The magnificent Bwindi National Park, which is renowned for gorilla tracking, Queen Elizabeth NP, which is rich in wildlife, Murchison Falls NP, where you can witness the fearless white Nile erupt through a narrow gorge from an outlet of Lake Victoria and collapse into a mystifying wall of mist, and the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you can see magnificent rhinos in the wild. After a chimp tracking activity, the adventure concludes at Kibale National Park.
Day 1: Transfer from Entebbe International Airport to Kampala
Upon arrival, our tour guide will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport; depending on your arrival time, you can choose to stay in Entebbe town or be transferred to a hotel in Kampala; once at your hotel, he will brief you on your tour before checking you into your room for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, depart for Lake Mburo National Park. The journey takes about 4-5 hours, with stops at tourist attractions like the Royal Drum Makers’ Centre and the Equator, where you can stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. You’ll continue through Savannah grasslands dotted with human settlements, banana plantations, and several herds of endemic to this region of the country long-horned Ankole cattle. After lunch, you’ll go on a boat trip on Lake Mburo, which is home to a variety of water animals such as hippos and crocodiles, as well as a variety of bird species. Dinner and a night in.
Day 3: Game Drive
After breakfast, you’ll go on an early morning game drive through the park in search of plain games such as zebra, hippos, crocodiles, eland, antelope, impala, and a variety of birds. Breakfast will be served at your lodge, followed by a guided nature walk. This walk leads to the salt lick area, where you can see at least four different species of animals licking the salty soil at any given time. Dinner and a night in.
Day 4: Transfer from Lake Mburo National Park to Lake Bunyonyi
After an early breakfast, depart for the country’s southwestern region. We’re on our way to Bunyonyi Lake. This lake is said to be one of western Uganda’s most beautiful spots. It is Africa’s second deepest lake [900 meters] and one of the few places in the country where swimming is considered safe due to the absence of bilharzias. Terraced hills protrude from the water’s edge in the landscape surrounding the lake. Bunyonyi means “place of small birds,” and there is plenty of birdlife around the lake, as the name suggests. Before going on a canoe ride, make sure you have checked into your room. Dinner and a night in.
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, you’ll head to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride. This lake is said to be one of western Uganda’s most beautiful spots. With a depth of 900 meters, it is Africa’s second deepest lake. Bunyonyi means “place of small birds,” and there is plenty of birdlife around the lake, as the name suggests. In the afternoon, go for a canoe ride around the lake’s various islands, swim in the lake, or hike to a viewpoint on the hills to take in the breathtaking scenery of this part of the country. Transfer to Bwindi in the afternoon for a nature walk or a Batwa cultural experience. You will walk through their villages to see how they go about their daily activities and be amazed by how they skillfully cultivate the hillsides and care for their animals (cows), which are a source of pride. Later, return for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
After an early breakfast, you will travel to the park headquarters, where you will be briefed by the guides before beginning your search for the giant gorillas in the dense Bwindi forest. Bwindi National Park is known for its impressive mountain gorillas, though the length of time it takes to track them depends on their movement. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome, and exciting adventure that will leave you with long-lasting memories of a truly unique experience. After lunch, return to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will arrive late in the evening. Dinner and a night in.
Day 7: Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Ishasha, where you’ll see tree climbing lions lounging in tree branches while keeping an eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favourite prey. After arriving at your lodge, you may have the opportunity to see some tree-climbing lions. In the afternoon, you will take a launch cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see water animals such as hippos, buffalos, crocodiles, and elephants bathing on the channel banks up close. On the water’s edge, there are a variety of bird species, including the famous Shoebill, Pelican, and Jacana. Dinner and a night in.
Day 8: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale National Park
After breakfast, you will go on a short morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth before heading to the scenic Explosion Craters and Explosion Crater Lakes along the Western Ugandan Explosion Crater Lake Trail, which are one of the Pearls in the Pearl of Africa. Have lunch en-route and then transfer to Kibale National Park, where you will check-in at your lodge for the night.
Day 9: Kibale National Park Chimpanzee Tracking
After breakfast, we’ll head to Kibale Forest with our packed lunch to see the primates. The activity starts at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing on how to track chimps in the forest, followed by a search for them in the forest. Other primates such as Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Phoestes, Red-Colobus, and Blue tailed and Red-tailed monkeys swinging in the branches of this thick forest are seen during the half-day exercise. Your guide will give you informative briefings on the habits of the primates you’ll see, as well as the plants, insects, and butterflies that live in this forest. In Uganda, about 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild, making it a great place to see them! In the morning, an experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking. Once you’ve found the chimps, you’ll spend almost a full day with them learning their habits before returning to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 10: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park, which will take approximately 7/8 hours. Tour the top and bottom of the majestic falls, where the Nile crashes through a 7-meter gorge to the 45-meter falls. The most impressive view of the foaming waters rushing into the gorge with a deafening roar is where you will have dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Game drive and launch cruise in Murchison Falls National Park
You will leave at 6:30 a.m. for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau, where you will see Cape buffaloes and Rothschild’s giraffes. Large carnivores such as lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas may also be seen, as well as oribi, warthog, and bush pig. Along the Nile’s banks, you’ll see crocodiles and hippos. The goliath heron, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork, and the rare shoebill stork are among the more common birds to be seen. Return for lunch and some relaxation before departing in the afternoon for a boat cruise upstream to the base of the falls on the calm Victoria Nile. You’ll see hippos, crocodiles, water buffalo, and a variety of birds along the way, including the unusual shoebill stork. The boat comes to a halt just a few meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” so that photographers can capture the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls. For dinner and the night, you’ll return to your lodge.
Day 12: Rhino tracking in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and transfer
After early morning breakfast, depart with fond memories of your time at Murchison Falls. You will be driven to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you will trek for nearly two hours after receiving a briefing from the ranger. Lunch will be served on the way back to Kampala/Entebbe.
- Airport Pickup
- Park Entry Fees
- Safari Guides