15 Days The Best of Uganda

Overview

Last revised: 7 months ago

Enjoy a unique experience while visiting all Uganda’s spots, start with a Visit to the reintroduced white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Continue to the mighty Murchison falls enjoying game drives looking out for the rare Rothschild’s giraffe, Relax during an afternoon boat trip to the mighty Murchison Falls.  You will visit the hidden semliki national park with a visit to the Sempaya hot springs, visit the wild chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and a walk through Bigodi Swamp during an exciting primate walk. Enjoy the views of Queen Elizabeth with game drive as you look out for for lions, elephants, etc. Enjoy a lunch cruise on the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon in. enjoy the tree climbing lions in the ishasha sector

Have a unique close encounter with mountain gorillas during gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Later you will visit to lake Bunyonyi the deepest lake in Uganda, with bilharzias free waters, engage yourself in various activities like Batwa visits, canoeing, boat cruise etc, visit smallest park commonly for zebras and impala.

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls
Day 3: Game drive & Top of the falls boat cruise
Day 4: Murchison Falls – Fort Portal
Day 5: Semliki National Park
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi Swamp walk
Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha
Day 10: Ishasha to Bwind Impenetrable Forest
Day 11: Gorilla tracking day
Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi
Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – activities
Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park
Day 15: Lake Mburo Park – Kampala

Day 1: Arrival
You will be welcomed by our tour guide/driver pick you up from the airport and transfer you to hotel or lodge of your choice to rest as you wait for your marvelous and memorable safari to all Uganda national parks for the adventure. It depending on your time of arrival if you arrive early, the guide will take you for a city tour to get an exciting introduction with the capital by visiting some interesting and historical sites, religious places etc.

Accommodations
Budget: Airport guest house
Meal Plan: Bed only

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls
Your guide will pick you from your lodge or hotel, give you a brief how your safari is going to be. You will then drive to Murchison falls National Park. On the way you will visit the Zziwa rhino sanctuary which was set up to reintroduce rhinoceros to Uganda you can have your lunch (lunch excluded) here and you will then precede to the park entering from the north.
Driving hour: 6 to 8 hours

Accommodations
Budget: Fort Murchison - Lazycamping Tents
Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast

Day 3: Game drive & boat cruise
In the early morning after the breakfast you will enjoy your first game drive through the park together with a senior ranger, and you have spectacular view of different animal species including; Elephants, Giraffe, Buffalo, Antelope, kobs (which are very common), and also you will be able to spot Lions or Leopards relaxing in the sunshine. Return in the mid morning to the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

In the afternoon, you will have a relaxing boat trip along the Nile, and here, you will see animal like; Hippos, crocodiles and also various bird species along the river banks, and of course, hearing thunderous sounds of the high speed waterfall as you get near to its bottom.

After reaching the bottom of the falls you will get off the boat and begin your hike to the top of the falls (for about 45 minutes), were you will be able to have a perfect view of the world’s longest river forcing it’ waters to pass through a narrow space to the bottom forming a pool of water before it sets off for the long journey. After reaching the top of the falls, you will then find a guide waiting to transfer to the lodge.

Accommodations
Budget: Fort Murchison - Lazy camping tents
Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast

Day 4: Drive to – Fort Portal
In the morning after breakfast you will be leaving for Fort Portal, driving via the Albertine Escarpment with the view from the top of the Albert rift of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima - Fort portal road. This will be a long drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, passing though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow. On the way you will be able to see the greener part of the country with spectacular view of the coffee plantations; you will have stopover in fort portal town which rests in the shadows of the fabled Mountain Rwenzori. Spend a night at your lodge.
Driving time: 7 to 9 hours

Accommodation;
Budget: - Isunga lodge
Meal Plan: - Bed & Breakfast

Day 5: Semliki National Park
After breakfast we drive towards Semliki National Park. The scenic, winding road will lead us through green mountains and offers you a magnificent view at the River Semliki and Congo. After arriving in the protected area, a ranger will accompany you on a beautiful nature walk through the Ituri Rainforest. Enjoy the peacefulness of the forest, look out for the rich birdlife at the swamp, do a visit to the Sempaya hot springs, the main is a geyser with high temperatures, boil some eggs in the hot surrounding hot pools of water have lunch (lunch excluded) on your way.

