13 Days Uganda Safari

Overview

 

In this 13-days safari tour in Uganda, spot the finest of Uganda's wildlife, Big5 cats, culture, primates, water bodies and delicious cuisine. These activities take place from the beginning to the end of your experience and are enhanced by delicious meals, classic services and excellent lodging options.

 

You will trek rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, go on a wildlife safari in the park's northern sector and take a boat ride to the bottom of Murchison Falls – arguably world's most powerful waterfalls. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, swamp walks in the Bigodi Ramsar site, boat tours and game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a visit to Batwa Pygmies in the south.Fun and relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi is the last experience.

 

This safari starts and endsin Entebbe international airport.

 

Detailed Trip

 

Day 1: Pickup and Kampala city tour

 

Our company driver guide will happily meet and welcome you to the pearl of Africa for this 13 days safari. This will be at Entebbe airport or any other pickup point in Entebbe or Kampala city, from which you will be given some guidelines and some documentation, before a transfer to your lodge for refreshment and check-in.

 

Just in case you are fresh enough, you may take a city tour, visiting various local markets to see how Ugandans trade, purchasing some missing items and a visit to the Uganda museum with the countries historical and cultural elements. Before sunset, return to the hotel for dinner and slumber.

 

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park-Rhino tracking

 

Start this day with yummy breakfast at your accommodation, after which you will hit the road to Murchison falls national park. This is a 5-6 hours’ drive, with the views of buzzing towns as well as the happy residents in these towns. Have an enroute stopover in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to track the rare species of white rhinos roaming freely at the sanctuary. Thereafter, proceed ona drive to the park, with an enroute break for lunch in Masindi town or Kabalega dinersrestaurant. Check in atthe lodge for dinner and overnight at sunset.

 

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise

 

After breakfast, go on a game drive in the northern area of Murchison Falls National Park. Warthogs, African elephants, Cape Buffaloes, several antelope species and many more animals can be found in the northern region, as well as birds such as love birds, Egyptian geese, egrets and lushflora such as the whistling acacia. A 3-4 hours’ game drive will end with a sample of some wild fruits before returning to the resort for lunch.

 

After a 3-hours’ boat cruise to the bottom of the powerful Murchison falls and a subsequent one hour trek to the top of the falls. You'll be able to hear the thundering rivers and see thethunderous roar of water, squeezing through the narrow canal leading to Lake Albert in far north of the park, as well as watching Nile crocodiles and hippos swimming in the placid river. An easy trek to the top of the fall reveals boiling waters at the pinnacle, as well as persistent rainbow on a shiny afternoon. This day will end with dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 4: Murchison falls N/P to Fort Portal city

 

This day begins with hearty breakfast at the lodge, followed by a safe 7-9 hours’ journey to Africa's chimp capital, Kibale Forest National Park near the tourism town of Fort Portal. There will be enroute lunch break, as well as any other stops the driver guide may deem necessary, before arriving at your lodge for dinner and sleep.

 

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and a community walk

 

Breakfast will be served first, followed by a drive to the park headquarters for registration and a briefing on distinctive traits of chimps and other primates found in this lush jungle. Kibale forest is home to over 13 different primates and while the major focus will be on your relatives – the chimps, you might be lucky to see other resident primates. These include, but not limited to, white and black monkeys, as well as red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys and grey-cheeked monkeys.

 

Keep an eye out for their nests around the forest, as well as forest elephants, and on a lucky day, buffaloes, birds and unusual flora species. Chimpanzees are some of the closest relatives to humans, eating mostly fruits, vegetables and spending majority of their time sleeping and playing. You'll spend an hour with them before taking a break for lunch.

 

The entire afternoon is dedicated to an exciting swamp or community walk around Bigodi area, which is home to a large number of birds and primates such as baboons. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight, while seeingthe residents going about their everyday activities.

 

Day 6: Birding and hot springs tourinSemuliki National Park

 

Start this day with heavy breakfast at the lodge and later drive to Semuliki national park, while glancing at the towering snowcapped mountain Rwenzori. The park is home to over 440 unique bird species, accounting for 40% of the total bird species in Uganda. In the two- to three-hour birding experience, you may encounter Kori bustards, crowned cranes, guinea fowls, owls, Turacos and so much more.

 

After lunch, you will visit the Sempaya hot springs, where you will love the female and male hot springs, take photos, relax and boil an egg where hot water is spit out almost at a maximum boiling point.

