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12 Days Safari Holiday in Uganda

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12 Days Safari Holiday in Uganda

12 Day Safari Holiday in Uganda Fly into Entebbe and overnight at the booked accommodation. On the next day, transfer to Murchison Falls NP  where you will do hiking at top of Murchison falls, ,Game driving due to presence of  giraffes, buffaloes, uganda kobs, Bushbucks, Elephants, Hartebeest, Oribs, waterbucks, Warthogs  then with en-route rhino tracking in Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Proceed to Kibale, the primates’ capital then go to Queen Elizabeth NP. Afterward, transfer to Bwindi via the Ishasha area, famously known for its tree-climbing lions’ population. Enjoy gorilla trekking in Bwindi before relaxing at Lake Bunyonyi and finally visiting Lake Mburo NP. Lastly, return to Entebbe Airport.

Murchison Falls National Park:

Commonly known as the nature wonders of Uganda. This is the starting point of the safari, and it promises exciting wildlife encounters. The combination of a game drive and a boat cruise on the Nile River offers an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals. Such as the iconic African Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros).  Meanwhile, the Murchison Falls is where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge and plummets into the Devil’s Cauldron, is a stunning natural spectacle.

Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is situated approximately 176 kilometers (109 miles) north of the capital city, Kampala, and covers an area of about 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres). It provides a safe and secure environment for the rhinos to thrive and reproduce, as well as promoting education and awareness about rhino conservation.

Kibale Forest National Park:

Specifically known for its remarkable chimpanzee population, Kibale Forest allows visitors to go chimpanzee tracking and observe these primates in their natural habitat. It’s an enriching experience to learn about the behavior of these intelligent creatures and witness their interactions. However you will engage in more exciting activities like the Bigodi wetland swamp walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is a fascinating eco-tourism activity located near Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda.  Furthermore, it is a community-based initiative that offers visitors a chance to explore the unique wetland ecosystem of Bigodi and encounter its diverse flora and fauna.

Queen Elizabeth National Park:

This park offers a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, where visitors can spot a wide array of wildlife and bird species. The diverse landscape for instance crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains, adds to the allure of this park.

The Ishasha Sector.

specifically renowned for its population of tree-climbing lions, which is a rare behavior observed in only a few places in the world. These lions are known to rest and perch in the branches of fig trees, providing a remarkable sight for visitors.  However, it is believed that they climb the trees to escape from the heat on the ground and to get a better vantage point for spotting prey. Apart from the unique tree-climbing lions, the Ishasha Sector is also home to other wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and various bird species, making it an excellent spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:

The highlight of the trip, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, provides a rare opportunity to get up close with the magnificent mountain gorillas. This experience is often considered one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world.

Batwa Community Visit:

The visit to the Batwa community allows travelers to gain insights into their unique way of life and traditions. It’s a chance to appreciate and respect the cultural diversity of Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi

The last part of the 14-days Uganda safari will take you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.Lake Bunyonyi is a mesmerizing and tranquil lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the town of Kabale. It is often regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, attracting travelers with its stunning scenery, serene waters, and a myriad of islands scattered throughout its expanse. The name “Bunyonyi” means “place of many little birds” in the local Rukiga language, a fitting description for the abundance of birdlife found around the lake.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lastly  our trip ends with Lake Mburo National Park. is a compact and captivating national park located in western Uganda. Despite being the smallest national park in the country, it offers a rich diversity of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and unique experiences for visitors. The park is named after Lake Mburo, a scenic lake that forms part of its boundaries and provides a picturesque backdrop for wildlife viewing. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, topis, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles. It is also one of the best places in Uganda to spot wild zebras.

Highlights:

Arrival at Entebbe

Move to Zziwa for rhino tracking – Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison game drive and boat trip

Move to Kibale Forest National Park

Chimp trekking and, afternoon Bigodi wetland

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip

Drive to Ishasha in search of tree-climbing lions

Gorilla trekking

Lake Bunyonyi

Transfer to Lake Mburo

Return to Entebbe to catch flight

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, an English-speaking Professional Tour Driver-guide will receive and welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter you will move to the booked room. You will check in and take your rest – recovering from jet lag, adjusting to time difference.

