Flora and fauna, fun, scenic topography and culture among others are what this 12-days Uganda safari offers to all its lucky visitors. You will track rhinos in Ziwa rhino sanctuary, the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, chimpanzees in Kibale national park, game viewing and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo national parks, and cultural encounter with the Batwa pygmies living around Bwindi and Mgahinga national park.
Other activities include hiking to the top of the most powerful waterfall (Murchison Falls), city tour, and site seeing among others. The 12-days safari starts and ends in Entebbe international airport
Day 1: Arrival and city tour
This will be the day you will land at Entebbe International airport where our company representative will be glad to welcome you to Uganda, the pearl of Africa. Going ahead to brief you about the acceptable behaviors in the country, as well as explaining the entire itinerary;
Thereafter, hit the road to Kampala city, the country’s capital, for a brief city tour, where you will visit the Uganda museum for some to see some historical and cultural symbols preserved. After that, you will head to the local markets to purchase some items for use during the safari, and then check-in to the Hotel for dinner and a comfortable nap.
Day 2: Drive to Murchison Falls national park – enroute Ziwa Rhino sanctuary
At sunrise, you will have breakfast, followed by a 5-6 hour fascinating drive to Murchison falls national park (with the most powerful waterfalls in the world), driving on both tarmac and marram roads, navigating the beautiful landscapes, busy streets and Green plantations by the roadside.
You will have the first one-hour stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking, and then another stopover for lunch before arriving at your accommodation, in or outside the park for a mouth-watering dinner meal and a lovely night
Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise
On this day, you will set off for game viewing at the Northern sector of the park as soon as breakfast is done. First, you will get the early morning ferry heading to the northern side in case you are in the south, and then start that 4-5 hours’ adventure, that gives you a chance of spotting several bird species, trees, and mammals such as buffaloes, lions, elephants, antelopes, giraffes, warthogs, leopards and zebras among others, feeding or hunting for food. Note that cats are rare to spot since they hide a lot and often hunt at night.
After the game drive, you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a bit of relaxation before heading for an amazing 2-3 hours’ boat cruise to the Bottom of the falls, where you will get the clear view of the thundering waterfalls, take photos, notice the majestic Nile crocodiles, hippos and the water birds such as the shoebill stock and kingfisher among others.
A boat cruise is followed by a 1-2 hours’ rewarding hike to the top of Murchison Falls, the world’s most powerful waterfalls, where you will draw closer to the bubbling waters and Rainbow on a good day.
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale forest national park
You will open this day with a very heavy breakfast. After, join your driver guide who will transfer you to Kibale forest national park, the primates’ world.
The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours with an enroute stopover for Lunch and while enjoying the amazing landscape, plantations, and the scattered homesteads in the countryside. Arrival will be in the late in the evening, only to check-in to the lodge, refresh, have dinner, and sleep.
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp
on this day, you will drive to the park’s headquarters as soon as breakfast is over, for a briefing by the expert park rangers who will tell you some of the rules governing the Park, before escorting you to the Jungle, covered by the echoes of over 13 unique primate species, dominated by the Chimpanzees, co-existing with the Vervet monkeys, Columbus monkeys grey checked monkeys and baboons among others.
You will track for roughly 4 hours depending on your physical fitness and how far our cousins have moved, with one extra hour rewarded to you to observe them play, feed and relax.
After, return to the lodge for lunch, before heading to Bigodi swamp, one of Uganda’s Ramsar sites, with a good selection of rare bird species, primates and some locals carrying on with their daily activities. You are free to ask questions, take photos and interact with the locals before driving back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Enjoy a relaxed morning where you will glance at the sunrise and an optional one hour guided nature walk after breakfast. Walking in the forest, receiving the beeps of the sun rays, and birds of rare species flying from one point to another leave you with a forgettable memory,
After, check out of the lodge for a 4-5 hours’ drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, a medley of wonder, and Uganda’s most visited park. You will have an enroute lunch stopover, before arriving at the lodge in the evening for some relaxation, super meal, and a nap.
