10 days best Uganda safari tour starts when you greeted at the Entebbe
International Airport, take a short drive to your hotel. At your hotel, you have a 360 view of Lake Victoria
What’s Included: Uganda hotels & Lodges at Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa, transfer, dinner
Day 2: 10 days best Uganda safari tour moves to Murchison Falls National Park
You will explore the mystical landscapes of Uganda as you watch the colors merge and the stories of a continent come alive. Dusty red earth cascades beneath as topographs change, as the River Nile widens as it swerves north, and thick swathes of savannah are dotted with moving herds. Uganda really captures your imagination, evoking so many dreamy preconceptions of Africa.
Paraa Lodge is perched above its northern bank and your thatched cottage will offer sublime views. After lunch, you will discover the river’s inhabitants as you take a boat past wallowing hippos and water-squirting elephants. A thunderous rumble builds and builds before it becomes nearly deafening and you are forced to continue on foot. Before you are at Murchison Falls
, you will be engulfed by the clashing waterfall and nearly consumed by flying spray in every direction. This is the collective force of the majestic Nile and it will be a feast for all of the senses. Returning to the lodge, you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch in a location that is over 500 miles from any city.
What’s Included: Paraa Lodge, transfer, tour, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Game Drive, Cruise on the Nile
Giraffe pokes their heads above the trees and the odd elephant ambles along, tusks proudly pointing skywards. Most of the park’s wildlife is on the northern bank, and there is a whole morning procession to enjoy. The game comes to you at Paraa Lodge, although a game drive is going to increase the intimacy of the scenes. Warthogs run from the threat of leopards, African Buffalo canter with a comical enthusiasm, and most game drives encounter pride of lions.
Everything must come to drink, and sunset is the favorite time for most animals to quench their thirst, so expect a whole array of encounters as you lounge on the boat. Sundowner drinks are served, and you will stay out into dusk to admire the hippopotamus that emerges from the water for their evening graze.
What’s Included: Paraa Lodge, game safari tour, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: Kibale National Park – Primates of Kibale on a Private Tour
Landscapes collide as you emerge from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest on your private drive. The red and yellow of the scorched savannah becomes the kaleidoscopic green of the rainforest. Alongside volcanic peaks before your arrival amidst an ambiance of mystique. Primate Lodge maintains this atmosphere with the welcoming calls of the monkey troops and the barks of baboons. You are deep into primate territory and nestled beneath the trees at a lodge that is as stylish and intimate as they come. Possible to see up to 11 different species can be spotted in this forest. Colobus monkey tails swing from above, mangabeys scamper across forest clearings. You are not just glimpsing a few monkeys and mangabeys, as troops are sometimes a hundred strong, and you will get a keen sense of whose world you are entering. As with Paraa Lodge, you can expect a continuation of the fine dining you have come to enjoy as you move to Primate Lodge.
What’s Included: Primate Lodge, ground transfer, trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5: Kibale National Park – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Visit the chimpanzee and the first thing you will notice are the eyes as they seem to be looking straight at you. But more than that, it will feel as if they are communicating with you as if sending a message from primate to primate. For a second, you will feel frozen and then you will recover, looking around and making eye contact with another 15 chimpanzees. You will find yourself surrounded by a whole family and you will admire how they curl their fingers around the branches and speak through facial expressions. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives, and spending an hour with them is a remarkable experience. Sometimes the similarities may bring tears to your eyes, and the experience will create goosebumps. While it is possible to track chimpanzees in a few forests across East Africa, Kibale is one of the few to offer a complete habituation experience, giving you a virtually guaranteed encounter with a whole troop.
What’s Included: Primate Lodge, transfer, trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mountain slopes are consumed by forest as thick swathes of the green climb up towards lunar-like escarpments. Mist swirls sporadically, dancing amongst the canopy with primitive twirls yet there are places where the forest opens and the savannah takes over, bringing back those rustic yellows that travel out from lush blue lakes. It is only a short journey between Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Parks here we celebrate the natural drama of western Uganda.
You are checked into Mweya Lodge which is just how you may be picturing it as you are immersed in the rhythm of the wild. This lodge brings you the safari under canvas experience and you will be listening to all of the wild calls throughout the evening. This is, however, nothing like camping as it is more like a five-star hotel that has been transported to the heart of the bush. After lunch, you will go on your first game drive and wind past the classic animals of the East African savannah: lions, elephants, buffalo, baboons, hippopotamus, and a whole assortment of different antelope.
