From tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to gazing at majestic lions on the savannah, this suggested itinerary showcases Uganda's stunning landscapes together with some of its incredible wildlife.
The trip begins in the mists of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of mountain gorillas - one of the rarest animals on Earth and an icon of Uganda. The gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and yet, Uganda has so much more to offer. This country is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see chimpanzees alongside lion, elephant and buffalo.
After experiencing some of Uganda's top wildlife locations by safari vehicle, by boat and on foot, this captivating itinerary ends with a relaxing stay on the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical lake.
Read Director Nick Joynes' account of his first trip to see Uganda's wildlife.
Depart the UK
On arrival in Entebbe, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation near Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, for an overnight stay. The journey to the hotel takes around 45 minutes giving you a chance to see some of the country after your long flight.
Accommodation: Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Kampala, 1-night
Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early start this morning you journey to the mystical forests of Bwindi in Uganda’s highlands. You fly by light aircraft to Kisoro (just over one hour flight) and transfer by road to your lodge. The stunning views will take your breath away and, as the mists begin to envelope the lodge, it only serves to further the anticipation for the following day.
Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, 2-nights
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The day begins with a hearty breakfast, which will provide the energy for your gorilla trek. After reporting to the ranger station in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, your guide will take you into the forest to look for the mountain gorillas amongst the undergrowth. Once you find the gorillas you will be able to spend time in the forest amongst these majestic creatures as they go about their daily lives.
Transfer to Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve
In the morning, you fly by light aircraft to Semliki. This 40 minute flight will give you a chance to see this amazingly scenic country from above. On arrival transfer to your accommodation.
The following day explore the Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve to look for lions, leopards and chimpanzees. The Semliki Valley is situated in the Western Rift Valley and it has perhaps the most diverse array of wildlife and habitats of any park in the country. There will also be time to take a boat trip on a nearby lake in search of the elusive shoebill, as well as red-throated bee-eaters. The last vehicle safari of the day will end with a sundowner before you return to the lodge for dinner.
Accommodation: Semliki Safari Lodge, 2-nights
Fly to Kidepo Valley National Park
The day starts with breakfast before heading to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to Kidepo Valley National Park (normally via Entebbe, with a short layover). Arriving in Kidepo, you will be met and transferred to your lodge.
Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge, 3-nights
Wildlife viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park
Tucked away in Uganda’s north-east corner, Kidepo Valley National Park has a surprising variety of wildlife. Walking safaris provide a different perspective on the landscape and animals, and it may even be possible to track lions or cheetahs. Jackson’s hartebeest, patas monkeys and large herds of buffalo can also be seen.
Take some time to enjoy the swimming pool at the lodge, which overlooks the savannah and a nearby waterhole. You will also have an opportunity to visit a local Lorikul village during your stay for an insight into the culture and lifestyle of this local community.
Travel to the shores of Lake Victoria
Today, you depart Kidepo Valley on a scheduled flight to Entebbe. After landing, you will be transferred by car and boat to Lake Victoria, and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying nature walks on the island or relaxing at the pool.
Accommodation: Pineapple Bay, 2-nights
The next day you visit the Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary, where previously captive chimpanzees which have been rescued are rehabilitated. Your arrival here is timed to coincide with morning feeding at the sanctuary and there will be free time afterwards to spend as you wish.
Transfer to Entebbe & depart
Take the boat back to the mainland and continue to Entebbe airport for your homeward international flight.