8 Days Classic Uganda Safari
This 8 days Uganda safari will expose you to Ugandan cultures ranging from the Batwa, Batooro and Bakiga. It will also take you to watch over the big primates like chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in Kibale and Bwindi national park respectively.
Enjoy game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park, to spot savannah wild animals and birds including lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, warthogs, spotted hyenas, crocodiles and hippos and many more. You will also head to Semuliki national park to visit the hot springs and hike to the Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves in Fort Portal tourism city.
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe and transfer to Kampala for optional night life.
Arrive and go through the immigration process at the airport in Entebbe which will be followed by transfer to Kampala at the booked hotel. Have an option of taking a night life in the city of Kampala and these will be after taking dinner. Night life will involve visiting night clubs, casinos, cinema halls, street food tasting among others.
Day 2: Transfer to Bwindi national park.
Head to the home of the mountain gorillas after breakfast which will involve a long road trip while passing the Uganda equator in Kayabwe. This will create photographic moments, souvenir buying and maybe grabbing a snack. Proceed and find your way to the park as you pass Lake Mburo national park while adventuring and spotting some attractions like the antelopes and zebras.
Have another stopover in Mbarara for lunch and this will be of another experience where you will take a traditional or local food. Later on, traverse in the Kigezi terraced land which will be another eye-catching point and find your way to Bwindi. This will be a whole day drive since the park is located in the far south western park of the country and the distance covered will be 512km.
Day 3: Gorilla trekking experience and Batwa community tour.
Gorilla trekking will commence immediately after briefing whereby the park ranger guide fully armed will lead the group of trekkers who will be eight in number to trek only one gorilla family. This will involve walking long distances, hiking, passing through the impenetrable forest and much more adventures.
This takes about 2 to 5 hours depending on the location of these great apes and an hour will be spent while on their presence as you explore their behaviors. After the trek, you will head back to the lodge for your lunch followed by visiting the nearby Batwa community and these people will take you through the cultural entertainments, fire making, traditional medicines and much more. The day will end after taking dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park via Ishasha sector. Afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel.
Have breakfast and after transfer to the home of the rare tree climbing lions and that is Queen Elizabeth national park located in western Uganda. You will pass through Ishasha sector while searching for the tree climbing lions that will be spotted resting in tree branches.
Proceed to the interior of the park with a game drive which will rewards you with different animal like elephants, buffalos, warthogs, antelopes like the Uganda kobs among others. Head straight to Kazinga channel and embark on the afternoon boat cruise that lasts for about 3 hours. This is another adventure of lifetime. Spot crocodiles and hippos in the waters of Kazinga channel and after this, head and check in the lodge.
Day 5: Game drive and transfer to Kibale national park.
Have a morning game drive to catch up with the early raisers such as the lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and vultures. Other animals that may be spotted include elephants, buffalos, and different antelopes. You will transfer to Kibale national park known for its 13 primates including chimpanzees, our cousins. Head to Isunga cultural community office on your arrival and engage in the traditional dances and music for both Batooro and Bakiga cultures that live at the edge of this forest park.
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and community tour in Isunga.
Have breakfast and then head to Kanyanchu information center to receive briefing about this great experience of gorilla trekking. This experience is memorable and you will never regret taking it since you visit our fellow cousins in the wild for an hour but the overall time spent in the forest can be 3 to 4 hours but very experiential and worthwhile.
After, you will be served with lunch at the lodge and later embark on visiting a local community initiative in Isunga village at the edge of Kibale national park. Take a community tour where you will visit tea, coffee plantations and after take a walk around the crater lake of Nyabikere.
Day 7: Visit Semuliki hot springs and Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves.
Have breakfast and then take a drive that will last for about 2 hours’ drive traversing through the foot hills of mount. Rwenzori where you will be able to visit Sempaya hot springs. Boil your eggs or any other food you have carried and spot different primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, Vervet monkeys, mangabeys among others.
After, return to Fortportal and visit Amabere Ga’Nyinamwiru caves, Nyakasura falls and hike Mweganywa hill. This area has a historical significance relating to the Bachwezi people and the hill offers best view of Fortportal city, three crater lakes, the Rwenzori mountain ranges and the surrounding communities.
Day 8: Transfer back to Kampala.
Have breakfast in the morning and this will be followed by a transfer to Kampala, you will be dropped at the airport in Entebbe and this will mark the end of your 8 days Uganda safari.