Later in the afternoon we will continue to Kibale Forest where you will sleep in the lodge with the noises of the tropical rainforest at night they always give a beautiful sound.

Accommodation;
Budget: - kibale forest camp - Lazy camping Tents,
Meal Plan: - Bed & Breakfast

Day 6: Chimpazee tracking & Bigodi Swamp walk
In the morning you will be taken to Kanyanchu headquarters for briefing before you head for our chimpanzee tracking. You will walk through the forest with an experienced guide who will take you around looking for chimps; not only chimps, but you also be able to see other primates including Red-Colobus, phoestes, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabey and also baboons. You will have approximately 1 hours of physical appearance with the chimpanzees.  Kibale Park is also known for the butterflies and various birds’ species. Tracking the noisy chimpanzee families racing through, this luxuriant forest is a tremendous experience.

In afternoon you will be guided by an experienced guide and have a walk through Bigodi Swamp (which is a local community based project) this takes to almost 2 hours. Here you will be able to have a chance to find more primates and several bird species. Various monkey species like; red colobus, white and black, red chicked and many other species

Accommodation;
Budget: - kibale forest camp - Lazy camping Tents,
Meal Plan: - Bed & Breakfast

Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park
Early morning you will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. You will travel through Fort Portal and on a clear day you may see the glaciated peaks of Rwenzori Mountains on your right side and the green valley on the left as you gently descend into the Great Rift Valley to the park reach Queen Elizabeth Park which is located in Western Uganda on Mount Rwenzori foothills. While on the drive, take keen of the wild animals that you may come in contact with, after having your lunch.

in afternoon, you will go fo a afternoon game drive.
Driving time, 3 to 4 hrs

Accommodation;
Budget: Bush lodge - Lazy camping tents
Meal Plan:- Bed & Breakfast

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning, after your breakfast, you will go for a game drive together with an experienced ranger you will search for all the wild animals in the park, including;  lions , elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, warthogs and other animals you return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon you will take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. You will have a spectacular view to the abundant birdlife that is sighted on the lakes’ showers and the elephants, buffaloes, crocodiles and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Have dinner and overnight at your lodge

Accommodation;
Budget: Bush lodge - Lazy camping tents
Meal Plan:- Bed & Breakfast

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha
After your morning breakfast, drive to the Ishasha sector the area of Park where the tree climbing lions can only be seen in this part of Uganda. The tree climbing lions within the Ishasha area are uncommonness.  Throughout the entire world there are only in two places in which you can find populations of these tree-climbing lions in the terrain of open savannah scattered with acacia and fig trees.

Afternoon you will go for another game drive in a search for climbing lions. Since this is a right time to spot the lions trying to escape from the heat during the day on ground, the lions learned how to climb the fig trees. This also they use this chance as they target their prey (cobs, antelopes etc) which are gracing with the area.

Accommodations
Budget; Enjojo Lodge
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 10: Ishasha to Bwind Impenetrable Forest
after taking your breakfast depart for Bwindi Forest a home for the endangered mountain gorillas. you will drive through the beautiful landscape scenery of hilly areas “Switzerland of Africa": full of mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, (by the “bakiga people”), tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On arrival you relax since you had a long day journey preparing for tomorrow’s big day.
Driving time: 8 hours

Accommodations;
Budget: Gorilla Valley lodge
Meal Plan; Bed & Breakfast

Day 11: Gorilla tracking day!
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest favors both mountain gorillas and some chimpanzees one of the only forest in Africa which posses these creatures. It also hosts five other species of primate, 100 mammals, around 78 butterflies and 360 bird species.

