This 13 Day (12 Nights) Uganda Safari combines different adventures to engage in. Visit Bwindi Forest to see the gorillas of Bwindi, track the wild chimpanzees, enjoy wildlife safaris and see some of Africa’s primates. See the wild game and do launch cruises in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Track the fascinating chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge and Kibale Forest National Park. If you are a bird lover, you will see birds at the beautiful islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Tour ends with Lake Victoria’s Ssese Islands, and a visit to the Source of the River Nile in Jinja can be added at the end.

Places to Visit: Lake Victoria beach, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Ssese Islands

Trip Highlights

This is one of our best safaris, for honeymooners or other travelers wishing to enjoy the comforts and luxuries of a honeymoon type of holiday. This tour combines game, birds, gorillas with the comforts of relaxing in pristine environment on a beach on Lake Victoria at the end of the tour.

  • Visit 4 of Uganda’s 10 National Parks: Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi all found within the Western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley!
  • Your trip starts with Murchison Falls Conservation Area, the largest in the country, with chimps, birds, crocodile, and game. Visit the dramatic Falls from which the park derives its name.
  • Drive westwards to Lake Albert, for unusual game and wildlife before proceeding to Kibale Forest
  • Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains: a half day walk into the mountains is possible.  The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel in the park is especially good for viewing hippo, buffalo, elephant and a large host of birds.
  • Have an opportunity to track gorillas again or climb a volcano, go birding or take in the breathtaking landscape.
  • Your trip ends with Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, to relax and unwind after the eventful African safari.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival:

Arrive Entebbe Airport. Meet and greet with our professional tour guide. You will be transferred to a hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. Overnight at Boma Guest House OR 2 Friends Hotel (Midrange) / Protea Hotel by Marriot (Luxury)

DAY 2: Kampala to Murchison

Our guide will pick you from the hotel for a journey to the north western part of Uganda. Drive through Luwero. Visit the Ziwa Rhino Santuary and go for rhino tracking. Have Lunchin Masindi and later continue to the park. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] Overnight at Fort Murchison Camp (Budget) / Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Bakers Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury).

DAY 3: In Murchison

Go for an early morning game viewing north of the Nile. Return to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, take a Launch trip to the bottom of the mighty exciting Falls, an amazing 3 hours boat rode along the Nile that will be rewarding with sightings of various animals that include hippos, crocodiles, elephants and a vast array of birds including the rare shoebill stork, lounging on the banks of the Nile. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls, you can hike to the top of the falls. The guide will pick you from the top of the falls and drive you back to the lodge. Evening game drive in Murchison Falls National Park. Overnight at Fort Murchison Camp (Budget) / Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Bakers Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury).

DAY 4: Murchison to Lake Albert

Drive to the stimulating Lake Albert. Arrive in time for lunch, view fishing villages, local communities and local fishermen; or do a short game drive, a launch cruise (subject to boat availability) or simply relax at Lodge. Overnight at Fort Murchison Camp (Budget) / Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange) / Bakers Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury).

DAY 5: Hoima to Fort Portal

Drive south to Fort Portal, in Western Uganda. The journey takes you through the Albertine, traveling past big tea plantations. Have lunch in Fortportal Town. After lunch, proceed to your lodging in Kibale. Either explore a crater lake nearby or relax at your lodging. [Approximate driving time: 7 hour(s)] Overnight at Kibale Safari Lodge (Budget) / Chimpanzee Guest House (Midrange) / Kibale Primates Lodge (Luxury)

DAY 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

After breakfast, the guide will transfer you to Kanyanchu, the starting point for hikes within Kibale Forest. Take a guided nature walk in Kibale Forest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa – including red, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees.  home to thirteen species of primates the highest in tropical Africa. Animal species such as red, black and white Columbus, blue monkeys and baboons and a large number of chimpanzees can be seen.A forest walk provides a high possibility of seeing and hearing a vast number of chimps and other primates crashing around through the forest. Birdlife is also fabulous, with over 300 species recorded in the forest. An afternoon walk in Bigodi wetland gives the opportunity of seeing the unusual birds, baboons, chimpanzee and other primates which live around the swamp. Overnight at Kibale Safari Lodge (Budget) / Chimpanzee Guest House (Midrange) / Kibale Primates Lodge (Luxury)

DAY 7: Kibale to Queen Elizabeth Park

Leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing via the Rwenzoris, or Mountains of The Moon as they are sometimes called. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Evening game drive. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours] Overnight at Bush Lodge (Budget) / Enganzi Lodge (Midrange) /  Katara Lodge OR Mweya Lodge (Luxury)

DAY 8: In Queen Elizabeth Park

Visit Kyambura gorge to track chimpanzees, man’s closest relation. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a water getaway that connects Lake Edward and George. Enjoy the unique evening 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species. Overnight at Bush Lodge (Budget) / Enganzi Lodge (Midrange) /  Katara Lodge OR Mweya Lodge (Luxury)

DAY 9: Queen Elizabeth Park to Bwindi

Leave for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We may drive via Ishasha, weather conditions permitting where you may see tree-climbing lion – or drive through farmland to Buhoma. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]. Dinner and Overnight at
BUHOMA: Buhoma Homestead (Budget) / Buhoma Haven Lodge (Midrange) / Mahogany Springs (Luxury)
RUHIJA: Gift of Nature Lodge (Budget) / Bakiga Lodge or Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange)
RUSHAGA: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge (Budget) / Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Midrange) / Chameleon Hill Lodge (Luxury)

DAY 10: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Go gorilla tracking (subject to availability of gorilla permits at time of booking), carrying a packed lunch. You will be accompanied by a guide and porters who will carry your shoulder pack for you. You will then set off to the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of 5200 feet and more means participants do need to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 8-9 hours before one returns to camp. Difficulty, however, is not impossibility and coming face to face with the great primates is well worth it! Overnight at a previous lodge.

DAY 11: Bwindi to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria

After breakfast, a gentle drive to Kampala via Masaka and onto Bukatata, a small town on Lake Victoria, take the afternoon boat to Ssese Islands. Overnight at the Brovad Sands Lodge.

DAY 12: In Ssese on Lake Victoria

After breakfast, relax at lodge or explore local communities, do fishing. Overnight at the Brovad Sands Lodge

DAY 13: Return and fly out

Board the ship at 08h00 for Entebbe Mainland, arrive at 1100. Gentle drive to the airport in time for your flight (HB). [Approximate driving time: 30 minutes]

End of the Safari

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