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This 10 days’ Uganda safari begins with rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, leads you to the famous Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and also gives you an opportunity to get face to face with the endangered mountain gorillas.

Day 1 Arrival

Day 2 Transfer to Murchison Falls N.P

Day 3 Full day game drive

Day 4 Transfer to Fort Portal

Day 5 Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6 chimpanzee tracking

Day 7 Transfer to Bwindi Forest via Ishasha

Day 8 Gorilla tracking

Day 9 Lake Bunyonyi

Day 10 Transfer to Kampala

 

Day 1 Arrival 

On arrival at Entebbe airport, you will be welcomed by your guide for briefing and transfer to your Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe.

Travel time –Approx. 45 minutes depending on Kampala traffic

Meal plan – Supper

Accommodation – Secrets Guest House/Victoria Royal Beach Hotel/Mestil Hotel

Day 2 Transfer to Murchison Falls

You will be met by your guide for transfer to Murchison falls National Park. On our way there, we visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking. You will track rhinos on foot at a safe distance in the guidance of an expert guide. This is the only place where you can see rhinos in the wild in Uganda.

We are to have lunch on the way and arrival to the park will be in the afternoon. We check in and continue our journey to the River Nile so as to have a boat trip. While on the boat trip, expect to see a number of aquatic birds, hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards, warthogs, antelopes and so on. This also gives you an opportunity to see how the Victoria Nile plunges over 45 meters over the Remnant rift valley wall thus creating the amazing Murchison Falls. You will also be able to see the rainbow that appears on the top of the falls all day. After here, check in lodge for evening accommodation.

Travel time – Approx. 6 Hrs

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Twiga Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 3 Full day Game drive

You wake up for early breakfast, cross River Nile on a ferry and have a morning game drive in search for early risers. We spend most of the day searching for game and drive back to our lodge in the evening to relax. Expect to see elephants, giraffes, warthogs, many antelopes and bird species.

Travel time –Approx. 3Hrs

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Twiga Lodge/ Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4 Transfer to FortPortal

Today we wake up for early breakfast and embark on a long journey to Fort Portal town. This is meant to cut the long journey which would be more than 8 Hrs. from Murchison Falls to Queen Elizabeth. We have lunch on the way and arrival will be in the evening.  This evening, you have an option to visit the Amabere Caves and crater lakes.

Travel Time – Approx. 6 Hrs

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Rwenzori Travellers Inn/Dutchess/Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Day 5 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Having had breakfast, we continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, have a game drive. We later check in our lodge and visit Katwe Salt Lake. This lake has been in existence since the 16th century and is responsible for the survival of people in Katwe town. You will get to know how local salt is extracted and made ready for consumption/sale. We also visit Lake Munyanyange famous for large flocks of flamingo birds.

We then drive to Mweya peninsula for lunch before having a boat trip on the Kazinga channel. This channel joins lakes George and Edward and has the highest concentration of hippos in the world. Expect to see a number of animals as they come to ease their thirst on the shores. These include crocodiles, warthogs, baboons, buffalos, elephants, antelopes and so on. This is Africa’s top birding spot, so expect to see various bird species including, pelicans, African fish eagles, herons, egrets, cormorants and so on. We then check in our lodge for evening accommodation.

Travel time – Approx 2 Hrs

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Pumba Safari Cottages/Baboon Safari Resort/Parkview Safari Lodge

Day 6 chimpanzee tracking and game drive

We wake up for breakfast, have a briefing about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee tracking. You have an option to track chimpanzees either in Kyambura gorge or Imaramagambo Forest or Kalinzu forest. Having encountered these apes, you will spend an hour with them and then move back to your lodge. In the evening, we have a game drive through the Kasenyi sector. This is a mating ground for antelopes and therefore a good place to spot predators (lions, leopards, hyenas). We continue up to Lake George to visit a fishing village before moving to our lodge for overnight.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Accommodation – Pumba Safari Cottages/Baboon Safari Resort/Parkview Safari Lodge

Day 7 Transfer to Ishasha

After our breakfast, we embark on a journey to Ishasha sector. This area is famous for the tree climbing lions. We are to have an evening game drive through this sector to search for more game particularly the rare tree climbing lions.

Travel time Approx. 3 Hrs

Meal plan –Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – At The River Ishasha/Topi Lodge/Enjojo lodge

Day 8 Transfer to Bwindi

We wake up for breakfast, game drive around Ishasha and later travel to Bwindi Forest. This forest is home to more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It is also home to many bird species and the three horned chameleon. We check in our lodge and then enjoy the free time. You may opt to have a village walk or be entertained by a cultural performance at your lodge.

Accommodation-Ruhija Community Rest Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper.

Day 9 Gorilla tracking

After a mighty breakfast prepared by your accommodation, you enter the Impenetrable forest with your packed lunch to search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Be ready to walk for 45 minutes to 6 hours depending on where you will find the gorillas that day. Having encountered them, you will be given a full hour to interact with them and then return to your accommodation.

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch and supper

Accommodation – Ruhija Community Rest Camp/Broadbill Forest Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Day 10 Transfer to Kampala

Having had breakfast, we embark on the long journey to Entebbe to catch your flight. We shall have lunch on the way and a stop at the Equator village (Kayabwe). Here you can take pictures on this latitude (00) which can act as souvenirs after your safari.

Travel time – Approx. 9 Hrs.

Meal plan – Breakfast and supper

Accommodation – Not included

Highlights

Game drives

Boat trips

Gorilla tracking

Chimpanzee tracking

Visit a fishing village

Katwe Salt Lake visit

Hike to top of the falls

COST PER PERSON BASED ON TWO PEOPLE SHARING A ROOM

BUDGET

2 people – USD 1805

4 people – USD 1425

6 people – USD 1300

MID-RANGE

2 people – USD 2075

4 people – USD 1685

6 people –  USD 1510

LUXURY

2 people – USD 2460

4 people – USD 2250

6 people – USD 1990

 

Included in the cost are,

1 chimpanzee permit

Rhino tracking fees

All park entrance fees

Ferry crossing on the Nile

Hiking to top of the Murchison Falls

Game drives

All meals as the itinerary states

All accommodation (standard)

Fuelled 4WD safari car

Contribution to Lake Katwe community (US Dollars 10)

English speaking guide/driver

Enough Bottled drinking water

Airport Transfers

Not included in the cost are

Gorilla permit for gorilla tracking (USD 700)

Visa fees

Accommodation for the last day

Porter for gorilla trekking (if you need one)

Packing list

A pair of water proof trousers and jacket.

A hat

Insect repellent

sun glasses

Personal camera

A pair of binoculars

Note that weather at Bwindi is un predictable, it can rain at any time.

Enjoy your tour!

 

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