18 Days Uganda Safari

This safari explores the whole country through the niche forests of Budongo, Kibale, Bwindi to the savannah plains of MurchisonNP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Lake Mburo NP. With a privilege to viewing primates like; Chimpanzees, Gorrillas,

Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey and other varieties to the Climbing lions of Ishasha-Queen Elizabeth National Park, Cob Lerks of Kasenyi – Queen Elizabeth NP, Euphorbia candelabra dominated bushes a strong hold for Elephants and Giant forest hogs. Giraffee, Heartbeast, Side striped jakal, elephants, lions etc of Murchisson NP. Zebra, Impala, Elands etc of lake Mburo NP to the tour of Entebbe Botanical gardens, Reptile Village and the Zoo.

 DAY 1: Entebbe Air Port

On arrival, you will be met by our staff at Entebbe Airport, he will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary.

DAY 2: Kampala City Tour

After a long relaxing sleep enjoy a leisurely morning as you acclimatize yourself to Uganda’s fantastic climate then  go for a city tour around Kampala interesting areas. Namugongo (Uganda’s Christian martyr), Kasubi tombs (Burial place for Buganda Kings), Uganda museum, crafts market, Namirembe colonial church, have some time for lunch and probably visit the Ndere Troop cultural centre in the evening and drive back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 3: Masindi and Ziwa rhino sanctuary.

After breakfast drive to Masindi, have lunch along the way probably at the head quarters of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Ziwa is a breeding centre for rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has 6 rhinos including the youngest Ugandan born babby. After lunch go for Rhino tracking which should take 30min to 3 hours, while tracking you have an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bush bucks, Hares and Mongooses. After get to your cars and drive to Masindi and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 4: Chimp tracking and Murchison NP

After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a chimp Eco tourism centre in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism under mature mahogany and iron wood trees. There are other primate species such as Black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Blue monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons. The Forest enjoys a prolific bird life especially the chocolate backed kingfisher and the Pruvels illadopsis found nowhere else in East Africa. The walk will take 2 to 3 hours in your search for the famed man closest wild relatives. Come back and relax at the coffee terrace, have lunch and head north to Murchison Falls.

Take a stopover at the top of Murchison falls; this is the river Nile’s crowning glory, here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water.  The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object throughout the entire course of the Nile.  From here you shall continue to take a ferry to the luxurious Paara lodge as you look out for wildlife that may be seen grazing along the way. You shall check in to your hotel in the late evening.

DAY 5: Game drive and Boat

After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through the palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.

After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river is funneling through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge open-mouthed crocodiles. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at the hotel swimming pool terrace.

DAY 6: Kibale

After breakfast with packed lunch cross the Nile River with the ferry of 7:00am for 10 hours long drive to Fort portal, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive in Fort portal in the late afternoon, over night at your lodge.

DAY 7: Chimp and Bigodi swamp

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 Am the tracking start time for Chimps. This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also been seen.

In the afternoon go for forest walk, Bigodi swamp walk or a community walk

DAY 8: Semuliki Game Reserve

After breakfast go to Semuliki Game reserve. This enjoys a dramatic rift valley setting between the Rwenzori, the Kijura escarpment and Lake Albert. The reserve was heavily poached during the seventies but wildlife populations once again are increasing. It abuts Lake Albert and is one of the best localities for sighting the enigmatic swamp dwelling shoe bill stock while Lions, Elephants. Cob, Waterbucks, Jackals, Genets and Mongooses are some of the wildlife you can see. After, check in to the luxurious Semuliki safari lodge.

DAY 9: Semuliki National Park

After an early morning breakfast head west to Semuliki National Park. This is the lowest lying and remote of Uganda’s national parks, an extension of Congo’s Ituri rain forest set at the base of the northern Rwenzori. It has 40 Congolese bird species recorded nowhere else in Uganda. The jangle life in Semuliki National Park is breathe taking for birders, primate and plant lovers. The jangle walk takes you up to the meandering river Semuliki, the only one of its type in Africa. You may also see Forest Buffaloes, Elephants, Sitatunga, Leopards, Crocodiles Various primates and a wide range of forest and water birds; you can also go for sport fishing.

Two hot springs are situated in the track of hot mineral encrusted swamp land, where visitors see a two meter jet of 130 degrees Celsius hot water and a 12m diameter pool of oozing boiling 106 degrees Celsius boiling water. You could actually boil an egg naturally within 15 minutes and eat it.

