13 Days Uganda Safari

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe airport
Arrival at Entebbe international airport which is 36 km from Kampala the capital city of Uganda and you will be picked by Gecko safaris Driver guide who will transfer to Kampala for dinner overnight at cassia lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison via Ziwa rhino
After your breakfast, we drive through the famous Luwero triangle. You a brief stopover and track White Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhino, and restore Rhino populations in Uganda’s protected areas in a later stage.)after the trekking you will have and continue to the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters. From here we will continue to Pakuba game lodge.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap. The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamp lands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork.

Day 3: morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and then hike to the top of the falls.
After breakfast, you will set out for game drive on the northern sector of the Park. Here you will search for the early risers where you will be able to spot animals like Lions, Elephants,  after breakfast you will enjoy the free time at the lodge and in the afternoon, you will set out for the launch cruise along the Albert Nile where you will enjoy the cruise and can be able to spot animals like hippos, crocodiles, Oribis, buffalos and the wonderful bottom of the falls then hike to the top of the falls and the drive will pick you from the top to Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight at pakuba game lodge

Day 4: checkout of Murchison and Transfer to kibale national park.
Check out of Murchison falls national park and you will be traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan Villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good “photo opportunities”. As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda’s famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. Have a brief stop for lunch and stretch for the last 1 hours drive to kibale national park the home of chimpanzees. Overnight at kibale forest camp.

DAY 6: chimpanzee trekking and afternoon bigodi swamp walk
Assemble at Kanyankyu ranger station at 0800hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is Chimpanzee tracking. Chimpanzees are human closet cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate’s species. More primates like Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Grey cheecked Mangabey, Red tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, Little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee eater and mammals like Elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large “communities” of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups. You will stay with them for some time and then retire back to the lodge for hot lunch as you wait the evening Swamp walk of bogodi to see more of primates and birds and after you will be back to kibale forest camp for dinner and ovenight.

DAY 7 :checkout of kibale national park and priceed to Queen Elizabeth national Park
Breakfast at leisure and check at around 10:00 am and travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for a number of wildlife like the hippos, buffaloes, elephants, kobs and a number of bird species. Queen Elizabeth National Park holds other wildlife including the predators, Lion, Leopard and Spotted hyena. Other mammals include Giant forest hog, a variety of antelope, elephant and hippo. The park’s bird species number more than 600, quite likely higher than any other destination in Africa.
You shall visit the crater lakes like Lake Katwe famous for salt and continue for lunch at the Marakfik game lodge. Afternoon you will have a game drive to increase the chances of seeing the wildlife.

DAY 8: morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on kazinga channel
We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda Kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range.
Return to the lodge for your breakfast, before heading out for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. Camp fire at the Marafiki game lodge with dinner under the sky.

Day 9: Morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi forest national park
After an early morning game drive, we continue to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Bwindi’s chief claim to fame is its resident, habituated population of Mountain Gorillas. These spectacular primates now number only around 650, most of which live either at Bwindi or across the border in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans. (Bwindi holds some 280 – 320 Gorillas, in 15 groups.) This ancient rainforest has 120 mammal species, perhaps more than any other national park in the country except Queen Elizabeth. Primates include L’Hoest’s, Red-tailed, Blue and Colobus monkeys and the Olive baboon. Antelope include bushbuck and 5 species of forest-dependent Duiker. Birders come to Bwindi to seek the 23 Albertine Rift Endemics which thrive here. Of those, 14 are found nowhere else in Uganda. Some 200 species of butterfly have been recorded in the park and the colourful clouds of butterflies and check in at Gorilla valley lodge in Bwindi national park for dinner

DAY 10: gorilla trekking and afternoon village walk
Today enjoy gorilla tracking in Bwindi. After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip- Gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day. We trek the gorillas through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When the gorillas are sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
While most of today’s forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi’s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This includes 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. The latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa and then back to gorilla valley lodge for dinner overnight.

Day 11: cross to Rwanda : Take breakfast and depart for Rwanda. You will cross the border via Kisoro then clear at the boarder Rwanda is 1 hour behind Uganda. Located in the far northwest of Rwanda, the Parc des Volcanoes is home to the steep slopes of this wonderful mountain range home of the rare mountain gorillas.  This cuddles evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Check in at peakspot kinigi hotel for dinner overnight.
DAY 12: Exploring the volcanoes national park

 You can either take a nature walk with a guide from the park, learning about the flora and fauna of the forest. Alternatively, you could go on a short trek to search for one of the troops of golden monkeys which inhabit the forest (this would need to be pre-booked, and is an additional cost).Or climb the bisoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or, if you wish, you can visit the Iby’Iwachu Cultural Village, which will give you a fascinating insight into the traditions and history of Rwanda’s people., or walk to Lake Bulera or another gorilla trekking at a cost of $750. And then you will be transferred to paradise Marahide which is overlooking congo on Rwanda side..

DAY 13: Kigali city tour and checkout of Africa
Depart from the park in the afternoon to Kigali. You have a Kigali city tour today and visit the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your onward international flight. The city tour includes the old town (Nyamirambo) and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The memorial is very moving – the tour takes a couple of hours – and will be of interest to anyone who has spent some time in this enchanting country.

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