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15 Days Uganda Safari Adventure

This 15 days Uganda safari Holiday takes you to Kidepo valley national park, one of the isolated park in Uganda yet with incredible wildlife, Murchison falls national park the largest park in Uganda for a hike to the top of the falls and wildlife viewing, kibale forest for chimpanzee tracking and bigodi wetland visit, Queen Elizabeth national park to spot the unique tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector, bwindi impenetrable forest for the unique gorilla trekking, sightseeing at lake bunyonyi and end with Lake Mburo national park.

Itinerary Breakdown

– Day 1: Transfer to Kidepo valley national park from Kampala
– Day 2: Game drive and cultural encounter
– Day 3: Hiking and community walk
– Day 4: Transfer to Murchison falls national park
– Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise
– Day 6: Transfer to Kibale national park
– Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and bigodi wetland visit.
– Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
– Day 9: Game drive and boat cruise
– Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable N.P.
– Day 11: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community walk.
– Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi and do sunset boat cruise.
– Day 13: Zip lining and transfer to Lake Mburo national park
– Day 14: Game drive and boat cruise
– Day 15: Transfer to Kampala.

Detailed Itinerary

Day1: Transfer to Kidepo valley national park from Kampala.

After having breakfast early morning, transfer to kidepo valley national park of which the journey takes like 10-12 hours. Pass through the famous Luwerodistrict, using the Northern route or use the Eastern route via Mbale town. The drive will continue through the open grasslands of Nakasongola district to Gulu town. The lunch en-route will be in gulu then proceed to the park. Dinner and overnight will be served at the lodge.

Accommodation.

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid- Range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (budget rooms)

Day2: Game drive and cultural encounter.

After having breakfast, embark on an early morning game drive along kidepo trails. Kidepo national park harbors a great diversity of wildlife species than any other parks in Uganda. The park has 80 mammal species recorded and the 28 are only found in this park. The game drive allows you to meet the carnivore species such as caracal, cheetah, hunting dog, bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf and many others. Some of the other wildlife to encounter on a game drive include elephants, zebra, bush pigs, warthog, Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, eland and so many others. Return to the lodge for refreshment and lunch.

In the afternoon, go for a cultural encounter and experience the unique traditional dances from the Karamajong people and explore their Manyatta houses, Kraals, etc.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation.

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid- Range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge(budget rooms)

Day3: Hiking and community walk.

After having breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lamoji Mountain for hiking. The hike rewards you with stunning scenic views of the kidepo valley national park. You will go through the mountains and savannah landscape of the park while hiking and also narus valley and encounter a variety of wildlife plus birds. The activity gives you a chance to explore the splendid Kidepo river valley covered by borassus palm forest, the kanangorkok hot springs and many others. Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, go for an evening nature walk and during this activity, you go through the karamajongs homesteads known as the manyattas and you will experience their traditional costumes, stools, spears, headdress among others hence encountering the karamajong life style. After the nature walk, retire back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation.

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid- Range: Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge(budget rooms)

Day4: Transfer to Murchison falls national park.

After having breakfast, transfer to Murchison falls national park and this scenic drive will take through savannah grasslands to the park. The lunch en-route will be in GuluTown after continue with the journey through karuma and arriving at the park in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation.

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Mid- Range: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day5: Game drive and boat cruise.

After your early breakfast, go for the morning game drive and spot many wildlife species like giraffes, lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes and so many others. The morning game drive gives you a chance to spot the nocturnal animals and the hunters before they return to their hideouts as well as the early risers. Return to the lodge for relaxation.

In the afternoon after lunch, go for the boat cruise on the Victoria Nile which is the high spot in this park to view lots of wildlife species at a close and clear range. The wildlife likely to be spotted on a boat cruise ranges from hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and many others that come to drink water to refresh themselves off the scorching sun and also to enjoy fresh grass along the banks of the river in the afternoon. However also spot reptiles like the Nile crocodiles and a number of bird spices. The boat goes to the base of Murchison falls and here you get a chance to see the most lovely and powerful falls in the world. You can either choose to hike to the top of the falls or just return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Mid- Range: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Day6: Transfer to Kibale national park.

After having breakfast, transfer to fort portal, the journey will take you through the impressive country side landscape with rural setting and local population. After having lunch in fort portal, you go for a Crater Lake hiking to gain impressive views of fort portal explosion craters.

Retire for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury: Primate Lodge

Mid-Range: Kyaninga Royal Cottages

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

 

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi wetland visit.