Optional (extra cost): Just in case you reached early and interested in some activity, you may consider; a). trip to the Entebbe Botanical Gardens to sight a few primates and birds, b). trip to Mabamba wetland in search of shoebill stork, c). the Lake Victoria Sunset cruise to local islands and bays. Otherwise, check in and just take your rest.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation Option: 

Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house

Meals plan

Water and fruits throughout

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Move to Zziwa for rhino tracking – Murchison Falls National Park

On the second day of the 12Day Safari Holiday in Uganda be up early to have breakfast. Then drive off to Zziwa Rhino home. Once there, proceed for an hour of on-foot rhino tracking. Meanwhile, from the rhino tracking, head to Masindi where you will have a lunch stop. After lunch, embark on the move to Murchison Falls National Park.

In the same way, 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. Then surely, the mass of hippos and the Nile crocodiles here will allure you. If interested and time allows, you can proceed for a late afternoon-evening game drive.

Main Destination- Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge.
Mid-Range: Murchison River Lodge / Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Budget: Red chili Hideaway.

Meals plan:

Break first & lunch as well as Dinner

Water and Fruits throughout

Day 3: Murchison game drive and boat trip

After your breakfast, 12Day Safari Holiday on Day 3 in Uganda depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park and be on the look for wildlife such as lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. meanwhile, for any birder, there are quite a number of birds to sight too during the drive.

later, return to the room for some rest and to have lunch. After lunch, you will head out for the boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where you will also be able to catch sight of more animals including Hippos and Crocodiles and several water birds.

Optional (extra cost) If interested, continue with a hike to the top of the falls. Lastly, the hike may be a hard one but the thrill on reaching the top is unforgettable. Return to your room and relax.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation option:

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge.
Mid-Range: Murchison River Lodge / Pakuba Safari Lodge.
Budget: Red chili Hideaway.

Meals plan:

Break first & Lunch as well as Dinner

Water and fruits throughout

Day 4: Move to Kibale Forest National Park

Furthermore, on 12Day Safari Holiday in Uganda today you will have breakfast. Then depart right away for Kibale Forest National Park – liked for its animals like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, Uganda mangabey (Lophocebus Uganda). Meanwhile, the drive is quite long but amazingly scenic–passing through villages, lush green countryside and hills dotted with tea plantations that define this part of Uganda. In addition to, the beautiful view will amaze you all the way. Upon arrival at the room, check in and just relax.

Main Destination- Kibale Forest  National Park

 Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Crater safari lodge / Kyaninga safari lodge.
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Guest house/ Turaco tree tops.
Budget: Rweteera Safari Park

Meals plan;

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 5:  Chimp trekking and, afternoon Bigodi wetlands

Have breakfast and head to the rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the chimps in the Kibale Forest. An experienced ranger guide will take you chimp tracking (Kibale Forest) and the presence of primates here will surely amaze you.

Once you locate the chimpanzees,12Day Safari Holiday in Uganda you will have a full hour in their presence. Later (after lunch), move out for the Bigodi Wetland excursion. The Bigodi boasts of an extensive array of bio-diversity including a number of primates and birds. Later, you will return to the accommodation and rest.

Main Destination: Kibale National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Crater safari lodge / Kyaninga safari lodge.
Mid-range: Chimpanzee Guest house/ Turaco tree tops.
Budget: Rweteera Safari Park

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast at the lodge and then drive off to Queen Elizabeth NP. Meanwhile, you will reach Queen early enough to relax, have lunch and in the afternoon proceed out for game viewing. During the game drive, look out for wild animals like reedbuck, bushbuck, Kobs, warthogs, elephants, lions and buffaloes to mention but a few.

Alternatively, you could choose to go for the Queen’s breathtaking explosion crater drive (instead). The drive is sightseeing with very amazing view of the breathtaking view in and around Queen. There is also some wildlife to see along the drive although commonest are sights of Cape Buffaloes plus Elephants. Return to the room for relaxation, dinner and the overnight stay.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation option;

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Lodge/ Elephant hub Lodge
Budget: Bush lodge / Pumba safari cottages

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 7: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip

Proceed for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, 12 Day Safari Holiday herds of elephants plus lions, leopards (though hard to spot) among others. Later, return to the room for some rest and lunch.

