15 Days Adventure in Uganda
15 days Uganda safari is a well-planned long safari taking you through memorable wilderness and adventure experiences in Uganda the Pearl of Africa. The 14 nights/15 days safari includes key Uganda safari destinations especially Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Park- mainly for game viewing.
Your safari also includes primate experiences in Kibale National Park for chimpanzee tracking, Bigodi Wetland for nature walk and you will end it with white rafting on the Source of the Nile in Jinja.
Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park, the biggest park in Uganda is positioned right in the Northwestern side 5-6 hours’ drive. Your Murchison Falls trip will begin after breakfast and briefing from the trip leader, and you will take Kampala-Luweero Triangle-Masindi route. Ziwa rhino sanctuary will be the main area of interest for en-route stopover where you will engage in rhino tracking.
After Ziwa rhino tracking, drive to a hotel in Masindi for lunch then connect to the park via Kichumbanyobo gate. Visit the top of the falls for photography and later, go check into your accommodation.
Day 2: Game drive and launch trip in the afternoon.
Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park begins early morning after breakfast and in 4WD vehicle, take the Northern game trails for 2-3 guided game viewing tour. Some of exciting animal sightings to expect range from giraffes, warthogs, antelopes, lions, leopards, buffaloes, birds and more.
Return in full-time 4WD vehicle, have lunch and relaxation and then later, connect to Paraa for a 2-3 hours’ recreational launch trip. Likely animal sightings on Victoria Nile while on a boat cruise range from hippos, the Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds etc. You will also take a short drive to the top of the falls to observe it as it forces itself in a narrow gorge of 8m.
Day 3: To Kibale forest National park.
Kibale National Park is a rain-forest set in Kabarole district, Western Uganda, about 7-8 hours’ drive from Murchison Falls National Park. After breakfast and check out of the lodge, exit Murchison take the Hoima-Fort Portal route to Kibale where 13 primate species are all concentrated plus about 375 bird species.
En-route, expect mesmerizing views and you will settle for en-route lunch at a hotel in Fort Portal before connecting to check into your lodge in Kibale. In case time allows, you may undertake a nature walk (optional) later in the evening within the park.
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking day.
Chimpanzee tracking is what makes Kibale the most visited destination and today, you will connect to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for briefing on the guidelines to follow. By 8:00am, you will be expected to have exited the visitor centre for actual search for chimpanzees lasting for 2-4 hours and note, this includes one hour of magical encounter.
While on Kibale chimpanzee trek, expect to see more than chimps- there are lots of other primates to view. These include l’hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons etc. and also, forest birds, floral species, butterflies and more.
Exit the Kibale jungles, get back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon, end the day with Bigodi Wetland tour. Here, expect to explore more primates, birds and important plant species. Dinner and overnight sleep at the lodge after 2 hours of touring Bigodi.
Day 5: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth national park.
After breakfast, begin 1-2 hours’ drive Queen Elizabeth National Park will pass via Fort Portal. Enjoy great views along the way including the Mountains of the Moon, crater lakes and arrive early enough within Queen Elizabeth National Park, a home to 600 bird species, the tree climbing lions, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes etc. Get lunch and later, expect to be part of late evening game drive.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth Park National Park. Game drive and boat cruise.
Take a sunrise game drive via Kasenyi sector for 2-3 hours in 4WD vehicle and this will commence after breakfast. The Kasenyi plains’ likely animal sightings range from elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, birds, lions, leopards and others.
After, exit the park for lunch back at the lodge and later, be ready for the Kazinga Channel boat cruise to see hundreds of hippos, crocodiles, birds and other wildlife. You will spend 2-3 hours on Kazinga channel recreational launch trip.
Day 7: Transfer to Ishasha – Game drive & continue to Bwindi impenetrable forest.
Ishasha sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park will be accessed after breakfast and you will have a game drive mainly allowing you to see the tree climbing lions. There are also numerous birds and other wildlife to see while at Ishasha and after, drive to Bwindi.
Day 8: Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi & Batwa community encounters.
Early in the morning after breakfast, expect to go to look for mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which protects up to 459 of these world’s remaining 1063 creatures. Briefing on rules for gorilla trekking will be done at your respective trailhead (Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors) and after, actual trekking to view gorillas begins at 8:00am with guide leading you all through.
When you come across a family of the endangered mountain gorillas- Bwindi only one hour is what you will spend enjoying a face to face interaction, taking pictures and later you exit the forest. Settle at the lodge for some time and later, take a short guided village walk in Batwa community for cultural experience.
Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake is found in Kabale, Southwestern part of the country and today, you will exit Bwindi to explore more about this magical lake. A composition of 29 islands are distributed throughout L. Bunyonyi- Africa’s second deepest lake and it is known for its diverse birds. Evening relaxation at leisure around Lake shores.
Day 10: Full day at L. Bunyonyi
Have breakfast, after expect to explore and experience L. Bunyonyi’s endowments- set off for a morning boat/canoe ride, enjoy the sunrise as you head to one of the islands- the punishment island to explore its unique history. With your local guide, exit the punishment island, get back to have leisurely lunch at the lodge.
Later in the afternoon, embark on a guided walk in the local community or hills to enjoy splendid view of surrounding areas, sight birds etc. Late in the evening, you can go swimming or chill at the lake shores.
Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo national park.
Enjoy a heavy breakfast, after, exit L. Bunyonyi for Lake Mburo tour about 5 hours’ drive navigating via spectacular hillside.
Lake Mburo National Park is a famed home of Burchell’s zebras, impalas, plus several other wildlife like buffaloes, 350 bird species including shoebills. Later after lunch, you will go for a recreational launch cruise on Lake Mburo for incredible sightings of hippos, crocodiles, birds etc.
Day 12: Horseback riding /cycling, game drive in Lake Mburo National Park.
Breakfast at leisure and after, set off for early morning horseback riding or cycling to enjoy endless views of zebras, giraffes, birds plus other species while on a bike or horseback rather than in a 4WD safari vehicle.
Retreat from horseback riding to have lunch and later, undertake an afternoon/late evening game drive to enjoy sight of leopards as they become active, lions, plus other wildlife.
Day 13: Drive to Kampala.
Lake Mburo back to Kampala- Jinja: After a leisurely breakfast, you will exit Lake Mburo NP for Kampala, about 4 hours’ drive. At Kayabwe, make a stopover at the equator for photo taking, lunch and proceed to Kampala thereafter. Relax a little and then transfer to Jinja on a 1-2 hours’ drive.
Day 14: Nile white water rafting.
Wake up early and report to the briefing area for rafting guidelines/dos and don’ts. After, begin your water adventure – white water rafting on the Source of R. Nile taking you on a full day or half day while you conquer the tough rapids of the world’s longest river.
Day 15: Exit Jinja for Kampala or Entebbe.
Have a leisurely breakfast, and exit Jinja for Kampala or Entebbe and en-route, you may make a stopover to visit Mabira Forest or Sezibwa falls in Mukono district. Drop off at a hotel in Kampala/Entebbe or at the airport marking the end of your 15 days safari in Uganda.