8 Days Queen Elizabeth, Lake Bunyonyi & Lake Mburo Safari

Overview:

This 8 days tour to Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Lake Bunyonyi safaris offers a diverse experience on the Uganda wildlife safaris that involves encompassing visit to several amazing Ugandan sites and national parks, as well as taking part in activities such as games drives, launch cruise, community walks, and swimming in Lake Bunyonyi.

Detailed itinerary:

 

DAY 1: TRANSFER TO THE QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

 

Early in the morning after breakfast from your favourite lodge, your guide will pick and transfer you south west toward the Queen Elizabeth National Park going through Mbarara, a home to the notable ankole longhorn cattle. On your way you will be able to see the cultural drum makers and stop by the equator for a few photographs and later proceed west to the Queen Elizabeth National Park having a brief game drive while viewing warthogs, Kobs and elephants along tracks as you head to the Katunguru gate. Check into your hotel for a relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge / Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

 

DAY 2: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL.

Early in the morning you will set off for a morning game drive to the Kasenyi track in search of lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, Kobs among other impressive wildlives.  You will also get the opportunity to see lions preying on the huge number of Kobs in the park at a close range. Return to your lodge for breakfast and relaxation. Have lunch and later in the afternoon head for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel. Get to see the hippos, crocodiles and other aquatics at a close range, a wide array of birds and wildlife on the lake shores and many more. Return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge / Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

 

DAY 3: VISIT THE ISHASHA SECTOR IN THE PARK

Have an early after breakfast and then you will drive through to the Ishasha sector where you will be able to see the tree climbing lions. There is nowhere else in the world where you will get a chance to have a closer look at tree climbing lions lying on fig trees other than at Ishasha sector at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The game drive will also enable you to see animals that you may have missed while at the Kasenyi track.

 

Later return to your place of accommodation for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge / Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge /Elephant Hab Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/ Pumba Cottages

 

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO LAKE BUNYONYI

After breakfast, check out of your lodge as you embark on a scenic drive to Kabale with views of several rolling hills. The brief drive will get you to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi where you will relax as you gaze at the beautiful scenery as well as getting to swim in the bilharzia free lake. Lake Bunyonyi is a little paradise for many visitors. In the late afternoon you will visit the locals while on a community walk and get to interact with them and find out more about them and their culture. Later return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation

Luxury:  BirdNest

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort /Arcadia Cottages

Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

 

DAY 5: LAKE BUNYONYI CULTURAL & BOAT RIDE

 

Get up to a beautiful morning at the Lake Bunyonyi with the chapping sound of birds chirping and ushering you into another beautiful day. Have breakfast and later head for a nature walk, bicycle ride or the canoe rides on Lake Bunyonyi as you sail across the lake to the islands and later return to your lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury:  BirdNest

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort /Arcadia Cottages

Budget / Basic: Bunyonyi overland

 

DAY 6: DEPART LAKE BUNYONYI TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

 

In the morning, you will drive east to Mbarara; a major town in western Uganda and the former capital city of Ankole kingdom for 400 years until it was split during independence in 1962. From there proceed to Lake Mburo national park which is famous for its many antelopes and home to the rare Bushel’s Zebra among others that include a wide array of bird species.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo   / Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest  

 

DAY 7: LAKE MBURO GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE

Early in morning after breakfast, you will head to the park in search of the animals such as the zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, elands, giraffes and many bird species. Later you will return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch head for a scenic boat cruise on lake Mburo; spotting hippos, crocodiles and other bird species such as Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo   / Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest  

 

DAY 8: GAME DRIVE AND DEPARTURE

Wake up to another wilderness experience and have a relaxed breakfast. You can opt for another morning game drive before you drive back to Kampala. Reach in time to catch your flight or head to your hotel. You also make a stopover at the equator and take some pics for memory.

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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