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Uganda Safari Highlights - 10 Days of Adventure

This Uganda Safari takes you to experience amazing wildlife in Murchison falls, cruise up the River Nile, look for iconic shoebill in mashes, come face to face with Chimpanzees in Budongo forest. More primates around Kibale forest, impressive 13 primates species. Experience like locals in a community swamp walk viewing Rwenzori Mountains.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $1365 - $3195
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 10 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Uganda Uganda
Parks visited: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Boating
This Uganda Safari takes you to experience amazing wildlife in Murchison falls, cruise up the river nile, look for iconic shoebill in mash, come face to face with Chimpanzee in Budongo forest. More primates around Kibale forest, impressive 13 primates species. Experience like locals in a community swamp walk viewing Rwenzori Mountains. Check off amazing birds, animals on a boat cruise across the rift valley on Kazinga channel. Head further south, look up to find Ishasha tree climbing lions resting in the fig trees. Complete your Uganda journey to the Bwindi impenetrable national park, with magical hour with mountain gorillas. Uganda is much more than gorillas; enjoy optional insightful community walks. Opt to look for rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla Park viewing the majestic volcanoes. Relax by lake Bunyonyi as you wind up your Uganda holiday. The tour will start and ends in Kampala/ Entebbe Airport or at any meeting point in Entebbe.

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park:

Today early morning, our guide will pick you from your Hotel or other residence in Kampala/Entebbe. Along the way to Murchison falls national park, you will stopover at ziwa rhino sanctuary located at Nakitoma village. Tracking and viewing the rhinos usually involves a short drive followed by 1 hour walking and viewing with a ranger. Closed shoes, long trousers and insect repellent are strongly recommended.

You’ll be guided on foot by a ranger to visit Uganda’s most endangered creature – the Southern White Rhino. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuar, home to 30 southern white rhinos is the only place in Uganda where they still survive and breed with the hopes of one day being reintroduced back into one of the savannah parks. After check into your lodge for dinner and overnight:

Driving time: 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 2: In Murchison Falls

Today we head out early (6.30 am) for morning game drive to the northern side in the open savannah. Enjoy a 3 hour game safari, keep an eye out for the elephants, leopards, lions, warthogs and giraffes as well as large herds of antelopes; oribi, Hartebeets, Kobs. Please note – some wild animals like leopards, lions can be elusive! – our guides will maximize chances of these cat sightings! You’ll stop for your lunch by the River Nile.

At 2:00PM, we depart for a 3 hour boat cruise along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison falls. Along the way, you’ll be passing large numbers of giant Nile crocodiles, schools of hippos, vast range of birdlife. Enjoy this breathtaking scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 3: Murchison falls to Budongo Forest – Chimpanzee tracking to Hoima City

After early breakfast, your guide will transfer you to south of Murchison falls to Budongo forest on time for chimpanzee tracking walk at 8AM. Although the forest is home to a big population of chimpanzees, Budongo is also the biggest tropical rainforest, with an abundance of large East African mahogany trees (some more than 80m tall, with a 20m circumference. Chimpanzee walking takes between 2 to 4 hours.  It can be quite exhausting, so take good shoes and possibly a poncho. After viewing chimpanzees for an hour, your ranger will guide you back to the trail head, where you will meet your driver/guide who will then transfer you for 2 hours to Hoima town - The future Oil City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 Hoima City to Kibale Forest National Park

The is a very beautiful journey with stunning diverse landscapes and the hills and mountains you will drive through will become greener and greener until you come to the tea plantations of Fort Portal!

Today afternoon you will be to exploring Bigodi swamp & community in a village walk (2-3 hours). Search for other primates including: I’hoestes, red colobus, blues, red tailed and gray– cheeked mangabey, bird species like the Great blue Turaco, bees’ eaters and many more. Experience how primates and birds live with the community, amazing farm life experiences; basket weaving, farm life, Coffee tour.

Optional activities:

  • Second Chimpanzee tracking walk after 2pm. Costs  extra $150 per person)
  • Night walk - (Subject to availability) – Approx 1.5-2 hours. Walk through the forest in search for nocturnal residents like bushbaby, potto, and night jar ($25 per person)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner                                                      Driving time: 4 hours

 

Day 5: To Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boatcruise

Today early morning transfer to Queen Elisabeth NP. Check in at the lodge, in Queen Elizabeth NP viewing Rwenzori Mountains. At 2pm we will go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel (2 hours approx.). Look out for the hippos, great herds of bufallos, and lots of water birds by the channel side. Time permiting head out a 2 hour evening game drive; from 5pm to 7pm. look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes.

