Let us show you the Magic of nature in Uganda on this safari including all the big highlights. You’re given the chance to experience the animals of the savanna and the primates in the forests with Gorilla and Chimps trekking as well as game-drives and boat-cruises mixed with culture and scenic nature.
Learn more about Uganda’s national parks.
At Entebbe Airport you meet your safari guide who takes you to the hotel in Kampala to relax and be ready to set off for the Magic of nature Uganda safari the next morning.
Start early from Kampala to transfer to Lake Mburo, the ‘Zebra magnet’. We stop over and take photo poses at the equator and continue driving past the town of Masaka. Shortly we reach Lake Mburo national park and drive out to the vast savanna dotted with acacia and shrubs, as we game drive in for view of Zebras, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas. Check in at the lodge and have a relaxed evening.
Get early up for a safari walk in Lake Mburo national park to visit the hyenas den, chance to see Leopards, zebras, waterbucks, birds, buffaloes in there day break jungle life! After the safari walk get back to the lodge for breakfast before setting off with Lake Bunyonyi as the target destination. This is a lake at 1800 meters above sea level in an area with superb rich views and with small resident and exotic bird species singing.It is in this coolest area in Uganda below 10C some nights! It’s also a rare Bilharzia free lake (you can swim).
Enjoy a free day by the lake with a shortlist of possible activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing and visiting other islands. (activities this day are optional and not included in the price)
Have a relaxed breakfast before we set of for the journey to Bwindi Forest, the home of the mountain gorillas. The drive takes you through the magical cultivated hills it’s a beautiful drive through the neck of the impenetrable forest and it gets you to a point of over 2650 meters above sea level. Have lunch along the way or at the lodge depending on time. Take a community walk in the village Ruhija to see how the people in the mountains live and how the Batwa people used to live in the forest. Then you can relax at the lodge in the evening taking in the views of the mountains and forest.
Early breakfast, which gets you ready for the exciting day. Arrive at the gorilla trekking starting point and set off for your big adventure to see the great giants of the misty mountains. You trek in a group with a specialized guide and get to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. Besides the mountain gorillas this Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterfly and plant species plus forest hog; forest Elephants, Statungas and Duikers. After the trek your guide picks you and start the journey to the lodge by Queen Elizabeth national park. The way takes you from the forest covered mountains, to cultivated hills, villages and on to the savanna of Ishasha part of Queen Elizabeth national park. Even though there is no game-drive this day there is good chances of spotting elephants, antelopes and if you are very lucky a lion or a leopard since the road goes through the park. Arrive at the lodge for a relaxed evening.
Explore Queen Elizabeth national park in the cool morning with an early morning game-drive that exposes us to diverse animals, Big 5 members Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs- Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas and many more species that are residents to this park are spotted along the Circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland sports as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes. At 3 pm you get ready for the Classic highlights on the 2hrs Boat cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms channel linking Lake George and Lake Edward. You have the chance of spotting land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other and the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks! Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home! Of Mamaland Uganda. With your Binoculars along the peninsula you have a magnificent view of Birds, animals like the ever playing African Elephants in Waters as we sigh and reset Fatigue and stress, to point zero (it’s a must on this day’s game view).
After breakfast we head for the close by Kalinzu forest for chimps trekking. In this tropical rainforest a community of around 80 habituated chimps live as well as beautiful birds and other forest creatures.Enjoy a walk and hopefully have an exciting meeting with the chimpanzees. Get back to the lodge for lunch after the trek and have a relaxed afternoon. You can either relax at the lodge enjoying the view or go for a village walk in the area letting you see village life and a nearby crater lake.
Leave the area of Queen Elizabeth national park with the crater lakes area as the target. Pass by local markets and drive further through the crater areas. Check in at the lodge and go for a walk taking you to see beautiful views of a crater lake and hopefully some interesting primates such as Black and white colobus – red colobus and red tailed monkey plus colorful butterflies and various Bird species like the native Great blue Turaco.
It’s a long drive 4,½ hours (effective driving) to cut off the distance tomorrow, a couple of fruits during the drive the pressure and fatigue is lessened with punctuation of stopovers at scenery like tea plantations along the drive ways – typical African village setup in the far countryside offer us chances of stretching, as we check in late afternoon at the hotel in Hoima.
After a relaxed breakfast in the gardens, transfer to Murchison Falls national park. Have lunch at Red Chili rest camp. In the afternoon you go for the 2pm boat ride on the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you), Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. When reaching the falls you jump of the boat and go with a guide to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful hike that takes you to see the falls close up as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice before the Nile continues its journey towards the Mediterranean. Your guide picks you at the top of the falls and you continue on to the lodge. (This hike includes a steep trail so might not be suitable if you have some health issues.)
Take a morning game-drive to explore the broad savanna for sights of big cats hunting, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, plus more as the checklist of mammals in Murchison Falls national park reaches 76. We continue browsing the circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals. After the game-drive we leave the park to make the journey to Ziwa rhino sanctuary where they are working on reintroducing rhinos to Uganda. Go trekking the rhinos in the evening or early morning next day depending on time and where the rhinos are.
Leave the Rhino Sanctuary after trekking (if it was not possible on day 12) and head towards Jinja. Depending on time we have lunch along the way or when reaching Jinja. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon by the lodge.
This day we visit the source of the mighty river Nile, you go out on a boat-ride on the river to see it close-up. Have lunch in Jinja and then start the journey to Entebbe taking you through Kampala where you the guide can point out some main sights. Arrive in Entebbe in the late afternoon/evening depending on traffic.
– An optional activity this day is to go white water rafting on the mighty river Nile (not included in the stated price. There are options of half day and full day rafting. Let us know when booking if you are interested in this and we will make arrangements.
In time for your flight your guide (or the guesthouse staff) drops you at the airport after an unforgettable safari in Uganda, discovering the magic of nature.
– If you have an afternoon or evening flight it is possible to add a visit to Uganda Wildlife Educational Center (UWEC) or the botanical gardens in Entebbe, optional and not included in the stated price.
Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommdoation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activites mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
Payment options: We accept international bank transfer, card payment through PesaPal (adds 3,5% charge) and cash payment if you are in Uganda.
We are happy to answer any questions to help you plan the safari of your dreams!
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