17 Days Uganda wildlife safari

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Trip highlights for the 17 Days Uganda wildlife safari:

This 17 Days Uganda wildlife safari itinerary will take place in Uganda; arriving and departing via Entebbe International Airport. You will visit the rarely visited park in the country yet one of Africa’s finest Wilderness Kidepo National Park where you will have game drives and a nature walk in the Narus Valley to the hot springs and also visit community of the Karamajong people. You will then drive to the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park, enjoy a game drive and a boat ride to the bottom of the falls then proceed to Kibale Forest National Park where you will trek the Chimpanzees and enjoy a nature walk in the bigodi swamp. You will then visit the park with the highest variety of habitants and wildlife; Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will enjoy a game drive and a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel. En-route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home to the Great Apes, you will enjoy game drives in the Ishasha sector famously known for Tree climbing Lions. Later proceed to Bwindi and enjoy the highlight of the safari trekking the Mountain Gorillas. You will drive on to Lake Mburo National Park where you will enjoy a nature walk and a boat ride on Lake Mburo. As you end the tour you will have a stopover at the Equator and take part in the experiment done there.

Day 1:  ARRIVAL

After arriving Entebbe International Airport, you will clear with immigration, proceed to the arrivals where you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (High-end Accommodation) or The Boma Guest House (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,-,-

Day 2: ENTEBBE – KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, you will start your full day drive to Kidepo Valley National Park having picnic lunch en-route. The beautiful Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged semi-arid valleys between Uganda borders with Kenya and Sudan. It is the rarely visited park, yet it’s one Africa’s finest Wildernesses. This park has the highest population of game over 77 mammals and about 500 bird species. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 3: MORNING GAME DRIVE AND NATURE WALK 

After an early breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive during which you might have an opportunity to see the inhabitants for this park like; Zebras, Elephants, Giraffes, Duikers, Jackson’s hartebeest, Lions among others as they leave their hives to go hunting. The game drive will lead you to the Narus Valley where you will have a nature walk to the Hot springs. Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 4: GAME DRIVE AND CULTURAL TOUR

You will enjoy another game drive on this day too. After lunch you will go for a cultural tour and visit the Karamojong community where you will have an insight into their way of life.

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge (High-end accommodation) or Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 5: DRIVE TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK 

After breakfast and checking out, you will embark on your drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Gulu having lunch en-route. Murchison Falls National Park formerly known as Kabalega National Park derives its name from the Murchison Falls which is a 7 meter canyon where the might River Nile forces itself from a narrow gorge pouring down with a thunderous roar. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Murchison River Lodge (Medium Accommodation) 17 Days Uganda wildlife safari, best safari in Uganda with gorilla encounter

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 6: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS 

Enjoy a morning game drive through the Savanna where you will see herds of Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, Kobs, Oribi, Jackson’s Hartebeest and various bird species that include the forest and water birds and the Albertine Rift endemics thereafter return to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon you will have a boat ride to the bottom of the falls whence the park derives its name. You will see groups of Hippos, Crocodiles, ad a variety of animals that come to drink water at the river banks and a variety of bird species too.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Murchison River Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 7: DRIVE TO FORT PORTAL

Drive to Fort Portal Town / Kibale National Park. Fort Portal was founded as a garrison for British soldiers by Gerald Portal from whom the town derives its name. And is the only town with an English name in Uganda. Here you will see many tea plantations producing high quality tea for local and export market and views of the mighty misty Mountains of the Moon; the Rwenzori mountains.

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (High-end Accommodation or Kibale Forest Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 8: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING AND BIGODI SWAMP WALK

On this day, you will have a morning Chimpanzee trekking experience in the company of an experienced ranger guide, you will search for Kibale Forest’s resident Chimpanzees and also have a chance to see other primates such as Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red Colobus, Red-tailed and Blue monkeys. In the afternoon you will enjoy a walk through the papyrus swamps of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. 17 Days Uganda wildlife safari, best safari in Uganda with gorilla encounter

Accommodation: Kyaninga Lodge (High-end Accommodation or Kibale Forest Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 9: FORT PORTAL – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will be assisted with checking out and after settling the bill for extras if any start your drive to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is Uganda’s second most visited Park and the most popular savannah reserve. This Park has the highest variety of habitats and wildlife in Uganda. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Enganzi Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 10: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT RIDE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL

After an early breakfast, you will proceed for a game drive; through the Kasenyi and North Kazinga plains where you will see herds of Elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes, etc…

In the afternoon you will have a boat ride along the Kazinga Channel en-route you will see groups of Hippos and Buffalos a few metres away. You will see some animals coming to drink water at the banks and a various bird species.

Accommodation: Kyambura Gorge Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Enganzi Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 11: QUEEN ELIZABETH – ISHASHA SECTOR

Early breakfast and start your drive to Ishasha sector famously known for Tree climbing Lions. Enjoy morning and evening game drives. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at the lodge. 17 Days Uganda wildlife safari, best safari in Uganda with gorilla encounter

Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Enjojo Lodge (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 12: DRIVE TO BWINDI

After a relaxed breakfast, you will be assisted with checking out. You will then start your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home to the great apes the Mountain Gorillas.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (High-end accommodation) or Mantana Engagi Lodge (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 13: GORILLA TREKKING

After an early breakfast; you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter go to the start points and enjoy the highlight of the safari. Trekking the Gorillas is a once in a lifetime experience which takes between 2–6 hours.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (High-end accommodation) or Mantana Engagi Lodge (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 14: BWINDI – LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Depart Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park having.  Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest National Park and has a variety of animals like Zebras, Defassa waterbuck, Impala, Eland, Oribi and many others plus over 300 bird species. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Rwakobo Rock (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 15: NATURE WALK AND BOAT RIDE ON LAKE MBURO

You will enjoy a morning nature walk where you may encounter animals returning to their dens and others retreating to the lake, thereafter you will return to the lodge to freshen up, have breakfast having a brief game drive en-route. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure.

After lunch at the lodge, in the afternoon you will enjoy a breathtaking boat ride on Lake Mburo whence the park derives its name. You will see various bird species and animals drinking water at the banks of the Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (High-end Accommodation) or Rwakobo Rock (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:            B,L,D

Day 16: LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – ENTEBBE

Depart Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe passing via the Equator having a brief stop having a stopover at the Equator; the imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves. You will take part in the experiment at the Equator and have lunch en-route. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (High-end Accommodation) or The Boma Guest House (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,-

Day 17: DEPARTURE

Drive to Entebbe International Airport to catch your departure flight.

Meal plan:            B,-,-

Includes:

  • Uganda Gorilla permits $700 per person
  • 16 nights’ accommodation with meals as indicated in the itinerary above
  • Activities shown in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Game drives
  • Karamojong community visit
  • Boat rides
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Boat rides
  • Nature walks in the Narus valley and Lake Mburo National Park
  • Equator experiment
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Government taxes

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature