• Uganda Safari and Gorillas

Iconic wildlife on the open savannah, wild chimpanzees in Kibale, and the gentle mountain gorillas of Bwindi

Days: 9 | From: $9,150/per person

  • Includes accommodations at best in class hotels and lodges
  • Travel with an expert private guide in a custom safari vehicle

Track the wild chimpanzees of Kibale Forest and watch their complex social interactions as they frolic in the trees. Look for the famous tree climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and interact with friendly locals in a range of authentic activities. Finish your journey with an up-close encounter with the mountain gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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At a glance

  • Entebbe
    1 night: Land on the shores of Lake Victoria, the gateway to your Ugandan safari
  • Kibale Forest National Park
    2 nights: Spot wild chimpanzees and marvel at their complex social interactions
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
    2 nights: Safari through this vast and diverse ecosystem, watching elephants amble on the savannah and searching for the famous tree climbing lions
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    3 nights: Trek into the rainforest and spend an intimate morning with the mountain gorillas, an unforgettable wildlife experience

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Africa!

Wildlife shot of an extremely rare Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) at the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda. This stork-like waterbird is getting up to a height of 120 cm, outstanding is the unique bill. While the shoebill is called a stork, genetically speaking it is more closely related to the pelican or heron families. The shoebill is could be found in wetlands or swamps in a few regions of Eastern and Central Africa and it is critical endangered.

Arrive to Entebbe, a bustling small city on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. Your private driver will be waiting to take you to your stylish boutique hotel, set in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe.

Uganda is a safari destination whose sheer diversity makes it a one-stop shop for safari, adventure, wild waterfalls, and world class birding, and it is home to half the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. While often visited as an easy extension to the more famous parks in Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda is worth a trip in and of itself. It remains off the beaten path and with just as much to see!

Accommodations: Hotel No. 5

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, is the new and stylish boutique hotel, Hotel No.5. From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for. With luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting.

Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. Enjoy one of the best dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride.

Attention to detail and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No. 5, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in this busy town.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 2:

Fly to Kibale Forest

Fly north to Kibale Forest National Park, where your expert private guide will be waiting to drive you through the lush forest to your lodge, perched on a spectacular hill overlooking stunning a blue crater lake.

Venture out this afternoon with your guide for a walk around the crater lake to take in the scenery, or visit a local dairy for a unique cheese tasting.

Accommodations: Kyaninga Lodge, 2 nights

Set on a ridge against the stunning backdrop of Lake Kyaninga and the Rwenzori Mountains beyond, Kyaninga Lodge is a boutique lodge, in the ideal location. Kyaninga Lodge’s nine cottages are built on platforms and set apart to offer privacy and tranquility. Access to the cottages from the main lodge is via a raised wooden walkway.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:

Tracking Chimpanzees

Rise early and trek into the forest with your expert naturalist guide in search of wild chimpanzees. Watching them dash at high speed through the trees, playing and calling to one another, is an exhilarating wildlife encounter. The chimps are most active in the morning, so you will be up with the sun for maximum viewing opportunity.

Trekking through the verdant forest, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the wild. You may see 5 or 6 other types of primates in this area, most often the grey cheeked mangabey and the red-tailed monkey. After you emerge from the forest, enjoy a traditional Ugandan lunch in the home of a prominent community leader as he walks you through the meal and shares stories of the history and culture of the region.

This afternoon, explore the Bigodi Wetland in search of birds, kayak or swim in the deep crater lake, or relax at your lodge.

Accommodations: Kyaninga Lodge, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Journey through the rolling hills and breathtaking landscape of the Ugandan countryside with your private guide. Witness a snapshot of local life along the road as you pass colorful markets and villages at every turn.

This afternoon you enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the best game parks in Uganda, famous for its tree-climbing lions and the beautiful scenery of the open savannah. The park covers a lot of ground, and within its borders you will also find dense papyrus swamps, volcanic crater lakes, and lush rainforests. This contributes to the park having one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in Africa. You will find chimps in the Kyambura Gorge, flamingos feeding on crater lakes, elephants roaming the open plains, and maybe a clever tree-climbing lion or two.

