12 DAYS BEST OF UGANDA SAFARI

SAFARI OVERVIEW

This 12 days Best of Uganda Safari takes you to some of Uganda’s most sought-after national parks plus a visit to Jinja city-the source of the Nile. You will visit Murchison Falls National Park for a game drive and boat cruise, Kibale National Park for a chimpanzee tracking experience, Queen Elizabeth National Park for yet another spectacular game drive and thrilling boat cruise, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park will expose you to the endangered mountain gorillas during the gorilla trekking experience and finally summing it up with a visit to Jinja city where you will go to the source of the Nile to wind-down your safari in a more relaxing way.

Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport and Pickup

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park-Top of the falls visit

Day 3: Game drive and Boat Cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park-Afternoon game drive

Day 7: Game drive and Boat cruise

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking

Day 10: Transfer to Kampala

Day 11: Transfer to Jinja-Source of the Nile. Transfer to Kampala

Day 12: Transfer to Entebbe

Tour in detail

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND PICKUP

Upon arrival, you will be received by the company representative who will give you a warm welcome to Uganda and later transfer you to the hotel in Entebbe for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Two Friends Beach Hotel

Meal Plan: Bed only

DAY 2: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK-TOP OF THE FALLS VISIT.

Have breakfast at leisure and meet the safari guide at the hotel for a short briefing your safari. You will then set off from your hotel as you embark on your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The drive will take you through Luwero town and continue with the journey to Masindi town. Have a lunch stopover in Masindi.

After lunch, proceed to the park. Along your way, be on the lookout for baboons grooming on the roadside, warthogs and many other species of the park. Drive to the top of the falls to have a spectacular aerial view of the park as you take pictures of the Mighty falls. Proceed to the lodge for check-in, relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 3: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE

Arise very early in the morning, have breakfast and head out for a game drive (latest 6:30am) in the savannah in search for wildlife such as Nubian giraffes, Lake Chad buffalos, lions, spotted hyenas, Savannah elephants, Uganda kobs, Lelwel’s hartebeest, common warthogs, Oribis, Bohor’s Reedbuck and many birds like Black-headed Lapwing, Blue-headed Coucal, Giant kingfisher, Swamp flycatcher, Red-throated bee eater, Black-billed barbet. The game drive is conducted in the Northern sector of the park where most of the park’s species live.

Return and have lunch at the lodge as you prepare for a thrilling boat cruise on the Nile. The launch cruise will give you an eccentric view of the Nile, amidst the encounter of the huge Nile crocodiles, hippos and several other wildlife and waders like African skimmers on the lake shores. Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK

Wake up at leisure and have breakfast. Check out and start your transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best places for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda. The park is also home to over 375 bird species, 351 tree species and 70 mammal species, out of which 13 are primate species including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Blue monkeys, Red-cheeked Mangabey and Uganda red colobus monkeys.

You will drive Southwards through the Albertine escarpment with captivating sights of the country side. Drive through Hoima town to Fort Portal for lunch. Later proceed to the park for an overnight.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp

 Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 5: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING AND BIGODI SWAMP WALK

After an early breakfast, drive to the chimpanzee briefing point where you will be briefed about the activity. You will be assigned a game ranger and armed men for your safety in the forest. Shortly, you will enter and walk through the forest as the ranger keeps in touch with the monitoring team on ground. The walk is exciting as the ranger will explain to you the different flora and fauna in the park.

Upon finding the chimpanzees, spend up to an hour interacting and taking photos depending on their mood. Later, return to the briefing point and drive back to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for the Bigodi swamp walk and community experience. Among the activities to excite you here include local liquor making, weaving of baskets, cultural dances, and also paying a visit to the cultural doctor. Later drive back to the lodge for an overnight.

Overnight: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 6: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK-AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE

Have breakfast, checkout and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Rwimi. You will drive through scenic views of some different crater lakes like Lake Nyinambuga, Kasenda and Kifurukwa, seen along the journey. As you approach Kasese town, you will have spectacular views of the Rwenzori ranges. Arrival in Queen Elizabeth National Park for check-in and lunch. After lunch, you can choose to relax at the lodge or take an afternoon game drive with chances of seeing species like African elephants, African Cape buffaloes among others. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Enganzi Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY: 7 GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE

Have breakfast and head out for a game drive in the Kasenyi plains. You will be exposed to species like African elephants, African Cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and on a lucky day, catch sight of leopard and lions. The park boasts a record of over 600 bird species. Later drive back to the lodge for hot lunch and shortly take a boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

The Kazinga channel is a 42km stretch, connecting Lake George and Lake Edward with rewarding big herds of buffaloes, school of hippos, Nile crocodiles and different bird species like the rare African skimmers and Lesser Flamingos. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the park while on the cruise. After this awesome experience, you can opt for a sundowner at one of the crater lakes or transfer back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Enganzi Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 8: TRANSFER TO BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Have breakfast, check out and start your transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the famous Mountain Gorillas making it the best place in Uganda for tracking these gentle giants. You will arrive in the park later in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Bweza Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 9: GORILLA TREKKING

Wake up very early, have breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for a briefing before the gorilla trekking activity. You will then be assigned a group to track a particular gorilla family. You will be led into the jungle by an armed ranger who will keep in touch with the monitoring team on ground in order to easily locate the mountain gorillas. The activity takes between 3-7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Once you find the gorilla family, you will be given up-to an hour to watch them in their natural habitat playing, feeding, resting and going about their daily life. Take as many photos as you can and later return to the lodge for lunch, afternoon relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Bweza Gorilla Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 10: TRANSFER TO KAMPALA

Wake up to a lovely breakfast, checkout and set off for Kampala with a stopover for lunch en-route. You will have an en-route stopover at the equator for a photo session and you can also purchase some hand-made craft souvenirs before you proceed with your journey, arriving in Kampala in the afternoon for check-in and overnight.

Overnight: Cassia Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 11: KAMPALA>JINJA-SOURCE OF THE NILE>KAMPALA

Have breakfast and set off for a two hours’ drive to Jinja. Arrive and take a motor boat ride to the source of the longest river in the world ‘River Nile’. Along the Nile cruise, you will have an up-close with some bird species like Green-backed Heron, African Darter, Giant and Malachite Kingfisher, Little Egrets and the famous Nile monitor lizards. The cruise also gives spectacular aerial view of the Nile where John Speke stood and spotted the source of the Nile. Also watch the Nile waters as it flows from Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea. After the cruise, have lunch and transfer to Kampala for an overnight.

Overnight: Cassia Lodge

Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO ENTEBBE (OPTIONAL VISIT TO MABAMBA SWAMP)

Have breakfast and depending on the time of your flight, you can choose to visit Mabamba swamp located on the fringes of Lake Victoria. Mabamba swamp/wetland is one of the best places to see the rarely sighted shoebill stork. You will drive to take a motorized traditional canoe in search of the Shoebill in the papyrus swamp. While here, you also have opportunities to spot other bird species including the Swamp flycatcher, Blue-breasted bee-eater, African fish eagle, white-winged tern and the Spur-winged goose among others. Return and transfer to Entebbe to catch your flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

 

COST PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 2 PEOPLE = 4,214 USD

COST PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 4 PEOPLE = 3,336 USD

COST PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 6 PEOPLE = 3,044 USD

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation and meal plan as per
    itinerary

  • Ground transportation in a 4×4 coaster with
    an English speaking safari guide.

  • Activities in the park as per the itinerary

  • Chimpanzee permits

  • Gorilla permits
  • National park fees
  • Source of the Nile visit

EXCLUSIONS

  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Phone bills

  • Lunch enroute fees

  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Any personal bills

 

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