Day 1: We will pick you at Entebbe airport upon your arrival. On a drive to your hotel in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, you can get a first glimpse at modern Uganda. Depending on your time of arrival, we will either have enough time to go and visit one of Kampala’s markets and taste some of the fresh fruits which are sold there. In the evening, we should leave our hotel and discover Ugandan hang-outs in the capital city. Comedy shows, live bands, and the national theatre are perfect ways to get familiar with modern East Africa.
Day 2: After breakfast, we will finally leave our hotel and downtown Kampala. In our safari Land Rover Defenders, we will drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, which is about four hours north of Uganda’s capital. There, we will be able to see rhinos and the fantastic topography of the place. Ziwa’s employees aim at stabilizing the numbers of rhinos in Uganda. The night will be spent around this place in your lodge.
Day 3: Drive from Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to the legendary Murchison Falls, the most spectacular waterfalls of Eastern Africa. At the top of the falls at Paraa, We will enjoy the view and relax for the rest of this day. At Murchison, community walks and hikes are possible. We will not miss out on learning about this area from local community members. In the evening, optionally, a night game drive is possible. The area is scattered with wild animals, active at night.
Day 4: A game drive is organized for you in the plains of Murchison Falls National Park in the early morning of day four. In the afternoon, a boat cruise towards the base of the crushing falls is planned. Our night will also be spent directly at the falls and we will get time to share the experiences we have made in Uganda, so far.
Day 5: After our healthy and fresh breakfast, we take off in the southern direction. We are going to Kibale National Park. This park is famous for our close relatives, the chimpanzees. The swampy area of Kibale National Park is also home to other monkey species like the black and white colobus monkey and baboons. Farmers close to the forest have to protect their crops from the hungry primates. After community activities we will share our experiences at the lodge directly bordering the dense rain forest. Optionally and depending on our time frame, we are able to visit Sempaya hot springs and Semuliki wildlife reserve before reaching Kibale. The region around the springs is known for its many bird species which can be watched and identified on the way.
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking is the next item on the checklist. For the entire day, we will get the chance to walk, track, and enjoy time with the apes inside the forest. Kibale National Park is the area with the highest concentration of primates in the world! Another night will be spent at our lodge.
Day 7: We take off to reach Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is bordered by the Rwenzori mountains in the north and Bwindi Forest in the south. On the way there, we might encounter elephants, antilopes, and buffalos. The rest of the day will be for you to recover from the first week of travel and to enjoy the nature settings. Queen Elizabeth National Park has numerous craters and the northern and more green region morphing into the Rwenzoris is also called the “Moutnains of the Moon” because of these crater lakes.
Day 8: This day will be filled with the animals you came to Uganda to see for yourself. Early in the morning, we begin our game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we are likely to meet tree-climbing lions, some leopards, elephants, buffalos, warthogs, Uganda kobs, and many more. Even some monkeys can be seen in the trees and are often playful. In the afternoon, we sit down on a boat to commence our launch trip on Kazinga channel. We will identify numerous water bird species, hippos, crocodiles, and observe local fishermen on site.
Day 9: After a night at our hotel, we go on our long trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. Bwindi now has more than 400 recorded individual mountain gorillas in about twenty groups. When traveling with Instinct Safaris, we will always trek the Rushaga and Nkuringo groups in the forest’s southern sector. This is because of the trekking experience, which is superior in the hilly south sector of Bwindi. After arriving there, you are free to relax at our hotel or you can join one of the many different community activities around. Those include guided community and nature walks, cultural performances, and hill climbing. Why don’t we play a round of volleyball or football when school is over?
Day 10: This day is designated to trekking the legendary mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is an all-day activity and you never know just when your group will find the gentle giants in the dense bushes of Bwindi forest. You will be rewarded a one-in-a-lifetime experience when first hearing some branches break and you see some shadows moving in the bush! After returning to your hotel, you can share photos and experience with your friends while enjoying a cold beer and the cold evening breeze near Bwindi and the Virunga massif.
Day 11: After our breakfast, we say ‘bye’ to the Bwindi rain forest and we will move to lake Mburo National Park passing the Kigezi highlands and lake Bunyonyi. Lake Mburo is the only place in Uganda where you can admire wild zebras. The night will be spent at one of the beautiful tented camps.
Day 12: In order to see the zebras and other wildlife, we have to get up early on day twelve. We will get the chance to have two game drives, one in the morning, and one in the evening. That way, we will experience different animals and observe their day and night active behavior.
Day 13: After almost two weeks of traveling Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, our last portion of distance will take us back to Entebbe, ending the safari. We will make sure, that you are in time for your flight back home. It was great to have you here!