The Best of Uganda

This safari insight you into the forest and savannah worlds; of diverse primates from the chimps to the baboons, the canopy dwelling black and white Columbus monkeys to the rare red-tailed monkey, the savannah Murchison restricted Pattas to the velvet monkey, the highly restricted mountain gorillas. While the giraffe, zebra, lion, leopard, topi, impala, Cob, Elephants, Buffaloes, water buck, forest hogs among others are the treasures of the savannah world. To the birders; this is a hot spot to over 1100 species recorded in Uganda notching with Queen Elizabeth 612 species while Bwindi has 23 restricted albertine rift endemics.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Entebbe Air Port

Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport and having passed immigration and luggage collected, you shall exit the arrival hall and as you look out, you shall be met by your guide. He will help you with your luggage to the car and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. He will brief you about Uganda and highlights of your travel itinerary.  

  • Arrival 
  • Drive to your hotel 30min  
  • Accommodation:   midrange 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 2

Drive to Murchison Falls NP Via Ziwa Rhinos

After breakfast drive to Murchison Falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, have lunch along the way probably at Kabaleg Dinner. 

Ziwa is a breeding centre for rhino reintroduction into Uganda wildlife areas especially Murchison falls national park, where its Rhinos were hunted to extinction. The sanctuary has over 25 Rhinos including the Ugandan born babies. After Rhino tracking 0f 30min to 3 hours, settle down at Kabalega Dinner for lunch. While tracking the Rhinos you have an opportunity to seeing a variety of savanna birds, Bush bucks, Hares and Mongooses.

There after you shall get back to your cars for a 3 hour drive to your hotel. Check in to your hotel in the evening for an overnight stay but early enough for dinner.

Murchison Falls NP is the country’s largest Wildlife Protected Area whose palm studded grassland supports dense population of lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda Cob together with the localized Rothschild`s Giraffe and Patas monkey. Immerse concentration of Hippos and birds observed from the morning and the afternoon launch trips along the Nile below the spectacular waterfalls from which the park is named, named by explorer Baker and his wife Florence in 1864 after the president of the Royal Geographical Society then. This Eco-system was described by Winston Churchill in 1907 as `Kew gardens and the zoo combined on un limited scale`. Churchill hiked, boated and bicycled up the Nile. Since then, the park has seen many more other notables that include, Theodore Roosevelt in 1909, Humphrey Bogart, the prince of Wales (Edward VII) 1930 and the Queen Mother 1959 today is you. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Murchison falls NP via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation: Mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 3

Game drive, Boat ride and hike to the top of the Falls

After your early breakfast you will go for an early morning game drive through the palm studded grassland that supports dense population of Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants and Uganda cob together with the localized Rothschild giraffe and Pattas monkey. Come back for lunch; relax to be ready for an afternoon boat ride.

After lunch go for a 3 hours boat cruise to see how the mighty river Nile funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment. After viewing the bottom of the falls, you shall disband from the boat to meet a park ranger to hike you up to the top of the fall on Bakers trails to be amused by the water fall named Murchison after Sir Murchison the President of the Royal geographical society. Come back in the evening to enjoy your sundowner at your hotel.

Here, the river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift valley escarpment, only to erupt out on the other side in a crushing 43m plume of white water.  The calm river then gives comfort to a profuse of bird life, thousands of hippos, and huge crocodiles. The falls were named after the president of the Royal Geographical Society by the explorer Baker in 1864. He considered these falls to be the most important object throughout the entire course of the Nile.   
You shall be met by your driver guide at the top of the falls for a drive back to your hotel tired but enthused by what you will have seen.

