This safari will start with your airport pick up and it will give you the opportunity to visit six of Uganda’s national parks that is Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth Np, Kibale forest Np, Bwindi Impenetrable Np, Mgahinga NP and Murchison falls National park. You will also visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola, Bigodi wetland, source of the Nile and mabira forest.
TOTAL PACKAGE COST FOR TWO PERSONS SHARING IS USD 8785. ( This is inclusive of all activities, accommodation in both mid range and luxury lodges, all meals, entrance fees, transport, and taxes.)
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
Welcome to Uganda! You will arrive at Entebbe International airport where you will be picked by our waiting guide/driver and transfer you to the Hotel.
(Over night at Metropole hotel)
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo and stop-over at the Equator
After your breakfast, you will embark on your journey to Lake Mburo and cross the Equator a journey that will take approximately 4 -5 hours. At the Equator, you can do a water experiment to see the difference between the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. You will also visit the crafts shops and have lunch at Lake Mburo. Lake Mburo National Park is located in Western Uganda. The park is situated approximately 240 kilometres (150 mi), by road, west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. The park has a variety of animals such as zebras, impala, buffaloes, and over three hundred (300) bird species. At 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi), the park is the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks. Late afternoon you will have a boat cruise along lake Mburo.
Overnght at Mburo safari lodge (FB)
Day3: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxing
After breakfast, you will have a morning game drive, after you will drive for around 3 hours to Lake Bunyonyi for lunch and relaxation. Lake Bunyonyi is referred to as a Place of “many little birds” and lies in south western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming, however, you can verify this before attempting to dive in!
Overnight at Accadia Lodge . (FB)
Day 4: Transfer to Mgahinga gorilla National park
After an early morning breakfast, you will depert for Mgahinga national park for the Batwa cultural experience. The journey takes 2 hours to the park. Learn about the lives of the indigenous Batwa on the Batwa Trail. Local guides take you through the 8km gentle trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, demonstrating their traditional ways of life along the way, including hunting, gathering honey, fire making and fetching water. The trail culminates with a moving performance in the Garama Cave, an important spiritual and cultural site for the Batwa.
(Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga lodge)
Day 5: Golden monkey trekking.
After an early morning breakfast, Trek through the bamboo forests in search of the rare golden monkeys, endemic to this region. Pass spectacular vegetation and scenery on your way.
Have the whole afternoon at leisure as you enjoy the significance of the park.
(Dinner and overnight at Mount Gahinga lodge)
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi
Today after your breakfast, you will embark on your journey to the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This park is mostly famous for the rare mountain gorillas and the drive to the park is incredibly scenic, passing through various local villages and the lush green countryside & hills which characterize so much of south western Uganda.
Once you are in the forest park, it is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.
Overnight at gorilla safari lodge (FB)
Day 7: Gorilla experience
Today you go to track the rare mountain gorillas. After a briefing from your ranger guide, begin tracking the mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bush bucks. NB; don’t forget to carry your packed lunch. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitat and the many species they share it with.
(gorilla permits need to be booked as early as 2 months before the safari. Each costs usd 600)
(Overnight at Gorilla safari lodge )
Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park
Today you will start your journey to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park. The Park covers an area of about 1978 km2; its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and lake Gorge. The park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any National park in the world as its well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. You will stay in this park for two nights.
(Overnight at Ihamba Lake side resort.)
Day 9: Safari/Game drive and boat trip afternoon
After an early morning breakfast, you go for your first game drive through the park. Your guide will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park, You will be able to spot a lot of African wildlife for example: elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. After lunch, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel. Here, you will see a lot of hippos more than you can possibly imagine as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see: Buffalos, Crocodiles, bathing Elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
(Overnight at Ihamba lakeside resort.)
Day 10: Game drive and transfer to Kibale Forest National park
After an early morning breakfast, you go for your second game drive through the ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National park in search for the tree climbing lions. Your guide will help you spot this wonderful animals only found in that national park in the whole of Uganda. After lunch, you will start your journey to Kibale Forest National Park and this journey takes about 4 hours to the home of the primates.
(Overnight at Primates Lodge kibale)
Day 11: Chimpanzee trekking and bird watching.
Today you will visit your cousins in Kibale National Park. This park has one of the most lovely and varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The Forest is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominant in the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, mostly 13 species of primates which includes the chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons, the bush baby which is the smallest primate and many more. It also has over 375 species of birds. Kibale neighbors Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most appealing destinations to explore. The park lies close to the quiet Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Overnight at primates lodge kibale (FB)
Day 12: Bird watching and drive to Murchison Falls park
After early morning breakfast, you will visit bigodi wetlands best known for bird watching. With the help of your guide, you will look for the different species of birds in this wetland. You will then have lunch and after depart for Murchison falls National Park which is Uganda’s biggest National Park. The journey will depend on the number of stops. On your way to Murchison Falls, you will pass through small villages where you can be able to interact with local people and see the tea plantations. You will have lunch en route. While at the park, you will experience the uniqueness of the Park because of the rich diversity of the wild animals such as Elephants, the largest Antelope i.e. Water buck, Giraffes, The Uganda Kob which is National Antelope, Lions and many others .
(Overnight stay at Murchison river lodge )
Day 13: Safari & boat trip.
This morning you will have your early breakfast and go for your game drive that will involve eye-to-eye with the African animal Kingdom; buffalo, giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants and a vast number of tropical birds. In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip towards the bottom of Murchison Falls that takes up to 2 to 3 hours on the Victoria Nile. You will then have a chance to spot hippos, buffalo, water birds, apes, crocodiles and many other wild life that are home to the Nile. You will then drive back to Hotel for Dinner.
(Overnight stay at Murchison river lodge)
Day 14: Visit Top of the Falls and drive to Masindi.
After breakfast, you will visit or hike to the top of Murchison falls and after you will travel to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola for the game walk to search for the Rhinos with an experienced Ranger guide. Uganda used to have a wide range of Rhinos in the 1960s but the poaching during Amin’s era resulted in the disappearance of these beautiful animals. Rhino Fund Uganda was founded in 1998 to re-introduce both black and white Rhinos in the country and this objective has been fulfilled.
After the trekking, you will have lunch and then travel back to Kampala.
(Dinner and overnight stay at Metropole hotel.)
Day 15: Relaxation.
After along safari, you will have the whole day at leisure as you prepare for Source of the Nile tour the next day. In the evening you will have an un forgettable dinner from Ndele cultural centre with cultural performances.
(Overnight stay at Metropole hotel)
Day 16: Travel to Jinja
After an early morning breakfast, you will depart Kampala for Jinja. You will visit Ssezibwa water falls in Mukono just 20 miles along Kampala- Jinja highway. You will then proceed to Mabira forest also along Jinja road. Optional activities to be carried out here include, super sky way zip lining, bird watching, Uganda mamgabey monkey trekking, mountain climbing, and nature walks.
You will lunch enroute and then proceed to the magnificent source of the Nile. You will have a boat cruise along the Nile. Here you will visit a point where lake Victoria separates from river Nile.
You can choose to spend a night there or return to Kampala.
END OF THE SAFARI