18 Days Ultimate Uganda Safari

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This Ultimate Uganda Safari trip will start in Kampala and it will end in Kampala – Uganda’s capital. It specifically includes two chances to see the rare and endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda and it will take you to the most important places of Uganda such as Jinja, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park with Ishasha sector famous for its tree climbing lions, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Lake Bunyonyi, with Kampala city tour.

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
Kampala city tours
Game drives in savannahs of Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park with search for tree climbing lions in ishasha sector.
Boat cruise along the Nile River in Jinja Nile source and to the bottom of the Murchison falls, on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park, and on Lake Bunyonyi.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park
Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
Nature walks
Community walks with visit to pygmies
Airport transfers
Kampala city tour
Chimpanzee Tracking permit
Game drives mentioned in the itinerary
Boat cruises as mentioned in the itinerary
Cultural visitation fees
Transport costs in a 4wd vehicle with pop up roof
Full time English speaking knowledgeable guide/driver
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
Drinking water during the tour
Government local tax on Accommodation
Any domestic or International flights
Visa fees
All optional activities
Medical and travel Insurance
Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills..

Day 1: On arrival transfer to your hotel

Upon your arrival at Entebbe international Airport, your tour guide will receive you and transfer you to your Hotel for an overnight stay.
ACCOMMODATION: Shangri La Hotel Muyenga


Day 2: Kampala city tour and transfer to Jinja

After your breakfast, the guide will pick you from your place of stay to start on the Ultimate Uganda safari with a Kampala capital city tour. You'll have a chance to visit cultural and historical sites such as Gadhafi National mosque, Local markets, fruit market Nakasero, craft villages, with lunch break later you will be driven to Jinja for dinner and overnight stay at Nile River Explorers Camp.


Day 3:Visit the source of Nile and drive to Sipi falls.

On this day of your Ultimate Uganda Rwanda safari, have your breakfast then the guide will pick you from your hotel and take you around Jinja town with the visit to the source of the Nile River which is world’s longest River and Speke monument using the local boat later visit local market have lunch or do a Whole day white water rafting on the Victoria Nile.
You will continue and check-in at Sipi Resort.


Day 4:Transfer to kitgum town for a night.

On this day, you will have an early breakfast; thereafter you will be driven to Kitgum town for an overnight with en route visit to Pian Upe Game Reserve.
You will have lunch on the way and continue to check in to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay at BOMAH HOTEL/ FUGLEYS GUEST HOUSE


Day 5: Drive to Kidepo Valley national Park and game drive in afternoon.

A relatively early start, after breakfast your tour guide will drive you towards north eastern Uganda to Kidepo valley national park, this is one of Uganda’s best Game Park which hosts variety of animal species and the only place in Uganda where one can see cheetah and ostrich. Here you will enjoy viewing the life style of the Karamojong people who are closely related to the Masai of Kenya and Tanzania (cattle keeping people) as you will pass through their homesteads.
Continue and make it to Apoka tourism zone with en route game drive later you will check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at APOKA LODGE/ UWA BANDAS


Day 6 Game drive in morning and another game drive in the afternoon

After an early breakfast, you will be picked from your Lodge and go for an early morning game drive with chances to see big herds of Giraffes, Elephants, buffalos, zebra, waterbucks, wart hogs, prides of Lions which are sometimes seen lying on big rocks, leopards, look out for cheetah and ostrich, kudu lots of birds and many more . Return to the lodge for lunch break then later after lunch head back for another game drive in evening hours for more chances to see animals and sun set.
You will go back to your lodge for your dinner and overnight stay at DAY 5.


Day 7 Transfer to Murchison Falls NP

After your early breakfast, you will exit the park and drive to Murchison falls national park, which is the largest and most beautiful park of Uganda, bisected by the world’s longest river the Nile. Here you will be open to more animals of the savannah where Elephants, giraffes, buffalos, lions, jackals, hyenas, Uganda kobs, oribi that can be encountered in your game drives with hippopotamus and Nile crocodile that will often be seen using the boat cruise as you follow the upstream side to see the mighty Murchison Falls from the bottom as where the name of this park is derived from. You will make several stop over for pictures, lunch on the way and precede en route game viewing, once you enter the park, continue to check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Heritage SAFARI LODGE


Day 8 Game drive and boat trip in the afternoon to the bottom of the falls

On this day you will have early morning breakfast and then go for the Game drive where you will see savannah game such as giraffes, Elephants, buffalos, Uganda kobs, Jacksons hart beasts, wart hogs, Oribi, and on lucky occasions lions leopards hyenas as well as jackals plus a lots of bird species thereafter return back to the lodge for lunch break, afterwards go for the boat ride in the afternoon. You will later return to the lodge for overnight stay at Red Chilli Rest Camp.


