Uganda Explorer Safari

This safari is primarily about visiting and tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. The gorilla experience is followed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest.

Jun - Mar


$ 5,495 (Pps)


This Uganda Explorer safari (from Entebbe ) is primarily about visiting and tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. There is the opportunity to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as taking forest walks. You spend two days here so you have the choice to buy a second gorilla permit if you want.

The gorilla experience is followed by a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Then you head onto Kyambura and Kibale Forest where you have two opportunities to track the chimpanzees.

The tour is suitable for fairly fit people as it involves walking in rugged conditions. It operates with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 6 people in specially customized 4 x 4 safari vehicles. The safari is based on staying in good lodges and luxury tented camps.

Virtually all meals, a scheduled domestic flight, guiding and transport, set safari activities and park fees are included in our price.

Scheduled or Private departures?

The Uganda Explorer has 18 scheduled departures throughout the year, which may appeal to solo travelers.  The main reason for picking one of these dates is that there will be gorilla tracking permits reserved for guests on these dates. This will matter even more if you would like to track the gorillas on two consecutive days. With so few permits being issued each day, you can imagine this could be a real challenge, otherwise.

However, the same itinerary can be taken on a private basis on any departure date at a broadly similar cost. But we'll only confirm the trip once we have obtained gorilla tracking permits. If you plan well ahead, it is still possible to track gorillas twice. But if you are booking within a few months of travel, this would be unlikely. On private safaris the game drives and vehicle will be exclusive use. But activities such as primate tracking and boat cruises will be shared with other guests.

Families - Given the focus on gorilla tracking, there is a strict age restriction. So scheduled departures are only suitable for families with near adults of 16 years and above.

Gorilla Permit: Please note that the Gorilla permit is NOT included at this stage. However we will arrange it & include it in your final invoice, along with any extra activities you may wish to do (see below).


Extra Activities:

  • Gorilla permit of $600 per person until June and $700 from July
  • Kyambura chimpanzee walk at $50 per person
  • Kibale chimpanzee trekking at $150 ($200 from July 2020) OR Chimpanzee habituation programme at $200 per person ($250 from July 2020)
  • Forest walk at $90 per person
  • Community visit at $40 per person
  • Batwa Pygmies Community Visit at $105 per person
  • Bigosi swamp walk at $25 per person

Please note: This tour can be done on a PRIVATE BASE if you are 4 people.


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Ginny Russell

Co-founder & Director
Our experienced band of Safari Planners can create a bespoke plan for you. Ginny has returned from the UK to Africa at least twice a year for 25 years and advocates for Slow Travel and a more immersive experience.

Uganda Explorer Safari at a glance

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Milandi Joubert

Africa Travel Specialist

Hi I'm Milandi, I'm here to help you plan your ideal holiday experience

An idea of price

This is a set tour using specific camps. However many tours can be adapted. Chat to us about your options. It excludes international flights but includes an estimate for all domestic or regional flights within the tour.

Average price per person sharing by season
Nov 2020 - Dec 2020
$ 5,495
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
$ 5,495
Apr 2021 - May 2021
$ 4,960
Jun 2021 - Oct 2021
$ 5,715