16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari HolidayOverviewDuring the 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Holiday adventure you will experience all that Uganda has to offer. From the famous Murchison Falls and chimpanzees in Kibale National Forest, to the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, this adventure gives you the best of Uganda in just 16 days! Tour Highlights Road Trip to Western Uganda Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Tracking Gorilla Trekking Jungle Safari in Bwindi & Volcanoes Rwanda Savannah Game Drives & Boat Rides in Both Queen and Murchison Nature Treks
Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Day 2: Game Drive & Boat Ride in Murchison Falls National Park
Day 3: Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 7: Game Drive Boat Launch in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 8: Ishasha Sector Tree-lion Safari
Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Day 12: Transfer to Kisoro Town
Day 13-14: Kisoro Town
Day 15: Canoe Ride and Walking Safari in Lake Mburo
Day 16: Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe
Detailed 16Days Uganda Wildlife Safari Itinerary
Day 1:Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.
Early morning our Uganda safari staff will pick you from the hotel or guesthouse of your choice and take you to Murchison Falls National Park. We will stop for lunch in Masindi and then drive for 90kms through the park, aiming for Paraa. On the way we will visit the Top of the Falls, with a wonderful view over Murchison Falls and the Nile. We will reach Paraa late in the afternoon, and Luxury Tour participants will cross the Nile by ferry to reach Paraa Safari Lodge. For Budget Tour clients, we’ll stop at Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for tracking the Rhinos and also have Lunch here before continuing via Karuma Bridge to reach later in the afternoon at Fort Murchison just outside the park boundaries.”” The day will close with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile, and the evening coming with all the noise of an African night. Accommodation: Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge Low Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp Fort Murchison
Day 2: Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
The day will be spent viewing game around the park and along the Nile. We will leave early in the morning (if staying at Nile Safari Lodge or Red Chili Paraa we will cross the Nile with the ferry at 7.00am) and go on a game drive from 8.00am to 12.00noon, seeing several animals including lions and giraffes. In the afternoon (2.00pm to 5.00 pm) we will go on the impressive launch trip on the Nile, up to the Falls, giving you a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants and a plethora of birds! Accommodation: Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge Low Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp Fort Murchison
Day 3: Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park
Early in the morning the boat will take us downstream to the Delta, where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. This is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill Stork! In the afternoon you can relax, and if you are on the Luxury Tour you can swim at your respective Lodges. Accommodation: Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge Low Budget: Red chili Rest Camp Fort Murchison
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.
Early in the morning we will leave for Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert: on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, where we will stay sleeping with the calmness of the tropical rain forest. Sometimes we stay at Chimpanzee Guesthouse, overlooking Nyabikere Crater Lake, where we will stay. The lake is famous for the frogs: at night they always give a beautiful concert. Accommodation Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents) Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest house/Bandas (self-contained Banda’s) – Both outside the forest)
Day 5: Chimp walk, Chimpanzee tracking Kibale Forest National Park
At 8.00am we will start with the 4 hour chimp walk – during which you may also get to see 10 other primates! Kibale Park is also known for plenty of butterflies and birds. In the afternoon we will walk through Bigodi Swamp (home to a community based project). Accommodation: Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp (self-contained tents) Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest house/Bandas (self-contained Banda’s) – Both outside the forest)
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Early morning we will leave for Queen Elizabeth NP. We will travel through Fort Portal and reach Mweya in Queen Elizabeth NP at midday, with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. You will check in at your accommodation and have lunch, and in the late afternoon (4.00-7.00pm) we will go on a game drive. Driving time: 4, 5 hours Accommodation: Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge Budget price: Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (ecofriendly self-contained tents)
Day 7: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth NP, with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the programme is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside. Accommodation: Up-market/ Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge Mid-range: Queen Elizabeth Safari Lodge Budget price: Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (eco-friendly self-contained tents)
Day 8: In Queen Elizabeth National Park
Very early in the morning after breakfast we will go to Kyambura Gorge. Here people can go for a 3-4 hour walk into the Gorge to meet the chimpanzees. After Lunch at Jacana Safari Lodge, we will drive for 2 hours to the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha Sector, famous for its tree climbing lions. Game drive in the afternoon to search for the tree climbing lions Accommodation: Budget Accommodation: Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp Luxury Tour: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp
Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
In the morning we will go on a game drive looking for the unique tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and in the afternoon we will continue to Bwindi. On the trip we will pass Kihihi and journey through mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rain forests. Driving time: 4, 5 hours Accommodation: (Full board basis) Up-market: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge Moderate: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp Low Budget: Travelers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground
Day 10: Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Buhoma is only 5 minutes’ walk from the offices of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where at 7.45am you will receive a pre-briefing and at 8.30am you will start the gorilla trek. Once you have found the mountain gorillas, you will be able to spend up to one hour with them! You will be expected back to the starting point by 7.00pm at the latest. Accommodation: (Full board basis) Up-market: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Lodge Moderate: Engagi Lodge/ Silverback Lodge / Gorilla Safari Lodge/ Lake Kitandara Camp Low Budget: Travelers Rest Hotel, or Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp or Buhoma Community Campground
Day 11: To Lake Bunyonyi.
