11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari

11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari Starting from Entebbe


Embark on an 11 Days photographic safari through Uganda, beginning in Entebbe and journeying to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rare encounter with rhinos. Continue to the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge. Venture into Kibale Forest for an unforgettable chimpanzee tracking experience, followed by a visit to the picturesque Twin Lakes.

Explore the diverse ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and head to the Ishasha sector to witness the unique spectacle of tree-climbing lions. Trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to observe the majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, then track the elusive golden monkeys in Mgahinga. Unwind at the serene Lake Bunyonyi before heading to Lake Mburo for more wildlife encounters.

Conclude your 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari adventure with a stop at the Uganda Equator crossing and a birdwatching excursion in Mabamba Swamp, culminating in your departure from Entebbe. This journey offers unparalleled opportunities for capturing Uganda’s breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.

 

11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari Highlights

 

Detailed 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe and Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – White Rhino Tracking


Upon your arrival in Entebbe, you will be warmly welcomed by your 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari guide who will brief you on your upcoming adventure. You’ll then embark on a scenic drive to Murchison Falls National Park, with an exciting stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Here, you will participate in an exhilarating white rhino tracking experience, getting up close with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. After the rhino encounter, continue your journey to Murchison Falls National Park, arriving in the late afternoon. Settle into your lodge, enjoy a delicious dinner, and relax as you anticipate the thrilling days ahead exploring Uganda’s largest national park.

 

Day 2: Full Day Adventure in Murchison Falls National Park (Game Drives, Boat Cruise, and Evening Game Drive)

Rise early for a hearty breakfast before heading out for a morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park. Traverse the park’s savannah and woodland landscapes, spotting a variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and antelopes. After the game drive, return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, embark on a thrilling boat cruise along the Nile River to the base of the majestic Murchison Falls.

Marvel at the sight of hippos, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species along the riverbanks. Disembark for a short hike to the top of the falls, where you’ll witness the powerful cascade of the Nile as it plunges through a narrow gorge. Conclude the day with an evening game drive, offering another chance to spot nocturnal wildlife and capture the park’s beauty at sunset. Return to your lodge for dinner and a restful night, reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day.

 

Day 3: Hike to the Top of the Murchison Falls and Proceed to Kibale Forest National Park


Start your day with an invigorating hike to the top of Murchison Falls, where you’ll experience the breathtaking power and beauty of the Nile as it forces its way through a narrow rocky gorge. Capture stunning photographs of this natural wonder and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. After the hike, return to your lodge for breakfast and check-out.

Embark on a scenic drive to Kibale Forest National Park, passing through the verdant countryside and quaint villages. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route, soaking in the picturesque views of Uganda’s rolling hills and lush greenery. Arrive at Kibale Forest National Park in the late afternoon and check into your lodge nestled in the heart of the forest. Spend the evening relaxing and preparing for the exciting chimpanzee tracking adventure that awaits you the following day. Enjoy dinner at the lodge and fall asleep to the sounds of the forest, ready for another day of exploration and discovery.

  • Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp in Tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Wetland Walk in Kibale Forest


Begin your day with an early breakfast before heading out to the Kibale Forest National Park headquarters for a briefing on chimpanzee tracking. Accompanied by an experienced 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari guide, venture into the dense forest to track the playful and intelligent chimpanzees in their natural habitat. As you navigate through the lush foliage, keep an eye out for other primates and a variety of bird species. Spend a magical hour observing the chimpanzees up close, watching their social interactions and playful antics.

After this exhilarating experience, return to your lodge for lunch and some relaxation. In the afternoon, set out for a guided walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a community-run conservation project known for its rich biodiversity. Stroll along the well-maintained boardwalks, spotting a wide array of bird species, including the great blue turaco, and various mammals such as red colobus monkeys, otters, and sitatungas. The walk offers excellent opportunities for photography and immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of the wetland.

Return to your lodge in the evening, where you can unwind and enjoy a delicious dinner, reflecting on the day’s adventures amid the serene forest surroundings.

  • Destination: Kibale Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp in Tents
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 5: Fort Portal City Tour, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru, Twin Lakes, and Proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a hearty breakfast, depart from your lodge and head to the charming town of Fort Portal. Begin your tour with a visit to the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru, a cultural and historical site featuring stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Learn about the local legends and the geological significance of these fascinating formations as you explore the caves and surrounding waterfalls.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the picturesque Twin Lakes, Lake Nyinambuga and Lake Nyabikere. These crater lakes, surrounded by lush landscapes and rolling hills, offer splendid photo opportunities and a peaceful atmosphere to soak in the natural beauty. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the lakes and perhaps a picnic lunch by the serene waters.

In the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing through the beautiful countryside with its tea plantations and volcanic landscapes. Arrive at the park in the late afternoon and check into your lodge. Relax and freshen up before enjoying a delicious dinner. Spend the evening at leisure, preparing for the wildlife adventures that await in the diverse ecosystems of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

Day 6: Full Day Adventure in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Game Drives and Boat Cruise Along Kazinga Channel)


Start your day with an early breakfast before setting off on a morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Traverse the park’s diverse habitats, from open savannah to dense forests, in search of its rich wildlife. Keep an eye out for elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and various antelope species. Your experienced 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari guide will help you spot and identify the animals while sharing insights about their behaviors and the park’s ecology.

Return to your lodge for lunch and some relaxation before embarking on a thrilling boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel in the afternoon. This natural channel connects Lake Edward and Lake George and is renowned for its high concentration of wildlife and birdlife. As you glide along the water, observe large herds of hippos, basking crocodiles, and a multitude of water birds, including pelicans, kingfishers, and African fish eagles. The boat cruise offers excellent photo opportunities and a unique perspective on the park’s aquatic life.

