This 12 days Ultimate Uganda Discovery exceptional safari showcases the natural wonders of the Pearl of Africa. You will encounter the world’s most powerful Falls in Murchison Falls National Park. Hike through mahogany forests in Kibale National Park, home to chimpanzees, over 250 butterfly species, and more than 360 bird species. Witness the rare tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha sector in renowned Queen Elizabeth National Park and experience the intimate encounters with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat; a profound experience you are sure to never forget!
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
You will arrive in Uganda through Entebbe International Airport the largest in Uganda. Our guide will meet, greet and welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on your time of arrival, You will have a brief city tour of Entebbe, which was once an administrative city of Uganda. Overnight and Dinner at The Boma Guest House – Entebbe
Day 2: Rhino tracking Ziwa Sanctuary
After breakfast depart for Murchison Falls National Park with a safari vehicle and driver guide. Stop at the Ziwa rhino Sanctuary prior to entering the National Park for a Rhino activity then en-route to Murchison Falls. This sanctuary was started in 2005 as a project by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund project as an initiative to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas.
Here you will have a wonderful experience tracking the southern white rhinos. A stopover is made at Masindi for lunch at Masindi Hotel. After lunch you will advance to the largest national park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park which is 3840 sq. km in size. Overnight: Bakers Lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise Murchison Falls National Park
Wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park is better seen during the early hours of the morning because it is when the predators are heading back for the day rest. Come ready to encounter Nature’s sights and sounds with our amazing tour guide. Visit the Northern Bank of the National Park where there is variety of Wildlife. Travel with a camera and take pictures during the game drive. 06:30 a.m. proceed 20 minutes to the delta area of the park for a morning game drive. The delta area is quite spectacular with several endemic mammal species to be seen to include Rothschild’s giraffe and elephant. The Shoebill stork is also to be found in the delta a must see species for the avid bird enthusiast.
Return to lodge for lunch. You will again leave the lodge to return to Paraa to conduct a private launch trip on the Nile to the Murchison Falls themselves. The riverbanks often host elephant in the afternoon, crocodiles are monstrous and the waterfalls themselves spectacular. The riverbank is also home to the Red-throated bee-eater a local endemic to Murchison Falls National Park.
You will have opportunity to disembark the boat launch at the drop off point close to the base of the falls (approximately 750 m) to be met by a UWA ranger / guide to follow the riverbank and footpath that leads up to the top of the falls. The walking trail from the drop point up to the head of the falls will take about 1 hour. Your safari vehicle will rendezvous with you at the top of the falls. Overnight: Bakers Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 4: Kibale National Park
You will make an early start by road to Kibale National Park via the Albertine escarpment. This is a most beautiful part of Uganda dotted with ancient volcanic explosion craters filled with water forming serene lakes. The landscape is verdant green and beautiful to behold. In the distance you have stunning views of the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzoris, Africa’s highest mountain range. Kibale National Park one of the best safari destinations in Africa for Chimpanzee tracking.
Kibale is also home to the uncommon L’Hoest’s monkey as well as East Africa’s biggest population of the endangered red colobus monkey. The black & white colobus, red tailed colobus monkey, olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, bush baby and potto are among the other primates, and it’s also a home to 325 different type bird species. The journey is around 8-9 hours. Overnight: Ndali Lodge, Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking Kibale Forest
Kibale National Park is one of Africa’s most researched and documented forest reserves. The fascinating 300 sq. mile mahogany Kibale Forest is home to over 250 butterfly species, 360 bird species, and the natural habitat for an amazing 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. This morning we will go for a full day chimpanzee tracking activity at Kanyanchu, clients to report at 6:30am for full day chimpanzee habituation experience where the clients will spend time with the Chimpanzees from nest to nest.
Kanyanchu’s chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Enjoy a guided forest walk and the thrill experience of tracking families of chimpanzees, red colobus monkeys and 10 other primate species. Witness families of Chimpanzees and Red Colobus Monkeys chattering and swinging through the ancient forest trees. Overnight: Ndali Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Depart Kibale Forest after breakfast to QENP, finding Queen Elizabeth National Park, lying 1978 sq. km west of Uganda. It harbors a diverse eco-system which are, a lovely savannah, fertile wetlands making it home for the big game, 10 primate species and a large number of bird species. Queen Elizabeth National Park is unique and most liked by tourists. Geographers will say that the park has around 57 vegetation but in actual sense, it has wildlife such as Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthlog, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants.
