13 Day Uganda Wildlife Safari Adventure summary:
13 Day Uganda Wildlife Safari Adventure starting in Entebbe and Ending in Entebbe Uganda.
13 Day Uganda Wildlife Safari Adventure itinerary:
DAY 01: Arrival Entebbe International Airport.
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport for your Uganda Wildlife and Safari Adventure, our driver guide will be at hand to welcome you and take you to your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. At the hotel you will be briefed about you safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, if time allows you will be able to visit the Botanical gardens in Entebbe if staying in Entebbe or a city tour if staying in Kampala. Kampala City is approximately 1 hour drive from Kampala depending on how heavy the traffic is.
*Please note: accommodation on arrival is not included but can be arranged upon request.
DAY 02: Road Journey to Murchison Falls National Park with Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Your Uganda wildlife and Safari adventure will begin this morning with drive northwest of Kampala early morning through the famous Luwero Triangle, you will have a chance visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the first glimpse of the BIG 5, the Rhinos, after tracking the Rhinos on foot you will then drive to Murchison Falls National park with a lunch break at the Kablega diner lunch. Thereafter, drive to Murchison Falls National Park. If time allows, we visit the top of the falls.
Dinner and overnight at our accommodation.
Drive time: 8 hours
Budget accommodation: Red Chilli Camp, Tree House.
Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, Bakers Lodge, Nile safari Lodge.
DAY 03: Spent in Murchison Falls National Park.
The Uganda Wildlife and Safari Adventure today will take us for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savanna down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard.
After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!! Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls. While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also the zone of many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork.
Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
After early morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal. the drive will be via verdant countryside and passing traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzori Mountain, and the town was named after a British Special Commissioner for Uganda Sir. Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town.
Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s greatest tropical rain forests, and is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. We traverse through Ugandan traditional Villages where you see people in gardens nurturing their traditional crops such as millet, sorghum, beans and maize.
Be on the look out for some bird species along the roads such as Long-Crested Eagles, Double-Toothed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, sunbirds and weavers as we travel. We shall have a stopover at Fort portal town for late lunch, and after continue to our accommodation, check-in and have an evening off relaxing.
Budget accommodation: Rwenzori View Guest House, Kibale Forest Camp
Luxury accommodation: Primate Lodge, Crater Lake Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge
DAY 05: Chimpanzee Tracking Experience In Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate.
Kibale Forest is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. You will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rain forest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others.
After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, this are is famous for its many crater lakes as well.
DAY 06: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After our morning breakfast, you will continue with your Uganda wildlife safari adventure departing for Queen Elizabeth National Park driving past the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a savanna grassy plains, and volcanic craters and home to abundant wildlife.
You will have a game drive en route to your accommodation. As you drive in this area be on the look out for more wildlife. If luck is on your side you may see lions, leopards, giant forest hog. The other wildlife to see includes, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, bushbuck, and a variety of birds among other wildlife.
After checking in and having lunch, you will enjoy a unique 2-hour drive through a fishing village and head to the biggest salt lake in the country (Lake Katwe).
Overnight at our accommodation
Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge or Simba Camp.
Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Kasenyi Safari Camp, Elephant Plains, Kyambura Game Lodge. Katara Lodge
DAY 07: Spent in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today’s Uganda Wildlife and Safari Adventure will begin with an extensive early morning game drive in the Park, through the most Uganda wildlife congested tracks including the Kasenyi Track. Expect to see; Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, the rare Giant forest hogs, Hyenas and Waterbucks. Return and have breakfast at your accommodation.
In the afternoon we’ll take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel, an experience not to miss!! You will will see plenty of Hippos, Buffalo, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as if lucky, the rare Leopard prowling. There is a variety of bird species for example Pelicans, Cormorants, egrets, herons and Jacana among others.
If time allows, another game drive can be arranged before returning to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.
DAY 08: To Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Today you will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth Park known to Ishasha, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is an opportunity to view Buffaloes, Topi, Hippos and many more wildlife species.
After checking in to your accommodation you will have sometime to relax, before embarking on an afternoon game drive. This game drive will provide opportunities to see Spotted Hyena, Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, Defassa Waterbucks, Elephant, Leopard, tree climbing lions (if lucky), antelopes, and several bird species
Budget Accommodation: Savannah Resort or Enjojo Lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Ishasha Wildness camp or Ishasha Jungle Lodge
DAY 09: continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
you will enjoy an early breakfast, then go for a second game drive in the Ishasha area before embarking on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This scenic drive will be through the savanna grasslands and the undulating Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.
Luxury Accommodation: Engagi Lodge, Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge, Trekkers Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
DAY 10: Gorilla Tracking In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Wake up early this morning to ready your self for the gorilla tracking experience by having breakfast after which head to the park headquarters where gorilla tracking begins for a briefing from the gorilla tracking guides on the do’s and don’ts while gorilla tracking in the Bwindi forest looking for the gentle Giants – the gorillas.
You will be provided with walking sticks and you are advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. You will also need to hire yourself someone (porter) to help you carry your packed lunch and may be when needed a push up during the trek.
After gorilla tracking you will transfer back to our lodge, you can either relax, or if time allows and your are still physically fit you can gor for a village walk (an optional activity $25).
DAY 11: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park.
After breakfast you will leave the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As you enter the park you will spot a good number of wildlife mostly impalas and plenty of zebras and other wildlife. After checking into your accommodation you will go on an evening game drive where you expect to see Buffaloes, Impalas, Zebras, Elands, Bushbucks, warthogs, Hyenas among others.
Overnight at the lodge.
Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp, Eagles nest
Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge, or Mantana Luxury Tented camp
DAY 12: Spent in Lake Mburo National Park
You will start your day early today by going for a guided nature by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a walking safari. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich bird life, crocodiles and the many hippos to be seen in the lake.
DAY 13: Departure
After breakfast, drive back to Kampala, with a stop-over at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and also take pictures. There will be another stop-over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers at mpabire where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations by the Baganda.
You will arrive Kampala/Entebbe in the afternoon
End of 13 Day Uganda Wildlife and Safari Adventure