Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour

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Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour

Experience the Jungles of Uganda, the amazing wildlife of Africa, and the Famed Gorillas in Action!

Worldaway Learning Tours presents a chance to see the animal kingdom in all its glory: The 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour!

This African Adventure takes you behind the scenes of a world of exotic wildlife, Nature Conservation initiatives, and breathtaking national parks that will leave you speechless and put your previous vacations to shame!   

The 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour begins with a trip to the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park and the Ziwa Rhino Ranch for a lecture on Rhino conservation and sightseeing! The next day at the park offers a morning Game Drive to see the nocturnal species of the area and then a Boat Cruise along the Nile! Murchison is home to thousands of species including big game like lions, antelope, giraffes, buffalo, and elephants!

The next stop on the tour is Fort Portal which offers beautiful nature scenes, wildlife, and the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves that have a large cultural significance in the area. The Fort Portal Crater Field offers gorgeous views of crater lakes and hollows and also scenes of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon).

A morning chimpanzee trek and Bigodi Wetland Walk encompass your second day of the stop at Fort Portal as the 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour dives further into the Ugandan brush! A stop in Kibale Forest (numerous different species of primates, birds, and butterflies abound) and a trip to the Bigodi Swamp Ecotourism Site are also highlights of the Fort Portal area.

Up next on the 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour, Queen Elizabeth National Park! The breathtaking scenes and exotic animals will wow you, and that’s not all! You’ll enjoy a visit to Lake George on the way, and a rare exploration opportunity on the Kazinga Channel Cruise! (This channel is not only one of the most gorgeous parts of the country but is also home to Nile Crocodiles and large game that is sure to be flooding the shores on a hot day.

A Game Drive in the Ishasha Sector is next on the itinerary. This area is home to the famed Climbing Lions (Yes, you read correctly: Climbing Lions!) These fantastic felines climb trees and bathe in the sun on branches awaiting their prey to walk beneath!

The next day in Ishasha offers a Gorilla Trek and a visit to the see the ancient Batwa Pygmies! This hike into the Gorilla’s natural habitat is one of the most rare wildlife experiences on Earth and is a true highlight of any Safari trip. With an hour of up-close contact with these gentle apes, you are free to shoot as many photos as you want!

And the 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour isn’t over yet! A high ropes course and zip-lining adventure is next as you soar the through the trees and across Lake Bunyoni (The second deepest lake on the continent!), heart-pounding fun and breathtaking scenes! A Sunrise boat Cruise around the lake the next morning offers amazing scenery and serene moments before you head to Mburo National Park!

While at this wonderful National Park, you’ll enjoy a morning Game Drive (a chance to see unique acacia vegetation along with herds of buffalo, zebras, antelopes, hippos, and more! In the evening, immerse yourself in the Ankole Cultural Tour at the “Local Cattle” Center and a rare opportunity to enjoy time with the native Banyankole Pastoralists!

The final day at the Mburo Park is also the end of the 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour, so it sure to be filled with exciting experiences! A Bush Walking Safari reveals all sorts of wildlife as you traverse the Savannah Acacia landscapes dotted with extrusive Kopje rocks along with other Precambrian rocks that date back 500 million years!

Witness Giraffes, Zebra, Topis, Water Bucks, and Warthogs in their Natural Habitat before ending the tour with a stop by the Uganda Equator!

A great part about the 15 Day Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour is that no Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn during the tour along the way from our Professional Guides and Professors!

Make friends with your fellow researchers, stay in high quality accommodations, and experience one of the most scenic, exotic, and exciting Educational Vacations ever!

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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Uganda/Welcome Dinner & Orientation


    When you arrive at Entebbe International Airport, you will be greeted by the driver/guide who will drive you to the hotel/lodge.

    Evening: Welcome dinner time then orientation about the entire trip from one of our experienced tour guides.

    Accommodation: Cassia Lodge.

  • DAY 2: Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    Breakfast at your accommodation in Kampala.

    Embark on the trip to Murchison Falls National Park in the north of Uganda, a journey of 311km about 5 hours’ drive.  You traverse through the undulating hill slopes of Nakasongola before branching off at Nakitoma for 7 km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary just 176km north of Kampala.

    Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda following their extinction and thus offers an unforgettable Rhino tracking experience.  Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see Rhinos in the wild.
    Presently the sanctuary is home to fifteen (15) southern White Rhinos.  The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.

    Day Lecture: Rhino conservation, poaching, number of species available, and much more..

    After this, you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park where you can relax before dinner.

    Evening Lecture: About Murchison Falls National Park.

    Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge.

  • DAY 3: Morning Game Drive & a Boat Cruise along the Nile

    Today you will wake up very early to go for a Morning Game Drive where you will have a chance to spot early risers and nocturnal species before they return to their hideouts.

    Traverse the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park before returning later to the lodge for breakfast.

