At the edge of the Albertine rift in South-western Uganda, lies the vast and misty impenetrable Bwindi Forest which stretches over a formation of steep mountains. This ancient, pristine forest is home to families of formidable mountain gorillas. Our 9 day safari will bring us into the homes and lives of energetic chimps in Kibale Forest. It will place us in the presence of 450-pound Silverback gorillas and their families in a touching experience in the ethereal realm of Bwindi Forest.


Safari Highlights

  • Track chimps in Kibale Forest
  • Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Stand with one foot in each hemisphere
  • Cruise down the Kazinga Channel
  • Track gorillas in Bwindi Forest
  • Bird watching on Lake Mburo


Day One: Welcome to Entebbe

Upon Departure from Entebbe International airport, we are driven to our amazing forest cottages where we will relax as the jetlag wears off.

Accommodation: Forest Cottages

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Days two – three: Wild Chimps of Kibale Forest

From Kampala we journey through the rolling rural landscapes of Central Uganda, heading to Fort Portal. Enjoy a short respite in this charming town before moving on to the idyllic formations of the Crater Lakes. Finally, we arrive at Kibale Forest National Park in the evening and check in at Kibale Forest Camp.

At daybreak we accompany professional chimp trackers into the depths of the thriving forest to track local chimpanzees. It is a rare chance to observe and appreciate chimps through the eyes of experts.

Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days four – five: Adrift on Kazinga Channel

Kibale Forest disappears in the rear window as we travel south, straddling the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountain Range. We enter Queen Elizabeth National Park in time for a rejuvenating lunch and a brief game drive. We try to spot elephants, buffalo, and grazing antelope. Night falls on us at Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge.

At dawn we resume the search for the abundant wildlife now foraging in the cool hours. In the afternoon we float down Kazinga channel in the company of the hippos gathered at its shores.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days six – seven: The Realm of Gorillas

We set off from Queen Elizabeth, destined for Bwindi Forest National Park. But first, an excursion to the Ishasha plains to set eyes on the mystifying tree-climbing lions lazing in broad fig trees. From here we set a course for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In the evening we check in at Cuckooland Forest Lodge.

At sunrise, we plunge into the forest, hiking and pushing through the growth in search of mountain gorillas. Whether the trek takes minutes or hours, the reward is equally exhilarating. We peek into the intimate family lives of these massive and gentle primates.

Accommodation: Cuckooland Forest Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Eight: In Search of the Elusive Leopard

Our next destination is Lake Mburo National Park.We depart in the morning and drive through Mbarara, the largest urban hub in western Uganda. We check in at Mantana Lodge and have a chance to unwind before the sun sets. The night comes with an exciting opportunity for adventure. A night game drive in a 4WD with a spotlight to help us see the very rare leopards and other nocturnal animals.

Accommodation: Mantana Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day nine: Walking in the Wilderness

On our final morning we take a peaceful and guided bush walk to a nearby natural salt lake, a favourite of the local wildlife. Lake Mburo quickly falls to the back drop on the return trip to Entebbe International Airport. The safari ends here, but the adventure continues, calling you to return once again.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch


  • Activities as specified in the itinerary
  • Chimp Habituation Permit (per person) for Kibale Forest
  • Entrance fees for National Parks
  • Gorilla Tracking Permit (per person) for Bwindi Forest
  • Private 4WD Vehicle with an experienced guide
  • Road transfers as specified in the itinerary


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items and services of a personal nature

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 Bushman 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.