14 Days Uganda Safari Adventure

Places to Visit: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorillas, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest & Murchison Falls

Tour Overview

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. This action filled excursion will take you also to Mgahinga National Park where you will trek up Mount Sabinyo 3,645m one of the region’s inactive volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to get up close to another endangered species, the Golden Monkey in its natural habitat of bamboo forest. Local tribesmen will pilot dug-out canoes as we traverse Lake Mutanda.

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 neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Safari extends to Queen Elizabeth National Park for extraordinary Kazinga Channel boat trip, Kibale Forest National Park to encounter the Wild Chimpanzees and onwards to Murchison Falls National Park to experience the magnificent falls.

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 International Airport and transfer to hotel B
  • Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Scenic views of countryside landscapes  B, L, D
  • Day 3: Gorilla Trekking Activity in Bwindi – Nkuringo gorilla group  B, L, D
  • Day 4: Forest Nature Walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 5: Bwindi Batwa Community Walk and Canoe Excursion on Lake Mutanda  B, L, D
  • Day 6: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park  B, L, D
  • Day 7: From Mgahinga to Kisoro for a quick flight to Queen Elizabeth national park B, L, D
  • Day 8:  Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive and tree lion tracking in Ishaha Sector B, L, D
  • Day 9: Transfer to Kibale Forest to join the playful chimpanzees. B, L, D
  • Day 10: Chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi wetland sanctuary.  B, L, D
  • Day 11: Drive via the Escarpment, enjoy the landscape as you head to Murchison Falls National Park B, L, D
  • Day 12: The fabulous scenic Murchison Falls launch cruise and game drive. B, L, D
  • Day 13: Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest, Murchison Falls National Park B, L, D
  • Day 14: Transfer to Entebbe via the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for lunch B, L, D
  • Day 15: Depart for your flight with wonderful memories to tell back home B, L, D

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

DAY 1: ARRIVAL ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, pick up by the Hotel and transfer to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House
  • Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast and briefing we will fly you to Kisoro in southern Uganda. During the short flight you will be able to see Uganda´s diversity from high up. We will pick you up from the airstrip and drive you up to Nkuringo. A short distance that can take up to 2 hours.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is set 2160 metres above sea level and offers stunning views looking north over the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south to the volcanoes of the Virunga and west into the rift valley and the DR Congo.
After lunch we will take you for a community walk with one of our guides from the camp; he will basically introduce you to his family.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 3: GORILLA TRACKING ACTIVITY

At 8 am the gorilla trekking will start with a detailed briefing about gorilla etiquette. Depending on which family you are trekking, the briefing point is either 300 meters or 23 kms away. After the briefing we will either start walking from there or will be driven to the closest starting point. We will then start searching for the gorillas. Once we find them, we will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 4: FOREST NATURE WALK – BWINDI FOREST

You have the opportunity to undertake a full day trekking, accompanied by our local guides through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of the most diverse habitats on earth and home to 120 species of mammals, 200 varieties of tree and more than 50 reptiles.

08.00am with your guide commence the Nkuringo Walking Safari activity into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as part of the Kashasha River and Ivy River trails. This is a full day walk where there would be opportunity to visit the Munyaga River falls in the forest. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest that you come into contact with and not simply an A to B. The walking distance would be about 15km
You will rendezvous with your vehicle in the village of Nteko on the DR Congo border to be transported 10km back to Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 5: COMMUNITY WALK AND CANOE EXCURSION ON LAKE MUTANDA

Depart Nkuringo after breakfast with your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide to commence walk to Lake Mutanda having been dropped by your safari vehicle at Rubuguri Junction. Here a 9km walk to the north shore of the lake is conducted where the dugout canoe team will rendezvous at the Rwajenje landing site with you to complete a traverse of the lake over 2 and 1/2 hours to the southern shore. From the southern shore it is a 90 minute walk into Kisoro town.

Then we will drive past Kisoro to Mount Gahinga National Park. Overnight: twin room at Volcanoes Mgahinga Lodge

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 6: GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING

Mount Gahinga National Park is with 33 km² the smallest national park but its flora and fauna and the three volcanoes offer a wide range of activities. You will report Ntebeko gate to conduct the Golden Monkey tracking activity. Golden Monkeys a unique species which can only be found on the volcanoes of the Virunga and in Nungwe forest in Rwanda. The tracking and viewing activity is generally conducted over a 4 to 5 hour window.

Optional activity – Mt Sabinyo Volcano Climb

Tracking Approx 8 hours

After breakfast proceed to Mgahinga National Park head quarters for briefing to the start a Volcano climb of Mount Sabinyo. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip,
following a steep ridge up to the peak this trek will be conducted in the company of your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide.
Mount Sabinyo, known locally as ‘Old Man’s Teeth’ because of its serrated rim, an extinct volcano and at 3645 meters it is one of the region’s highest peaks.

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full Board arrangement.

DAY 7: MGAHINGA – KISORO – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning breakfast at 7:00am to then transfer to Kisoro Airstrip for connecting flight to Kasese Airstrip, meet with your driver guide to continue to the Park. Game drive en-route to your accommodation.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

DAY 8: FULL DAY QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

After an early morning game viewing, you will proceed directly to the head of the Mweya Peninsular to conduct a launch trip on the Kazinga Channel which is a home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. After the boat cruise you will head to your accommodation for the night

Kyambura Gorge

The gorge is within the savannah sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This 16 kilometre long scar in the earth is home to a group of habituated chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys and birds. The gorge is about 100m deep to where organised chimpanzee trekking can be conducted; bird watching, nature walks and sightseeing can be undertaken from the visitors centre.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

DAY 9: QUEEN – KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy another game drive as you drive to Fort Portal. This is the lively and active town around Kibale Forest National Park. This park offers one of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda, 70 mammal species and 13 primate species.

The drive takes about 3-4 hours arriving on time in Fort Portal for lunch.
After lunch we will shake off the long drive with a walk to the “top of the world” along crater lakes which this area is also famous for.

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

DAY 10: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING AND BIGODI WETLAND SANTUARY

An early start and a long day are ahead of you! Today you will track chimpanzees and will not only learn about them but also about the flora and fauna of the national park. In the afternoon visit the Bigodi community.
Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. Our community is located about 40 kilometers south of the town of Fort Portal, and borders Kibale National Park, which has the highest density of primate life in the world in its forests.
Since 1992, the people of Bigodi have worked together as a community to open our natural beauty to eco-tourists and to bring our crafts and handiwork to the world.

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

DAY 11: KIBALE FOREST – MURCHISON NATIONAL PARK

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 7-9 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 12: 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 13: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – BUDONGO FOREST

After an early morning breakfast, we will set off for Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest, we will arrive just in time for our packed lunches and later proceed for briefing with the UWA rangers, giving us instructions on the different behaviors as we approach the Chimpanzees in the wild. Later after an hour or two with our closest cousins, we shall drive back the northern sector of Murchison falls National Park. We arrive the lodge just in time for dinner and get a good night`s rest in preparation for next days` activities.

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

DAY 14: MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK TO ENTEBBE.

This morning, after your breakfast, you will enjoy a morning game drive in search of more wildlife, later return to the lodge for breakfast and check out and transfer to Entebbe via the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for lunch and drive on to Entebbe.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse
  • Meal Plan: Dinner and Breakfast

DAY 15: DEPARTURE

Depending on the time of depature, you can engage in different activities in Entebbe to include Chimpanzee up close, Behind the Scene Experience, Mambamba Swamp walk and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Interested? Ready to go or want to know more? Let us know, below. Or email info@nkuringowalkingsafaris.com.