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10 Days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday

The 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday unleashes the best Uganda has to offer. It takes you for an amazing experience in the Pearl of Africa. However, you will also get a chance to visit Uganda’s best national parks which are Murchison falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and also Lake Bunyonyi. You will get a chance to see all of Africa’s big 5 mammals (Lions, Leopard, Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos)

 

Safari destinations

Murchison Falls National Park

The safari starts in Murchison Falls National Park. It is located in North Western part of Uganda covering areas like Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Nwoya, Amuru, Pakwach. The park is the largest National park in Uganda with an area of 3840sq.kms. Through a game drive and a boat cruise on the Nile River, you will encounter the Big 5 mammal species like elephants, leopards, lions, buffaloes and the rhinos, you will also get an opportunity to view the Nile crocodiles, Hippos, bush bucks  Giraffes, Uganda kobs, Bushbucks, Elephants, Hartebeests, Oribis, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas and various bird species like black bee eater, rare shoebill stork, weavers, grey crowned cranes, Abyssinian ground hornbill, Black-headed lapwing, Senegal thick-knee among others.

 

Kibale Forest National Park

From Murchison Falls National Park, you will visit Kibale Forest National Park found in Kabarole district which is known for Chimpanzee trekking. It offers excellent opportunities for chimpanzee tracking, as well as for observing other primates such as colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys. In addition to primates, the park also provides a habitat for over 375 species of birds like  African pied wagtail, Great blue turaco, Pin-tailed whydah, Slender-billed weaver, Tropical boubou, and black bee eater. You will spend a day trekking through the forest to see the primates up close, learning about their behavior and watching them interact with each other.

 

Queen Elizabeth National Park

After Kibale, you will then visit Queen Elizabeth National Park which is one of  Uganda’s most visited national parks. Queen Elizabeth National Park owns unmatched beautiful features such as crater lakes, the famous Kazinga channel, forested Gorges and Savannah plains. It is also home to 95 mammal species including the 4 members of the big 5 such as Lions, Leopards, Elephants and Buffaloes, however other species include warthogs, Hippos, hyenas, Ugandan kobs, oribis, topis, bush bucks, waterbucks, giant forest hogs, chimpanzees, Nile crocodiles among others. The park boosts of various Bird species like grey crowned cranes, Martial eagle, shoebill, African green pigeon, handsome francolin, Nubian wood pecker, swamp flycatcher, grey crowned heron, black bee eater, African skimmer Here you will go for a game drive and Boat cruise on Kazinga Chanel to see wildlife and birdlife.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

You will then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is one of Uganda’s oldest rainforests aged more than 25000 years with about 400 plant species. The park is known for having almost half of the World’s remaining population of Mountain Gorillas. The park has about 459 Mountain Gorillas with 21 habituated families living in all the sectors of the park which are  Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Ruhija. You will spend a day tracking mountain gorillas, taking their pictures and enjoying their behavior however, you will also visit the batwa community and know their way of living.

 

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The tour ends with a visit at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest National park in Uganda with an area approximately 33.7 sq.km. The park is located in the extreme boarder between Uganda and Rwanda. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park boosts of being the only park in Uganda where one can trek the Golden monkeys and also the Silverback Gorillas. The park boosts of about 76 mammal species including  forest elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, black fronted duikers, giant forest hogs, golden cats, bush pigs, rodents, bats and also various bird species like handsome spur fowl, dusky crimson-wing, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori double-collard sunbird, blue headed sunbird, regal sunbird, red-faced woodland warbler among others.

 

Lake Mburo National Park

One of the smallest parks in Uganda but this does not mean it has less to offer; It is a home to a variety of wildlife including Zebras, Impalas, buffaloes, bush pig, topis, crocodiles, elands, buffalos, oribi, waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topis and reedbuck., and many more. Bird species like African Fin foot, pied kingfisher, bare faced go away, Red faced barbet, Greater painted snipe, Black bellied Bustard, Blue breasted kingfisher, African wattled lawing, striped kingfisher can also be sighted.  Here you will relax and enjoy the scenery. The Park’s topography and vegetation are made of falling and raising hillsides, rocky outcrops, open and wooden grassland, rich acacia tree valleys, forests, bushes and thickets together with permanent and seasonal swamps along the shores of the Lakes.