 

Close the day's activities with a drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 7: Crater tours and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park-night game drive

 

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge for a crater tour around Kabarole district. There are over 27 unique crater lakes around this place, but getting to one or two is truly a great treat, before driving for lunch at a fine restaurant in the city. The journey to Queen Elizabeth national park lasts for about 2-3 hours, with views of the mountain backdrops, natives carrying on with their daily chores and so much more. You will arrive and check in atyour place of accommodationin the evening. Proceed for lunch and go on a night game drive.

 

Under the cover of the dark, you do have high chances of spotting elusive night hunters like lions, leopards and hyenas going about their hunting spree and marking their territories. The night game drive lasts for roughly three hours, after which you will return to the lodge for a nap.

 

Day 8: Morning game drive and Kazinga Channel Boat cruise

 

You will kick-start this day with a hefty breakfast at the lodge and thereafter, go for a 3-4-hour game drive. When traversing the park, the eyes are fed with the stunning landscape, variety of birds and mammals. Lions, leopards and hyenas are present but hard to find, but then many more will you easily encounter. These include; the waterbucks, warthogs, Uganda Kobs, African elephants, cape Buffaloes and so much more.

 

After the game drive, return to the lodge for lunch, followed by a 3-hour boat cruise at the Kazinga channel. Here, you may take in the freshwater breeze, watch the hippos, crocodiles and spot animals that throng the shores - notably elephants, waterbucks, birds and numerous monitor lizards. Dinner and overnight mark the end of the day.

 

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park via Ishasha sector

 

After breakfast, check out of the lodge for a transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park, via the Ishasha sector, where you will do a game drive for about two hours while tracing for the sought-after tree-climbing lions, lazily resting in the huge branches of fig trees. You will have lunch enroute, but then get a warm welcome by the lush trees and sunset rays, while driving to your lodge at one of the sectors in Bwindi national park for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 10: Gorilla tracking

 

From a tasty heavy breakfast meal, check out of the lodge for a transfer to the park headquarters for a pre-trekking briefing and registration by the ranger guides. This lasts for about 30 minutes, with the ranger guides outlining trekking dos and don'ts, before escorting you to track gentle apes. The exercise may last for roughly 2-8 hours, depending on how far they have moved and the walking speed, plus an additional hour for photos and observing their unique behaviors up-close.

 

Gorillas move to new territories every day, and thus the search begins from where they were spotted previously. You will smile at how these creatures are so similar to humans, right from their appearance, social life and other characteristics.

 

After one hour, return to the lodge for lunch and refreshments, to the time for dinner and overnight slumber. However, you may visit the Batwa villages in the neighborhood of the park to enjoy their traditional performances, songs, buying some crafts, etc.

 

Day 11: Batwa community tour and drive to Lake Bunyonyi

 

After a peaceful nap, wake up to a heavy breakfast meal at the lodge and then visit former forest dwellers, hunters and gatherers-Batwa pygmies. These are some of the shortest people on earth, trying to adopt to the modern life after being displaced from the forest which they called home and relied on for almost everything. You will tour their communities, listen to some songs from local women, and donate to their developmental projects, before returning to the lodge for refreshment and lunch.

 

After the delicious meal, you will check out for a transfer to Lake Bunyonyi on a two hours’ drive, through a route marked by undulating hills, green plantation cover and so forth. End this day with dinner and overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 12: Leisure at Lake Bunyonyi

 

After a relaxed breakfast meal at the lodge, you will spend the next hours exploring Lake Bunyonyi - one of the deepest lakes in Africa. It is surrounded by over 29 historical islands and while on a canoe, the local guide will help take you near and explain about each of them.

 

One of the islands not to miss is the Punishment Island, a place where unmarried girls whogot pregnant were banished and left to death. Only those who could manage to swim to safety shores would survive.

 

Lake Bunyonyi is also safe for swimming since it is Bilharzia free; do birding or spend the rest of your day relaxing by the shores and enjoying the serenity. Lunch, dinner and sleep you will enjoy.

 

Day 13: Departure

 

After spending the night, witness beautiful sunrise while on a one-hour guided nature walk at the designated trails. Thereafter, you will get to the breakfast table for a meal, before checking out of the lodge for a transfer to Entebbe international airport or Kampala city tour.

 

Lunch and photo moments will be enroute, though after enjoying breathtaking views of the landscape, plantations and rolling hills. Call it a day with dinner and a peaceful nap.

 

End of safari.


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