10-Day Africa safari is a 9 nights Tour for a traveler to the Jungles of western Uganda featuring Gorilla trekking,chimpanzee and wildlife viewing tour.
One of Uganda’s most sustainable tour operators
Fast and personal service
Tailor made options and extensions to each itinerary
Budget, mid-range and high-end itineraries
All lodges are selected by us, according to atmosphere, service and location
We are Guides that are experienced and trained
Why Game Ranger Tours?
“The Game Ranger tours team focuses on the underserved mid range bracket. Besides excellent and enthusiastic service it also stands out as one of the few quality companies that will take you to Kidepo Valley National park overland.
When you travel with Game Ranger Tours, you can be sure you get the accommodation you prefer. Our sales team visits every lodge itself. We can therefore offer you first hand information about each lodge and give you different options for all budgets. The lodges we choose are selected by location, atmosphere, service and view.
Day 1: Welcome in Uganda!
Your Tour Leader will be at Entebbe Airport to welcome you in Uganda.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you can explore Entebbe today; visit the Botanical Gardens or the beach of Lake Victoria. All activities today are at your own cost.
In Entebbe, you stay at Karibu, a boutique guesthouse set on the leafy hillside of Entebbe. Quietly hidden away from the busy main roads and shopping centers, La feve is ideal to spend a relaxing night. From the open-air veranda and upstairs terrace you can enjoy the abundant birdlife in the garden, the sunset over Lake Victoria or the brilliant night sky.
Journey time: 15 minutes
Accommodation: LA feve beach hotel
Meal plan: No meals inclusive today
Day 2: To Kibale Forest N.P. – walk in the Bigodi Wetlands
Today – after an early breakfast – you leave the lodge and head for Kibale Forest N.P. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green country-side which characterizes so much of Uganda.
On arrival at the forest, you will enter a completely different world… some serious monkey business! Although you are here specifically to track Chimpanzees, the forest is home to
12 other primate species including: Red Tailed Monkey, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus Monkey, Red Colobus and the Blue Monkey. The bird life in the forest is also prolific and includes the beautiful Great Blue Turaco.
If you are very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the meandering herd of Forest Elephant.
After having enjoyed your lunch at the lodge, you have a walk in the Bigodi Wetlands (2-3 hours). This walk takes you through forest, some beautiful scenery and small communities where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot 3 or 4 different primate species during this walk and many beautiful birds.
The Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is an eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered community based organization (CBO). A significant fraction of association income has been used, and continues to be used, to fund Bigodi Secondary School and numerous related community projects.
Journey time: 6 hours
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive Kibale Forest camp safari tents
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest / To Queen Elizabeth N.P.
Kibale Forest boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including our delightful cousins, the chimpanzees. Today, in Uganda, there are approximately 5,000 chimpanzees left in the wild, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!
The experience ranger takes you chimp tracking in the morning; in the mean time showing you the many monkey species that live in this tropical forest.
A wonderful jungle trip is the result, finishing in an hour of eye to eye contact with the chimpanzees. We can however never guarantee you to see them, they are still wild animals!
After the chimpanzee tracking you head for Fort Portal where you can have your lunch (not inclusive). You can walk around town and/or visit the market.
You then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you stay in a nice lodge just outside the park; the ideal location to start your game-drive tomorrow morning. The Bush Lodge is situated on the shores of Lake George and the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa. The Bush Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy and welcoming surrounding provided to the guests.
Fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savannah. This truly is Africa!
Journey time: 1 hour to Fort Portal + 2½ hours to the lodge
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner inclusive
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park; game drive and boat safari After an early breakfast, you go for a long game drive into the park. Together with an experienced ranger you search for all the wildlife; Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, Warthog, etc.
After lunch, you have a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalo, Crocodile, bathing Elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat-safari you game drive back to the lodge.
Accommodation: The Bush Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 5: To Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast you head for Lake Bunyonyi or ‘Place of Little Birds’. The lake lies close to the border with Rwanda, and is thought of as one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim (as it is bilharzias free).
For lunch you stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive).
The lodge is located on the main land at the edge of the lake and wonderful for relaxing, swimming (in the lake or in the pool) and simply immersing yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings.
There are many small lodges and restaurants around Lake Bunyonyi. You can pick one yourself to have your dinner, of course you can also choose to have dinner from paradise Eco Hub (not inclusive).
Journey-time: 6-7 hours
Accommodation: Paradise Eco Hub.
Meal plan: Breakfast inclusive
Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi + To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest/
This morning you can choose from 2 activities; a canoe-ride on the lake (in a local dugged out canoe) or a walk through the surrounding hills. One activity is inclusive.
After an early lunch (around noon), you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains.
Twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays – there is a large colourful market in Kisoro. Mostly ladies from Kisoro, Rwanda and Congo sell their fruits, vegetables, cloths, baskets etc. at this busy market.