Day 9 Transfer to kibale forest national park

After your relaxed breakfast, you will start your journey heading to Kibale forest national park for around 10 hours, the home to our closest relative chimpanzee. Here over 13 primate species are recorded including the red Colobus and the chimpanzee, besides these, there are around 350 bird species recorded making it the best place for primates and bird watching in Uganda. You will then proceed passing through different village along the Albertine rift making several stops for photography and later check in to your lodge in preparation for your chimpanzee trek the next day you will stay at Rweteera Safari Park.


Day 10 Chimpanzee tracking and crater lakes/ nature walk

On this day after your breakfast you will assemble at the ranger station ready for your chimpanzee tracking, you will then be briefed about the do’s and don’ts while with chimpanzee thereafter proceed your trek which will take you 3 to 4 hours. After tracking you will go for lunch break, later go for crater lakes/wetland sanctuary for more primate and bird watching walk that will take approximately 3 hours. You will then return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 11 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon game drive

Wake up and take your relaxed breakfast then head to Queen Elizabeth national park via kasese town with the better view of the mountain of the moon called Ruwenzori which is Uganda’s highest mountain, it’s on this day where you will cross the equator as you enter the park. You will proceed and check in to your lodge, then later go for evening game drive in search of savannah game like Elephants, buffalos, lions, water bucks, Uganda kobs, lucky enough leopards hyenas and variety of bird species associated with savannah grassland, thereafter you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Irungu Safari Lodge.


Day 12 Game drive and afternoon Kazinga channel boat cruise

On this day, take a cup of tea or coffee and go out for morning game drive to catch up with early raisers like lions leopards hyenas among others that will take you approximately 3 – 4 hours, later return to the lodge for a full breakfast and lunch break. After lunch you will be driven to the jetty for your afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga channel a natural water body that connects two rift valley lakes George and Edward found within the this park. This will take a maximum of 2 hours thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 13 Transfer to ishasha, afternoon game drive in search of tree climbing lions.

After morning breakfast, transfer to the southern part of the park called ishasha which is famous for tree climbing lions that are always sighted clinging in between the branches of the fig trees, have your lunch and do game drive in the afternoon in search of them. Here you stand more chance to see as you take more pictures of other animals like topi found only in this part of the park, Elephants, hyenas, Uganda kobs, herds of buffalos, birds, warthogs and possibly leopard and schools of hippopotamus in Ishasha River. Later check in to your lodge for overnight stay at the River.


Day 14 Morning game drives and transfer to Bwindi National park

On this day after your breakfast, you will go for another game drive in ishasha for more chances to see tree climbing lions as well as other savannah game and thereafter transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is the home to the rare mountain Gorillas and other forest mammals like duiker, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and many more. Check in to your lodge for relaxation in preparation for the next day’s Gorilla experience. You will check-in to Gorilla Resort/BUHOMA COMMUNITY REST CAMP


Day 15 Bwindi forest National Park; Gorilla tracking in Uganda and nature walk

Wake up early and take your breakfast, then with your packed lunch and drinking water plus your tracking gear report to the ranger station ready for the exiting encounter to these gentle giant the mountain Gorillas, tracking here takes approximately few hours to a full day so a reasonable fitness is needed to hike up and down the mountains where these gorillas feed from. Be ready with enough films to be able to take as many pictures as you can but no flush photography with these animals. You will be briefed by a ranger guide about the dos and don'ts for gorilla tracking before you ascend to the forest for this experience. On return if time allows and you are still strong enough, go for nature walk in the park up to the waterfall.
Return to the lodge later for overnight stay.


Day 16 Community walk &Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After your relaxed breakfast, go for community walk for cultural entertainments where you can even meet the pygmies, the race of short people who used to be forest dwellers and fruit gatherers before they were evicted from the forest for conservation purposes, on your return, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi for an overnight stay Bunyonyi View Lodge.


Day 17 Boat ride to the historical islands & transfer to Kampala

On this day after your breakfast, you will take a boat ride visiting different island including the punishment island learning about their history, and when you return, you will have lunch and thereafter drive to Kampala, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 18 Kampala city tour and departure

After your breakfast, the tour guide will pick you from your hotel and take you to Kampala city tour thereafter you will be transferred to the Airport if it’s your scheduled flight or to your place of stay and that will mark the end of your safari.

Note that accommodation will be in either budget with clean rooms and toilets in safari camps.

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