In the early morning after your breakfast, your guide will pick you from your lodge with packed lunch to the starting point of your tracking group at UWA headquarters so that you can get a briefing at around (7.45am or 8.30am), then you will start the tracking. The gorillas that you track are very friendly to people, though still there are same groups which are shy, sharp and some are stubborn as human being.  Your experienced ranger will help you to spot out their presence. You will expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead while pushing your way through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, before you encounter any gorillas

Once you find the gorillas, you will be able to spend with them up to one hour which is given time due to conservations issues, before going back to your lodge. Though it will be definitely worth while you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience!

Note:  (This trek can take from 1 hour to 7 hours depending on the area you track and group– a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes). Have your Dinner and overnight at;

Accommodations;
Budget: Gorilla valley lodge
Meal Plan; Bed & Breakfast

Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi
In the morning after your breakfast relax a little bit or you will take a guided village walk for a closer meeting with the local community, Learn about their way of living as you walk through coffee, tea and banana plantations, then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi which is the deepest lake in Uganda and Africa as well but 2nd in the world. This area is often called "Little Switzerland of Uganda" and boosts one of the most beautiful parts of the country. While on your way this will give you spectacular scenery. Arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon at the Lodge, you can have a boat ride/canoe while you watch the beautiful sunset or go for a Nature walk or any activity  

Accommodation;
Budget: Crater bay cottages
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi – Optional activities
After your morning breakfast, you can participate yourself in a village walk to the Batwa and Bakiga communities. Take note of their local livelihoods. you have can taste the local prepare dishes or return at the lodge for lunch and you can relax!

In the afternoon, you can go for various optional activities like Bird Watching, Swimming, canoeing, boat safari. Have your dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice

Accommodation;
Budget: Bunyonyi overland resort
Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast we will depart for Lake Mburo National Park. This scenic drive which is approximately 5-6 hours will take you to Mbarara where you will stop for lunch (excluded) before making our final descent to Lake Mburo National Park and checking in.

In the afternoon you will go for game drive with a ranger while searching for different animal spices, though as an extension of the Tanzanian Plains it’s the only park in Uganda with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland and other savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best places to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike. Overnight at the lodge of your choice

Accommodation
Budget: - Eagle’s nest
Meal Plan: - Bed & Breakfast

Day 15: Lake Mburo Park – Kampala
In the morning you will go for an early nature walk guided by a ranger due to the fact that, Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a safari walk on foot in the searching for various animal species, you will return to the lodge and have a late breakfast at the lodge.
Driving time: 5 to 6 hours

You will then start driving back to Kampala having a stopover at the Equator take photos shoots and buying souvenirs. You will be then dropped direct to the airport if you have flight on to catch back to your booked lodge.

End of the safari

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Included in package

  • Ground transportation by 4WD Minivan
  • Return airport transfers to and from airport
  • Accommodation on Bed and breakfast
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park entrance fees and taxe
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • Activities as per program
  • Fuel & car
  • Water in safari cars

The package excludes:

  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs and other optional activities
  • Personal interests like; wines, spirits, beers, and cigarettes
  • International Air ticket and related costs
  • Meals out of booked accommodations and program
  • Personal Insurance covers
  • Optional activities 
  • Phone calls

Accommodation & Transport - Budget;

For this trip accommodation you will be staying in lodges or Camps which are built in African safari style tents, comfortably furnished with twin or double beds, a bedside table and a power outlet for charging your electrical equipment, some are with En-suit bathroom, some with tents share a bathroom with hot showers and flushing toilets. No need to worry about linen as all bedding and towels are provided

NOTE: For this the above mentioned accommodations it depends on availability and we make sure the best is our first priorities when we are making this booking. In case there is no availability during the requested dates of your safari, we do our best to look for another alternative accommodation which is relatively in the same standards or rate range.

Transport to be used on your safari
This Tour is based on a Min-van with 4wd. it seats from up to the maximum of 8 persons. All our used vehicles are well maintained, customized with comfortable seats, a pop up roof which gives a wide viewing 360 angle!!

Upgrade to a Land cruiser  - available on request
But in case you want an upgrade to a Land cruiser which is rated as the strongest safari vehicle on the African roads, it’s well maintained, customized with comfortable seats, a pop up roof which gives a wide viewing 360 angle!!. This come's with an extra cost, but it’s worth it. Just in inform us in advance

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