11 days Uganda wildlife & Primate safari

Overview

This tour will take you to the most bizarre national parks, these parks include Lake Mburo national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth National park for game drives and the boat safaris, visit Murchison falls national park to enjoy the wildlife and the waterfalls, visit Kibale National park for chimp tracking, tour the source of the Nile and many more attractions.

 

Itinerary Summary

Day 1: Pick Up From Entebbe Airport

Day 2: Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park

Day 3: Lake Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 4: Gorilla trekking Adventure

Day 5: Transfer to Queen ELizabeth National park

Day 6: Full day tour activities in Queen Elizabeth Park

Day 7: Transfer to Kibale forest National Park

Day 8: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Day 9: Full Day tour activities in Murchison Falls Park

Day 10: Transfer to Jinja & visit the source of the Nile

Day 11: Transfer back to Kampala and departure

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Pick Up From Entebbe Airport

Upon your arrival at the airport, the guide will meet you and you will be taken to your booked lodge in Kampala and relax for the rest of the day, as you prepare to start your safari the next day. You can opt for a small city tour to explore the 7 hills of Kampala and embark on a Rolex and bodaboda encounter depending on the time of arrival.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge

Budget / Basic: Buziga Country Resort

Day 2: Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park (3 Hours’ drive) with a stop at the equator for photographs. Expect en route game viewing with animals such as Zebra, Impala, and Eland and other Savannah species and birds like African Finfoot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, and so on. After lunch, take an afternoon Boat trip on Lake Mburo to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, and a variety of bird species including the rare shoebill.

 

Accommodation

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

 

Day 3: Lake Mburo – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

Wake up early for morning game drive to catch up with early risers and predators returning to the hideouts, return to the lodge for full breakfast and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with enroute game viewing. The journey goes through beautiful views of Kigezi Hills, “the Switzerland of Africa”, have picnic lunch enroute and relax in the evening as we wait for dinner.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Volcanoes Safari Lodge / Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Havens Lodge

Budget / Basic:Amajambereiwacu Community Camp

 

Day 4: Gorilla trekking Adventure

Have breakfast to transfer to the park headquarters (with packed lunch and water) for briefing before setting off to the forest in search of gorillas. Time taken searching for these humble giant apes is unpredictable. However, it ranges between 2-8 hours depending on their movement. The activity goes through steep rocks climbing up and down making it tiresome. However, the thrill of encountering these giant primates erases the poor memories you went through in trying to find them. After the gorilla encounter, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a romantic boat ride  in the Lake of 29 islands.

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdsnest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock resort

Budget / Basic: ByoonaAmagara Island Retreat/ Lake Bunyonyi overland

 

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast early morning and depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park with lots of game viewing en-route, including tree-climbing lions in Ishasha sector. Relax after lunch at Mweya safari Lodge, and later go for an evening game drive to see animals like buffalos, Lions, herds of Elephants, bush bucks, bush pigs, warthogs, Defassa waterbuck and many more.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Engazi Game Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 6: Full day tour activities in Queen Elizabeth Park

After a cup of tea / coffee, to go for a game drive and catch up with the early risers, and predators trying to get back to their hideouts. Return for full breakfast and lunch at the Lodge, relax as we wait for lunch, later go for afternoon launch cruise on the Kazinga channel, famous for the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa, alongside other animals like Buffaloes, and huge crocodiles basking on the shores, as well as 611 birds species.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Enganzi Game Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange: Elephant Hab Safari Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 7: Transfer to Kibale forest National Park

Have breakfast and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park(home to 13 primate’s species ) through Fort-portal, amidst the great mountains of the moon(Rwenzori mountains) offering you beautiful sceneries. Lunch er-route and proceed for chimpanzee tracking. Expect other primates too like the Mangabeys, colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, baboons and many more.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

 

Day 8: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Have breakfast and connect to Murchison falls National Park, arrive by afternoon, have lunch and drive directly to the top of the falls where the park derives its name. Here you will see the calm Nile forcing itself through a narrow gorge of 7 meters wide to fall a distance of about 150 ft down producing a thunderous roar of whitewater- incredible scenery.

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 9: Full Day tour activities in Murchison Falls Park

Take a cup of tea/coffee and go for a game drive before dawn to catch up with predators and early risers. Expect animals such as jackals, Lions, Leopards, spotted hyenas, giraffes, antelope, elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda kob and many more. You will retire from the game drive for late breakfast and lunch and then in the afternoon, you will go for a Boat Ride on the Victoria Nile. The boat trip will take you to the bottom of the falls where you will view animals like buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and plenty of water birds like fish eagles and rare shoebills, and many more.

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

Day 10: Transfer to Jinja & visit the source of the Nile

Wake up early and have breakfast and then transfer to Jinja where you will arrive in time for lunch but you will have a stopover at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to view some Rhinos and after you will proceed to Jinja and then visit the source of the Nile. Do water rafting and proceed to your lodge for unwinding and overnight.

Accommodation;

Luxury/Upmarket: Jinja Nile Resort

Midrange: Source of the smile Hotel & Guest House

Budget: Source of the smile Hotel & Guest House

Day 11: Drive Back to Kampala

Have breakfast and then drive back to Kampala and the guide will either drop you at the airport for your departure flight or at the hotel for your stay depending on your departure time.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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