  • Morning break fast 
  • Game drive time: 4 hrs. 
  • Lunch at the hotel 
  • Boat Cruise on the Nile 
  • Hike to the top of the falls 
  • Accommodation: Mid range  
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel  

Day 4

Drive to Kibale Forest, 10 hours

After breakfast with packed lunch start a 10 hours long drive to Kibale, passing close to Lake Albert in Bulisa to view Lake Albert and Murchison falls atop escarpment out of the rift valley. Arrive to your hotel in the late afternoon, but early enough for dinner. 
Kibale Forest is a lush of tropical forest of fascinating diversity! one of the most beautiful and stunning forest in Africa. It is homes to the largest number of the human closest relative the endangered chimpanzees, the threatened red Columbus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling to 13 species including the black and white Columbus monkey, blue monkey and Gray cheeked mangabey,

  • Bush babies and Pottos.  
  •  Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Kibale Forest 10 hrs. 
  • Lunch enroute 
  • Accommodation:  mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 5

Chimp and Bigodi swamp

After breakfast you will have an early morning start so as to report at Kanyanju ranger station at 8:00 Am the tracking start time for Chimps.

 This is a primatologist dream; it hosts a population of more than 1000 chimpanzees and an 80 strong community has been habituated to tourist visits as well as a half dozen readily observed monkey species including the acrobatic red Columbus, black and white red Columbus and the handsome L`Hohest monkey. These delightful apes are a tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in the trees; and the shady forest trails provides much more to delight Botanists, Butterfly lovers and Birders. 335 species of birds have been recorded including the endemic prirogrine’s ground thrush while the much smaller and hairy forest Elephant and other terrestrial mammals like Buffaloes, Giant forest hogs can also be seen. 
In the afternoon go for forest walk, Bigodi swamp walk or a community walk 

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Chimp tracking time: 3 hrs. 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Bigodi swamp walk 
  • Accommodation:  mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel 

Day 6

Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP

After Breakfast drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park, entering the park via the northern creator area through a beautiful scenic view. This cluster of extinct volcanoes lies less than 30min north of Mweya. The winding 27km crater drive between the main equator gate provide awesome superb views into the depths of various craters, some filled with lovely lakes facing towards the Ruwenzori mountains and across the rift valley floor.

Queen Elizabeth Np is set majestically in the shadow of the Ruwenzori, this 2,465 SQ km enjoys a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George of lush savannah where a mosaic of habitats offer prime grazing for 95 mammal, specialties include giant forest hog and the legendry tree climbing lions of the Ishasha and a checklist of 612 bird species testifies to the extraordinary ecological diversity of this park. `There still exists no better introduction or a more inciting invitation to visit the park`, Douglas Warlocks remarked in 1952 owing to the Parks great mammal density by then.

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Driver to Queen Elizabeth NP 4 hrs.  
  • Accommodation: mid range 
  • Lunch enroute  
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 7

Game drive and Boat on the Kazinga

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive to provide you with excellent opportunities to view game. Head to the floor of the rift valley teamed up with a lot of wildlife making it one of the treasures of the continent. The Kasenyi sector is known for its abundance of lions that prey on the very many Uganda Cobs found in the area. Other game to be seen include; Elephants, Buffalo, Leopards, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Warthog and the un expected Giant Forest Hog the African largest wild pig which is usually associated with dense forest rather than semi open forests. After lunch enjoy the unique cruise on the Kazinga channel,  
The 40km Kazinga channel connects two rift valley lakes Edward and George, these remember Queen Victoria sons and heir Edward vii and successor George v. the launch trip on this channel is an excellent opportunity to view the varied and abundant wildlife populations. These include: Elephants, Hippos, Buffaloes and Nile crocodile. Not to mention large numbers of resident and migratory bird species.  Come back early enough for a sundowner. 

  • Morning break fast 
  • Game drive time: 5 hours 
  • Lunch at hotel  
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel 
  • Accommodation: Mid-range  
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 8

Drive to Bwindi – 7 hours

After breakfast shall drive to Bwindi; this is the best of Uganda’s forest reserves, best known for its superb Gorilla tracking but it also provides refuge to Elephants, Chimpanzees, Monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine rift. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your hotel, relax as you read through the gorilla tracking guidelines.  
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine rift valley, the ancient rain forest that survived the last ice age is situated in the south western Uganda on the edge of western Rift valley. The steep forest hills will definitely camouflage the wondrous mountain Gorillas in the vegetation, to give you the inspiring moment that you have been looking for. This forest alone is a home to over 50% of 1000 mountain gorillas in the world. Just sit in the forest among the gorillas listening to them grumble to each other as you marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silver back. It is extraordinary amazing to sit in the dense rain forest among the only 1000 remaining mountain gorillas in the world.  

