13 Day Uganda Safari

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13 Day Uganda Safari

This itinerary combines visits to 5 National Parks in Uganda, including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest park and protects a chuck of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile. One of the attractions of Murchison Falls NP is its namesake. The dramatic Murchison falls is where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Murchison Falls NP is occupied mainly by lush and unrefined grasslands. The diversity of wildlife in the park is astonishing and includes 4 of the Big Five – elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards. It is also the most accessible park in Uganda for seeing hundreds of giraffe. A boat trip on the Nile is a must as the Nile boosts one of the densest hippo and crocodile populations in the world. The boat trip will also provide an opportunity for an encounter with a wild population of the rare shoebill.

This 13 day itinerary gives you a taste of everything Uganda has to offer. The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable and this itinerary offers them all. From wild, open savannahs to rich, refreshing rain-forests and also the shimmering freshwater crater lakes.

Day 1
Arrival at Entebbe

Arrive Entebbe, meet and greet and transfer to Lake Victoria Hotel. Depending on arrival time, visit the famous Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel (on an accommodation and breakfast basis).

Day 2
Entebbe - Murchison Falls National Park

Start our journey, heading to Murchison Falls National Park. The Park is Uganda’s largest national park, with an area of 3840km². It lies in the core of the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. In the park lies a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. The phenomenal Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river squeezes through a 5 meter crevice and drops down 45 meters below strikes an exhilarating impression on the beauty of these falls. The park is hosted mainly in lush grasslands. The highest diversity of wildlife is found on the open plains north of the Nile, where elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a huge variety of antelope are regularly encountered. The Nile itself boasts one of Africa’s densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill.

Your accommodation for the next three nights is Nile Safari Lodge.

Overnight at Nile Safari Lodge (BLD)

Day 3
Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, explore the wonders of this magnificent park, by safari vehicle and private boat. The launch trip takes you along the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Murchison Falls National Park is said to be the best game park in Uganda. During a typical game drive you may to see a large number of antelope species, including the bush buck, the water buck, Thomson’s gazelle and the dik dik among others. Larger herbivores, such as giraffe and elephant are present in the park in great numbers and often the lumbering giraffe will cross the roads right in front of you. The park is pretty easy to access and navigate. Huge groups of buffalo are a common sight whilst exploring the park on a game drive. Primates, such as the baboon and the patas monkey, stare at you as you pass by and if you are a bird lover then Murchison Falls National Park will for sure be your paradise.

Overnight at Nile Safari Lodge (BLD)

Day 4
Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, drive and take a ferry across the Nile for a game drive in the northern sector of the park, most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie “The African Queen” was filmed. Game is now returning quite rapidly and game drives can be very exciting. The most common sightings are

of elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet cats, hyena, jackal and bat eared fox.

Overnight at Nile Safari Lodge (BLD)

Day 5
Murchison Falls - Kibale National Park

Drive to Kibale Forest area, the drive is a full day of approximately eight hours. After leaving the Rift Valley pass through beautiful traditional villages and fields,where a lot of the food is grown organically. Drive via Kyenjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon), Drive through the beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Your Accommodation, the beautiful Ndali Lodge, is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. The breathtaking views and cooler climate in this area are just some of it best attractions.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 6
Kibale National Park

After an early morning breakfast, explore Kibale Forest National Park. The forest hosts 13 primate species and a guided forest trek can be taken 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 mangebey, 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. While trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by singing birds and you can expect to see at least 5 or 6 other types of primate, most probably the grey‐cheeked mangebey and the red‐tailed monkey and of course the chimpanzee. The walking is fairly easy due to the well‐maintained trails and reasonably flat terrain. Have a swamp walk in the afternoon.

Overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge (BLD)

Day 7
Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. 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 again gently descend into The Great African Rift Valley entering Queen Elizabeth National Park and finally Mweya Safari Lodge, situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kazinga Channel, offering beautiful views of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background.

Overnight at Mweya Lodge or Kyambura Lodge (BLD)

Day 8
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park in the morning and after lunch, we will drive down to the Kazinga Channel and take a boat ride along the river. The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel is one of the most popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides an unequaled opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze while observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and Ugandan Kob. Large breeding pods of hippos are also seen on a daily basis. On occasion visitors will also see giant forest hog, leopard and lion. The waterbirds in the area are quite diverse particularly, the water thick knee, yellow‐billed stork, various plovers, white pink‐backed Pelicans and white‐bellied cormorants.

Overnight at Mweya Lodge or Kyambura Lodge (BLD)

Day 9
Queen Elizabeth - Ishasha Sector

Today we drive through the park to the Ishasha sector. Game drive in search of tree climbing lion there normally is a 75% chance that you will see them as well as other game. Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable (a World Heritage Sight) passing through the scenic area dubbed The Switzerland of East Africa. The drive today is about 5 1/2 hours (Excluding game drives).

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 10
Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla tracking day.

After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give you a brief on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. We then hike into the forest where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trekking can take from 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 physically be demanding 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. Cameras and smart phones to capture this unforgettable experience, are recommended. Rain in this are is unpredictable, so waterproof clothing is essential including zip lock bags for cameras and other items that need to kept dry.

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 11
Second day Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp (BLD)

Day 12
Bwindi Impenetrable - Lake Mburo National Park

Drive to Mbarara via the Switzerland of East Africa area and eventually into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. The cattle in this area have unusually long horns that make them quite the site. Continue 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 Parkʹs blend of savannah, acacia woodlands, grassy valleys, rocky outcrops, swamps, lakes and rolling hills. Herds of impala (found nowhere else in Uganda), buffalo and zebra, plus water buck and Eland are among the variety of wildlife to be seen. Birders will enjoy the Parkʹs 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 Burchellʹs Zebra. On your way back to the lodge, have a short game drive.

Overnight at Mihingo Lodge (BLD)

Day 13
Lake Mburo Entebbe

On this day we have an early morning game drive as we head back to Entebbe, this takes approximately 5 hours – road and weather dependent. If time permits it is possible to stop in Entebbe for shopping and lunch. While on this drive if time allows, visit the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. You will then be transferred to Entebbe International Airport to connect with your departure flight. Please note the departure flight must be in the late afternoon or evening, should this not be the case an alternative overnight stay can be arranged in Entebbe to allow you time to relax and prepare for your outbound flight..


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 Exclsions

  • 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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