Safari Ideas

Mountain Gorilla trekking

We help you choose the best country for gorilla trekking if contacted. You might have heard from those that trekked gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda but our expert opinion on this matter will help you to make the right decision. Gorilla trekking takes place in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Out of these three countries that harbor mountain gorillas, we only operate in Uganda and Rwanda.

If interested in gorilla trekking, please contact us with date, month and year when you propose to come for a gorilla tour. This is very paramount as it will guide us to check available gorilla permits in Rwanda or Uganda. It is prudent that you order and book your gorilla permit upfront to avoid shortage.

Gorilla Habituation Experience
Do you want an experience that is more than gorilla trekking? Try our gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This whole day research and habituation experience are currently taking place in the southern part of Bwindi National Park called Rushaga.

Gorilla Permits
Gorilla permits will sell out quickly in high season months of June, July, August, September, October, December, January, and February and as such, you have reminded to at least book your gorilla permits three months in advance. In Uganda, Gorilla permit prices cost $700

Where To Stay
We also advise on where to stay while on your gorilla trekking safari. There several options in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.

It’s a matter of letting us know your budget and we will recommend a lodge that will give you comfort and value for money.

Getting There
Whether you want to drive or fly to gorilla trekking National Parks, we are open to advise you since it is now possible to charter or take a scheduled flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park.

Feel free to contact one of our dedicated safari consultants about your specific gorilla trekking requirements and he/she will provide you with the desired answers.

Where to Track Chimpanzee

Uganda is known as the primate capital of the world and choosing Uganda for your chimpanzee tracking tour is indeed a good choice. There are several places in Uganda where you can go for chimp trekking and these include the famous Kibale National Park which has been regarded as the best National Park in Africa to trek wild but habituated chimpanzees. On top of this, you have an opportunity to see the other 12 primates residents in this forest.

The other places popular for chimpanzee trekking are Budongo forest which so far has the highest numbers of wild gorillas in Uganda. Located in Northern Uganda and being part of the Murchison Falls Conservation area, you can combine chimp trekking as well as game and boat cruises in Murchison.

If you are in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you may choose to trek chimps in Kyambura gorge (one community of about eight chimpanzees has been habituated) and or drive to Kalinzu Forest where National Forest Authority is in charge of chimp trekking in this eco-tourism site.

For more details about the availability of chimpanzee permits, where to stay, the best time for chimp trekking and available discounts, do not hesitate to contact one of our dedicated safari consultants

Chimpanzee Trekking Price
Just like gorilla trekking, you need a chimp trekking permit for chimps in Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge, and Budongo Forest.

Currently, Kibale chimpanzee trekking permits cost USD200.00 per person.
We are very glad to quote you on any safari to trek chimpanzees so please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.

Unlike gorilla trekking, chimp trekking can be done in the morning or afternoon in Uganda. Depending on your program or flight details, you may choose to book a morning or afternoon chimp trekking session.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Alternatively, you can book chimpanzee habituation experience at USD250.00 to spend a whole day with chimpanzees under habituation.

Booking your chimpanzee permit in advance puts you at an advantage as they can sometimes run out of stock.

Chimp Viewing Excursions
For those with less time in Uganda and would like to take an excursion to a chimpanzee, we recommend a visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center where chimpanzees can be viewed in their near world environment and if you want to have an up-close encounter, then chimpanzee close up is the activity for you.

There also daily boat excursions to Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary that provide an opportunity to view orphaned chimpanzees feed and listening to one of the caregivers on how to conserve our closest relatives.

Game Safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers one of the best opportunities for game safaris in Uganda. This National Park has both the south and the northern sectors from where you can enjoy game safaris. The southern sector commonly known as Ishasha is known for lions that climb trees and a game drive in this region will be truly rewarding. Two nights in this region will provide an opportunity to search for tree-climbing lions and other wild game abundant here. To spice up you stay in Ishasha, you can enjoy sundowners and bush breakfasts. Mweya is the other sector of this park located in the north. You can enjoy game safaris in the savannah plains of Kasenyi or go for a game drive in the Crater Lake region. You stay in this region will also be enhanced by a boat cruise on Kazinga channel which is a highlight in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We can organize short trips ranging from three days and or combine Queen Elizabeth National Park with gorillas in Bwindi National Park or Chimps in Kibale National Park

Game safaris in Kidepo Valley National Park

Located in the North-Eastern extreme corner of Uganda, Kidepo Valley provides the best game safaris in Uganda. Game safaris here are punctuated with chances of seeing lions, a large herd of Buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, among others. The challenge with Kidepo National park is accessibility since it is far away from Entebbe/Kampala. While one can drive to and from, there both charter and scheduled flights to this National Park. A minimum of four nights in Kidepo Valley National Park will be truly rewarding.

Family Safaris

We are very much aware that for any family safari to be organized successfully there must be a person behind it. It could be the mother and or father. All we need from you is to fill our safari form so that you provide us with details of your family in terms of age, gender, number of days you would like to spend in Uganda, rooming arrangement, activities that interest your family members and we will go ahead and advise you on the best available options?

