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10-Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking & Safari Tours

4.4/5  –  365 Uganda Reviews

Whether you’re talking habitats, wildlife or experiences, Uganda boasts what is probably the most varied safari circuit anywhere in Africa. Here, grassy savannahs, tangled rainforests and vast papyrus swamps stand alongside oceanic lakes, lofty volcanoes and snowcapped mountains. There are mountain gorillas, chimps and monkeys, but also lions, elephants and rhinos. And where most African safari circuits focus on game drives, the range of activities in Uganda also includes forest hikes, mountain climbs and boat excursions. Spending 10 days on safari in Uganda allows you to appreciate much of this wonderful country’s ecological diversity, to see most of its wildlife icons, and to experience a wide range of activities on offer.

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5 Questions About 10-Day Uganda Safaris


5 Questions About 10-Day Uganda Safaris

Answered by Philip Briggs

Is 10 days a good amount of time for a trip in Uganda?

“Many people would regard 10 days to be the ideal duration for a Uganda safari. It is sufficient to cover all the main national parks in Uganda’s varied western circuit in a reasonably unrushed manner, but not so long that you can’t tag a beach or other extension to your holiday. Having said that, if you plan to cover the western circuit in full, from the southwestern gorilla trekking reserves to the more northerly Murchison Falls NP, you might consider allocating a couple more days. Extending your itinerary, for instance to 12 days, would allow you to do more activities and fit in more downtime between days dominated by driving from A to B.”


Where should I go on a 10-day safari in Uganda?

“The most popular 10-day Uganda safari itinerary loops from the capital Kampala (or nearby Entebbe International Airport) through the far west. This loop can be covered in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction, neither of which has a strong advantage over the other. However, given that many people are quite stressed about gorilla trekking (how tough will it be and will they definitely see gorillas?), clockwise is possibly preferable as it allows you to do this activity close to the start of your holiday. Following the loop in a clockwise direction, it’s worth spending a night at Lake Mburo NP, which is home to giraffe, zebra and plenty of different types of antelope. Your next stop is almost certain to be at either Bwindi Impenetrable or Mgahinga Gorilla NP, the two places in Uganda that offer gorilla trekking excursions. From here, you can head north to Queen Elizabeth NP, possibly doing a game drive in the Ishasha sector to search for tree-climbing lions, and almost certainly taking a boat out onto the wildlife-rich Kazinga Channel. If you want to track chimps, this can be done in Kalinzu Forest or Kyambura Gorge, both of which border Queen Elizabeth, or further north in Kibale NP. Further north still, Murchison Falls NP is flowed through by the mighty Nile River and offers a great combination of game drives and boat trips. On the drive back to Kampala, a day visit or overnight stop at the excellent Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is recommended.”


Which animals can I expect to see?

“Although there are no guarantees on any safari, Uganda is one of only two African countries where all the Big Five can be seen alongside gorillas and chimps. In some instances – most obviously gorilla, chimp and rhino – the probability of a sighting is dependent on doing a specific trekking activity in a suitable location. In the case of gorillas and rhinos, the trekking success rate is all but 100%. And while the rate for chimp trekking is slightly lower, a 10-day itinerary should allow an opportunity to try again should you miss out on your first attempt. As for the rest of the Big Five, you’re almost certain to see elephant, buffalo and, to a lesser extent, lion on game drives and boat trips in Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls. Paradoxically, while leopards are the most widespread of the Big Five in Uganda, they are also the most elusive, but lucky visitors might encounter one in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls. Avoid the trap of getting too hung up on the Big Five. Uganda supports a huge variety of other less glamorous wildlife, and a 10-day safari should provide you with opportunities to see giraffe, zebra, warthog, hippo and numerous different antelopes and monkeys. The birdlife is incredible too. A dedicated bird-watcher might tick 300 bird species on a 10-day safari, and casual visitors will be blown away by the conspicuous likes of grey crowned crane, marabou stork and African fish eagle.”


What are the options to extend my 10-day Uganda trip?

“That depends on what you’re looking for. A great add-on for active travelers is rafting the white waters of the Nile upriver of its source near Jinja. If you’re looking for something a bit more chilled, Bunyonyi is a beautiful highland lake lined with low-key budget and mid-range resorts. For a more conventional beach holiday, Uganda’s inland location means that it lacks a coastline, but the lovely Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, offshore of neighboring Tanzania, is only a short flight away.”


How much will a 10-day Uganda safari cost?

“The typical price of a 10-day budget or mid-range tour in western Uganda is around US$2,500 to US$4,000 per person. This will usually be inclusive of gorilla and chimp trekking permits, other national park fees and activity costs, as well as all accommodation, meals and road transport, and the services of drivers and guides as required. The main variable in the price range will be down to the quality of accommodation, which ranges from simple campsites to smart mid-range hotels, lodges and tented camps. If your safari uses domestic flights, includes a second gorilla trekking excursion, and/or offers accommodation at the top end of the luxury scale, the price is likely to be upwards of US$4,500.”


Uganda Reviews

4.4/5 365 Reviews
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United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for Condé Nast Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

Fantastic wildlife and some of the friendliest people in Africa make Uganda unbeatable

I spent a month travelling around Uganda with a self-drive, expedition-prepared Landcruiser and visited almost every national park in the country. Uganda was a revelation! I had not expected such a richness of wildlife or such great...

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Ariadne van Zandbergen  –  
South Africa ZA

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

Gorilla tracking in Uganda

Uganda’s biggest attraction is mountain gorilla tracking. Seeing these gentle giants has been one of my best wildlife experiences ever. With Congo being unstable, Rwanda is the only other country where this is offered. Aside from...

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Brooke  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Apr 9, 2024
Absolutely gorgeous with amazing wildlife and friendly people.

I booked a two day solo tour to Murchinson Falls National Park through Immersion . My guide Andrew was so friendly and knowledgeable. He picked me up at my Airbnb in Kampala and was an excellent driver on some very busy and rustic roads. We...

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Sandra  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2024
Uganda has the most beautiful natural sceneries, the "big five" & a variety of birds

The safari with Yaneta was an amazing experience. If you want to see the big five, then Uganda's National parks such as Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth amongst others are the best places to visit and explore. Even birdlovers will be...

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Vickie  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Mar 27, 2024
Trip of a lifetime!

Ronnie with Dav Safaris was awesome. The people and weather was great. We always felt safe. Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking was amazing. We paid extra to spend time with the chimps that were less acclimated to people. Don’t do that...

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James Furdas  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Mar 23, 2024
Incredible see ‘the big six!’ (See review) once in a lifetime gorilla and chimpanzee trekking

8 Day Safari with LuLu safaris, guided by Audence and Simon. Firstly our guides were incredible. I would definitely recommend requesting them in advance if you book with LuLu safaris. They were amazing at spotting wildlife, really easy...

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