Enjoy the best of Africa’s pearl on this 10 Days Uganda primates and wildlife safari. The exceptional package is the best for primate trekking, game viewing and water sports in different parts of the country.
You will visit Uganda’s top national parks including Murchison falls, Uganda’s largest and oldest Park, Queen Elizabeth, Uganda’s second largest park, Kibale Forest, the primate capital of Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo National park for a complete package.
The safari activities you will enjoy include game viewing, chimpanzee trekking, boat cruising, Rhino tracking at Ziwa, nature/forest walk and mountain gorilla trekking.
Safari Day by Day
Day 1: Pick up – transfer to your hotel
Having arrived at Entebbe International Airport, a professional driver guide representing our company will meet you, briefly explain to you the flow of the itinerary and drive you to your hotel/ lodge in Kampala or Entebbe. Relax at the lodge getting ready for a long drive the next day.
Day 2: Ziwa rhino tracking & transfer to Murchison Falls National Park – hike to the top of the falls
Today you wake up early, have heavy breakfast and embark on a drive to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola. You will briefly visit the endangered rhinos at the sanctuary, learn about their lifestyles and enjoy this magical encounter. Zziwa sanctuary is the only place to see rhinos in the whole of Uganda.
The trek to see rhinos normally takes 2 hours but it’s worth it. From there, have lunch enroute in Masindi and drive north westwards Murchison falls National Park. You will drive to the top of the mighty falls, which overlooks the entire park and the falling waters before driving to your lodge.
Day 3: Game viewing & Launch cruise
Today is the day to explore the beauty of Uganda’s Largest and oldest National Park. In the early morning, wakeup and go for game drives in open savannahs to catch-up with early risers browsing, hunting and grazing.
Game viewing is best done in the northern park of Murchison Falls Park, which has a high concentration of wild animals. Expect to see lots of Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Buffalos, Hippos, waterbucks, Warthogs, Oribis, Leopards and Jackson’s Hartebeests among others.
Return to the lodge, have late breakfast and wait for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a launch cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls. Enjoy how the thunderous strong Nile River squeezing through a 7-meter narrow gorge falling 43 meters down into the devil’s Cauldron. The banks of the river shelter numerous bird species and water animals at your disposal.
Day 4: Game viewing & transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
After breakfast, check out and drive out of Murchison falls National Park departing for Kibale Forest in western Uganda. Enjoy the scenic drive via tea farms, banana plantations, local communities and trading centers. Have a lunch stop in Fort portal where you will also visit the magical Amabere ga Nyinamwiru. Thereafter, proceed to Kibale Forest, the primate capital of Africa.
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk
Finally the day to visit our close relatives if here! Today you will wake up early, have heavy breakfast, get your packed lunch and driving water and drive to Kanyanchu Visitor information Centre. There you will be registered and briefed about the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking.
You will be put in a group and allocated a chimpanzee community to visit. At 8:00am, follow your park rangers and start up a hike through the jungle in search of the endangered chimpanzees. Listen carefully to the loud shouts, laughs and hoots of chimpanzees alerting you on which direction to take.
The actual trekking time is uncertain but range between 2-6 hours. On meeting the chimpanzees, you will be allowed for an hour with them. Enjoy this magical hour to observe how chimpanzees interact with each other, take pictures, capture live videos and see how these endangered primates are indeed our close relatives. In addition to chimpanzees, a trek through chimpanzee forest gives you chance to se other primates in the forest including Vervet monkeys; Red tailed Monkeys, Black and White colobus, baboons and blue monkey among others.
In the afternoon you will go for a nature walk in Bigodi wetland. The sanctuary is home to several monkey species and birds, which you will definitely see. Also, a walk through Bigodi wetland gives you a fresh feeling of the natural environment for a fresh mind.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park – evening game drives
Today we shall leave Kibale forest for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wakeup to have a cup of coffee, check out and embark on a three hours drive to QENP. The drive is scenic via tea farms, banana plantations, forest, local communities and towns overlooking the Rwenzori Mountains opposite you.
You shall reach in the afternoon, check in to your lodge and chill abit. In ten evening, go for game drives through the park to see wild animals feeding before retiring for night. You can also drive to see different crater lakes in the park such as the Katwe salt mines and Lake Munyanyange for flamingoes.
Day 7: Game viewing & launch cruise
You will spend this whole day exploring and enjoying the beauty of Uganda’s second largest National park. Early on this day, you will go for game drives in the open savannahs for great game viewing.
Expect to see many wild animals which include Elephants, lions, Buffalos, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Impalas, Uganda kobs, Elands, Hippos and Topis among others. Return to the lodge for breakfast, refresh and chill as you wait for hot lunch. In the afternoon, join a boat cruise at Kazinga channel.
The 2 hours cruise offers you great views of various birds and water animals on the banks of the river, other wild animals in the park and the neighboring fishing villages. The 40 meters long and 8 meters deep Kazinga channel connects Lake s Edward and George.
Day 8: Ishasha sector – transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park
We are leaving QENP Park to BFNP today. After heavy morning breakfast, check out and drive through ishasha sector south of QENP for game viewing. Ishasha is home to the famous tree-climbing lions, which rest lazily up in the acacia and fig trees. Have lunch enroute and proceed to Bwindi Forest National Park, home to the highest number of mountain gorillas in the world.
Day 9: Mountain gorilla trekking & Batwa community tour
The great day to trek the endangered gorillas is finally here! Today you wake up very early, have breakfast and with your packed lunch, drive to respective park headquarters for registration. You will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking and put together in groups of eight. Each group of eight travelers is allocated a gorilla family to visit. At 8:00am, the trek to search for the endangered gorillas commences lasting for between 2-8 hours.
The trekking time before meeting gorillas vary depending on the location of the endangered species, their speed of movements and the hiking speed of the slowest person in your group.
After meeting them (gorillas), the clock starts ticking for an hour. Be calm and use this magical hour to take pictures, capture videos, learn and enjoy the company of these endangered gorillas. You will the hike down and transfer to the lodge.
In the evening, visit the nearby Batwa community villages to learn about their traditional forest life before they were evicted from the forest.
More so, traditional dances, songs and poems will be performed by Batwa to entertain you. It’s indeed a great experience!
Day 10: Drive back to Kampala/Entebbe
This is the last day of our 10 Days Uganda safari. Wakeup on a cup of coffee, check out and start off your drive back to Kampala. The 9 hours’ drive offers you great views of Kigezi beautiful hills, Ankole cattle farms and banana plantations.
You may briefly stop at Igongo cultural center for lunch and to learn on the traditions, norms and beliefs of Ankole kingdom. You will also have stopover at the Equator for photographs and proceed to Kampala/Entebbe.
End of the safari