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Born Free Safaris and Tours
Safaris, Tours and Travel to Africa for 35 Years
Series: Spirit of Adventure
Location: Uganda
Length: 8 Days (Variable)
Accommodation Comfort: Moderate, Expedition Class
Priced From: $4132

Kampala Serena
Ndali Lodge
or Kibale Primate Lodge
Mahogany Springs
Mihingo Lodge

Rwenzori Mountains
Kibale Forest
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Lake Mburo National Park

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Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking in "The Pearl of Africa"


Uganda is considered to be the “Pearl of Africa”. Situated astride the Equator, it boasts the beautiful snow-capped “Mountains of the Moon”, flood lands, an “impenetrable” forest and safari country. The wildlife opportunities here are very good, with the highlight being the Mountain Gorillas.

Gorilla Trekking is an extremely personal and wonderful experience. You have the opportunity to catch a glimpse, up close and personal, of the animals that are most like human beings in the animal kingdom. Here you just may see them in their natural environment – the thrill can be unbelievable. Your purchase of the gorilla permit goes to their conservation and habitat.

Uganda’s has one of the largest primate populations in the world, including Red Colobus, Black and White Colobus and the endangered Chimpanzee. Kibale National Park is an extensive equatorial rainforest noted for its primate diversity. Guided walks are arranged by the rangers.

The Born Free trips to this region are bespoke adventures, customized to your time frame and requirements.

Trek to see Mountain Gorillas

Chimpanzee & Colobus monkeys in Kibale

Climb ancient volcanoes

Visit local communities

Professional, experienced guides

Day 01: Entebbe, Uganda
Day 02: Kibale National Forest
Day 03: Kibale National Forest
Day 04: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 05: Bwindi Gorilla Trek
Day 06: Bwindi Gorilla Trek
Day 07: Mbarara
Day 08: Entebbe / Your Journey Onwards

Full Itinerary



DAY 1 Entebbe

Upon arrival in Entebbe, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your lodge, where you will have a short safari briefing.

Kampala Serena Hotel

DAY 2 & 3 Rwenzori Mountains– Kibale Forest

Up early this morning and head out for Kibale (eight hour drive). Many stops will be made along the way in the magnificent tea plantations and into the Kibale tropical rain forest. Kibale is inhabited by an astonishing variety of primates, including the Chimpanzee, and has one of the highest primate densities in the world. For the next two nights stay on a high saddle located between two crater lakes. Breathtaking views and cooler climate are some of the areas features. The lodge is very simple with en suite facilities. There is no electricity in the remote area, but ample candle and oil lamps provide an ambiance of the traditional safari.

The forest here is comprised of pristine lowland tropical rain forest, montane woodland and tropical trees. Join a walk led by excellent local guides. Walking is not difficult, as paths have been made through the area. The birdlife is colorful and very impressive, with at least 325 species, many which are found no where else.

The chimps are lively and intelligent and swing through the thick trees, and their chattering never seems to stop. They are a bit hard to see as they rarely sit long enough for a photo, but you will know they are there!

Ndali Lodge or Kibale Primate Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 Queen Elizabeth National Park And Bwindi

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning. Pass through Fort Portal and then head south along the Rwenzori Mountains. Descend into The Great African Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park before continuing to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the evening.

Mahogany Springs (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 & 6 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Trek

These are your gorilla tracking days! After breakfast, take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with your guides and trackers, who prep you on gorilla trekking. This is an extremely personal and wonderful experience. You have the opportunity to catch a glimpse, up close and personal, of the great Mountain Gorillas in their natural environment. The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and muddy at times. It can rain at a few minutes notice; waterproof clothing is essential, including zip lock bags for cameras. Please note that we cannot guarantee seeing Gorillas.

Mahogany Springs (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 Lake Mburo National Park

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, which is an excellent location for bird watching, and also to view antelope, impala and zebra. Game drives offer a picturesque game viewing experience with a mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills.

Mihingo Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 Entebbe And Your Journey Onwards

Drive to back to Entebbe, which takes about 5 hours. If time permits, it’s possible to stop in Kampala for shopping, lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Continue on to the airport to connect with your international flights.

(Breakfast, Lunch)


Born Free Safaris 2013 Tariff Rates per person, US dollars

Season Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
All Seasons From $4132.00 From $4916.00
Additional Cost: + Gorilla permits $500.00 per person, per trek + Chimp permits $90.00 per person, per trek

Rates are for land arrangements only. International airfare not included.
The Born Free Travel Desk will assist in the coordination of the most cost-effective air schedule.

Discounts available for groups of 3 or more.
Holiday surcharges may apply.

It is suggested that gorilla treks be done for one or two days, and chimp treks be done for one day. Permit fees are non-refundable. Gorilla permits are issued to ages 16 and up, and passports are checked. All members of a safari party do not have to do the same number of treks.

Visitors must be in excellent physical condition, without heart problems. The trip can be strenuous, with days spent in high altitudes and humid rain forests, and on steep, slippery terrain.
Walks can be arduous and you may walk for hours before you come across the gorillas (although some find them within one hour). Your time with the gorillas, once you have found them, will be limited to one hour before you trek back to camp.

Contact the Born Free office for departure dates.

All departures are guaranteed once a trip is confirmed and gorilla permits are secured. Full payment of non-refundable gorilla and chimp permits are required to confirm reservation.

Not to worry. Born Free will customize your trip. Custom does not mean more expensive – in some cases, it may even be less. Custom means doing what you want, when you want, in the style you want. A Born Free specialist will listen to your ideas and/or advise you of hidden gems that you may not be aware of. Call 800-372-3274.

Meet and greet services at the airport; All transfers to and from airports, hotels and lodges; Accommodations as specified in the itinerary (subject to confirmation); Meals as specified in the itinerary; All touring and game activities as specified in the itinerary; All entrance fees; Professional English-speaking guides; Hotel & local tourism taxes

Born Free is Fully Insured * U.S. Bank Account * Assistance with Visas and International Airfare

International airfare; internal airfare (required from Durban – Port Elizabeth; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; airport departure taxes, unless noted; gratuities to dining room and room staff; gratuities to private guides; meals other then what is stated; beverages; excess baggage charges; personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges.

Gratuities are not included for local guides and are at the traveler’s discretion and should be based on the level of satisfaction of the services received. Recommended guidelines for each safari will be provided on the Born Free pre-tour documentation.

Call the Born Free office at 800-372-3274 to request space availability and departure dates. We will also assist in coordinating the best airfares or guiding you on how to use your points or mileage. If you are planning to make your own air arrangements please request a suggested flight schedule from us first.