6 Days Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari


The safari takes you to Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk, then proceeding to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. From Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will have another unique wildlife experience in Lake Mburo National Park, home to a large concentration of zebras and impalas where you will have a game drive and boat cruise.

 Brief itinerary 

  • Day 1: Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and bigodi swamp walk.
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon boat cruise.
  • Day 4: Morning game drive and afternoon crater drive.
  • Day 5: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 6: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kampala/Entebbe>Kibale Forest National Park.

After your breakfast, the guide will brief you about the whole safari. You will then embark on the journey to the Southwestern part of the country. Along the way, there are a lot of highlights like fruit markets, different topography, and culture. You will arrive in a town named after two European explorers (Gerald Portal and Fort Lugard) for lunch. After lunch, you can choose to visit (Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru), a cultural and historic site with rock formation of stalagmites and stalactites with a rich cultural history attached which form scenic caves and waterfalls. After the experience, you wll proceed to check in at the lodge in Kibale for dinner and overnight. 

Day 2: Kibale Forest National Park.

After your early breakfast, you will drive to the chimpanzee briefing point where you will be briefed about the activity. You will be assigned a game ranger and armed men for your safety and security. Shortly, you will walk through the forest as the ranger keeps in touch with the monitoring team on the ground. Upon finding the chimpanzees, you will be given one hour to watch feeding, playing and going about their day. 

Later you will drive back to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for the bigodi swamp walk and community experience. Among the activities to excite you here include local liquor making, weaving of baskets, cultural dances and also paying a visit to the cultural doctor. Later, you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
Day 3: Kibale>Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After your breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Rwimi driving through scenic views of some different crater lakes like Lake Nyinambuga, Kasenda and Kifurukwa seen along the way. As you approach Kasese town, you will be able to have spectacular views of the Rwenzori ranges.

You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park for check-in and lunch then prepare for the afternoon boat ride. After lunch, you will take a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. The Kazinga channel is a 42km stretch, connecting Lake George and Lake Edward with rewarding big herds buffaloes, schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles, and different bird species like the rare African skimmers and lesser flamingos. After the cruise, you can opt for a sundowner at one of the crater lakes or drive to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have breakfast and head out for a game drive in the Kasenyi plains where you have chances of seeing the cats in action and also expose you to other species like African elephants, African Cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Bushbucks, Defassa waterbuck, and birds since the park boosts about 600 bird species. After the drive, you will drive back to the lodge for hot lunch and afternoon relaxation.  In the evening, you can take on a crater driver to the baboon cliff and have a sundowner then later drive through the Queen’s Pavilion as you head back to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Queen>Lake Mburo National Park.

Have breakfast then embark on your journey to Lake Mburo National Park, making stopovers along the way for a tea picking experience around Kalinzu forest reserve (you can choose to be part of the experience by engaging yourself in activities like tea picking). On a lucky day, you can spot chimps, blue monkeys, guerezza colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

After the experience, you will drive to Mbarara for a hot local lunch at Igongo cultural centre. After lunch, you can choose to pay a visit to the eclipse monument in Biharwe. This phenomenal hilltop monument comprising of a golden orb supported by a trio of pillars representing the three kings of Bunyoro, Ankole, Buganda and it commemorates a historic solar eclipse associated with the emergence of the Ankole Kingdom. You will later drive to the park for dinner and an overnight. 

Day 6: Lake Mburo National Park>Kampala.

After early breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and head out for a game drive with chances of seeing animals like Burchell’s zebras, Nubian giraffes, buffaloes, impalas, elands, defassa waterbucks, bohor’s reedbuck, common duicker and klipspringers. After the game drive, you will depart Lake Mburo National Park and embark on your journey to Kampala. You will have an enroute stopover at the equator for a photo session and you may also purchase some hand-made craft souvenirs before you proceed with your journey, arriving in Kampala in the afternoon.

Accommodation is booked in accordance with your preference and depending on your budget and availability.

Package includes
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Gorilla trekking Permits
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Kampala
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bottled water (2 bottles per day)
  • Meals included till dinner
Package excludes
  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

We use 4×4 safari cars for our safaris and therefore every traveler is guaranteed a window seat, bellow are photos of the cars.

