Uganda Wildlife Safaris: Gorillas, Chimps, Game & Adventure

Be a part of our customize Uganda safaris to explore the beauty of Africa's Pearl. YES, Uganda is one of the naturally endowed countries with a lot to see and do for travelers. Are you looking for adventure or game safari? Uganda offers all you are looking for. A combined series of rolling hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, green scenes, wildlife, and hospitable people make Uganda your best safari destination. Kabaffulo Safaris takes you to explore different attractions and take part in different activities after which Uganda was dubbed the Pearl of Africa. Our Uganda safaris entail among others:
Mountain gorilla trekking
Go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga gorilla National parks both located in the southwestern region. The two parks shelter the highest population of gorillas in the whole world. Bwindi Forest comprises over 20 gorilla families while Mgahinga shelters one habituated gorilla family. Uganda gorilla tours have been ranked the best wildlife experiences not to miss on your African Safari. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest can be done in any of the four regions (Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga, and Buhoma) which make up Bwindi Forest National park.

Chimpanzee Trekking
Uganda safaris are also famous for their memorable chimpanzee trekking experiences. Kibale Forest National park is the number one destination for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. The park is also called the "primate capital of Africa" due to the high population of primates inhabiting there. The park is also home to colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Grey cheeked mangabeys, L'Hoest monkeys, baboons, and black and white colobus monkeys. You can also take part in the chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX) allowing you to spend half a day with the endangered chimpanzees. The add-ons on chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest include butterfly watching, nature walks, and community tours. Other places to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest include Budngo Forest, Kyambura gorge, Ngamba Island, and Kalinzu Forests.

Game Viewing
Be part of our guided game-viewing safaris to see a variety of wild animals in Uganda's wilderness parks. Visit Murchison falls National park, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, and Semliki Valley National Parks for excellent game-viewing experiences. Each park offers a different experience and is worth exploring. Expect to see lots of grazers, predators, and hunters living their daily lives in their natural habitats. Game viewing can be done in the morning, evening, or even night if you wish to see nocturnal animals.

Mountain climbing
We cannot leave out mountain climbing when talking about Uganda safaris. YES, the iconic mountains in different parts of the country are among the things why Uganda is named the Pearl of Africa. Enjoy a climb up to the snow-capped Margherita peak of Mt Rwenzori in western Uganda for a lifetime adventure. Also, Uganda mountaineering safaris take you to Mgahinga gorilla National Park, home to three extinct volcanoes named Gahinga, Sabyinyo, and Muhabura.

Featured 2023 Uganda Safari Packages

3 Days Kibale Chimpanzee Tour

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Enjoy a 3 Days Kibale Chimapznee trek to meet up with man’s close relatives with Kabaffulo safaris. Kibale Forest National park is also called the primate capital of Africa is home to the highest population of chimps and other primates in Uganda. Read More

3 Days Murchison Falls Park Tour

Kabaffulo SafarisJoin this guided 3 Days Murchison Falls National park for game viewing and boat cruising experience with Kabaffulo Safaris. The 3 Days safari takes you to explore the beauty of Murchison falls Uganda’s largest and oldest park in Uganda. Read More

5 Days Uganda Gorillas & Golden Monkey trekking

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Visit Uganda primates on this 5 Days gorillas & golden monkey trekking adventure with Kabaffuo Safaris. The trip takes you to Mgahinga Gorilla National park “where silver meets old”. Mountain gorilla trekking & golden monkeys are one of the best wildlife experiences. Read More

8 Days Uganda wildlife safari

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4 Days Uganda Gorillas & Lake Bunyonyi

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Book a customized 4 Days Uganda gorillas & Lake Bunyonyi safari with Kabaffulo Safaris. Enjoy a trek to see mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and explore the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi for boat cruising and scenic viewing. Read More

10 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari (Primates & Game)

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Enjoy a 10 Days Uganda wildlife safari to explore Uganda’s top tourism destinations with Kabaffulo Safaris. The 10 Days safari offers you game viewing. chimpanzee trekking, boat cruising, community tours, and mountain gorilla trekking experiences. Read More


Uganda is one of the best places in the entire World to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Sighting these Giant Apes in the wild is something that every primate lover looks forward to and interestingly, there are few things more breathtaking in this World than getting up close and personal with these creatures in their home. To help you plan the ideal safari to spot these gentle, shy, and peaceful creatures, we have put together this gorilla trekking guide in Uganda that provides elaborate information on the best time to see them, what to pack, where to see these creatures and so much more.

