12 Days Uganda Wildlife & Gorilla Classic safari

Overview:

Discover almost all tour destinations the country has in this 2 weeks Wildlife safari in Uganda. You get to meet Uganda’s chimpanzees, Gorillas, African Big five among other fascinating wildlives the country has to offer.The game drives in various parks with the remarkable boat cruises are very rewarding. If you need to explore Uganda in enough time, this is the package you do not need to miss.

Detailed itinerary;

 

Day 1: Kampala – Rhinos – Murchison Falls N.P

As early as 6AM in the morning, depart your hotel and route via the outskirts of the city heading to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This is a special occasion to track the extremely endangered White Rhino at Zziwa. You will not only witness the most successful Rhino breeding project in the world but also contribute to their survival. Proceed and cross Karuma Bride to finally arrive at Fort Murchison. Undergo check-in procedures and later embark on a sundown game-drive as an initial taste on adventure. Return to Fort Murchison and settle-in for the rest of the evening.

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals

 

Day 2:Sunrise Game-drive – Waterfall Boat – Hike to the Top of the Falls.

Rise up early and join your driver/guide on an early morning game-adventure. Lookout for Buffaloes, Giraffes Elephants, Warthogs, Jackson Hartebeests, Lions, Leopard and Hyenas among others. The vast plains of Murchison Falls N.P. are decorated by Borassus Palms that feed elephants which in turn do the propagation. Return to your lodging, relax and take a hot lunch. At 1400hrs, transfer to the pier, attend briefing and embark on a boat-cruise on the serene Nile Waters to the Bottom of Murchison Falls. On the way, lookout for pirates of the Nile; Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, variety birds including the African Fish Eagle and other animals that quench their thirst on the waters of the Nile. At this point, leave the boat and take an approximately 45 minute hike to the Top of Murchison Falls where you can bear witness to the wonders of the Falls. The Niles moves from being almost 80 meters wide to funnel through a 6 metre gorge creating a mayhem sound and wing of beautiful rainbow. A litany of expressions explain the beauty of the falls and this you can experience by your own presence. Join your driver/guide and ride back to Fort Murchison

Accommodation

Luxury / Upmarket: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Murchison River Lodge /Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Red chili Lodge / Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: all meals                                                                                                       

 

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest N.P.

Wake up to the rhythm of nature, have breakfast, check-out and embark on a long scenic ride via Masindi and Hoima Towns respectively. Break for lunch and continue along the Albertine belt to Fort Portal. Proceed to your lodging facility near Kibale Forest N.P. Nestle-in at Primate Lodge in Standard Cottages with a natural forest breeze. Dinner and overnight therein.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Transfer Time: About 8hrs

 

Day 4:Chimpanzee Tracking

This early morning, wake-up and have breakfast, attend a briefing by the Ranger-guide and enter the sanctuary to embark on your morning Chimpanzee tracking session. In addition to a large community of chimpanzees, there are 13 other primate species, including red and black-and-white colobus monkeys, l’Hoest’s, red-tailed, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, as well as four species of nocturnal primates.

 

The birdlife is prolific, with approximately 400 species recorded for the area, you will be able to watch several birds with ease during the Chimpanzee encounter. The highlights include the crested guineafowl, great blue turaco, grey parrot, green-breasted & African pitas, African crowned eagles and black bee-eaters. Break for lunch and then embark on an afternoon Bigodi Swamp Walk. The Swamp is a community based tourism project which offers a platform for you to see more primates, swamps and forest birds. On your tour, you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L’Hoest. Other wetlands mammals include baboons, sitatunga (an increasingly endangered swamp antelope), bush pigs, civet cats, mongooses, bush bucks and an occasional chimpanzee appearance. Return to Primate Lodge – Standard Cottages for the night.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Ndali Lodge/Kyaninga Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Isunga Lodge

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse

 

Day 5:Transfer to Semliki – Evening game-drive.

At 0600hrs, wake up, breakfast, check-out and route via Fort Portal and follow meandering routes with spectacular sightseeing. Visit both the female and male Sempaya Hot Springs in Semliki National Park and then proceed to Semliki Tooro Reserve. The reserve is famous for the Eastern Extension for the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin, this park is home to Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests. The park serves as a haven for over 441 birds five of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift Eco-system. Look out for the Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill and Blue-billed malimbe among others. The park is home to over 53 mammals 27 of which are large ones and 11 of these species are endemic to the park including the pygmy antelope and two flying squirrel species. The afternoon will be spent exploring some of the aforementioned wonders of the reserve. Retire and relax at your lodging facility.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge/Elephant Hab Lodge/Jungle Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/Pumba Cottages

 

Day 6: Boat-ride – Queen Elizabeth N.P.

After breakfast, undergo briefing and take an approximately two hour boat-ride on River Semliki. The boat-cruise offers a platform for you to catch a glimpse of the famous Shoe Bill Stork among other animal and plant species. Exit the park heading to Queen Elizabeth N.P. via Fort Portal and Kasese Towns Respectively. Take an introductory game –drive as your transfer to Bush Lodge. Dinner and overnight therein for the rest of the night.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard:Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge – Private Tent/ Kasenyi

Budget / Basic:Pumba Safari Cottages

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Transfer Time: About 5hrs.

