Uganda Safari

In this itinerary we will visit the less frequented Murchison Falls National Park and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here we will have the chance to see all the Big 5 while exploring the majestic Nile river, in addition to the classic expedition to see Chimpanzee and Gorillas.

 

10 days
all year round
all accommodated

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Services included:

• Accommodation on safari on B, L, D,
• Park entrance fees
• All transport with an English-speaking guide in 4×4 Vehicle with pop up roof
• Game drives
• Launch cruises in Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park
• Bigodi swamp walk
• Lunch en route
• Mineral water
• 1 x Glass of wine per dinner at Mahogany Springs Lodge
• All activities as per the itinerary
• 1 x Gorilla permit at $ 700 each
• 1 x Chimpanzee Permit at $ 200 each

 

Services not included:

• International Airfare
• Gratuities
• Visa fees to Uganda
• Personal items like Laundry
• Insurance
• All drinks
• All activities not mentioned above

Day 1: Entebbe Airport - Entebbe

On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by a representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and will introduce you to your driver who will also be your guide. The first stop will be a short drive to your accommodation where you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.

Meal plan
  • No meals included
Accommodation
4* or 3* Hotel
Day 2: Entebbe - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Murchison Falls N.P

An early morning rise will enable you to begin your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The Safari will proceed north towards Masindi and onwards to the park via the southern entrance. The journey to entrance gate will take you through the beautiful Kaniyo Pabidi Forest until the Kichumbanyobo Gate. This journey sees you leave the traditional Buganda Kingdom and move into the area the Bunyoro Kingdom call home.

Any trip towards north-east Uganda just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Rhino Sanctuary at Ziwa. They provide trained rangers who will guide you through a Rhino Trekking expedition. You will have the opportunity to observe the rhinos at a very close and safe distance.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 3: Murchison Falls N.P

Game drives in Murchison Falls are incredible. The park is home to all of the Big 5 with the exception of the rhino. Also, resident is the hippo, buffalo, giraffe as well as several antelope and monkey species. Most of the game viewing is done around the Buligi Game tracks in the northern sector of the park. The park also boasts the Nile – Lake Albert Delta which is home to a large number of birds including African fish eagles and the rare shoebill storks.

After lunch, it will be time for a boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls, be sure to have your cameras ready for this one. Expect to see birds perched on tree branches ready to hunt, mammals drinking or cooling down in the river and reptiles basking in the sun on the river banks.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 4: Murchison Falls N.P - Hoima

After breakfast, you will head south-westwards to Hoima Town which acts as a midway stopping point between Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. There is an interesting blend of rural and town life which you will not get to see anywhere else in Uganda. Hoima Town is historically known as the principal city of the Bunyoro Kingdom.

No trip to the Murchison Falls area would be complete without a trip to The Boomu Women’s Group! The Group was formed in 1999 in the village of Kihaguzi with aim of fighting poverty and creating more social and economic development. The Women now run a small-scale accommodation facility that employs local people and is a source of income.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 5: Hoima - Kibale N.P

You leave the Bunyoro Kingdom and journey into the heart of the Tooro Kingdom towards the principal city Fort Portal, the only Ugandan town with an English name.

The city sits at the foot of the Ruwenzori Mountains is considered a gateway to many of the National Park in western Uganda, including Kibale, Semliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and the Toro – Semliki Wildlife Reserves. Look out for the King of Tooro’s grand palace on top of the largest hill in the area.

The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a part of the Magombe Swamp just south of Kibale National Park. A visit to the sanctuary enables you to see rare mammals and birds, like the webbed feet sitatunga as the great blue turaco call this place home.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 6: Kibale N.P - Queen Elizabeth N.P

Your Chimpanzee Trekking experience has finally arrived! During the trek, you will also get to see the different birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don’t become accustomed to human contact. The excitement of Chimpanzee Trekking will probably still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Chanel. This part of the safari is all contained within the Tooro Kingdom and you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth N.P

A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view differing landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east section of the park and but west of Lake George. There are large numbers of buffalo, antelope, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well and lions and the odd leopard if you are lucky. One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 8: Queen Elizabeth N.P - Bwindi N.P

With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives in the northern part of the park experiences ticked off your list, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a parting gift as you head south towards Bwindi and the Gorillas. The Southern Sector of the park is called the Ishasha Sector and it is famous for the fig tree climbing lions that inhabit this area. Driving this way towards Bwindi will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lions which make a great photo.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 9: Bwindi N.P

Your Gorilla Trekking experience is finally here, hope your camera is charged and you are ready for what lies ahead. An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.
Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. For conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There is also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.

Meal plan
  • All meals included
Accommodation
Lodge
Day 10: Bwindi N.P - Kihihi Airstrip - Entebbe Airport

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kihihi for your flight back to Entebbe. The drive from your lodge to the airstrip shouldn’t take more than one and a half hours. On your flight back from Bwindi to Entebbe you will be afforded and a fantastic view of Bwindi The Impenetrable Forest from the air.

Meal plan
  • Breakfast, Lunch
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