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.

9 Nights


₤ 4,643 (PPS)


This Uganda Explorer safari (from Entebbe ) is primarily about visiting and tracking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and the chimpanzees in Kyambura. 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 16 scheduled departures throughout the year, which may appeal to solo travellers. 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. The private safari price declines as the numbers increase so it will be more expensive for 2 people, but broadly similar to a scheduled tour for 4 people (and a little less for 6 people). 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 the private safari version 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 $700 per person
  • Kyambura chimpanzee walk at $50 per person
  • Kibale chimpanzee trekking at $200 OR Chimpanzee habituation programme at $250 per person
  • Forest walk at $70 per person
  • Community visit at $50 per person
  • Batwa Pygmies Community Visit at $105 per person
  • Bigosi swamp walk at $25 per person
Note on prices
  • This tour can be done on a price basis for 4 people for a similar per person priceerson
  • The price for November is the same as the price for April to May
  • The price for December is the same as the price for June to October

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Uganda Explorer Safari at a glance

PRICE FROM ₤ 4,643 (PPS)

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Africa Travel Specialist

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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
Jun 2023 - Oct 2023
₤ 5,279
Nov 2023 - Nov 2023
₤ 4,643

A fully guided safari: Meet & greet service, return airport transfers to Entebbe/return, one domestic flight, accommodation, meals, services of driver/ guide. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park & sun-downers at Ishasha.


Gorilla tracking permits of $700 per person per day, chimpanzee tracking permits - both to be added at quote stage, other optional excursions, visas, travel insurance, items of a personal nature (eg gratuities, curio purchases, telephone), drinks other than bottled water on vehicle.