Go for an evening walk / drive, Bird walk, Hot spring walk, Nature walk, Forest walk or visit Batwa community; these have lived in the forest for thousands of years subsisting on the forest animals and edible plant products. Overnight at Sampeya camp, Bundibugyo town or go back to Semuliki safari lodge.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth national park

After Breakfast depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering the park via the northern creator area through a beautiful scenic view. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30min north of Mweya. The winding 27km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Day 11: Game drive and boat

After an early morning coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. Come back at 11:00 am for a late breakfast.

After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel, the 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  Come back early enough for a sundowner.

Day 12: Kyambura and Ishasha

After an early morning coffee drive to fig tree camp, the tourist centre for Kyambura River gorge. Track chimps in the dramatic Kyambura gorge on the eastern side of the park 35 km from Mweya lodge. The 16km gorge is a home to 30 chimps and also hosts the black and white Columbus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Velvet monkey and Baboons, the birds include the black and white casqued horn bill, Great blue turacco, Ross’s turacco and Black bee eater among others.

After your packed lunch drive to Ishasha Sector the home of the climbing lions. In about 124km from Mweya lies Ishasha, the southern sector of the park, a sector which provides a true wildness experience; diverse habitats including the marshy lake Edward flats and beautiful acacia studded savannah supporting a variety of wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions and the rare shoe bill; big mammals that can be seen in the sector include, Topi, Elephants, Buffaloes, Cob, Waterbuck and may more.

Day 13: Game drive and Bwindi

Go for early game drive, come back by 10am have breakfast, leisure around have, lunch and head to Bwindi forest. This is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.

Day 14: gorilla tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 800 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world.

If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community village walk; see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer.

Day 15: Lake Mburo National Park

Following a morning breakfast depart to lake Mburo, have lunch enroute probably Mbarara; driving through Uganda’s mountainous finest scenery. This is the closest savannah reserve to Kampala. It is centered on series of swamp fringed lakes known for their rich bird life notably the African fin foot. The green acacia wood land surrounding the lake harbors dense populations of Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala and various other grazers including the last surviving population of Elands, the largest African antelope.  Check in your hotel in the evening.

Day 16: Game Walk

Explore the park on foot, after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this antelope in Uganda, while Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope are the other animals to be seen. After a morning breakfast drive to Kampla.

You will drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle Igongo cultural centre, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator at the trading centre of Nabusake marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at Wavamuno shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on. Nearing Kampala in the district of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and other musical instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums in the ancient rich African culture.

Proceed on through Kampala head east passing through coffee, tea, and sugar plantations through the Mabira forest; a forest that has been to the public outcry when government almost decided to give it away to a sugar developer. In the forest enjoy the sight of primates, Birds, and Butterflies as you stop for a simple break, shall proceed on to arrive in Jinja in the evening early enough for dinner at your hotel.

Day 17: Rafting Bujagali.

After breakfast go for the white water rafting at Bujagali. This lies down stream of the source of the Nile, it is the East African counterpart to more southerly `adrenaline capitals such as Victoria falls and Cape town. This is the launching point of the famous white water rafting that ranks as one of the most thrilling but also one of the safest in the world, passing through three heat stopping grade five rapids in one day. Other activities include, kayaking, mountain biking, quad biking and a bungee jump from 44m cliff above the Nile.  Have lunch while rafting provided by the rafting company. Come back in the evening with new stories to tell. Go to your hotel leisure and have dinner.

Day 18: Source of the Nile

After breakfast drive to the source of the longest river in Africa the Nile. The source of the Nile eluded too heavily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victoria age. The desire to uncover this geographical holy creel inspired the epic journeys of exploration under taken by Dr. Livingstone, HM Stanley, Burton and Speke. It was Speke on a pioneering 1862 expedition around Lake Victoria who first controversially suggested that a small water fall flowing north words out of Lake Victoria might be the legendary source spring to the mighty Nile River, a theory that was confirmed by Stanley more than ten years later. This source spring is now submerged in the Owen falls Dam.

Take a canoe to the source as source as you verify what Speke justified as the source of the Nile River. Come back for Lunch before heading back to Kampala.

Day 19: Entebbe Airport

City tour; Uganda wildlife Education Centre, Botanical Garden, Reptile village and the beach life in Entebbe: have lunch and transfer to the Airport for departure.