Highlights Tour (13 nights)

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This Venture Uganda ‘Highlights Tour’ takes you to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo national parks. You will, of course, see the enchanting gorillas and other primates, wildlife and bird life. You’ll also see some of Uganda’s most spectacular geographical features including the River Nile, Albertine Rift Valley and the crater lakes region. There will be time to explore some of the country’s rich culture and also time to relax and soak up the sunshine.

SummaryFull itineraryOptional activitiesExtensionsGuide PricesTransport
Day 1: Spend the night in Entebbe, close to the airport.
Day 2: Drive to Murchison Falls national park with rhino tracking en route.
Day 3: Game drive at the Delta Circuit and boat cruise to Murchison Falls.
Day 4: Enjoy a relaxing morning in the park before traveling to Masindi for the night.
Day 5: Drive to Kibale Forest national park through the crater lakes region.
Day 6: Go chimpanzee tracking and then enjoy a nature walk at Bigodi Swamp.
Day 7: Free day for activities of your choice in the region.
Day 8: Travel to Queen Elizabeth national park and then take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
Day 9: Do a dawn game drive on the Kasenyi Plains and visit the salt lakes and explosion craters.
Day 10: Do a game drive in the Ishasha sector en route to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Day 11: Gorilla tracking.
Day 12: Drive to Lake Mburo national park.
Day 13: Game drive and boat cruise
Day 14: Game drive as you exit the park and drive back to Entebbe via the equator.

Day 1: We will meet you from your flight and you will spend your first night in Entebbe, close to the airport. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can relax in your hotel or take a stroll around the botanical gardens (optional activity) or the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (zoo) (optional activity) which has a lovely forest walk which is good for primates and birding.

Entebbe backpackers, mid-range: Airport Guest House, high-end: The Boma

Day 2: 8:00am – Today you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The journey is on a good road, takes you through some beautiful countryside and provides your first glimpses of life in rural Uganda. Arriving at Ziwa, you join your guide for rhino tracking and to hear about the work of the sanctuary re-introducing rhino to Uganda. These are amazing animals to watch and, if you lucky, you may even get to see one of the babies born at the sanctuary. After lunch at Ziwa, you continue north for approximately 3 hours into Murchison Falls national park where you check-in to your accommodation and take some time to relax. If your accommodation is on the north bank of the River Nile, you will need to cross by ferry first.  Supper will be provided at your lodge.

Accommodation: budget Red Chilli Rest Camp, mid-range: Nile Safari Lodge, high-end: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 3: 6:00am – What an experience, waking up on the banks of the River Nile to the sights and sounds of the African bush. After a light breakfast, you take the 7:00am ferry across the Nile (if you lodged on the south bank) for a game drive around the delta. This provides a chance to see a wide variety of animals, in the wild, such as giraffe, lions, elephant, buffalo, various antelope and many more. It is then time to return to your accommodation for lunch and a little down-time. Later in the afternoon, you will join an amazing boat cruise upstream to Murchison Falls. This offers more game viewing as hippos, buffalo and elephant cool off in the water along with crocodiles and a range of beautiful birds. The Falls themselves are a sight to see from the boat but you will also alight with a guide and trek to the top of the falls which takes about 30 minutes. From the top you will enjoy spectacular views over the falls, the Nile and the park. Your guide will meet you here and drive you back to your accommodation where you will enjoy the evening and, of course, supper.

Accommodation: budget Red Chilli Rest Camp, mid-range: Nile Safari Lodge, high-end: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 4: Enjoy a relaxing morning at your accommodation or opt for an additional activity before leaving the park behind to spend the night in Masindi.

Accommodation: budget New Court View hotel, mid-range: Kolping Guest House, high-end: Masindi hotel

Day 5: 8:00am – Today you will travel to Kibale forest. This is a long journey on rough roads but takes you through fascinating trading centres and past green fields and tea plantations with views of Africa’s largest mountain range, the Rwenzoris. You will have an early lunch at Hoima. This Road will take you to Kibale Forest National park where you will stay overnight.

