10 Days safari in Uganda taking visitors to explore Uganda’s largest national parks incliding the magnificent Murchison falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale forest and Bwindi National Park.
Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park
At your hotel, after your breakfast, our company tour guide will pick you up for a trip to Murchison Falls National Park (Uganda’s largest park). En route to Masindi, have a stopover at the Zziwa White Rhinos Sanctuary; view some of the surviving white Rhinos, have lunch and proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Once here, drive to the top of the falls and view the River Nile going through a narrow channel and falling off in a roaring sound. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge – luxury, Pakuba Lodge – midrange and Red Chili Rest Camp – Budget.
Day 2: Morning Game Drive and Launch Cruise
Rise early and with your cup of coffee, set out for a morning game drive through the Murchison grounds and catch a glimpse of the BIG 5 like the lions, hippopotami, elephants, hyenas, leopards and even tigers and several other game like giraffes, jackal, and bushbucks among others. After lunch, embark on a launch cruise to the bottom of Murchison falls while taking in wonderful birding views; Grey-crowned Crane, Black-headed Gonolek, Goliath Heron, Green-winged, Long-toed Plover and Saddle-billed Stork among others. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge – luxury, Pakuba Lodge – midrange and Red Chili Rest Camp – Budget.
Day 3:Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Have breakfast and proceed with an early morning chimps hunt through the Paniyo Pabidi Forest Reserve and once done, you will proceed with a trip to Kibale Tropical Rainforest National park – East Africa’s Largest home for chimpanzees. You will reach Kibale in the evening and head out for a guided forest nature walk / visit the communities around the forest. During your guided forest walk, you may see Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Primates lodge (Luxury)/ Chimp’s nest (Midrange)/Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).
Day 4: Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Visit
Have morning breakfast and assemble at Kanyachu Kibale park headquarters for a briefing on your chimps tracking activity. Embark on your primates’ hunt where you will see chimpanzees, Varvet Monkey, L’hoest, Blue Monkey, Red-Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, and Black And White Colobus Monkey and many others. Midmorning return to your lodge for relaxation and have lunch and in the afternoon, take a walk to the Bigodi swamp community a renowned birders’ paradise in Uganda. Dine and rest at Primates lodge (Luxury)/ Chimp’s nest (Midrange)/Chimpanzee Guest house (Budget).
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth – Afternoon Boat Cruise
Wake up early, enjoy your breakfast and set off for Queen National Park – one of Uganda’s major national parks. You will cross the Uganda Rwanda border via the Cyanika border. En route, drive through the Ishasha sector for the tree climbing lions, while enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the countryside. You will reach just in time for lunch.
After lunch, get ready for your afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga channel where you will enjoy large concentration of various wildlife and bird species such the hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, buffalos etc. Dine and Rest at Enganzi Lodge (budget), Marafiki safari lodge (midrange) and Mweya safari alodge (luxury)
Day 6: Morning Game Drive – Chimpanzee Tracking at Kalinzu
Rise very early in the morning around 5:00 am for an early morning game drive to catch up with the early risers through the Kasenyi trail. Among the wildlife to expect; the Big Five – hippopotami, lions, hyenas, elephants, buffalos as they all return to their dens from their night’s hunt. Return to your lodge and after lunch; get ready for your chimps tracking through the Kalinzu forest reserve. Once you meet them, enjoy an hours’ stay with these creatures. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge – luxury, Enganzi lodge – deluxe.
Day 7: Trip to Bwindi Forest National Park
This is your last day at QENP, have morning breakfast and get ready for your journey to Bwindi forest National Park. You will drive through the Ishasha sector looking out for the famous tree climbing lions in the tall fig and acacia trees, hippopotami washing up and play in the Ishasha water, buffaloes, leopards, Kob and topis. Later continue with your way to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park – the Ugandan home to mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort or Mahogany Springs or Gorilla Forest Camp (Luxury)/Lake Kitandara or Buhoma Lodge (Midrange)/Buhoma Community Bandas or wagtail eco safari camp (Budget)
Day 8: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi – Batwa Pygmies
This is yet another interesting day of tracking mountain gorillas but from a different point of view. In the morning, have a cup of coffee and report to the park headquarters for a briefing on mountain gorilla trekking within Bwindi forest. Here you will be provided with highlights on the trekking rules and guidelines and what to expect on your expedition. Set off for your search, this may last between 1 hour to several hours depending on the day’s movement of the apes since they are always on the move searching for food, water and even shelter. In this wilderness, watch out for other interesting wildlife and bird species. On locating them, keep at 7 meters away, avoid direct eye contact, keep silent and get your camera ready for your interaction. You see them playing, eating, teasing each other, sleeping and nurturing their young ones peacefully in your presence. After this amazing encounter, retrieve to the starting point, meet your guide and return to your lodge. In the afternoon, go for the Batwa cultural visit. They are the early human dwellers of the Bwindi forest whose lifestyle depended on the forest but were sent out by the conservation program. Learn about their culture, hunting skills, traditional dance and drama, songs and poetry among others. Later return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Upon rising, have breakfast and set off for Lake Bunyonyi. En route, watch out for the beautiful scenic view of the country side. At the Lake Bunyonyi shores- another birders’ paradise, you can engage in bird watching, fishing, canoe riding etc. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland camp – Budget, Bunyonyi
safari resort – mid range and Bunyonyi overland resort – luxury.
Day 10: Return to Kampala and Departure
After breakfast, get ready for your transfer to Kampala and en route, have lunch in Mbarara, reaching Kampala in the evening for drop off at either Entebbe International Airport for departure flight of at a hotel in Kampala.
End of Tour