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The Great Apes Safari

At the edge of the Albertine Rift in South Western Uganda lies the vast and misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that stretches over a formation of steep mountains. This ancient pristine forest is home to families of the mountain gorillas that you will encounter on this 8-day exploration. Our journey will take us deep into the forest, home to these majestic creatures, with stopovers to experience the equally majestic chimpanzee families of Kibale National Park, a drive to the crater lakes, game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bird-watching and pictures at the Equator!


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome To Entebbe

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed by your safari guide/driver, who will transfer you to your luxury accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast only
*Travel Time: 35 mins from Airport .

Day 2: Journey to Kibale Forest National Park

After a sumptuous breakfast in Kampala, we drive west, taking in the scenic views as we head to Fort Portal, a beautiful quaint town nestled in the shadow of the legendary and mystical “Mountains of the Moon.” Enjoy a short respite in this charming town before moving on to the idyllic formations of the crater lakes. From Fort Portal, we set course for the forests of Kibale National Park.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking – Bigodi Swamp Walk

The evergreen Kibale Forest holds a wide variety of primates in East Africa. On our carefully guided nature walk, we encounter chimpanzee, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, interact with the local communities and so much more. We return to our lodge for lunch and later set out to Bigodi Swamp, an ideal place for bird lovers. After a satisfying day of exploration, we return to our lodge in time for dinner.

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 4: Through the scenic Crater Lakes and into Queen Elizabeth National Park

We check out of our lodge and head out for a brief tour of Lake Nkuruba, where we will see magnificent views of the vibrant crater lakes, cradled in vegetation and gentle rolling hills. After lunch, we head toward the iconic Queen Elizabeth National Park just in time for an evening game drive. Chances are we see warthogs, buffalo, waterbucks and elephants before checking in for a night of comfort at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 5: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise

The crisp morning opens with a game drive to seek out various game; this is a great opportunity for wildlife sightings as animals tend to be more active in the wee hours. We return from our adventure in the beautiful savannah to some much-needed relaxation and lunch before we head out on an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Hippos, crocodiles, and other mammals, reptiles, and birds congregate at the shores in the afternoon heat. We will take in the scenic views before returning to the lodge in time for dinner.

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 6: Through Ishasha and into the Impenetrable Forest

Today we depart from Queen Elizabeth, but not before attempting to set eyes on the tree climbing lions of Ishasha. We traverse stunning landscapes before we reach Bwindi National Park, where we will seek out and encounter another rare creature, the Mountain Gorilla.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 7: The Gorilla Families of Bwindi

After breakfast, we set out for a briefing at the park offices where we are allocated gorilla tracking groups and given tips in preparation for a close encounter with the gentle giants. Guided by an experienced tracker, we brave a challenging trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; it may take minutes or hours of pushing through vegetation before we set our eyes on a colossal dominant silverback male and his group.
Upon return from the deep forest, you will receive your gorilla tracking certificate, and later, after refreshing at the lodge, set out for a community walk, a charming immersive experience with the local people and a closer look into their culture. .

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 8: Journey back to Kampala/Entebbe & Equator Experience

After a fun-filled adventure of seven days, we check out of the lodge and begin our journey to your preferred drop off point in Kampala/Entebbe. Our first stop will be in Mbarara for lunch at Igongo Cultural Center and Country Hotel followed by a stop at the Uganda Equator for pictures, shopping for souvenirs, crafts and gifts, to take back home to friends and family.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 9: Return to Kampala with a stop at the Equator.

We wake up to a delicious breakfast, our last one in this gorgeous land of rolling hills & dense forests; after which we begin our return to Kampala. Our first stop will be in Mbarara for lunch and our next at the Uganda Equator for pictures & a chance to get a few souvenirs or gifts for family and friends back home.


  • Transfer to/from Entebbe International Airport
  • Ground transport on a private 4WD luxury safari vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as included in the itinerary (twin/double room)
  • Activities and meals as included in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Gorilla permit (USD $600 per permit)
  • Activities included in the itinerary
  • Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Detailed map of Uganda (1 map per person)
  • A pair of Binoculars


  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Meals and drinks outside the itinerary
  • Items and services of a personal nature
  • Tips

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Age Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.

* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.

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Africa's Great Exploration (AGE) Safaris
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Plot 8A- 12A, cooper road, Kampala
P.O Box 9021 Kampala, Uganda

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