8 Days Gorilla & Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda

Itinerary for each day

Day 1: Move to Jinja, then go white water rafting for half a day and bungee jumping in the afternoon.

Transfer to Jinja early in the morning (80km, approximately 2 hours) from Kampala to join the white water rafting on the famous Nile River, the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You board your rafts with a team of professional guides to navigate the swift waters colliding with the ancient rapids, resulting in a plume of spray and powerful waves that slam into you ruthlessly after encountering you on your way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and exciting experience that counts as one of Uganda’s active adventure vacation safari activities. Return from the half-day rafting experience and link to the bungee jumping site for an afternoon bungee jumping experience where you can enjoy the great adventure with the wind roaring through the air, views of the cliff, and views of the sky, all of which combine to create a memorable experience. Return to Kampala for relaxation, dinner, and overnight after your Jinja adventure.

Luxury:  Sheraton Kampala Hotel
Midrange / Standard:  Cassia Lodge
Budget / Basic:  Buziga Country Resort

Day 2: Cycling at Mpanga Tea Farm, hiking at Fort Portal Crater Lake, and visiting the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru caves.

After breakfast at your Kampala hotel, you depart for the 300km (about 5 – 6 hours) drive to Fort Portal Area. You will travel through the spectacular landscapes on smooth tarmac, admiring the unusual geographical features such as the Mubende Inselbergs and passing through small towns such as Mpigi, Mityana, Mubende, and Kyenjojo. You arrive at Mpanga tea estates in the middle of the morning and then go on a cycling adventure. Return from your adventure and proceed to Fort Portal city, where you will have lunch before connecting to the Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. Upon arrival, you are greeted by local residents who have a thorough understanding of the area’s past. Retire from this encounter and begin your hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake area, where you will traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill, which is surrounded by a variety of crater lakes and crater hollows, offering one of Uganda’s most beautiful scenic sites. On a clear day, the top of Kyeganywa hill provides views of the Rwenzori Mountains. Retire from the operation and travel to Kibale National Park, which is located 26 kilometers from Fort Portal city, for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp
Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking, a wetland walk in Bigodi, and a transition to Kasese.

Meet at the Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park at 8 a.m. to begin Chimpanzee trekking. The experience begins with a briefing from the park rangers who will be your guides during the operation, outlining the procedure. Following that, you go to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. Other than chimps, Kibale is home to 12 primate species, including the endangered red colobus, which has the highest population in Kibale, the uncommon I’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush boy, olive baboon, and potto, all of which can be seen throughout the trek. After the encounter filled with unforgettable excitement, where you are free to take as many photos as you want, return to the starting point where you can rejoin your Friendly Gorilla safari guide, settle for your packed lunch, and then move to Bigodi Wetland for an afternoon eco-walk to experience some of the 138 species of birds. Retire from the operation and travel to Kasese, where you will arrive in the evening for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari cottages

Day 4: Spend the whole day climbing Mount Rwenzori.

At 8 a.m., meet at the Nyakalengija ranger post to begin the Mount Rwenzori hike. The Rwenzori walk, organized by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services, which manages the central circuit, is a full-day adventure that allows you to explore the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in depth. The Rwenzori Mountains are Africa’s third highest, rising 5,109 meters above sea level with snowcapped peaks. The day-long journey to the mythical mountains of the moon includes magical views of the Rwenzori ridges, the rift valley lakes below, including Lake Edward and Lake George, the savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a panoramic view of Kasese town. At 5 p.m., retire to your favorite lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari cottages

Day 5: A game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park followed by an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga Channel.

After an early breakfast at your hotel, depart at 6 a.m. and link to the park for the game drive activity, which begins at 7 a.m. and explores the magical wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You drive through the Kasenyi plains, exploring the Kob’s breeding grounds and the vast grassland and forest that supports a diverse range of wild game, including Cape Buffaloes, African elephants, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbucks, Uganda Kobs, side-striped jackals, leopards, spotted hyenas, and lions, among others. After the 3 – 4 hour activity, return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch before connecting to the Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga River boat cruise in search of herds of Hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds on the beaches, and a variety of wild game drinking water from the channel. After disembarking from the boat, you go on a mini game drive along the channel track in the Mweya peninsula before arriving at the lodge for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Luxury:  Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Bush Lodge
Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages   / Kazinga Channel View Resort

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, stopping in Ishasha for a game drive in search of tree climbing lions.

After breakfast at 7 a.m., you can depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is located 218 kilometers from Ruhija and 309 kilometers from Rushaga, depending on the lodge chosen. You go on a memorable game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha field, in search of the famous tree-climbing lions and other wildlife such as waterbucks, buffaloes, kobs, and elephants. The fig tree branches of Ishasha provide unforgettable day beds for the lions, resulting in a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the Kings of the Jungle in Uganda’s wilderness. Return from the drive and carry on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you can arrive in the evening for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge   / Buhoma Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge
Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Havens
Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp  / Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and an evening boat trip on Lake Bunyonyi

Breakfast will be served at 6 a.m., followed by a link to the respective park headquarters for an 8 a.m. briefing on the essence of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You cross the forest marked by lush flora, magical birds, and other fauna such as duikers in search of the magnificent mountain gorillas, where over 400 of them are known to thrive in the impenetrable forest. The steep hills, cut by deep valleys and streams, make for a demanding hike that is an experience in and of itself. The one hour with the gorillas is magical as you see them forage, socialize, play, and the silverback demonstrating it can entice you to take as many images as you can. Return from this operation, which can take 2 – 8 hours depending on gorilla movements, and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, which is 52 kilometers from Ruhija and 73 kilometers from Rushaga, through the fascinating Kigezi Highlands with magical scenery. Upon arrival, you embark on a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi, which has earned the nickname “Lake of a Thousand Islands” due to its 29 islands. You may also visit the Batwa people on one of the Islands to learn about their customs before retiring for some relaxation, dinner, and sleep.

Luxury:  Birdnest
Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort /Arcadia Cottages
Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

Move to Kampala on Day 8
After breakfast, depart on a 437km (7-hour) transfer to Kampala, stopping at the Igongo Cultural Center to visit the Erijukiro Museum, which houses objects from all tribes in southwestern Uganda. There are also sculptures and writings that highlight the region’s heritage. You then proceed to the 1520AD Eclipse Monument, which is a living memorial to the total solar eclipse that occurred in the area that year. The locals associate it with a great deal of history because it commemorated their re-possession of cows. After the historical tour, stop for lunch at the Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant at the Igongo Cultural Center before continuing on the drive to Kampala. Another photoshoot stop is made at the Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe. You can pick up a souvenir to take home from each of the gift shops.

The 8-day Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda has come to an end.


  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Chimpanzee Tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)

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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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