9 Days: Uganda Safari
The 9 Days: Uganda Safari has been arranged to take you to the best national parks in Uganda, including Murchison Falls, Bwindi impenetrable Forest, and Queen Elizabeth.
Day 1: Leave Kampala for Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 2: Game drive in Kasenyi Plains & launch trip along the Kazinga Channel
Day 3: Go for chimp trekking in Kyambura Gorge & transfer to Bwindi
Day 4: Gorilla trekking & community or nature walk along the Munyanja Trail
Day 5: Return trip to Kampala.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Set off from Kampala early, heading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a long journey of about 10 hours. We head southwest of Kampala, pause at the equator in Masaka, then stop in Mbarara for lunch. Continue to Kisoro and arrive at Bwindi. What makes this park a must-visit is the endangered mountain gorillas residing there. The gorilla treks are among the top-rated touruist experiences for nature-lovers the world over. You’ll spend the night in Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Homestead.
Day 2: Gorilla trek
After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing about the gorillas. Then move into the thick jungles of Bwindi to search for the gorillas. This can take you half a day or more. Once you find them, you’ll be given one hour to observe them. In the evening, you can take a village walk around Buhoma and find out about the Batwa pygmy natives, as well as shop from available curio shops. Then spend another night in camp/homestead.
Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park tour
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha route, a 5-hour journey. On your way, spot the rare tree-climbing lions, along with Uganda kobs and buffaloes. Upon arrival at the park, you’ll begin with a game drive to Mweya Peninsula. Near the Mweya lodge, there are buffaloes, warthogs, Defassa waterbuck, bush babies, and more. Visit Katwe Town, where there are several saline crater lakes. Check out how the locals mine salt. Then spend the night in Mweya Safari Lodge/Mweya Institute.
Day 4: Game drives and launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
After breakfast, go for an early game drive to Kasenyi Plains, where you will spot black-and-white colobus, bush buck, Uganda kob, topi, Defassa waterbuck, and Cape buffaloes. A collection of birds like Cassin’s grey flycatcher, broad-billed roller, and black bee-eater along the banks of Lake Edward. This can take around 2-3 hours. Head back to the lodge for lunch, then in the evening go for a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel along Lake George and Lake Edward, getting up close with yawning hippos, crocodiles, and occasional leopards. Birders will be in for a treat with over 550 resident species like flamingos, red chest, papyrus gonolek, pink-backed pelicans, malachite kingfishers, yellow crown, water thick-knee, yellow-billed stork, and shoebill stock. Do yourself a favour and do not forget your camera. Return to Mweya Safari Lodge/Institute of Ecology/Simba Safari.
Day 5: Chimp trekking in Kyambura Gorge
This morning, have your breakfast, then head straight for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge at 8:00am. Along with one of our closest living relatives, there will also be other animals for youto enjoy in their natural habitat, including black-and-white colobus, antelopes, and hyenas in the broad savannah grassland. This gorge has many bird species as well. After this, transfer to Kibale National Park, which is a 4-hour ride. Check in at Primates Lodge/Crater Valley Resort.
Day 6: Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest
Wake early to track chimps near Kanyanchu. This can take you half a day. There are other primates in the vicinity also, such as the golden monkey, L’hoest monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, blues, and pottos. Other interesting creatures you stand a chance of spotting include the unique forest elephants and giant forest hogs, as well as an impressive tree species. Later, take a guided nature walk to Bigodi Swamp Sanctuary, a good site for birders. The great blue turaco can easily be spotted among the other bird 137 species. There is also a variety of butterfly species. Return to Primates Lodge/Chimpanzee Nest afterwards.
Day 7: Murchison Falls tour
Prepare for a long journey to Murchison Falls national park, a 9-hour journey. On the way, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Albert and the Rwenzori Mountains. When you arrive, you’ll take a drive straight away to the top of the falls–an exceptional sight, as you take in the beauty of the River Nile and the falls. Accommodation will be at Sambiya Lodge/Red Chili camp/Nile Safari camp.
Day 8: Game drive in the delta circuit: Murchison Falls National Park
In the early morning, go for a game drive in the northern Nile delta circuit, where you’ll fin an abundance of wildlife to observe. You will spot the leopards along the leopard track, the Jackson’s hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda kobs because of the many breeding grounds, large families of Defassa waterbuck, giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi, and buffalo herds.
The high concentration of kobs in the delta brings with it prides of lions. Birders will also enjoy special moments viewing the Abyssinian ground hornbill, shoebill, herons, waders, egrets, Senegal thickknee, and Denham’s bustard. In the evening, head out for a launch trip on the famous Nile River and marvel at the majesty of the Murchison Falls, with the large crocs, hippos and elephants wading in the water. After such a lovely encounter, retire to your accommodation at Sambiya Lodge/Red Chili camp/Nile Safari camp.
Day 9: Chimp trekking in Budongo forest – depart for Kampala
After having a good breakfast, let’s squeeze in one more up-close encounter, as you tour with our next of kin in the animal kingdom–the chimpanzees in Budongo Forest. The forest harbors the biggest chimp population in Uganda, with 800 of them! You’ll also get to see other primates like the black-and-white colobus, vervet monkey, potto, and blue monkey. Afterwards, have lunch and drive straight to Kampala.
End of the safari
- Permits (gorillas)
- Park ranger fees
- Relevant government taxes
- Full board accommodation
- Full-time English-speaking driver/guide
- Ground transportation – 4×4 safari vehicle
- Airport transfer, if your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends
- Visa fees
- Personal insurance
- Expenses of personal nature, i.e. drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary, and optional activities