ACTIVITY

Game Drives, Gorilla Trekking

Duration

12 days 11 nights

AMOUNT

$2,430

Best of Uganda Safari

Overview

The 12 Days Best of Uganda Safari takes you an exploration of  most of the country’s biodiversity, exceptional sceneries and cultural encounters which make this country a true pearl of Africa. This tour offers you opportunity to track mountain gorilla in Bwindi & chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park and through wildlife exploration in Murchison Falls National Park which offers you a chance to catch a glimpse at 4 of the big game alongside the thunderous Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park featuring the grassland savannah teaming with wildlife, guided bush walk in Lake Mburo National park.

The Best of Uganda Safari will take you on a journey to interact with the friendly people of Uganda  and the diversity in landscapes and activities. All of this is on top of all main highlights like gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking and the boat safaris. This trip will show you the best of what Uganda has to offer amidst a lifetime memorable experience with our most experienced tour guides with all the knowledge of the national Parks and the wildlife.

Highlights

  • Kampala City Tour
  • Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • visit to the top of the falls
  • Game drives
  • Launch cruise to the bottom of the falls, along the Kazinga channel,on Lake Mburo
  • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Nature walk in Bigodi wetland
  • Hike to the “Top of the falls”
  • Tree climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Lunch at Igongo cultural center
  • White water rafting on River Nile

Detailed Itinerary

TOUR KAMPALA

Your Best of Uganda Safari commences on  your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your driver guide who then will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe to freshen up and enjoy the cold breeze of Lake Victoria second largest freshwater bodies in the world.

Later, depending on your arrival time, you will embark on a city tour in Kampala and pay a visit to areas like Kasubi tombs, the Bahai temple and then transfer back to your hotel to have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Protea Hotel/ Lake Victoria Hotel
  • Mid range: The Boma/ Gately Inn Entebbe
  • Budget: Skyway Hotel/ Serene Guest House
Rhino Tracking

With an early breakfast, depart from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park on a 4 to 5 hours’ drive to Murchison Falls National Park Northwestern Uganda along Kampala-Masindi route. Have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary where you will track the remaining endangered white rhinos.

Later, drive to Masindi to have lunch and then connect to Murchison Falls National Park and  visit to the top of the falls to explore this powerful waterfall as it squeezes itself into a narrow gorge of about 7 meters.  

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge
Murchison Falls National Park

Have breakfast early in the morning at the lodge and head to the Northern bank of the River Nile for a game drive which rewards you with spectacular views of wildlife species such as elephants, lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffaloes, leopards and birds.

Later, drive back to the lodge to have a rest and lunch as you prepare for the afternoon launch cruise which takes you to the base of the Murchison falls as one of the highlights of your Best of Uganda Safari. On arrival to its base, you either return by boat or hike to the top of the Nile. The launch cruise rewards you with views of aquatic life especially hippos, crocodiles and birds as well as some on land species that can be spotted along the River banks.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge/ Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid range: Pakuba Safari Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge
  • Budget: Red Chili Safari Lodge/ Parkside Safari Lodge  
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

With an early breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park which is a home to more than 13 primate species with about 1500 chimpanzees gazetted for trekking.This drive is really scenic with views of scattered homesteads, beautiful landscapes and rolling hills. On arrival, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Primates Lodge, Ndali Lodge,
  • Mid range: Isunga Lodge/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest house
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp/ Nyinabulitwa Country Resort
BIGODI4

After breakfast, join the rest of the visitors at Kanyanchu visitor center for early morning briefing before setting off for actual trek which may take you about 2 to 3 hours. You will be grouped into 6 members and assigned a park guide who then will take you through the entire trekking process in the jungles of Kibale Forest National Park. On the way, enjoy views of other primates especially the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys as well as butterflies, birds and others, this is one of the most important activities on your Best of Uganda Safari.

