13 Days Nature & Wildlife Uganda Highlights
During this trip, you will explore scenically spectacular National Parks in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere of the Equator. This includes a mix of both Big 5 destinations and award-winning primate sanctuaries.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our guide will pick you up for a transfer to a nearby lodging in Entebbe for overnight. Its name is Lake Victoria View Guest House, a simple but good decent hotel located in the city suburb of the town, and your room is self- contained. You will spend much of this day relaxing at the hotel or beachside as you recover from the jetlag. This will allow your body to recharge ahead of your 12-day adventure marathon around Uganda. During tonight’s dinner, Stephen our Director will brief you on what to expect during your trip.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, you will set off for a four hours journey to Uganda’s biggest National Park, Murchison, as found in Northern Uganda. The main stopover of the day is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a vast wildlife estate that is on a mission to repopulate southern white rhinos ahead of their re-introduction into Uganda’s savannah national parks. This follows their extinction in the 1980s, as a result of uncontrolled poaching in the country. The two hours bushwalk here offers a perfect way to stretch your muscles following that relatively exhausting journey from Kampala.
After a delightful lunch treat, you will carry on with the journey, approaching Murchison through its Southern gate. To get to your safari lodge, you will be driven through a dense equatorial forest that is home to the second biggest chimpanzee population in Uganda. Budongo is its name.
At the lodge, you will have ample time to relax as you immerse in nature’s freshness. In the evening, you will be treated to a campfire experience as traditional dancers’ fire up your senses with their vibrant performances—that glamourize the determination with which warriors from the Luo tribes fight. Luo is the dominant ethnic group in Northern Uganda, comprising of Acholis, Langis, and Madis.
Day 3: Game drive & afternoon boat safari Sailing on the Victoria Nile
Considering that most mammals in the savannah hemisphere of the park are in a more active state in the morning, you will set off for the first game drive at 6:30 am. The chef will organize for you packed breakfast complete with pure organic Ugandan fruits. During this four hours game drive, brace yourself for the biggest giraffe population in Uganda (1,500), alongside big herds of African elephants, buffaloes, lions, and a variety of animals in the antelope family such as kobs. The car in which you will have your game drive features a pop-up roof which will enable you to see wildlife without straining your neck.
Boat cruise in the afternoon
This two hours cruise on Victoria Nile is purposed to awaken your sense of rejuvenation by treating you to sights and sounds of nature’s best-kept secrets, highlighting over 400 bird species. It is destined to the thunderous waterfall after which the park is named, a spectacular wonder that drops into a valley that is over 50m deep and 700 meters wide. The boat upon which you will have the cruise has spacious windows and an upper deck. This will allow you to take in unobstructed views of crocodiles, hippos, birds that prey on fish. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to chance on mammal species that you might have missed out on during the morning game drive.
Day 4: Visit the waterfalls and drive to Hoima.
You can start this day by taking pictures of the stunning sunset as you wait for bush breakfast to be served. Thereafter, you will have a sightseeing tour of Murchison falls, a powerful wonder of nature where River Nile thunders as it makes its way up-north of Africa into the Mediterranean sea.
Once through, you will start your 6 hours road trip southwards to Kibale National Park.
One of Uganda’s biggest assets is a decent road infrastructure that enables travelers to drive between their chosen parks and safari lodges. This offers a much better understanding and appreciation of this equatorial country as a whole, while at the same time keeping the cost of their chosen safari down.
Day 5: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
Having a healthy breakfast is will give your day a great start as ahead of your journey to Kibale forest, as found in the Western part of Uganda. Along the way, you will behold a scenic & beautiful green countryside, tea plantations, and charming villages. Lunch will be served in a traditional restaurant in Fort portal town (The cleanest town in Uganda). Feel free to interact with natives during the walk through the market and later retire at the camp. The drive to the camp where you will stay(it neighbors the park). If you love staying at natural settings with a healthy population of monkeys, birds, and Baboons, an overnight experience here will leave you with tears of joy.
Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking
Most of our clients wholeheartedly agree that trekking to see the chimpanzees in Kibale is something that every nature lover should experience at least once in their lifetime. It offers one a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with 13 primate species, inclusive of nocturnal specials like bushbabies and sloth-like potto. Other common residents include baboons, red colobus, L’hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey. The 3-4 nature walk is guided by experienced ranger guides who set a walking pace that doesn’t push one to the limits.
