12 DAYS ULTIMATE UGANDA SAFARI

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Ultimate Uganda Safari

Safari Overview — 12 Days/ 11 Nights

We designed this Ultimate Uganda safari for those who have more time to explore the pearl of Africa.  On this safari you will explore Uganda’s savanna national parks; Murchison Falls the largest National Park found in the northern Uganda with big game viewing, private boat excursions on the Nile and a hike to bottom of the magnificent falls, a boat cruise on Kazinga channel is the highlight of this tour where. Here you will have a chance to spend up four hours with both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees compared to traditional trekking where you are only allowed to spend one hour with a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Forest and Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

Day 1

Safari Overview

Safari Overview

This safari is designed for those who have more time to explore the pearl of Africa. On this safari you will explore Uganda's savanna national parks; Murchison Falls the largest National Park found in the northern Uganda with big game viewing, private boat excursions on the Nile and a hike to bottom of the magnificent falls, a boat cruise on Kazinga channel in queen Elizabeth National park. You will habituate the chimpanzees and Gorillas the highlight of this tour where. Here you will have a chance to spend up four hours with both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees compared to traditional trekking where you are only allowed to spend one hour with a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Forest and Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

Arrival at Entebbe

Arrival at Entebbe

Our Uganda tour begins in Entebbe, where you will meet, greet and be transferred to the hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel

Mid range: Admas Grand Hotel

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ganyana safari driver/ guide will pick you from the hotel very early in the morning then begin a drive to Murchison Falls Uganda’s largest and oldest national park, four of the big five can be spotted here – Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and many other animals with a stopover at Nakasongola where you will have lunch then transfer to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, an asylum to the Rhinos. Enjoy a glimpse of the white Rhino alongside some birding around the vicinity and later continue on the road to Murchison falls National Park.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Mid range: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3

Game drive and Cruise to the “bottom of the falls”

Game drive and Cruise to the “bottom of the falls”

Early breakfast and enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice. You will be able to see the Nile crocodile, bloat of hippos and a variety of bird species. After lunch, relax at the lodge. In the evening go for the evening game drive in the Northern sector of the park. On a good day, you will see animals like buffalos, antelopes, lions, elephants and many more. Bird species may include the Black chest snake Eagle, blue napped mouse birds, the secretary bird and many more. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Mid range: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 4

Full day game drives and View top of the falls

Full day game drives and View top of the falls

Wake up early for a morning drive game. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions in wait for prey as they go to drink. Return back to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch head to the southern sector famously known as the heart of Murchison falls to view the top of the falls. You will also enjoy an evening game drive and spot different mammals and bird species. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

Meal plan: Full board

Day 5

Transfer to Kibale Forest and Bigodi Nature Walk

Transfer to Kibale Forest and Bigodi Nature Walk

After an early breakfast, you will begin your Gorillas and Savannah Safari as you are transferred west through tea plantations and rolling hills to reach fort Portal town where you will have an en-route lunch before proceeding to Kibale National Park. After checking into the hotel, you will embark on a guided nature walk through the dense papyrus at Magombe Swamp which is part of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary situated on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park. On your nature walk, you have the chance to spot up to 138 bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, a variety of butterflies and perhaps the real draw card of this swamp; its seven species of monkeys including red colobus, grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest, vervet, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge

Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 6

Chimpanzee Habituation Tracking

Chimpanzee Habituation Tracking

After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters where you will be briefed before embarking on your trek of the exciting chimps in Kibale Forest the primate capital of the world. A limited number of people spend time with a team of trackers, researchers and the chimpanzees in their natural setting. The Habituation Experience uses a process that takes up to two years to habituate the chimpanzees to human presence and with your visit you become part of the experiment.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge

Mid range: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 7

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rise up early in the morning, and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve. The area has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds.

