11 Days Uganda Safari : Explore Uganda for a remarkable safari experience with this 11 Days Uganda safari. It is a combination of primate, wildlife, and adventure activities plus a city tour to allow you to go gorilla trekking, chimp tracking, wildlife viewing, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and exploring Kampala. The trip takes you to some of Uganda’s major wildlife destinations including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park, and then Kampala City and Jinja. Each of them has something interesting for you.

Safari highlights

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national parks
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
  • Kampala city tour
  • Whitewater rafting in Jinja
  • Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi

Safari schedule

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking
  • Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi
  • Day 5: Gorilla trekking and community walk/ Batwa visit
  • Day 6: Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi for a canoe ride
  • Day 7: Transfer to Lake Mburo, afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 8: Game drive and transfer to Kampala
  • Day 9: Kampala city tour and transfer to Jinja
  • Day 10: Quad biking and boat cruise to the source of the Nile
  • Day 11: Half-day white water rafting and transfer to Kampala/Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Get ready for a 7-8 hour journey from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The trip will start in the morning after having your breakfast, with a briefing from our company representative who is also your safari driver for this tour.

As you drive westwards, you will have a stopover at the equator monument in Kayabwe, and experience how it feels being in two hemispheres at the same. Of course, you will pose at the monument and take beautiful photos here.

Proceed with the journey and break it for lunch in Mbarara. Stunning views of the vast tea and banana plantations to the plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will arrive at your booked lodge, check in, and rest.

Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodge options: Bush Lodge (budget), Marafiki Safari Lodge (mid-range), Mweya Safari Lodge (luxury)

Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Have an early morning breakfast at the lodge, and set off for a game drive in Kasenyi plains. Before a long drive around the park, the lovely golden sunrise will distract you, an enjoyable distraction as you also look out for wildlife here. Uganda kobs, waterbucks and cape buffaloes are common while lions and leopards are present but sighted on lucky days. Elephants can also be spotted at the swampy section close to Lake George.

Take a few minutes to watch the Bunyampaka salt panels and the scenic surrounding just before returning to your lodge. You will head to the restaurant and make orders for lunch, enjoy your meal and transfer to the jetty in Mweya for the boat cruise. This is a 2 hour launch trip that offers an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, warthogs and several bird species such as pied kingfishers, hadada ibis, African fish eagle, malachite kingfishers, long-tailed cormorants, African spoonbills and pink-barked pelicans.

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge

Great adventure, pristineness, and fascinating views is what this morning has for you in Kyambura. Arrive at this point early in the morning and take in all this beauty. Head to the gorge with a ranger guide and start looking for the chimpanzees. Kyambura Gorge has a small population of these primates and are therefore quite hard to spot – 50% chance of seeing them. It is a nature lover’s haven with only sounds of birds, the river flowing at the floor and hoots of the chimps at a distance. On a lucky day, you will spot the community of chimpanzees, spend one precious hour with them, trek back up to meet your driver, and return to your lodge. Spend the rest of the afternoon resting.

Meal plan: Full board

Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi

This 4th day of your safari will start with a sumptuous breakfast at your lodge. Check out and set off for Bwindi, drive via Ishasha and have a short game drive for a chance to see the tree-climbing lions. You will have an enroute lunch, arrive at your lodge in the evening and check in. dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Meal plan: Full board

Where to stay in Bwindi depends on your trekking sector.

Day 5: Gorilla trekking and community walk/ Batwa visit

Mornings in Bwindi are mostly chilly and will sometimes come with fog over the forest canopy. Wake up to an early morning breakfast, pick up your backpacks which should have enough drinking water and snacks and drive to the park offices. You will go through a briefing that lasts less than an hour just before you enter the forest for gorilla tracking. You are well into an adventure in the impenetrable forest, a trek that sees you hike through pristine jungle sections with just sounds of birds, a penetration of sunlight and perhaps a butterfly sighting.

