9 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

This tour passes you through a combined cream of Uganda’s wildlife areas; beginning with the Rhino sanctuary of Nakasongola, the Chimpanzees of Budongo forest, the wildlife rich studded grasslands of Murchison to the great primate diversity of Kibale,

scenic euphorbia candelabrum bushes of areas of queen Elizabeth to the Impala rich 

acacia studded plains of lake Mburo ending up with a tour of Entebbe.

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 your travel itinerary.

DAY 2: Masindi and Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

After breakfast begin an approximate 6 hours travel to Masindi, Have lunch along the way probably at the headquarters of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Ziwa is a breeding center for Rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has about 10 Rhinos including the Ugandan born babies. After lunch go for Rhino tracking ranging from 30 min to 3 hours walk; watch out for a variety of Birds, Bushbucks, Hares and Mongooses. After get to your cars and drive to Masindi and check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 3: chimp tracking and Boat

After an early breakfast drive to Kanio Pabidi, a Chimp Eco tourism center in Budongo forest, walk beneath a natural forest of about 120 chimpanzees but only 30 chimps are habituated for tourism. 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; specialties include 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 drive to Para for a boat ride.

Disband off the boat at bottom of the falls to be walked up to the top of the falls by Uganda Wildlife guides; this is the River Nile’s crowning glory: the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, to erupt at the bottom of the falls into 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 this falls to be the most important object through the entire course of the Nile.

From here you shall meet your driver guide for an hour drive to your hotel 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 4: Game drive – Fort portal

After your early breakfast shall go for an early morning game drive through 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 and drive to Fort portal having lunch enroute, 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 evening over night at your lodge.

DAY 5: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast 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 as you walk in a shady forest trails that may provide 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 be seen.

After lunch drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, enter the park via the northern creator area through a beautiful scenic view. These clusters of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30 min north of Mweya through the winding 27km crater drive between the main and  equator gate providing 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. Check in to your hotel.

Day 6: Game drive and Boat

After an early morning coffee, you will go for a 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, Leopard Waterbuck, Bush Buck 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 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’s 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 birds.

 Day 7: Kyambura and Lake Mburo NP

After an early morning coffee drive to fig tree camp, the tourist center 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.

Drive to Lake Mburo National Park; 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 8: Game Walk and Kampala

Explore the park on foot; after breakfast transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this envelope in Uganda with Zebras, Elands, Topi, Orib, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope among others.

on the way to Kampala you will drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator at the trading center 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 to Kampala to arrive late evening but early enough for dinner

Day 9: Entebbe Air port

After breakfast go for a city tour; Uganda wildlife Education Center, Botanical Garden, Reptile village and the beach life in Entebbe: have lunch and transfer to the Airport for departure.