Uganda the pearl of Africa is truly blessed with nature and this is evidenced by the numerous tourist destinations allocated in different parts. A trip to Uganda will expose you to the world’s nature wonders which are only identified in Uganda and other neighboring sister countries. Invest cheaply in a life time experience of the wilderness creatures found in the greenest and most beautiful places with rich ecosystem.
Day 1: From Kampala – lake Mburo Day 2: Game drive – transfer to kibale national park Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking – community walk (Bigodi swamp) Day 4: Descend to Semliki national park – hot spring walk – night in fort Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N.P – evening game drive Day 6: Morning game drive – transfer to Ishasha sectors Day 7: Game drive tree (climbing lions) – drive to bwindi Day 8: Gorilla trekking – Batwa community walk Day 9: Transfer to Mgahinga – golden monkey trekking Day 10: Golden monkey trekking Day 11: Drive to Rwanda – city tour- genocide museum – market Day 12: Departure (flight)
Day 1: from Kampala - lake Mburo
The first day of the safari you will be picked by wild escort safari professional driver at either the airport or the hotel who will brief you about the whole safari. Travel from Kampala heading south west of Uganda to Masaka have a break in the journey at Equator for some photos .you will have lunch on the way, then proceed with the journey to Lake Mburo the land of pleasure blessed with nature and Uganda’s smaller park embraced with savannah and acacia woodland, also ranked for supporting a great number of antelopes. Retire for a night at the reserved hotel.
Meal plan: bed and break fast
Accommodation: luxury – satellite hotel, Joka’s hotel, Val heights hotel, midrange- modest inn, yahoo guest house and budget – palm gardens and guest house, Nakoosi eco-lodge.
Day 2: Game drive - Transfer to kibale N.P
You will be served breakfast early morning at the hotel and then head for a morning game drive around the park where you will encounter numerous animal species such as a great number of antelopes, Burchell zebras, impala, Erands, African hyena, buffalo, warthogs and Uganda’s greenery such as savannah , a diverse array of water birds, hippos and crocodiles. This adventure will expose you to information about the 500 million years old ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks underneath, the 13 nearby lakes, wetlands among others. Return to the accommodation for lunch and transfer to kibale national park a best chimpanzee destination reaching in the rese and check in at the reserved hotel. Retire for a night
Meal plan: bed and breakfast
Accommodation: luxury – Kyaninga lodge, Ndali lodge, primate lodge, midrange – chimps nest, kibale forest camp, budget – Nyankuruba community camp site, Rwenzori guest house
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking and Community Walk (Bigodi swamp)
After a morning breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters to meet up with the park guide who will brief you about the activity and later you will join your tracking group of 8 members and proceed with the long hour’s search of the chimpanzees in the most beautiful tropical forest and it’s a one hour experience after their encounter of man’s closest cousin.
However you will encounter other animal species such as monkeys, terrestrial mammals like African elephants, sitatunga, red and blue duikers, giant forest hogs, African elephants. You will have packed lunch in the jungle and later return to the hotel refresh and rest for a few minutes and head for a B community walk in the Bigodi swamp. This will give you a chance to interact with the Bigodi women learn their life style participate in their hand crafts, cultural dances and taste their local cuisines. Return for a night stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Descend to Semliki National Park (hot spring walk)
Breakfast at dawn, you will descend to Semliki national park the best birding destination famous for its stunning hot spring called the Sempaya hot spring. Your will experience a magical hour of adventure while on the hot spring walk in the park. You will descend into the tropical rain forests as you will encounter with primate species and terrestrial mammals. It’s an ultimate feeling when you reach the stunning Nyasimbi the female hot spring and Bitende the male hot spring as you take a view of the boiling geyser. Return for dinner and a night stay at the hotel.
Carry with you eggs, matooke and vegetables which you will cook in the female hot spring for less than 30 minutes.
Meal plan: full package
Accommodation: luxury- Semliki safari lodge, midrange- mountains of the moon hotel, budget – Rwenzori view guest house
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat Cruise at Kazinga Channel
A meal at dawn, you will set off to Queen Elizabeth national park in south western Uganda a popular land of tree climbing lions found in the southern sector of the park. Lunch will be served at the accommodation rest for a few hours and head for a boat cruise at the kazinga channel situated between Lake Albert and George. You will experience the sea breeze and sight the aquatic life such as hippos, Nile crocodiles, a variety of bird species and other animals along the shores as they drink to quench their thirst. Return to the hotel, refresh, have dinner and retire for a night.