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

Day 6: Rising early, you will join your group in Kibale forest where you will track the fast moving, noisy and illusive chimpanzees. If you are lucky you will get to watch them swinging from the forest canopy high up above the forest floor – a very memorable (and noisy!) experience. The forest is not only home to the chimpanzees. Other primates that can be found are Guereza colobus, Olive baboon, Grey-cheeked mangabey, L’hoest’s, gentle (blue) and red tailed monkeys. With a lot of luck you may find a forest elephant or bush pig on your trek, whilst bushbuck and duiker are also sometimes found hiding beneath the forests canopy.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Bigodi Wetlands – a community conservation project  – where you will find many primates and other interesting mammals like sitatunga (an increasingly endangered swamp antelope), bush pigs, civet cats, mongooses and bushbuck as well as over two hundred bird species, many reptiles, and uncounted varieties of trees, shrubs and vines.

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

Day 7:  Today is a free day for you to relax in and around your lodge and enjoy some downtime. Alternatively, optional activities are available such as a visit to the vanilla farm, a drive to the Top of the World or a visit to a tea plantation (see below).

Accommodation: budget: Kibale Forest Camp, mid-range: Primate Lodge, high-end: Ndali Lodge

Day 8: Leaving Kibale behind, you continue your journey south to Queen Elizabeth national park. The drive takes you through the scenic crater lakes region with the Mountains of the Moon visible in the distance. You will arrive in time for lunch on the beautiful Mweya penninsula before taking an afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel which links Lakes George and Edward. This is a wonderful trip and provides the opportunity to get up close to the animals along the banks such as buffalo, crocodiles, elephant and a variety of birds. It is then time to check-in to your lodge and relax.

Accommodation: budget: Mweya Hostel, mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge, high-end: Katara Lodge


Day 9: This morning provides another fantastic opportunity to view the game of Queen Elizabeth NP on a dawn game drive around the Kasenyi Plains. Look out for lion, elephant, Uganda Kob, water bucks, wart hogs, buffalo and a variety of small mammals, reptiles and birds as well as interesting plants and trees like the sausage tree.

After lunch, visit the beautiful Katwe salt lakes to see local salt production and then tour the explosion craters for some stunning scenery and a fascinating insight into the geography and geology of the Albertine Rift Valley.

Accommodation: budget: Mweya Hostel, mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge, high-end: Katara Lodge

Day 10: This morning you will continue your journey down to Bwindi and the gorillas – the main highlight of this tour. However, as you leave Queen there is time for one final game drive, this time through the  Ishasha sector of the park, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Although these a very hard to spot, especially on a single game drive, they are thrilling to watch if you get lucky and there is also plenty of other game in this sector. The journey to Bwindi takes about 4 hours and passes some of Uganda’s most beautiful scenery.

Accommodation – budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp, mid-range:  Silverback Lodge, high-end: Engagi Lodge

Day 11: 8:00 – You will set off early to go gorilla tracking. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged in the vegetation is an awe-inspiring moment. You spend one hour observing your assigned gorilla group in their natural forested habitat. Tracking in the impenetrable forest requires a good level of fitness and can sometimes take most of the day but it’s absolutely worth it. Time permitting, in the afternoon you could take a stroll through the local villages or just relax in this stunningly beautiful area.

Accommodation – budget: Buhoma Community Camp, mid-range:  Silverback Lodge, high-end: Engagi Lodge


Day 12: Today you will drive to Lake Mburo national park (approximately 5 hours). Lake Mburo sits in a rain shadow between the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Victoria. You will go for a short game drive on your way to your accommodation.

Accommodation – budget: Rwonyo rest Camp, mid-range Rwakobo Rock, high-end: Mihingo Lodge

Day 13: Enjoy a full day in the park starting with a game drive in search of leopard, kob, zebra, buffalo, monkeys, impala, aardvark and warthog.  Then take an afternoon a boat cruise on the lake looking out for hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of water birds. There will also be plenty of time for optional activities such as a walking or horse back safari and then relax and watch the sun go down.

Accommodation – budget: Rwonyo rest Camp, mid-range Rwakobo Rock, high-end: Mihingo Lodge

Day 14: After breakfast, drive back to Entebbe stopping en route at the equator for photos with one foot in each hemisphere and perhaps a little craft shopping. You could also stop in Kampala or Entebbe along the way for a little sight-seeing or shopping. Finally, your guide will escort you to the airport and wish you a fond farewell as you catch your flight home.


Optional activities can be added into your itinerary, usually at an additional cost

Murchison Falls national park options. 

