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17 Days Nature Safari in Uganda

Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, Lweza-Kigo Road, Kampala, Uganda

Big Five Safaris in Uganda

Join this amazing safari tour in beautiful Uganda! Experience its unique contrast like tiniest sun bird iridescent in the morning light, massive lumbering yet silent elephants disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, and lugubrious gorillas chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket. Discover a feast for all your senses and let Home To Africa Tours and Travel show you the Uganda they know and love!

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Includes all park entrance fees
  • Experienced English speaking driver and guide
  • Game drive and gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Boat rides on Lake Mburo, the Nile, and the Kazinga Channel
  • Cultural activities and entrance fees to all attractions
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily local meals

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15 activity days
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari tour, you will stay in a shared room at comfortable hotels and lodge accommodations. You will stay two nights at The Lake Victoria Serena Hotel in Entebbe, one night at the Jinja Nile Resort in Jinja, two nights at the Paraa Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park, one night at the Kontiki Hotel Hoima in Hoima, and two nights at the Papaya Lake Resort in Kibale Forest National Park.

You will also stay one night at the Mweya Safari Lodge in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, two nights at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, two nights at the Buhoma Lodge in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, two nights at the Travellers Rest Hotel in Lake Bunyonyi, and one night at the Mihingo Lodge in the Lake Mburo National Park.

The Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

Styled to replicate a pastel-shaded Italian hillside village, The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa stands out among hotels in Uganda. Situated amid terraced rose gardens above its own boating marina, which has been sculpted from the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria. A gently rounded bay, studded with acacia trees, the marina is encircled by the immaculate greens of the resort’s own PGA-affiliated championship golf course. Spanned by rustic bridges and enhanced by gentle bays where a wide array of water birds gathers, the course is the ultimate fusion of natural beauty and professional challenge.

Jinja Nile Resort

The Jinja Nile Resort is one of the finest safari lodges offering comfortable accommodation to travelers visiting the source of the Nile and Jinja as a whole. Jinja Nile Resort is perfectly positioned in Jinja about 30 minutes from Jinja town. You will experience the opulence of the well-designed natural cottages, the exceptional restaurants, the swimming pool, lounge, and spa. The resort lies on the bank of the world’s longest river, the Nile.

Paraa Safari Lodge

Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that you will associate with the famous explorers of East Africa.

Kontiki Hotel Hoima

Their 30 fully furnished cottages comprising of 35 rooms are each privately positioned with views of the garden. Each room has a television and piped music. At Kontiki, they have created a harmonious balance between old and new. Tradition blends seamlessly with contemporary, from the architecture to the furnishings and soft touches to those modern amenities that today's business and leisure traveler requires.

Papaya Lake Resort

Papaya Lake Resort is a place surrounded by the lush, evergreen landscapes of the Ugandan Great Crater Lakes region, set between two extinct volcanoes, close by the turquoise waters of Lyantonde and Kifuruka lakes, and with thrilling views over the majestic Ruwenzori Mountain Range.

The resort is an oasis of nine luxurious cottages and has a restaurant and a beautiful pool set on its own scenic terrace. It is a place established with great passion, esteem for local culture, and the high attention detail that makes life worth living.

Mweya Safari Lodge

Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the “Mountains of the Moon”. For those guests seeking the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity, Mweya Safari Lodge offers numerous configurations of cottages to suit your needs and requirements.

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers superb quality accommodation and services in this unspoiled remote sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for its tree climbing lions that can sometimes be spotted resting in the branches of the large fig trees in the area. Being within the park the wildlife is free to also pass through the camp and elephants can be seen bathing in the river, buffalo enjoy grazing, and resident troops of black-and-white colobus and vervet monkeys are frequently viewed.

Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge is a top quality and intimate property which has spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and is also home to the rare and elusive mountain gorilla. One of only two lodges situated within the National Park, to a short walking distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area. An elevated central lounge area, complete with bar, dining and spa facilities, offers a cozy and comfortable environment to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.

Travellers Rest Hotel

When you enter Travellers Rest Hotel, you enter history. This hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Uganda, boosting on an impressive list of guests. Situated just outside Kisoro, it offers a quiet setting with an amazing view on the Virunga volcanoes. In the evening, the lounge with its big fireplace is the perfect spot to wind down from a day filled with experiences.

Mihingo Lodge

Mihingo is a luxurious, family owned lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Designed to blend in with its fragile surroundings, this environmentally friendly lodge offers comfort, relaxation, and the experience of being at one with nature.