After, the one hour of magical encounter, drive or walk back to the lodge for lunch as you wait to embark on the afternoon visit to Bigodi wetland where you will have a chance to see birds and primates.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Primates Lodge, Ndali Lodge,
  • Mid range: Isunga Lodge/ Chimpanzee Forest Guest house
  • Budget: Kibale Forest Camp/ Nyinabulitwa Country Resort
queenelizabeth

After breakfast, embark on journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park as you enjoy the amazing views of the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges en route. On arrival, check in at the lodge for lunch and later, set off for the afternoon launch cruise along the Kazinga channel which also stretches up to Lake Edward and Lake George. While on launch cruise, enjoy views of crocodiles, hippos and also some elephants on land. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay rendering your Best of Uganda Safari memorable.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp/ At the River Ishasha  
Tree Climbing Lion

Have breakfast early in the morning and later, and get ready to embark on an exciting game drive through the Kasenyi sector and other trails. On a game drive, expect to catch views of elephants, Uganda Kobs, birds, Waterbucks, Buffaloes, Lions and where possible leopards and others. Later, return to your respective lodge for lunch and rest along the Ishasha sector South of Queen Elizabeth National Park to catch a glimpse at the tree climbing lions. Later, return to your lodge to have dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid range: Kyambura Game Lodge/ Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Budget: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp/ At the River Ishasha  
Bwindi Forest

Enjoy an early breakfast in the morning , drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park southwestern Uganda. This is a very scenic drive where en route you will enjoy the spectacular Kigezi Highlands and the sceneries of terraced hills. On arrival, you can decide to conduct a community walk and meet the Batwa people- the first inhabitants of the forest that were evicted and hear their stories and learn their ways of life.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs
  • Midrange: Buhoma Haven/ Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp
gorilla trekking uganda

With an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred by your driver guide to the park headquarters which is the starting point where you will be briefed and be assigned to only one habituated gorilla family to track in a group of 8 visitors and park guide. The trek lasts for about 2 to 8 hours depending on many factors especially your hiking speed, nature of the habitat and location of gorilla family. Also enjoy views of bird species, mammals and other primates in addition to your amazing mountain gorilla adventure as the most important highlight of your Best of Uganda Safar. Later, return to the lodge for rest, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs
  • Midrange: Buhoma Haven/ Bakiga Lodge
  • Budget: Gorilla Friends Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp
LAKE-BUNYONYI-CANOING

Lake Bunyonyi derives its name from a place of small birds making it an ideal destination for your Best of Uganda Safari. You will be transferred to Lake Bunyonyi by your driver guide where you will conduct a canoe excursion in search for the different bird species and visit the different islands of Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the beautiful scenic views around the lake.

Return to the hotel and relax at Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the cool breeze from the most beautiful lake in Uganda.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Birdnest@Bunyonyi Resort/ Bunyonyi Overland camp
  • Midrange: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort/ Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi
  • Budget: Heritage Lodge Habuharo/ Bushara Island Camp
Lake Mburo Safari

With an early breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to Lake Mburo National Park with a stopover at Igongo cultural center for lunch with opportunities of visiting the museum showcasing the livelihood of the people in western Uganda . Later, drive to Lake Mburo National Park for evening boat cruise and a game drive. Later, drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge/ Mantana Tented Camp
  • Midrange: Rwakobo Rock Lodge/Mburo safari lodge
  • Budget: Rwonyo Camp/ Eagle’s Nest Camp
hippos - lake mburo

Have breakfast early in the morning and then set off for a quick morning game viewing in Lake Mburo National Park and thereafter drive to Entebbe with a stopover at Equator on the Masaka-Mbarara route for more photo taking and buy some of the souvenirs. Later, you will be transferred by your driver guide to Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight as you end your Best of Uganda Safari.

End of Safari

Inclusions

Park activities

Gorilla Trekking Permits

Chimpanzee Trekking Permits

Park entrance fees

Ground transportation

Comprehensively insured vehicle

Driver – guide allowance

Exclusions

Visa

 International air fares

 Activities/ services not included in the Itinerary

 Alcoholic drinks/ wines

 Laundry and any service of personal nature.

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