Have an early breakfast then head to the park headquarters for briefing then after enter the forest to start the chimpanzee tracking while following the guide. Kibale national park is among the best primate destinations in Africa especially chimpanzee tracking. It accommodates a number of primates and other wildlife. The moment you meet the chimpanzee while tracking them, you are only give an hour to be with them. After tracking the chimpanzee, you will go back to your hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon, go for nature walk in Bigodi wetland where you will get a chance to encounter a number of bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Primate Lodge

Mid-Range: Kyaninga Royal Cottages

Budget: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park.

Have breakfast, then transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park where you will go through the crater lakes. The journey will reward you with attractive scenery landscape. You will check in at the lodge and have lunch. You will spend your evening at the lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge

Day9: Game drive and Boat Cruise.

After breakfast, go for the morning game drive and it will reward you with the sights of various wildlife like; elephants, lions, leopards, antelopes, buffaloes, hippos, and so many others. Later return to the lodge for relaxation and have lunch.

After having lunch in the afternoon, go for a boat cruise on kazinga channel. Still on this boat, you will sight many animals like buffaloes, elephants, reptiles and so many others. Still on the boat cruise, you will encounter a variety of bird species including even the water birds. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget: Queen Elizabeth Park View Tourist Lodge

Day10: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park.

After breakfast, embark on the trip to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south western part of Uganda. You can choose to undertake an optional game drive en route in Ishasha sector searching for the tree climbing lions. This section of the park is well endowed with the infamous climbing lions together with other wild game that dwell in this woodland part of the park.

The tree climbing lions prefer to lie flat on fig tree branches in the mid-morning sun while waiting for their prey.  After this encounter, proceed on the drive to Bwindi arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Ruhija Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Broadbill Forest Camp.

Day11: Gorilla trekking and community walk.

After breakfast in the early morning, head to the park headquarters for the briefing from the park rangers about dos and don’ts while in that park. After you will be divided in a group of 8. Then enter the forest and start off gorilla trekking safari as directed by the rangers.  It is a magnificent experience watching the gentle mountain gorillas playing, feeding plus doing other interesting activities. Gorilla trekking takes 2 to 8 hours depending on the location and movement of the group you’re trekking.

When you finally meet the gorillas, you’re only allowed to spend one hour with them so remember to use it wisely. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, go for the cultural walk around the Batwa community, and you will be entertained and given tales of their unique culture. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation

Luxury: Ruhija Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Bakiga Lodge

Budget: Broadbill Forest Camp.

Day12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi and do a sunset boat cruise.

After having breakfast, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lake in Africa and it is one of the lakes that are free from bilharzia and safe for swimming. The journey to this lake will reward you with magnificent landscape.

Lunch will be at the lodge and in the afternoon, go for a boat cruise and discover up to 29 islands found on this water body. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdnest Lodge

Mid-Range: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort

Budget: Supreme Adventure Park

Day13: Zip lining and transfer to Lake Mburo national park.

After having breakfast, go for the zip lining adventure across the lake; Have lunch at the lodge and transfer to Lake Mburo national park, one of the smallest savannah parks in Uganda. It covers an area of 371 sq.km and hosts over 332 bird species and a variety of wildlife like Zebras, antelopes, Oribis, warthogs among others. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge

Mid-Range: Arcadia cottages, Mburo

Budget: Mpogo Lodge.

Day 14: Game walking Safari and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo.

After having breakfast, go for a morning game walk commencing at Rwonyo tourism center at 7:00am. During this activity, the guide accompanies the travelers when he is armed. A wide range of wild game is explored including Giraffes, water bucks, zebras, antelopes and many others on foot.

The walk in the savanna as you see the sun rising over it is another memorable experience. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, go for a boat cruise on Lake Mburo. This activity will enable you view reptiles including crocodiles, hippos, etc., plus birds.

Accommodation.

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge

Mid-Range: Arcadia Cottages, Mburo

Budget: Mpogo Lodge

Day15: Transfer to Kampala.

After having breakfast, transfer to Kampala. The drive will reward you with magnificent sights and landscapes. Have a stop at the Equator and have some amazing photos and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the north and southern hemisphere. Have lunch Enroute then proceed to Kampala. You will be dropped at your lodge or at the airport.

End of safari.

Inclusive

  • Gorilla & Chimps permits
  • 4 WD Vehicle
  • A professional English speaking Driver guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Free Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities / service as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International air fares
  • Activities / services not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature
  • Any activity / service marked as optional in the itinerary.

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