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9 Days Long Uganda Safari

Overview

The 9 days safari takes you for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Uganda’s renowned national parks for wildlife and adventure. The trip’s drive will commence from Murchison falls, Kibaale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth National park and finally Bwindi impenetrable national park. You will enjoy chimpanzee trekking, sport fishing, gorilla trekking, game drives, boat cruise in the mentioned parks. The safari will commence and end in Kampala city.

Highlights

  • Day 1: Kampala to Murchison falls national park.
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and boat cruise in the evening.
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibaale Forest National park.
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk.
  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park and launch cruise.
  • Day 6: Morning game drive and a visit to Maramagambo forest.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
  • Day 8: Gorilla trekking and cultural encounter.
  • Day 9: Set off back to Kampala.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala to Murchison falls national park.

From your advised location in Kampala, our driver guide from Chosen Expeditions and Tours will pick you up and brief you about the safari. Set off the engine for a 6-7 hours’ drive to Murchison falls national park where the mighty roar of the falls reigns via Masindi. Along the way, make a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking for 2 hours, and proceed to Masindi town for lunch. Arrive at the park through the Kichumbayobo gate and check in at the booked lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.

Accommodation options:

  • Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Red Chilli Camp.

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: Morning game drive and boat cruise in the evening.

Following breakfast, meet your driver for an early morning game drive in the park’s lush savannah vegetation. Expect to see some of the big five wild game-like, elephants, leopards together with amazing views of birds that hover around giving you scenic views and later return to the lodge for lunch. With a camera close to you, enjoy an afternoon boat cruise heading to the bottom of the falls at Devils Cauldron with rewarding views of the falls hit thunderously through the narrow hole making a mighty roar. Return to the booked lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation options:

  • Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Red Chilli Camp.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National park.

After grabbing breakfast, embark set off to Kibale Forest National park in Fortportal via. Along the way, you will have views of the local homes and farmlands. Upon your arrival at the park, check-in at the booked lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.

Accommodation options:

  • Mountains of the Moon
  • Chimp Nest.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk.

Having had a morning bite, meet the driver for a transfer to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu Tourist center for briefing and registration. Later, and set out into the forest to search for the chimpanzees. Once found, spend 1 hour for photography moments. Have en route lunch and visit the Bigodi wetland through a nature walk. On a lucky day, you will be able to see a variety of wildlife including birds and insects. Before night fall, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.

Accommodation options:

  • Mountains of the Moon
  • Chimp Nest

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park and launch cruise.

After a morning breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park with amazing snow views of the mystical mount Rwenzori national park especially on a clear day. Check-in at the booked lodge and have lunch and later embark on a boat cruise to Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. Expect to see hippos, occasional crocodiles of the Nile and beautiful views of birds. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation options:

  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Bandas
  • tents.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6: Morning game drive and a visit to Maramagambo forest.

Kick the day off with a morning game drive with packed lunch to see the predators like hippos, lions as they return to their hideouts.  After lunch, proceed to Maramagambo forest where you will encounter pythons that feed on the bats in the caves. Besides, expect to see primates like baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys, birds to mention but a few. In the evening, return to the lodge where you will dine and have a night’s stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

Enjoy a morning breakfast and set off for a 3- 4 hours’ drive through the Ishasha sector, South of Queen Elizabeth national park and head to Bwindi impenetrable national park. The drive will take you through scenic views of wild animals like lions, different scenic landscapes. On arrival at the park, check-in at Rushaga sector. Have lunch and relax up to the evening as you wait for superb highlight the following day. Dinner and overnight stay at the booked lodge.

Accommodation:

  • Buhoma Lodge
  • Silverback Lodge.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking and cultural encounter.

After grabbing breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for registration and briefing. Later, you will be divided into groups of 8 and given a family to trek. Commence the activity and once you find a gorilla, you will be allowed to stay with it for 1hour. Return to the lodge for lunch and prepare for an evening cultural encounter with the Batwa locals. Expect to learn about their past lifestyles in the forests through activities like dancing, singing and how they used herbs for medicine. Return to the lodge for dinner and retire for a night.

Day 9: Set off back to Kampala.

After breakfast, you will prepare for a transfer back to Kampala at a relaxed pace, en route at the Equator for relaxation, photography and lunch.  End of the trip.

Includes

  • Trekking permits.
  • Nature walks.
  • Game drives and boat cruises.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • Transportation in a 4WD safari Vehicle.

Excludes

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses.
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