11 Days Uganda Safari Highlights

Places to Visit: Entebbe, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi Forest

Tour Overview

Uganda is a great destination 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 takes us to Bwindi ‘The Impenetrable Forest’ in Uganda’s mountainous far southwestern tip where you will have the opportunity to track 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 880 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.

Highlights:

  • Visit the Majestic Murchison Falls National Park and amazing boat cruise to the bottom of the falls not leaving out the hike to the top to have a magnificent view of the falls
  • Mabamba swamp will entice you with the elusive shoebill stork which is a must see at this place
  • Exclusive game drives in kidepo valley national park in search for big games like lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopard among others
  • Visit Kibale Forest National Park lots of primates and bird life, the Crater Lakes and beautiful colonial tea plantations.
  • The Kazinga Channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George, this wildlife bonaza.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this forest has a lot to offer and its home to largest population of Mountain Gorillas.
  • Community walks and canoe excursion this will introduce you to locals’ way of life, perfect photographic opportunity.
  • Visit the beautiful Lake Mburo with the amazing Zebras

Specially created for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Safari aficionados
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • Adventure travellers
  • Perfect for those guests who like the “short” hike across Bwindi or wish to continue by road to QENP

The safari at a glance

  • 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

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

DAY 1: ARRIVAL ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, pick up by your drive/ guide to then transfer to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Entebbe
  • Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: ENTEBBE – TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast, head out to the Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria. 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: Mihingo Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 3: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – BWINDI

After an early breakfast, meet with your driver / guide and 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: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 4: GORILLA TRACKING ACTIVITY

After breakfast at around 7:45am with packed lunch and drinking water you will transfer to the starting point for briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You will then continue to the forest for gorilla tracking following them. 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.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 5: NKURINGO TO BUHOMA SECTOR- QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Relaxed morning, after breakfast proceed to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, lying 1978 sq. km west of Uganda. It harbours a diverse eco-system with a lovely savannah, fertile wetlands making it home for the big game, 10 primate species and a large number of bird species.

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 6: QUEEN ELIZABETH – LAUNCH CRUISE & GAME DRIVE

After breakfast you will head for a game drive; Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond.
Transfer back to the lodge for lunch, after which enjoy 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: Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 7: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Have an early breakfast, enjoy another game drive. View more game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions before driving to Kibale. Enjoy the land scape as you set off to Kibale Forest National Park found in Fort Portal, a town at the south-western side of Uganda. The park bares homage to a very large number of primates. This day will be a long driving day of 3- 4 hours.

  • Accommodation: Primate Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 8: CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION (KANYANCHU)

Proceed early morning at 6:30am for full day chimpanzee habituation experience; you will spend the entire day with Chimpanzees following them from nest to nest. 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

  • Accommodation: Primate Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 9: KIBALE FOREST – MURCHISON GAME DRIVE

Have an early breakfast, drive via the Escarpment, enjoy the land scape 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: Baker’s Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 10: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE

After breakfast, enjoy the game drive with a view of; giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds, on the way to the morning delta boat ride to the bottom of the waterfall. 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 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. 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. Hike up to the top of the falls and enjoy the magnificent view before retiring back to the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Baker’s Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 11: TRANSFER 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

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