After breakfast we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi, a beautiful place surrounded by the hills of Western Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is famous for birds, otters and delicious crayfish. We will spend the rest of the day here, have a swim if you want, try a canoe, or simply relax looking at the over 300 birds species you can sometimes see from the veranda (bring your binoculars)! Driving time: 4, 5 hours Accommodation: Overland Campsite and Bandas (self-contained and breakfast inclusive) Luxury Tour: Bushara Island Luxury Tented Camp or Bunyonyi Safari Resort Day 12: To Kisoro. Early in the morning we will leave for Kisoro, travelling through a beautiful landscape also defined as the “Switzerland of Africa”: mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rain forest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, taking in the vast planes between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. At the bottom of the valley is Kisoro, where we will stay at the famous Travelers Rest Hotel. In the 1960’s the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fosey visited the Travelers Rest Hotel many, many times to do paperwork, relax or meet people. Fosey said about the hotel: “It was my second home”. Travelers Rest Hotel is just outside Kisoro and offers a cozy stay for the tourists coming to see the endangered mountain gorilla. The hotel, built in a somewhat colonial style, and entirely renovated in 1999, has a comfortable ambiance. Driving time: 3, 5 hours Accommodation: Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room)
Days 13 and 14 Spent in and around Kisoro, with Travelers Rest Hotel as the home base.
In Kisoro you can undertake several very interesting activities, all of which can be done individually or in groups. They include: Gorilla tracking in Nkuringo, South Bwindi (1 day – this could be either day 13 or 14, depending on the availability of permits). Gorilla tracking in Rwanda (requires staying in Rwanda the night before, so for example if you decide to trek gorillas in Rwanda on day 14 you will spend the night of day 13 there). After the trekking you will cross back to Kisoro. Climbing Muhavura Volcano (± 8 hrs; distance 12km; height 4127m; elevation gain 1700m). Climbing Gahinga Volcano (± 6 hrs; distance 8km; height 3474m; elevation gain 1100m). Visit to Sabinyo Gorge (± 4 hrs; distance 6km, no elevation gain). Climbing Sabinyo Volcano (Sabinyo has three peaks, you can climb all three in the same walk, but you need to be fit!! ± 8 hrs; distance 14 km; height 3669m, elevation gain 1300 m). Hiking in Mgahinga to the viewpoint and Garama Cave (pygmy cave) (± 4 hrs; distance 1 and 4 km). Bird walk in Mgahinga (start at 10am, it can last until 4-5pm). Cultural village walk (with a local guide walking through the land of the Bafumbira tribe) Walk to Lake Mutanda. Visit Python Island and go canoeing on this beautiful lake. Batwa Trail: It starts at the base of Mt Muhavura at 8.00 am and finishes by 3-4 pm. You’ll need walking shoes, hat, and raingear, and a packed lunch with sufficient drinks. The Batwa Trail runs across the lower slopes of the Muhavura and Gahinga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife but the Batwa Trail is far from being a conventional nature walk. With the help of Batwa guides, you’ll see the forest as a larder, pharmacy, builder’s yard, tool kit and, above all a home. Along the trail, you’ll fire a bow and arrow, check hives for wild honey, help repair a Batwa shelter, harvest plants for medicine and food, light a fire without a matches, listen to legends and learn about Batwa traditions. The highlight of the trail is a descent into the Garama cave, a 200m-long lava tube beneath Mt. Gahinga. The Batwa are famed for their music and dance and their historic, subterranean council chamber in Garama Cave provides the setting for an unforgettable performance. The Batwa trail is celebration of the forest culture of the “‘first people. “It is impossible, however, to ignore the fact that Batwa life has greatly changed. The day’s events conclude with a discussion about the Batwa’s current situation; how it can be improved; and progress to date towards doing so. Accommodation: Luxury Tour: Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro (Suite Room). Budget accommodation: Travelers Rest Hotel Kisoro
Day 15: To Lake Mburo National Park for wildlife game safari.
Early in the morning we will leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You will have lunch in Mbarara before you continue to Lake Mburo, a smaller but unique savannah park, and the only one in the Western part of Uganda with impalas and zebras. In the park we will go on an evening game-viewing drive. Driving time: 4, 5 hours Accommodation: Budget accommodation: Mburo Eagle’s Nest camp Luxury Tour: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury Tented Camp
Day 16: Drive back To Kampala
First thing in the morning we will go for a game drive/walk, and after a late breakfast the last part of the journey will bring us back to Kampala. On the way back you will have lunch in Masaka town and after there will be an opportunity to a stop at the Equator for photo shoots and buying souvenirs and have tea or coffee. We will then bring you to a guesthouse, campsite or hotel of your choice in Kampala or Entebbe – or, if you continue your holiday somewhere else or back home, we will bring you directly to Entebbe airport for an onwards flight. Driving time: 9 hours Included UWA Gorilla Trekking Permit – $600 Chimpanzee Tracking Permit Park Entrance Fees Meals as per Itinerary 4×4 Safari Transportation to/from airport English Speaking Tour Guide/Driver Not Included Tourist Entry Visa International Flight Tickets Travel Insurance Items of Personal Nature Tips and Gratuities