9 days Chimps, Gorillas and Lions Safari


About this activity

  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:9 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Boat Cruise Tours
    • Expedition Tours
    • Gorilla Trekking Tours
    • National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries Tours
    • Safari Tours
    • Trekking and Hiking Tours
    • Unique Adventure Tours
    • Wildlife Safari Tours
  • Travel StylePremium
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Uganda, Africa,
    • Uganda
    • Kampala
    • Fort Portal
    • Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • ishasha sector
    • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    • Lake Mburo National Park
    • Entebbe International Airport
  • Pickup

    Entebbe International Airport

    From: To:
    9:00 AM 11:30 AM
  • Drop-off

    Entebbe International Airport

    From: To:
    9:00 AM 10:00 AM
  • Age Range 15 - 90 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

City tour around Kampala

Ugandan snack called “Rolex”

Gorilla tracking

Chimpanzee tracking

Climbing lions game drive

Visiting 3 national parks

Close encounter with the wildlife

Crossing the Equator

Tour Introduction

See some of Uganda’s top wildlife spots on this safari: Queen Elizabeth National Park for chimpanzee tracking and to find the tree-climbing lions, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the amazing experience gorilla tracking and Lake Mburo National Park for great game viewing on a morning or evening game drive.


Our experienced drivers/guides will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel for the night.

In the morning after breakfast, our guide will pick you up for a tour around Kampala. Visit places such as Gadafi Mosque, Uganda Museum, King’s Palace, Bahai Temple, Kasubi Tombs and many others. You will then go for a local lunch before being transferred back to your hotel to get ready for the next day’s journey.

In the morning, our guide will pick you up from the hotel for the drive to Fort Portal in the western Uganda region. Stop on the way for a Ugandan snack (Rolex), then proceed to Fort Portal for lunch. Continue to the hot springs and, if time allows, go to the crater lakes before heading to the hotel.

In the morning after breakfast, you start the journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing by the Equator, a cement factory and Mountain Rwenzori on the way. On arrival at the park, you can decide to do either a boat cruise or an evening game drive. Spend a night in the park.

Early in the morning you set off on your chimpanzee tracking activity, with the chance to seeing other animals while tracking the chimps within the park. Afterwards drive to Ishasha for the night as the guide goes through the activity for the next day, a game drive to find the climbing lions and other species.

Go on a morning game drive to find the climbing lions as well as other wildlife. After the game drive, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to get ready for the next activity, which is gorilla tracking the following day. Spend the night at Bwindi.

Early in the morning, the guide will pick you up and take you to the starting point for gorilla tracking. There will be a briefing as you’re given groups/tracking team. Gorilla tracking might take up to 8 hours so you will be provided packed lunch. Afterwards, the guide will be waiting to take you back to the hotel to freshen up and prepare for departure the next day.

In the morning, set off to Lake Mburo National Park where you can do either an evening or morning game drive depending on your preference. Spend a night at one of the hotels near or in the park.

Early in the morning, we shall decide either to go for a morning game drive or to drive back to Kampala. We shall have lunch on the way preferably at the equator, and then continue with our journey to Kampala either to the hotel or Airport.


Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Van
Other Included

English speaking guide/guide

Gorilla tracking permit

Chimpanzee tracking permit

All Park entry fees

Hotel/airport Pick up and drop off


  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Extra Services

Other Excluded:

Tips for the guides


Visa processing

Drinks during and after the meals

Personal health/third party/travel insurance

Covid Safety

 All driver/guides will undergo a Covid19 training focused on prevention,
 recognizing symptoms, and procedures.

 Guides/drivers will be required to regularly wash hands

 Face masks required for travelers in public areas

 Face masks required for guides/drivers in public areas

 Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

 Regular temperature checks for staff

 Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival

 Transportation vehicles will be regularly sanitized

 Social distancing enforced throughout experience

 A non-contact thermometer will be available in each vehicle.

 All passengers, including the driver/guide, will screen their temperature daily
 before the start of activities.

 Dark Hills Uganda may revise itineraries in order to ensure social distancing and to minimize direct contact with local communities.

