12 Days Uganda Wildlife Safaris

Uganda Wildlife Safaris

The Uganda Wildlife Safaris and Tours include rhino, chimps and gorilla trekking plus safaris and nature expeditions. The holiday safari runs through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo National Park.

Uganda Safari Highlights: What to expect on this Tour:-

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda, stay in Kampala for overnight

When you land t Entebbe Airport, our driver guide will pick you up to transfer to Kampala for overnight at Cassia Lodge, Le Petit Village, Protea Hotel or Hotel Africana on bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Drive To Murchison Falls, do Rhino Trekking en route. 

Drive from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park early in the morning and it will take you about six hours. Along the way, enjoy rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district. Murchison Falls National Park features Savannah, riverine forest and wood. There are a variety of animal species that include lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeest, oribis, Uganda kobs and number of bird species that one enjoys while trekking chimpanzees. The journey will offer you with great views that are charming to reach the park in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Lodge or Murchison River Lodge on full board.

Day 3: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Uganda Wildlife Safaris

After breakfast, start an early morning game drive with prospects to see giraffes, elephants, hartebeest, antelopes, lions, Uganda kobs and many others. Come back to the lodge for lunch, and then take a launch cruise along the Nile River, one of the interesting attractions of a visit to the park. Have a short trek at the Bottom of the thundering falls where you will view crocodiles, a variety of water birds like herons and Kingfishers, schools of hippos, elephants and buffaloes. Overnight Stay at Paraa Lodge/Red Chilli Camp / Sambiya River Lodge / Nile River Camp

Day 4: Drive to Kibale National Park 

Have your breakfast and set off for Kibale National park, having lunch enroute. Arrive in the evening. Overnight Ndali Lodge, Primates Lodge, Fort Motel, Mountains of the Moon Hotel, Toro Resort, Chimps Nest and many more descent lodges around Kibale or Fort-portal.

Day 5: Take a Chimpanzee Trek and Bigodi Nature Walk in the evening. 

Have breakfast in the morning and then after start your trekking excursions pass by Kanyanchu Tourist Centre to these amazing Uganda chimps. It is a beautiful experience to stare at them as they bicker and play in fruiting trees. The trek will give you an opportunity to view a range of primates, Birds and Butterflies through a network of shady forest trail. You will reach the Uganda wildlife headquarters for briefing about tracking and the forest walks.

You will then walk along the different tracks in the forest in groups searching for apes. As you walk, you may stop to listen to the noises of the chimps as you pass by them. The guided walk peovide information about chimps, other primates, fauna and flora making it informative and mesmerizing. After the walk, enjoy your lunch and go to do a nature walk to Bigodi wetland sanctuary, it has a lot of rare species to offer, both animals and birds. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge, Fort Motel, Mountains of the Moon Hotel and Toro Resort.

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park, do an evening Boat Cruise

Get breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will take between 2-3 hours to arrive at the Park characterised by lots of big games like buffaloes, water bucks, kobs, lions, warthogs, elephants, bush bucks. Enjoy lunch and drive to the dock for a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel with the biggest concentration of Nile Hippos, a multitude of bird species, a variety of birds on the channel, crocodiles and water bucks. Over night at Ihamba Lakeside Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge or Mweya Safari Lodge (Full Board)

Day 7: Game Drive, leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

Wake up for an early morning game drive with a glimpse opportunity for hippos, elephants, spotted hyenas, lions leopards, stripped jackal, bush buck, water buck and warthogs. After a game viewing excursion, return to the lodge for a strong breakfast, followed by a departure to Bwindi Forest. You will arrive in Bwindi Forest in the afternoon or evening. As you move to Bwindi, you will pass the southern part of Queen Elizabeth Park’s Ishasha sector famous for the tree climbing lions. When you arrive at Bwindi, stay overnight at Silverback Lodge, Lake Kitandara Tented Camp, Buhoma Lodge or Buhoma Bandas (Full Board)

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking Tours in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After early breakfast, report to the ranger station before 8:00 am for registration and a short briefing by one of the rangers at the park headquarters. With your packed lunch, you will then set off at around 9:00 am in the thick forest to look for these exciting apes. To see gorillas in Uganda, you must have booked a gorilla treking permit in time to be allowed into the park. You will also enjoy the ecstasy of seeing the gorillas brushing up, feeding and playing pleasantly.

The time you will take tracking these modest apes is unknown but ranges between 3-8 hours depending on their movements on that day. The walk is tedious however meeting these great apes is much exciting. Spending some time with them while looking deep into their sensitive brown eyes, is an incredible and awe-inspiring wildlife expereince in Uganda. Overnight at Silver-back Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Lake Kitandara Tented Camp or Buhoma Bandas (Full Board)

Day 9: Drive To Lake Mburo National Park, take a boat cruise

Enjoy an early breakfast and leave for Lake Mburo National Park. This lovely drive of about 7-8 hours will take you to Mbarara where you will stop for lunch before making the last drop to Lake Mburo National Park. After your arrival, you will go for a boat trip; this park, an extension of the Tanzanian Plains with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other Savannah species.

For birders, the park has 313 different bird species like the rare Shoe-bill Stork, African Fin foot, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, cormorant, fish eagle the rare Shoe-bill stork, White-winged Warblers, Black-billed Barbet, Crested Francolin, Brown Parrot, Red necked Spur, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Temminck’s Courser, common Quails, Greenwood Hooper, Blue-napped Mouse bird, Barefaced Go-away bird, African-Grey Horn-bill, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Lilac-breasted Roller, Coqui Francolin, Red necked spur fowl, Black Bellied Bustard, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous chested Swallow , Southern Red Bishop and Yellow-throated Long claw among others.

You will take an evening boat trip on the eastern shoreline of Lake Mburo. The lake is adventured well by boat, departing from a pier at the lakeside camp near Rwonyo. You will see crocodiles and hippos during the 2-hour voyage, as well as birds including fish eagle, heron, cormorant and pelicans and unusual shoe bill stock. After a boat cruise, drive to the lodge for overnight at Mantana Tented Camp, Rwakobo Rock Hotel, Mburo Safari Lodge will all meals served.

Day 10: Game Drive Safari and Relaxation

After an early breakfast, take on a morning game drive providing an opportunity to view impalas, warthogs, elands, topis, water bucks and zebras. You will relax at the park for the rest of afternoon and evening. Overnight stay at Rwakobo Rock Hotel, Mantana Tented Camp,  Mburo Safari Lodge with all meals served.

Day 11: Nature Walk and Depart for Kampala.

After breakfast, have a guided nature walk that include Forest Walks through Rubanga Forest on the western side of Mburo is characterized by tropical high forest with canopy and is a dwelling place several woodland birds.

Salt Lick Guided walks, with these one, you explore the park around Rwonyo, culminating in a visit to a natural salt lick frequented by wildlife. Viewing is enabled by a timber observation podium. After the nature walks, you continue to Kampala which is about 3 to 4 hours drive. This drive will take you across the Equator where you will stop for a photogenic break. Arrive in Kampala in the evening to retire to your hotel.

Day 12: Airport Transfer

This day is only for Entebbe Airport Transfer for a next flight, marking the end of Uganda Gorilla Safari & Wildlife Tour.

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