10 days best of Uganda

Destinations: Entebbe| Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary| Murchison Falls National Park |Kibale National park| Queen Elizabeth National Park |Ishasha| Bwindi Impenetrable Forest| Lake Mburo National Park

Uganda is endowed with wildlife, birds, beautiful cultures and rich history bound by very friendly people. This adventure trip offers the best wildlife experiences possible in the country; from boat trips exposing concentrations of waterside wildlife and waters filled crocodiles and hippos, morning and evening game drives that offer sightings of lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, Uganda kobs, elephants and 450 bird species. The highlight for many will undoubtedly be tracking for mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park. Enjoy driving on Ugandan roads and fall in love with the landscape and the peaceful people. Take in the rural fresh air, relax and embark on this journey of a life time!

Highlights

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison falls
  • Launch cruise to the base of Murchison falls
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Mountain Gorilla Tracking
  • Community Walks
  • Game drives in Lake Mburo national park

 

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe.

Welcome!!!

If it is your first time in Africa or Uganda, embrace yourself to the freshness of air blowing from L.Victoria one of Uganda’s fresh water body. The main airport is located just at the shores of the lake.

Overnight: Lake Victoria Serena Hotel or Cassia Lodge

Meal Plan: Dinner

 

Day 2: Murchison Falls Via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

Depart Kampala for Murchison falls national park expecting to arrive in the afternoon. The drive will take 5-6 hours, taking a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino tracking. This sanctuary was started in 2005 as a project by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund project as an initiative to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas. Lunch will be had at the sanctuary and drive through Masindi town to budongo Forest where we will be welcomed by baboons. These baboons are always seen by the drive ways, so it is something to look forward to We will then visit the top of the Murchison falls. Here, the Nile River is forced through a narrow gap in the rock before plunging 140 feet down. The thunderous sounds can be heard from a distance and this creates anxiety among many visitors even frequent ones. By the time you finally settle into your organized accommodation, most animals usually seen in the evenings can be viewed grazing peacefully sometimes even just outside your door step.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge or Fort Murchison Lodge or Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Game Drive, Boat Cruise

Drive to the northern sector the park for the Buligi tracks for a game drive. It is always advisable to take off as early as possible before most nocturnal animals hide away. These game tracks cover open savannah grasslands, woodland, acacia trees, and riverine vegetation. Most of the wildlife in the park is found in this area north of the Victoria Nile River and east of Lake Albert. The park is home to 76 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five.” There is a healthy population of lions along with well-camouflaged leopards. Wildlife often seen include giraffes, Ugandan kobs, oribis, waterbucks, hartebeests, topis, sitatungas, bushbucks, warthogs, lions, leopards, mongoose, genets, hyenas, jackals, and the bat eared fox. The park’s varied habitats including savanna, papyrus swamp, woodland and tropical forest are also home to 450 bird species

Later take on a three-hour boat trip along the Nile gives you the chance to see Murchison falls from below. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the river. You can choose to disembark from the boat at the bottom of the falls to take a hike to the top of the falls to view them again. No one can have enough of this view anyway.

Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Fort Murchison Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Murchison to Kibale Forest

Transfer to Kibale national park the foot of Rwenzori Mountains. We will drive along the Lake Albert escarpment to Hoima town. The route takes us through villages and farm lands of Hoima, Kibale and Tea estates in Kyenjojo all parts of the East African Rift valley. Upon arrival in Fort Portal town the capital of the Tooro kingdom, your lunch will be served. If you have got time to spare after checking in, you can either choose to go for a community walk guided by a local guide, a birding escapade along the Bigodi swamp or relax off at your room verandah and enjoy the distant sounds of animals.

Over Night at Papaya Lake Lodge / Chimpanzee Forest Guest house/Rweteera Safari Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Chimpanzee and primates trekking

Report at the park’s information centre for a pre-trekking briefing by your ranger guides who will be leading you into the rain forest for trekking chimpanzees. These primates are very mobile and viewing them is sometimes unpredictable but the forest walk is an enriching activity. However, Kibale forest is home to other primates including L’hoestes, Red-colombus, grey cheeked mangabeys, birds, and butterflies. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates but also on all the forest fauna and flora.  In the afternoon, prepare to leave for Queen Elizabeth national park following the mystical Rwenzori mountain ranges most of the journey. We will drive through either Fort Portal via the Tooro Palace for a cultural visit or through the Kasenda crater region to Kasese town with fantastic scenaries and a stopover at the Equator.

 

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge or Bush Lodge or Engiri Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Game Drive, Boat Cruise

An early morning game drive provides an excellent platform to see Queen Elizabeth’s large variety and volume of wildlife. This drive will be along Kasenyi tracks and Queens’s mile in search of animals like: lions, elephants, cape buffalos, warthogs, spotted hyenas, mangoose, waterbucks, kobs and, if you are lucky, the leopards and a great number of bird species. Later return to the lodge for lunch after which you will enjoy a unique 2- hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This channel connects L.George to L.Albert and it has probably the highest concetration of hippos in the world. This launch cruise gives you a great opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing at close range. Sunsets over the Rwenzori mountains close by are an unforgettable view.

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge or Bush Lodge or Engiri Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth national park – Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Set out for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with your parked Lunch via the Ishasha sector. Famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kobs, topis, elands, buffaloes, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. This journey is extremely scenic with a rich topography of endless connecting and terraced hills in the greater Kigezi region. Expect to arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest late afternoon.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge or Buhoma Community Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Gorilla tracking.

You are expected to be clad in hiking attires and be fit enough for this exciting activity. Tracking gorillas includes hiking up into the thick mountain and can sometimes take the whole day. After your briefing, Ugandan park guides who work daily with the gorillas will hike with you to the point where the gorillas were seen the day before and track from that point. The terrain is rough and sometimes muddy. Close to half of the world’s mountain gorilla populations reside in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The mountain gorilla’s larger size and thicker fur coats distinguish them from their lowland counterparts. Seeing mountain gorillas is considered to be one of the most profound wildlife viewing experiences in the world. After tracking, you will return to the lodge to relax on your verandah overlooking the forest.

Overnight: Mahogany Springs Lodge or Buhoma Community Haven Lodge or Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9:  Lake Mburo national park.

Check out of the lodge and start your drive to Lake Mburo national park. The park’s well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as topis, buffaloes, impalas and over three hundred (300) bird species. Located on a 260 square kilometers, the park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks. Game viewing begins as soon as you enter the park premises because animals will be anywhere given its size. This park has the biggest herds of zebras in Uganda. Check in and relax.

Overnight: Mihingo Lodge or Rwakobo Rock Lodge or Eagles Nest

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 1O: Lake Mburo – Entebbe / Airport transfer.

Early morning head for a boat cruise on the lake to see crocodiles, hippos and water birds.  You can also choose to either go for a horseback ride or a walking safari in the park. After these activities you will depart the lodge and drive back to Entebbe. Depending on your flight departure time, you could have dinner in Entebbe before your guide drops you off at the airport in time for your check in.

 

Included in the prices:

– Airport Meet and greet and transfers to the hotels.

-All hotel and Lodge accommodations.

– All meals that Include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

– All ground transportation in a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser.

– A fluent English speaking Safari Guide.

-1 Gorilla Permit per person.

-Chimpanzee trekking Permits

– Park entrance fees

– Boat trips in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth

-Drinking water [Bottled]

– Game drives

– City tours

The Cost Exclude;

-Visas to Uganda (USD 50 per person)
–   International Flights
– Tips
-Alcoholic drinks