Meal plan; full board
Accommodation: Luxury – Mweya safari lodge, Ishaka wilderness camp, kyambura lodge mid-range – pumba safari cottages, Baboon Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Park View Lodge, Budget- Bush Lodge, Simba safari lodge
Day 6: Morning Game Drive - Lake Katwe Exploration
A cup of coffee in the morning, you will head for a morning game drive where you will sight numerous wildlife species in their natural habitat. These includes African Buffalo, elephants, oribis, Jackson harte beest, warthogs, tree climbing lions hiding in the fig tree in the endless Ishasha plains, a variety of bird species, a magnificent picnic view while at the Mweya peninsular. Head back for lunch and set off to Lake Katwe a salt production area where you will learn the formation of the lake and how salt is extracted. Return for a night stay.
Meal plan: full board
Day 7: Morning Game Drive – Tree Climbing Lions
After breakfast at dawn, you will set off for a morning game drive south west of the park in the ishasha sector in search for the mighty tree climbing lions which cannot be spotted elsewhere in Africa. This will involve a search of a member of the cats family in the fig trees and thick grasses. It’s by chance that you will see these creatures. You will drive to bwindi national forest via kihihi where lunch will be served. Detour around the town and experience its urban settings then proceed to the journey to Bwindi impenetrable national park were you will reach in evening at the hotel refresh have dinner and retire for a night
Accommodation: Luxury- Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, gorilla mist camp, bwindi culture center, chameleon hill lodge Mid-Range- Volcanoes Bwindi lodge Bakiga lodge budget- Buhoma haven, Buhoma community Bandas, Bwindi backpacker
Day 8: Gorilla Safaris in Bwindi – Batwa Community Walk
After a cup of tea, you will head to the park headquarters to meet up with the park guide for briefing about the does and don’ts. It’s an early activity which starts at 8:30 am and a 2-6 hour trekking with strictly a 1 hour interaction after meeting up with the gorillas. Throughout the 1 hour, your free to take photos, videos learn the gorilla ways, feeding communication. You will carry packed lunch which will be taken while in the wild. Meet up with the Batwa communities where you will get to know much about their cultural practices, dances, local cuisine among others. Return to the accommodation for a night.
Day 9: Travel to Mgahinga
A morning meal at the hotel, transfer to Mgahinga national park famous for its golden monkey and Batwa experience. This will be a long drive while travelling through curved roads at a slow speed passing through mountain ranges of Muhavura, Sabinyo, and Gahinga. You will have a stopover at Lake Bunyonyi in kabale where lunch will be served. You will see the beautiful birds at the shores and spot the islands from a distance. Proceed to Mgahinga check in at the reserved hotel and retire for a night.
Meal plan: half board
Accommodations: luxury – mount Gahinga lodge, kisoro tourist hotel, mid-range – Mucha hotel, travellers resort hotel kisoro, budget – Amajambere Iwacu community camp
Day 10: Golden Monkey Trekking
Have early breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for briefing, joining your tracking group of 8 members for about 2-6 hours and a strictly one hour interaction you will get to know the communication styles, feeding and adaptiveness to the greenery environment. Packed Lunch will be taken in the wild and you will carry boots, light jacket, umbrella among others. You will head back to the hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 11: Drive to Rwanda for a City Tour/Genocide Museum, Market
Early morning after a cup of tea, you will travel to Rwanda via kisoro town crossing the kyanika border. Lunch will be served in Kigali town then proceed to the genocide museum to view the cultural monuments resulting from the Kigali genocide. You will see the big dug up glassed graves with many packed coffins inside. Head to the market observing how trade is carried out, things being weighed in kilograms. Opt to buy anything you desire at the market. Check in at any hotel of your choice in Kigali and retire for a night.
Meal plan: half board
Accommodations: Kigali Marriott hotel, Kigali Serena hotel, Rohi apartment hotel, The retreat, Radisson blue hotel, hotel Gorillas Kigali, mid- range – modern villa hotel, radius guest flats, amigo apartment, Sinai hotel, Olympic hotel, budget, 2000 hotel down town, peponi living space, Kigali village suites, cozy safari.
Day 12: Flight Day
Early at dawn after a cup of coffee, travel to the airport for a flight back to your destination.
Activity fees mentioned in the itinerary
Transport and fuel(4×4)
Meals as mentioned per day
English speaking guide
Driver and guide fees
Safe bottled water
Anything not mentioned in the includes
Cost of Safari
The cost of this safari will vary depending on date of travel, type of accommodation, transport mode and number of people on the safari.