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12 Days "Best of Uganda Wildlife" Safari in Uganda

Cassia Lodge, Plot 15, Buziga, Buziga Road, Kampala, Kampala District, Uganda

Private Uganda Safari

This 12-day “Best of Uganda” safari offers you an abundance of wildlife, scenery, and cultural experiences. Gorilla and chimp tracking may be the highlight of this safari, but there are amazing opportunities of seeing lions, hippos, buffalos, leopards, elephants, and several species of birds and an abundance of dense green forest. This journey will bring you close to nature and culture.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Gorilla and chimp tracking
  • Rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Covers park fees and gorilla trekking permit for non-residents
  • Safari cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Services of professional guide
  • 11 nights' lodging
  • Daily meals

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11 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay in 7 different accommodations. They are:

  • Night 1: Cassia Lodge
  • Night 2 and 3: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Night 4 and 5: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Night 6 and 7: Marafiki Safariki Lodge
  • Night 8: Enjojo Lodge
  • Night 9 and 10: The Haven lodge Buhoma
  • Night 11: Rwakobo Rock

Program

Day 1: Arrival and pick up

You will arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) where you are welcomed by your representative and transferred to Kampala. You will check in to a pre booked hotel. Rest of the day, you are free to do what you like. Optional activities include a city tour and eating out among others. The region has some eclectic cuisine to offer.

  • Journey time: 1 hour
  • Accommodation: Cassia Lodge (Midrange)
  • Meal plan: Not inclusive

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will leave for Murchison Falls National Park, stopping at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which falls in route. The objective of creating the sanctuary was to save Uganda’s rhinos from complete extinction. The sight of black and white rhinos here is certainly going to delight the wildlife enthusiasts. This is a safari where you may remain just a few feet away from the rhinos. For crossing the Nile River, you will catch a ferry. Overnight stay is at the lodge.

  • Journey time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 3: Game drives - afternoon boat safari

After taking breakfast, you will leave for an early morning game drive across the undulating land of Uganda’s largest national park. The vast park is home to a number of animal species. You will get a chance of viewing some of the park animals that include lions, giraffes, and hartebeests. Birders will appreciate watching the secretary birds and the black chested snake eagles.

Post afternoon, you will go for an exhilarating boat trip to world famous Murchison Falls, where the Nile falls through a small 7 meters gap, 43 meters down into Lake Albert. At the banks of the Nile, you will find creatures like crocodiles and hippopotamus. You may also decide to get off hike up the side of the falls. For the night, you will stay at the lodge.

  • Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale National Park

This morning, you will drive to Fort Portal immediately after your breakfast and you will have an en route lunch. You will have spectacular views of the magnificent scenery as you drive through the traditional homesteads and farms on your way to Kibale. Upon your arrival in the park, take a guided forest walk where you will explore round the Bunyaruguru crater region and expose you to the park habitat species like the gray-cheeked mangabeys, red colobus monkeys, L’hoests, black and white colobus monkeys, and vervet monkeys. Have dinner overnight.

  • Journey time: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Meal plan: Full Board

Day 5: Chimp tracking - Bigodi swamp walk

Today, you will wake up early, have a quick breakfast, and get ready for a lifetime experience of tracking down the chimpanzees in their natural habitat in the rich primate tropical Kibale forest. Kindly note that children above 15 years are allowed to trek chimpanzees.

Report to the park headquarters with your packed lunch immediately after your breakfast where you will be briefed about the chimp trackers code of conduct by a UWA official. Thereafter, you will penetrate through the misty forest under the guidance of an armed ranger for the tracking.

You may spot other primates during the tracking and these may include the vervet monkeys, L’hoests, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, gray-cheeked mangabeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many more. Retire for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Transfer from Kibale after your breakfast for the most popular protected area with a stunning location on the rift valley floor between Lakes Edward and George. You will enjoy a game drive as you enter the park that will expose you to the diverse wildlife. You may spot the elephants, buffalos, and Uganda kobs. With luck, you may also spot the hyenas, lions, leopards, and perhaps the giant forest hogs. Have dinner and overnight.

  • Journey time: 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Marafiki Safariki Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 7: Morning game drive - Kazinga Channel boat

You will go on a game drive looking for lion prides and other wildlife. Come afternoon, and you will go take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel that hosts one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus. You will also get to see herds of elephants, buffalos, and other wildlife. You will also find a huge variety of bird species that includes the African eagles.

  • Accommodation: Marafiki Safari Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 8: Transfer to Ishasha sector

Today after breakfast, you will transfer on to Ishasha, home to the world famous tree climbing lions. The best time to see them is in early hours of the morning. Before stopping for lunch, have a game drive. Before dinner, you will go for another game drive.

  • Journey time: 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Enjojo Lodge
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

You will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a two-night stay. It is home to over half of the worlds’ mountain gorilla population. For anyone, interacting with these gentle giants is a kind of experience you will never forget. Bwindi Rainforest spans 321 square kilometers and has 90 mammal species that includes primates as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species.

  • Journey time: 4 hours
  • Accommodation: The Haven lodge Buhoma
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 10: Gorilla trekking experience

Report to the park headquarters after your breakfast where you will be briefed about the mountain gorilla trackers code of conduct. Kindly note that children above 15 years are allowed to trek gorillas.You will penetrate through the misty impenetrable Bwindi Forest for a more adventurous and exciting lifetime experience of mountain gorilla tracking.

The tracking duration depends on the ease to see the gorillas that day. You will spot other forest wildlife in these trails that may include the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed colobus, blue monkey, L’hoests and baboons and many more. You will have dinner and overnight.

  • Journey time: 4 hours
  • Accommodation: The Haven lodge Buhoma
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 11: Transfer to Lake Mburo.

After early breakfast, you will leave Bwindi for Lake Mburo National Park immediately after your breakfast. Embark on an afternoon game viewing boat trip along Lake Mburo that will expose to the park’s wildlife. Possible sightings on this trip may include the hippos, a variety of water birds that may include the African finfoot, pelicans, black crake, heron, cormorant, fish eagle. If you are lucky, you will spot the rare shoebill storks. Have dinner and overnight.

  • Journey time: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock
  • Meal plan: Full board

Day 12: Transfer to Entebbe

Have an encounter with the morning riser’s in the park in the morning game drive after your breakfast. Drive through the humid acacia forest, where you expect to see the park endemics like the giant elands, impala and Burchell's zebras besides other wildlife including the buffalos, oribis, waterbucks, reedbucks, and the rare sitatungas. Thereafter, depart for Entebbe with an en-route lunch stopover. You will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport (EBB) for your flight back home.

Location

This safari will take place in Uganda. Several places will be visited such as Kampala, Murchison National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Lake Albert, Fort Portal, Kibale National Park, Bigodi Swamp, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel, Ishasha, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

On day 1, there are optional activities such as city tour and eating out.

What's included

  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 x 4 wheel safari van
  • All activities mentioned unless clearly labelled as optional
  • All taxes / VAT
  • Chimp tracking
  • Gorilla tracking permits (non-residents) per person
  • Meals (as specified in the itinerary)
  • Park entry fees
  • Professional guide
  • Roundtrip airport transfer

What's not included

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and or park fees
  • International flights
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, and other personal items)
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Vivid Adventure Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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 45% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 1 days before arrival.
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