A safari that will enable you visit most of the Uganda’s national parks and other attractions like the Uganda wildlife education centre (former Entebbe Zoo), an exciting walk in Bigodi swamp, game drives in the savannah plains, boat cruises on the large water bodies like the Nile, Lake Mburo and Kazinga channel and also participate in primate trekking including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys.
Trek the rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary and this will make the safari be complete with big five animals in their natural habitats.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda.
Welcome to Uganda, our company agent/safari driver guide shall pick you from Entebbe international airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice. At the hotel, a briefing session on the does and don’ts during a safari in Uganda and the activities you will be involved in for 15 days Uganda safari.
A complementary tour of Kampala or Entebbe city can be offered depending on the location of your hotel and time of arrival.
Day 2: Depart to Murchison Falls NP and rhino trekking
After an early morning breakfast, you will leave Entebbe/Kampala through the towns of Luwero and Nakasongola where you will have a stopover and visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary – this is the only destination where you will be in position to see rhino in wilderness, one of the big five animals in Uganda.
The sanctuary acts as a hub for propagation of off springs for the once extinct rhinos because of over poaching that happened in early 1980s, after rhino tracking you will have lunch along the way to Murchison falls national park and a night stay at your pre-booked lodge in Murchison falls national park.
Day 3: Game drive, boat cruise and hike to top of the falls
At Murchison falls national park, you will have an early breakfast and game drive in the park of which a number of wildlife will be spotted ranging from Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Uganda kob, Oribi, Giraffes, Warthogs, Hyenas just to mention a few and many different species of birds like Martial Eagles, Shoe bill, secretary bird among others.
Drive to the Nile Delta point at the lowest point in Uganda with plenty of hippos that can be seen in the hippo pool on the shores of L. Albert. A game drive will take approximately 3-4hours, there after you will come back for lunch and freshening up for the next activities.
After lunch, a boat ride to the bottom of Murchison falls with your guide who will be taking you through the back ground and different features, animals like Hippopotamus and the Nile crocodiles at close range will be seen including fishing birds.
At the bottom of the falls, you will hike to top of falls with the guidance of your guide which will take you to see rapids, rainbow reflected by the thunderous falls and also do some photography and there after your driver will be waiting for you at the top to drive back to your hotel. Then cross the Nile to the northern bank to your lodge for a night stay.
Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National park
After breakfast you will be driven to Kibale Forest National park which is relatively a long distance, on the way you will see countless ranges from the foothills of the mountain of the moon – Rwenzori, Albertine rift escarpments, and several stopovers for photography will be made.
Still on our way number of cash crops will be seen in this region like Cotton, Tobacco, Maize, Banana and Tea planted by locals of that area and with few animals like goats and sheep. Thereafter on arrival to Fort portal town which is the tourism city of Uganda you continue to your lodge near the park.
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk.
Wake up in the morning for breakfast then drive to Kanyanchu visitor center for briefing and registration, here is where you will meet the ranger guide responsible for leading you to see human’s close relatives in the forest and above all question and answer session for you to ask for clarification, after same good hours of trekking you will head back to the lodge for hot lunch.
After lunch, head to Bigodi wetland sanctuary which is a fascinating area recognized for its biodiversity of primate species like red colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, Vervet monkey mammals like bush pigs, antelope sitatunga, mongoose, among others.
It is also home to several birds like great blue turacos which is unique to this place. Visit the Bigodi community and get involved in weaving baskets and beads locally by the Bigodi women group and there after prepare to depart to queen Elizabeth national park.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park and evening game drive
A morning breakfast then drive to Queen Elizabeth national park another depiction of beautiful scenery on the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori with its glaciated features at the top on a bright or clear day.
Pass through Kasese town – bustling with busy residents selling copper, banana, tomato and on arrival at your lodge, check in and have lunch. In the evening you will have a game drive for an opportunity to see lions, Leopards, Uganda kobs, and Elephants, buffalos and bird species.
Day 7: Morning game drive and boat cruise.
After breakfast, set off for a morning game drive in Kasenyi sector that has open plains for active game viewing, at this point more animals are very active at this time like the lions, hyenas, leopards looking for their prey and the birds whispering in the morning as elephants and buffaloes begin to graze.