Afterward your lunch, you will go for a 2-hour boat trip on the Kazinga means that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including giant hippos,12 Day Safari Holiday elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you.

You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. While dinner and overnight will be at your rooms.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation option;

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Lodge/ Elephant hub Lodge
Budget: Bush lodge / Pumba safari cottages

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 8: Drive to Ishasha in search of tree-climbing lions

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and then travel to the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its resident tree-climbing lions. The chance of seeing these lions is about 70% though sometimes they are hard to see.

However you get to spot them, the sight is pretty and memorable. Meanwhile, from Ishasha, you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. With a hard day ahead, you will do less on arrival but just check in your room, relax as you prepare for the Bwindi gorilla walking meeting the following day.

Main Destination- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge /Buhoma lodge.
Mid-Range: Silverback lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 9: Gorilla trekking

You’ll have breakfast and then move to the rangers’ post where you will receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during walking. Thereafter, you will enter the Bwindi Forest for your tour. Meanwhile, the area offers dramatic steeply forested view and is amazingly think but marked by many animal trails allowing access to tourists.

However, the time taken and the terrain, vary with the movements of these great animals. Once you have located a gorilla group, you will be allowed an hour in their presence. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle but risky giants is unforgettable.

Lastly, return to the rooms, check out and move to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of (2,200 – 2,478m) but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical — you could admire them all day.

Main Destination- Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation option:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi

After days of long drives and of course the hard gorilla walking the previous day in Bwindi, this day is at your disposal for relaxation. However, all meals will be served at the rooms. Optional (at extra cost): Should you wish to go out for an activity on this 12 Day Safari Holiday you may consider the following the Historical Islands’ tour, visit the Batwa/pygmies’ people, Nyombe swamp trip, Mountain Bike cycling, Zip lining, canoeing or kayaking on the lake. Furthermore, the activity can be arranged onsite with the help of your driver-guide. Lastly, enjoy your stay.

Main Destination- Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation Option: 

Luxury: Bird Nest/ Arcadia cottages.
Mid-range: Hawks lodge.
Budget: Bunyonyi Overland Camp / Crater bay cottages.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo

12 Day Safari Holiday in Uganda you’ll have breakfast and then set off to Lake Mburo via Mbarara City arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. Later (at 7pm), you will move out for the breathtaking Mburo night game drive. Finally, during the night game drive, expect to sight nocturnal creatures including snakes, hyena, owls and the elusive leopard (on a lucky day) among others.

Main Destination- Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.

Meals plan:

Break first, lunch & Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

Day 12: Return to Entebbe to catch flight

12 Day Safari Holiday you’ll enjoy your early breakfast and then proceed for the Mburo morning park (bush) walk in the presence of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger-guide. In the same way,12 Day Safari Holiday you will have the chance to meet Zebras, Giraffes and Eland, Topi and other antelope, Cape buffaloes among others.

Furthermore, you’ll take the Trail to the top of the hills and see Lake Mburo and beyond. However, from this best point, you will have a great view of 9 of the twelve lakes surrounding Lake Mburo. Thereafter, return to the room for checkout and then hit the road to Entebbe airport to catch flight.

Main Destination- Entebbe International Airport

 Accommodation option:

However, no accommodation

Meals plan:

Break first & lunch as well as Dinner

Water & fruits throughout

The package price includes:

Return airport transfers (pick up and drop off)

Private transport for 12 days in a well-modified safari land-cruiser (4WD, air-conditioned and pop-up roof)

Fuel for 12days

English safari guide for 12 days

Private mid-range accommodation for 12 nights on full board (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

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

All park entrance and activities feel and all applicable government taxes

Bigodi sanctuary swamp and community safari

1 chimpanzee tracking permit per person (Kibale forest national park)

A visit to katwe salt mining village

Morning and evening game drive safari at Queen Elizabeth national park

2 hours afternoon boat cruise along the kazinga channel

A visit to the Equator land mark

 

The package price excludes;

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)