An infinity pool overlooks the valley below where buffalo, eland, impala, warthogs, bush buck, and zebra can be seen at the waterhole. On the rocks, you may have the rare chance of seeing the resident family of Klipspringers.

Program

Day 1: Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport (EBB), you will meet with a representative from Home To Africa who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala, The Lake Victoria Serena Hotel.

Day 2: Jinja

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Jinja to experience the most exhilarating adventure sport, white water rafting. During the trip, you will enjoy a stop at the Mbira forest, a natural rain forest where you will enjoy beautiful nature sights. At Jinja, you will enjoy half-day of white water rafting. You may choose to raft in a paddle-powered boat for one of the wildest raft rides on the planet or opt to be rowed downstream by a professional guide in a safety raft.

There will be safety rafts and kayakers, a photographer, and a video-kayaker that will record videos of this experience. At the end of the safari, you can buy a copy if you want. High-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, and custom-made rafting equipment will be provided and no rafting or swimming experience is necessary.

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

After lunch, you will be transferred to the Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will enjoy a trek of these magnificent endangered rhinos. A well trained guide will take you on a two-hour walk as you see firsthand how the rhinos spend their day.

You will then drive to Murchison Falls National Park. Upon arrival, you will check into your accommodation for the night as you anticipate the next day’s activities.

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, you will depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park where you will have chances of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.

For the birders among you, these areas support the secretary bird and black chested snake eagle, to name a few.

In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small seven-meter gap, plunging 43 meters into the Lake Albert.

Day 5: Hoima

After an early breakfast, you will drive to the ferry crossing area to be transferred to the northern bank famous for game drives for the most likelihood African elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and many more as the checklist of mammals reaches up to 76 species. You will continue the drive circuit to the delta point for a cocktail of birds and mammals. After a lunch, you will be transferred to the Hoima Town.

Day 6: Kibale Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, you will pick up your packed lunch and head to Fort Portal town. The drive is long but incredibly scenic as you will pass through villages, lush green forests, and hills dotted with tea plantations which characterize this part of Uganda.

You will stay at a wonderful lodge just outside the town of Fort Portal with spacious rooms and amazing views over one of the crater lakes in the area.

Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park

On this day, you will experience some serious primate business as Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda which makes it a perfect place to spot them. An experienced ranger will take you chimp-tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Your swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities, and some beautiful scenery where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during the walk through the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park and is located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

You will stay overnight at a beautiful lodge located in the heart of the park on the Mweya peninsula where you will watch wildlife from your private veranda and fall asleep to the roaring of lions on the distant savanna. You will sleep in the exclusive deluxe safari tents.In the afternoon, you will take a private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.

There, you will see a lot of hippos as well as a variety of other animals which come to the water to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will wake up early in the morning, a little before sunrise tp enjoy some coffee, tea, and donuts in the lounge before you head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephant, buffalo, lion, waterbuck, leopard, Uganda kob, and many warthogs.

After breakfast, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park to an area called Ishasha. If you are lucky, you might spot a few during your game drive.

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park

You will enjoy a trip to the Ishasha area where, to escape from the heat during the day, the lions there have learned how to climb the fig trees. If you are lucky, you might spot a few during your game drive so keep your eyes open and look up. Besides these famous lions, there is other interesting wildlife to be seen, like buffalo and the Uganda kob. You can also discuss with your guide how many game drives you wish to make.

Day 11: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will enjoy a game drive on your way out of the park for a last chance at spotting those tree climbing lions. A lunch will be provided at the lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the mountain gorillas. You will get a good night's sleep because the next day, you will have to be fresh for the gorilla trekking.

Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On this big day, you will prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants, the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of a tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees and is the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies, and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with the gorillas. Later, you will drive to Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy some rest.

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is a tourists and travelers haven especially for those who undertake a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or go to Uganda after their Rwanda gorilla safari experience.

Day 14: Mgahinga Forest National Park

You will relax at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy the best scenery in the whole world while you involve yourself in various cultural and community activities as well birding and canoe riding. Later in the afternoon, you will embark on a two-hour drive to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and check into your accommodation.

Golden Monkeys are unique to the Virunga mountain range which spans Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They are some of the most beautiful monkey species, especially because of their striking golden fur coats, thus the name "golden" monkeys. They live in large groups called troops and inhabit the lower areas of the mountains which are largely covered with bamboo forest.

They love to feed on the bamboo shoot so the tracking session will start with a briefing by the rangers at the park offices at 7:30 a.m. then starting the trek at 8:00 a.m. The Monkeys do not veer off too high up the mountain but rather spend most of the time in the bamboo nearer to the base.