  • Morning break fast 
  • Drive to Bwindi forest 7 hours  
  • Lunch: enroute 
  • Accommodation: mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 9

Gorilla Tracking

Have an early morning breakfast, carry packed lunch, go for registration at the park offices and be ready for briefing at 8:00am. Walk up the steep densely forested hills before coming across the gorillas’ camouflaged in the vegetation. This trek requires a reasonable degree of fitness as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Sit in the forest among the Gorillas listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male. It is amazing to think that there only 1000 individuals of these beautiful creatures left in the world. 
 If you still have energy, take a guided walk, the Munyaga River trail leads to three delightful crystal clear water falls, profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and bwindi colorful array of butterflies. Or do community village walk; see how people live; the Batwa, medicine man, local banana juice and beer. 

  • Morning Break fast 
  • Gorilla tracking time 
  • Packed lunch 
  • Accommodation: mid range  
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 10

Drive to Lake Mburo NP, 6 hours

Following a morning breakfast depart to lake Mburo, have lunch enroute probably Mbarara; driving through Uganda’s mountainous finest scenery. This is the closest savannah reserve to Kampala. It is centered on series of swamp fringed lakes known for their rich bird life notably the African fin foot. The green acacia wood land surrounding the lake harbors dense populations of Zebras, Warthogs, Buffaloes, Impala and various other grazers including the last surviving population of Elands, the largest African antelope.  Check in your hotel in the evening. 
Lake Mburo NP is a special Park; every part of it is alive with variety, interest and color. Its sculpture landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lake shore with a variety of mosaic habitats, forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamp support a wealth of wildlife. Its mammal diversity is second to none in western Uganda. It is the only place you can find the impala in Uganda and the only place you can find the Zebra, Eland, Oribi, Klipspringer Roan antelope in western Uganda. Surprisingly it has mammal similarity with Kidepo National Park - about 1000km away in North Eastern Uganda than Its neighbor Queen Elizabeth National Park only 150km away to the west. 

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Drive to Lake Mburo NP  6 hours  
  • Lunch: enroute 
  • Accommodation: mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 11

Game Walk and Night Game Drive

After breakfast explore the park on foot, transverse the acacia studded national park to view the Impala; the only place to get this antelope in Uganda, while Zebras, Elands, Topi, Oribi, Water Buck, Sitatunga the swamp antelope are the other animals to be seen.  
In the night by 7pm do a night game drive; do game viewing at night with a ranger and flash light, to give an insight of the night life; mangoose, bush babies and test your luck for leopard and hyenas.  

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Game viewing on foot 7am – 10am 
  • Lunch at hotel 
  • Night drive time 7pm -10pm 
  • Accommodation: mid-range 
  • Dinner and overnight at your hotel 

Day 12

Drive to Entebbe and Departure.

After breakfast drive to Entebbe via the equator and Mpambire drum makers near Mpigi. While you stop for a coffee and last time shopping at the equator, Mr. Karungi will perform for you a water thrill experiment and as you get to Mpigi you shall stop at the Mpampire traditional Drum makers.

You will drive through a beautiful Ugandan countryside, look out for the long horned cattle, colorful road side fruits and vegetable markets and as you about to reach Kampala, the road crosses the equator before the trading centre of Nabusake marked by a pair of unsightly but more photographed white cycles and local entrepreneur has set up buckets and jugs to demonstrate for a small fee how water swirls in opposite directions in the north and southern hemisphere. There is an assortment of crafts shops, look out for what you might buy as you settle down at flamingo shop for a cup of coffee before you proceed on. Nearing Kampala in the district of Mpigi is the traditional drum makers. They make drums of varied size and other musical instruments of different sizes and functions, have a stopover and get the history and usefulness of drums in the ancient rich African culture.
Reach Entebbe early enough for departure with good insights on Uganda.  

  • Morning breakfast 
  • Drive to Entebbe 6 hrs.  
  • Lunch: enroute 
  • Departure