Your Tour leader will point out matoke to you (the favourite food of the Ugandan), cassava, sweet potatoes, yam and much more.
Journey time: 2 hours to Kisoro + 1 hour to the lodge
Accommodation: kasiime back packers
Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner inclusive
Day 7 & 8: Gorilla Tracking
On each of these days you will have the gorilla tracking.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.
The Gorillas you will track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Your trek will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the Gorillas’ habitat. En-route, your guide will point out signs of previous Gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots.
The time taken to track the Gorillas can take as little as 2 hours to as much as 7 hours! Once the Gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a Mountain Gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Journey time: 1½ hours each way
Accommodation: Broadbill camp or Nkuringo campsite– 2 days
Meal plan: Breakfast, (packed) lunch and dinner inclusive
Day 9: To Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast, you begin your journey to Lake Mburo National Park.
Lake Mburo is a one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be under-estimated. It is one of the few parks home to Zebra, Eland and Impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife.
Upon arrival you have a game-drive through the park.
Accommodation for tonight is Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful place with great views just outside the park. Here you can breathe in the essence of wild Uganda. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. Animals such as Zebra, Warthog, Impala and Bushbuck abound around the lodge and often congregate at the water hole beneath the dining area.
At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild.
Journey: 7-8 hours
Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock
Meal-plan: Breakfast and dinner inclusive
Day 10: Exciting Safari walk Lake Mburo National Park / Entebbe
Lake Mburo N.P. is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a safari walk with an experienced ranger. Of course you are going to do this!!
Footprints and animal droppings tell which animal has been here and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range.
The bush walks starts around 7 a.m. and afterwards you will have a late breakfast from the lodge. Then time has come to leave the park and return to Entebbe.
You will stop at the equator on the way; the perfect photo opportunity and a great place to buy those last minute souvenirs!
i will take you to Entebbe Airport (this is only possible for flights leaving at 10 pm or later).
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. In case you wish us to include one (or more) night in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
Journey: 6 hours
Meal-plan: Late breakfast inclusive
This is the end of what we hope will have been a fabulous Uganda trip!
Webale Nyo! (Thank you!)
You stay in single rooms in budget accommodations. All accommodations are atmospheric, small and offer great views.
We retain the right to substitute the accommodations shown above with suitable accommodations if there is no availability.
The cost of the tour includes almost all meals, check the programme for the details.
All journey times are close approximations, as you can never quite guarantee what will happen on the African roads… We could be in for a bumpy ride on parts of the route (which adds to the excitement of being on safari!); we may encounter road-works and of course, there are the photo stops. Either way, you can be certain that although you may be seated for long periods at times during the trip, you will be passing some spectacular countryside and there will always be something of interest to see along the way!
Terms and conditions
Tour package Includes:
We provide transport in a 4wd minibus with pop up roof. Of course all car costs like park fees, driver/guide, washing, fuel, etc. is included.
There is no air-conditioning in the minibus.
Government tax included.
A visa for Uganda can easily be obtained from Entebbe Airport upon arrival at USD 50 per person.
All rates are quoted in USD. Payments can be done by bank-transfer (NOT by credit-card).
Transport in 1 4wd mini bus with pop-up roof for excellent safari viewing;
All fuel for the tour;
English speaking Tour Leader;
English speaking Ugandan driver/guide(s);
Accommodation in double room or single room.
Meals as indicated;
All park entrance fees as per program;
All activities as per programme unless specifically mentioned as optional;
1 Permit for Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest N.P. (USD 150 p.p.).
1 Permit for Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P. (USD 400 per permit).
International air fares;
Entry visa Uganda (USD 50 p.p.);
Personal (medical/travel) insurance;
Meals and snacks which are not inclusive in the accommodation;
All activities that are not mentioned in the programme or activities that are mentioned in the programme as optional activity;
Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, tour-leader, lodge staff, etc;
All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.);
Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes and it is estimated that there are only 720 (approximately) left throughout the world. Almost half of these can be found in Uganda, as well as populations in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to The Uganda Wildlife Authority, there is a 95% chance that you will come across the Gorillas on your trek. Your journey will be an exhilarating one: cutting your way through dense jungle, thick bamboo, past local homesteads and up forested hills…
Tracking times do vary and can be anything from as little as 2 hours to 7 hours! You need to be in good physical condition. However; your efforts will be rewarded with your first sighting of the Gorillas, as these gentle giants shyly approach you and you come face-to-face with one of nature’s greatest animals.
Items to bring:
Mosquito repellent (containing deet);
A rain jacket;
A jumper/sweater for chilly evenings;
Long sleeved top and trousers for the Chimpanzee and Gorilla Tracking;
Spending money; & of course, don’t forget your camera!