11 Day Uganda Safari Favorite

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11 Day Uganda Favorite
This itinerary combines all of the great places in Uganda, but with a bit more exploration on foot. In this itinerary we visit 4 of the national parks in Uganda: Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. The exciting insert into this itinerary is an additional day in Bwindi Forest, where you walk through the rain-forest from the North to the South. You not only get the opportunity to gorilla trek twice and in two different locations of the forest, but also spend the day walking through the forest at your own pace along meandering trails with your expert guide. This is an excellent chance to experience the sights and sounds of the rain-forest environment without the focus of the gorillas.

Day 1
Arrival at Entebbe

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Depending on arrival time you may visit the Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Overnight at Protea Hotel (D)

Day 2
Entebbe - Kibale

Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately seven hours. Leave Entebbe passing through beautiful traditional villages and farms, where tropical fruits and different kinds of food are grown. Drive through Kyenjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) drive through the beautiful tea plantations into Kibale tropical rain forest.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Day 3
Kibale National Park - Chimpanzee Trekking

After an early morning breakfast, we get to explore Kibale Forest National Park. The Forest hosts 13 primate species, guided forest treks can be arranged, in search of one of the most popular primate species in the world – the chimpanzee. There are 9 diurnal primates, these include, vervet, red-tailed, L’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked manabey, red colobus, black and white colobus, olive baboon and the most famous of all, the chimpanzee. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, it is highly unlikely that you will not see them on your trek, you will be surrounded singing birds and can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate. The walking is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge (BLD)

Day 4
Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, head out for a swamp walk in Bigodi, This village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, the famous “Mountains of the Moon”. The swamp walk takes place in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, which is located in the Magombe wetland. The sanctuary is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered local community based organization.

Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern stretch of The Rwenzori Mountains, with the hope of viewing the glaciated peaks. We gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley where Queen Elizabeth National Park lies, arrive at Mweya Safari Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. The park is set in a fertile, equatorial area and has beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve, with a total area of 1978 km². It is primarily associated with grassy savannah plains, it includes within its boundaries, leafy rain-forests, dense papyrus swamps and natural volcanic crater lakes. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more then 610 species of birds.

Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Day 5
Queen Elizabeth National Park

On this day we will have an early morning game drive, then back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch relax by your lodge then go for a two hour shared boat trip on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world (reported to be about 30,000) and other game with excellent birding. The park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with 560 + recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period.

Overnight at Kyambura Game Lodge (BLD)

Day 6
Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha Sector

Drive through to the Ishasha sector. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion (75% success rate) and other game. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (a World Heritage Sight) passing through the scenic area known as The Switzerland of East Africa. Bwindi forest is a phenomenal rain forest, that cuts across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rife Valley, this area is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice age, and is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. The Park has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and is ranked as one of the best in Uganda for forest birding, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Bwindi is renowned for it’s Mountain Gorilla population, slightly more then half the world’s mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi: an estimated 280 – 320 individuals living in 15 groups. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is an extremely special privilege and an encounter unequaled in most likely the whole of Africa.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 7
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Gorilla Tracking day

After breakfast take a short drive to the Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a brief on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were see the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take anywhere between 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet. The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike can be physically demanding, but the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Camera or smart phones are to capture the unforgettable experience, are recommended. Rain in this are is highly unpredictable so waterproof clothing is essential including zip lock bags for cameras, phones and other valuable items that need to kept dry.

Overnight at Mahogany Springs Lodge (BLD)

Day 8
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On this day we will spend more time in the rain forest. We have a guided forest walk through the forest to as far as Nkuringo depending on weather. This park of Bwindi is on the southern side of the rain forest near the town of Kisoro and also has habituated gorilla families near by.

There are two walking trails between Buhoma and Nkuringo, the Ivy River trail and the Kashasha trail. Both are between 6-7 hour in length and offer visitors a close up experience of the natural wonders within a rain-forest environment, including a number of monkey species, duikers, birds and many colourful butterflies.

Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 9
Second day Gorilla Trekking

Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (BLD)

Day 10
Bwindi - Lake Mburo

Drive to Mbarara passing through the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. These cattle are a popular sight because of their unusually long horns. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, have a short game drive. The drive today is 6 to 7 hours. Lake Mburo National Park is a small park, excellent for birding, antelope and other grazers, one of the only places to easily see Impala and zebra in Uganda. Game drives offer particularly picturesque game viewing with the Park’s mixture of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala unique to this area, buffalo and zebra, plus waterbuck and eland are amongst the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Park’s 310 recorded water and dry land species. In this valley we can operate night drives and walks. This is the only park where we will see Impala and Burchell’s Zebra. Drive back to the lodge.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (BLD) 

Day 11
Lake Mburo - Entebbe

This morning we have an early morning game drive or bush walk before driving back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits, stop in Entebbe for shopping and lunch and a visit to the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en-route. You are then transferred to Entebbe International airport in time for your departure flight.

Day rooms at Protea Hotel (BLD)

Safari Price Inclusions

  • All ground transportation and fuel and transfers as per itinerary
  • A full-time safari guide (English Speaking) and his associated expenses
  • All meals as specified in this itinerary
  • Accommodation as noted in this itinerary on full board basis
  • Fruits and water in the Vehicle, while on the game drives and throughout your Trip
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Game drives in a private 4WD vehicle
  • Ranger guide fees
  • Park & conservation fees
  • All applicable taxes, administration and banking fees
  • Boat Launch Cruise (S) Where applicable

Safari Price Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Money transfer costs
  • Swamp Walk in Bigodi
  • Entrance at the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru
  • All airport departure taxes
  • All passport and visa fees
  • All meals not specified on this itinerary
  • All drinks including alcoholic beverages
  • Specialty wines, spirits and champagne throughout this itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature: fax, telephone, internet services etc.
  • Any extras and additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities for Guide/driver
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control.

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