The 7 Days Uganda safari is an exceptional package to explore and enjoy the beauty in the Pearl of Africa. Yes, get ready, embark on this 7 Days Uganda safari to visit the top tourist destination in Uganda. The tour offers your memorable gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, boat cruise and community tours to batwa pygmies for a lifetime Uganda safari experience.
More so, connecting drives through local farms. Communities, hills and valleys make this experience more enjoyable and fun. By the end of this 7 Days Uganda primates and wildlife safari, there is no doubt, you will have believed that Uganda is indeed the Pearl of Africa. This trip starts and ends in Kampala. Alternatively, we can tailor make it to start from Entebbe and end in Kigali – Rwanda.
Safari day by day
Day 1: Pick up & transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
The professional safari driver from our company will pick you up from your hotel in Entebbe or Entebbe international airport, briefly familiarize you with the flow of the itinerary and setoff for Kibale Forest National park. The 6 hours’ drive from Kampala to Kibale forest is a magical journey with great views of beautiful sceneries, local communities, tea planation and local households.
You will have a stopover at Nakayima tree to see people praying and offering sacrifices to their gods. Proceed to Fort portal for lunch and thereafter visit the Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru to embrace the natural works of God. In the evening drive to Kibale forest, home of the endangered chimpanzees and other 12 primates.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi Wetland Tour
The great day to see the famous chimpanzees is finally here! Wakeup very early, have breakfast and with your packed lunch transfer to Kanyanchu visitor information Centre. Register with the park heads and assemble together for the brief guide on the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking. At 8:0am, transfer to the trekking starting point and start up a hike in search of your lost cousins. While in the jungle, pay attention to the loud shouts, hoots and laughs of chimpanzees from a distance. These guide you on which direction to take.
The hike to meet chimpanzees last between 30 minutes to several hours depending on their location and the speed of the slowest person in your group. However, the trek is another experience to see other primates in the forest such as the red tailed monkeys, black and white colobuses, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkey, baboons, Forest elephants and African buffalos among others which make the whole experience magical. After meeting the chimpanzees, spend an hour in their presence.
Be keen to take as many pictures as possible, capture live videos and embrace the human like characters of these endangered primates in their communities. Return to the lodge for refreshment and go for a nature walk in Bigodi wetland. The swamp is home to many bird species which include Yellow Spotted Barbet, Western Nicator, Black crowned waxbill, hairy breasted barbet and many more butterflies and monkey species. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth- Evening game drives
Today you wake up early, have a relaxed breakfast, check out and drive out of Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National park, Uganda’s second largest park. The drive time from Kibale forest to Queen Elizabeth national park takes roughly 3 hours via Kyambura.
You will reach Q.E.N.P in the afternoon, have lunch and relax at the lodge. In the evening go for a game drive to catchup with animals feeding before retiring for night rests. Among the animals you expect to see in Queen Elizabeth national park include elephants, lions, buffalos’ hippos, waterbucks, warthogs, Uganda kobs and Topis among others.
Day 4: Morning game drive & launch cruise
You will spend this whole day exploring enjoying the beautiful Queen Elizabeth national park. In the early morning, wake up and go for guided game drives in open savannahs of the park to catchup with early risers grazing, browsing and hunting, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a high concentration of wild animals which include Lions, Buffalos, Elephants, Hippos, Uganda Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthogs. A drive through Ishasha sector gives you chance to see the famous tree climbing lions which rest lazily up in the acacia trees. Return to the lodge for late breakfast and refresh as you wait for hot lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a launch cruise at Kazinga channel which connects Lakes Edward and George.
The cruise is a great opportunity to see numerous birds including Ibises, African Fish eagle, African Kingfisher, Hamerkop, Yellow billed stork and egrets among others. Also, look out at the banks of the river for crocodiles resting lazily. The cold breeze and fresh air on the water gives you a fresh feeling from the previous anxiety of trekking chimpanzees.
Day 5: Drive to Bwindi Forest National Park
On this day, you will wake up, have a relaxed breakfast and checkout and drive to visit Lake Katwe salt mines. Drive out of Queen Elizabeth Park through Ishasha sector, home to the endangered tree climbing lions. The 5 hours’ drive through local communities, farms and trading centers is a great pre gorilla trekking experience.
Spend the whole of this evening resting at the lodge as you get ready for gorilla trekking the next morning. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a premier gorilla safari destination sheltering the highest half of the world’s mountain gorillas
Day 6: Mountain gorilla trekking & Batwa community visit
The long awaited day to see gorillas is finally here! Wakeup very early, have a cup of coffee and with your packed lunch drive to the respective park headquarters for registration and briefing on the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking. You will be put together in a group of eight and allocated a gorilla family to visit. At 8:00am, start up a trek to meet one of the 20 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Forest.
The 2-8 hours’ gorilla trek is undeniably strenuous but worth it. Spend an hour with the gorilla family, observe how each gorilla plays a different role in a family, take pictures and enjoy this magical encounter. Besides gorillas, Bwindi forest is home to other wild animals including African buffalos, monkeys and baboons plus numerous bird species all at your disposal. In the evening, visit batwa communities to learn and experience the traditional forest life of these indigenous people. Traditional dances and songs will be performed to entertain you.
Day 7: Drive back to Entebbe
This is the last day of our seven days Uganda safari. Wake up early, have breakfast, checkout and embark on a drive back to Kampala. Enjoy this scenic drive via Kigezi rolling hills, ad local communities.
Stop at Igongo cultural Centre in Mbarara to learn about Ankole’s traditions, norms and different artifacts used. You will also have a brief stop at the Uganda Equator for some photos and proceed to Kampala for your connecting flight at Entebbe airport
End of the safari