13 Days Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari Adventure

Murchison Falls National Park - Classic Uganda Safari

Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari Adventure

13 Days Tailor-made safari | Anyday departure

Highlights

  • Road trip via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to the amazing Murchison Falls
  • Kibale National Park Chimpanzee tracking and chimp habituation experience
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park off the beaten track, catch the tree climbing lions
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the amazing gorilla trekking adventures up the hills and into the dark misty jungles
  • Lake Mburo National Park for another Uganda wildlife safari experience before we head back home via Entebbe

Overview

The Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari: This is a great Ugandan wildlife safari adventure that explores the best areas with a lot of sight see during the entire safari. From Entebbe via Kampala you’ll visit the thunderous Murchison Falls, the Rhinos of Ziwa, the Tree climbing lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Zebras of Lake Mburo National Park of course the unforgettable gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. On this safari you could get a wild chance to view all the famous Africa Big 5 Game animals, so look out and let’s take you on the wild side of holiday, fun and adventure.

What is included in the price of the trip

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
  • Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • Park Fees & Guide Fees
  • One gorilla trekking permit per person
  • Bottled Drinking Water en-route
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

What to Expect

Your 13 day adventure starts in the colourful quiet city, Entebbe, driving west from the capital Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park without missing out on catching a glimpse of the mighty Rhinos of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.  Uganda’s largest national park and one of its very best; animals here are in plentiful supply, most big safari animals are easily seen, including 4 of the BIG FIVE. and the raging Murchison Falls a sight to behold. Sir Samuel Baker named Murchison Falls in honour of a president of the Royal Geographical Society, and the park was subsequently named after the falls. The Victoria Nile River flows through the park on its way to Lake Albert.

Day 4 takes us to the rich rainforests of Kibale National Park where we’ll experience chimpanzee habituation. The 795-sq-km Kibale National Park is a lush tropical rainforest, believed to have the highest density of primates in Africa. It’s most famous for being one of the best places in the world to track wild chimpanzees, with five groups habituated to human contact. It’s home to 13 primate species, with the rare red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys the other highlights. Larger but rarely seen residents include bushbuck, sitatunga, buffalo, leopard and quite a few forest elephants. There are also an incredible 250 species of butterfly that live here. While on the smaller side, Kibale also has a great bird list with 372 species, but keen birdwatchers may want to bypass it and spend their time in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary or Kihingami Wetland where open-canopy and wetland species can be seen alongside most of the same forest species living in Kibale National Park.

Day 6 through to 8 gets interesting when we gather up and take the Classic Uganda wildlife safari adventure to Queen Elizabeth National Park for other blissful adventure days. Watch elephants roam beneath the backdrop of Rwenzori Mountains and get closely acquainted to the immense herds that roam around the QENP savannah plains. In the tree branches are the captivating tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector. Take a picture, record a memory and breath in the beautiful wild air of Africa Savannah grasslands.

By day nine questions from the classic Uganda wildlife safari travelers must have surfaced on when we get to mingling with the gentle giants of the mountain forest. Well, now we get to trek the magnificent mountain gorilla of Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. One of the quintessential Uganda experiences is tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and nothing quite prepares you for the first glimpse of black fuzz amidst the dense foliage. The adrenaline kicks in when you’re up close to the imposing figure of a silverback and it’s all very Dian Fossey-like when curious babies peek through leaves and twist, turn and somersault for your entertainment. Gorilla permits will set you back a hefty US$500 but don’t think twice about forking out for this genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Keep in mind that a portion of the fee goes to the park and gorilla conservation initiatives, helping to ensure their survival.

Why not scale the adventure down a little before we end the 7 day safari with Lake Mburo National Park’s newly migrated giraffes. The 370-sq-km highway park, Lake Mburo National Park is an increasingly common stop on the safari circuit since it’s the only place in southern Uganda to see zebra. It’s also the only park in the country with impala, slender mongoose and giant bush rat, and is a great place to look for leopard, topi and eland. Furthermore, some excellent news is that giraffe are rumoured to be intoduced here soon. Some of the 325 species of bird include martial eagle, red-faced barbet, papyrus yellow warbler and African finfoot..