    Murchison Falls National Park, the largest and most beautiful National Park in Uganda.  It hosts 4/5 of the big 5 animals and also is home to one of the most spectacular and powerful waterfalls in the world so far.  The 3,893km sq. park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including Lions, Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeests, Antelopes, Buffalo, and Elephants.  For the birders, you will enjoy a cock tail of them as these areas support the Secretary bird and the Black Chested Snake Eagle, to name a few.

    In the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gorge plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert.

    Lots of bird diversity can be spotted and numerous animals resting and drinking water along the banks of the Nile.  The most common ones being Hippos, Buffaloes, Nile Crocodiles and birds include, the African Fish Eagle, Yellow Billed Stork, Egyptian Goose, Egrets, Malachite Kingfisher among others.

    The launch cruise will take you close to the falls’ base where you will be shown the spot where Ernest Hemingway’s plane crashed during sightseeing tour to Murchison Falls in 1954.

    You can then get off the boat and go hiking up the side of the falls to the top.

    After the cruise, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner.

    Evening: Relax and enjoy some free time.

    Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge.

  • DAY 4: Transfer to Hoima & Visit Kibiro Salt Gardens

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Today we embark on the journey to Hoima.  Drive through pleasantly undulating landscapes of the Albertine Rift before making a stopover at Kibiro Salt Gardens and Hot Springs en route to the steep shores of Lake Albert.  You venture into the traditional means of salt extraction and learn how locals in this area have made a fortune out of this natural feature.

    The hike to the Salt Gardens is an adventurous experience of its own.

    Retreat from this activity and move on to Hoima for relaxation and dinner.

    Accommodation: Hoima Cultural Lodge.

  • DAY 5: Fort Portal & a Hike to the Amabere G'anyinamwiru Caves

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Today you embark on the transfer to Fort Portal Area about 5 hours’ drive, traversing the rural sceneries and traditional homesteads of Kagadi District before suddenly getting into Kyenjojo and eventually Fort Portal Town.

    You take a rest before you continue to the cater fields and Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru for lunch, then drive to visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves which is an ancient site with great traditional significance attached to the natives.

    The Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru literally translated in Rutooro as the “breasts of Nnyinamwiru” are breast like features that are arguably believed to have been the breasts of Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku a selfenthroned king of the Bachwezi who chopped off her breasts and hung them in protest of her father’s decision that denied her an opportunity to breastfeed her baby Ndahura.

    From this activity, you proceed to hike the Fort Portal Crater Field, the magnificent Nyakasura Hills that overlook Fort Portal Town and summiting the towering Kyeganywa Hill offers you impressive vistas of the crater lakes and crater hollows below and the distant views of the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”, Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day.

    Retreat for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening lecture: Kibale Forest National Park and Chimpanzee Conservation.

    Accommodation: Kyaninga Royal Cottages.

  • DAY 6: Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & Bigodi Wetland Walk

    Early breakfast at the Cottages.

    Today we drive to Kanyanchu, Kibale Park headquarters, by 8.00a.m for chimpanzee pre-trekking briefing by the park staff.  The Chimpanzee trekking experience tends to last 2 – 5 hours and includes one hour of direct encounter with these amazing creatures.

    In addition to chimps, Kibale Forest is home to other primates including the Red-tailed and Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Phoestes, Blue and Red-Colobuses.  There are many beautiful birds’ species, butterflies and many small insects as well.

    A visit to Bigodi Swamp Ecotourism Site, given its astounding flora and fauna, will be worth it too.  The swamp has numerous populations of birds, a wide range of over 138 different species of birds including the Great Blue Turaco, and swamp animals like Sitatunga Antelope.

    Retreat from this activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Accommodation: Kyaninga Royal Cottages.

  • DAY 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Visit Lake George en route & do an afternoon launch cruise along Kazinga Channel.

    After breakfast, undertake a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the South of Kibale, a journey of 157km about 3 hours’ drive.  Traverse through the magnificent plain landscapes of Kasese and Rwenzori Mountains before making a stopover at Lake George to have an experience with the community and local fishermen.

    Proceed on the trip to the lodge, check in and prepare for an afternoon boat cruise along the 45km long Kazinga Channel.

    The Kazinga Channel stretches to 45km in length at one time had much concentration of Hippopotamus population in the region until the management decided to carry out culling in 1960s.  You enjoy the wide views of the Nile crocodiles and other wild game quenching their thirst on the waters of Kazinga Channel and flocking its shores on a hot day.

    Engage in an afternoon game drive along the channel track as you head to the lodge for relaxation and dinner.

    Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Park View Lodge.

  • DAY 8: Morning Game Drive & Transfer to Ishasha Sector

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    After a morning cup of African coffee, engage in an early game drive in the undulating Savannah Plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the extensive Kasenyi Tracks to explore the park’s unique scenery marked with numerous herds of wildlife including Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Water Bucks, Jackals and flocks of unfamiliar bird species.