69 reviews on
Tony M
Tony M
Jewel Safaris has a jewel in a female driver, Rachel My trip to Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park on 5th Jan 2024, could not have gone better. My great experience was all down to Jewel Safaris' professionalism and industry experience. The car arrived at my house on time (5 am) to pick me up for the trip. The tour guide driver, a lady named Rachel Aheebwa, was such a delight. Female tour guides drivers are so rare, so this was unexpected. But looking back at how much of a success my tour went, Rachel was the best part of the trip. Two hours into the drive, she suggested a breakfast place that turned out to serve the best coffee I'd ever taken. The small eatery happened to be ran by a lady with tourism experience of 17 years. We set off for Lake Mburo about an hour later and arrived at the park gate three hours later. Because we planned to sleep in Queen Elizabeth National Park and we still had hundreds of kilometers to cover, she made sure we wasted no time Mburo. She was always friendly and firm in her advice when it came to time keeping. We made it to our final destination before dark and had time to rest. Before going to bed, she told me, firmly that we must leave at 7 if we are to see all the animals we wanted to see. I would have loved to sleep in but she made it clear that this was not an option. I was later thankful for this. There were several tourist vehicles at the UWA offices when we arrived. After payments, all the cars left through a Northwards track but Rachel went Eastwards and in less than thirty minutes of Game driving, we hit a jack pot. We found lions on the road and I was able to take close up pictures for several minutes as she made calls to all her friends letting them know that she had found lions. By the time all the vehicles crowded around the lions, I had spend over half an an hour with them. One of the best moments of my life. Jewel safaris couldn't have chosen a better tour guide driver for me. Every thing was well planned to help me see all there was to be seen.
Murchison Falls Adventure This was my first safari adventure and it was a trip of a lifetime. The owner, Dona was very professional and helpful and made sure he understood what we wanted. The vehicle was wonderful and roomy and well kept. Our guide, Patrick made the trip exceptional. He knew the park, he knew the animals and he was a former ranger who spent years protecting the animals of that park. It was clear that the other guides respected him and Patrick was kind, funny and made sure we had a wonderful adventure. The first night, the owner called me to ask how everything was going and he messaged me after the trip to make sure we had a great time. That was above and beyond what I expected. Great company, great customer service and fantastic guide with years of experience. This is the company I would choose over and over.
Great safari!!!! Fantastic. The owner went out of the way to make sure we had what we wanted. I highly recommend Patrick as guide and driver. He loves what he does and you can tell.
Simon T
Simon T
Two-day trip to Lake Mburo Our two-day trip to Lake Mburo with our driver and guide Patrick was great. He delivered what we asked for, and more! Other than being a very kind person and good driver, Patrick was able to share a lot of information about the different animals and places we encountered. A big thanks to Jewel Safaris and Patrick! 100% Recommend!
Sander T
Sander T
2 days Safari to Lake Mburo We had a blast of a weekend with Patrick from Jewel Safari's. He knew so much about the animals, was so friendly and flexible to arrange it the way we wanted. I would advice to go on a Safari with him!
George H
George H
Uganda 2023 We had the great pleasure of having Patrick from jewel safaris for a week in Uganda. Hugely informative and fun, Patrick is a perfect ambassador for a fun, beautiful and dramatic country which is Uganda. A fabulous tour by a class guide. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most of Africa and Uganda is top. Will go back
astrid H
astrid H
Incredible experience Amazing service and amazing country and people. It was an incredible trip, I can’t fault anything. We all enjoyed it so much and our guide was so attentive and catered to what we wanted to do
Utmärkt service, bra bil och kunnig guide. Jewel Safaris arrangerade vår resa till Uganda, med bland annat gorillorna i Bwindi. Vi var även i nationalparken där schimpanserna finns. Jewel Safaris har lång erfarenhet av att anordna safaris i Uganda. Goran
good service We had a great trip with Jewel Safari and would definitely recommend to book trips with Jewel Safari.
Ola Karlsson
Ola Karlsson
Great agency We ordered the trip in 2019 to go to Uganda in April 2020. Then Covid came and the trip was postponed for 2,5 yrs and in the meantime we kept contact and When we finally could go it all went super-smooth. Well organized and very friendly personnel and a fantastic guide. Nothing went wrong during the 10 days we visited and the arrangements were spotless.


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