What’s Included: Mweya Safari Lodge, ground transfer, safari, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park Private Game Drives
The lion pride is radio-tagged that you will be tracking, inspecting the dinner menu, seeking to spread the herd and pounce on their pre-identified calf. Their scheme is not working just yet, and you will watch the big bulls charge the cats and admire their aggression and nerve. Later on, in the same game drive, there will be more tension, this time two large elephant herds meeting on the savannah as the younger males take the opportunity to leave their scent and seek out a mate. The big males must then defend their territory, which brings deafening trumpets and much flapping of the ears. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s flagship big game destination, and you are not just encountering the famous animals as on your game drive, you will be exploring all of the wild behaviors of the giants.
What’s Included: Mweya Safari Lodges, safari, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Again, it will be a beautiful road trip with uninterrupted views from the windows of your Landcruiser as you overlook the jagged villages, the valleys that are seemingly folded into the mountains. Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one of the world’s most exclusive rainforest getaways, a delightful haven and the only luxury camp within the park. Settle into your huge bathtub that overlooks the canopy, and then take lunch on your private deck to admire the swirls of mist. In the afternoon, there will be the option to trek to the summit of a nearby volcano or to journey through the trees and encounter golden monkey troops as both are private tours.
What’s Included: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, ground transfer, safari, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Days 9: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Gorilla Trekking
It will feel as if they are communicating and sending messages to you through their eyes and facial expressions. You will know they are communicating when a blackback male starts waving his arms, or an infant seems to hold out its hand as if expecting a handshake. Gorillas are curious, and they like to inspect their visitors, sometimes for a few brief seconds, but sometimes for many long minutes. The intensity in the air is often too much for you to even consider bringing out the camera, as you realize that gorilla trekking is not about getting great photos, but about being invited into the lives of the world’s largest primate.
Sometimes it will be a 2 hours trek but other times you may be walking for four or six hours through the thick indigenous forest. Porters are available to carry your belongings and will carry people who require assistance. One glimpse and you will be hooked as you see a whole family playing in the clearing. The gorillas feed on the berries, swing in the trees, and then stand on hind legs in a beautiful show of power. Soon a silverback will rock past, and there will be silence as everyone watches the giant with the gray back fur. When gorilla trekking, you are allowed to spend an hour with a pre-identified troop, getting to within seven meters. Given the intensity of the experience, it will feel much closer than that.
Gorilla trekking once is a wildlife experience of a lifetime. Going twice is a brilliant way to understand the gorilla world. On your second excursion, you will visit a different troop and one that is likely to have a very different social makeup. Mothers keep infants close by as they knuckle-walk on three limbs and toddlers scamper beneath their father’s watchful gaze. You can really grasp how you and the gorillas have much in common, which will amaze you. You will also receive a poignant reminder that wild mountain gorillas are close to extinction. In the 1970s, Diane Fossey said they would be extinct by the turn of the millennium. They have made it this far, but you can see that their existence is far from guaranteed.
What’s Included: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, trek, breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10: Bwindi – Entebbe and Connect With International Departure end 10 days best Uganda safari tour
Bwindi to Entebbe would be a bumpy 10-hour journey by road, but it is an easy connection by air charter and a delightful flight above the shores of Lake Mburo
and then Lake Victoria. Touch down and connect to your scheduled international departure. As you leave Uganda, you may still be wondering why the astonishing landscapes are so untouched by tourism and so untamed by time. The main reason is that they are so inaccessible. If Uganda had the transport infrastructure in Europe, then perhaps it would not be so pristine. You will have engaged with some incredible landscapes and wildlife as you have discovered the wild realms of a beautiful country.
What’s Included: activities, ground transfer, meals, permits, park entry, boat rides
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
The customized package will include hotels, airport transfers, and other transportation within Uganda, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24×7 support during your trip.
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final Lodges choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
• Transport in a 4wd with a pop-up roof for an excellent safari view.
• All fuel for the tour.
• English speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
• Accommodation as listed in the program.
• Meals according to the program.
• Park entrance fees according to the program.
• All activities described in the itinerary.
• 1 chimpanzee permit per person.
• 1 gorilla permit per person.
• All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.).
The bookings with the hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.