Best Uganda Safari: Primates 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 in off-beat adventure with best Uganda safari itinerary.

You’ll have the opportunity to trek for chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, both spine-tingling experiences that will make memories to last a lifetime. If that isn’t enough of a thrill, finish with a white-water rafting trip on the Nile, perhaps with some bungee jumping, jet-boating, or horseback riding thrown in.

Best Uganda Safari: 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

Highlights of our best Uganda safari

  • This 9-day fly-in 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 close cousins is a uniquely exciting – and moving – experience.
  • Fly to 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 5 rafting experience – high grade rapids and the river’s consistently high volume of water makes this one of the world’s most exciting rafting destinations – or perhaps try bungee jumping, jet boating, horseback riding, or fishing. Or relax in the lodge’s natural swimming pool, made of pink granite.


$8,607-$9,367 per person sharing gorilla and chimp trekking permits included in 2023.

Note that the minimum age for trekking is 15 years.

*optional habituation permit =$1500-700

Optional activities in lieu of 2nd trek
Bwindi Forest walk = $70pp
Buhoma community visit = $30pp
Batwa (Pygmies) visit = $85.00 pp

Easy Extensions

Continue your adventure into Kenya's Masai Mara for an unparalleled wildlife safari.

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