9 Days Uganda National Parks Safari
This safari will enable you discover Uganda’s hidden treasures which will include; viewing the big five game, chimpanzee tracking, gorilla tracking as well as sighting the different bird species plus the plants and grasses. Below is the proposed itinerary for this kind of safari;
DAY 1: Pick up-Murchison
Pick up from Entebbe airport .Depending on your time of arrival, visit Mabamba swamp on the outskirts of L.Victoria in Entebbe. Here you will watch various species of birds that will highly entice you. Such birds include; hornbill, shoebill, marabou stalk, pelicans etc.From here proceed to Ngamba island to view some animals here that were orphaned or rescued. Then proceed to Serena hotel for dinner and overnight. Meals are based on F/B
DAY 2: Drive to Murchison Falls NP
Wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and have packed lunch to start the long journey to Murchison falls national park in the north western part of Uganda. Branch off to Ziwa rhino sanctuary and wildlife ranch Nakasongola district the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda for rhino trekking, bird watching, nature walks and relaxation.Then proceed to Murchison falls national park for dinner and over night at paraa safari lodge. Meals here are based on F/B
DAY 3: Game drive day
Rise up very early in the morning before 7 am and have breakfast and then move into the park for game drive. This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big five [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes], hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc.Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the evening go for boat cruise and hike to the falls and then afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.Meal are F/B
DAY 4: Drive to Kibale NP
Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast, then coupled with packed lunch head to Kibale forest on the outskirts of western Uganda. Since it’s a days long journey, you will reach there in the evening and then check in at mountain view hotel for dinner and night. Meals are on F/B.
DAY 5: Chimpanzee Tracking-Drive to Queen Elizabeth NP
Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and together with packed lunch proceed to the forest for chimpanzee tracking. Reach there in time for general briefing and allocation of groups and forest rangers. Then after wards head to the forest for the actual primates tracking beginning from where they were the previous day until you get to them. You will find them feeding their young ones, playing on the tree branches and others relaxing. You will be able to take their photos after switching off your flash. Chimpanzee tracking takes between 2-4 hours. Then from here you head on the long journey to Queen Elizabeth national park. Have a stop over at the Uganda Equator for photos and relaxation then after wards embark on the journey to the park reaching late in the evening for dinner and night at Mweya safari lodge. Meals here are on F/B basis
DAY 6: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
Rise up very early in the morning before 7 am and have breakfast and then move into the park for game drive. This early morning drive will enable you to catch a glimpse of some animals returning to their dens from their night preys. Such animals will include the big five [elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes], hyenas, warthogs, alibi, silver buck etc.Move to the hotel for lunch and refreshments. In the evening go for boat cruise along the Kazinga channel which connects lakes George and Edward and then afterwards return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Meals are F/B
Day 7: Relocate to Bwindi forest
Wake up very early in the morning and embark on the long drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP known as Ishasha having lunch at Ishasha River. Move into Gorilla Resort [mid range] or Buhoma Community Bandas [budget].Meals are on FB.
Day 8: Gorilla tracking
After a morning heavy breakfast and with packed lunch you will transfer to the park offices for briefing and then later on at 9:00 am commence the gorilla trek along the tracks in the thick forest searching for these great apes. Depending on the movement of these humble giants the trek might take between 2-9 hours before you encounter the Gorillas. Though the walk is tiresome meeting these great apes and spending some time with them while looking deep into their expressive brown eyes, is an exhilarating and heartbreaking wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Return to Kampala
Have breakfast early morning, after get briefed by your guide before driving back to Kampala. You will have lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center in Mbarara plus a visit to a cultural museum. You may stop at Mpabire and have a talk with the local drum makers who will demonstrate how these drums are crafted but also have a drumming session using the very drums.Arrive in Kampala late evening which marks the end of this Uganda gorilla safari trip. Your overnight shall be at The Lodge-Lweza for your quick and jam free airport transfer at your chosen time.
The tour quotation Includes:
– Gorilla tracking permits
– Ground transport in a comfortable 4WD safari van equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
– Full board accommodation
– Full time English speaking professional driver/guide
– All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary
– Bottled water while on safari
– Airport transfers.
But it excludes; Items of personal nature like Laundry, Beers, tipping of staffs at the lodges, cigarettes etc