Driving time: 3.5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 6:  In Queen Elizabeth National Park Game drive/Ishasha - Bwindi National Park/ Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

In the morning we do a second game drive, on a look out for the lions, buffalos, elephants, and large numbers of Uganda Kobs and other antelopes. We transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park /Mgahinga national park.  You will drive via Ishasha (2 ½ hours approx.), which is in the southern sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park, Ishasha is famous for tree climbing lions. There are chances of finding lions in the trees by the roadside. Please note that there is no guarantee but our guide will maximize all regular hot spots to increase chances of sighting.

Depending on the park gate of gorilla permits available at time of booking, we will proceed to one of the following three sectors: Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Kisoro/Mgahinga gorilla gate.

Driving time to Bwindi: 3.5 to 7 hours, depending on location/gate of gorilla permit reserved at time of booking.

Comfortable Midrange Hotel: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Travellers Rest / Bakiga Lodge (B/L/D)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

           

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/Mgahinga gorilla park

Breakfast and take a short transfer to Bwindi NP office, where you will meet up with excellent local rangers and trackers, who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. Thereafter, hike into the forest with your packed lunch. After this exciting experience, it's time to relax at the lodge and view your photos.

In Bwindi NP (Uganda), there are 19 habituated gorilla families that can be viewed by tourists. In Mgahinga NP (Uganda), there is 1 habituated gorilla family for tourist viewing. Each of the families can be visited by a maximum of 8 people daily and the viewing lasts only 1 hour.

The trekking can take from 2 to 9 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet.  After finding gorillas, you will spend a maximum of 1 hour viewing them. The terrain can get tough and at times muddy.  Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice; hence waterproof clothing is a good essential including zip lock bags for cameras.  It is important to take plenty of water.

Comfortable Midrange Hotel: Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Travellers Rest / Bakiga Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 8 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (South) – Kisoro - Lake Bunyonyi

Today depending on the location of gorilla family that you trekked yesterday, you will transfer to Kisoro town.

There are optional activities starting from Kisoro/Mgahinga NPK

1. Golden monkey tracking. Costs $100 per person

Our guide will transfer you direct to mgahinga park gate on time for pre-tracking orientation at 8am. The golden monkeys are a rare primate species with colorful coats, playful ways. Photo tip; you may need to set your camera equipment on fast shutter speed as they move rather quickly.  Activity duration: 3 to 6 hours

2. Mgahinga panoramic walk to viewing point

Just above Ntebeko Gate is a small platform offering a magnificent view of Mgahinga National Park and the surrounding area; three volcanoes, to the north miles of small gardens, Lake Mutanda and the hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. To the west a great view of the Western Rift valley in the Congo.Cost $USD 10 per person

3. Hiking Gahinga Volcanoe: 6 hours; distance 8km; height 3474, elevation gain 1100m. Cost $USD 90 per person.

4. Villages walk with local guide: Go through villages of the local people. Learn how the people live and work. Walk over the hills to Lake Mutanda. Difficulty: moderate; walking time: 3hrs; distance 3-8 km; elevation gain: very little. Cost $USD 20 per person

5. Community life experience: Visit a native homestead; learn how young girls were initiated into getting married in ancient times.   If you like there is the possibility to eat at a local home or sometimes with a family. Activity duration: 2 hours. Cost $USD20 per person

6. Wine farm tour: Experience how wine is processed from beat root at a local organic mixed farm. Taste some beat root wine made from purely organic farm. Activity time 1-2 hours. Cost $USD15 per person

After this, our guide will transfer you for 2 ½ hours to Lake Bunyonyi, described by BBC media as ‘probably Africa’s most beautiful lake’.

Comfortable Midrange Hotel: BirdNest@bunyonyi resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 9 Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a lava dammed lake, formed when a river was dammed by lava and valley filled up. This is one of Africa's deepest and probably beautiful lakes at an elevation of 1960m (6400ft). Lake Bunyonyi is a known to be a place of so many little small birds. It's possible to have an early morning guided bird watching at the lodge.

Optional activities at Lake Bunyonyi

  1. Boat ride to punishment island - Look out  for "akampene”  - the punishment Island -  where until 1940's unmarried pregnant girls were dropped and left to die helplessly or starve to death, some drown trying to swim ashore; they were often saved my poor men who could not afford pride price. It was a taboo to pregnant before the recommended marriage age. Activity duration: 1 hour.  Cost $10 per person.
  2. Boat ride to traditional healer's village. Experience how traditional African medicine is integrated into modern medicine. The healer not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants of ancient time. Activity duration: 2-3 hours Cost $15 per person.

Meal Plan:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Comfortable Midrange Hotel: BirdNest@bunyonyi resort

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi to Entebbe.

Today you will transfer to Entebbe town in which it will be the end of your Ugandan safari adventure.  We will stop at the Equator for lunch. This is an opportunity to have photo moment and do souvenir shopping. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

Please note: We can customize any tour and can start any date.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • * Fort Murchison
  • * Hoima Kontik Hotel
  • * Bush Lodge
  • * Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge
  • * BirdsNest @ Lake Bunyonyi
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