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7 days gorillas & tree climbing lions safari
Our mountain gorilla and tree-climbing lions safari provides you with an amazing opportunity to explore the wonders of Ugandan wildlife.

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Often described as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a captivating place to discover natural wonders, unlike anywhere else on the planet.

7 DAYS GORILLAS & TREE CLIMBING LIONS SAFARI

Our mountain gorilla and tree-climbing lions safari provides you with an amazing opportunity to explore the wonders of Ugandan wildlife. Start with an exhilarating search for the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishahsa in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southern sector. Then, venture on a climb to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets, where you will relish sensational views of lush green rainforests in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the remarkable sight of a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and generally tolerant of human visitors.

Silverback gorilla in Uganda National Park

Day 1 – Entebbe Airport to Kampala
Transfer from Entebbe Airport to Kampala for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Kampala to Queen Elizabeth NP/South (Ishasha)
Transfer from Kampala to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Game drive.

Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)
Game drive. Transfer to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)
Gorilla tracking in the park.

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Lake Mburo NP
Drive to Lake Mburo NP. Boat cruise.
Game drive, boat cruise and nature walk.

Day 6 – Lake Mburo NP to Kampala
Game drive.
Return drive to Kampala, stopping over at a medical facility in Kampala for PCR covid testing.

Day 7 – Kampala to Entebbe
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel with medical results in hand and transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight home. Enjoy lunch en-route in Entebbe.

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1 – Entebbe Airport to Kampala

Our driver-guide will be waiting at the airport to pick you up and drop you off at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay in Kampala.
Before departing for the safari on day 2, you will receive a full briefing by our driver-guide.

Day 2 – Kampala to Queen Elizabeth NP/South (Ishasha)

Commonly called Queen Elizabeth, this National Park is Uganda’s oldest and most popular game reserve (other than gorilla tracking adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park). It offers a variety of unique experiences, such as the Kyambura Gorge and the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park before being renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by England’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometres of mostly savannah-type landscape, stretching from the crater dotted foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward, Lake George and the famous Kazinga Channel connecting both lakes. It ends at the remote Ishasha River far in the south, and incorporates a wide variety of habitats ranging from savannahs and wetlands to lowland woodlands. The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and crater lakes, such as the type found between the villages of Katwe, Fort George and Kasenyi on the west side of the Kazinga Channel. For centuries, these craters have been used by local villages to extract salt.

Herd of elephants in National Park Uganda

The stunning Kyambura Gorge, also called the Valley of the Apes, is located in the north-west of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge, which was originally generated by the river Kyambura, reaches a kilometre wide and is about 100 metres deep. It is also home to a few dozen chimpanzees and tracking them is one of the highlights of any visit. Also not to be missed is a boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32-kilometre long waterway connecting Lake Edward and Lake George, where a large population of hippos reside with a stunning variety of tropical bird species.

The tree-climbing lions in the southern Ishasha sector, are another must-see at the park. Legends have been built around these lions, found in one of only two places globally, making spotting one a truly unique experience. An impressive list of over 550 bird species, the largest of any protected area in the region, add to the diverse wildlife.

Accommodation Options 4 stars

Ishasha Wilderness Camp – (DBB)
Ishasha Jungle Lodge – (DBB)
At the River Ishasha – (DBB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)

Start the day with an early morning game drive (up to 3 hours) in search of the tree-climbing lions, returning to the lodge in time for a full breakfast. Before noon, you will be transferred to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a thrilling gorilla tracking adventure.

There are about 780 mountain gorillas in the world and more than half of them live in Uganda, more specifically in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Mountain gorilla families can also be found in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, but they frequently cross into Rwanda making them harder to track.

The ancient Bwindi Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the last ice age, provides an incredible once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This highlight of your Ugandan safari lets you visit the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green tropical rainforests.

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – (FB)
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – (FB)
Bwindi Lodge – (FB)
Buhoma Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Mahogany Springs – (FB)
Silverback Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Safari Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Valley Lodge – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Silverback gorilla in Uganda National Park

Day 4 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP/North (Buhoma)

Venture out on a morning trek into the foliage, alive with the calls of tropical birds. There are four trailheads where you can track one of the gorilla families by venturing into the forest, past beautiful sun-lit waterfalls, and through the dense jungle canopy. Nothing can prepare you for an up-close encounter with a gorilla, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and generally tolerant of human visitors.

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Mahogany Springs – (FB)
Silverback Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Safari Lodge – (FB)
Gorilla Valley Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 5 stars

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – (FB)
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – (FB)
Bwindi Lodge – (FB)
Buhoma Lodge – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable NP to Lake Mburo NP

After breakfast, check out of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
Although Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest in Uganda, it is the only park that features both the eland and impala antelopes. It also shares the Burchell’s zebra with Kidepo Valley National Park. Part acacia woodland and open savannah, the park is home to several larger wildlife species, such as buffalos, hippos, and crocodiles. Recently translocated from Murchison Falls National Park, the Rothschild giraffes are another popular addition.

Lake Mburo is Uganda’s most family-friendly park, primarily because it doesn’t feature any big cats. It is, therefore, the only one to allow biking, walking, horseback or mountain biking. It also features more than 300 bird species, including the rare shoebill, which can be found around most major lakes.

You have the following optional activities to choose from in Lake Mburo National Park.

Option 1 – Nature Walk: In addition to game drives, you can also enjoy a walking safari through the park with a ranger guide.

Option 2 – Mountain Bike: Depending on your chosen lodge, you can take a mountain bike on one of the many trails accompanied by a ranger guide.

Option 3 – Horse Back: Depending on your chosen lodge, a horseback ride of about 60 minutes is available.

Option 4 – Boat Cruise Lake Mburo: A boat cruise on Lake Mburo allows for a closer look at flora and fauna, such as hippos, crocodiles and the park’s abundant birdlife.

Accommodation Options 5 stars
Kigambira Safari Lodge – (FB)
Mihingo Lodge – (FB)

Accommodation Options 4 stars
Eagle’s Nest – (FB)
Rwakobo Rock – (FB)

BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Two hippos in Lake Mburo

Day 6 – Lake Mburo NP to Kampala

Game drive.
Return drive to Kampala stopping over at a medical facility in Kampala for PCR covid testing.

Day 7 – Kampala to Entebbe

After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel with medical results in hand and transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight home. Enjoy lunch en-route in Entebbe.

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