During Primate tracking & other tours

All boat safaris, private and shared, will be operated on half capacity

Gorilla tracking will be done in a maximum group size of 8 persons

Chimpanzee tracking will be done in a maximum group size of 6 persons

The distance trackers will have to keep from primates is increased from 7 to 10 meters to ensure the safety of the primates

A fresh mask shall be used when approaching the primates

Your hands must be sanitized when approaching the primates


Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 60 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

We will book all gorilla and other wildlife permits for your trip (subject to availability). We regret that we cannot refund any payment for gorilla or other wildlife permits. Therefore part of this tour cost equivalent to the wildlife permits is non-refundable. FYI: Gorilla permit = $700 and Chimp permit = $200 If you cancel: 90 days or more Charge: 20% of tour cost If you cancel: 89 – 55 days Charge: 40% of tour cost If you cancel: 54 – 30 days Charge: 60% of tour cost If you cancel: 29 – 15 days Charge: 80% of tour cost If you cancel: 14 – 0 days Charge: 100% of tour cost/ no refund

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 21 day(s) prior departure

Good To Know


Water: Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtrations tablets before you come for the trek.

Boots: You will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Sometimes it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy.

Rain Jacket: You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Snack: You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest
Trouser and Shirts Bwindi forest is covered with thick undergrowth,  therefore light trousers and long sleeved shirts are advised.

Socks: You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside.

Gloves: You will need Gardening gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves, name it, and some can be thorny.

Camera: Carry a good camera (no flash ) to capture this lifetime experience


Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla and the Chimpanzee

Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted on the tour

If you must sneeze or cough, cover your face and turn away from the gorillas and Chimpanzees, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans.

Visits are limited to one hour per group per day


Accommodation before and after can be arranged
The upfront equivalent to the wildlife permit is non-refundable


Can I use my ATM card or credit card in Uganda?

Only a few banks accept ATM cards or Visa credit cards for money withdrawal in Uganda. While you can withdraw a limited amount of cash per day from ATM machines in Kampala, there are very few opportunities to withdraw cash once you are on safari in Uganda.

Payment by credit card in Uganda can attract additional charges of between 5–10%, occasionally more. Do check with lodges and restaurants in advance, if you plan to pay by credit card.

We therefore advise you to bring cash and have money changed upon arrival in Kampala. US dollars, British pounds and Euros are easy to change. However, for some expenses, like the payment of a tourist visa at the airport/border, it is easier to have dollars available. It is often possible to pay for tourist activities with US dollars.

Please note: US dollars bills issued before 1999 are NOT accepted in Uganda. Exchanging low denomination dollar bills (anything less than a USD100 bill) attracts a lower exchange rate.

What is the minimum age for Gorilla tracking

The minimum age for visiting the gorillas is 15 years. A certain level of fitness is required for the gorilla tracking, and you may not be allowed gorilla trekking if you fall sick.

Are vaccinations required for my Uganda safari?

A number of different vaccinations are recommended and/or required before entering Uganda. A certificate proving you have had the Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory for entry into Uganda. Immunizations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and Hepatitis A are recommended as well.
Besides bringing mosquito repellent, we also advise you to take malaria ‘prophylactics’ (prevention medication).

Is it possible to get a simcard while in Uganda?

There are several mobile providers in Uganda. You can purchase a SIM card for relatively low cost (3 US dollars). SIM cards and airtime for the different companies are available all over Uganda. MTN has the best network. Make sure that your phone is SIM-Lock-Free. You have to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up.
The country code for Uganda is +256.

Do I need a visa to enter Uganda?

You are required to purchase a tourist visa before you enter Uganda. Tourist visas can be bought in advance via the embassy or consulate in your country or simply purchased upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport or at any overland border. Photos are not required and a single-entry tourist visa costs US$ 100 per person for up to 90 days stay in Uganda.
If you are planning to combine Uganda with a visit to Rwanda or Kenya it is recommendable to request for the East African Tourist Visa instead of a single-entry visa. This special visa costs US$100 per person and allows 90-days multiple entry to Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. Regretfully, Tanzania is not (yet) a member of the East African community and therefore not part of this special visa arrangement.

Can I charge my camera and phone while in Uganda?

You can charge your cameras, phones and other electric items in most hotels/ lodges. Not every hotel/lodge offers charging facilities in the rooms. If that is the case, they will offer charging options in the lobby or restaurant.
Some lodges Hotels run on either solar power or generator. Those lodges often don't have power all day, but only at specific hours in the morning and evening (when it's dark).
If you bring a couple of chargeable items you might consider bringing an extension with extra outlets, since the number of outlets is often limited. We advise to bring extra batteries for your camera, since some hotels don’t have power and power cuts might occur.


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