Evening Game drive

Evening Game drive

After checking in your accommodation, you will have a short relaxation and lunch later enjoy an evening game drive where you will enjoy many wildlife sightings.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Luxury: Kyangabi Crater Resort

Mid range: Kyangabi Crater Resort

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 8

Lion Tracking

Lion Tracking

Depart for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi Plains aiming to spot lions hunting in the morning. The Kasenyi plains are a prime location to track prides of lions, which hunt the game herds found here. Expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs, bushbuck, waterbuck and vast herds of Uganda kobs as you be joined on this game drive by a guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority who is an expert in tracking the lions.

Boat Cruise on Kazinga channel

Boat Cruise on Kazinga channel

After lunch, you will explore Kazinga Channel on a water safari as the river flows through the heart of the park and connects Lake Edward and Lake George. On your boat cruise, expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs and waterbucks as they cool off along the river banks in the heat of the day.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Kyangabi Crater Resort

Mid range: Kyangabi Crater Resort

Meal plan: Full board

Day 9

Transfer to Ishasha Sector – Ntungwe River

Transfer to Ishasha Sector – Ntungwe River

Transferring to the remote Ishasha Wilderness Camp in the idyllic Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. An exclusive camp with superb accommodations for people who enjoy the retreat of a true wilderness, Ishasha is also one of only two places in the world where you can see tree-climbing lions. Enjoy a morning game drive and later head back to the lodge.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Mid range: Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 10

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

You will exit Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Plains in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for another epic game drive. Ishasha is famous for its iconic tree-

Climbing lions that climb trees to catch the cool breezes. After your game drive, you will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Reaching Bwindi and head out for the Batwa trail visit, and learn more about how they live and there culture. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Mid range: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 11

Gorilla Habituation

Gorilla Habituation

With an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters where you’ll be briefed on the gorilla tracking which begins at 8:00 am. You will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. Gorilla Habituation is done in southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga section. Only four participants are allowed to join the habituation experiment every day. Visitors have a golden opportunity to spend four hours with the gorillas as they go about their daily life of

feeding, playing, grooming and bonding

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge

Mid range: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

Meal plan: Full board

Day 12

Transfer to Entebbe

Transfer to Entebbe

With a sumptuous African breakfast, you will transfer from the lodge to the Kisoro airstrip for your aero link flight back to Entebbe. Meet with your driver and transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for you to check in and catch your outbound flight back home.

Arrival:


  • Complementally pick up from Airport/ hotel
  • Accommodation before/end of trip can be arranged at an extra cost

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda, transfer to Hotel


Our Uganda tour begins in Entebbe, where you will meet, greet and be transferred to the hotel  in Entebbe for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation 

Luxury: Lake Victoria Hotel
Midrange: Admas Grand  Hotel
Meal plan: Full board

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary


Ganyana safari driver/ guide will pick you from the hotel very early in the morning then begin a drive to Murchison Falls Uganda’s largest and oldest national park, four of the big five can be spotted here – Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and many other animals with a stopover at Nakasongola where you will have lunch then transfer to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, an asylum to the Rhinos. Enjoy a glimpse of the white Rhino alongside some birding around the vicinity and later continue on the road to Murchison falls National Park.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 3:  Early Morning game drive and Cruise to the “bottom of the falls”


Early breakfast and enjoy a boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls where the Nile plunges through a narrow crevice. You will be able to see the Nile crocodile, bloat of hippos and a variety of bird species. After lunch, relax at the lodge. In the evening go for the evening game drive in the Northern sector of the park. On a good day, you will see animals like buffalos, antelopes, lions, elephants and many more. Bird species may include the Black chest snake Eagle, blue napped mouse birds, the secretary bird and many more. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Full day game drives and Visit top of the falls


Wake up early for a morning drive game. The main areas are the Delta where there are great chances of seeing the Lions in wait for prey as they go to drink. Return back to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch head to the southern sector famously known as the heart of Murchison falls to view the top of the falls. You will also enjoy an evening game drive and spot different mammals and bird species. Later head to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale Forest and Bigodi Nature Walk


After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the west through tea plantations and rolling hills to reach fort Portal town where you will have an  en-route lunch before proceeding to Kibale National Park. After checking into the hotel, you will embark on a guided nature walk through the dense papyrus at Magombe Swamp which is part  of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary situated on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park. On your nature walk, you have the chance to spot up to 138 bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, a  variety of butterflies and perhaps the real draw card of this swamp; its seven species of monkeys   including red colobus, grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest, vervet, black and white colobus, blue   monkey and baboons.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Chimpanzee Habituation Tracking


After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority parkheadquarters where you will be briefed before embarking on your trek of the exciting chimps in Kibale Forest the primate capital of the world. A limited number of people spend time with a team of trackers, researchers and the chimpanzees in their natural setting. The Habituation Experience uses a process that takes up to two years to habituate the chimpanzees to human presence and with your visit you become part of the experiment.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Chimpundu Lodge
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp
Meal plan: Full board

Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park


Rise up early in the morning, and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s most popular and accessible savannah reserve. The area has one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, including a total of 95 recorded mammal species and more than 610 species of birds. After checking in your accommodation, you will have a short relaxation and lunch later enjoy an evening game drive where you will enjoy many wildlife sightings.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Kyangabi Crater Resort
Midrange: Kyangabi Crater Resort
Meal plan: Full board

Day 8: Lion Tracking, Game Drive and Cruise on Kazinga channel


Depart for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi Plains aiming to spot lions hunting in the morning. The Kasenyi plains are a prime location to track prides of lions, which hunt the game herds found here. Expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs, bushbuck, waterbuck and vast herds of Uganda kobs as you be joined on this game drive by a guide from Uganda Wildlife Authority who is an expert in tracking the lions. After lunch, you will explore Kazinga Channel on a water safari as the river flows through the heart of the park and connects Lake Edward and Lake George. On your boat cruise, expect to spot elephants, buffalo, warthogs and waterbucks as they cool off along the river banks in the heat of the day.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury:  Kyangabi Crater Resort
Midrange: Kyangabi Crater Resort
Meal plan: Full board

Day 9: Transfer to Ishasha Sector – Ntungwe River


Transferring to the remote Ishasha Wilderness Camp in the idyllic Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe River. An exclusive camp with superb accommodations for people who enjoy the retreat of a true wilderness, Ishasha is also one of only two places in the world where you can see tree-climbing lions.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


You will exit Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Plains in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for another epic game drive. Ishasha is famous for its iconic tree-climbing lions that climb trees to catch the cool breezes. After your game drive, you will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Midrange: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 11: Gorilla Habituation


With an early breakfast and a packed lunch, you will be transferred to the Uganda Wildlife Authority park headquarters where you’ll be briefed on the gorilla tracking which begins at 8:00 am. You will then be guided into the jungle to track the shy primates. Gorilla Habituation is done in southern Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga section. Only four participants are allowed to join the habituation experiment every day. Visitors have a golden opportunity to spend four hours with the gorillas as they go about their daily life of feeding, playing, grooming and bonding.

Accommodation Options:

Luxury: Mahogany Springs Lodge
Midrange: Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
Meal plan: Full board

Day 12: Transfer to Entebbe


With a sumptuous African breakfast, you will transfer from the lodge to the Kisoro airstrip for your aero link flight back to Entebbe. Meet with your driver and transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for you to check in and catch your outbound flight back home.

Persons Date Price per person
1 pax Any Date $8,472
2 pax Any Date $8,048

Includes


  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Car hire in 4×4 safari Vehicle
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • Refreshments like water
  • All accommodation & Meals
  • All activities
  • All Taxes /VAT
  • A professional driver /guide
  • Fuel
  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Game drives
  • Covid-19 Test arrangements

Excludes


  • Tips and gratuities
  • All items of personal nature
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Covid- 19 Test

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