16 days Wild Uganda Safari

16 days Wild Uganda Safari

Wild Uganda Safari

legendary ishasha tree climbing lions -spotted in Queen Elizabeth national park

Wild Uganda Safari

Wild Uganda Safari

Start/End: Entebbe
Duration: 16 Days
Activities: Bird Watching, Game Drives, Launch trips, Rhino tracking, Chimp tracking, Gorilla tracking, nature walks
Destinations:  Ngamba island, Mabamba Swamp, Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Forest, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo park

This 16 days Wild Uganda Safari is a lifetime experience worth memories with a lot of adventure, nature, and cultural experiences.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

The 16 days Wild Uganda Safari is probably one of the most popular Safaris that takes you to Uganda’s largest national park with vast Savannah & landscape bisected by the Victoria Nile which plunges 45 meters over the remnant rift valley. Along the way before Masindi town, visit the Ziwa sanctuary & track rhinos to support the initiative that wants to reintroduce them back into the wild. Game drives within Murchison falls park and a boat trip upstream the Nile to Spot the Murchison falls, formed by eternal war between rock and water.

Driving past a verdant countryside with traditional homesteads & farms to the Primate Capital of the World – Kibale forest via Hoima, Fortportal towns. This is where you will have a 90% chance to see Chimpanzees in their natural habitat plus 13 other primate species. The nearby Bigodi swamp has a wide range of flora & fauna with beautiful birds, butterflies & insects.

This journey will take you to Queen Elizabeth Park set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori’s with dozens of enormous craters, Panaromic views of the Kazinga Channel & endless Ishasha plains. You will get to enjoy a number of activities including game drives & launch trips before heading to Bwindi passing through the Ishasha sector. Gorilla tracking is the most commonly enjoyed activity in this impenetrable forest and most visitors have rated it as an excellent activity. You will have time to relax after the trekking, at Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale and perhaps take a boat ride to one of the Islands. Also visit Lake Mburo one of Uganda’s most breath-taking & spectacular game park located in the middle of an extensive rich acacia woodland. Activities to enjoy within the park include Horse riding, Birding, Game drives, Boat cruises & Nature walks.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WILD UGANDA SAFARI

  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary
  • Mabamba Swamp – Entebbe
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Murchison falls national park
  • Kibale forest national park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kyambura Gorge
  • Bwindi Impenetrable forest park
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Lake Mburo national park
  • Kampala City

WILD UGANDA SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport

You’ll be personally met by our company representative upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, then transfer to Kampala for overnight stay and dinner.
Accommodation at Viavia Guest House (Standard), 2 Friends Hotel (Comfort), Lake Victoria Serena Resort (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 2: Ngamba Island

Your Wild Uganda Safari starts with breakfast and after transfer to the Waterfront club with your guide for a boat ride to Ngamba Island. This a either a half day of Full day activity where you watch and feed Orphaned Chimps, Birding in the Forest and Learn more about these primates and their way of life. You will return to Entebbe then check in to your Lodge/ hotel.
Accommodation at Adonai Guest House (Standard), Cassia Lodge (Comfort), Lake Victoria Serena Hotel (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 3: Mabamba Swamp and Entebbe town

Early morning to transfer to Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria where you go Birding and this is also the home of the Rare Shoebill Stock. In the Afternoon, visit the Entebbe Town and later transfer to Kampala at your accommodation.
Accommodation at Adonai Guest House (Standard), Cassia Lodge (Comfort), Serena Hotel Entebbe (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 4: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park

Begin the panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking is a must. After lunch, drive to Murchison falls national park at the spectacularly situated site at the top of the fall where you will see the Nile’s beauty perfected!! Marvel at the Nile, compressing from up to 1 km squeeze through a 7 meter canyon dropping 45 meters with a thunderous roar creating a beautiful rainbow, a plume of spray and the best thing that happened to the Nile “the Murchison Falls.”
Accommodation at Fort Murchison (Standard), Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park

Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. Thereafter, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephants, Lions, Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob, crocodile. This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your – quite heavy – hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See 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. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge.
Accommodation at Fort Murchison (Standard), Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge(Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Murchison Falls – Kibale forest

Your Wild Uganda Safari is about to get exciting while we drive south via Hoima town to Fort Portal. We will pass through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Overnight stay at your lodge with a stunning location overlooking a dramatic Crater Lake and the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”.
Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Ndali Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking & Bigodi Swamp Walk

After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale forest national park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red Columbus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary from where you will take on a guided walk around the Swamp which will provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Have a tour of the crater region around Ndali lodge. You may also stop over at any tea plantation along the road if you wish. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight. Have an evening tour of the crater region, visit “top of the world’’, the natural bridge. On a clear day you will be able to have a view of the snow cap on the Rwenzori.
Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Ndali Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel – one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari.
Accommodation at Bush Lodge (Standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park tour

Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed to Maramagambo forest. Many surprises await you here for example pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave floor using the bats as a source of food. The cave is near a picturesque formerly Blue lake and Hunters cave. You may also see forest birds such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker and other primates.
Accommodation at Bush Lodge (Standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth NP – Bwindi forest

With previous day’s memories, enjoy your breakfast ready for guided Chimpanzee/primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After the primate walk, proceed to Ishasha sector. You will drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park) Ishasha sector where you will take on yet another game drive in search of the tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. The journey takes about 4 hours but driving through interesting features. Arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in the evening. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.
Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11: Bwindi forest Gorilla Trekking

After early breakfast, set off with guides to for Gorilla Trekking. The thrill of your encounter will erase the difficulties of the potentially strenuous trek. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. Spend time in awe watching the gorillas go about their activities. Each gorilla safari encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display. Time permitting, spend the afternoon on a community foot safari to explore the life style of the people living and surrounding the park. Return to camp exhilarated to relieve the encounter with friends over a drink.
Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge(Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 12: Bwindi forest park – Lake Bunyonyi

After an early breakfast transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Lunch break is made in Kabale. The afternoon is spent on relaxation and sightseeing around the Lake.
Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Arcadia Cottages (Comfort),  Birdnest bunyonyi resort (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Relax at Lake Bunyonyi

Whole day dedicated for relaxation and after Lunch break then take on an afternoon boat ride to some of the islands on the lake.
Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Acardia Cottages (Comfort),  Birdnest bunyonyi resort (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 14: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National park. This time a visit to Igongo cultural center to learn and experience the life style and culture of the Ankole and the Bahima. It is only at Igongo where the future meets the past.
Accommodation at the Rwakobo rock lodge (Standard), Mburo Safari Lodge (Comfort),  Mihingo Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 15: Lake Mburo

Morning game drive. The park is renowned for zebras, impalas, buffaloes, hippos, topi and elands including the rare shoebill, crested crane, pelicans, fish eagle, heron and many water birds. Afternoon boat cruise amidst the Hippos is amazing.
Accommodation at the Rwakobo rock lodge (Standard), Mburo Safari Lodge (Comfort),  Mihingo Lodge (Luxury)
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 16: Lake Mburo – Kampala

After early breakfast, take on a morning Bush walk. Lake Mburo National Park is a very special place; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. It contains an extensive wetland. You are likely to see elands, impalas, water-bucks, warthogs, and zebras. There-after drive back to Kampala with a stop-over at the Equator monument and later transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe airport.
Meal plan: Breakfast & lunch 

End of Tour

INCLUDED IN THE WILD UGANDA SAFARI

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE WILD UGANDA SAFARI

  • International air fares
  • Entry visa Uganda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack).
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)
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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Shoebill Mabamba Swamp
Ziwa Rhino wildlife Sanctuary
Murchison Falls National Park
Kibale Forest National Park - Chimpanzee Tracking
Kibale forest Camp
Kazinga Channel - Queen Elizabeth national park, Launch trips
Wildlife and Cultural Safari - Uganda Kob
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla Trekking
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla Trekking
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