14 Days Massive Vacation in Uganda

This is a trip that unveils for you what Uganda is through her prominent wildlife that involves primates plus the big five animals.

This safari introduces you to five national parks, including Kibale (Chimpanzee tracking), Queen Elizabeth (climbing lions), Bwindi impenetrable (gorilla trekking); not forgetting the game drives and boat trips at Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National parks. The genesis and end of this safari is Kampala city.

Detailed tour.

Day 1: Arrive via Entebbe airport and transfer to a hotel in Kampala.

A special welcome to Uganda – the pearl of Africa! An assigned driver is responsible for your transfer and your luggage from the airport to any hotel of your choice around Kampala city located in central region of Uganda.

If you arrive in the morning, you have a chance of taking part in the on-going city events that include historical, religious and cultural attractions. The best starting points to visit are the famous Kasubi royal tombs, Uganda museum, Namirembe Martyrs shrine and African Craft Market. The common language spoken here is Luganda.

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

What an experience! The morning 5-6 hour drive from Kampala towards Murchison falls (world’s most powerful water falls) after a delicious breakfast. The drive blesses your eyes with roadside markets, rivers, lakes and lush forests.

A stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is something not worth missing because missing it means missing rhino trekking in Uganda. From trekking and having a delicious lunch, you proceed to Murchison falls NP.  Leisure and accommodation are assurances at the park.

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking at Budongo and afternoon transfer to northern sector.

This happens immediately after breakfast and starts with a precise briefing by tour guides to equip you with knowledge of the dos and don’ts. A variety of animals like olive baboons, monkeys and birds like crested Guinea fowl, greenbul, African pied wagtail, etc. are some of the fauna enjoyed along the way.

After the trek, serve your stomach with a delicious lunch then head to top of the falls and glance at the rainbow formed when water squeezes itself in a small 7m tunnel, and thereafter transfer to the northern part of Murchison falls NP. It is here that you have a game drive the next day.

Day 4: Game drive and boat trip.

An early morning breakfast at 6:00am is accompanied by a game drive to the Nile delta (a concentration area for fauna like lions, antelopes, giraffes, elephants, leopards, to mention but a few). From here you go back to the lodge and enjoy leisure at the swimming pool.

At 2:00pm, you begin a launch cruise at River Nile to the bottom of Murchison falls and Uhuru falls as you watch various birds and other aquatic animals.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale NP.

You can’t miss a morning breakfast of course! You then head to Kibale forest NP with our packed lunch. On the way, you bless your eyes with a glance of the top of the Albert rift as you pass by Lake Albert.

Arrival in the mighty city of Fort Portal marks the beginning of your lunch. Here you relax as you wait for evening to come and explore Crater Lakes or tour coffee at the Isunga cultural community (this is optional).

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale NP and a community walk.

Kanyanchu information centre is where you start from with a short briefing on chimpanzee tracking early in the morning. When we talk of chimpanzees, think of something that shares 98% of the human DNA. Some of the major items of briefing is that feeding of animals and use of flash cameras are strictly prohibited while trekking.

Gorilla trekking doesn’t stop you from viewing primates like Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, black-faced vervet monkeys, less common L’Hoest’s , olive baboons, bush babies, etc.

Next on the agenda is visiting local communities of either Bigodi or Isunga to engage with the Batooro and Bakiga cultures. You encounter local brewers, traditional healers, traditional dancers and musician.

Day 7: From Kibale NP to Queen Elizabeth NP plus an evening game drive.

After a morning breakfast at the Safari lodge, you drive to Queen Elizabeth National park. This involves passing via local villages, crater lakes and a number of wildlife pasturing in the savannah plains. These involve the big five animals inclusive of the mighty climbing lions, hippos, buffalos, spotted hyena, giant forest hog, leopards.

In addition to the above are over 606 bird species that include; African skimmer, African fish eagle and black-rumped buttonquail.

Black and white Colobus monkeys, black-faced red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, blue olive baboons and chimpanzees are some of the many primates found in Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth NP.

Indulge in the evening game drive after lunch and relaxation at the lodge to be able to see such creatures.

Day 8: Morning game drive and evening boat trip.

The morning drive in Kasenyi area enables you to watch elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos as they pay a visit to salt Crater Lake. You also enjoy fishing activities taking place on Lake George. A boat cruise on Kazinga Channel helps you watch a multitude of aquatic fauna like hippos in addition to the water-loving birds that have never left the lake alone.

A slow drive back to the lodge enables you spot birds like malachite kingfishers, saddle billed, pink backed pelicans, pied and stork.

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable NP.

A drive through Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth’s southern sector) to Bwindi forest National Park takes place as soon as morning breakfast is done. Next is having lunch at Ishasha River camp as we trace for climbing lions.

You then continue to Bwindi impenetrable that harbours endangered gorilla species in addition to unique birds such as white-eyed salty flycatcher, handsome francolin and equatorial akalat.

Day 10: Gorilla trekking adventure.

A world-class breakfast is followed by joining other people at the headquarters for a precise briefing before gorilla trekking commences. This results into grouping people into groups of eight for a better trekking experience. Here you head into the forest to make the trekking adventure happen. Like the name of the park suggests, it is impenetrable due to the thick creepers; something that requires a certain degree of fitness plus the long distance of about 2 to 7 hours of hiking. A full hour is spent watching gorillas as they dine, mate and play chaired by their family head (silverback).

You then trek back to the starting point and meet your guide and head to the accommodation facility for a nice lunch.

Day 11: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi.

A visit to Africa’s 2nd deepest lake commences at about 9:00am as soon as breakfast is done. The lake traces its name from the dominant small birds found there commonly referred to as “Bunyonyi.” It comprises of 29 well-terraced islands that create captivating moments for the visitors. An afternoon Canoe ride to the islands for swimming and community visits is a question of choice.

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi Exploration.

Serve your senses with captivating moments at Lake Bunyonyi starting with a delicious breakfast as you watch birds and rolling hills. This is a home sweet home commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa” because of the fresh air, outstanding scenery and neighbouring communities. The rest of your day is spent at the resort as you explore the beauty of the lake.

Day 13: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Optional boat cruise in the evening.

Having had a spiced breakfast, all roads will lead to Lake Mburo National Park (a four-hour drive). You can have lunch along the way before you reach the park in the afternoon and check-in at the booked accommodation.

Next on the agenda is a boat cruise that blesses you with views of aquatic animals like birds, crocodiles, hippos, etc.

Day 14: Nature Walk and travel back to Kampala city.

This morning you will go for a nature walk to search for more game with an armed game ranger. This is the only park in the country where you can spot impalas and elands with zebras. Retire from the nature walk for late breakfast. The nature walk involves searching for more game with an armed ranger. Impalas, elands and zebras can only be traced in this park in the entire country. End your walk with a late breakfast before you drive back to Kampala. A stopover at the Uganda Equator monument in Kayabwe Mpigi district for photography and craft shopping is something not worth missing.

Finalize your trip by proceeding to Kampala to any booked hotel or airport to catch up with the flight that bids you farewell from the pearl of Africa.

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