While on the drive, you will enjoy watching the evergreen plantations, jaw-dropping sceneries, and the backdrop of the snowcapped Mount Rwenzori among others.
Day 7: Morning game viewing experience and afternoon boat trip on Kazinga channel
Early in the morning, you will be served with a cup of coffee before joining your driver guide for a 4-5 hours’ game viewing experience in the vast savannah grassland, dotted with Unique tree species that provide shelter to rare bird species as well as mammals.
Besides the commonly seen mammals such as the different Antelope species, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes, warthogs, and Elephants among others, you can change to spot a lion, Hyena or leopard, resting or hunting down its meal.
Thereafter, you will have lunch at the lodge in it is inside the park, followed by an afternoon 2-hour boat cruise at the famous Kazinga channel, hosting unmatched school of hippos and Crocodiles that you will spot during the boat cruise. You will end the day with a sumptuous dinner meal and night stay at the lodge.
Day 8: Depart Queen Elizabeth National park for Bwindi Impenetrable N/park
On this day, you will check out of the lodge after having a heavy breakfast, and then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park, home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas.
You will have an enroute stopover at the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park to spot the tree climbing lions, either resting on the tree branches or roaming down on the grassland.
After the game viewing, you will have Lunch at the Ishasha sector, and then proceed to Buhoma sector, arriving in the evening only to check in to your room for dinner and overnight
Day 9: Mountain gorilla tracking and Batwa village encounter
Wake up very early in the morning for an energy-giving cup of coffee, followed by a drive to the sectors headquarters where you will join other members for a briefing by expert park rangers who will tell you the set rules and regulations while with the apes in the jungle to protect them from human infections and death.
After briefing, the park rangers will assign you to a gorilla family with the characterizes you want, and then accompany you to the Jungle to search for them, an exercise that can last for approximately 2-6 hours, depending on how far these creatures have gone plus your walking speed.
There are different birds, unique tree species and primates you will meet in the way as you track the gentle apes, and upon finding them, one hour will be given to you to watch them.
After one hour, you will withdraw from the gorilla territory and then go for lunch, followed by 2-3 hours’ cultural experience with the Batwa pygmies who lived as gatherers and hunters in the thick forest of Mgahinga and Bwindi.
They will show you some caves, traditional tools as well as sing and dance for you. Thereafter, end the evening at your lodge with dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Explore Lake Bunyonyi
Breakfast will be the first thing early morning, before checking out of the lodge for a 2-3 hours’ drive to Lake Bunyonyi, second Switzerland in Africa, surrounded by over27 important Islands.
Your arrival at this destination will be welcomed with a mouth-watering lunch meal, and then followed by an afternoon canoe ride by an expert guide who will take you around the water body and show you the different islands, their names, and importance, for example, the punishment island. After the adventure, you will head to the lodge for dinner and then retiring to the bed.
Day 11: Depart Lake Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo National park
As soon as you finish sipping the last dot of tea in your cup, check out of the Lodge and embark on a 5-6 hours’ drive to Lake Mburo national park, traversing the undulating hills, looks grazing the long-horned cows and the amazing plantations.
You will have an enroute stopover at the equator to watch the magical demonstrations, take photos and have lunch. Thereafter, proceed with the Journey to the lodge in or near the park; and upon reaching there, enjoy the last meal of the day, and overnight
Day 12: Morning game drive and proceed to Kampala
On this day, you will wake up to a delicious cup of coffee, followed by a 3-4 hours’ game drive in search of some of the mammals such as the Impalas, Buffaloes, Oribis, waterbuck, warthogs, Elephants and zebras among others roaming around this fascinating national park. Also, you will be amazed to see primates such as the baboons, and monkeys, birds and unique tree species
After the game drive, return for early lunch at your lodge before checking out and driving to Entebbe international airport for a flight back home.
End of safari