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9 Day Best of Uganda Safari

Kibale Forest - 9 Day Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari

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9 Day Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari

(Safari Route: Kampala – Ziwa – Murchison – Kibale – Queen Elizabeth – Bunyonyi – Kampala)

The 9 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari covers western Uganda, the most scenic region of the country that also possesses plenty of unique wildlife including the wild chimpanzees. The region lies within the Albertine Rift valley that is remarkable for her sprawling lush highlands, rich forests, sparkling lakes and cool weather. The landscape is often compared to Switzerland. The tour sets off with the ‘BIG 5’ on the Murchison Falls National Park through Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary tracking the endangered white rhino then the Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari route takes you rainforest of Kibale forest national park to track the Chimpanzees and observe plenty of primates, continues to Queen Elizabeth National park for the savannah big game safaris, boat ride on Kazinga channel and the tree lion safari, thereafter proceed to the magnificent lake Bunyonyi to relax and take a boat ride before we seal of this Uganda safari and head home.

We give you a range of accommodations to choose from, ranging from budget, moderate to luxury. Park fees, 4×4 safari transportation and meals are taken care of in the package planning.

Safari Highlights

  • A visit to the magnificent Murchison Falls renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls
  • Enjoying a game drive and a boat cruise along the Nile River
  • Being tantalized by the squeezing of the Nile River into a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion
  • Sightseeing of the unique geographical gifting along the Albertine Rift Valleywith breathtaking scenic glamour of landscapes
  • Watching at close range the wild but habituated chimpanzees, other primates and birds in their natural environment
  • An opportunity to explore the beautiful crater lakes surrounded by gentle hills and stunning views
  • A guided nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for birding and primate viewing
  • An opportunity to trek the endangered white Rhinos in their new sanctuary
  • Enjoying game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.
  • The rare treat at the beautifully created Lake Bunyonyi where you will enjoy cool canoe rides as you spot splendid varieties of birds and wildlife; scenic views and native cultural exposures.
  • An opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the Equator for memorable photos.

TOUR DETAILS

Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhinos (BIG 5)

Start the Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari with a drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos (the first of the ‘big 5’ family). The sanctuary houses Uganda’s Rhino reintroduction project. You will continue to Masindi Town for lunch and later drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The entire journey takes 6-7 hours. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation Options:
Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Lodge
Midrange: Fort Murchison (in rooms)/ Murchison River Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison in tents/ Murchison River Lodge in tents / Red Chili
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park Safari and boat trip to bottom of falls

You will wake up very early and set off at 6.30am to cross the river by ferry and head for a dawn game drive on the Northern bank of the river. With the help of a guide you will spot Elephants, Lions, Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyenas and if you are lucky, the leopard.

You will return to your lodge for breakfast and lunch after which you will go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” popular for taking pictures of the majestic Murchison falls. This Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari moment will take your breath away. En-route, you will see hippos, crocodiles, elephants, waterbucks and Uganda Kob. This area is also home to many bird species like the Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, Pelican bee-eater, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill stork. You will after the boat launch return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Travel to Hoima

You will have breakfast and then drive to Hoima town arriving in the afternoon. Here you will have the whole afternoon to yourself to relax, revisit your Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari first days moemnts and spend the night at Hoima KonTik Hotel.

Accommodation: KonTik Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Travel from Hoima to Kibale National Park

We depart Hoima after breakfast and head downwards to Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal town. This town rests in the shadows the Rwenzori Mountain, the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”. Along this route you will pass through verdant countryside dotted with traditional homesteads and farms along the Albertine Rift escarpments. We shall have Lunch in this town after which we shall depart for Chimps in Kibale Forest, arriving at the accommodation facility of your best of Uganda wildlife safari lodge booking in the evening.

Accommodation options:
Up-scale: Ndali Lodge/ Kyaninga Lodge/ Kibale Forest Lodge/ Primate Lodge
Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp/ Mountains of the Moon Hotel
Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guest house/ Kibale Forest Camp in tents / Rwenzori Travellers Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Primates tour and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your breakfast we set off for a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. A guide will provide detailed explanations on the primates and the forest fauna and flora to ensure that your walk is informative. You will return to your lodge for lunch after which we depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park safari game drive.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge/ Bush Lodge / Buffalo Safari Resort / Enganzi Lodge
Budget: Bush Lodge
Mel plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

We set off for an early morning game drive (about 6.30am) for the awesome experience of spotting the animals in their natural habitats such as the elephants, solitary cape buffaloes, hyenas, lions, leopards, antelopes, warthogs and beautiful birds. This park has spectacular sceneries including Crater Lakes and rolling savannah plains overlooking the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountain ranges. You will return to your lodge for breakfast and relax till lunch timer.

In the afternoon you will take a relaxing 2 hour boat cruise on Kazinga channel. This is a huge opportunity to spot more animals as they come to cool off down the stream. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos. This best of Uganda wildlife safari launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge of your booking.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge/ Bush Lodge / Buffalo Safari Resort / Enganzi Lodge
Budget: Bush Lodge
Mel plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Game drive in Ishasha and transfer to L.Bunyonyi

You will have an early breakfast and go for a morning game drive in Ishasha sector in search for the tree climbing lions. Expect to see other animal species such as the warthogs, leopard, spotted hyena and birds. We will visit the Uganda kob mating ground which is a defined area specifically used by kobs for challenging, enticing and mating adult rams defend a circle territory (30meters diameter) and depending on the season the mating ground can have 20 and more of these small.

After, then you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. The lake lies close to the boarder with Rwanda and is said to be one of the most beautiful places in East Africa because of its spectacular scenery. The jourmey takes 6-7 hours and you will have your lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight will be at one of the many lodges near the lake.


Accommodation options:

Up-market: Bird’s Nest/ Archadia Cottages
Midrange: Bird’s Nest
Budget:Bushara Island Camp
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Canoeing and hiking on Lake Bunyonyi

You will spend the whole last day of the best of Uganda wildlife safari undertaking various activities on and around this lake. You can choose to either have a canoe-ride on the lake to explore the seven most popular islandsor a walk through the surrounding hills. The landscape around the lake is made up of steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge.You may also opt to visit the local families to learn about their lifestyles or move to the viewpoints for sightseeing of the beautiful volcanic scenery. Overnight and meals will be as above.

Day 9: Travel to Kampala

You will have breakfast and then set off for Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have the remarkable opportunity of standing in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in Kampala in the late afternoon and either be transferred to the airport for your evening departure flight or to the hotel of your booking for dinner and overnight.

END OF SAFARI!

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The safari package includes:

  • Transportation in a land cruiser/super custom with pop up roof.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Boat trips
  • Park entrance fees
  • Primate tracking permit
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Enroute meals
  • Game drives
  • Return airport transfers

The safari package excludes air ticket, personal travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.

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Gorilla Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).

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