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We’re back with another group trip to Uganda!

If you’re looking for new adventures, animal watching in a safari, trekking in the jungle looking for gorillas, immersing yourself in a new culture, getting to meet new people and going to East Africa? This is the best way to kick off the year 2024, and maybe even get away from the cold if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.

Come and join us this January 21st-27th, 2024, as we embark on a 7-day journey through the Pearl of Africa: Uganda

Trip highlights: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Park, Safari in Murchison Falls, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Lake Bunyonyi

why join us?


Visit one of the only 3 countries in the world where you can see mountain gorillas in the wild and watch the BIG FIVE (leopards, lions, buffaloes, rhinoceros and elephants) as part of a safari. Uganda is safe, open for tourism, and has e-visas and visas on arrival for most nationalities.


By traveling with a Ugandan company, you are not only supporting the local economy but also protecting endangered animals by engaging in sustainable tourism that helps preserve conservation efforts. Buutu Safaris has been operating since the 1990s and only uses local accommodation and employees to boost eco-tourism and help prevent illegal hunting (poaching).


I'm on a journey to break stereotypes and to push people to travel as much as possible. The world isn't as dangerous and scary as the media pegs it to be. Looking to get out of your comfort zone and make new friends while traveling? This is the chance to do so!

*Game Drive (or safari): viewing wildlife in the comfort of an open 4×4 vehicle.

**Big game or game: large mammals – lions, leopards, black rhinoceros, elephants, etc.

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to reach out via email or Instagram DM!


Day 1: Pick-up and drive to Murchison Falls via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Park
Set off at 07:00am for Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Upon arrival, head to the offices for briefing. Thereafter your ranger/guide will lead you into the savannah grasslands in search for the rhinos. Spend an hour watching the rhinos as you listen to the great conservation efforts that have led to the reintroduction of white rhinos in Ugandan wilderness.

After a lunch break, proceed to Murchison Falls National Park via the top of the falls. Experience the scenic sights of the wild as the sun sets over Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfall.
Thereafter head to the lodge for dinner and the night’s stay.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise


After your breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive in the northern sector of
Murchison Falls. Look out for night dwellers including the leopards, lions and
hyenas, which, with a little luck, we will see before they retreat to the coolness
of the thickets in the afternoon hours.


After lunch, head out for a cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls as you enjoy

the unique sights of aquatic wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds and the breathtaking views of the water falls.


After this eventful Nile cruise, return to the lodge for dinner and the night.


Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3: Flight transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest



After a leisurely breakfast, fly to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where you will arrive in the afternoon. Unwind in the peaceful forest side lodge as you prepare for the action-filled day of gorilla trekking.



Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


After an early breakfast, head to the park office at 08:00 am for briefing. Thereafter, the rangers will walk you down the narrow forest paths through thick undergrowth, with the bird sounds in the background as you search for the gorilla families.


Trekking can take between 2-6 hours. However, once found the experience of
watching these incredible primates in their natural habitat is well worth every ounce of energy expended on the tiring forest trails. It is most advisable for trekkers to be in
good physical condition before embarking on the trails.


We will be split up into smaller groups to have a more intimate experience with the gorillas. The gorilla family assigned to you will depend on your level of fitness and health, and there are 3 different levels of difficulty. You have the possibility to hire a porter (someone who will carry your bag and make sure you make it to the end) for $15 USD per person.

Get in close proximity with the gorillas as you quietly observe these pacific primates
in their natural habitat. Watch the Gorillas eat, groom and play. Packed lunched is
offered during the day.


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner



Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi


After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Lake Bunyonyi where you will arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon hours choose from a rnage of activities including swimming, canoe rides, zip lining and hiking.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


a view of a lake and canoes

Day 6: Lake Bunyonyi


Spend the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon, we will start our excursion to Joshua’s Island where we are in for a treat and a feel of the local life in Lake Bunyonyi. Learn to make a rolex and see how traditional millet beer is made as you hang out at local bar and in a homestead. Option of hiking, quad biking and swimming in the lake are also on offer.


Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Drive to Entebbe


After breakfast we’ll embark on an 8 – 9 hour drive back to Entebbe where we will arrive in the evening hours.


Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Accommodation: No accommodation.

price per person

January 21 - 27th, 2024 / 7-Day Safari and Gorilla Trekking in Uganda


$3,695 USD per person


Payment plans available! Please reach out to me directly to arrange these.

You just need a deposit of $1200 USD to secure your spot

and most importantly, your gorilla permit. The rest is due in mid December, 2023.

Add on options (the visa is valid for 30+ days, so you can stay longer if you want to)


Full Day Rafting - $100 -$140 per person

Quad Biking – 2 hours - $75 per person

1-day stay at Rhino Sanctuary (must arrive a day earlier) - $245



1. Safari starts and ends in Entebbe - Uganda, which is the city you should fly to

Airport Code: EBB

2. Accommodation is to be confirmed after securing gorilla permit

3. We can help with flight suggestions if needed


What you should bring:

Passport copy, face masks (N95/surgical), personal sanitizer, Both short/long

sleeved shirts, raincoat, Both short/trousers, swimming costume, small flashlight,

sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a good camera, refilling water bottle, extra

cash in local currency, small USD bills for tips and a pair of keen eyes!


LATEST UPDATE: From May 1st, 2022 - no PCR test is required to enter the country. No CoVid vaccine required. You do need to be vaccinated against yellow fever to enter the country.


If you have ANY questions, please feel free to reach out via email or Instagram DM!

Uganda Group Trip FAQs

It is! There is a general misconception about Africa being “cheap’. In the case of Uganda, it actually is the most affordable/safest option in the region when it comes to wildlife and safaris. Since tourism is scarce, it is expensive to put up infrastructure in place.

