Explore Uganda in this 14 days’ safari through visiting national parks, communities and cities mainly Kampala and Entebbe. The safari is rewarding, because it covers wide array of wildlife, cultural, historical and city based attractions and takes you off the beaten paths where these national parks are located.
Also, you will be able to spot the big cats, big five animals, magnificent Murchison falls, remaining mountain gorillas in the world, endangered chimpanzees, the unique culture like the Batwa, Batooro, Bakiga and Banyankole in different regions. Participate in game drives, horseback riding and boat cruises which will enable you view vast wildlife species.
Day 1: Pick up at Entebbe and transfer to a hotel
Airport arrival is the beginning of the safari where the tour guide will be ready to pick you and to load the luggage into the tour vehicle and transfer you to the hotel where you are to spend a night, on arrival at the hotel, freshen up, have your meals and night stay.
Day 2: Full day Kampala city tour
The day begins with heavy breakfast then a ride to the Uganda martyrs trail or the Namugongo martyrs shrine where 45 Christians chose death over denouncing their faith, then to the Uganda museum that is full of history and culture to Gadhafi mosque, which is the biggest mosque in the country build by the former president of Libya.
After lunch, drive and visit Owino and Nakasero markets, famous for second hand clothes and food products respectively, bought all over the country. The tour will end by visiting the local craft market on Buganda road and the independence monument.
Day 3: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park, stopover at Uganda equator and boat cruise
Transfer to the home of zebras, impalas, hippos and crocodiles, Lake Mburo National park. Located in western Uganda 240 square Kms and the nearest national park to the capital city of Uganda. Enjoy the interesting wildlife and green nature as well as having a stopover at the Uganda Equator in Kayabwe to take pictures and have a geographical experiment to confirm the north and southern hemispheres.
Outside the park, you will be able to spot Ankole long horned cattle grazing with zebras and impalas. On arrival, you take a boat cruise after lunch to spot animals like hippos, crocodiles, and birds like African fish eagle among others. Check in at your place of accommodation for evening meals.
Day 4: Explore wildlife – Game drive, boat cruise and horseback riding
Have an early morning game drive to see the nocturnal animals and among others that can be spotted including zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck and more plus birds like Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard, Brown-chested Lapwing, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown Parrot, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco among others before they go to their hiding places.
Take a 2pm boat cruise on lake Mburo one of the lakes in the park and where the park derives its name where you will be able to see other wildlife for example hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes as well as enjoy birding experience and in the evening, undertake horseback rides which is another exciting adventure.
Day 5: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla national park and a stopover at Igongo cultural centre in Mbarara
Early morning game drive as you embark on a journey to Mgahinga national park and stop over at Igongo cultural centre where you have breakfast and enjoy different art that explains the history of people around Igongo cultural center, visit the Ankole-Kigezi museum, enjoy Ankole cultural dances and then head to the home of two rare primates – mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.
This park is also a home to the Batwa communities, other attractions in this destination are different and unique bird species like Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, collared apalis, mountain masked apalis, Archer’s ground robin, stripe-breasted tit, blue-headed sunbird, regal sunbird and more, volcano mountains (Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura) that offer panoramic views and epic adventure to hike to their summits. Check in the accommodation upon arrival.
Day 6: Gorilla trekking and Batwa experience
Have early morning breakfast and then gorilla trekking in the park that starts with a short briefing about this forest, gorilla families and some instructions to follow while trekking these endangered primates, as you enjoy other activities like birds and butterfly watching. Trekking can take 2-7 hours but this can depend on where you find the allocated gorilla family. On their presence, you will be allowed only one hour as you take memorable photos and videos.
Enjoy your packed lunch and later on you enjoy the traditional forest lore of the Batwa Pygmy guides during the Batwa trail. These people will entertain you with their traditional dances, teach you about their traditional herbs, and taste their traditional food as their history depended on forest through gathering fruits and roots. The day will end after returning to the lodge and having your dinner.
Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP and evening game drive.
Transfer to the park with wildlife galore on rift valley floor known as Queen Elizabeth National Park – the second largest park in the country with different attractions like antelopes, buffalos and many others but famous for its rare tree climbing lions that are commonly found in Ishasha sector.
Enjoy the breeze from the two lakes that include lake George and lake Edward on arrival at the park you get to enjoy an evening game drive on your way to your place of accommodation.
Day 8: Morning game drive and boat cruise
Early morning after a rich breakfast, a game drive around Kasenyi plains for lion viewing and other animals that include African buffalo, Ugandan kob, giant forest hog, warthog, African elephant, African leopard, among others, and over 600 species of birds including African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pink-backed Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek amon others.
