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Overview

From Uganda cultural diversity to awe-inspiring landscapes and iconic wildlife, this 9-Nights
Uganda Highlights has it all and is suitable for travellers who wish to experience the best
that Uganda has to offer.

This safari starts in the Capital Kampala considered as one of the most exciting cities in Africa. Explore the city on foot, on a bicycle or driven in a car- whatever suits you, Kampala city tour offers cultural lovers lots of opportunities to appreciate the country’s cultural diversity. The following day is the start of your visit of the countryside. After a mouth-watering breakfast at your hotel, you will be collected by your driver-guide who will head North towards Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest national park for some big four wildlife spotting and spectacular waterfalls hiking.

The next stop on this epic journey is at Kibale Forest National Park home to Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees and one of the top birding spots in the country. Enjoy a walk-through Bigodi Swamp and see wild chimpanzees exciting chimp walk. There is more chimpanzee trekking ahead as our next visit is to Queen Elizabeth National Park known for its abundant wildlife, including African elephant, African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, topi, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, Nile crocodile, leopard, spotted hyena, chimpanzee and lion.

The last stop of this trip takes us to Bwindi impenetrable national park, one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests and a UNESCO world heritage site

Summary of your Trip
  • 1 Night Golf Course Hotel (Kampala Central) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Pakuba Safari Lodge (Murchison Falls National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Rubalika Safari Lodge (Kibale National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Elephant Hub Safari Lodge (Queen Elizabeth National Park) | Uganda
  • 2 Nights Gorilla Safari Lodge (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) | Uganda
Price Includes
  • All ground transportation in a Safari land cruiser - open roof with all fuel
  • Full time driver guide with all his associated expenses
  • Full board accommodation as per above itinerary apart from Kampala/Entebbe where it is Dinner and breakfast only.
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person, 1 Chimpanzee permit per person
  • Boat cruise, Game drives, Ferry crossing
  • Top of the Falls Hike
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Park fees and government taxes
Price Excludes
  • Visas & any International flight / Air tickets
  • Travel / medical / baggage insurance.
  • Driver guide gratuities
  • Drinks / laundry (unless specified)
  • Dining rooms tips
  • Porter age
  • Telephone bill
  • Any items of a personal nature
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Entebbe Airport and Transfer to Hotel

Meet and greet at Entebbe International Airport by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.

Driving time: ± 1 hour (45 km)

Depending on your arrival time you may embark on a city tour with your driver-guide, visit the shopping malls around town and craft villages OR you may also visit the Botanical gardens – a Uganda Wildlife Educational centre or go for a cheese and wine sundowner on Lake Victoria.
Overnight at the hotel

Accommodation: Golf Course Hotel
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Activity and Services: Itinerary Briefing
Included: Airport transfer

Day 2Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and to Murchison Falls National Park

Driving time: 5-6 hours (around 374 kms)

After morning breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from by your driver-Guide. Head northwest to Murchison Falls National Park with a stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for some rhino tracking. There are 15 Rhinos which were reintroduced after their extinction in the 1970s through poaching. A local ranger guide will lead you on foot to an up-close encounter with the rhinos and it may take about 1 and half hours. Proceed to Masindi Town for lunch and later continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving at your lodge late afternoon

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Activity and Services: Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch
Included: Rhino Tracking & Park entrance fees

Day 3Full Day Murchison Falls National Park – Game Drive &Boat Cruise

Arise very early in the morning for your game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile in your open-roof vehicle which will give you an excellent opportunity to view and photograph the diverse wildlife. Your guide will help you spot elephant, lion, cape buffalo, Roth child’s giraffe, hartebeest, waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, bohor reed buck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

Alternatively, you may opt for a hot balloon safari with a bush breakfast at a supplement of $420 per person. After lunch, go for a boat cruise upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just few of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’, marvel at the schools of hippos, crocodiles and over the 17km stretch you may see elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. This is also the zone of many birds, species like goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee- eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After taking shorts of the photogenic Murchison Falls, you may choose to continue to the top of the falls, where you will have the amazing view of the falls! See where the Nile -world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool
43m below. Later, return to your lodge and relax in the evening.