We organize family safaris to see gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. We organize everything from transport, accommodation and gorilla permits for your family. The most important thing with gorilla tracking family safaris is that you need to let us know of the age of each individual so that we establish if you will need a porter or if others meet the minimum age for gorilla trekking. The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years and above and should you have any member of your family below that age, then it means that we need to organize other activities for him or her as she/he will not be allowed to trek. ?

Boat trips are also recommended for family safaris as you get to move together as you appreciate the beauty of Uganda as a tourism destination. This creates bondage required as a family and the experience is Immense. We organize family safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing and boat trips on the Kazinga channel and also to Murchison Falls National Park for boat trips to the bottom of the falls and to the delta. How about taking a hot air balloon in Queen Elizabeth National Park? Contact us and we will surely design something good for your family?

There are so many options for family safaris including spending time at islands like Ssesse, Ngamba, gong to Jinja to visit the source of the river Nile among others. Why not send us an email today and you establish what we can suggest for you?

Honeymoon Ideas

How about spending your honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and or Volcanoes National Park in Uganda and Rwanda respectively. These two national parks are home to about 880 endangered mountain gorillas and spending some time with these huge creatures is truly rewarding. Let’s be the one that organizes for your gorilla permits, transport to and from plus accommodation while in the above-mentioned sites. While on your honeymoon, we make sure that something special is organized for you at any given lodge. This is always a surprise to spice up your stay in Uganda. For any honeymoon ideas including gorillas, Empathy Tours takes the lead.

You may prefer spending your honeymoon in a quiet place so that you get up close and personal with your partner. Empathy Tours will organize a better and exclusive Lodge for your to experience this. Be it on an island in Lake Victoria or Wild Waters Lodge in Jinja, we will move that extra mile to provide you exactly what you are looking for. Other honeymoon ideas include enjoying sundowner drinks or bush breakfast if you decide to go on safari, hot air balloon safaris in Queen Elizabeth and or sunset cruise/wine and cheese cruise on Lake Victoria and River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. For honeymoon ideas, please contact one of our dedicated safari consultant

White water rafting

Empathy Tours can help you organize a one excursion to Jinja for white water rafting or combine this with other activities which may include gorilla trekking chimpanzee trekking, game drives and boat cruises in Queen Elizabeth and or Murchison Falls National Parks. All you need is to let us know when you intend to raft, how many days you have on your disposal as well as other activities that you may be interested in. You may choose to start your excursion in Kampala/Entebbe or spend an overnight in Jinja for other sightseeing opportunities including taking a boat trip to see the source of the River Nile which is the longest river on planet Earth. Feel free to contact us for ideas on how to organize your white water rafting excursion, transport to and from Jinja as well as your accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe or Jinja.

For further information about white water rafting in Uganda, please contact one of our dedicated safari consultants for reliable and timely advice. Send us an email or call us using telephone numbers shown on our website.

Birding Safari in Uganda

Important birding areas in Uganda include Queen Elizabeth National Park where over 600 bird species have been recorded. Taking a boat cruise on Kazinga channel will testify this. We organize game and birding safaris to Queen Elizabeth National Park and for us to serve you better, kindly let us know your dates, send us your bird checklist and we will advise you accordingly.

We arrange birding safaris to search for the rare shoebill stock in Uganda. If interested in the shoebill, we will take you to Mabamba swamp, Makanaga, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park.

Amazing birding safaris can be enjoyed in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where 347 bird species have been recorded with 25 being Albertine endemics. We also organize birding safaris to Lake Mburo National Park, Budongo forest on the royal mile as well as other National Parks such as Semiliki.

If you want to combine birding safari with other activities such as gorilla trekking, chimp trekking, boat cruises, game drives, community and cultural visits, volunteer work, study trips and any other activity of your choice, do not hesitate to contact one of our safari experts.

Empathy Tours is committed to offering you the best and affordable birding safari in Uganda and Rwanda fitting in your budget, interest and time.

Mountain Hiking-Rwenzori

Mountain Rwenzori is the largest block mountain range in Africa and one where you can enjoy mountain hiking while in Uganda. Located in western Uganda, it takes about 8 days to reach the peak. We can organize hikes that range from 3 to 8 days on this mountain. If you are interested in mountain hiking, then the Rwenzori Mountains should be on your wish list.

Elgon Mountain Hiking

Mountain Elgon is located in Eastern Uganda and is one of the very few exciting volcanoes in Uganda. It has one of the largest calderas in Uganda and may take three to four days to reach its peak. Uganda Wildlife Authority is in charge of hiking and trekking services and we can help you put together a mountain hiking trip if contacted.

Mgahinga, Sabinyo and Muhavura mountain Hiking.

In the southwestern part of Uganda boarding, Rwanda and Congo lies three volcanic mountains that are part of the virunga volcano chains and very exciting to hike. Any of the three volcanoes may take you from 2 to three days to reach the peak and for those interested in combining mountain gorillas with volcano hiking, this is the place to be.

Depending on which side of Uganda you want to visit, we can advise the best hiking option and combine it with other tour activities in such regions to make sure that you enjoy your stay while in Uganda. Contact us to find out which mountain provides the best experience or the best time to hike any of them. For those that are interested in hill climbing, Kisoro and Kabale provides the best opportunity