On this 9 days Uganda safari you will meet the Great Apes- Chimps & Gorillas as well as search the savannah for the big cats – lion & leopard. During a community walk you will mix with the locals and along the roads see Uganda’s beautiful landscape. Start the safari with a trek in the jungle to meet our close cousins the chimps in Kibale Forest, continue on to Queen Elizabeth NP for top moments of a boat-cruise on Kazinga channel and game-drive to search for tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, next comes the gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable NP the great highlight of this 9-days Uganda Safari, after the trek you go on to scenic Lake Bunyonyi to relax and then finish the safari with zebras and giraffes in Lake Mburo NP.
Day by day itinerary for our 9 days Uganda Safari:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO UGANDA
Be met by your safari guide at Entebbe international airport for the start your 9 days Uganda safari. This first day you are taken to the hotel in Kampala to relax after the flight and be ready for an early start tomorrow.
Overnight Express View Inn
DAY 2: TRANSFER TO AREA BY KIBALE FOREST
Early transfer – Swift out of the city, it’s around a 5hrs drive with our target to have lunch in Fortportal town and proceed for an evening around the crater area with pressure and fatigue lessened during punctuation of stopovers at sceneries, typical African village setup in the far countryside and tea plantations along the drive offer us chances of stretching. There is an amazing display of primates in this area over the craters, monkey species that can be seen are for example black and white colobus, red colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabeys.
Overnight Isunga Lodge
DAY 3: CHIMPS TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK AND COMMUNITY WALK IN AFTERNOON
Kibale forest N.P is a rainy forest and a home to over 1500 Chimpanzees. During your morning chimps trekking you have the chance to see them close and capture shots of our closet cousins in the Jungle in there frenzy exciting moods grooming! In the forest canopy you can see colored aviation creatures-butterflies and various bird species like the native Great blue Turaco, joyful greenbul, olive long tailed cuckoo and the superb black bee eater. After the trek we continue the 9 days Ugnada safari by a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park after lunch and drive further southwards with the Rwenzori ranges (Longest in Africa) in view or drive through the Crater lakes in the Hills through to sample out the surprising diversity of Savannah trees and wildlife! Arrive at the lodge in the afternoon to enjoy a community walk to see the life in the village close by and a beautiful crater lake.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
DAY 4: GAME-DRIVE AND BOAT-CRUISE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Experience Queen Elizabeth National Park in the cool morning as we continue your 9 days Uganda safari, an early 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 spots as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes. After lunch get ready for the Classic highlights on the 2hrs Boat cruise starting at 3pm on the famous Kazinga channel, this 36kms channel links Lake George – Lake Edward. Here you can see land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other, the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks and 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 and animals like the ever playing African Elephants in Waters as we sigh and reset Fatigue and stress, to point zero.
Overnight in Pumba safari cottages
DAY 5: TRANSFER TO ISHASHA SECTOR AND AFTERNOON GAME-DRIVE
After a relaxed breakfast we start the adventurous journey through the park to the southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP. If we are lucky we can see elephants, monkeys, beautiful birds and even big cats along the road-side. We arrive at the lodge for lunch and then in the afternoon head out for a game-drive to search for tree-climbing lions during our 9 days Uganda safari. The Ishasha sector is one of only two locations in Africa where the lions have the habit of regularly climbing the trees to rest. During the game-drive we also have chance to see topis, buffaloes and lovely scenery.
Overnight Topi Lodge
DAY 6: MORNING GAME-DRIVE IN ISHASHA & TRANSFER TO BWINDI
In the early morning we will ones again drive off in the adventurous vast savannah of the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP to search for interesting sights. After the game-drive we head to the lodge for lunch and then start the drive to Bwindi mountains the home of the mountain gorillas. The journey takes us from the savanna via cultivated hills to the jungle covered mountains of Bwindi where you will have the great highlight of this 9-days Uganda Safari the next day.
Overnight in Buhoma Community Rest Camp
DAY 7: GORILLA TREKKING DAY- BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas, and here you will have the highlight of your 9 days Uganda safari; the gorilla trekking. This Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterfly and plant species plus forest hog, forest Elephants, Statungas and Dikers. After the trek transfer to beautiful Lake Bunyonyi through cultivated hills, we check in to a lake 1840m above sea level. It is deservedly nice after trotting from Kampala since day 1 and some early starts – without any rest!
Overnight Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort. Lake Bunyonyi this night will depend on which group or time registered back after trekking.
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO LAKE MBURO, THE ‘ZEBRA MAGNET’
After breakfast leave the peaceful island and continue our 9 days Uganda safari by driving through the Hilly areas. Arrive at the lodge by Lake Mburo National Park in time for lunch. Head in to the park and game drive for view of zebras, giraffes, topis, warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas.
Overnight in Rwakobo Rock
DAY 9: EARLY MORNING SAFARI WALK, SHOEBILL STORK AND TRANSFER TO ENTEBBE AIRPORT
Get early up for a safari walk by the lodge with chance to see zebras, waterbucks, birds and impalas in their day break jungle life! Go back to the lodge for breakfast before starting the transfer towards Entebbe. Make a stop along the way at the famous Mabamba Swamp to search for the Pre historic looking Great Shoebill Stork (this is the most sought after bird in Uganda), it is a special experience to go in a small boat searching the channels of the swamp. Connect to Entebbe in time for an evening flight as we have finalized your 9 days Uganda safari (if your flight is next day you can add an extra night in Entebbe).
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Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities 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.
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During this popular safari you’ll experience the amazing mix that Uganda can offer with game drives on the savannas in Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake Mburo National Park as well as trekking of Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Search for the Big 5 and trek for mountain gorillas as well as chimps. Four of the Big 5 roam freely in National Parks in Uganda, this is the lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant. The 5th of the Big 5 is the rhino, that was hunted to extinction in Uganda in the 80’s, but is now being reintroduced thanks to the great efforts of Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.
Start off by driving up to the north of Uganda to experience Kidepo Valley National Park with its untouched wilderness. From there start the journey to the south with highlights of boat-cruise, game-drives and chimps trekking on the way, as well as changing nature and friendly people. In the south you will meet the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mountain Gorillas.
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