Later at 2:00pm undertake a boat cruise on Kazinga channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward to enjoy water loving birds and animals like crocodiles, hippos and more. The day ends with a dinner at the lodge.
Day 9: Transfer to Kibale forest national park and community walk
Early morning game drive on the way to Kibale national park to you enjoy beautiful views and breeze from a dense forest that covers 795square kilometres; it is also home to a large and varied primate population for example chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys, baboons, bush babies and so much more.
The park shelters huge number of mammals including an estimated 500 elephants present, along with buffaloes, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers among others, over 325 bird species including Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler and Yellow Spotted Nicator.
The road trip is rewarding with several attractions like the Rwenzori mountain ranges, tea and banana plantations, rivers like Mubuku and Mpanga among others.
Afternoon meal will be taken in the park and later on have community visits to the Bigodi or Isunga community where you will experience the Batooro and Bakiga communities neighbouring the park. The two tribes have lived together for decades, something that has led to intermarriages and emergence of new cultures. This will enable you to interact with the locals, taste their traditional foods and they will entertain you with traditional dances.
Day 10: Chimpanzee trekking and Amabere Ganyinamwiru caves tour in the afternoon
Having an early morning chimpanzee trekking tour that starts at the information centre with a short briefing to enable you know more about this park and its attractions. The different kind of primates in this forest include L’Hoest’s monkey, red colobus, Vervet monkeys, white and black colobus monkeys and many more.
Trekking time depends on your speed, weather and where you can find the chimps but the entire adventure may take between 2-6 hours.
In the afternoon, take lunch and head to Fortportal to visit the Amabere caves and have an experience with the breast like features which have beautiful history about King Bukuku and the Chwezi dynasty.
These are actually stalactites and stalagmites that formed years ago during East African Volcanic eruptions, view the Nyakasura falls and also hike to Mwegenywa hill to be able to catch an aerial view of Fort-portal town, crater lakes among others. Return to the lodge will mark the end of the day.
Day 11: Depart to Murchison falls National Park in north western part of Uganda
After enjoying the beautiful view of Kibale national park as you take breakfast, depart to Murchison falls NP where you find the world’s most powerful falls. Murchison falls National Park is the biggest national park in Uganda with beautiful scenery, covered with savannah vegetation like the whistling acacia, Kigelia Africana, Borassus palm among others. The beauty of the Nile River as it joins the Albert Nile; here you can view a school of hippos. The journey will reward you with various features and after check in the lodge on your arrival.
Day 12: Game drive, boat cruise and hike to top of the falls
Have early morning game drive, so as to catch up with the nocturnal and other attractions that include the lions, buffalos, giraffes, buffalo’s crocodile’s elephants and tree species like whistling acacia, Kigelia Africana, Borassus palm and many others. Enjoy fruity breakfast during the game drive at the hippo pool which will be followed with the drive back to the lodge where you will enjoy the mid-morning breakfast as you view the Victoria Nile.
Then later after lunch a boat cruise on the Nile that offers a number of attractions like elephants, warthogs, antelopes on the banks as you view hippos and crocodile in the water. A drop off at the bottom of the falls and Bakers rock; straight away start a hike to the top of the falls where you have a glimpse of the permanent rainbow and a wide spray of water that forms conducive environment for relaxation. Also, you are able to see Uhuru falls that joins Murchison falls at the same point to form a huge Nile stream.
Day 13: Transfer to Kampala and rhino trekking at Ziwa rhino sanctuary
With a heavy breakfast, ferry crossing is done to the other side of the park where a journey is taken out of the park with a breeze from Budongo forest and before reaching Kampala a stopover is made at Ziwa rhino sanctuary which is a tale of love and commitment to conservation of rhinos that had almost been extinct through poaching during Amin’s government. Trek the remaining rhinos in the country on foot where you will be able to spot other attractions like Uganda kob, duikers, oribis among others. Have lunch at Ziwa Rhinos campsite and after continue with the journey to Kampala where you will be dropped at the hotel.
Day 14: Entebbe city tour and drop off at the international airport
Early morning tour is made to the Uganda reptile village where one finds different snake species, crocodile, chameleons, tortoise and many others and after visit the Uganda wildlife education centre, formerly known as the Entebbe Zoo where you will have a summary of Uganda’s wildlife such as the chimps, lions, cheetah, and crocodiles among others.
After lunch, head to the airport where a drop off will be made, making an end to the 14 days Uganda safari.