 

 

 

Day 1: Arrival and Pick up from Entebbe International Airport – Transfer to your Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino Tracking

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Early Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Boat Cruise – Hike To The Top Of The Falls – Optional Night Game Drive

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park – Bigodi Wetland and Community Visit

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Early Morning Game drive OR Optional Experiential lion and leopard Tracking – Afternoon Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lions

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trekking – Batwa Community Encounter – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Night Game drive

Day 10: Early Morning Nature Walk – Travel Back to Entebbe International Airport with a stopover at the Equator

Detailed itinerary;

Day 1: Arrival and Pick up from Entebbe International Airport – Transfer to your Hotel

Day 1 of the 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday will start with a pick from Entebbe International Airport. You will be picked up from Entebbe International Airport or your hotel in Kampala by our experienced driver guide Bonobos African Safari Holidays who will brief you about the 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday. The drive is about 45 minutes from the Airport. Upon arrival at your hotel, you will check in and have a rest from your long Journey. If time allows us either we can visit Entebbe botanical gardens or Kampala city tour where you will explore the historical places of Uganda such as Kabaka’s palace, Uganda National Museum, Namugongo martyr’s shrines, Kasubi tombs (One of the UNESCO’S recognized site) depending on your arrival time.

 

Main Destination: Kampala Uganda

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Latitude 0 Degrees or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino Tracking

Day 2 of your 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday, Wake up for an early morning breakfast and begin your panoramic road drive northwest of Uganda through the famous Luwero Triangle with an en-route stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. It is the only place in Uganda where you can find these peaceful members of the big five family in their natural habitat. On your arrival at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, you will go for Rhino trekking adventure which will provide you with opportunities to explore them close to their feet.

 

During your trek, you have to keep your camera on standby such that you do not miss out any moment. You will return back for a delicious lunch break and continue your drive to Murchison falls national park for Dinner and overnight. The highlights of this park include; the roaring rapids of the Murchison, the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest national park where you will have the chance of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.

 

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Pakuba Safari Lodge or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Early Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Boat Cruise – Hike To The Top Of The Falls – Optional Night Game Drive

Wake up for an early morning breakfast, prepare yourself for another exciting encounter. Day 3 of your 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday starts with an early morning game drive through different trails of the park like Albert trail, buligi trail and the Victoria trail. Here, you will meet eye to eye with different mammal species like Bufaloes, elephants, lions, leopards, bush barks, giraffes among others, return to your lodge for relaxation and lunch.

 

Later in the afternoon, embark on an afternoon boat cruise upstream to the bottom of the falls, while on the cruise, you will see the Nile crocodiles resting on the shores, herds of hippos while in water, bird species like the black bee eater, grey crowned crane, marabou stork and many others. After the cruise, You will then hike to the Top of the falls where you witness the strength of the magnificent Murchison falls as it roars and pours itself out through a narrow 8m gorge. While here, you will enjoy the soft splashes as it feels like little drizzles falling on your face from heaven. You will then return back to your lodge for relaxation as you await your dinner and an overnight.

 

OR You can Opt for a Night Game Drive which comes at an Extra Cost of $100 per person. This drive is done with an armed ranger guide and also spotlight torches which will enable you spot the predators as they hunt like hyenas, leopards, lions, bush babies, hippos among others.

 

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Pakuba Safari Lodge or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park – Bigodi Wetland and Community Visit

You will wake up early morning for a delicious breakfast on day 4 of the 10 Days Uganda safari Tour & Holiday and then proceed for a drive to Kibale National park which is located in Western region of Uganda in Kabarole district. This drive will take about 5 hours and it will offer you magnificent scenic views of Uganda’s landscape as you drive to the park. Enroute to your destination, you will have a lunch stopover in Fort Portal Tourism City and upon arrival at the park.

