11 Days Uganda Safari Highlights

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Uganda Safari Highlights Vacation Safari

11 Days Uganda Safari Highlights

  • Price– enquire
  • Duration 11 Days 10 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • LocationUganda
  • Departure CityEntebbe
  • End CityEntebbe
  • Contact nameLydia
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

The Uganda Safari Highlights is a great Africa safari to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla tracking in Bwindi; while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale Forest. Queen Elizabeth, kidepo valley national park and Murchison Falls National Parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top parks of Kenya and Tanzania. This safari combines primate viewing with a classic savannah safari, gives you a good balance between vehicle, boat and walking activities and not leaving out the excellent birding experience and the scenic beauty.

This amazing adventure blooms in Africa’s oldest rainforest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located in Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will track the gentle giants of the mountain forest, the Mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi ‘the impenetrable forest’ home to one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 1063 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe Internal Airport & Transfer to Hotel B
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park enjoying the countryside B, L, D
Day 3: Game Drive day in Lake Mburo National Park. B, L, D
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
Day 5: Transfer to Ishasha Sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park B, L, D
Day 6: Launch Cruise & Game Drive Queen Elizabeth National Park B, L, D
Day 7: Enjoy the Fort Portal landscape as you transfer to Kibale Forest National Park B, L, D
Day 8: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (Kanyanchu) Kibale Forest B, L, D
Day 9: Photographic log drive to Murchison Falls National Park; . B, L, D
Day 10: The amazing Murchison Falls launch cruise & game drive. B, L, D
Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe, you visit the to ziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasongora B, L, D

Know before you go

  • You’ll be traveling between destinations in a 4×4 custom safari truck with open roof and great wide windows for wildlife viewing.
  • The tour is limited to a maximum of 6 travelers per vehicle, and 30% deposit on confirmation.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla & Chimps Permits ($900)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Private tour
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$750 for both permits in Jan to Jun 2020 and US$900 in Jul-Dec 2020) since we need to immediately pay Uganda Wildlife Authority Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival Entebbe International Airport

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, a Nkuringo Safaris driver will pick you from the Airport and tranfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. (15 minutes)

Accommodation and meals:
Papyrus Entebbe
Bed & Breakfast


Day 2: Fly from Entebbe – Kisoro – Native village Visit

Start your Uganda Safari Highlights adventure after an early breakfast, and head out to the Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria for a quick birding tour.

This is one of the few remaining swamps in the country protected by the local communities. It is an extensive papyrus swamp, with a labyrinth of channels and lagoons, and is home to several pairs of Shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident. This charismatic monotypic species is certainly among the most sought-after birds in Africa. Paddle through the channels by boat. View a good selection of classic East African water birds to observe along the way

This takes a provision of 4 hours on the road between venues should be considered. Conduct an evening game drive where you will be able to spot Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, Impalas and Topis, and bird your way around the lodge.

Accommodation and meals:
Mihingo Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Lake Mburo NP – Bwindi Impenetrable NP

After an early breakfast, meet with your Uganda Safari Highlights driver / guide and through the park’s game tracks, with the last catch of the morning wild in the savanna plains, proceed to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Pass via town of Mbarara town, Kabale then Kisoro town before continuing to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. This takes a provision of 6 to 7 hours on the road between venues.

Continue to Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance.

Accommodation and meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable NP

After breakfast at around 7:45am with packed lunch and drinking water in your backpack, the Uganda Safari Highlights gets more interesting as you head into the African jungle to find the elusive mountain gorilla. Your driver will transfer you to the trailhead for a briefing on the dos and the don’ts while tracking and spending time with the gorillas.

You’ll be escorted into the jungle with a guide, two rangers and seven other fellow trackers for your chosen gorilla family. This activity can last from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. strict rules have to be adhared to keep you safe and keep the gorillas in their habituated mood.

Accommodation and Meals:
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5: Hike Across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (16 km)

After a very early breakfast, drive along the Nteko Ridge till the junction of the Ivy River Trail with the forest (7 km) and then start the unforgettable hike across the forest (13km – 4-5 hours). Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a vast unique natural reserve – monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species plus many butterflies can be sighted.

If you are very lucky you may even encounter gorillas! Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, the park is nowadays an ecological island within a sea of villages and farmland, its conservation importance is immense.

The emphasis of this Classic Primate Safari activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest with you, it is not simply an A to B hike. The trail is also an important footpath for local people, particularly on market days, travelling from Nkuringo and Nteko to Buhoma, on the northern boundary of the park. There is no road through Bwindi so vehicles driving between the two locations have an incredible 170 km bone-jarring journey taking 6 to 8 hours.

Upon arrival at the park headquarters in Buhoma, meet with the vehicle and departure to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The southern area of Ishasha is notably recognized for its resident ‘tree-climbing’ lions that are an exceptional attraction and one of the highlights of all safaris taken within the park. The lions can be spotted hanging on branches of huge fig trees whereas the Uganda Kob (which is the major food to these lions) graze on the plains below. The drive takes about 4 hours (182kms)

Accommodation & meals:
Kasenyi Safari Camp (Safari Tent) or similar
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Explore Queen Elizabeth NP Savanna

Mornings are dedicated to game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and to the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel – the 36 km waterway which connects Lake George and Lake Edward which allows special viewing of game and birds on the river banks, as the boat passes through pods of hippos. Crocodiles have only recently been seen in the Channel, they disappeared for 8,000 years after they were eliminated from Lake Edward by toxic ash from local volcanoes.

QENP is one of Uganda’s oldest parks officially opened in 1952. The park was initially known as ‘Kazinga National Park’ before it was renamed in 1954 to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. QENP hosts 95 species of mammals, more than any other park in Uganda, and 619 bird species, the second-highest of any park in Africa – the sixth-highest of any park worldwide.

Take a Uganda Safari Highlights break and transfer back to the lodge for lunch, after which you can take on an afternoon Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. The channel is 40 wide and offers beautiful scenery of hundreds of hippos along the banks as well as different bird species seen when cruising west towards Lake Edward.

Accommodation & meals:
Kasenyi Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: QENP – Kibale Forest NP

Have an early breakfast, and take on another Uganda Safari Highlights savanna game drive. View more African safari game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions.

Your private driver will gracefully drive onto the highway heading to Kibale forest NP. Enjoy the landscape as you drive along the Kaseses-Fort Portal highway south-western side of Uganda. Kibale forest National Park bares homage to a very large number of primates.

You’ll be driving about 3 – 4 hours from Kasese to Kibale.

Accommodation & meals:
Primate Safari Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale

Here’s your chance to take on your second Uganda Safari Highlights rainforest jungle challenge of finding the excited chimpanzee troop and keeping up with their daily natural habits. Can you take it? It’s really exciting and energy drenching but worth every moment.

Wake early morning at 6:30 Am and transfer to the trailhead (5 minutes walk) where you’ll be briefed on the chimpanzee habituation experience and then proceed into the jungle with an armed ranger, your personal guide, doctors and researchers; you will spend the full day with Chimpanzees following them around. While tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species.

Accommodation & meals:
Primate Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9: Kibale – Murchison Falls NP

Have an early breakfast, drive via the Escarpment, enjoy the landscape as you set off Murchison Falls National Park; This day will be a long driving day of 7-8 hours; we will have numerous stops to stretch your legs.
Enjoy a game drive game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions before continuing to the lodge.

Accommodation & meals:
Baker’s Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 10: Murchison Falls NP Game Drive & Boat Safari

Another African savanna experience on this Uganda Safari Highlights vacation starts after breakfast with a morning savanna game drive in the Murchison tracks. You may catch sight of; giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds. Look out for mammals like the graceful Roth child Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, Hippos, Oribi and when lucky a leopard and Lion among others.

After that exciting game drive, you’ll take the morning delta boat safari ride to the bottom of the Murchison waterfalls. Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and climb/hike your way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. Also be on the lookout for different birdspecies.

Accommodation & meals:
Baker’s Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 11: Transfer back to Entebbe

After breakfast depart Murchison Falls National Park to Entebbe, you visit the to ziwa rhino sanctuary in Nakasongora where we shall track the only white rhinos in Uganda surviving up to date, then continue on to Entebbe, day room use at Papyrus Guesthouse and transfer to evening flight.

End of the Uganda Safari Highlights Vacation Safari.

Accommodation & meals:
Baker’s Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch