12 Days Remarkable Uganda Expedition

To every traveler, Uganda is one of the best tourism destinations in Africa – no wonder she was nick-named “The Pearl Africa.”

The 12 day Uganda safari is a one of a kind encounter characterized by game drives, boat cruises, chimpanzee and gorilla trekking adventures in one of Uganda’s great forests, pictorial moments at the Uganda Equator, etc. it quite a long journey but it is worth the time and investment.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe and Kampala city tour.

Upon arrival at Entebbe International airport, you will meet our driver guide who will drive you to the hotel of your choice within Kampala for a lip-smirking lunch. Check into the lodge and leave your luggage.

In the afternoon, you will have a tour around the city and get to visit historical places such as the independence monument, Uganda Museum, Bahai temple, Nakasero market.

Return to your hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

After a morning breakfast, you will embark on the 5 hour drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The journey involves two stopovers; one being at Ziwa rhino sanctuary – the home of rhinos, the area was established to conserve rhinoceros which were at the verge of extinction. The second stopover will be at any hotel of your choice in Masindi town from where you will have a delicious lunch.

Continue to the park and check in to the lodge of your choice for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise.

After a morning breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive via Borassus Palm Forest and savannah grassland down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north. The drive introduces you to several bird and animal species. It is in Murchison Falls national park that you have an opportunity of seeing all the big five animals.

Return to your lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go for an afternoon boat cruise which will take you to the magical falls – Murchison Falls. You get to appreciate nature as Nile squeezes via the seven meter gap. The cruise will also introduce you to several aquatic animals such as the huge Nile crocodiles. You can also choose to climb the cliff up to the top of the falls for more exploration.
Return to your lodge for dinner and spend a night.

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park.

After a morning breakfast, you will drive to Kibale National park – the home of chimpanzees. You will have your packed lunch or can have a lunch stopover at any towns along the way. Other than Chimpanzees, Kibale Forest national park is a home to about 13 primate species such as grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

Upon arrival, check in to the lodge of your choice for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking, and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Wake up in the morning, have a delicious morning breakfast and go to the park headquarters for briefing. You will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee trekking and then be assigned a guide. You will then enter the forests of Kibale and start the search for chimps. Meeting them is an easy venture which is accompanied by views of several animal, plant and bird species. Chimps give amazing experiences as they play, dine and mate.

You will also have a guided nature walk into Bigodi swamp and gave amazing bird watching experience. You will see a number of bird species some of which are endemic to the area.

Return to the lodge for lunch before transferring to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth national park, check in to the lodge of your choice for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Boat Cruise

After breakfast, go for a morning game drive that will take you to deeper parts of the park such as the Ishasha sector – the home of tree climbing lions. The game drive will introduce you to different animal species such as buffaloes, lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, to mention but a few.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

 

After lunch, go for a boat cruise at Kazinga channel – the home of birds. The boat cruise will introduce you to several animal species that come over to quench their thirst. You will see aquatic animals such as crocodiles and hippopotamuses. It is also characterized by scenic views of the neighboring features such as the rolling hills, lush vegetation and the Rwenzori Mountains.

Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Guided nature walk in Maramagambo Forest and afternoon game drive.

After a delicious morning breakfast, you will meet your guide and go for a guided nature walk in the mighty Maramagambo forest and get to explore its wonders. The forest is a reliable birding destination having several bird species among which include but not limited to; Rwenzori turaco, flycatchers, African green pigeon, red tailed bristle bill, ross’s turaco, dark capped yellow warbler, pink backed pelican, martial eagle, black bee-eater, white tailed lark, grey woodpecker, black emerald cuckoo, hairy breasted barbet, African emerald cuckoo, speckled tinker bird and purple-headed starling.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, go for an amazing game drive. This is an opportunity for you to explore what you might have missed the previous day. You will explore the Kasenyi sector and visit Katwe salt mining area.

Return to the lodge for dinner and spend a night.

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After a morning breakfast, check out your lodge and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The journey involves driving via plantations, rolling hills, trading centers, lush vegetation and the road is quite challenging thus requires a 4WD vehicle.

Check in to the lodge of your choice for dinner and overnight upon arrival.

Day 9: Gorilla trekking adventure.

This is the day most travelers are always waiting for, it is a moment of spending time with gorillas.

You will have an early morning breakfast, and drive to the park headquarters for briefing about trekking. You will be assigned a specific gorilla family to trek. You will then be grouped into 8 groups and then start the trekking. You will spend an hour upon encountering with the gorillas as you take pictures and enjoy them make life.

Return to the lodge for relaxation.

You can opt for a community walk to nearby Batwa villages in the evening.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 10:  Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Have a delicious morning breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo national park via Mbarara city. You can opt for a lunch stopover at Igongo Cultural center and get to learn about the stories of Ankole kingdom.

You enter Lake Mburo National Park via Sanga gate and continue to the park headquarters.

Check in to the hotel of your choice for overnight.

Day 11: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise.

After a morning breakfast you will go for a morning game drive via different trails and get to see several animal species such as buffalo, Uganda kob, zebra, giraffe, kopje, oribi, etc. you will meet locals taking care of the cattle with whom you can interact and get to learn about Ugandan cultures.

Return to your lodge for lunch before going for an afternoon boat cruise on Lake Mburo. The cruise will introduce you to aquatic animals such as crocodiles and hippopotamuses. It is also an opportunity for viewing bird species such as the rare shoebill stock, grey-crowned crane, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African fishing eagle, white winged warbler, papyrus yellow warbler, brown chested wattled plover, and African fin foot.

Return to the lodge for supper and overnight.

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala – departure.

Check out of the lodge after a morning breakfast and embark on the 4 to 5 hour drive to Kampala via Masaka city. You will have a stopover in Mpigi at Kayabwe Uganda equator and have memorable pictures. You can also grab something from the craft shop that will always remind you of the trip.

Continue to Entebbe International airport for departure.

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