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gorillas, game drives, river cruising (7 Days)

Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa and is home to one of the most fascinating species on the planet: gorillas. This trip is hosted by travel content creator and safari expert Kellie Paxian, in partnership with local Ugandan tour operator Buutu Safaris.

Image by Ylenia Vimercati Molano

Kampala, Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest + Lake Bunyoni


Murchison Falls NP

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


You'll experience an intimate encounter with one of our planet’s most fascinating, human-like, powerful species: mountain gorillas. And the adventure doesn't stop there!

  • Embark on game drives in Murchison Falls National Park

  • Cruise on the Nile River

  • Experience local culture

  • Adventure at Lake Bunyoni

  • Visit a rhino sanctuary

  • Visit the equator.

the plan

Day 1 | KAMPALA | Set off at 7am to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. After a quick briefing, our ranger will lead us into the savannah grasslands where we will watch the rhinos and learn about conservation efforts in the region. Watch the sun set over Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfall

Day 2 | MURCHISON FALLS NP |  Embark on a morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and keep your eyes peeled for night dwellers (leopards and lions and hyenas) before they retreat to coolness in the afternoon. Cruise to the bottom of the waterfall for breathtaking views and aquatic wildlife (hippos, crocodiles, aquatic birds).

Day 3 | BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST | After a leisurely breakfast, take a quick flight over to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and spend the afternoon unwinding at peaceful forest side lodge.

Day 4 | BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST | Early morning wake up call to head to the park office for briefing and then follow the rangers through narrow forest paths, listening to bird sounds and searching for gorilla families. Spend the day trekking through the forest and quietly observing these incredible primates in their natural habitat. Watch the gorillas eat, groom and play!


Note: trekking can take 6 hours through tiring forest trails. A good physical condition is recommended.

Day 5 | LAKE BUNYONI | Embark on a scenic drive to Lake Bunyoni. After lunch, chose from a range of activities including swimming, canoeing, zip lining, hiking or visiting a women’s group in a nearby community.

Day 6 | LAKE BUNYONI | Start the day with an excursion to Joshua’s Island for a taste of local life. Learn to make a rolex, watch how a traditional millet beer is made while hanging out at a local bar and in a homestead. Additional options: hike, quad bikes, swimming in the lake

Day 7 | LAKE BUNYONI - KAMPALA | Departure day


  • Shared accommodation in 3-4 star lodges

  • Meals (6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners)

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Private 4x4 vehicles,

  • Park entry fees

  • 1 gorilla permit

  • Rhino tracking fees, boat ride, game drives

  • Domestic flights

  • Activities as listed

  • Bottled water & fruit

  • Government taxes

Not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Gratuities

  • Visa fees

  • Meals and activities not mentioned


your stay

On this trip, you will be staying in comfy, 3/4* lodges.

your guide

Meet safari expert, travel content creator and founder of Adventurelust,  Kellie Paxian. Kellie will be leading you on this epic gorilla adventure in partnership with local Ugandan tour opertor Buutu Safaris. Kellie is adventure-oriented, easygoing positive and will bring her lucky wildlife charm to this intimate adventure with one of the planet's most fascinating species. 

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