When is the perfect month to see mountain gorillas in Uganda?
The perfect month of the year for trekking the mountain gorillas in Uganda is between June and September or December to February, whereby rainfall levels have reduced and forest trails are drier, less muddy, or slippery. The wet season, months of March to May and October to November are usually marked by heavy rains, dense vegetation, as well as muddy and slippery trails. This is the main reason why travelers avoid these months. However, these Giant Apes can be trekked all year round. More so, the weather of Uganda’s gorilla trekking destinations is sometimes unpredictable hence it sometimes rains or shines when you least expect it. It is therefore important to be prepared at all times.

Where are mountain gorillas found in Uganda?
There are only two places where you can trek and spend time with the mountain gorillas in Uganda. These places include;

Bwindi National Park
Known as the ultimate gorilla trekking destination, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is usually ranked as the best gorilla trekking location in the World. This is mainly because of the highest concentration of these Giant Apes and the largest number of habituated gorilla families. Over 460 mountain gorillas (almost half the World’s population of these creatures) are found here, and over 20 gorilla families are habituated for trekking. This means that over 160 gorilla permits are issued each day by Uganda Wildlife Authority for the four trekking regions/sectors of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Also, provided in this Park is the Gorilla Habituation Experience, where visitors get to spend up to 4 hours with semi-habituated gorillas instead of the usual one hour during standard gorilla treks.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
At 34 square kilometers, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest National Park in Uganda but what always blows visitors’ minds away is the fact that it shelters part of the World’s Mountain gorillas. Only one gorilla family (named Nyakagyezi) is found here, hence only 8 permits are issued each day. While gorillas are the main attraction here, golden monkeys can also be spotted in addition to over 100 bird species. Also, the slopes of three of the eight Virunga Volcanoes (namely Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga) are protected by this tinny National Park.

Gorilla Trekking Tips
Mountain gorillas are susceptible and sensitive to disturbances hence it is always important to avoid making noise while trekking or watching them.
Be sure that your camera doesn’t have a flash while photographing because it startles them and risk charging from the silverbacks.
Make sure your hands are well washed with water and soap before entering the forest to track the endangered mountain gorillas.
Visitors with flue and cough are advised to cancel any plans of trekking the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat because these Giant Apes are susceptible to communicable diseases, which also include measles and Tuberculosis. If you love them and mean well for their future, then you will cancel or postpone your gorilla trekking adventure.
Maintain a distance of 7 meters away from the mountain gorillas when watching and photographing them as they go about their daily routines.
One hour is the maximum time you will spend with a habituated gorilla family in Uganda, but if you are a photographer that wishes to spend more time, then you will have to book the Gorilla Habituation Experience that allows up to four hours with a semi-habituated gorilla family.
Eating, smoking, and drinking in the presence of mountain gorillas are totally prohibited.
You will only be allowed to trek the mountain gorillas in Uganda when you are of age- at least 15 years and above. There is no maximum age limit for trekking these Giant Apes because there have been records of 85-year-olds trekking these beautiful creatures.

What to bring for gorilla trekking in Uganda
For your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, don’t forget to pack lightweight safari pants, a rain jacket or a poncho, a wide-brimmed hat for sun protection, gardening gloves, comfortable hiking boots with enough grip for maneuvering through the rainforest, hiking higher slopes and slippery trails while searching for the mountain gorillas, sunglasses, reusable water bottle, a backpack, sunscreen, a good camera, energy-giving snacks, pair/s of binoculars, travel documents (passport, visa, e-ticket and travel itinerary), first aid kit and toiletries among others.