After the trek, you will return to your lodge for lunch to replace calories you burnt during the hike. In the evening, you will have a guided bird-watching excursion in Bigodi, a community-owned wetland that has been hosting over 300 bird and 10 primate species for over 5 centuries now. If time allows, you will have an agro-tourism experience in the tea fields surrounding the park.
Day 7: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth National. There is a good reason why this is the most visited park in Uganda. It is everything you’d expect of an African wilderness area; rolling plains, densely forested gorges, rocky outcrops, stunning crater lakes, and deep green winding rivers full of crocs and hippos. Its animal diversity is one of the best in the great lakes region and all of the Big game is easily found no matter the time of your visit.
You will start your tour of the park with a sightseeing boat cruise along the shores of Kazinga Channel, a vast river connecting Lake George to Lake Edward. Massive numbers of grazers and browsers gather here to quench their thirst and cool of the day’s steam. This in turn provides an incredible opportunity for predators to strike for a feast. It’s a captivating wildlife sighting that will leave you squealing in delight. Expect to see over 600 bird species, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, and elephants.
After this relaxing sunset cruise, we shall drive you to your lodge ahead of your dinner under the stars and a peaceful night in an eco-friendly lodge.
Day 8: Morning Game Drive Viewing Animals
It's hard to drive for one hour in this park without something exciting unfolding in front of you. Of course, most exciting wildlife viewings involve some prey activity and predators especially lions and leopards seem to be in huge supply. It is quite common for the latter, which usually likes to sit on a termite hill to scan the surrounding plains for antelopes and top, sit on a car bonnet of a touring car to do just that.
Although these predators kill at least 8 prey every day, the park is as clean as it should be. This is thanks to the abundance of scavengers and hyenas that clean up Queen Elizabeth by eating off the carcass.
Queen Elizabeth remains a great destination for safari virgins and those on a stricter budget. There is a variety of budget camps as well as a good balance of luxurious safari lodges with infinity pools.
Day 9: Drive via Ishasha to Bwindi
Drive to Ishasha for a game drive to spot tree-climbing lions and later transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park known as the home of Mountain Gorillas. The location of the gorilla family you are visiting determines your accommodation facility!
Day 10: Gorilla Tracking Day
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is arguably one of the most worthwhile wildlife encounters in Africa. While chimps have 98.7% common D.N.A with humans, gorillas are slightly above 98%. Ironically, they seem to connect more with visitors of the human race. You will sense a strong connection as they look at you as much as you are staring at them. As the world heritage site, Bwindi is also home to different species of apes like chimpanzees and blue monkeys. Othe part of birds, its common residents include African Green Broad-bill, Purple-breasted sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide,…the list goes one.
Day 11: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park & afternoon boat cruise (optional)
Early breakfast and transfer to your next destination, Lake Mburo National Park. Famed the world over for its vast lake system which is interconnected by swamps, this park offers a perfect break from the exhausting 9 hours’ drive back to Kampala. It features both a dense tropical rain-forest and lush savannah that serves as home to different species of mammals such as zebras, topi, impalas, giraffes, elands, buffalos. You will crown the day with a sun-downer bird watching boat trip along the shores of the park’s biggest lake. A key highlight is an encounter with over 100 bird species, inclusive but not limited to Lilac-breasted roller, Green pigeons, and many others.
After this, you will be taken to your lodge for checking in.
Day 12: Drive to Kampala
One of the main highlights of this five journey road trip back to Kampala is a stopover at a vibrant tourist hub where the Equator passes. You will be treated to an enlightening illustration that showcases why currents in the Northern hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction while those in the Southern Hemisphere spin in an anticlockwise direction.
Day 13: City tour & transfer to the Airport.
This full-day tour will showcase to you the A-Z about Kampala, Uganda’s capital. It features a mix of historical and cultural attractions where Uganda’s present-day life was shaped. Among the sites you will visit includes the National Theater, museum, traditional royal palace, organized chaos of downtown, and Gadhafi mosque, one of the three largest mosques in Africa. If you wish to shop souvenirs, there are a variety of craft shops around.
In the afternoon, you will start your journey to Entebbe ahead of your flight out of Uganda. If you wish to relax in a refreshing environment, we are happy to organize for you a treat at one of the beaches lined at the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest freshwater lake.
Trip ends today, Thanks for allowing us to indulge you in our country’s best-kept secret!
- Birding watching
- Rhino walk
- Boat Cruise sailing in Fresh Rivers and Lakes
- Gorilla Tracking in Uganda
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Cultural Experience