Embark on a private boat cruise up the Kazinga Channel. This is a chance to sit back, relax with a drink, and enjoy the solitude of the wilderness as you spot game along the river. Finish the day with a leisurely game drive up the Mweya Peninsula to your luxury lodge.

Accommodations: Kyambura Lodge, 2 nights

This eclectic safari lodge has been converted from an old coffee plantation, to create a breathtakingly beautiful and utterly unique lodge. Located the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with sweeping views of the rolling savanna, the distant Mountains of the Moon, and the sunken Kyambura Gorge. The lodge is the ideal location for tracking chimps in the sunken forest of Kyambura Gorge and game driving in one of Africa’s most beautiful and varied parks, Queen Elizabeth National Park, centered around the waterway of the Kazinga Channel where animals come to bathe. The park has six hundred amazing bird species, the highest in an African park.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:

A day in Queen Elizabeth National Park

An alert lioness on a large branch in an acacia tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. She is looking for prey, after the long rains.
Panthera Leo.

Track lions with the Uganda Carnivore Project, a groundbreaking conservation initiative, hike the gorgeous Kyambura Gorge, visit a women’s coffee co-op or bee keeping project, or enjoy a game drive in the park with your expert guide. Your Vaya specialist can walk you though all your options to tailor this time to your interests.

Accommodations: Kyambura Lodge, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:

Game drive via Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Country: Uganda

Spend the morning on a game drive in your custom safari vehicle as you head south toward your next destination. Look for the tree-climbing lions, famous in this region, as they lounge high in the branches. After a picnic lunch, set off for the rainforest of Bwindi and the waiting gorillas. Arrive at your luxe lodge in the forest and settle in for the evening.

Accommodations: Bwindi Lodge, 3 nights

Overlooking the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Lodge one of the finest luxury options for a gorilla trek in this park of the world, with gorillas often seen relaxing in the vicinity. With dramatic views of the forest canopy across a serene stream each luxury suite is beautifully appointed.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:

Track the Gorillas in Bwindi

Meet the mountain gorillas of Uganda. Heading to the park, meet with your team of Uganda Wildlife Authority guides and trackers for a quick briefing on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Hiking poles in hand, venture into the forest to find the gorillas. The hike can take from 1 to 6 hours and can climb to altitudes of 7,500 feet. Although it is physically demanding at times, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make it worthwhile.

Once the gorillas are located, all fatigue is forgotten. Observation of the gorillas has been described as one of the most profound natural experiences in the world. You will spend up to an hour with these amazing creatures, glimpsing intimate moments of their daily lives.

Accommodations: Bwindi Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Another day in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

While trekking in Uganda I came across a group of mountain gorillas that allowed me to get really close.

Today you may wish to embark on a second gorilla trek to spend time with a different family group for a more in-depth experience. You also have the option to relax at your lodge and take in the spectacular views, or visit a local tea processing plant and learn more about this ancient drink, hike to a secret waterfall, or spend some time in the local village interacting with friendly locals.

Accommodations: Bwindi Lodge, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Farewell Africa

This morning head back through the forest to board your plane to Entebbe, where you can catch your connecting flight home or onward to your next destination. Should you have a long layover we are happy to arrange for lunch and a day room so you can relax and freshen up before your long flight home.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Choose from a selection of carefully curated lodges and hotels to ensure this trip fits your travel style.

  • Add some time in remote Kidepo National Park, Murchison Falls or spend some time relaxing on the banks of the Nile River.

  • Engage with locals in a meaningful, authentic and culturally respectful way with a visit to a community project or village.

  • Have dinner with a gorilla doctor. Learn from these incredible professionals on the front lines of conservation at a privately hosted dinner.

  • Combine this trip with the iconic parks of Kenya or Tanzania: just a short connection away lies a whole other safari landscape.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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