They travel in their hundreds, spending most of the time in the bamboo canopy picking the shoot from the tops but will often come down to the ground as well. The golden monkeys are photogenic and not shy to move within a small distance to human. You will follow them through the forest for not more than one hour.

Day 15: Lake Mburo National Park

On this day, you will say goodbye to the gorillas and the jungle. Your safari will continue to the Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon, which is the smallest of the national parks in Uganda, but should not be underestimated. There, you can discover a variety of sometimes rare wildlife such as the impala, antelope, and for the bird watcher, there is also the chance of encountering an abundance of tropical birds.

You can further enjoy a boat ride on the lake or game drive and bush walk through the Lake Mburo National Park, which is famous for its scenic landscapes and dazzling variety of antelopes as well as large herds of zebras. Giraffes were recently introduced to the park, which were trans located there from other national park lands.

Day 16: Entebbe

Before your departure and drive back to Entebbe, you will have another opportunity to enjoy a game drive or bush walk in the Lake Mburo National Park. The afternoon drive back to Entebbe also offers the additional chance to take a photo at the Equator crossing. Upon arrival in Entebbe you will enjoy your last night in Uganda.

17: Entebbe

On this day, you will be transferred to the Entebbe International Airport (EBB) to take your flight back home.

Included excursions

  • Boat ride on the lake or game drive and bush walk through the Lake Mburo National Park
  • Boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest excursion to see gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Cultural and community activities as well birding and canoe riding at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Half-day white water rafting adventure
  • Private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel
  • Stop to visit the Mbira forest
  • Trek of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Location

This safari will take place at different locations in Uganda. You will have the opportunity to visit Entebbe, Jinja, Murchison Falls National Park, Hoima, Kibale Forest National Park, the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Mgahinga Forest National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

Uganda

Uganda is a land of contrast. In half a day you can drive from mist shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy Savannah, dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous bird life.

With these contrast the tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, disappearing like a vapor behind the trees, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the lugubrious gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in the bamboo thicket.

There’s the Nile, twisting its way north like a shimmering ribbon, through arid semi-desert scattered about with rocky kopjes. Snow-capped peaks, tropical, sandy freshwater beaches, and smiling faces everywhere.

Jinja

Jinja is the adrenaline capital of East Africa and a town with a gorgeous natural setting and some wonderful, crumbling colonial architecture.

Kibale Forest National Park

The 795 kilometer square Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is home to a host of forest wildlife, most famously 13 species of primate including chimpanzees. The forest predominates in the northern and central parts of the park on the elevated Fort Portal plateau.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

With an area coverage of 1978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest national park in Uganda lying on the western arm of the Rift Valley. This park lies between Lakes Edward and George which form part of the biosphere.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides, are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants.

More famously, this forest also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi also called "place of many little birds" and is located in the Southwestern region of Uganda between two districts of Kisoro and Kabale close to the border with Rwanda. Lake Bunyonyi is located at 1,962 meters above the sea level and is about 25 kilometers long and seven kilometers wide.

The depth of the lake is expected to vary between 44 meters and 900 meters, which if true would make this lake the second deepest in Africa. It is one of the few lakes in the region that is rumored to be free of bilharzia and safe for swimming.

Lake Mburo National Park

Mburo is one part of the country with noticeably different fauna compared to other reserves like the widespread acacia woodland which makes it the best place in the country to see the gargantuan eland antelope as well as zebra, topi, impala, and several acacia-associated birds.

The five lakes within the park are home to a hippo population, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while swamps hide enigmatic papyrus specialists like the sitatunga antelope and red, black, and yellow papyrus gonalek.

Food

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as water during the safari. On the first day, you will only have dinner, while on the last day, you will only have breakfast and lunch.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 boat ride on the lake or game drive and bush walk through the Lake Mburo National Park
  • 1 boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls
  • 1 full time English speaking driver and guide
  • 1 private boat safari along the Kazinga Channel
  • 1 trek of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • All ground transportation in a comfortable four-wheel drive vehicle
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees and all government taxes and levies
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest excursion to see gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Cultural and community activities as well birding and canoe riding at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Half-day white water rafting adventure
  • Stop to visit the Mbira forest
  • Transfers from and to Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
  • Unlimited drinking water while on safari

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Chimp trekking permit for 150 USD
  • Gorilla trekking permit for 600 USD
  • Government imposed increase of taxes or park fees
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Home To Africa Tours and Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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