Alternatively, you may choose to pay a supplement of $500 per group below 10 PAX to join a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls where you will mix with the high concentration of mammals as well you will get a chance of coming close to the endemic Albertine rift Shoe bill stork in the wilderness

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Activities and Services: Game Drive; Boat Cruise on the Nile ;Top of the Falls Hike
Included: Game Drive; Park Entrance Fees; Ferry Crossing; Boat Cruise on the Nile; Top of the Falls Hike; Vehicle Entrance fees

Day 4Drive to Kibale National Game Park

Driving time: ± 8 hours (around 488 km)

After your morning breakfast, begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. Drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside passing through traditional homesteads, farms and Tea Estates. You will have a stopover for lunch en-route with arrival at you lodge in the late afternoon. Check in at your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. Alternatively, you may opt to fly to Kibale at a supplement of $470 per person.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities and Services: Kasenyi Sector
Included: Transfer to Kibale National Park; Game Drive; Park Entrance Fees

Day 5Full Day Kibale National Game Park - Chimpanzee tracking & Bigodi Swamp walk

Driving time: ± 1 hour (around 28 km)

Enjoy this memorable Chimpanzee Tracking as Kibale Forest National Park is home to the largest population of Chimpanzees in Uganda and explore the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest.

After breakfast at your lodge, you will be driven to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative. Kibale’s 1450 Chimpanzee represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate and the largest populations of habituated chimpanzees resides here.

Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few. So you will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they gloom and bond with one another.

Alternatively, you may opt to do chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $50, this exercise takes the whole entire day. Only 6 people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face to face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.

After lunch, head to Bigodi for an optional afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organization to protect the 4sq-km Magombe Swamp that’s home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with 8 different species here, including grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting.

Accommodation: Rubalika Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Activities and Services: Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi swamp walk
Included: 1 Chimp permit per person and Bigodi swamp walk

Day 6Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game Drive & Boat Cruise

Driving time: ± 2 hour (around 157 km)

Breakfast then embark on a three-hour eventful drive heading east following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range. Your expert driver guide will take you through the game park where you might spot some animals. You will then reach your lodge right on time for lunch, enjoy your hot meal. Later in the afternoon take a unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward. This excursion passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and this launch/cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous, with well over 550 resident species in this world renown National Park.

After the activity, you will head for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Elephant Hub Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities and Services: Game Drive & Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
Included: Game Drive & Boat cruise on Kazinga channel; Park entrance fees

Day 7Full Day Queen Elizabeth National Park – Game Drive – Ishasha Sector

Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco-system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. Have an early morning game drive where you have an opportunity to view the massive Rwenzori as backdrop, which provides excellent opportunities to spot lion, leopard, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo, elephant, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kob, topi and bushbuck. The game drives and the boat trip (taken prior) are memorable methods of discovering a vast array of Ugandan wildlife. Be sure to have your camera ready for these amazing sightings! Later, have an afternoon game drive as you transfer to Ishasha Plains – sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot some tree climbing lions.
Alternatively, embark on an afternoon visit to the bat and hunters cave where we take a close look at the bats, rock python and forest cobras at a supplement of $30 per person. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc

Accommodation: Elephant Hub Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities and Services: Ishasha Sector
Included: Game Drive; Search -Tree climbing lions; Visit to the Bat Cave (optional) Park entrance fees

Day 8Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Driving time: 6-7hours (± 265 kms)

After your breakfast, pack-up your bags and take a morning game drive through the park for your final visit with wildlife before heading out of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and on to Bwindi. The drive takes you through the Switzerland of Africa area known as the Kigezi with lunch stop en route.

Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arriving in the evening. Check into the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities and Services: Transfer Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Included: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 9Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Batwa Cultural Visit

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from there the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat, rest, play and bond with their young ones.

Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species, they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge. If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the Batwa surrounding communities in the evening at a supplement of $80 per person.

The Batwa People are hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down through many generations. They were the first people to inhabit the tropical rainforest who used to stay with mountain gorillas in harmony, it has been once their home for centuries. They used to eat the same food with mountain gorillas considering gorillas as part of their forest family. Visit the Batwa tribe to listen to ancient legends and traditional songs and learn a thing or two about their daily lives and traditions.

Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with fellow travellers before retiring to your room, relax and get to sleep the sounds of nature. You may opt for Gorilla Habituation on supplement of $900 per person – here you will be sure of meeting and spending enough time with the Gorillas.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge
Meal Basis: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities and Services: Gorilla Tracking/Uganda Wildlife Authority
Included: 1 Gorilla permit per person; Batwa Community visit (Optional)

Day 10Drive back to Kampala - Entebbe

After an early breakfast you will head to the Entebbe International Airport, with a lunch stop along the way. Upon arrival at the airport, you will check in time for your homebound flight or be dropped-off at a Kampala hotel or home.

Included: Airport transfer

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