12 days Uganda Safari

Travelers will see lions, elephants, gorilla, chimpanzees and much more

 

12 days wildlife and gorilla safari in Uganda

 

 

12 days Uganda safari begins and will end in Kampala or Entebbe. This tour takes the tourists to track gorillas, walk with rhinoceros, see chimpanzees among other animals.

 

 

The Uganda safari trip takes the travellers to see African lions, elephants, Rothschild giraffe, and African buffalo in the wild. The traveller will enjoy a boat safari on the River Nile in Murchison Falls and a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth national park.

 

 

Chimpanzee tracking will be done in the Kibale forest as well as in the Kyambura gorge. Tree climbing lion will be seen in Ishasha south of Queen Elizabeth national park. Before going for gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest national park a world heritage site. This holiday will be concluded in Lake Mburo national park with a walking safari to see zebras.

 

 

Day 1 Arrival – Entebbe
When tourists arrive, they will be met and driven by the guide to the Marriot protea hotel. Alternatively, they will be driven to the Speke resort hotel on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Journey time – 5 or 30 minutes
Meal plan – Included
Drinks – Not Included

Accommodation
Upmarket – Marriot Protea Hotel/Serena Kigo
Mid-range – The Western Best Hotel/Victoria Hotel
Budget – African Roots GH/Boma Guest House

 

 

Day 2 white rhinoceros tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Good morning, how did you sleep? How was your breakfast?
Your guide will brighten up your day before you start your road trip to Murchison Falls National Park. This is Uganda's largest national park and one of the most exciting places to visit. This is one of the most impressive Uganda safari journeys any traveller to Uganda will attest to. Your first stop will be at Wobulenzi where your guide will buy some fresh pineapples that you will enjoy in the coming days. Another stop at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, where your group will be taken on an open savannah woodland excursion to see southern white Rhinoceros. A briefing talks to follow during the excursion will be given. The time allowance is about 1 hour with the Rhinoceros observing them either grazing or resting.

 

 

Continue to Murchison falls national park

 

 

Your guide will drive you to the Kabalega resort for a hot meal before continuing to Masindi.
After your lunch, the next leg of your journey will take you through Masindi town a very come stopover for tourists heading to Murchison Falls. Driving 24kms we head to the gate where your safari guide will make payments clearing your permission to enter the park. Start spotting wild animals such as olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, Abyssinian ground hornbill, and sometimes the shy bushbuck.

 

The rush of being so close to the most powerful falls in Africa will take. You will witness for yourself what words can’t possibly explain. You must experience this and try to put it in words. The river flowing at 100meters is reduced to flowing through 7meters and dropping down about 45meters, so all the volume of water has to squeeze through a narrow crevice. Wait you will see!

Journey time – 5 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerAccommodation
Upmarket – Sarova Para Lodge / Bakers Lodge
Mid-range – Pakuba Safari Lodge / Nile Safari Lodge
Budget – Fort Murchison tents

 

 

Day 3 Wildlife tour in Murchison falls national park
Bisected by the Victoria Nile, the Murchison falls national park is rich in plains game teeming with the hippopotamus, crocodile in the waters. The delta area where large herds of Uganda Kobs and African buffalo graze. And is a good place to see the normally shy oribi antelope and Jackson’s hartebeest. Other animals you are likely to see in this area include the African elephant, warthog, localized Rothschild’s giraffe, and browsing patas monkey. The common birds are the Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary bird, yellow-mantled widow, Piac Piac, and Denham’s bustard. Lions and leopards are on the list of animals to look out for today. An attractive feature of the Borassus grassland is that it is practically free of tsetse flies, a nuisance in many other parts of the park including the acacia woodland that follows the Albert Nile.

 

 

We return for lunch at the iconic Sarova para lodge where lunch is served from 12hr30. The African Queen takes tourists for a 3hr boat safari to the bottom of the Murchison falls. Here the boat captain will point out Hemingway’s capsized boat and the devil's cauldron. During the boat trip, tourists will see a variety of wild animals as well as birds. We return to the lodge for rest until dinner time and rest.

