The Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari

Destinations: Entebbe | Murchison Falls | Hoima | Kibale Forest | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Kisoro | Lake Bunyonyi | Kampala
Duration: 14 Days

Overview

An amazing Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari adventure exploring the pure wilderness of Uganda’s virgin jungles. Uganda is a country of striking beauty and home to the deepest crater lake in all of Africa, Lake Bunyoni. Its national parks and wildlife reserves boast over 300 species of mammal and more than 1000 species of birds, though Uganda's major attraction is the approximate half of the 880 remaining mountain gorillas.

Spectacular wildlife viewing in Uganda’s most beautiful parks with very special wildlife encounters. This dynamically packed Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari tour allows you to touch and embrace magical Africa leaving you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent!

In David Attenborough’s all time favourite breathless encounter with mountain gorillas in 1979’s Life on Earth, back then, a mountain gorilla trekking experience had seemed as improbable as walking with dinosaurs, and just as dangerous. Today we have nothing to fear from these gentle and highly endangered primates. Visiting them in their natural habitat – the misty jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – has become one of the planet’s ultimate wildlife safari experiences. Expect to come face-to-face with a mountain gorilla on this Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari, go chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, see crocodiles, crater lakes, mountains hippos, buffaloes, elephants, butterflies and meet some of most amazing communities and forgotten tribes of East Africa.

Highlights of this Safari

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa
  • Boat safari to the Murchison Falls
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest
  • Exploration of the crater lakes
  • Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Explore the “Gorilla Highlands”
  • Boat cruise of the Kazinga Channel
  • Search for the tree climbing lions in Ishasha
  • Lake Bunyonyi beauty and tranquility
 

The Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by one of our team members that will guide you most of the time during your trip, then you'll be transfered to your safari Lodge, given a short briefing about the 14 Days Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari over dinner and left to chill and relax your mind for the journey next day.

Overnight: Karibu Guesthouse.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls Park

We will have an early breakfast so that we start journey to Murchison Falls National park. Drive through Luwero, Nakasongola and branch off to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will track rhino in their habitants after over 30yrs extinction in Uganda. The Rhino sanctuary is an endeavor to re-introduce Rhinos to the wild in Uganda. You will have an opportunity to track the Rhinos on foot with an armed ranger and have some photo sessions. Thereafter proceed to Masindi, Lunch en route and later enter into Murchison falls park, you will visit the incredible Top of the falls and later proceed to your lodge in the evening for the overnight.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls Game Park

After an early breakfast we explore the third day of the Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari which takes us on an African Savanna adventure, we go to the Northern banks of River Nile for a morning game drive. Look out for different bird species, hartebeests, elephants, Cape buffalos, Rothschild’s giraffes, waterbucks, Oribis, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas and probably lions. After lunch, a three-hour boat trip along the Nile River gives you the chance to see Murchison Falls from below. Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, and aquatic birds can be seen along the shores of the river.

You will disembark from the boat at the bottom of the falls to take a hike to the top of Murchison Falls. Here you’ll have impressive views of the falls at the spot where the Nile is forced through a 23-foot wide gap in the rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is a place with a lot of energy in the air as the water mist spews forth and you hear thunderous sounds as the water is forced through the narrow chasm. You will find your guide waiting for you and head back to your lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge or Murchison River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Launch cruise to the Delta- Hioma

The fourth morning, you head out for a 3-4 hour boat cruise to the Nile Delta; this is an the extensive papyrus delta through which the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. This beautiful launch trip is worth doing, not only for the different and contrasting Africa Wildlife scenery, but because your chances of seeing the shoebill stork in their papyrus habitat are high .It also takes in a variety of other wildlife, including hippos, elephants and many birds. Later proceed to Hoima to cut down the long drive to kibale passing Butiaba to view the beautiful landscape of Lake Albert, visit the Kibiro hot springs if desired arriving in the afternoon. Arrive at the lodge to check in and thereafter be entertained by one of the cultural groups

Overnight: Hoima Cultural Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hoima – Kibale forest national park

To Fort Portal another colonial town in Uganda we drive. In fort Portal district we Kibale Forest where we'll meet our close cousins, the chimpanzees, bonobos and other small primates. This part of the Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari journey will be rewarded with stunning views as you pass small villages and local markets and astonishing view of tea plantation scenery en-route to the ‘Mountains of the moon’ region. Kibale Forest is home to an extraordinary thirteen species of primates, including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

Later in the evening you will have the opportunity to visit the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking - Crater lakes

Today Kibale forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees. Kibale is a tropical rain forest with other primates like bush babies, baboons, black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkey, and several bird species together with trees including the Elephant beer tree, all can be spotted on a nature walk in the forest. In the afternoon head out for an exploration of the crater lakes. Enjoy the beauty of the numerous small lakes, surrounded by gentle hills, and the stunning views. You will meet the local people as you walk through their villages, learn about the customs of the Batoro tribe and enjoy the panoramic views.

