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9 days Uganda Wildlife & Activity Holiday safari

Start/End: Kampala

Duration: 9 Days

Activities: Rhino Trekking, Game drives, Boat cruise, birding, Chimp tracking, Gorilla Trekking

Destinations: Ziwa rhino sanctuary, Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Forest

 

This activity holiday is one of the most recommended tours for a lifetime wildlife experience in Africa. You will get to see Uganda’s beautiful scenery and remarkable attractions.

 

TOUR summary

The 9 days Wildlife & Activity Holiday in Uganda starts and ends from Kampala – Uganda’s capital. The first activity on this trip being rhino trekking at the Ziwa Sanctuary en-route to Murchison falls national park for a perfect game safari. You will come across some of the BIG-FIVE while in this park. Moving onto the western part of Uganda, a scenic view of fort portal tourism city and the Rwenzori Mountains referred as the mountains of the moon and this makes the journey much interesting. Primate tracking in one of Uganda’s tropical rain-forests – Kibale forest with an informative guide. You will also visit Queen Elizabeth national park with a number attractions and enjoy game drives and a boat cruise on Kazinga channel. The biggest highlight of this trip is in Bwindi impenetrable forest where you will go for gorilla trekking. You will enter the thick jungle forests in search of the famous gentle giants and later a cultural village walk to the communities that live near the forest.

 

This trip is one that gives you the best highlights of Uganda in just 9 days. Accommodation is included on this tour and a number of lodges have been selected according to luxury, mid-range & budget categories.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Kampala City

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Murchison falls national park

Kibale forest national park – Chimpanzee tracking

Queen Elizabeth national park

Bwindi impenetrable forest park – Gorillas

Mpigi royal drum makers & the Equator

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Entebbe Airport to Kampala

Meet with your tour guide / driver at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer to Kampala for the first night in the capital city of Uganda.

Accommodation at Cassia Lodge (Comfort), Serena Hotel (Luxury)

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 2: Kampala to Murchison

Today your guide will begin the Safari with a panoramic drive to Murchison located in north-west part of Uganda. Passing through the famous Luwero Triangle you will stop by the Ziwa Wildlife Sanctuary for Rhino Trekking. Later continue to Masindi Town for lunch before proceeding to Murchison Falls National Park. Enter the park from the southern entry gate and get a chance stop at the spectacular ‘Top of the falls’ where you can see the River Nile! This great river compresses from 50 meters through a 7-meter canyon which drops 50 meters with a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow – the Murchison falls. Later check in to your lodge for dinner & enjoy the sunset.

Accommodation at Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3: Murchison falls Game Safari

Early morning, your guide will take you to enjoy a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile. This will give you an opportunity to spot some of the wildlife like the Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After lunch, head for a boat cruise upstream on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters away from the “Devil’s Cauldron” (Murchison falls). You will see a large number of toothsome hippos, crocodiles, birds and other animals on the banks of the river. Key birds found include Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, Brown pelican, Red-throated bee-eater, various kingfishers, Fish eagles, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork.

Accommodation at Murchison River Lodge (Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4: transfer Murchison to Kibale

Your guide will drive you to Kibale forest today passing Hoima and Fort Portal tourism city through a verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads & farms. The town of Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon. Check in your lodge in Kibale.

Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp(Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Papaya Lake Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 5: Kibale forest – Primate Walks & birding.

Early morning, visit the primate capital of the world – Kibale Forest. Enjoy a guided nature walk in search of chimpanzees and 10 other primates including l’ Hoestes, Red collobus, blue, red-tailed monkeys, brown monkeys and gray-cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters. In the Evening proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey.

Accommodation at Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth Park – Wildlife attractions

An early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the medley of wonders including grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes, wildlife and volcanic craters. The massive Rwenzori mountains acting as a backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and bush buck. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 resident species.

Accommodation at Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi forest national park

Today your guide will transfer you to Bwindi forest – home of the mountain gorillas, passing through one of the most beautiful parts of the country – the Kigezi Highlands, with its terraced hillside and winding roads.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking experience

Early morning, your guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing by the park authorities. Make sure you have carried along the perfect gear for this experience like jungle boots, a raincoat etc. On entering the forest, you will be in a group (8 tourists maximum) led by a guide who will help get close to the gorillas. The time taken on the trekking varies according to how far the gorillas might have gone. The forest offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. The thrill of observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. You will only be allowed 1 hour to access the gorillas after which your trekking will end, also you receive a certificate from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Resort (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 9:transfer from Bwindi to Kampala.

Today your guide will drive back to Kampala with a stop-over at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers where you will be able to watch ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. You will also be able to stop at the equator for snacks and some photography. Arrive in Kampala early evening and transfer to your accommodation or to Entebbe airport if you have an evening flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

 

End of tour

INCLUDED

Transport in a 4WD vehicle with pop-up roof.

All fuel for the tour

English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.

Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)

Park-entrance fees for all National parks

All activities described in the itinerary

1 Gorilla permit per person.

1 chimp permit per person.

Drinking water throughout the safari.

NOT INCLUDED

International air fares

Entry visa Uganda

Meals that are not part of your accommodation.

A porter for during the gorilla tracking’s (someone who carries your daypack).

Personal (medical/travel) insurance

Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.

All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.)

Rhino trekking Ziwa Uganda

Buffalo – wildlife in uganda

Elephant

Kibale forest national park

birding holiday in Uganda

Uganda Safari in Queen Elizabeth National park

The Uganda kob

Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

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