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The Classic Uganda safari

The complete 8 day Uganda safari for intense wildlife encounters. It’s more than just gorillas!

We spend 3 nights in Bwindi for gorilla trekking and forest walks in the World Heritage Site. A further 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park focus on chimp tracking and big game viewing. Easily extended to include the migration in Tanzania or Kenya.

  • Entebbe
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Experience big game and birdlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 8 days/9 nights

Highlights of the classic Uganda safari?

We start from Entebbe and 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.

There’s even more to Uganda though…we can include Kibale, 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.

This safari is available year round. If you’d like to include East Africa’s wildebeest migration as part of a longer safari then think January-February or October for Tanzania’s Serengeti, alternatively July to September for Kenya’s Masai Mara.


ItineraryFrom $3550

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 Chimpanzee trekking and depart Day 8 Chimpanzee trekking and depart

Depart today, taking in chimpanzee trekking in the Chamburu Gorge en route before returning to Entebbe by air for onward transfer to town or international airport depending on your onward plans.

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Tips and notes



  • Airport transfers, meet and greet
  • Full board accommodation with the exception of city hotels which are on bed and breakfast basis
  • Guide/driver
  • All park entry fees
  • One gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi, one chimp trekking permit in Chambura Gorge
  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest walk
  • Game drives/ boat cruise/walk in Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks


  • International flights, Visa
  • second gorilla permit
  • optional Ngamba Island visit
  • Travel insurance. Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Drinks, lunch and dinner at Entebbe.

Gorilla tracking permits are in great demand and cost US$600 for one permit. The high cost is put towards the numerous trackers, guards, soldiers and maintenance staff required to safeguard these precious animals. Permits must be booked well in advance.

We can arrange any additional accommodation on request.

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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