13 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF UGANDA SAFARI

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Overview

This impressive African safari will showcase the highlights of Uganda hot spots taking you on an experiential journey through spectacular destinations. You’ll go through the savannah plains on wildlife game drives, walking through the tropical rainforest with a band of chimpanzees, hike through the misty jungles in search of the elusive mountain gorilla silverback and his family, take a boat cruise on the shores of calm water to zoom in on the shores wildlife drama, dance with the natives, experience culture, eat local delicacies and sleep in the most luxurious tented camps. It is the African dream on this 13 Day Highlights of Uganda’s National Parks Safari.

Highlights

13 Highlights of Uganda Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Hotel in Entebbe

You will be picked up from the airport by our representative and transfer you to the hotel. The Boma Hotel is set in tropical gardens in a leafy suburb, a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe International Airport. The rooms combine the modern comforts one expects today with the charm and character of an original 1940’s home.

Main Destination: Entebbe
Accommodation: The Boma Entebbe
Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Transfer from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park

This journey takes you across Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. Covering an area of over 3,840 km². Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls.

After lunch, you will drive three more hours to the southern side of Uganda to the savanna plains of the park in search of Africa’s impressive wild game.

You will stay at Bakers Lodge at the southern bank of the Nile. Bakers’ lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Each room has full facilities. There is an impressive restaurant with remarkable views over the Nile and a swimming pool too.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)
Accommodation: Baker’s Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: Game drive and boat safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Get ready for an early wake-up today. In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast, you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park. Come eye-to-eye with the African safari big game: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes, and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive.

In the afternoon you will take a Private boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys, and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts. After the boat safari, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

Optional activities

  • Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest
  • Hot air balloon

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Baker’s Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Delta boat safari

The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking Shoebill stork. As well you will see hundreds of hippo and maybe even bathing elephants and huge crocs.

In the afternoon, you may decide to do another game drive or choose to relax from your lodge.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Baker’s Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Murchison Falls NP — Kibale Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, you will pick up your packed lunch and exit the park to the south. The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through villages, lush green forests and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

You will stay at a wonderful lodge, just outside the town of Fort Portal, with spacious rooms and amazing views over one of the crater lakes in this area!

Main Destination: Fort Portal
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking & Bigodi Swamp walk

Chimpanzee tracking - Highlights of Uganda

After an early breakfast, you drive to the briefing center for detailed does and don’ts when you came face to face with human’s closest relatives. Kabale national park is famous for primates with 13 primate species sighted in this tropical forest including chimpanzees. Kibale Forest has approximately 5,000 chimpanzees, which makes it a perfect place to go chimpanzee tracking. An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Bigodi swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities, and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue Turaco!

Main Destination: Kibale National Park
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February
Accommodation: Papaya Lake Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Kibale To Queen Elizabeth NP — Boat Safari

Highlights of Uganda

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second-largest national park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. In the afternoon, you will take a private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Albert that’s famous for high density of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe.

You stay overnight at the beautiful Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Mweya peninsula. Watch wildlife from your private cottage and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on in the distant savanna.

Main Destination: Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth NP

Wildlife Game Drive Safaris

This morning you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs.

After lunch, you will proceed to the southernmost part of Queen Elizabeth national park, famous for the tree-climbing lions. You will conduct a game drive as you drive to the camp.

You will stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a very cozy lodge with wonderful views over the savanna and a river packed with hippos! Each of the ten spacious framed canvas rooms, situated in the wooded area beside the river, is comfortably furnished and has its own private en suite bathroom with hot water ‘bush’ shower.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 9: Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

Highlights of Uganda

To escape from the heat during the day, to watch prey from a distance and stock it better, to escape a certain specie of flies that makes the lions uncomfortable are some of the theories as to why lions here have learned how to climb trees. However, these theories have not been confirmed. This day you have a chance to explore this sector as you search for the wildlife including African Elephants, Leopards, Lions, Birds, and antelopes in this sector.

Main Destination: Ishasha Sector (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 10: Ishasha Sector To Bwindi impenetrable forest NP

After breakfast, you will have a game drive on your way out of the park for the last chance at spotting the stunning wildlife in this sector.

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private veranda, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather: June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mountain Gorilla Trekking - Highlights of Uganda

This is the absolute highlight of the entire trip. Get up very early to join the briefing before you head into the jungle to take on the long-awaited gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies, and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 12: To Lake Mburo National Park

Highlights of Uganda

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides Kidepo Valley National Park) which is home to zebra, eland, and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife – not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles. Depending on the time you arrive in the park, you will take an afternoon boat on the lake as you wrap up the safari

Mihingo Lodge features ten rooms built on wooden platforms with stilts. From the dining and pool area, you can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo N.P.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather: June, July, and January to February (Little rainfall)
Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 13: Walking Safari (Hike through the park) and then transfer to Entebbe

After breakfast, you will conduct a game drive before you drive out of the park. However, there are other optional activities that can be done while in this park such as Walking Safari (Nature walk), Horseback ridding among others, and later drive to Entebbe with interesting stops such as the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Depending on your departure time, a day room use can be booked at the hotel.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meal Plan: Lunch en route

End of tour

Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guidelines: US$15.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

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