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10 Days Safari - Best Of Uganda

10 Days Safari - Best Of Uganda

Uganda Safaris

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Experience Uganda first hand: the spectacular scenery, most friendly people, view the big five, Man’s closest cousin – the chimps and the awesome gorilla.

  • Adventure sports, nature walks, Game drives and boat rides to see wildlife and enjoy the thunderous water falls
  • Bird watching and great scenery
  • Chimpanzee and Gorilla tracking in the tropical rain forest alive with butter flies and bees
  • Enjoy the inexpensive lodges with great service and great organic food.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls Park. 450 Kms

This morning at 0700, you will depart by road to Murchison Falls National Park. This scenic drive will take approximately 7 hours. You will carry a packed lunch to have on the way. Arrive in the afternoon. Check into the lodge and relax. Enjoy the rift valley scenery all the way to Lake Albert.

Dinner And Overnight, Pakuba Safari Lodge FB.OR, PARAA SAFARI LODGE 4*

Murchison falls park Uganda's largest park (3840 sq km) protects a chunk of untamed African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile, covering an altitude from 600 – 1300 meters. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa's densest hippo and crocodile populations, and a dazzling variety of water birds including the world's most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork. A total of 76 mammal species and roughly 460 bird species have been recorded.
Landscapes range from savannah ecosystems and grassland to riverine woodlands. The South of the park is characterized by dense woodlands.

Day 2: Murchison Falls Park.

After breakfast at 0700, go for a game drive for wildlife viewing - giraffes, buffalos, lions, and elephants, orib, bush buck, waterbuck and much more. Return to the lodge let morning. After lunch head to the river for a 3-hour boat cruise. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as the highlight of a trip to Murchison Falls National Park since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The birdlife is stunning with eagles, brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the river banks. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Return to the lodge in the evening.

O/N, Pakuba Safari Lodge (Fb). Or, Parra Safari Lodge 4*

Day 3: Murchison Falls Park To - Kibale Forest National Park (441kms).

After breakfast, at 0700, depart the lodge and head southwest of the country via to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the tabled Mountains of the Moon. The drive takes approximately 7 hours. Arrive late afternoon. Check into accommodation and relax.

Dinner and overnight, Kibale Forest Camp OR, TURACO LODGE3*.

Day 4: Kibale-Forest-National-Park

After breakfast, armed with your packed lunch, drive to Kibale Forest National Park, where the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa is represented. Go tracking the most famous of its 13 species, the Chimpanzee (also known as ‘the delightful ape’). Kibale is also a home of species like the rare I'Hoest's monkey, the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon among others. The walk takes 2-3 hours.
Return to the lodge. Relax. In the evening you may go for a walk to have a feel of the village life in the neighborhood, or stay at the lodge.

Dinner and overnight, Kibale Forest Camp or TURACO LODGE3*.

Day 5: Kibale-Forest-National-Park To Queen Elizabeth Park 250 Kms

This morning after breakfast we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Don’t miss the fascinating Rwenzori Mountain range along the way.
Queen Elizabeth N.Park covers 1,978 sq km and lies north and south of the equator in southwestern Uganda. From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.
Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species makes this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula - which also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains. Bird species include the martial eagle, black-rumped buttonquail, Verreaux’s eagle owl and African skimmer to name but a few. Buffalo, elephants, kob, topi and other species of antelope.
Arrive at the lodge midafternoon. Pass the afternoon at Leisure or do an evening game drive.

Dinner And Over - Night At The Bush Lodge .Or,Katara Lodge 3*

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning at 06.00 am, head for an early morning Game drive. It will give you the opportunity to view the big five like lions & elephants, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon, take a boat ride on the Kazinga channel which connects Lake George and Edward. This will allow you to experience wildlife up close where hippos huff and spray mere feet away, buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the river’s edge. Amongst those you will see are the malachite and pied kingfishers, great white and pink-backed pelicans and the open-billed stork. With some luck you will even spot elephants on the river banks coming for a drink and a bath, or Crocodiles lounging on the river bank.

Overnight, at Bush Lodge. OR KATARA LODGE 3*

DAY 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: 251 Kms

Today you exit the park via the southern sector, known as Ishasha. This remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park is famed for its tree-climbing lions. It is a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. You will carry a picnic box to eat on the way before continuing to Bwindi, home of the mountain gorillas. Arrive at Bwindi late afternoon.

The Bwindi rainforest is said to be 25.000 years old, making it one of Africa’s most biodiverse habitat. The altitude of this mountain park ranges from 1200 - 2600 meters. Five rivers and a high annual rainfall make it rather humid. Besides its mayor attraction, the mountain gorillas (gorilla gorilla berengeri) the National Park is also home to an amazing 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees. It is believed that about 950 gorillas remain in several stable groups in the park. The great protection over the last years has led to a steady increase of the population.
Although best known for its mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest also attracts spectacular birds. There are 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics including the African green broadbill, bar tailed trogan and other beautiful forest species.

Check into Haven lodge. Or ENGAGI LODGE 3*

DAY 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Get up early for breakfast to give you the energy needed for your gorilla trek. At 0730 am report to the ranger station for registration and a briefing by the head ranger after which the guides will lead you to the forest on you track of the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
Once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to the gorillas. Just take your cameras with you as you are about to meet the gentle giants! Sit in the forest amongst the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silverback. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas – now numbering about 1000 of these beautiful creatures left. You are allowed exactly one hour with the gorillas before returning to the base station.

Please note: please listen to the instructions of the local rangers at all times. It is forbidden to approach the gorillas closer than 5 meters, to feed them or to use flash photography. Likewise, for your and their safety! You will be accompanied by armed guards which guarantee your safety in an area where wild buffaloes are sighted. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need a rest. There is the additional option to hire porters on site.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority does not allow a trekking when you are sick as gorillas are very susceptible of human diseases. Should you feel sick the day of the trek we urgently advise you to abide this rule. In order to receive a 50% refund of the permit cost you MUST get a doctor’s report that day (please ask your guide to arrange this for you).
We must also stress that, while you have a very good chance of seeing gorillas, success is NOT guaranteed. They are wild creatures with no fixed routine and finding them requires the skills and experience of your tracker sand guides, as well as luck. The trackers and guides have helped to habituate the gorilla groups and know them intimately. They will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be.

Dinner and overnight, Haven Lodge, OR, ENGAGI LODGE 3*

DAY 9: Bwindi National Park To Lake Mburo N.P. 300 Kms

This morning after breakfast at 0800am embark on a 4 hours’ drive to Lake Mburo National Park with a lunch break on the way. You will have an evening game drive or a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. The Kopjes are particularly interesting and camouflage kilspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably. Return to the lodge for check in.

Dinner and Overnight at Rwakobo Rock, OR, KIGAMBIRE LODGE 4*

DAY 10: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe. 5 Hrs.Drive

After breakfast, Leisurely drive back to Kampala, have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time and take some photos, then 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. Drive to through to Entebbe arriving in the afternoon.

Depending on the departure, check in at the airport is 2 hours before your flight time back home.

  • All ground transportation in A 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
  • Full time driver/guide with all his associated expenses
  • Full board accommodation as per above itinerary
  • Boat cruises
  • Game drives
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Top of the Falls & nature walks

Dinner and over - night at Katara lodge FB

The price excludes:
  1. Drinks
  2. tips
  3. travel insurance
  4. a porter accompanying you on gorilla tracking
  5. accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe