21 Days Uganda wildlife safari
Spend 21 Days on a safari in Uganda and get an opportunity to visit all the different sites, places and also the people that made Sir Winston Churchill refer to this Land locked country the Pearl of Africa.
Day 1; arrival
You will be met by a guide from AA SAFARIS AND TOURS who will transfer you to your hotel room in Kampala but if you arrive in the morning, our guide will take you to interesting places around for a City tour in the land of the 7 hills Kampala. These include Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, African Craft Market, Namirembe Cathedral, Mandela stadium, among others. You will not be able to visit many places though because you will not have enough time and the given the traffic conditions in the country. You will sleep ate either of these depending on your budget.
Budget – Holiday Express Hotel / Tourist Hotel
Standard – Speke Hotel / Cassia Lodge
Luxury Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Kampala Serena Hotel / Grand Imperial Hotel
(Bed and breakfast)
Day 2; Transfer to Murchison falls national park.
After breakfast you will meet your safari guide who will drive you to transfer to Murchison Falls National park through through the famous Luwero triangle or Hoima towards Masindi. Proceed through the park stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. At the top of the falls, you will see the longest river in the world forcing its self through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffaloes and many other animals, seen grazing on the banks of the river. You can also to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary but it is optional.
Budget – Red Chilli
Standard – Sambiya River lodge or Budongo Eco lodge
Luxury – Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Camp
Day 3; Safari game drive and Boat ride on Victoria Nile.
After a cup of tea, go for the early morning game drive on the northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, Rothschild giraffes, Harte-beasts, water-bucks, oribi, bush-bucks, Bohr reed bucks, hyenas, and on rare cases leopards. Return to the lodge for mid morning breakfast and relax at the lodge as you wait for lunch. After lunch, you will take an afternoon boat ride to the bottom of Murchison Falls which is normally the highlight of a trip to Murchison given the fact that give you an opportunity to view the animals at a close range. Like the thousands of hippos as well as high population of Nile crocodiles, lots of birds like the brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.
Dinner will be back at your lodge.
Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp (FB)
Luxury: Paraa Lodge (FB)
Standard – Sambiya River lodge or Budongo Eco lodge
Day 4; another day in Murchison Falls
You will go for another early morning safari adventure on the Nile to the delta where you will have the opportunity to watch variety of wildlife including the Nile crocodiles and many other water animals. Later in the after noon, you will go for an afternoon Game drive to see the animals that you were not able to see the previous evening and return to your lodge for dinner and spending an over night
Day 5; Murchison Falls – Hoima.
Today, we will drive to Hoima to break the long distance between Murchison falls national park and kibale national park. Do a cultural tour for an insight into the Bunyoro kingdom.
Budget: Kontiki Hotel (BB) but can be FB on a high budget.
Standard: African village Guest farm
< h4>Day 6; Hoima – Kibale Forest
After breakfast early morning, you will drive to Kibale Forest National Park a home to the highest population of chimpanzees and lots of other primates compared to all East Africa countries. You will have a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest evergreen looking out for the Hot springs, black white colobus monkeys, wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, butterflies of different species and many others. After your lunch, you will go to the Crater Lake region and see the various Crater Lakes. Your dinner and overnight will be at either,
Budget – Chimps Nest Camp / Rwenzori View Guest House
Mid range – Mountains of the Moon Hotel /
Luxury – Primates Lodge / Ndali lodge (Break fast Lunch and Dinner- BLD)
Day 7; Chimpanzee Trekking safari and Nature walk in Bigodi Wetland.
Take breakfast an then have your driver take you to Kanyankyu tourist centre for some briefing before 8 am, you will get a ranger who will guide you in the jungle as you do the Chimp tracking. Kibale forest has over 13 species of primates including the rare L’Hoest, red Colobus monkey, blue monkey, pottos, grey manga-beys, baboons, black faced vervet monkeys, bush babies and many more. There are lots of tree species which will be very much interesting to watch more so for the botanists and lots of butterfly for those who love them as well as the birders as the forest houses over 335 species. There are forest elephant which are smaller in size and with less hair than the savannah elephants and the other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species. You will return to the lodge or the center for lunch and then after go for a nature walk to Bigodi swamp for primates and bird watching evening but your night will be spent at . Dinner at,
Luxury. Ndali Lodge
Mid range: Rwenzori View Guest House
Budget: Kanyankyu Ecological site (FB)
Day 8; Kibale Forest to Semliki national park.
After breakfast you will drive to the crown and hot springs and you will go to the pygmy villages situated near the Ituri Rainforest which will give an interesting cultural experience. You will have packed lunch and have it in some way of a Picnic while you experience the African tour. After lunch, in the afternoon, you will Visit some of the hot springs in Semuliki National Park, you can also visit the Sempaya Hot Springs in the afternoon before driving back to Fort Portal. You will arrive in the evening then take dinner and an overnight at your lodge,
Day 9; Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have breakfast this morning and drive for 3hrs to Queen Elizabeth National Park; go for a morning game drive in search of the wild game view a beautiful panorama of the great lakes of Lake Edwards and Lake George, then also their gutter the great Kazinga channel. Expect to see the elephants, lions, buffaloes, kobs, the Python, hyenas, warthogs, birds’ hippos etc. you will have a buffet lunch at Tembo Restaurant after which you will go for a boat -cruise along Kazinga Channel which is the natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George and here you expect to see lots of birds, highest population of hippos, crocodile and then return to the lodge for a night and dinner.
Luxury; Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge
Mid range; Institute of Ecology.
Budget; Simba safari lodge
< h4>Day 10; Nature walk
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for a walk to the ground of the Uganda Kob. Looking out for the lions in their natural habitat, elephants, buffaloes, you can also visit the bat cave and hunters cave, rock python and forest cobras. The same walk will provide a chance of seeing birds, primates, tree species etc. Dinner and overnight will be back at your lodge.
Day 11; Chimpanzee Trekking Safari
After breakfast, you will go for briefing, get a ranger and then proceed for man’s closest cousin which is the chimpanzee in the Kyambura River Gorge. These are terrific animals, very interesting to watch, experience hiking chimpanzees but they will not be the only one that you will see but so many other primates in the jungle like various types of monkeys, lots of birds, butterflies among so many other things. It’s so remunerative to see the ravishing river valley, home of many birds and butterfly species. Take your lunch as you prepare for a drive to Bwindi for dinner and overnight at your lodge;
Day 12; Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable
You will go for a drive through the Ishasha sector where you will encounter the tree climbing lions and other primates. You will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable and spend a night at,
Budget- Buhoma Community bandas or Bwindi View bandas or Nkuringo campsite tents or Virunga Hotel or Nkuringo safari centre
Moderate- Lake Kitandara camp or Nkuringo camp site or Wagtail Eco lodge or similar
Up market- Engagi lodge or Buhoma lodge or Gorilla Resort camp or Traveler’s rest camp or Silver back lodge/ Gorilla safari lodge/clouds lodge
Luxury – Gorilla Forest Camp or Clouds Lodge or Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge, or Volcanoes Bwindi safari Lodge
Day 13; Gorilla Safari in Bwindi national Park.
You will go for briefing at the headquarters and registration before you can start on your gorilla tracking which is unpredictable therefore, it is difficult to foresee how long you will be in the forest. The adventure of tracking the gorillas in their natural ecosystem of the park will be passionate for the adventurous tourists and may take up to 10hours thus the reason why you have to be ready to a walk long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead before you meet the gorillas. “The excitement of seeing the gorillas makes it all worthwhile and you will be allowed to spend 1 hour following the gorillas and taking photos.
Day 14; another day in Bwindi Impenetrable
You may chose to for a guided nature walk through the national park, go for a primate or bird watching walk, or visit the local people in their communities however you can also chose to g for a second gorilla tracking on this day.
Day 15; Bwindi Impenetrable – Kisoro
Transfer to Kisoro and refresh at the lodge and later visit the pygmies’ communities and can alternatively go for a walk to Lake Mutanda.
Budget: Tourist Hotel (BB), travelers rest hotel
Mid range; 3 way Gorilla resort
Luxury: clouds lodge (FB) /Mt Gahinga Volcanoes Lodge
Day 16; Kisoro – Mgahinga National Park
Wake up relatively early for a cheerful breakfast to give you the energy needed for gorilla trekking in Africa. Before 8:00 am report to the ranger station for registration and a briefing by one of the rangers who will also guide you through the bush to track the gorillas in Mgahinga national park which may also take as long as the one in Bwindi that is about half an hour to 10 hours . On encounter , you will see the Mountain gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male; the silver back. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas. Return for dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 17; Kisoro- Lake Bunyonyi
Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi on of the deepest and among the most beautiful lake in Uganda. You go for a nature walk, go for a birding walk, go for canoeing to the Island in the lake, take a swim or visit the local community. Will spend the night at Bunyonyi
Luxury; Heritage lodge on Habuharo Island
Midrange; Bunyonyi overland camp/ Arcadia cottages.
Budget; Bushara Island
Day 18; Transfer to Lake Mburo national park.
Very early in the morning after breakfast, drive for about 4 hours to Lake Mburo National Park for your game drive so that you can see the zebras, topees, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes, etc. In the afternoon go for a boat trip and retire from.
Luxury; mantana luxury tented camp / Mihingo Lodge
Mid range; Arcadia cottages/ Lake Mburo safari lodge
Budget; Rwonyo rest camp
Day 19; LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK- JINJA
After breakfast, we transfer to Kampala and make a city tour, do some shopping and then late transfer to Jinja and along the way will make a stop over at the Mabira forest and once in Jinja, you will spend a night at Nile resort as well as the meals.
Day 20; Jinja
Take a walk along the Nile, do White water-rafting along the Nile, kayaking, quad biking or horse riding; we visit the Source of the River Nile. Places to visit are Bujagali Falls, the Source of the Nile and a number of fishing villages. Dinner and overnight at,
Luxury; Nile Resort Jinja.
Midrange; Gately on the Nile
Day 21; Jinja – Entebbe
Drive back to Kampala. It is also possible to visit the Botanical Gardens in Entebbe for bird watching, to visit Mabamba Swamp to see the Shoe-bill Stork (optional activities). Transfer to the airport for your departure.