Lake Victoria. It’s an opportunity to stroll along the shoreline, the forests and fields of the Botanical Gardens. A visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary is an optional boat trip across to Ngamba Island.

A short flight to Bwindi takes us to Buhoma Lodge set within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We spend 3 nights in comfort with sublime views across into the deeper forests which are home to around 400 mountain gorillas. Two full days here are sufficient for two gorilla treks. One permit is included, the second is optional. The gorilla trekking is the outstanding highlight here but the short walking trails reveal an extraordinary diversity of other endemic flora and fauna with local expert guides.

The journey continues into Queen Elizabeth National Park where we spend the first 2 nights at Ishasha Wilderness Camp. The park is outstanding for its big game and surprising diversity of birds. The Ishasha area is particularly well known for its prides of tree climbing lions. A further night is spent at Mweya Safari Lodge from which we do a Kasinga Channel cruise. The Chambura Gorge is a hotspot for chimpanzees and another walking trail is explored with another local expert. Ending with 2 nights at Kibale Forest for chimpanzee tracking before driving back to Entebbe.

There’s even more to Uganda though… we can include Murchison, Kidepo, Semliki and beyond with ease.

When the best time for a safari in Uganda?

Warm all year. Maximum temperatures between 20°C and 30°C, dropping down to 12°C to 18°C minimum. Lake Albert records the highest temperatures and the Rwenzori’s glacial peaks record the lowest.

  • August to September is most popular because it’s the traditional safari season
  • May to early July and October/November are especially productive with fewer people about.

Check out the full itinerary here

(Cormorants and buffalo in the Kusinga Channel - Queen Elizabeth National Park)

ItineraryFrom $4680

Day 1 Arrive Entebbe International Airport Day 1 Arrive Entebbe International Airport

Our driver will meet you for road transfer to the Boma Hotel for your first night. It's worth exploring Entebbe on Lake Victoria and visiting Ngamba Island and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Day 2 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Day 2 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Transfer to Bwindi airport for your local flight to Buhoma Lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Afternoon walk exploring the forest or cultural visit to a village or school.

Day 3 Gorilla Trek Day 3 Gorilla Trek

Opportunity for Gorilla trekking (permit included in price) for your first sighting of a wild gorilla, watch family groups. The number of gorillas is sure to out number the people in your group!

Day 4 optional Gorilla trek, school visit Day 4 optional Gorilla trek, school visit

Option of a second gorilla trek or a community walk (the second trekking permit is optional and must be arranged at time of booking). visit the Batwa pygmy village, local school, curio shopping.

Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leave Bwindi in the morning and drive to Isasha in the QENP. Game drive to see buffalo, elephant and tree climbing lions. Option to visit the Ishasha Community Project.

Day 6 Ishasha Sector QENP Day 6 Ishasha Sector QENP

Game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth Park. Possible sightings of the rare giant forest hog and tree climbing lions who laze on the low branches of the fig trees.

Day 7 Mweya Sector QENP Day 7 Mweya Sector QENP

Game drive and boat cruise along the Kasanga Channel to view migratory birds, hippo pods and large crocodiles along the shore. Spot the Euphorbia tree, a recognisable feature of the landscape!

Day 8  Kyambura Gorge - Chimpanzee trekking Day 8 Kyambura Gorge - Chimpanzee trekking

Go chimpanzee trekking in the Kyambura Gorge. Then take a two to three hour drive to Kibale Forest and on to Primate Lodge for more chimp tracking. An exhilarating and exciting trek!

Day 9 - Kibale Forest - Chimp trekking Day 9 - Kibale Forest - Chimp trekking

Wildlife rich Kibale is famous for its primates, especially habituated groups of chimps - the tropical rainforest is also home to buffalo, giant forest hog, waterbuck and 300 species of birds too!

Day 10 - Photo shoot on the Equator! Day 10 - Photo shoot on the Equator!

Depart today, drive back to Entebbe with time for shopping. Capture that all important selfie on the equator! Please let us know if you would like to add an extra night in Entebbe before heading home.

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How to get there

Via International flight to Entebbe International airport where you’ll be met on arrival (international airlines flying here include British Airways, South African Airways and Kenya Airways).


Gorilla trekking
Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Game drives
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
Ngamba Island chimpanzee trekking
Chance to see the world’s largest concentration of hippo
Over 346 bird species
Over 100 mammal species, lovely comfortable accommodation
Excellent knowledgeable guides

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