Important Information

Best time for Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
Rainfall is the main factor to consider when deciding the best time for gorilla tracking. Heavy rains result in slippery and challenging hiking trails. It can rain at any time of the year, but the time periods of June to August and December to January have less rain and are thereby considered the best time to go. The park stays open throughout the year.

Departure Point
Hotel pickup and drop off within Entebbe/Kampala

Departure Time
6:30am

Duration
13 Days/12 Nights

View Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01

Arrival at the Entebbe International Airport.

Our Guide will warmly welcome you on arrival at the Airport or at your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. For the former, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about the Uganda wildlife safari by the guide. Depending on the time of arrival you are advised to have your money changed on this day, and you may also have the chance to visit Kampala city, about one hour drive from Entebbe.

DAY 02

Road Trip to Murchison Falls National Park Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

We begin our Uganda wildlife safari with a panoramic drive northwest early morning through the famous Luwero Triangle, and visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary  for the first of the BIG 5, the Rhinos, then drive to Masindi Town for lunch. Thereafter, drive to Murchison Falls National Park. If time allows, we visit the top of the falls.

Dinner and overnight at our accommodation.

Drive time: ±7 hours

Budget accommodation: Red Chilli Camp.

Luxury accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge, Nile safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge.

DAY 03

In Murchison Falls National Park.

The Uganda Wildlife Safari today takes us for an early morning game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Animals you may see include; Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothchild’s Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reed buck, Spotted Hyena and if you are lucky, the Leopard. After lunch, go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, an experience not to be missed!! Here you will see the River Nile said to be the 2nd longest river in the world crush through a narrow gorge and forming the magnificent Murchison Falls. While on the cruise you may see Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Waterbuck and Uganda Kobs among others. This is also the zone of many birds, with species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Geese, Pelicans, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork.

We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 04

To Kibale Forest National Park

After your very early morning breakfast drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and pass traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon, and the town was named after a British Special Commissioner for Uganda Sir. Gerald Portal, whose statue graces the main road of the town. Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s greatest tropical rain forests, and is home to a number of forest wildlife, most notably 13 species of primates including chimpanzees, and 375 species of birds. We traverse through Ugandan traditional Villages where you see people in gardens nurturing their traditional crops such as millet, sorghum, beans and maize. Keep eyes open for some bird species along the roads such as Long-Crested Eagles, Double-Toothed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Fan-tailed Widowbird, sunbirds and weavers as we travel. We shall have a stopover at Fort portal town for late lunch, and after continue to our accommodation, check-in and have an evening off relaxing.

Drive time: ± 8 hours.

Budget accommodation: Rwenzori View Guest House or Chimpanzee Guest house

Luxury accommodation: Primate Lodge or Ndali Lodge

DAY 05

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience In Kibale Forest National Park

After breakfast we visit Kibale Forest National Park, which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others.

After lunch we explore the Crater Lake region, which has many crater lakes.

DAY 06

To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After our morning breakfast, we embark on our Uganda wildlife safari adventure and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a savannah grassy plains, and volcanic craters and home to abundant wildlife. We will have a game drive enroute to the park headquarters. Watch out for the other African BIG 5 members lions, leopards, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephants, Defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, bushbuck, and a variety of birds among other wildlife. After checking in and having lunch, we could enjoy the unique 2-hour drive through a fishing village and head to the biggest salt lake in the country (Lake Katwe).

Overnight at our accommodation

Driving time: ± 3 hours

Budget Accommodation: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge or Simba Camp.

Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

DAY 07

In Queen Elizabeth National Park

We start with an extensive early morning game drive in the Park, while pursuing the most Uganda wildlife congested tracks including the Kasenyi Track. Expect to see; Elephants, Buffalos, Lions, Bush bucks, Kobs, the rare Giant forest hogs, Hyenas and Waterbucks. Return and have breakfast at your accommodation. In the afternoon we’ll take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel, an experience not to miss!! You will appreciate the scores of Hippos, Buffalos, and Crocodiles close to the waterside as well as if lucky, the rare Leopard prowling. There is a variety of bird species for example Pelicans, Cormorants, egrets, herons and Jacana amongst others.