Conclude your day with an evening game drive, maximizing your chances of spotting nocturnal wildlife and capturing the park’s stunning landscapes at sunset. Return to your lodge for dinner and a restful night, reflecting on the diverse and abundant wildlife experiences of the day.

 

Day 7: Drive to Ishasha Sector to Adventure the Tree Climbing Lions and Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


After an early breakfast, check out of your lodge and drive to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, renowned for its unique tree-climbing lions. As you journey through the park, keep your camera ready to capture these majestic lions lounging in the fig and acacia trees, a rare behavior that makes Ishasha a must-visit destination. The morning game drive through this sector also offers chances to see other wildlife, such as buffaloes, elephants, and a variety of antelope species.

Following your adventurous morning in Ishasha, continue your scenic drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its mountain gorilla population. Arrive in the afternoon and check into your lodge, nestled amidst the lush, verdant surroundings of the forest. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing and preparing for the highly anticipated gorilla trekking experience the next day. Enjoy a delicious dinner at your lodge, reflecting on the day’s encounters and the incredible journey ahead.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Broadbill Gorilla lodge or Haven lodge Rushaga
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 8: Go Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest and Batwa Cultural Experience


Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park headquarters for a briefing on mountain gorilla trekking. Your 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari guides will provide essential information about the trekking protocol and what to expect during this extraordinary adventure. Accompanied by experienced trackers, venture into the dense, misty forest to locate one of the habituated gorilla families. The trek can be challenging, navigating steep and thick vegetation, but the reward is an unforgettable hour spent observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Watch as the gorillas interact, play, and go about their daily lives, a truly awe-inspiring experience that few get to witness.

After the trek, return to your lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the local culture with a visit to the Batwa community. The Batwa, also known as the “Keepers of the Forest,” are an indigenous group with a deep connection to the Bwindi Forest. Engage in a Batwa cultural experience, where you’ll learn about their traditional ways of life, survival skills, and rich cultural heritage. Participate in activities such as traditional dances, storytelling, and demonstrations of hunting and gathering techniques.

Return to your lodge in the evening, where you can relax and enjoy a well-deserved dinner, reflecting on the incredible experiences of gorilla trekking and the enriching cultural encounter with the Batwa people.

  • Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Accommodation: Rushaga Broadbill Gorilla lodge or Haven lodge Rushaga
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 9: Cross to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Golden Monkey Tracking and Overnight at Lake Bunyonyi


Begin your day with an early breakfast before departing Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and driving to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a journey that offers stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes and the surrounding landscapes. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a briefing on golden monkey tracking from the park rangers.

Embark on an exciting trek through the bamboo forests of Mgahinga, where you’ll have the chance to encounter the vibrant and playful golden monkeys. These endangered primates, with their striking golden-orange fur, are a delight to observe as they leap from tree to tree and forage for food. Spend an enchanting hour watching their interactions and capturing memorable photographs.

After the golden monkey tracking experience, continue your journey to the serene Lake Bunyonyi, one of the deepest lakes in Africa, known for its picturesque beauty and numerous small islands. Arrive in the late afternoon and check into your lakeside lodge. Enjoy a relaxing evening by the tranquil waters of Lake Bunyonyi, where you can unwind and take in the stunning sunset views. Indulge in a delicious dinner at your lodge and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this idyllic retreat.

  • Destination: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Lake Bunyonyi
  • Accommodation: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi Adventure and Drive to Kampala/Entebbe


Start your day with a leisurely breakfast overlooking the scenic Lake Bunyonyi, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and islands. Lake Bunyonyi is renowned for its natural beauty and is often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa.”

After breakfast, embark on a short adventure around Lake Bunyonyi. You can choose from various activities such as a boat ride to explore some of the islands, visiting a local community to learn about their culture and traditions, or simply relaxing by the lakeshore and taking in the serene environment.

In the afternoon, bid farewell to Lake Bunyonyi and begin your journey back to Kampala or Entebbe, passing through the scenic countryside and charming villages. Arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on your departure point. Check into your accommodation for the night or transfer directly to the airport for your onward journey.

Reflect on the incredible experiences and unforgettable memories of your 10-day photographic safari across Uganda, filled with wildlife encounters, cultural interactions, and stunning landscapes.

  • Destination: Entebbe City
  • Accommodation: 2Friends Guest House Entebbe
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Drinking Water

 

Day 11: Shoebill Tracking in Mabamba Swamp and Departure


On your final day in Uganda, rise early for a unique adventure: shoebill tracking in Mabamba Swamp, a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. After breakfast, embark on a guided boat excursion into the swamp, where you’ll search for the elusive shoebill stork, a remarkable bird known for its distinctive appearance and behavior. Spend approximately four hours navigating the channels and marshes, observing a variety of bird species and wildlife along the way.

After your memorable shoebill tracking experience, return to Entebbe for your departure. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some time to relax or explore the town before transferring to Entebbe Airport. Bid farewell to Uganda with a heart full of memories and a camera full of incredible photographs.

This concludes your 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari, encompassing Uganda’s diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and cultural treasures. Safe travels on your journey back home, and may your adventures in Uganda linger in your heart forever.

  • Destination: Entebbe Airport
  • Accommodation: No Accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Drinking Water

End of the 11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari

11 Days Uganda Photographic Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Included

  • Gorilla Trekking Permit ($800)
  • Chimpanzee Tracking Permit ($250)
  • Batwa Cultural Tour
  • Golden Monkey Tracking ($100)
  • Transport
  • All Meals
  • Accommodation during the trip
  • All Activities unless not mentioned

Safari Exclusions

  • Other drinks apart from bottled water
  • Laundry
  • International Flights
  • Tips to local guides
  • Telephone expenses
  • Porter fees while trekking Gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Cigarettes

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