Unique Uganda

This bespoke trip has been designed to provide an opportunity to go on safari to see the Big 5 in addition to seeing Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild.   Uganda has a lot to see and do.  It straddles the Equator and lies within the Nile basin on the East African plateau.  It is the size of the United Kingdom and mostly well watered and fertile.  It is distinguished from other African safari destinations by its closed canopy forest and the accessibility to enable viewings of Gorillas and Chimpanzees, along with a colourful array of birds and butterflies in their natural habitat.

Our trip begins with our overnight flights to Entebbe.  Our recommended route is with Emirates airline from Birmingham to Dubai to connect with the onward flight to Entebbe.   We arrive at Entebbe where we are met by Peter Hogel who transfers us to the Malakai Eco Lodge for our first evening.  Here we will settle in and unwind before meeting for dinner and chatting about our time ahead.

The next day starts with our search for Shoebills in our own private boat tour of Mabamba Swamp near Entebbe before we transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the first of our 2 night stay.

The next day we head off to spot Rhino in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a reserve specifically used to protect this endangered species.   We will spend the morning and afternoon Rhino tracking.   In between we can photograph resident Weaver Birds at the lodge whilst they nest build.  We overnight at Ziwa leaving early the next morning for Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls is Uganda largest protected area.  It is a pleasant wilderness area of rolling grassland and wooded savannah extending from Karuna Falls in the east to Lake Albert in the west.  It is bisected by the river Nile.    Whilst here we should see an abundance of wildlife including hippos,  Nile crocodiles, Elephant, Buffalo, Oribi, Jacksons Hartebeest, Bohur Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Lion and Leopard.   There are also 350 species of birds to look out for.  We will also take a cruise down the River Nile for an alternative view of the wildlife.    The boat trip will take us to the Murchison falls where the Nile is forced to pass through a 9 metre gap.   It is an impressive sight.

From Murchison we transfer to Kibale National Park for our Chimpanzee tracking experience.     Kibale has one of the worlds highest density of Primates. It supports dense forest, swamps and grassland and is home to the Forest Elephant, Golden Cat, Serval, Duikers and more than 300 bird species.  Primates include Bushbabies, Pottos, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Colobus Monkeys (Red and Black and White), Red Tailed Monkeys and of course, Chimpanzees.

After Kibale we move to Queen Elizabeth National Park which flanks both Lake Edward and Lake George.     We have a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel where you will be blown away by the abundance of wildlife sightings from the boat.  We are seated quite low down so the angle of view is also very special for obtaining eye level images.    Here we also do our Lion Tracking where we hope to see 3 or 4 groups of Lions.   Other wildlife includes Buffalo, Impala, Kobi, Bushbuck and over 542 bird species.  There are also large herds of Elephants here.

Still part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, we move to the Ishasha area to see world famous Tree Climbing Lions.   Currently there are about 40 individuals split amongst 3 prides.  It is suggested that the lions climb the trees to escape the attention of biting flies but this is unproven!    This forms part of our journey on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we trek to see Mountain Gorillas.

This is a very special experience.   We will have our own guide and protectors who will lead us to one of the four Gorillas groups in the forest.   Once they are located we offload our backpacks and leave our trekking poles behind just taking our cameras for the next short journey to the gorillas.    We will see a family group usually including a silverback and hopefully, juveniles and even babies if we are really lucky.  It is a wonderful experience to spend time with these large but seemingly gentle creatures.     It is an experience you will never forget!

After Bwindi we travel to Lake Mburu National Park for 1 night to see the Eland and Grevy’s Zebra before the next days journey back to Kampala (near Entebbe) for our last night in the Malakai Eco Lodge with dinner before transferring to Entebbe for our journey home the next day.   We will have 2 half day safaris at Lake Mburu.  We leave Entebbe at about 3.30pm to arrive home at about 6.30am the next day, again via Dubai

Key Information

  • Price £4150
  • Duration 6+ days
  • Group Size 3
  • Date 17/02/2020


  • The whole trip is just one big highlight!!!!


  • Day 1
    • Depart for Entebbe
  • Day 2
    • Arrive Entebbe
    • Transfer to Malakai Eco Lodge
    • Unwind and relax over evening meal and chat about the trip ahead
  • Day 3
    • Shoebill safari at Mabamba Swamp
    • Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    • Stay at Amuka Safari Lodge
  • Day 4
    • Morning Walking Safari to see Southern White Rhino
    • Afternoon Walking Safari to see Southern White Rhino
    • In between photograph birds at the lodge including Weaver Birds nest building
    • Stay at Amuka Safari Lodge
  • Day 5
    • Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
    • Private Boat Cruise on River Nile
    • Stay at Tembo Safari Lodge
  • Day 6
    • All day Safari at Murchison Falls National Park
    • Stay at Tembo Safari Lodge
  • Day 7
    • Transfer to Kibale
    • Stay at Isunga Lodge
    • Kibale Rain Forest
  • Day 8
    • Chimpanzee Tracking
    • Stay at Isunga Lodge
    • Kibale Rain Forest
  • Day 9
    • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Afternoon boat trip on the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake Edward and Lake George
    • Stay at Kingfisher lodge
  • Day 10
    • Morning safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Lion Tracking all morning
    • Transfer to Ishasha
    • Stay @theriver
  • Day 11
    • Search for tree climbing lions at Ishasha
    • All day safari
    • Stay @theriver
  • Day 12
    • Search for tree climbing lions at Ishasha
    • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Stay at Buhoma Community Lodge
  • Day 13
    • Gorilla Tracking
    • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
    • Stay at Buhoma Community Lodge
  • Day 14
    • Transfer to Lake Mburu National Park
    • Afternoon Game Drive at Lake Mburu
    • Stay at Rwakaboo Lodge
  • Day 15
    • Morning Game Drive Lake Mburu
    • Transfer to Kampala
    • Stay at Malakai Eco Lodge
    • Evening Dinner at the lodge
  • Day 16
    • Depart for UK
  • Day 17
    • Arrive Home


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