 

 

Day 4 Road trip to Kibale forest national park via Hoima Town
Good morning, and an early road trip to Kibale forest after your breakfast you get to depart Murchison Falls Park for Kibale forest national park. Kibale forest national park offers chimpanzee tracking, superb bird-watching, and the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere else in Africa.

The trip is scenic especially with views of the western rift valley, sometimes we might see local weekly roadside markets.
Journey time – 7 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation
Upmarket – Papaya Lake Lodge / Primate Lodge / Kyaniga Lodge
Mid-range – Turaco Treetops / Kibale Guest Cottages
Budget – Chimpanzee guest house

 

 

Day 5 Uganda Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park
Good morning, after breakfast we drive or walk to the visitors briefing centre. Here you will understand that the most popular activity in this area is a guided forest walk which offers roughly 70% chance of encountering chimpanzees. The popular guided walking trail through the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, better for general primate viewing and certainly one of the finest birding trails in the country.

With chimpanzee habituation as the best option for guaranteeing 100% chimpanzee encounters. We ask our guests who would prefer this option to let us know in advance so we can try to secure a spot for them.

The chimpanzee tracking starts at 8:30 am after the briefing and groupings are done. Chimpanzee tracking can last between 1 hour to as long as 3 hrs. There is a 70% chance of spotting these chimpanzees sometimes you will have to settle for hoots and calls and noises.

Return to the starting point and we head for lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon go to Bigodi community Walk's office for registration before you are taken on a rewarding walk. The walk offers guests a variety of monkey species, birds, and butterflies.
After the walk, you will meet up with the guide and head back to the lodge for the rest of the evening.

 

 

Day 6 Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
From the outstanding Kibale Forest area, 12 days Uganda safari takes you to an eco-lodge perched high above the Kyambura Gorge, giving magnificent views over the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains. You’ll take boat trips along the Kazinga Channel to see the wildlife that basks on the banks or comes down to drink.

You’ll track chimps in the Kalinzu, with an experienced guide and embark on community walks to meet local people. And you’ll set off on early morning and afternoon game drives to photograph the pride of lions, leopards, and great herds of Ugandan Kob.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drinks – Are not included (But Only Drinking in the Vehicle)
Accommodation
Upmarket – Kyambura Gorge Lodge / Mweya Safari Lodge
Mid-range – Twin Lakes Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge / Elephant Plains
Budget – Elephant Hab Lodge / Bush Lodge tents

 

 

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth national park wildlife safari
Another beautiful day in Queen Elizabeth national park, we start with an early rise for the usual morning game drive. After breakfast guests will head to the network of game-viewing roads around the Kazinga channel to see some hippos, warthog, bushbuck, waterbuck, and elephants. We do this heading to the mating grounds of the Uganda kobs, here we are going to be searching for lions.

 

 

After the game drive, we come back to the lodge where we will have lunch and head to the river for a boat ride. The most popular activity out of Mweya is the launch trip down the Kazinga channel. You should see elephants, buffalo, waterbuck, Uganda Kob, and large numbers of the hippopotamus. Research shows that the Kazinga channel has got a large concentration of hippopotami in the world. The water birds are plentiful along the channel, particularly pelicans, which flock on the sandbanks. The common species include black-headed gonolek, a member of the shrike family with a dazzling red chest – and look closely, as the localized papyrus gonolek, similar in appearance but with a yellow crown.

 

 

After the boat ride, clients will head back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

 

 

Day 8 Chimpanzee tracking Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth national park
Bonjour, today after breakfast we head to Kyambura gorge to track the chimpanzee that lives here. This gorge is 16kms long, and 100m deep it forms the border between Queen Elizabeth national park and the Kyambura wildlife reserve. Kyambura gorge is home to chimpanzees but also to red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus, giant forest hogs, and many different bird species. The chimps here are reasonably well habituated to people, and the confined nature of the gorge means that they are easier to locate than in some other reserves – there are no guarantees, but you would be unlucky to do this trek and not see chimps.