We then return to our accommodation for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08

To Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Today we will drive through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth known as Ishasha, famous for its tree-climbing lions. Ishasha is a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is an opportunity to view Buffaloes, Topi, Hippos and many more wildlife species. After checking in and having some time to relax, have an afternoon game drive which will provide opportunities to see Spotted Hyena, Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, Defassa Waterbucks, Elephant, Leopard (if lucky), antelopes, Lions and several bird species

Driving time: ±2 hours.

Budget Accommodation: Savannah Resort or Students dormitory/Bandas.

Luxury Accommodation: Ishasha Wildness camp or Savanna Resort.

DAY 09

To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The second half of this exciting Uganda wildlife safari begins with an early breakfast, we do a second game drive before embarking on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We drive through savannah grasslands seeing banana plantations and herds of Long-horned Ankole cattle with their incredibly long curving horns. We then ascend into the Kigezi highlands, famously known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, with terraced farming and mountain scenery.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Driving time: ±5 hours

Budget Accommodation: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.

Luxury Tour: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

DAY 10

Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We will head to the briefing point at the park headquarters and from here you will be briefed about the does and don’ts while gorilla trekking in the jungle forest with the gentle Giants. You will be provided with walking sticks and you are also advised to have your lunch parked with enough drinking water. The Gorillas share with us humans 95% of their genes and starring into their pondering eyes is as overwhelming as it is awesome.

After gorilla tracking we will travel back to our lodge, relax, dine and overnight.

DAY 11

To Lake Mburo National Park.

After breakfast we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park. As we enter the park it is likely that we will spot some wildlife. After checking in we will go on an evening game drive where we expect to see Buffaloes, Impalas, Zebras, Elands, Bushbucks, warthogs, Hyenas amongst others. Overnight at the lodge.

Driving time: ± 3,4 hours

Budget Accommodation: Rwonyo Camp, or UWA bandas,

Luxury Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge, Skyblue Motel or Mantana Luxury Tented camp

DAY 12

In Lake Mburo National Park

Early start of the day as we will go for a nature walk guided by a ranger. Lake Mburo is the only national park where you can experience a walking safari. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich bird life and the many hippos that are cooling off.

DAY 13

End of the Classic Uganda wildlife safari – to Kampala and departure

After breakfast, Leisurely drive back to Kampala, have a stop-over at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. We have another stop-over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through the generations.

We arrive Kampala/Entebbe in the afternoon

Budget Accommodation

Murchison Falls: Red Chilli Camp.

Kibale: Rwenzori View Guest House or Chimpanzee Guest house

QENP: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge or Simba Camp.

Ishasha Sector: Savannah Resort or Students dormitory/Bandas.

Bwindi: Buhoma community Rest camp or Wagtail Eco-safari camp.

Mburo: Rwonyo Camp, or UWA bandas,

Luxury Accommodation

Murchison: Paraa Safari Lodge, Nile safari Lodge or Sambiya River Lodge.

Kibale: Primate Lodge or Ndali Lodge

QENP: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana safari Lodge

Ishasha Sector: Ishasha Wildness camp or Savanna Resort.

Bwindi: Silver back lodge, Buhoma lodge or Lake Kitandara Tented camp

Mburo: Mihingo Lodge, Skyblue Motel or Mantana Luxury Tented camp

 

 

 

 

 

Safari Costs Include

  • Airport Transfers
  • Transportation – 4×4 Safari Cruiser/Van
  • Accommodation – Budget/Luxury Lodging
  • English Speaking Driver/Guide
  • One Gorilla Permit per person
  • Bottled Drinking Water en-route
  • Meals as specified in itinerary

Our costs exclude:

  • For short trips accommodation on arrival and departure are not included, but can be arranged on request.
  • Flights
  • Visa fees (50 USD)
  • Sodas, beers, wines and other drinks
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical Insurance
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Gorilla Trekking / Bird Watching / Photography / Scenic Drive / Nature Discovery / Outdoor Adventures / Safari

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Scenic Road Drive / Off the beaten track / Thick Jungle Forests / Mountains / World Heritage Site / The Wild

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Uganda’s Beautiful Scenery / People & Culture / Mountain Gorillas/ Rainforests

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