Gorillas, chimpanzees, and white-water rafting on the Nile

If the prospect of spending long periods of time in a game vehicle makes you fidgety—or you’ve done it all before—opt for the ultimate off-beat adventure in Uganda. First, you'll trek for chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, both spine-tingling experiences that will make memories to last a lifetime. For a final few thrilling days, head to Jinju, Uganda's adventure capital, for a white-water rafting trip on the Nile. Want more pulse-quickening adventure? Try bungee jumping, jet-boating, and horseback riding.

Uganda: Great Apes and Adventure: 9 Days/8 Nights

DAY 1:

Arrival Entebbe, The Boma

DAYS 2 & 3:

Fly to Fort Portal, Ndali Lodge

DAYS 4, 5 & 6:

Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Buhoma Lodge

DAYS 7 & 8:

Fly to Jinja, Wildwaters Lodge

DAY 9:

Return by road to Entebbe, depart

Uganda: Great Apes and Adventure trip highlights

  • This 9-day fly-in Uganda luxury safari begins with an overnight at The Boma in Entebbe.
  • Fly to Ndali Lodge in Fort Portal and trek in Kibale Forest National Park in search of chimpanzees, an easy hike where you’ll spot at least five or six other primates along the way.
  • Next, fly to Bohoma Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Gorilla trekking can be challenging, lasting for up to six hours at high altitudes and over rough terrain, but finally coming face to face with our closest cousins is a uniquely exciting— and moving—experience.
  • Fly to Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda. You'll stay at Wildwaters Lodge, a private island mid-stream within the rapids of the Nile that can only be reached by boat. Embark on a full-day grade five rafting experience; high-grade rapids and the river’s consistently high volume makes this one of the world’s most exciting rafting destinations. Or, perhaps try bungee jumping, jet boating, horseback riding, or fishing. Want something more laid back? Relax in the lodge’s natural swimming pool, made of pink granite.


$9,750 - $10,600 per person sharing in 2024; includes two gorilla permits and one chimpanzee permit.

Optional habituation permit: $1,500 - $700

Optional activities in lieu of a second gorilla trek:
- Bwindi Forest walk
- Buhoma community visit
- Batwa (Pygmies) visit

Note: The minimum age for trekking is 15 years

Uganda: Great Apes and Adventure on a map

The Boma Hotel Entebbe

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Ndali Lodge

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Buhoma Lodge

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Lemala Wildwaters Lodge

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