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14 days safari - best of uganda

14 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 food.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Entebbe - Kampala (37 Kms)

On arrive at Entebbe International Airport; you will be met by the company driver who will also be your guide throughout your stay. He will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.

O/n Serena Kampala Hotel BB.

Day 2: Kampala – Jinja (100 Kms)

After breakfast at 0800, go for a city tour to see religious monuments, the palace for the Kings of Buganda, food markets, and craft village. After lunch, head to Jinja, in the eastern side of Uganda. Don’t Miss the Mandela stadium. The Mabira rain forest, the sugar cane plantations and the scenic country side arrive early evening.

Overnight at Source of the Nile Hotel BB.

Day 3: Jinja. The City Of Adventure

Go for a quad bike experience for 2 hours through the villages by the River Nile. No previous experience driving a vehicle is necessary. A free training session is conducted before each safari. Trips are tailored to suit the rider’s ability and give the best possible adventure. Allow an extra 30 minutes for preparation and the training / practice session before the safari starts. The wetter the better - ATV Quad bikes love mud and so will you, sliding across the puddles and potholes! After lunch, visit the river Nile for a leisurely experience on the Nile. Go for 2-hour tubing on the Nile. Enjoy the calm waters. In the evening, return to the lodge and relax.

O/n Source of the Nile Hotel. BB

Day 4: Jinja – 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 late afternoon. Go via top of the falls to see them from above. Check into the lodge and relax. Enjoy the rift valley scenery all the way to Lake Albert.

Dinner and overnight, Pakuba Safari lodge FB.

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 5: 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)

Day 6: Murchison Falls Park To Forportal – 450kms

After breakfast, at 0800, 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 the lodge and relax. The views on your balcony are like no other.

O/n Kyaninga lodge FB

DAY 7: 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 and swim. Other activities to choose from include: a boat ride on the lake, kayaking or driving out to see crater lakes.

Dinner and overnight, Kyaninga lodge

DAY 8: Kibale-Forest-National-Park / Semiliki Game Reserve -150kms.

Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, the oldest protected area in Uganda and home to a staggering array of flora and fauna. The Reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley. It is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian Forest, gallery rain forest, borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. Chimps exist next to elephant, lion and buffalo as well as the usual Western Uganda species.

After breakfast at 0800, depart Fort portal for Semliki national park to walk in the park and visit the hot springs, continue to Semuliki game reserve to Semliki Safari lodge have a late lunch and relax at the lodge, either by the pool or at the main lodge at the lounge, whose location in a savannah woodland, will enable you see lots of black tailored colobus monkeys and many types of birds.

Dinner and over-night, at Semiliki Safari lodge. FB

DAY 9: Semliki Valley Game Reserve.

Wake up early to tea in your tent and a good breakfast before you depart for Lake Albert (30 minutes’ drive) to go on a two-hour Boat Trip to try and see the incredible and rare shoebill, (visually across between a dodo and a dinosaur). The lake is superb: there are sand cliffs where brightly coloured colonies of red-throated bee-eaters dart in an out of their burrows, there are several fishing villages along the way, virtually untouched by the ‘western world’.

Then drive back to the Lodge through the borassus palm forest and the acacia savannah reveals different species of raptors and passerines. Have lunch and relax. In the evening go for a game drive to enjoy the Uganda Kob, the warthog, forest elephant and reptiles. Enjoy the specular sunsets, the bird life and white colobus monkey.

Dinner and overnight, at the Semiliki Safari lodge. FB.

Optional at $40.00 per person.
A spot light night game drive will give you the chance to see fantastic nocturnal species. This is one of the places in Uganda where you can do a night drive! You never know what you may see. Sometimes the big cats (lions and leopards) are sighted as well as the diminutive genet and serval cats. Unusual nocturnal dwellers also show themselves such as forest elephants, white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year. There are always surprises on the night drives.

DAY 10: Semliki 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.in the evening, go for a game drive.

Dinner and over - night at Katara lodge FB

DAY 11: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This morning after breakfast we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Don’t miss the fascinating Rwenzori Mountain range along the way.

This morning at 09.00 am, head for Maramagabo forest for a guided forest walk which can take anything from one and a half hours to as long as half the day – the half day trekking offers a chance to explore some of the stunning crater lakes. The majorly tree canopy shaded trails through this glorious verdant forest offers you a rather different experience compared to that you get when exploring the open savannah. The forest has seven different primate species which you may spot during your guided nature walk among which are Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, as well as the Vervet Monkeys. The forest is in addition habitat to 2 nocturnal species which are: the Pottos plus the Bush babies. Furthermore, you may come across extended columns of matching Soldier Ants which columns have been at times spotted 100 meters long and 6 meters side by side. However, it is advised to avoid these soldier ants since their bite is stinging but the good news is that their bite has no lasting effect on people other than the painful sting. The most well-liked destination here is the impressive Bat Caves in which you can view numerous bats that reside there and pythons that feed on bats. Find a suitable spot to have your picnic lunch you brought a long from the lodge.

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 Katara Lodge FB.

DAY 12: Queen Elizabeth National Park To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: 251 Kms.

Today we exit the park via the southern sector of the park, 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.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:
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 Mahogany Springs lodge. FB

DAY 13: 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, Mahogany springs Lodge

DAY 14: Bwindi National Park To Entebbe Town

After breakfast at 0700, depart Mahogany springs lodge for Entebbe with a stop at the equator where a guided presentation / experiment to show the equator line differentiates the north and south hemisphere. It is also a great opportunity to take some photographs and visit craft shops to buy souvenirs.
Continue to Entebbe town arriving late afternoon.

Or Fly form Bwindi to Entebbe

Day room at 2Friends Beach hotel BB (depending on your return flight)

Our drive/guide will transfer you to Entebbe international airport for your home bound flight. Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 3 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will find a small restaurant, a sitting area and several duty-free shops for your convenience.