Encounter Uganda’s wildlife and culture in 9 days where you will visit numerous national parks as you participate in the game drives, boat cruise, primate trekking where you will trek our close cousins – chimpanzees and gorillas and also explore one of the unique cultures in Uganda like Batwa culture.
Take photos on the Uganda equator; visit tea plantations, Bigodi swamp walk that acts as a corridor for Kibale national park. Other animals that will be spotted are impalas, zebras, elands, buffaloes, oribis, waterbucks, leopards, hippos, hyenas and more.
Day 1: Pick from Entebbe airport and transfer to Lake Mburo national park
The driver-guide will welcome you at the airport and transfer to Lake Mburo national park. The road trip is rewarding due to its exciting landscape and a stopover at the Uganda equator where you will be able to purchase some souvenirs and take some photographs.
Lake Mburo N/Park covers an area of 370sq.km and it’s the smallest savannah national park in the country, filled with wildlife such as the impalas, zebra, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck and over 130 bird species such as the Abyssinian ground hornbill, the jacanas, green wood-hoopoe, red-faced barbet among others.
You will get to spot some of these animals during an evening game drive which you will enjoy upon arrival, you will thereafter check in the lodge and this will be the end of the day.
Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise
Take the morning game drive to be able to spot wildlife including trees, mammals, primates, reptiles among others and these are zebra, eland, impala, Defassa waterbuck, hippo, leopard, buffalo, oribi, topi, reedbuck and hyena. Birds present here include Abyssinian ground hornbill, green wood-hoopoe, and jacanas among others.
After 2 hours of adventure, head to the lodge for mid-morning breakfast as you relax and prepare for a boat cruise in the afternoon. Head for the boat cruise in the afternoon, on Lake Mburo that will enable you to see various attractions like crocodiles and hippos plus other birds like the African fish eagle. After 2-3 hours of sailing, you will head back to the lodge and this will be the end of day two of your safari.
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Transfer to Bwindi national park after a spiced breakfast a rewarding journey through the plains of Kigezi terraced highlands. Bwindi is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its unique attractions such as the endangered mountain gorillas, 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes, over 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics like African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.
While in this park, you can discover the Bakiga and Batwa community and learn about their cultures. You will be served with dinner at the lodge
Day 4: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community walk
This will be an exciting day that starts with breakfast and then head to the park headquarters where you will be given a briefing about the park and its inhabitants. Also, receive the instructions to follow while trekking like using long-sleeved clothing, maintaining a7 meter distance, removing flashlights on cameras, etc.
You will proceed to trek mountain gorillas in the group of eight people; trekking time depends on where you locate the great apes but an hour will be allowed to you as you enjoy their presence. Other attractions are Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill, mammals like elephants and antelopes among others.
After, trek back and head to the lodge where you will be served with lunch and in the afternoon proceed to explore the Batwa culture in their community where you will learn their traditional meals, herbs and cultural dance.
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N/Park
Travel to Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda a journey taking 3-4 hours covering a total distance of 200km, the transfer rewards you with an adventure covered with the rolling hills of Kigezi.
This park is famous in the world for harbouring the rare tree-climbing lions, other attractions in the park are the crater lakes, mammals like crocodiles, hippos, elephants, giraffes, antelopes among others. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savannah, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands.
Day 6: Game drive and boat cruise
An early game drive will be followed after waking up where you will spot early risers such as spotted hyenas, lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, antelopes like the topis, oribis, bushbucks, waterbucks, and Uganda kobs among others.
In the afternoon head for a boat cruise at Kazinga channel where you will spot numerous schools of hippos, crocodiles, different bird species like African fish eagle, grey-headed kingfisher among others.
Day 7: Transfer to Kibale N/Park
After a relaxed breakfast, travel to Kibale national park – the primate capital of the world with 13 primates including chimpanzees. It’s also known for its rich ecosystem due to its diverse population of primates like black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and different butterflies. On arriving, you may take a nature walk or community visits or even visit the tea plantations enroute.
Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk
Trekking will commence immediately after briefing at the information centre in Kanyanchu and head to the forest with the help of a park ranger. Trekking takes 2-3 hours and this will depend on where you find the apes because they are in the wild and keep moving from one place to another.
On this day, another exciting adventure starts immediately after lunch where you will visit Bigodi swamp walk and explore wildlife; among others include, the great blue turacos, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, and olive baboon among others.
Day 9: Transfer back to Kampala
Immediately after a relaxed breakfast, transfer to Kampala – a rewarding road trip that covers rolling hills, tea plantations, and beautiful rocks among others. Lunch en route will be in Mubende town and drop off at Entebbe airport or Kampala in a hotel which will be the end of your 9 days Uganda safari.