Uganda safari from Kigali Rwanda starts with golden monkey trekking and volcano hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, white rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, safari game drives and boat ride on the Nile in Murchison Falls NP, game dive and boat ride on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth NP, chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk in Kibale NP, mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP. The safaris ends in Kigali Rwanda.
14 Days Uganda Safari From Kigali Rwanda itinerary:
Day 1: Uganda Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park
Have breakfast early morning and proceed to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for golden monkey tracking, this is an exiting moment to see the golden monkeys, you will see other primates, fauna and flora, finally get face to face with the beautiful golden monkeys. You will see them play as they jump from one branch of bamboo trees to the other; all this will be amazing and memorable for your safari.
Day 2: Mount Sabinyo Hiking
After breakfast set off to climb Mount Sabinyo, 3645m, (wrongly spelled “sabyinyo”) offers one of the best mountain hiking and climbing experiences in Uganda. A dormant volcano, Mt Sabinyo is one of the numerous rolling volcanoes that make up the magnificent Virunga mountain range that spans along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While the other volcanoes either lie in one of the countries or are shared between two countries, Mt. Sabinyo lies at the meeting point of the all the three borders. It is more like the axis of the Virunga range and offers the best views across the Virungas, you could call it a 360 degree experience
Day 3: Gorilla trekking (Bwindi Impenetrable NP), Tracking the Mountain Gorillas
Enjoy your breakfast early morning, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip-Gorilla trekking, which may last the about 2-6 hours . We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes. Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It’s difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike.
The gorilla trekking can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave while with the gorillas.
While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
Day 4: Transfer to Ishasha Sector for Tree-Climbing Lion – Wildlife Safari
The Ishasha Plains are something to be explored and experience, it is a one of kind experience in southwest Uganda, it is home of the Tree-Climbing Lions and an abundance of wildlife, birds and beautiful sights
Morning Breakfast at your lodge and off for a morning game drive coming across herds of buffaloes, elephants and countless of different antelopes, birds of all kinds around you, and most likely you are the only vehicle. A wildlife – on board to point out what you otherwise might miss.
Late afternoon game drive, Look carefully and once again you will have the assistance of a Wildlife expert on board to help you and hopefully you will see an occasional leopard and spot more tree climbing lions.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for a number of wildlife like the hippos, buffaloes, elephants, kobs and a number of bird species. Queen Elizabeth National Park holds other wildlife including the predators, Lion, Leopard and Spotted hyena. Other mammals include Giant forest hog, a variety of antelope, elephant and hippo. The park’s bird species number more than 600, quite likely higher than any other destination in Africa. You shall visit the crater lakes like Lake Katwe famous for salt and continue for lunch at the Lodge. Overnight at Mweya Lodge
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range. Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.
Day 7: drive to Kibale National Park for Chimps, primates tracking
Leave Queen Elizabeth N.P for Kibale Forest N.P via Kasese, having a good view of the Rwenzori mountains with a Stopover in Fort Portal for lunch. Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities, as you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just pass then continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds. This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking, in Kibale National Park
Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are man’s closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the Eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great Blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bush bucks, bush pigs and among others. After return to the lodge and have free evening for relaxing.
Day 9: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
After your breakfast, we drive through the famous tea plantations and villages with few stopovers for taking photos, take another stop over at Hioma Cultural Lodge in Hoima Town for lunch. We will continue through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters.
From here we will continue onto our accommodation place along the Nile rive. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork.
The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos. Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the Falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile. On the launch you may see schools of crocodiles and hippos basking on the river banks as well as a variety of birds.
Day 10: Safari game drives Murchison Falls National Park looking for wildlife
After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more. We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls.
This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Day 11: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino Tracking
After your breakfast, we drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for White Rhino tracking. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage , The total tracking time will vary according to where the rhinos are currently situated within the ziwa sanctuary but you will be able to enjoy an hour in the close vicinity of the white rhinos once you find them. After you have finished tracking rhinos you will go for lunch after transfer to Kampala
Day 12: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Today we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park, Have a stopover for some informative talk and photographic opportunity and some experiment at the Uganda Equator thereafter proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, an extension of the Tanzanian plains with big herds of zebra, impala, eland and other ungulates. Bird viewing opportunities are excellent – for birders, this is one of the best places to find African fin foot, papyrus bush shrike.
Day 13: Explore Lake Mburo National Park
After an early morning breakfast, we explore the park with a game drive in search of animals like: zebras, impalas, topis, buffalos, elands. Bird watching opportunities are excellent here, with about 313 bird species recorded here including the rare shoebill stork, White-winged Warbler, Crested Francolin among others. After exploring the park in a car, return to the lodge for lunch before heading out for a boat ride after lunch that gives you the chance to view water animals like; Crocodiles, Hippopotamus and water birds including; Fish Eagles, Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, Cormorant, and the rare shoebill stork. Return to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)
Day 14: Transfer Back to Kigali Rwanda
Today after breakfast you will start your journey back to Kigali, with stopover in Kabale for lunch after continue to Katuna boarder and cross to Rwanda.
End of 14 Days Uganda Safari From Kigali