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Uganda Classic Highlight Safari

Explore several of the best National Parks in Uganda

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1200 - $1600
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 11 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Uganda Uganda
Parks visited Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Murchison Falls
Activity level Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Camping

Day 1: Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park

Today we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. We make a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The reserve was created to reintroduce rhinos to the country which had been extinct since 1982. Together with our guide you will track the rhinos and observe them in their habitat at a very close and safe distance. After this activity, we continue to Murchison Falls National Park and visit the top of the falls where the whole Nile is forced through a gap in the rocks, only 7 meters (23 feet) wide, and tumbles 43 meters (141 feet), before flowing westward into Lake Albert. After which we cross the Nile to the northern bank where we shall have an evening game drive before we proceed to the lodge.

Dinner and overnight: Fort Murchison

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park

After an early breakfast we start the day with a game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing giraffes, buffalos, kobs, warthogs, elephants, lions, hartebeest, other wild animals and different species of birds. In the afternoon the safari will be continued with a boat cruise on the river Nile for game viewing at close quarters.

Dinner and overnight: Fort Murchison

Day 3: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park

We depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal. This long journey will be rewarded with stunning views while you by pass small villages and local markets. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon” and is famous for the many tea plantations. From this lovely town we will continue to the dense forest of Kibale National Park.

Dinner and overnight: Chimpanzee forest guest house

Day 4: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Swamp

On this day the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After a hearty lunch we transfer toBigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates.

Dinner and overnight: Chimpanzee forest guest house

Day 5: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Enjoy the majestic Rwenzori Mountains in its full glory! Have a guided walk in the foothills of the mountains and learn about the local culture first hand. After this hike we calmly transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Dinner and overnight: Bush lodge

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari.

Dinner and overnight: Bush lodge

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park

We depart the beautiful area of Queen Elizabeth and drive to the southwest to Bwindi. We shall drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth for a game drive in search of the tree climbing lions and enjoy the spectacular views if lucky. Also in this sector are Topis (antelopes) which are not in other parts of the park.

Day 8: Bwindi (Gorilla tracking)-Lake Bunyonyi

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience. After which we will proceed to Lake Bunyonyi.

Dinner and overnight: Overland camp
Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) is 1,962 m (6,437 feet) above sea level; it is about 25 km (15.5 mi) long and 7 km (1.35 mi) wide with 29 islands. The depth of the lake is rumored to vary between 44 m (144 feet) and 900 m (2,952 feet), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming. Other activities other than swimming will be the boat trip to the islands, canoeing, hike to the top of the hill among others but all optional.

Dinner and overnight: Overland camp

 

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Game drive or boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. In the evening we make a game drive.

Lake Mburo is one of the two national parks with zebras and the only national park with impalas in Uganda. There are no elephants and lions, so walking safaris are possible.

Dinner and overnight: Eagles nest/Rwakobo Rock

Day 11: Lake Mburo-Mbarara/Kampala/Entebbe/Jinja

We start the day with an early morning game drive. Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories. We leave the park and head to Mbarara/Kampala/Entebbe/Jinja.

NOTE: If you would like to continue with the trip you can choose to visit Jinja as an option

Extension – Jinja (Optional 2 days)

Jinja is in Jinja District, Busoga sub region, in the Eastern region of Uganda. The town is approximately 81 kilometers (50 mi), by road, east of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.

It sits along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile. Jinja is commonly regarded as “the adventure capital of East Africa” due to the many tourist activities in town.

Local attractions include white-water rafting, the “Source of the Nile”, Bungee Jumping, and a large brewery.

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