After the game drive, then retreat to the lodge for lunch and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, at this point a number of birds like kingfishers, fish eagles, African spoon bill, African darters, reptiles like Nile crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants to mention a few can be seen.
Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi forest national park via Ishasha sector and view tree climbing lions
After an early breakfast, transfer to Ishasha where you will have a chance to see tree climbing lions that queen Elizabeth national park is known for, located in the southern side of the park. Other residents are leopards, Elephants which can be spotted during a mid-morning game drive; this 2-hour drive goes through adventurous sightseeing and more wildlife along the way as you journey through Maramagambo forest which happens to be one of the the largest rain forest in Uganda.
Day 9: Gorilla trekking experience
The black and huge mountain gorilla comes to one’s mind as the hours draws near. After breakfast you will proceed to the park offices for briefing, group allocation and your ranger guide will lead you to the forest.
The 2-7 hours’ trek might seem so long but comes with worthwhile experience as you find gentle giants feeding their young ones and play with each other.
After the 1 hour, return to the lodge for lunch and afternoon relaxation.
Day 10: Transfer to Mgahinga national park and Batwa community visit
Set off on a trip to Mgahinga national park, passing through meandering Kisoro road, and amazing hills perfect for sight-seeing and photography. You will have a community walk in the morning and later visit the minority Batwa group who used to leave in the forest long before it was gazetted. The Batwa were mainly hunters and gatherers with very unique culture worth visiting.
Get to meet the traditional healers, banana brewing centre, historical homes for the Batwa kings, community hospital and finally unforgettable performance of music dance and drama and later transfer to Mgahinga National park.
Day 11: Golden monkey trekking
This park is one of the smallest in Uganda and forms part of the Trans boundary protected area of wildlife and primates on the foothills of Virunga volcanoes spanning Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
he park is home for two rare primates, mountain gorilla and golden monkeys which are main features that Mgahinga national park is known for. Mgahinga enjoys a magnificent setting on the northern slope of three of the Virunga’s six extinct cones: Mt Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabinyo with a range of habitats including forests, bamboo plantations that support existence of wealth of habituated golden monkeys and bird species like the beautiful Rwenzori turacos.
Golden monkey trekking takes between 1 and 5 hours, but can even be more. Enjoy the presence of a habituated troop of golden monkeys and ask as many questions as you can to your ranger guide about these elusive primates. return to the lodge after for lunch and relax in the afternoon.
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo N/Park and lunch in Mbarara town.
A morning breakfast at the lodge that will get you hitting the road going to lake Mburo national park and drive across green terraces cultivated by the community people whose livelihood depends on agriculture.
Continue until you reach Mbarara town – the land of milk and long horned cattle, have lunch from the local restaurant like Baguma Restaurant in the town or at Igongo cultural centre located 12km off Mbarara town on the road going to Lake Mburo national park. Proceed to your lodge where you will check in for dinner and a night stay.
Day 13: Game drive and boat cruise on Lake Mburo
Early morning breakfast with a fascinating view of the lake Mburo, sun rise while at the lodge and there after head for an escorted game drive with a ranger guide; see species such as Topis, elands and zebras that are rare and cannot be easily seen in other parks of Uganda.
In the afternoon, you will have a boat ride on the lake which is a renowned haven for elusive bird species such as water birds, African fin foot, fish eagles, malachite kingfisher, swallows among others.
Day 14: Departure to Kampala and a stopover at the equator
After breakfast, start a drive back to Kampala. Alternatively, you can have a game walking safari or horseback safari at Mihingo lodge for more animal viewing opportunities.
Along the way to Kampala, you will stop at the Equator for an opportunity to prove that the world is divided into southern and northern hemispheres and also meet a guide who will prove the presence of an imaginary line at this point.
A lot of souvenir shops are available in case you may need to buy some and remember the great experience while in the pearl of Africa. And after arrive at Kampala/Entebbe at the hotel for a night stay.
Day 15: Visit the Uganda Wildlife Education centre (UWEC) and drop off at the Entebbe airport
You will then wake up for breakfast and head to UWEC depending on your flight program. At this destination you will get the experience of seeing different animals caged and fed by their daily keepers. Some of these animals include monkeys, snakes, zebras, lions and more. There after you will drive to the airport to catch up with your flight.
End of 15 days Uganda Safari Tour