 

You will visit Bigodi Wetland for a Swamp walk and during this walk you will spot some butterfly species and birds like the Black-crowned Waxbill, White-spotted Fluff tail, White-breasted Negrofinch, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Black Bishop, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Black & white Shrike-flycatcher, Western Nicator, Superb Sunbird, among others. You will then proceed for a community walk where you will see and taste the Gins brewed from bananas, craft making, coffee processing as well as enjoying a Cultural dance and then proceed to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

 

Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Chimpanzee Forest Lodge or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park – Chimpanzee Tracking – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up early morning for a heavy breakfast and start Day 5 of your 10 Days Uganda safari Tour & Holiday. Wear appropriate clothing like long sleeved shirt, a pair of karky or jean trousers, a round cap,  water proof boots and a heavy sweater to protect you from the falling tree branches and also in case of bad weather.  Also carry in your back packs some snacks and drinking water to help keep you hydrated during the trek since it may take about 1 to 5 hours to find the Chimpanzees depending on their location. Then you will proceed to Kanyachu Visitor center for a briefing about the Do’s and the Don’ts of the park, while here, you will be assigned a Park ranger who will take you through the forest and also a chimpanzee family to look out for.

 

Chimpanzee Tracking

During the trek, you will spot primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, the red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey, Mantled guereza, Potto, Vervet monkey, White-eyelid mangabey, Galago among others and also various bird species like olive long-tailed cuckoo, western tinker bird, blue headed sunbird, red faced woodland, grey parrot, yellow spotted nicator, little greenbul, blue breasted king fisher, among other bird species.

 

Upon finding the chimpanzees, you will have a full 1 hour encounter with them while learning their behaviors, social life, how they feed and play, feel free to ask the park ranger as many questions as possible. You will return to your lodge for lunch, check out then proceed with the drive to Queen Elizabeth National park which is about 2 hours’ drive from Kibale Forest National park. On arrival, you will check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Twin Lake Safari Lodge or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Early Morning Game drive OR Optional Experiential lion and leopard Tracking – Afternoon Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Early Morning Game drive

Day 6 of your  Safari will begin with an early morning breakfast and thereafter you will head out to the jungle to search for the various mammal species that inhabit Queen Elizabeth National Park like Antelopes, Hippos, bush pigs, sitatungas, topis, bushbucks, cape buffaloes, elephants among others.

 

Optional Experiential lion and leopard Tracking

OR You can Opt for an Experiential Lion and Leopard Tracking Experience in the Northern sector of the park “Kasenyi plains” which goes for an Extra $250 per person, while here, you will have an opportunity to drive off track while tracing a pride of lions and the leopards of the park. This Experience takes you beyond the usual game drive  since you get to learn about their population, behavior, life style and also any other information concerning them. Experiential Lion and Leopard Tracking is done with Researchers who drive around the Park with Radiation trackers which help them to find lions that have radio collars around their Neck, Trackers here can drive off truck in order to find the predators whenever the signals would be directing.

 

Afternoon Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

After a great time in the jungle, you will return back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch, later in the afternoon proceed for another ultimate experience on the Kazinga channel while cruising.  While on the cruise, you will view the herds of hippos taking in water, elephants drinking water on the banks of the Kazinga channel, Nile crocodiles resting in the shade at the shores and also various bird species like the martial eagle, grey crowned crane, African green pigeon, and handsome francolin among other bird species. We shall return back to the lodge for dinner as well as an overnight.

 

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Twin Lake Safari Lodge or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park via Ishasha Sector for Tree Climbing Lions

Day 7 of your 10 days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday will begin with a hot breakfast and then you will check out of your accommodation to proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is located south of Queen Elizabeth National Park and it will take about 5 hours to reach the Northern sector of Buhoma. During your journey out of Queen Elizabeth, you will drive through Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions which are usually resting on the branches of trees and other wildlife like Topis, Aardvark, lions, elephants, monkeys, Uganda kobs, Hippos, leopards, water buck among others which are found in this sector of the park, you will have a lunch stopover in Kihihi and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for dinner and an overnight.

 

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Gorilla Mist Camp or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trekking – Batwa Community Encounter – Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Upon waking up by the beautiful sounds of the birds singing in the sky, you will start your day 8 of the 10 Days Uganda safari Tour & Holiday with an early morning breakfast. Wear appropriate clothing for the day like a long sleeved shirt, a pair of karky or jean trousers, a round cap, water proof boots to protect you against the falling tree branches of the Impenetrable forest and also in case of bad weather,  Pack some snacks and water to help in keeping you hydrated during the trek.

 

Gorilla Trekking

Proceed to the park’s headquarters for a briefing on the Do’s and the Don’ts while you are with the mountain gorillas, you will also be assigned a park ranger who will guide you during the trek and also a gorilla family to look out for and then start the search for the mountain gorillas which will take about 1 to 7 hours depending on their location.

