Uganda Western Circuit: 9 Days

This express safari takes you on an amazing adventure to explore the wildlife wonders of Uganda: Island dotted Lake Victoria and the River Nile, the famous Kibale Forest National Park and the opportunity to track Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you venture on an exhilarating climb to the mountain gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests. Nothing however can prepare you for the impact of encountering a gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.

And then there is the chance of taking a boat to explore the famous Kazinga Channel, complemented by Big Five game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park. And finally, you can venture out on horse back or mountain bike in the Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its scenic landscapes. It’s all here, a feast for the senses!

Uganda Western Circuit: 9 Days

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe
On day 1 of your safari, your experienced driver/ guide will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodation. You will be given a short briefing and answers to any additional questions you might have regarding your upcoming safari.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- The Boma ***** (DBB)
- Lake Victoria Serena Hotel ***** (DBB)
- Protea Hotel Entebbe **** (DBB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Gately Inn Entebbe ***** (DBB)
- Karibu Guest House ***** (DBB)
- Airport Guest House ***** (DBB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale Forest National Park
Right after breakfast, you will drive to the unique Kibale Forest National Park where you have the opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. There are now more than 1.000 chimpanzees living in the region, in addition to black and white as well as red Colobus monkeys. There is also the chance of observing the massive lumbering yet silent forest elephants and hundreds of tropical bird species.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Ndali Lodge ***** (FB)
- Kyaninga Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Primate Lodge ***** (FB)
- Kibale Chimps Nest ***** (FB)
- Kibale Forest Camp ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 3: Kibale Forest NP - Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning you can go on an exhilarating search for the chimpanzees in the dense jumble of tropical forests with the further opportunity of observing a great number of tropical bird species in their natural habitat. Kibale Forest National Park is home to the largest population of primates in the world including our peaceful relatives, the chimpanzees.

Option 1 - Bigodi Swamp Walk: In the afternoon, you can venture into the Bigodi swamp lands, past scenic villages and forest tracks where you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, red Colobus, Mangabey, Vervet and the occasional chimpanzee. The wetland is community managed, known for its biodiversity and is also considered a birder's paradise with close to 140 identified species. Experienced bird watchers can add up to 50 new species to their list including the Great Blue Turaco.

Option 2 - Crater Lake Hike: Alternatively, you can bike or hike around the Kyaninga crater lake or spend the day at the Kyaninga Lodge with invigorating views of undisturbed landscapes and the opportunity to further experience the lush flora and fauna of this region. Meet local people and learn about their cultures and traditions.

Thereafter, your journey continues to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mweya Lodge ***** (FB)
- Katara Lodge ***** (FB)
- Kyambura Game Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Bush Lodge ***** (FB)
- Jacana Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
- Ihamba Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park / North (Kazinga)
Queen Elizabeth is one of the oldest National Parks in Uganda, and the early morning game drive through the park provides you with the exhilarating opportunity to see an amazing variety of wildlife up close. The park is home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 species of tropical birds as well as the world's largest concentration of hippos.

And thereafter, you will experience an exciting boat cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, a 32 km long natural link between two of the largest lakes in the area, Lake Edward to Lake George, as it meanders through the lush park with its abundance of wildlife. Be assured that Kazinga will be one of the highlights of your safari.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mweya Lodge ***** (FB)
- Katara Lodge ***** (FB)
- Kyambura Game Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options
- Bush Lodge ***** (FB)
- Jacana Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
- Ihamba Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / North (Buhoma)
Today you make your way from Queen Elizabeth to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is home to the world famous Mountain Gorilla. Almost half of all Mountain Gorillas live in Bwindi and the park itself is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its expanse of ancient and undisturbed tropical forests dating back to the last ice age. The lush opportunities for exploration that nature has to offer in this park appear almost limitless.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge ***** (FB)
- Silverback Lodge ***** (FB)
- Buhoma Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mahogany Springs ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options
- The Gorilla Resort ***** (FB)
- Gorilla Valley Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Jungle Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / North (Buhoma)
In the morning, you venture out on a trek into the dense and tangled forests past beautiful water falls with sunlight filtering through the dense foliage of the jungle canopy. Today’s activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you can visit the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds.

Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge ***** (FB)
- Silverback Lodge ***** (FB)
- Buhoma Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mahogany Springs ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options
- The Gorilla Resort ***** (FB)
- Gorilla Valley Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Jungle Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Lake Mburo National Park
Time to say goodbye to the Bwindi forest, the gorillas and the jungle. Arrival at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the park in Uganda but should not be underestimated. Here, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the Impala antelope and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds during a boat tour of lake Mburo.

