Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

“Using internal flights and 4x4 transport means you see more of Uganda in just 10 days; a dramatic northern park and gorillas in the southwest. ”


Entebbe | Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary | Murchison Falls National Park | trek with wild chimpanzees | hike the Murchison Falls | river safaris | Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park | game drives | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | two treks to see mountain gorillas | optional: visit community projects; guided hikes | sunset dugout canoe cruise on Lake Victoria

Description of Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

Spend 10 days in Uganda on this gorilla tour and Murchison Falls holiday, travelling north to beautiful Murchison Falls National Park to see chimpanzees and explore this sometimes overlooked region, before heading to the southwest of the country, for a safari and two gorilla tracking excursions.

Travelling by 4×4 vehicle and light aircraft, you’ll explore both sides of the Albertine Rift. The tour begins in Entebbe and then your private guide will take you north to Murchison Falls National Park. On the way, stop off at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and take a walking safari with a sanctuary ranger to see Uganda’s last remaining white rhinos. You will spend three nights in Murchison Falls, enjoying a host of activities here, including boat safaris, 4x4 safaris, hiking and tracking wild chimpanzees in Budongo Forest. Then take a light aircraft flight to the lush southwest of the country, to the remote Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Take two safaris here, looking out for the tree climbing lions the area is famous for. Then travel on to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two opportunities to trek in search of mountain gorillas. Fly back to Entebbe and complete your holiday with a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria in a dugout canoe.

This trip uses both 4x4 transport and light aircraft, so you can see more. It also means you don’t miss out on incredibly scenic Murchison Falls, a park that often gets left off itineraries because of its northern location, making it too far away for anyone hoping to see gorillas but short on time. Combining road transport and internal flights with a small group is also environmentally responsible, producing less carbon output than driving the same distance.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

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Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


Any person lucky enough to who trek the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda contributes to the continued survival of a population numbering less than 900 remaining in the wild. Buying a gorilla permit funds the various rangers, guides, vets and support personnel whose daily task it is to monitor and ensure the welfare of these wonderful creatures. The same concept applies for the trekking of Chimpanzees, whose numbers are not quite so dire, but are still very endangered and again benefit immensely from tourist visitors.

As well as being an annual corporate sponsor, we donate $15 of your holiday price directly to the Uganda Conservation Foundation, a key player in protecting not just our primates, but other magnificent wildlife such as our elephant and lion populations. We also give you the option to match this donation should you wish.

In selecting accommodation for this itinerary, we have only used small lodges or camps; each with their own Responsible Tourism policy. Most run on solar power and harvest rain-water in order to minimise their footprint on the beautiful natural reserves in which they are situated. Most of these camps are built using locally sourced materials where available.

This particular itinerary uses both 4x4 Land Cruiser to access Murchison Falls then light aircraft to access Bwindi Forrest. This is not only a more efficient use of your time on holiday, but we’ve actually calculated that for a small group of people; using a scheduled light aircraft for a one hour flight has a lower carbon footprint than the 10+ hour drive in a 4x4.


We are a grass-roots Ugandan company; hence the vast majority of your holiday price goes directly to supporting Ugandan service providers, wildlife foundations, Ugandan people and their families.

Being based in Uganda, we’re not paying big rent for some flashy sales office and all the overheads that come along with it. So not only can we give great value for money, you know that the end recipients of the money you are paying are real people here in Uganda, many of whom you will meet when you travel with us.

On this trip you will visit the Budongo Eco-Lodge where you will stay and track chimpanzees on Days 2 & 3. In 2008 we spent a year working for the Jane Goodall Institute helping set this project up and are happy to still be able to support it by sending clients to enjoy it. Any community or wildlife excursion that we feature, we’ve ensured no-one is being exploited and all involved benefit positively from the exercise.

As another part of our lodge/camp selection criteria; we ensure that the lodges we use recruit the majority of their staff from the local area. As many lodges are in rather remote locations, employment and training opportunities for local people are not as abundant as for those whom live in Uganda’s towns. This way you’ll be sure to experience the local culture (Uganda has over 35 tribes and over 40 different spoken languages!) and know your stay contributes to supporting families in the local area.

In addition to our contribution to the Uganda Conservation foundation, an additional US$15 per person from each trip sold is added to a fund which every six months (or when there is a reasonable amount) is donated to a deserving charity or organisation in our local community. We only approach parties whom we know personally and ones that do not already benefit from large amounts of funding. This way we are directly involved and can ensure the money is spent effectively. Current potential recipients are an Entebbe street-dog neutering project, development of a small recycled glass business, or an extension to the animal housing facilities at the USPCA in Kampala.

1 Reviews of Uganda gorilla tour & Murchison Falls

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many - the highlights were seeing the gorillas after 2.5 hours trekking, flying on a cesna over Lake Albert and landing on a grass landing strip with elephants by the side of the runway, watching hippos from the balcony of the lodge, arriving to the lodge by boat

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need to be fit if you are going to trek the gorillas and be aware you find them on very steep slopes! Definitely hire a porter for $15 between you - even if you have only a small knapsack - they help you up & down the slopes to stop you falling. They are on a rota system so only get the offer of work once a month the money means a lot to them

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely - all staff in the lodges and porters were local putting money back into the community, the lodges were carbon neutral, the money raised from the permits went directly to conservation of the animals and into the education of the local communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The operator did an amazing job of tailor-making our trip by getting to know our likes and dislikes and using their very extensive local knowledge to advise us. It was the best trip we have done and we have had some other fantastic experiences also through Responsible Travel

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