After spotting the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed to stay with them for a maximum of an hour and thereafter head back to the lodge after picking up your trekking certificates at the park offices.

After a short relaxation, you will head out to the local community to spend some time with the Batwa people who are renowned for their harmonious stay in forests alongside the wildlife. They will entertain you with their traditional music and dance as well as share their stories on their forest life. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for a canoe ride

Unlike other mornings when you have to wake up early morning, this one will allow you to push your sleep or rest up to around 8 a.m. Have breakfast, check out and drive to Lake Bunyonyi. On arrival, you will check in to your lodge, enjoy the views all around this place, have lunch and go for a canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi. All the beauty of Kigezi region takes centre here as the adventure rewards with stunning views of the terraced hills, several islands on the lake, and Virunga volcanoes at a distance.

After about 2-3 hours of the ride, return to the lodge and relax. You can rejuvenate by swimming in Lake Bunyonyi which is bilharzia free and safe with no hippos and crocodiles.

Meal plan: Full board

Lodge options: Bird’s Nest (luxury), Arcadia Cottages (midrange), Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp (budget)

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Mburo and afternoon boat cruise

This safari was designed to take you exploring the major safari destinations of the western circuit in Uganda. You will transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park for wildlife viewing. On arrival, you will have lunch and go for the boat cruise, then drive to the lodge and check in. Evening relaxation, dinner, and the overnight at the lodge.

Lodge options: Mihingo Lodge (luxury), Lake Mburo Safari Lodge (midrange), Eagle’s Nest Camp (budget)

Day 8: Morning game drive and transfer to Kampala

After an early morning breakfast, go for a game drive around the park. Expect to see waterbucks, impalas, zebras, giraffes, elands, buffaloes, and topi among others.

Optional activities; horseback riding, cycling safari

Drive back to the lodge and check out, have lunch and set off for Kampala.

Lodge options: Forest Cottages (budget), Pineapple Guesthouse (midrange), Kampala Serena Hotel, Skyz Hotel (luxury)

Day 9: Kampala City Tour and transfer to Jinja

Considering that you will transfer to Jinja on this day, you will start your day early morning with breakfast at the hotel followed by a city tour around Kampala. Visit sites including Kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s palace, Rubaga Cathedral, Namirembe Cathedral and Gaddafi mosque. Have your lunch in Kampala and then head to Jinja where you will arrive in the evening.

Lodge options: Source of the smile Guesthouse, Kingfisher Safari Resort or Jinja Nile Resort

Day 10: Quad biking and boat cruise to the source of the Nile

Jinja is located about 82km east of Kampala, and strategically lies near Lake Victoria, the Nile starts its way here and runs several kilometers in the district. It is a beautiful place with a lot of adventure activities to do.

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will go for your first activity in Jinja – Quad biking. Excitingly, quad biking takes you through the villages of Jinja where you will encounter some locals, especially kids who also display smiles of joy when they see the riders. The designated quad biking routes offer stunning views of the surroundings. Return to the hotel for lunch and prepare to go on a boat cruise in the afternoon. This will take you up to the source of the Nile before you cruise back and drive to the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 11: Half-day white water rafting and transfer to Entebbe

Yes!! This is your last day of the safari and we know that it is always remarkable to end such days in style. Whitewater rafting, a great adventure that will make the day vibrant as though the safari is just starting. It takes place along the Nile, gives an interesting experience, and marks the end of your stay in Jinja. After having lunch, embark on your journey to Kampala or Entebbe.

End of safari

The Safari package and price includes;

  • Pick up from the starting point and drop off at the endpoint
  • Ground transport in a safari vehicle
  • A professional and experienced safari guide
  • All applicable park entrance fees
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation and Meals as per the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water

The Safari package excludes;

  • Visa and Air ticket
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Cigar
  • And other items of personal nature

To inquire about this 11-day Uganda safari, send an email to info@ugandagorillatrekkingtrips.com or dolphintours@live.com

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