For this specific trip, a good amount of the costs go towards the parks and conservation fees. Just the gorilla trekking permits are $700 USD per person! But you have nothing to worry about. This permit, along with the other fees, all transportation, guides, and meals are already included.

Most importantly, we are offering high-end accommodation during this trip for the same price as regular stays! Which is also included in the price. This is all thanks to Buutu Safaris.  Going as part of a group will also keep prices down. Buutu offers this same tour starting from $4200 USD (which you can see here) if you book this independently. That’s more than $500 USD more if you were to go without a group. 

Yes! All you have to do is be ready for us to pick you up on January the 21st, 2024 in Entebbe, Uganda. You have nothing to worry about when it comes to planning for food, accommodation or getting around. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy everything that Uganda has to offer!

Yes! If traveling alone is something that’s out of your comfort zone, then I would highly recommend joining a group trip! Not only is everything organized for you, but it is a great way to meet like-minded people and having fun while traveling. I’m a big advocate of solo travel. Joining a group trip on your own counts as solo travel – it means embarking on a journey with other strangers as part of a unique experience. This is an excellent way for you to not miss out on life and travel but at the same time doing it in a safe environment where someone will always be looking out for you.
If you ever dreamt of joining a summer camp as a child, a group trip is the adult-version of that. You’re doing daily activities with fellow travelers that will become your friends. While traveling solo, it can be hard to engage with locals and learn from them. In a group trip, you can have authentic experiences that you would otherwise miss out on if you were on your own. ‌

Depending on the region, group trips are also a great way to keep expenses down. Going on a safari is not a budget activity, and travel in many African countries can be expensive. This is because there isn’t much tourist infrastructure. This is just one of those instances where you’ll end up spending money wisely by joining a group trip. ‌ Last, but not least, I travel alone most of the time and you’ll still find me joining group trips from time to time. Some experiences are just better when shared, especially with people who are curious about the world like you are. If you’re tired of waiting around for others to travel, then a group trip is for you.
A strenuous hike into the dense mountain tropical forests of East Africa in search of mountain gorillas.
No, if all the rules and guidelines are followed. Gorilla trekking is safe and led by professional guides and with the right gear, gorilla trekking is as safe as hiking. There are rules and guidelines that have been used for decades to ensure the safety of the mountain gorillas and of the trekkers. Buutu Safaris, the operator I’m working with, has never had a single injury in nearly three decades of operation.
Hiking boots are essential for gorilla trekking. We highly advice to wear long pants/trousers combined with a pair of long socks to make sure that no skin is showing. A long-sleeved short is also ideal. All of this to protect you from insects and the surrounding vegetation. You may bring gloves if you want to, but it’s not necessary.
‌For the rest of the trip, we will be providing a packing list, but you can also find the relevant information on the group trip page. We do not require you to go out shopping for this trip.
There are only 3 countries in the world where mountain gorillas can be found: Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). There is no difference between the gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC as they all live in the same ecosystem. The experience is, however, different. Rwanda is largely a high-end luxury destination whereas Uganda is still a mid-range destination. DRC has been going through a conflict for years. For more information, you can read Buutu Safaris’s blog post about this topic.
These are already included in the price package, so you won’t have to pay extra for them. These prices have been set by the government to protect the gorillas and a part of that goes towards their conservation and the community. ‌

It’s thanks to gorilla trekking that gorilla numbers have increased over the decades. These prices are set across the 3 countries where it’s available. In Rwanda they’re $1500 USD per person. In Uganda, $700 USD. And in the DRC, they’re $400 USD per person. And while the DRC is the best option with pricing, the country has been going through a conflict and instability for decades and it’s not safe or easy to visit at the moment. I would only advice VERY experienced travelers to go there. So in terms of safety AND pricing, Uganda is by far the best choice. ‌

Like I said before, traveling in a group is an excellent way to keep costs down. The prices of these permits, and of the tourist packages offered in the region, will only keep increasing with time.
Gorilla trekking has completely transformed the towns in which it operates. Many of the people in the community are now employed thanks to the tourism industry. Buutu Safaris actually organizes different add-ons activities in which you’ll be directly contributing to the town. Part of the revenue of the gorilla trekking permits is used directly to fund public services and improve infrastructure. ‌

Just 15 years ago, there were only around 600 mountain gorillas left. Previous studies show even lower numbers, which meant that they were close to extinction. Female mountain gorillas usually do not have any ovulation for 3-5 years after giving birth, so their reproduction rates (and chances of extinction) are much higher. The last recorded census was of 1096 mountain gorillas! The numbers have almost doubled, thanks to the conservation efforts led by the gorilla trekking industry.
I personally would say that it can be even more exciting than going on a safari. Unlike safaris, you are actually entering the gorilla’s environment on foot. It is an activity full of adrenaline. By going gorilla trekking, you are also helping protect them. It is one of the best travel acvitities out there, and something that you have to see for yourself.

No, you cannot. Mountain gorillas cannot survive outside of their natural environment. Poachers have unsuccessfully tried to sell them to zoos. They do not survive there long. If you want to see mountain gorillas, it can only be done in this region of Africa.

Yes, gorilla trekking has saved gorillas from extinction. It is one of the most successful conservation projects in Africa over the last 20 years. Gorilla trekking gives insights into how humanity can create a green sustainable economy. ‌

Having said that, the authorities need to limit the numbers of trekkers per day which means the price needs to rise further. Gorilla numbers increased during the lockdown so there is a tangible benefit from having less interruptions by humans. This is why the number of daily permits are limited.

Rated 5* on trip advisor and 4.7* on google maps