 

 

We will then transfer to Ishasha sector the remote section of Queen Elizabeth national park. Ishasha is famous for its unusual lions that climb trees, they have been named tree-climbing lions because they climb large fig trees. Hot lunch at the lodge before we head to the Ishasha sector.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation
Upmarket – Ishasha Wilderness camp
Mid-range – Ishasha Jungle lodge
Budget – Enjojo Lodge

 

 

Day 9 Road trip to Bwindi forest national park
Good morning, after breakfast, then head out on a game drive, searching the tracks of the Ishasha to see if we can find these tree-climbing lions.

 

After we return to the lodge for lunch and immediately after lunch we will journey to Bwindi forest national park in the area of Buhoma.

The accommodation is comfortable though; you’ll be staying in the luxury lodge in Bwindi National Park, with uninterrupted views of the towering forest and impressive river.

Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Accommodation
Upmarket – Sanctuary Retreats / Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Springs Lodge
Mid-range – Silverback Lodge / Buhoma Haven Lodge
Budget – Buhoma community rest camp

 

 

Day 10 Bwindi forest gorilla tracking

Today you set off into gorilla country as your 12 days Uganda safari this is the highlight of your trip among others.

You meeting gorillas in the wild is the main reason for visiting Bwindi forest – and an encounter with a silverback is indeed a thrilling experience – but the park has other attractions too. The birdlife is wonderful and the flora of the forest is equally fascinating. You’ll also have an option to meet the local community and trekking through dense forests in search of the gentle giants.

With the support of the porter service and the head guide, you will come in contact with the gorillas.

Return to the lodge to rest in as well as enjoy the views of the forest at your lodge.

Overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 11 Drive to Lake Mburo national park
We will head out of Bwindi forest at 8:00 am via Kabale town heading to Ntungamo through to Mbarara and stop at the Igongo cultural centre. This drive will take us some 6 hours through some beautiful countryside.

After lunch, we will head into Lake Mburo national park where you will get to relax and enjoy the views at your lodge.

Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Accommodation
Upmarket – Mihingo Lodge
Mid-range – Rwakobo Rock
Budget – Eagles Nest

 

Day 12 Lake Mburo walking safari - Entebbe
6:00 am you will be taken on a walking safari where you get to see a few wildlife including birds. You return for breakfast and set off driving back towards Kampala. We stop at the equator and then continue to Entebbe for your departure.

Journey time – 4 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Drinks – Not Included (But Only Drinking in the Vehicle)

 

Best months to go
JAN FEB MAR JUN JUL AUG SEPT OCT-DEC

 

Good months to go.
APR MAY NOV

 

Included
1. All ground transportation
2. All accommodation including breakfast (some hotels may include more meals & activities)
3. gorilla trekking permit/chimpanzee tracking permits
4. All private ground transfers
5. All guided tours specified in the itinerary description
6. English speaking safari guide

 

Not Included
Drinks
Flights domestic and international
Travel Insurance
Tips $20 per person per day
Activities not included in the Itinerary
Laundry
Items of personal nature

 

 

Terms and conditions
1. At the moment of booking a deposit of 40% of the total amount is due.
2. Please, make your bookings at least 60 days before the date of departure.
3. We reserve the right to not accept bookings made less than 60 days before the date of departure.
4. You will be required to make full payment not less than 30 days before the departing date of the tour.
5. Steady Safaris Ltd reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled in case the clients don't pay the full amount for the tour starting day.
6. Cancellations: 60 days before departure date, a full refund of deposit; between 60 and 30 days, a refund of 50% of the deposit.
7. Gorilla permits are non-refundable.

 

 

Notes for 12 days Uganda safari trip
1. Travelers are requested to reach Entebbe on the tour starting the day before 8 am and leaving from the same airport at the end of the tour after 8 pm.
2. The tour will begin and end in Kampala or Entebbe.
3. 12 years under are not allowed to see chimpanzees.
4. Kibale National Park offers small walks of 1 or 2 hours followed by creative activities.
5. Gorilla trekking is not allowed for those under 15 years of age.
6. Prices for private safari.
7. VAT included.
8. Prices are in United States dollars.
9. Please book Gorilla permits at least 3 months before the departure date.

 

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