  • Nile Delta Boat Cruise
  • Chimpanzee Tracking (Kaniyo Pabidi)
  • Forest Walk (Budongo)
  • Sunrise Boat Cruise
  • Sunset and Sundowner Boat Cruise
  • Sport Fishing
  • Boomu Cultural Village Walk
  • Shoebill Boat Cruise or Game Drive
  • Nature Walk

Kibale Forest national park options

  • Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
  • Swamp Walk
  • Nature/village Walk
  • Tea Fields and factory visit
  • Vanilla Farm visit

Queen Elizabeth national park options

  • Mongoose Tracking
  • Maramagambo Primate Walk.
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Katwe Salt Lakes & Village Walk
  • Kikorongo African Artcraft Workshop
  • Kikorongo Equator Cultural Performers

Bwindi Impenetrable national park options

  • Community Walk
  • Forest Walk
  • Birding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Muyanga Waterfall Walk
  • Muzubijiro Hike
  • Ivi River Walk
  • Buninga Forest Nature Walk
  • Nyundo Community Eco-trails

Lake Mburo national park options

  • Walking Safari
  • Horseback Safari
  • Sport Fishing
  • Night Game Drive
  1. An extra day gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
  2. Two days cultural/community tourism near Masaka (bark cloth production, medicinal plant tour, coffee experience, craft group, school visit, village walk, Rwandan genocide memorial, birding)
  3. One extra day in Lake Mburo national park
  4. Extra time in Kampala or Entebbe for activities such as a city tour, shopping at craft markets, botanical gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (former zoo), swimming in a hotel pool

Venture Uganda offers this safari at three different levels: budget, mid-range and high-end. The difference between them depends mainly on the class of accommodation and restaurants used. Please note that in some locations accommodation is limited and only one class may be available. These are only guide prices; we will provide an exact quote upon enquiry when we know the number of people, chosen dates, preferred accommodation and transport, and changes to the itinerary e.g. options and extensions.

Budget: $6,150  US Dollars, per person

Mid-range: $6,900  US Dollars, per person

High-end: $8,560  US Dollars, per person


  • One gorilla and one chimp tracking permit per person
  • Uganda airport transfers
  • A fully insured, standard safari vehicle with guide & fuel for itinerary
  • Accommodation (non-air conditioned)
  • Breakfast, lunch and supper, each with a soft drink
  • All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary
  • Mineral water during long journeys
  • All government taxes


  • Flights
  • Entry and/or transit visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal items such as bar drinks and laundry services
  • Gifts, crafts & other personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities (5-10% is normal in restaurants/lodges. The level of tips for guides is up to you.)

Accommodation: Prices are based on two people sharing twin/double rooms on a full-board basis. We are happy to quote for groups. A single room supplement will apply.

If available, most hotels and lodges charge extra for air-conditioned rooms so if you would like AC please note this on your booking form.

The hotels included in this package depend upon availability. Once we receive your booking we will check availability and should we find them fully booked we will offer you an alternative of the same standard for your approval.

Discounts may be available for Ugandan/East African citizens, children or for low season bookings (Apr, May, Oct, Nov).

Bookings can be made on our Booking Form and are subject to our Booking Conditions including our cancellation policy.

Payment: a 50% deposit is required upon booking, along with full payment for gorilla and chimp permits, with the final payment due 70 days before the start of the trip. Prices are charged in USD.

Payment can be made by bank transfer. Beware of email fraudsters – we will never ask you to pay by any other means such as Western Union or Money Transfer.

Gorilla and chimp tracking permits are subject to availability. We recommend very early booking if possible, especially in peak season (Dec–Mar and June–Sept). If permits are not available on your chosen dates, we may be able to run the trip in reverse order or alter the
itinerary to fit.

Note: The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow children under the age of 15 years to track gorillas and children under 12 years to track chimpanzees.


Choose between our touring vans which are used as standard in our safaris and short breaks or upgrade to a Land Cruiser for an extra USD $900 (divided by the number of people travelling).

  1. Standard: ‘Super Custom’ van (max 5-seater). A very comfortable 4×4 touring van
  2. Standard: ‘Hiace’ van (max 7-seater). A practical, tough touring van
  3. High-end: extended Land Cruiser (max 7-seater). A comfortable safari vehicle

All vehicles are 4×4 and have a pop-up roof. All passengers have window seats and seat belts. Expenses for the guide/fuel/park entrance/washing/parking are included in the price.

For your own comfort, we request you pack carefully and do not bring too much luggage.

Alternative Venture Uganda safaris

We provide a range of safaris with differing activities, durations and locations. Please see our safari packages for details.