Upon arrival you will have a two-hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel which is worthwhile for an opportunity to see hippo, buffalo, Ugandan kobs, elephants and warthogs. This trip also enables you the chance to see some spectacular birds. The Kazinga channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. It has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife ventures. The shores of the lake attract a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year around. Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
DAY 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Begin your day with a cup of coffee, and then enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Ugandan kobs and a variety of birds. After lunch you’ll move to the northern end of the park. In this area the biodiversity and animals show greater affinity to Central African forests rather than East African forests.
You’ll then travel south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, warthogs, and other Savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River supports a healthy hippo population. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.
DAY 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi
After breakfast, conduct another game drive in Ishasha and drive south into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region. Bwindi Forest is a World Heritage Site and it is a magnificent swathe of forest that crosses the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is one of the most biologically diverse in Africa. Bwindi has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 different primates. Arrive in Buhoma and check in at your lodge for lunch.
After lunch head for Community Village Cultural Walk through the local Buhoma Village. This walk is led by a community guide who will take you through the Buhoma market area and out on the local trails to meet the village banana brewer and a traditional medicinal healer. Along the way you see traditional farms and homes. Villagers may come out to greet you. If you choose, arrangements can be made for you to visit the people of the local Batwa tribe. These people were displaced out of their traditional forest habitat by the Ugandan government in 1991 when Bwindi Forest was declared a World Heritage site.Overnight: Buhoma Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9 & 10: Ultimate Uganda Gorilla tracking Bwindi forest National Park
Spend the next two days on an incredible gorilla tracking experience. Some of the terrain is steep and hiking strenuous, but the reward of watching gorillas undisturbed in their natural habitat is unmatched.
Certainly the most exciting days of your safari, you will be gorilla tracking. Breakfast will be served early and lunch will be packed. The briefing is at 8 am. Your guide will give you highlights of specific details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking. The hike can take anything from one to seven hours. Once you reach the gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them as you stand 6 meters away.
Mountain gorillas are one of the rarest animals on earth; fewer than 700 remain and there is none in captivity. There are about 340 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, almost half the world’s population of these huge, yet gentle and endearing primates. Typically, they are found in family groups of between five and fifteen individuals with one dominant male, known as a silver back, which is the largest and strongest of the group.
Mountain gorillas are the largest of all apes and a mature male can stand over six feet in height, and weigh in excess of 400 pounds. Dominance among the group’s males appears to be determined by size and strength. It is the dominant male who decides when the group will move, stop, rest, and sleep. Mountain gorilla groups are stable, cohesive units that spend most of their time on the ground, “knuckle-walking” through the forest within their respective home ranges. Despite their immense size and strength, gorillas are typically gentle beings, intelligent and dignified. They are endlessly patient with each other and disputes are settled quickly. They are primarily vegetarian, with the leaves, shoots, and stems of a wide range of rainforest plants making up a majority of their diet.
Be prepared to walk through difficult terrain that includes steep and often muddy gullies, dense undergrowth, and over fallen obstacles such as trees. Treks, typically less than four miles, take between two and four hours. On some days, the gorillas are found within minutes of leaving camp; on other days, it can take up to eight hours to locate them. Overnight: Buhoma Lodge / Silverback Lodge. Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Game drive and boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park
It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian Metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as Zebra, Impala, Eland, Buffalo, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck, Hyena, Topi. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. A provision of 6 to 7 hours on the road between venues should be considered, you will then conduct the PM game drives activity and relax the evening away.
Overnight: Mihingo Lodge / Rwakobo Lodge
Meal plan: Full board
Day 12: Morning Game drive in Lake mburo and travel back to Entebbe / Kampala
You will have a morning game drive to further explore the park .After the game drive you will embark on your journey back to Entebbe which lasts for about 4-5 hours. Arrive in Entebbe to freshen up and have dinner before you’re transferred to the airport for your evening flight back home. Day room :The Boma Hotel Entebbe
Included in the price for this trip
- Vehicle & Fuel
- English speaking driver
- Park entrance
- Gorilla tracking permits
- Chimpanzee trekking permits
- Game drives
- Boat trip
- Bottled water
- Rangers in the parks
Not included in the price for this trip
- Laundry services