You can further enjoy a game drive, bush walk, safari on horse back or mountain bike through the Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently added to the park, which were translocated there from other national parks.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mihingo Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mburo Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Eagle’s Nest ***** (FB)
- Rwakobo Rock ***** (FB)
- Mantana Tented Camp ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 8: Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe
In the morning and before you depart for Entebbe, you can enjoy a game drive, bush walk, safari on horse back or mountain bike through the park. And the afternoon drive back to Entebbe also offers the additional opportunity to take a photo at the Equator crossing.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- The Boma ***** (FB)
- Lake Victoria Serena Hotel ***** (FB)
- Protea Hotel Entebbe ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Gately Inn Entebbe ***** (FB)
- Karibu Guest House ***** (FB)
- Airport Guest House ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 9: Departure from Entebbe
Time to say goodbye. Airport transfer and departure from Entebbe.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge ***** (FB)
- Silverback Lodge ***** (FB)
- Buhoma Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mahogany Springs ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- The Gorilla Resort ***** (FB)
- Gorilla Valley Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Jungle Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / North (Buhoma)
In the morning, you venture out on a trek into the dense and tangled forests past beautiful water falls with sunlight filtering through the dense foliage of the jungle canopy. Today’s activity represent another major highlight of your Ugandan safari as you can visit the world famous Mountain Gorillas. On this tracking adventure, you will have the exhilarating opportunity to visit the Mountain Gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo thickets and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the cacophonous calls of varicoloured birds. Nothing however can prepare one for the impact of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge ***** (FB)
- Silverback Lodge ***** (FB)
- Buhoma Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mahogany Springs ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- The Gorilla Resort ***** (FB)
- Gorilla Valley Lodge ***** (FB)
- Bwindi Jungle Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / South & Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Today, you can choose from the following options to go on an adventure to track the endangered Golden Monkeys, experience the Batwa Trail, trekking the volcanoes or enjoy a boat tour and nature walk:

Option 1 - Golden Monkey Tracking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park: Venture into the forests of Mgahinga to track the rare Golden Monkeys. They are considered the smallest of the primates and are an endangered species. Named after their golden appearing colour, with black limbs and a crown on their head, these monkeys are a lovely species to observe and can only be found in three countries worldwide. While trekking along the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes, through the dense bamboo forests, keep your eyes up to help the rangers spot the red brown fur of these beautiful monkeys.

Option 2 - Batwa Trail: The Batwa Trail project was initiated by the Batwa Forest People of southwestern Uganda and has been implemented with support from the International Gorilla Conservation Programme in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Batwa guides take visitors on a day long hike along the mountain trails in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to share with them the secrets of this primeval forest and the opportunity to experience the extraordinary life and culture of the Batwa people.

Option 3 - Volcano Trekking: Alternatively, you can venture on an exhilarating climb on either one of the three Virunga Volcanoes that are situated on the Ugandan side of the border. The climbs vary in degrees of difficulty and lengths. Whichever you choose, the experience is bound to be a memorable event indeed:

Mount Muhabura: This is the second highest of the volcanoes and represents the border region between Rwanda and Uganda. It offers fantastic views of at least 5 of the volcanoes in the area and the climb itself is considered demanding, is often very steep and may take a day to achieve.

Mount Sabinyo: Should you choose to try your climbing luck on this volcano, this can be demanding and sometimes difficult, so you need to be fit for a good long climbing session. The volcano is about 3.645 meters high and the climb may take 7 to 8 hours.

Mount Gahinga: At 3.474 meters, Mount Gahinga is the smallest of three and therefore also the easiest and fastest to climb. Gahinga once had a crater lake on top which changed into a lush swamp over time.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mount Gahinga Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mutanda Lake Resort ***** (FB)
- Chameleon Hill Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Travellers Rest ***** (FB)
- Gorilla Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mburo National Park
Time to say goodbye to the Bwindi forest, the gorillas and the jungle. Arrival at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the park in Uganda but should not be underestimated. Here, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the Impala antelope and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds during a boat tour of lake Mburo.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mihingo Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mburo Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Eagle’s Nest ***** (FB)
- Rwakobo Rock ***** (FB)
- Mantana Tented Camp ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 13: Lake Mburo National Park
You can further enjoy a game drive, bush walk, safari on horse back or mountain bike through the Lake Mburo National Park, famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently added to the park, which were translocated there from other national parks.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- Mihingo Lodge ***** (FB)
- Mburo Safari Lodge ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Eagle’s Nest ***** (FB)
- Rwakobo Rock ***** (FB)
- Mantana Tented Camp ***** (FB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park - Entebbe
Drive back from Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe with the additional opportunity to take a photo at the Equator crossing. Time to say goodbye. Depending on the time and mode of your departure, you may stay another night at your accommodation in Entebbe before your airport transfer.

Accommodation Options: 4 to 5 star
- The Boma ***** (DBB)
- Lake Victoria Serena Hotel ***** (DBB)
- Protea Hotel Entebbe ***** (DBB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Accommodation Options: 3 to 4 star
- Gately Inn Entebbe ***** (DBB)
- Karibu Guest House ***** (DBB)
- Airport Guest House ***** (DBB)
BB=Bed & Breakfast • DBB=Dinner, Bed & Breakfast • FB=Full Board

Inclusive of the safari:

  • All airport transfers.
  • Chimp tracking permit PP in Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Visit to Bigodi wetland sanctuary.
  • Game drive and boat ride in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Gorilla tracking permit PP In Bwindi Impenetrable NP
  • Game drive and boat trip in Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Return transfers using 4x4 safari minibus inclusive of fuel.
  • Meals as specified while on safari and mineral water.
  • English speaking driver / guide.

Exclusive of the safari:

  • All flights not specifically listed in the itinerary.
  • Cost of visas.
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
  • Travel, medical and personal insurances
  • All optional activities listed in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities and personal requirements.
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages

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  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Search of the tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth NP
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  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
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