 

Day 7:  Early Morning Game-drive – Kazinga Boat-Launch

Wake-up to the sounds of nature, get on board and embark on a sunrise game-drive. The vast savannah plains, swamps and forests of Queen Elizabeth are home to about 95 mammals and over 600 bird-species. Look-out for lions, leopards, elephants, warthogs, bushbucks, cape buffaloes and waterbucks among others. We shall utilize a network of trails to access animal habitats and create more avenues for you to see and experience as much as nature shall make available.

 

After lunch, transfer to the pier/dock to arrive on time for your afternoon boat-ride on boat Kazinga Channel. A thread of water that joins lakes George and Edward, Kazinga Channel is lifeline/habitat to Nile Crocodiles, arguably the highest concentration of Hippos on planet Earth, different species of Egrets, Goliath Herons, and Saddle – billed Storks, African Fish Eagles, Egyptian Geese and Cormorants among other bird species. The channel is a source for Elephants, buffaloes and many other bird-species.  Return to the dock and exploit the remaining part of the day in the wild.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard:Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge – Private Tent/ Kasenyi

Budget / Basic:Pumba Safari Cottages

 

Day 8:Transfer via Ishasha to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest N.P.

Watch the sunrise over the panoramic lakes George and Edward, breakfast, check-out and take an en-route game-drive as you exit Mweya Peninsula section heading to the Ishasha section that is renowned for the tree-climbing lions. We shall employ a network of trails in the southern circuit to create viewing avenues of the great predators hanging in Fig and Acacia Trees. After picnic lunch, proceed and follow meandering routes to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge / Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Havens Lodge / Jungle Lodge Buhoma

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Transfer Time: About 7hrs

 

Day 9:Gorilla tracking day

A chilly and misty morning, wake-up and prepare for the summit of your Uganda Safari; the encounter with the critically endangered Gentle Great Apes!! Pack lunch, water and a rain gear and attend the briefing session to be conducted by the head-ranger.  After, get hold of your walking stick, carry your lunch, camera and binoculars and follow our allocated ranger-guide into the gorilla sanctuary. Follow instructions as shall be given by the ranger, maintain silence and appreciated nature. On sight of the gorillas, keep calm and watch them feed, play, swing from one branch to another and fully exploit the strictly one hour allowed in their presence. Bwindi Forest is an ancient forest with a diversity of flora and fauna for you to see, feel and experience. Return to the launch site, receive your tracking certificates and take a ride back to Gorilla Safari Lodge or Similar. Possible Batwa Community visit if time permits.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Volcanoes Safari Lodge / Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Havens Lodge / Jungle Lodge Buhoma

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

Day 10: Golden Monkey Tracking – Lake Bunyonyi

Last moments in the domain of the Gentle Great Apes, breakfast, check-out and follow snaking routes via Kisoro to Mgahinga National Park Headquarters. After briefing by the ranger-guide, enter rally behind him and embark on trekking the endangered Golden Monkeys. At about lunch time, you will be back to the base, join your driver and transfer to Kisoro town for lunch. After lunch, follow meandering routes to L. Bunyonyi and settle-in at Bird’s Nest with a gentle breeze from L. Bunyonyi (Lake of little birds). Retire from the strenuous safari for the rest of the night.

Accomodation:

Luxury: Birdsnest

Mid-range: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Budget: Lake bunyonyi Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.                                                                                                                 

Transfer Time: About 2hrs.

 

Day 11:L. Bunyonyi – L. Mburo N.P.

Watch the sunrise with a panoramic view of Lake Bunyonyi; Uganda’s deepest lake, have breakfast and check-out. Get on board and join your driver-guide on a scenic road-trip to Mbarara town. Continue to your lodging facility for a hot lunch. After lunch, continue for a boat-ride on Lake Mburo; the largest of the five lakes in the park, a boat-ride on L. Mburo offers an occasion to see Hippos, Nile Crocs and other terrestrial animals. The birdlife is rich with possibilities of African Fish Eagles, the rare African Finfoot, Saddle-billed Storks and an occasional view of the Shoe-billed Stork among other 332 recorded bird-species in this park. On landing, you will be led to a sundown game-drive for an occasion to see Elands, Zebras, Impala and reedbucks among other mammals. Nestle-in at Rwakobo Rock that is beautiful situated on a rock with a panoramic view of the park.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Transfer Time: About 6hrs

 

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala.

As the dawn breaks, listen to the whispers of the wild and wake up to welcome the new day in the wilderness. After a briefing, follow your allocated ranger-guide on an early morning Safari Walk. Here is a unique opportunity to see and experience wildlife on foot. Look-out for Topis, Bushbucks, Impalas and Zebras among others. Return to the Lodge, check-out and take an en-route game-drive as you exit the park via Nshara gate. A hot lunch shall be arranged en-route. We shall stop at Equator Point for a photo opportunity and shopping for curio items/souvenirs. Proceed to Entebbe, freshen-up with farewell dinner and finally drop-off at Entebbe for onward flight out.

End of the safari.

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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