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10 Days Best of Uganda Safari (Primates & Big 5 Animals)

10-day safari in Uganda offers the best of the Pearl of Africa, from big game safaris to magical encounters with all our closest relatives in the wild that is mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This is a special combination of savanna wildlife and primate experience in the jungles, with opportunity for you to visit iconic destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Park. You will begin and end your game, primate expedition in Kampala or Entebbe.

Safari details

Day 1: Wildlife trip to Murchison Falls Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest park with land area measuring up to 3840sq.km. Located in the Northwest of Uganda, Murchison Falls Park will be reached from Kampala-Luweero-Masindi route, 6-7 hours’ drive. Before you access Murchison Falls NP, a stopover will be made at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking and after, proceed to settle for lunch at a hotel in Masindi. From Masindi to Paraa, it is about 85kms and you will visit the top of the falls then transfer to the lodge.

Day 2: Wildlife safari- full day (Murchison Falls N.P)

Start your day with a memorable game safari through the Northern circuit. This 2-3 hours’ wildlife tour will reward you with astonishing sightings of lions, elephants, Uganda kobs, birds, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, buffaloes, and for lucky nature lovers, you may come across leopards. Lunch and refreshments at the lodge, and at 2pm, set off for a launch cruise tour also expected to go for 2-3 hours. On launch cruise, enjoy sights of swimming hippos, basking crocodiles and aquatic birds.

Day 3: Kibale chimpanzee tour

Kibale National Park is a tropical forest park, and it sits in Kabarole district, Western Uganda. Accessing it for your chimpanzee tour involves driving from Murchison via Hoima city to Fort Portal and proceed to the park after lunch at Fort Portal. The park is found in an area with several crater lakes and you will view them en-route to your lodge.

Day 4: Uganda chimpanzees trekking- Kibale N/P

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale begins after breakfast and briefing about rules or guidelines which you will be observing while in the jungles tracking chimpanzees. At 8:00am, you will should have left Kanyanchu visitor centre for chimpanzee tracking, 2-4 hours primate adventure with an experienced guide on lead.

13 primate species live in the tropical forest of Kibale, and these include 1500 chimpanzees. A face-to-face encounter with chimpanzee community will be enjoyed for 1 hour, and you return while viewing at other primates, birds. Brief visit at Bigodi wetland (optional) or drive straight to Queen Elizabeth National Park for next game safari experience.

Day 5: Game tour, launch trip

Kasenyi plains in Queen Elizabeth NP will be your area of interest for game tour which is expected to last 2-3 hours in a 4×4 tourist vehicle. Animal sightings on Kasenyi track range from spotted hyenas, lions, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, birds, warthogs, and after, drive back to the lodge. At 2pm, visit Kazinga channel for 2-3 hours launch cruise excursion which comes with exposure to numerous wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, birds and more.

Day 6: Bwindi gorilla trip via Ishasha sector

Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable N/Park, Southwestern Uganda where you will participate in gorilla trekking the following day. Before drop off at the lodge in Bwindi, drive slowly at Ishasha while you look out for the tree climbing lions, and other wildlife species.

Day 7: Trekking with gorillas at Bwindi N/P

Wake up early to enjoy a hefty breakfast, after, transfer to be briefed at Bwindi National Park trailheads where you will also be assigned to gorilla families. This park holds over 20 habituated gorilla family groups, each to be visited by maximum of 8pax. A normal day trek with mountain gorillas takes 2-6 hours, and it includes 1 hour of taking photos, observing daily behaviors of these apes, etc. Return and a gorilla trekking certificate will be given to your and transfer to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, you may also visit the Batwa community where the Batwa pygmies currently live, the renowned forest inhabitants who spent thousands of years as hunters and gatherers in the forest.

Day 8: L. Bunyonyi (Kabale)

Enjoy a heavy breakfast, after, drive to L. Bunyonyi which is found in Kabale, also referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. L. Bunyonyi is the deepest lake in the whole of Uganda, and you will arrive early, settle for lunch at the lodge and then take a boat ride to Bushara Island/Punishment Island. The rest of evening will be just for relaxing at the shores and for good swimmers, the lake is also free of crocodiles, hippos.

Day 9: Boat ride & L. Mburo N/Park

A tasty cup of tea/coffee, after, leave the lodge for another boat ride to one of the 29 islands on L. Bunyonyi. Enjoy birds and breathtaking view of surrounding areas, and later, get back ready to drive to Lake Mburo NP home to thousands of impalas. You may embark on night game tour to see leopards, hyenas, and other nocturnal species.

Day 10: Departure

Rise up early in the morning, check out of the lodge after breakfast and transfer to the Equator crossing. At the Equator, you will spend your time relaxing, taking pictures on the two hemispheres- the Northern & Southern or perform a water experiment. Have lunch and head to Kampala/Entebbe for final drop off at a hotel, and this marks the end of 10-days safari tour in Uganda.

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