 

During your trek, you will encounter various primate species like the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey mangabey, and blue monkeys. As your gaze meets the gentle eyes of Africa’s dark-furred Great Apes, you will be allowed to spend a maximum of 1 hour with these majestic creatures as you watch and capture every moment while they go about their day to day activities.

 

During this time you will learn about their ways of life and also try to relate with them so they become used to human presence, your guide will be available to answer any questions you need to know. You will also stand a chance to see many forest dwellers you meet on your way during the search of gorillas including different species of birds, elephant, and antelopes. If lucky, you can as well see chimpanzees. Bwindi is one of the parks where gorillas and chimpanzees coexist in the same environment, you will then return back to your accommodation for a delicious lunch.

 

Batwa Community Encounter

Later you will visit the Batwa community who were the early inhabitants of the ancient Impenetrable forest before it became a National park and also a UNESCO World heritage site in 1992 and learn about their social ways of life, how they hunt for food in their ancient ways, visit a Batwa homestead to watch how they dance and also hear ancient legends and their folk songs and then you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for your dinner and an overnight.

 

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Arcadia Cottage Lake Bunyonyi or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 9: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Night Game drive

Upon waking up, you will have an early morning breakfast as you start your day 9 of the 10 Days Uganda safari Tour & Holiday, you will have breakfast and then check out of your accommodation. You will leave Lake Bunyonyi and travel to Lake Mburo National Park which is located in the western part of Uganda. The drive will take approximately 4-5 hours. It is one of Uganda’s smallest but most beautiful national parks. Lake Mburo is famous for having the largest population of Zebras and Impalas in Uganda. It is made of seasonal swamps, woody Savannah grassland that is dominated by acacia and Lakes.

 

Upon arrival,   you will check into your lodge, have lunch and relaxation as you prepare for the night Game drive. Later in the evening, prepare and move out for the night game drive. Night Game drives in Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda are the most ideal for you. Notably known as the only park where you can spot an exceptional number of impalas than in any of the other Savannah parks. These game drives will also give you a wonderful experience for extraordinary sightseeing, viewing of diverse wildlife species. Through a network of game tracks tourists are able to see animals ranging from Zebras, Impalas, giraffes, warthogs, buffaloes, hyenas. Waterbucks, elands, oribi, hippos, crocodiles, reedbucks and many others. Then after, you will be transferred to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park

 

Accommodation Option:

 

Mid-Range    Rwakobo Rock or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

Day 10: Early Morning Nature Walk – Travel Back to Entebbe International Airport with a stopover at the Equator

After Breakfast on Day 10 of your Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday, you will head out for a Nature walk within the park with an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide which will take about 2 to 3 hours, this experience in Lake Mburo national park will take you off the main paths and you will go deep into the bush trails to enjoy the park and see herds of zebras, giraffes, Elands, impalas, buffalos, Defassa waterbucks, oribis, leopards, hippos, hyenas, Topis and reedbuck among others.

 

After this unique experience, you will then drive to Entebbe International Airport to catch up with your flight. You will have your lunch stopover Enroute and also a stopover at the Equator line thus the end of your 10 Days Uganda Safari Tour & Holiday.

 

Main Destination: Kampala (City)

 

Accommodation Option: No

 

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

 

The Safari Package Includes:

Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)

Private transport for 10 days in a well-modified Safari Extended land-cruiser (4WD,air-conditioned with pop-up roof)

Rhino Tracking in Ziwa rhino Sanctuary

Fuel for 10 days

English Safari driver guide for 10 days

Mid-range accommodation for 9 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

All en-route meals and bottled mineral water throughout your tour

All park activities and entrance fees and all applicable government taxes

Night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

Morning Nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park

Bigodi swamp and community visit

1 Chimpanzee Trekking permit per person (Kibale forest national park)

1 Mountain gorilla trekking permit per person in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park (Buhoma sector )

A visit to the Equator land mark

Batwa Community Encounter

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

 

The Safari Package Excludes:

Night Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park at an Extra $100 per person

Experiential Lion and Leopard Tracking at an Extra $250 per person

International and domestic flights

Country entry visa

Personal travel insurance

Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges

Souvenirs and gifts, Tips

Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

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