    The game drive normally lasts for 3 – 4 hours after which you return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch before you transfer to Ishasha sector for a short evening game drive as you head to the lodge.

    Evening: Dinner at the lodge and some time for relaxation.

    Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge.

  • DAY 9: Game Drive in Ishasha & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    Today we embark on a trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South Western part of Uganda.  You undertake a game drive in this part of park searching for the tree climbing Lions.

    Ishasha Sector is home to the infamous climbing Lions together with other wild game that dwell in this woodland part of the park.  The tree climbing Lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey.

    After this encounter, we proceed on the drive to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation and dinner.

    Evening Lecture: Bwindi Inpenetrable National Park – conservation status of the Mountain Gorillas, the Batwa Communities, and other key aspects of this park.

    Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Haven’s Lodge.

  • DAY 10: Gorilla trekking & visit the batwa pygmies.

    Early breakfast at the lodge.

    Today you will take a packed lunch, have a briefing by the game guides at the park headquarters and start your Gorilla trail.

    Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the Gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience.  This encounter takes between 2 to 9 hours and is the highlight of an Africa Exploration Safari.

    You will only have 1 hour of close contact with these calm gentle Apes, to take pictures and get acquainted with them.  You are free to shoot as many photos as you desire before you retreat from the activity to return to the starting point.

    In the evening, traverse the communities in the neighborhood to encounter the ancient Batwa Pygmies.

    Dinner at the lodge.

    Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Haven’s Lodge.

  • DAY 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. High ropes adventure and zip lining.

    Breakfast at the lodge.

    After a relaxed breakfast, you will undertake a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, across Kigezi Highlands that are magnificent with wonderful views of the Virunga Mountains.

    Arrive in time, relax at the lodge, and have lunch.  After lunch, head for the adventurous high ropes challenge and zip line across Africa’s 2nd deepest lake; one of the most adventurous challenges you’ll never forget.

    Evening: Dinner and time to relax after such an exciting day.

    Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort.

  • DAY 12: Sun rise boat cruise at Lake Bunyonyi. Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

    Breakfast at your resort.

    Spend the entire morning at Uganda’s deepest lake, dubbed the “lake of a thousand Islands”.  You explore the attractive landscapes of the lake and impressive relief of Kigezi Region.  Reach out to some of its 29 Virgin Islands amidst the pleasantly undulating hills of Kigezi.

    After this, embark on the trip to Lake Mburo National Park, a journey of 199km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive traversing the impressive plain lands in the countryside of South Western Uganda.  Enter through Nshara Gate and continue to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

    Evening Lecture: About Lake Mburo National Park.

    Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages.

  • DAY 13: Morning game drive & Evening Ankole Cultural tour

    Breakfast at the cottage.

    In the morning, traverse the park’s undulating acacia vegetation dotted with numerous grazers, including herds of Buffaloes, Zebras, Antelopes, Hippos and more.

    After lunch you’ll visit the Enyemebwa “local cattle” Centre for an epic cultural encounter with the native Banyankole Pastoralists.

    Retire in the evening for supper and overnight stay at the lodge.

    Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages.

  • DAY 14: Bush walking safari & Transfer to Kampala with a stopover at the Uganda Equator.

    Breakfast at the cottage.

    After breakfast, embark on a fascinating bush walking safari after the sunrise to explore the magnificent Savannah Acacia landscapes with gentle rolling hills marked with the extrusive Kopje rocks and other ancient Precambrian rocks that have existed in that locality for the past 500 million years.  The animals which can be encountered include; Impala Antelope (which only exists in this small but rich national park, Lake Mburo National park), Burchell’s Zebra, Rothschild Giraffes, Topis, Water Bucks, Warthogs, among
    other wildlife.

    After lunch, undertake the transfer back to Kampala, a journey of about 240km, approximately 4 hours’ drive.  You will make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for an amazing photo session for memories.

    Arrive in Kampala late in the evening for a group Graduation Celebration Dinner, and issuing of certificates to mark the end of your 15 Days Conservation Learning Tour in Uganda.

    Accommodation: Cassia Lodge.

  • DAY 15: Departure Day

    Return transfers to Entebbe International Airport.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Ugandan Wildlife & Gorilla Conservation Tour (15 Day)

The Ultimate African Conservation Learning Tour!
US$ 4070
  • 3+ Star Hotels or Lodges w/Daily Breakfast
  • Double or Twin-Share w/Bathroom (Single Supplement: +US$165)
  • Visit 6 x Protected Wildlife Reserves w/ Daily Conservation Lectures
  • Cultural Activities + Trekking Tours + Guided Safari Game Drive's
  • Zip-lining Adventure + Nile River Cruise + Batwa Pygmy Community Visit!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • PLUS: An Unforgettable Gorilla Hiking Experience!
  • included:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Bilingual Guide, Transportation and Safety Briefings
  • Certificate of Completion

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