Option B: The Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari allows you to have options due to its duration. On this particular day, you can choose to have a full day Chimpanzee habituation experience. Begin the day by tracking to the area that the chimps built their nests the night before. You’ll observe and follow the chimpanzees as they go about their daily activities, feeding, and grooming. They definitely don’t stay in one place, so be ready to move through the underbrush of the forest. Your researcher will teach you about each of the chimpanzees and how to identify the chimps by their markings. You’ll learn who is who and most importantly who is in charge. Your researcher knows these chimps well and by being with him you will gain unparallel access. You’ll be in the forest for the day and as the day ends the chimps will begin to build their nests for the night

Overnight: Papaya Lake Lodge or Crater Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kibale – Queen Elizabeth Park

Having taken breakfast, you depart Fort Portal for Queen Elizabeth - home to herds of the Ugandan national animal, the Ugandan kob. As you enjoy the drive you will have a chance to view different fauna and flora along the way, including clear view of the Rwenzori Mountain. Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Our guide will help you explore the park as well as the distant parts of the park like the Equator and the Queen’s Pavilion. This afternoon you will visit the Katwe Salt lake explosions which offer amazing scenery and photographic opportunities.

Overnight: Kyambura gorge Lodge or Katara Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Begin the eighth day of the Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari with a cup of coffee, and then enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Ugandan kobs and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, you will have a two-hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile for an opportunity to see hippo, buffalo, Ugandan kobs, elephants and warthogs. This trip also enables you the chance to see some spectacular birds.

The Kazinga channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. It has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife safari ventures. The shores of the lake attract a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year around. This particular channel is known to have the largest concentration of Hippos in the whole world!

Overnight: Kyambura gorge Lodge or Katara Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth – Ishasha southern sector

Today you proceed to Ishasha, home to the famed tree climbing lions. The Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. The lions are located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and are best seen in early hours of the morning. Have a game drive before stopping for lunch, and another game drive in the afternoon before dinner.

Overnight: Enjojo Safari Lodge or Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ishasha Sector - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Lake Mutanda

Today we make another important road trip of the Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari. Through the beautiful mountains, valleys and backdrops of misty forest and human plantations and beautiful people by the roads, we drive south to Kisoro, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the most anticipated mountain gorilla trekking adventure, where we'll spend two nights.

You will drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will pass the country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. Your lodge for the next day’s rests at the shores of Lake Mutanda with wonderful views of the Virunga Volcano chain.

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Mountain Gorilla trekking

The highlight of your Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari is here: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi Forest! You will go to the jungle after breakfast in the morning, with packed lunch and porters to track Gorillas. Gorilla trekking can take 3-9 hours on walking in the jungle before one returns to his/her safari lodge, the jungle, precipitous landscape (5200 feet plus) and rain may make the tour challenging and you need physical fitness but with a close encounter face-face with the largest primate of Africa is a remarkable experience you will ever have in life.

Overnight: Chameleon Hill Lodge or Bwindi Jungle Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Buyonyi

Depart Kisoro for Lake Bunyonyi a crater lake in Kabale and the deepest in the East African region. Take a boat cruise on the water to the Island, relax swim and enjoy the amazing view of the crater and the surrounding sceneries.

Overnight: Birds Nest Bunyonyi

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Bunyonyi – Kampala

After a calm breakfast we depart the beautiful lake and head back to the capital city. En route we will pass the Equator where we will make a stop for photos and souvenir shopping. Late in the afternoon arrival in Kampala.

Overnight: karibu Guesthouse

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure and end of the Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari

Say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories from the 14 Day Classic Uganda Wildlife Safari. Depending on your flight departure time, we will have you transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight. For late departures we have a lot of optional activities you can explore in Entebbe.

End of Safari


INCLUDES

  • All Park fees
  • Gorilla Trekking permits
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • All activities
  • All accommodation as per Itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water

EXCLUDES

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50)
  • Optional activities in the Park.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the
  • itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips