14 Days Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari

The Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari

Destinations: Entebbe | Murchison Falls| Hoima | Kibale Forest national park | Queen Elizabeth National Park |Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Kisoro | Lake Bunyonyi | Kampala

Overview

An amazing adventure exploring the pure wilderness of Uganda’s virgin jungles. Spectacular wildlife viewing in Uganda’s most beautiful parks with very special wildlife encounters. This dynamically packed tour allows you to touch and embrace magical Africa leaving you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent! Expect to see chimpanzees, birds, crocodiles, crater lakes, mountains hippos, buffaloes, elephants, butterflies and most importantly the endangered mountain gorillas; there are only 880 of these gentle giants left in the world!

Highlights of this Safari

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa
  • Boat safari to the Murchison Falls
  • Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Exploration of the crater lakes
  • Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
  • Explore the “Gorilla Highlands”
  • Boat cruise of the Kazinga Channel
  • Search for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Lake bunyonyi

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by an Africa Sceneries representative driver guide and taken to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Karibu Guesthouse.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls Park

We will have an early breakfast so that we start journey to Murchison Falls National park. Drive through Luwero, Nakasongola and branch off to Ziwa Rhino camp where you will track rhino in their habitants after over 30yrs extinction in Uganda. The Rhino sanctuary is an endeavor to re-introduce Rhinos to the wild in Uganda. You will have an opportunity to track the Rhinos on foot with an armed ranger and have some photo sessions. Thereafter proceed to Masindi, Lunch en route and later enter into Murchison falls park, you will visit the incredible Top of the falls and later proceed to your lodge in the evening for the overnight.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls Game Park

After an early breakfast, we go to the Northern banks of River Nile for a morning game drive. Look out for different bird species, hartebeests, elephants, Cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas and probably lions. After lunch, 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 will disembark from the boat at the bottom of the falls to take a hike to the top of Murchison Falls. Here you’ll have impressive views of the falls at the spot where the Nile is forced through a 23-foot wide gap in the rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is a place with a lot of energy in the air as the water mist spews forth and you hear thunderous sounds as the water is forced through the narrow chasm. You will find your guide waiting for you and head back to your lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Launch cruise to the Delta- Hioma

This morning head out for a 3-4 hour boat cruise to the Nile Delta; this is an the extensive papyrus delta through which the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. This beautiful launch trip is worth doing, not only for the different and contrasting scenery, but because your chances of seeing the shoebill stork in their papyrus habitat are high .It also takes in a variety of other wildlife, including hippos, elephants and many birds. Later proceed to Hoima to cut down the long drive to kibale passing Butiaba to view the beautiful landscape of Lake Albert, visit the Kibiro hot springs if desired arriving in the afternoon. Arrive at the lodge to check in and thereafter be entertained by one of the cultural groups

Overnight: Hoima Cultural Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hoima – Kibale forest national park

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oday we start journey to the primate capital of East Africa – Kibale forest. This journey will be rewarded with stunning views as you pass small villages and local markets and astonishing view of tea plantation sceneries en-route to the ‘Mountains of the moon’ region. Kibale is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking- Crater lakes

Today Kibale forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees .Kibale is a tropical rain forest with other primates like bush babies, baboons, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkey, and several bird species together with trees including the Elephant beer tree, all can be spotted on a nature walk in the forest. In the afternoon head out for an exploration of the crater lakes. Enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. You will meet the local people as you walk through their villages, learn about the customs of the Batoro tribe and enjoy the panoramic views.

Option B: You can choose to have a full day Chimpanzee habituation experience. Begin the day by trekking to the area that the chimps built their nests the night before. You’ll observe and follow the chimpanzees as they go about their daily activities, feeding, and grooming. They definitely don’t stay in one place, so be ready to move through the underbrush of the forest. Your researcher will teach you about each of the chimpanzees and how to identify the chimps by their markings. You’ll learn who is who and most importantly who is in charge. Your researcher knows these chimps well and by being with him you will gain unparallel access. You’ll be in the forest for the day and as the day ends the chimps will begin to build their nests for the night

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth Park

Having taken breakfast, you depart for Queen Elizabeth - home to herds of the Ugandan national animal, the Ugandan kob. As you enjoy the drive you will have a chance to view different fauna and flora along the way, including clear view of the Rwenzori Mountain. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Our guide will help you explore the park as well as the distant parts of the park like the Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion. This afternoon you will visit the Katwe Salt lake explosions which offer amazing scenery and photographic opportunities.

Overnight: Kyambura gorge Lodge or Katara Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Begin your day with a cup of coffee, and then enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Ugandan kobs and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, you will have a two-hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile for an opportunity to see hippo, buffalo, Ugandan kobs, elephants and warthogs. This trip also enables you the chance to see some spectacular birds.

The Kazinga channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. It has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife ventures. The shores of the lake attract a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year around. This particular channel is known to have the largest concentration of Hippos in the whole world!

Overnight: Kyambura gorge Lodge or Katara Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha southern sector

Today you proceed to Ishasha, home to the famed tree climbing lions. The Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. The lions are located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and are best seen in early hours of the morning. Have a game drive before stopping for lunch, and another game drive in the afternoon before dinner.

Overnight: Enjojo Safari Lodge or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest- Lake Mutanda

Today we will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights. Home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. You will drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will pass the country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. Your lodge for the next day’s rests at the shores of Lake Mutanda with wonderful views of the Virunga Volcano chain.

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Gorilla tracking

The highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! You will go to the jungle after breakfast in the morning, with packed lunch and porters to track Gorillas .Gorilla tracking can take 3 -9 hours on walking in the jungle before one returns to his/her accommodation, the jungle, precipitous landscape (5200 feet plus) and rain may make the tour challenging and you need physical fitness but with a close encounter face-face with the largest primate of Africa is a remarkable experience you will ever have in life.

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Buyonyi

Depart Kisoro for Lake Bunyonyi a crater lake in Kabale and the deepest in the East African region. Take a boat cruise on the water to the Island, relax swim and enjoy the amazing view of the crater and the surrounding sceneries.

Overnight: Birds Nest Bunyonyi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Bunyonyi – Kampala

After a calm breakfast we depart the beautiful lake and head back to the capital city. En route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for photos and souvenir shopping. Late in the afternoon arrival in Kampala.

Overnight: karibu Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure

Say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories. Depending on your flight departure time, we will have you transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.For late departures we have a lot of optional activities you can explore in Entebbe.

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