Gorilla trekking in Uganda with a relaxing luxury Zanzibar beach break – this is the perfect combination of wildlife and beach. Start in Uganda, with a week of wildlife encounters through this remarkable country. Look for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, cruise along the Nile Delta in Murchison Falls and look for tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth NP. Finish your time in Uganda by heading to find the mountain gorillas, one of the most special wildlife experiences on earth, before flying to Zanzibar. Relax in your luxury hotel, snorkel in the turquoise waters and feast on fresh seafood overlooking the ocean. This wildlife and beach holiday is everything you could want packed into two fantastic weeks.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in Entebbe. Depending on what time you arrive, we can arrange a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria – it’s the perfect welcome to Uganda as you watch the fishermen cast their nets in the dusk as you enjoy a drink and watch the sunset.
After breakfast, you’ll spend the morning being driven towards beautiful north-western Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert and is famous for the waterfall, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. On the drive, you’ll pass by the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you enjoy a walking safari, looking for the endangered rhinos that are protected here. Once you locate the Rhinos, you can stay a maximum of one hour in their presence. You’ll also have a chance of other animal sightings on this nature walk, including bushbucks, kobs and duikers, before heading to your lodge for the night.
After an early breakfast, you’ll go for a boat journey to the Nile Delta. This relaxing cruise will take you through the papyrus delta, where the river flows into Lake Albert. There are lots of animals to look out for, including the rare shoebill, which you have a good chance of spotting. Enjoy a bush breakfast before heading out on a game drive. Drive across the savannah and through the Borassus Palm Forest to Lake Albert, looking for lions, leopard, hyenas and elephants. There also numerous birds to look out for as you explore the grasslands, including secretary birds, black chested snake eagles and swallow tailed bee-eaters.
In the afternoon you’ll take another boat ride up the Nile, to Murchison Falls, where you can feel the spray and look for Nile crocodiles basking at the bottom of the falls.
Today you’ll fly from Murchison Falls to Kasese Airstrip, before being driven to Kibale Forest National Park, where the evergreen forest awaits. Check into your lodge for one night and spend the evening relaxing before your exciting day tomorrow.
After breakfast, you’ll head off to go chimp tracking, exploring the scenic forest as you go. Kibale is made up of beautiful and vaired tropical forest, and is home to 13 species of primate including the chimpanzees. You’ll walk most of the morning looking for different wildlife, before being driven onward to Queen Elizabeth National Park, enjoying a game drive on your way into the park.
Queen Elizabeth NP has a wide variety of habitats, including savannah, wetlands and lowland forest – this evening you’ll enjoy a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, looking for elephants and zebras in the dusk.
Before you leave Queen Elizabeth NP behind, you’ll stop for the morning in the Ishasha Sector of the park, where the tree climbing lions are found – watching these incredible cats lounging on the long tree branches is such an incredible sight! Have lunch here before driving to Bwindi, the home of the mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for the gorillas however there are lots of other animals that make their home here including elephants, monkeys and antelopes. This afternoon you’ll check into your lodge and start preparing for your gorilla trek tomorrow.
Today is the day you’ve been waiting for! You’ll get up early and head off for your gorilla trek with a primate expert. Trekking with mountain gorillas is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences on the planet – the hike will be between 2 and 6 hours depending on where you find the gorillas, but it is well worth the effort.
Once you have begun your hike into the wild bush in Bwindi, at some point the gorillas will start to emerge – watching them munch on the lush foliage and move slowly around you is just indescribable. You might experience babies playing and swinging on the branches or the silver back gorillas lounging in the undergrowth – you’ll spend around an hour with them, and we can guarantee it will be an hour you’ll never forget. At the end of the day, you’ll be driven back to the lodge, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner and sharing your memories of such a special day together.
After breakfast, you’ll be able to spend the morning relaxing in the lodge, before being taken to the airport for your flight to Entebbe, where you’ll connect onto a flight to Zanzibar. When you arrive in Zanzibar, you’ll be collected at the airport and transferred to Tulia Zanzibar, where you’ll stay in a luxury seafront villa on an all-inclusive basis for the next five nights. Voted the ‘Most Romantic Beach Resort in the World’, there really is nowhere better to stay on your honeymoon and your luxury seafront villa is in the best location in the resort.
Your villa will be perched overlooking the beach with uninterrupted sea views, a private decking area and a breathtaking sunrise. During your stay, you’ll be treated to a complimentary massage and a bottle of wine in your room on arrival.
The next few days are free for you to relax, soak up the tropical sunshine and swim in the clear turquoise waters from the resort’s private beach. If you’re keen to explore, you can book a snorkelling expedition or take a trip to Jozani Forest. All meals and drinks are included, and the resort specialises in fresh organic food with a traditional Tanzanian vibe.
Today, you’ll be collected from your resort and driven to the airport in time to catch your flight home to the UK.
Situated on the Equator, Uganda stays a similar temperature for most of the year. The south of the country has two wet seasons, from September to November and March to May, while the north has a longer continuous wet season between March and November and a drier season from December to February. Some areas at high altitude are a lot cooler, including Bwindi where you’ll find the mountain gorillas.
If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post My unforgettable Uganda safari - written by one of our consultants who has been there.
You can also read our guide on Where to stay in Zanzibar
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.