Arrive: Entebbe, Uganda
Depart: Entebbe, Uganda
Best months to go: June to September & December to February. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!
At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
Altitudes for the gorilla tracking portions of the trip range from approximately 3,900 feet to approximately 7,500 feet. You will be hiking through dense, thorny bush covering up to four miles or more in distance. You may be hiking in all types of weather; rain can occur in these mountains at a moment's notice. The climate is hot and humid. We will often hike uphill to follow the clans, but will take breaks along the way. The hike to see the chimpanzees takes an average of 2.5 hours, though it can last up to 4 hours when chimps are on the move in search of food. We will hike on marked trails for at least part of the trek. However, as with the mountain gorillas, we will follow the chimps' movements, prompting us to sometimes go off-trail based on their wanderings. Altitudes during this portion of the trip range from approximately 3,900 feet to approximately 4,600 feet. Conditions can be boggy and since we are in a tropical rainforest, it can rain at any time.
Gorilla tracking is a strenuous activity and it is important to be in good physical condition. The shape you're in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of and ability to partake in these hikes. Make an effort to get in good physical condition with hiking, biking, running, or other kinds of exercise beyond your normal routine. Start getting in shape months before your departure. A brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning.
The climate in Uganda is considered “modified tropical”— similar to the equatorial climate of other East African countries like Kenya and Tanzania, but slightly modified by its altitude, which ranges from 3,500 to 4,500 feet. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 70s and 80s, and humidity is fairly high. You can expect to experience some rain during the course of the trip. Like Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda has two annual rainy seasons, one between March and May and one between October and November.
June, July and August
During these months, the country is refreshingly green and the weather is coolest, especially in the higher altitudes, with a high of 70°-80° and a low of 40°. Riding in the safari vehicle can be chilly some mornings, but the temperature usually warms up by 10:00 am.
September, October and November
These are delightful times to visit Uganda and can be compared to springtime in the US. The jacaranda and other trees are bursting into blossom and the days are warmer. The high temperatures are 75°-85°F, with a low of 65°F. Scattered rains occur in November and early December. These “short rains” just freshen the country and lay the dust, although they can sometimes be heavy.
December to March
These are Uganda's “summer” months. The temperature range is from 80° to 90° during the day (coastal areas are hotter and can range from 80° to 100°). The evenings range from 50°F to 60°F.
April and May
The rainy season (the “long rains”) occur during these months.
You will have a private guide and driver in a 4WD safari vehicle. We use five- or seven-passenger Nissan safari vehicles (never minibuses!), and all vehicles have roof hatches for easy wildlife viewing and photography. A cooler of drinks and refreshments is carried aboard. And our 4WD vehicles can go virtually anywhere, an important feature when we're tracking game. Please note there are some long driving days over rough roads and dusty dirt tracks.
"This was an outstanding trip that satisfied both myself and my son's "bucket-list" desire to see the gorillas and wildlife in Africa."
"This ‘trip of a lifetime’ actually exceeded my expectations. Uganda is a special place. The accommodations were top notch and the level of service received was off the charts."
"All of the accommodations exceeded my expectations as did the food and service staff. Very impressive. And our guide was spectacular. He had extensive knowledge of every aspect of our adventure, from the animals on safari, to government policies, to the local food. He took close care of us to ensure we had safe and interactive excursions."
"We especially loved our guide—what an amazing person. He was very kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and not only provided the ability to see all the wildlife we wanted to see, but also introduced us to the people of Uganda. We feel we had as much fun with him and the people as we did with the gorillas!"
"All of the hotels were wonderful! Each had a different look and feel and every one was charming! All of the staff and the various locations were friendly, polite, and always extremely helpful and accommodating."
Our Area Specialists know every detail about our tours. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.