Uganda Gorilla Safari with Flights

$7299 per person
17 days

CAMPING SAFARI Uganda Gorilla Encounter with Flights

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime journey though Kenya and Uganda. In two weeks, tick off so many wildlife bucket lists, like seeing the pink flamingos of Lake Nakuru, searching for cheeky chimps in the treetops and taking a trek to where the mighty mountain gorillas hang out!
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How long it's going to be possible to view endangered mountain gorillas in the wild is anyone's guess. This safari is a rare opportunity to witness some of Africa's most amazing wildlife on a breathtaking journey through Kenya and Uganda. You'll be looked after all the way by expert crew and treated to game drives, as well as two incredible treks in search of chimpanzees and gorillas. This isn't the type of trip you are going to want to put off for another year!

What's included

Departure Location
Fly to Nairobi, Kenya from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Nairobi to Australia
Additional Information
Travel in 2023 & 2024: Departs monthly from Australia, contact us for availability & current rates Booking Code: UGGR17M
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Camping in pre-erected tents
  • Daily breakfast
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • International flights from Australia
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Wildlife game drives
  • Wildlife viewing
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements and fees
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Want to see more?: Ask us about staying longer in Africa. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this trip - please ask us for a quote. Local Payment for Permits: $950 Adventure Pass & Trekking Permit must be paid on tour.

Uganda Escorted Tour Overview

This incredible African adventure starts with flights to Nairobi in Kenya. Then drive to charming Lake Nakuru in to kickstart your safari. The lake is renowned for its brilliant pink flocks of flamingos, but you could be surprised by how many other animals you’ll spot here.

Cross into Uganda, passing the Equator towards the amazing natural wonderland of Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing. The park has over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most bio-diverse national parks in the world.

Take a hike in search of chimpanzees, then make your way to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to trek for mountain gorillas. See some of the most incredible animals in their natural environment over this extraordinary 2-week adventure.



Inclusions at a glance

  • Flights – International return economy airfare to Nairobi from Australian cities
  • Accommodation – 15 nights accommodation, based on twin share
    • 13 nights camping in tents with shared facilities
    • 2 nights in Nairobi hotels
  • Meals – 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Escorted Safari – Travel in a fully-equipped safari vehicle
    • Services of two crew
    • Open vehicle game drives as per the itinerary
    • All road tolls & vehicle taxes are included

Note: A local payment is required for the $950 Adventure Pass & Trekking Permit

Special features

  • Travel in a fully-equipped safari vehicle with fantastic crew
  • Explore amazing places, like The Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru & Lake Bunyonyi
  • Break into smaller groups with expert local guides for the mountain gorilla trek
  • Meals, transport and wildlife drives are included on this camping safari


Mountain gorillas sitting in bushes in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda
Spotting mountain gorillas in the wild is a precious and unforgettable encounter!
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Fly to Kenya

You don't need to wait any longer, the day has come to board your flights bound for Africa!


Arrive Nairobi

Arrive in Nairobi today, where you will be bet and transferred to your tour hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore at leisure.


Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

We depart Nairobi early and descend into the ‘Great Rift Valley’, an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, sited on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife – especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink ‘fringe’ around the lake-shore. However, Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive with local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.


Lake Nakuru - Eldoret

From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoy some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret.  The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx. 194,000. We camp outside of the town in a unique campsite. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.


Eldoret - Kampala

We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its sheer overwhelming beauty and friendly people. Our first night we camp in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands.


Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park Area

From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, across the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests with herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.


Queen Elizabeth National Park Area

This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and take in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world and if we are lucky, we may get to spot these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy. However, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one.

Chimpanzee Trek permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, we may trek on the afternoon of Day 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of Day 5 or morning of day 6.


Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi

We leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 27 km long, 7km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Over the next two days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others relax at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Lake Bunyonyi

There are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visit the local orphanage, bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively, just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [We may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas on rare occasion].

On the day of our trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa.

The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla ‘family’, is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour – the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an ‘alpha male’ (the ‘silverback’ – so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorilla attains maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters – particularly in the social interaction between family members and in ‘play’ activity in which the young engage.

Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)

Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.

NB: Depending on the availability of the gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to Day 8 – 10 of this tour.


Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla trek day

If not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

DAY 10

Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla Trek day

Today is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area – you’ll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer.

DAY 11

Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala

Leaving Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (largest lake in Africa) to Kampala where we will overnight.

Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, take the night out and try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans.

DAY 12

Kampala - Jinja

Leaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the ‘source of the Nile’ settling a long running dispute about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From this modest monument the Nile begins its 4132-mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: ‘Softpower’ is a locally run voluntary programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even cruises!

DAY 13


Enjoy a free day in this magical place and the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting – an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of ‘white-water’. Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.

DAY 14


Enjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.

DAY 15

Jinja – Eldoret

After our refreshing stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening.  Tonight, you can celebrate the last evening of your Gorilla Encounter with your fellow travellers and exchange stories, emails and laughter around the campfire one last time.

DAY 16

Return to Nairobi

This morning we  make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our tour ends on arrival in the late afternoon.  Overnight Nairobi

DAY 17

Depart Kenya - Fly to Australia

You will be transferred to the airport today flights your flights to Australia.  We hope you have had a wonderful African adventure!

More about Kenya

How long it's going to be possible to view endangered mountain gorillas in the wild is anyone's guess. This safari is a rare opportunity to witness some of Africa's most amazing wildlife on a breathtaking journey through Kenya and Uganda. You'll be looked after all the way by expert crew and treated to game drives, as well as two incredible treks in search of chimpanzees and gorillas. This isn't the type of trip you are going to want to put off for another year!

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This incredible Uganda safari includes amazing wildlife viewing and stunning natural landscapes. Travel in a purpose-built vehicle and stay in tented camps. Flights are included from Australia.

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The brochure includes the itinerary with accommodation details, inclusions and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Tour departures

This small group tour departs Australia monthly in 2023 and 2024.

Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and cost.

Price of the tour with flights varies depending on your travel dates.

Tour start time

You will be advised of the tour commencement details and hotel check-in time upon confirmation.

If you book airfares, the flight details and check-in times will be provided when your booking is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This is an active trip that stays in twin share tents with shared facilities. The safari covers a lot of ground and expect to spend time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles. Electricity in the camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Some safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Visitors to Kenya are required to carry proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if travelling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever, and are encouraged to consult their health-care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day itinerary is intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, animal migrations, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Uganda Gorilla Safari with Flights

$7299 per person
17 days

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