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9 Days Best Of Uganda Safari

Overview

This 9 days Uganda safari is designed to take you to various national parks and you will be able to see so many amazing wildlife and other beautiful scenery. Some of the parks include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park.

Tour Highlights

  • Day 1: transfer to bwindi impenetrable forest national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and batwa experience
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
  • Day 4: Game drive and Boat cruise
  • Day 5: Transfer to kibale for chimp trekking
  • Day 6: Chimp trekking and transfer to Hoima town
  • Day 7: Murchison falls national park
  • Day 8: Game drive, hike the Top of the falls, and boat cruise
  • Day 9: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer back to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1: Transfer Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Take breakfast early in the morning and after breakfast our safari guide will pick you from the hotel for transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive along Masaka-Mbarara highways with first stopover at Uganda Equator. Take photos and then proceed to Mbarara town where you will have lunch from Agip Motel. Continue with the drive to Bwindi and you will see long horned ankole cattle, beautiful rolling hills and banana plantation along the way. Upon arrival, you will check-in at the lodge for refreshment, relaxing, dinner and overnight.

Duration – 10-11 hours’ drive

Meal Plan – Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

  • Mahogany Springs Lodge [luxury],
  • Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge [mid-range]
  • Buhoma community camp [budget].

Day 2: Gorilla trek and Batwa experience

After early breakfast you embark on gorilla tracking exercise which may take you the big part of the day depending on previous sighting, weather, accessing the gorilla family feeding location and other factors. The establishment of the lodge will therefore ensure you set off with lunch boxes in the morning. After trekking gorillas, you will head for Batwe experience. Return to the lodge where you will meet other trekkers, share gorilla trekking experiences with them and get refreshed from gorilla trekking expedition. Dinner and overnight; at pervious lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast with packed lunch and start off with game drive in Ishasha sector on the lookout for tree climbing lions resting in the tree branches, elephants, topis, waterbucks, Uganda kob, savannah baboons and different species of birds. Enjoy your picnic lunch in the grassland plains close to tree climbing lions. You will then proceed following the flow of the Kazinga channel to Lake Albert on to Mweya peninsular with scenic views of Lake Albert and Rwenzori Mountains in the background. You will check in at the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation

  • Mweya Safari Lodge [luxury],
  • Elephant Hub Lodge [Mid-range]
  • Simba Safari Camp. [ budget]

Day 4: Game drive and Boat cruise

In the morning you will head to Kasenyi track area on the base of rift valley with savannah grassland and dotted with thorny Acacia trees. Here big herds of all species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, vegetation and other beautiful wildlife species await your keen eye. You will see a plenty of wildlife among them lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, a host of big swarms of beautiful birds. Return back to the lodge for late breakfast and early lunch.

Later you will proceed on an exciting 2 hour boat cruise on Kazinga Channel and have very rare glimpses of wildlife cooling off the heat of the day in the cool waters. Later on you may do a brief evening game drive to check out missed opportunities in the morning or top up on wildlife sightings.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale for Chimp trekking

You will take an early morning breakfast and with packed lunch check out of lodge. You will drive past equator line crossing area with clear views of Mount Rwenzori in the backgrounds on your way to Fort Portal; a beautiful town surrounded by stunning tea estates. You will check in at lodge in time for relaxation and freshening up. You may take a brief tour of Fort Portal town prominent structures.

Accommodation

  • Primate Lodge [luxury],
  • Kibale forest camp [mid-range]
  • Mountains of the moon hotel [ budget]

Day 6: Chimp trekking, transfer to Hoima town

You will take your early breakfast and proceed to Kibale forest park headquarters and chimpanzee tracking trailhead. You will be briefed and proceed into the thick equatorial rainforests to track chimpanzees. Tracking starts at 8:00 am and may take you to early afternoon depending on your interest, duration it takes seeing chimpanzees and weather conditions. You will get back to lodge in time for lunch and later proceed for Bigodi swamp walk. Dinner and overnight at the pervious lodge.

Day 7: Murchison falls national park

Enjoy your morning breakfast at leisure before resuming your journey to Murchison Falls National Park. You will have packed lunch and the drive will take you through steep escarpments descending to the floor of the Albertine rift valley with western arm of the escarpment very visible beyond the Congo region in the background. You will visit and enjoy your picnic lunch at the top of Murchison falls and thereafter cross River Nile with ferry at Para and check in at Lodge for accommodation. Continue the excitement of the day with a 3 hour launch cruise on the Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls and encounter big schools of hippos never imagined before; giant crocodiles sun bathing, other mammals cooling off heat of the day and lots of water birds. You will sleep to the roars of lions, howls of hyenas and many other strange sounds in the background.

Accommodation

  • Paraa safari lodge [luxury]
  • Pakuba safari lodge [mid-range]
  • Red chilli camp [budget]

Day 8: Game drive, hike the top of the falls and boat cruise

Morning game drive starts before the first light of the day when all mammals are still very active before the heat of the sun sets in. Big attractions here are lions, leopard, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hyena, Jackson hartebeest, elephants, Uganda kob, patas monkey, and lots of savanna bird species. Transfer the excitements of the day all the way to your lodge in time for lunch and marvel at the wonders of the magical Nile. Relax your body and souls the rest of the day in the gigantic pool, breath in the air that is pure and chaste and feel the sweet smells of the African and Ugandan wilderness.

Day 9: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer back to Kampala

After breakfast you will check out heading to Kampala crossing the Karuma Bridge and sloping. You will make a detour to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for lunch and later on rhino tracking. At the end of this exciting exercise most probably you will have viewed the Big 5 mammals in Africa in the wilderness.

You will then resume your journey arriving in Kampala late evening for dinner at a fancy restaurant and may opt to sample Kampala city nightlife.

End of tour

Includes

  • Gorilla permit
  • Park fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals full board
  • Services of English speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Boat cruise
  • Driver’s allowances,
  • Mineral water
  • Other activities as per itinerary.
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