Amazing experience over this 12-day safari in Uganda. 12 days in Uganda, an east African nation, where you encounter primates, enjoy the cool climate, and fall in love with the surrounding landscape. You will go to the country’s central, and southern regions, which are home to unrivaled tourism sites.
Travel to Uganda’s Lake Bunyonyi and the wonderland of Murchison National Park for game drives and boat cruises, Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking and bigodi swamp walks, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives and boat cruises, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mountain gorilla trekking experiences. It’s a journey by car that begins and ends in Entebbe.
Day 1: Arrival and Kampala city experience
You will meet a representative from our company today to begin your 12-day safari in Uganda. This day is for introducing the wonderland, beginning with Kampala, its oldest capital and the hub of commerce. You’ll be brought to the neighborhood markets to get some supplies for the trip and have your negotiating skills put to the test.
Go to the Uganda National Museum, Gadhafi Mosque, and other local sites including the Independence monuments to learn about the history of the nation. You can eat lunch in the area before being driven to the hotel in the evening to rest up for dinner and the night.
Day 2: Kampala to Murchison Fall National Park
After a delectable breakfast at the lodge, depart for Murchison Falls National Park, which is Uganda’s oldest and largest national park and is located in the country’s north-south region. The trip takes 5 to 6 hours and travels through busy towns, plantations and scattered homesteads.
Take an hour-long break to monitor the rhinos—members of the Big 5 cat family—in the African continent at the Ziwah Rhino Sanctuary. After finishing your rhino tracking, head to Masindi town for lunch before returning to your lodge for refreshments, dinner and night stay.
Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise
After breakfast, which is the first meal of the day, you will be taken on a 3–4 hour rewarding wildlife drive in the woods. An expert ranger guide will provide guidance and provide information about the park and its inhabitants. Since they are wild and nobody has an appointment with them, you will be lucky to view every animal on your list. Several antelope species, leopards, herds of Buffalo and elephants, giraffes, and other animals can all be seen during the hours spent exploring the park’s northern area, so there is hope. After spotting unusual flora like the whistling acacia and birds like geese, Egyptian geese, egrets, and more, you’ll return to the resort for lunch and beverages.
After lunch, embark on a two-hour boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, the largest most powerful waterfalls in the world. While cruising along R. Nile, you may see hippos, crocodiles and a number of aquatic creatures and birds quenching their thirst. Particularly elephants and waterbucks. The boat transports you to the location of the rumbling waterfalls, where you can observe the water squeezing through the roughly 7-meter-long ravine to the Nile and enjoy the ear-piercing roar. After dinner and overnight, the day is ended.
Day 4: Murchison Falls national park to Kibale forest National Park
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and go to Kibale Forest National Park, which is home to over 13 different primate species and predominately populated by chimpanzees. With lunch break on the way, the journey will take about 7-8 hours. After the day is over and dinner is finished, you will go to bed late.
Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk
You’ll head to the park headquarters following a sunrise breakfast at the resort for a pre-trek briefing about chimpanzees, the other 12 primate species that call Kibale Forest National Park home, and other topics. The trekking dos and don’ts include, among other things, keeping a distance of about 7 meters from the apes, remaining silent or acting like an ape, not leaving trash in the park, and more.
Depending on speed and fitness level, the trekking workout lasts between one and five hours and there’s a chance you’ll see primates living in the jungle, like Vervet monkeys, red and black monkeys, baboons, and more.
You will take a lunch break after the chimpanzee trekking activity, and then you will go for a walk around the Bigodi Swamp. One of Uganda’s Ramsar sites is Bigodi Swamp, created by the locals as a means of supporting themselves. Baboons, various bird species, locals going about their everyday lives, and more may all be found there. You’ll head back to the lodge when the events are over for refreshments, dinner, and a siesta.
Day 6: Kibale forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the lodge to start the day, and then depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. With the view of the stunning scenery, lush vegetation, and more, the drive lasts for around two to three hours. Uganda’s most popular park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, is home to an abundance of vegetation and fauna.
Upon arrival, you will be driven to your lodge, where lunch will be provided. As you wait for dinner and a nice nap, the evening is free with only optional activities like led nature excursions, bird watching, lion tracking, and more.
Day 7: Game drive and boat cruise
Your driver-guide would be happy to take you on a 3–4-hour game drive in the Kisenyi and other areas of Queen Elizabeth National Park after breakfast. There is a potential that you will see a variety of birds, primates, and mammals eating, sleeping, or hunting. Lions, cape buffaloes, African elephants, many antelope species, warthogs, and other animals are among the park’s famous occupants.
Following your game drive, you’ll head back to the resort for some downtime and lunch before going on a boat tour down the Kazinga Channel. There, you may unwind and take in the fresh lake breeze while spotting a school of hippos, crocodiles, numerous water birds, and other wildlife. After finishing the day’s activities, including dinner, retire to bed.
Day 8: Sunrise game drive and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Head out into the bush before sunrise to capture the night hunters, such as hyenas, lions, and leopards, as they take cover and the grazers, such as various antelope species, herds of elephants, Buffaloes, warthogs, begin to feed on the fresh grass. Although seeing the predators is purely by chance, a good day can lead to such a memorable experience.
You will return to the lodge for breakfast following the three to four-hour trip before departing for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas. You may have the opportunity to see the tree climbing lions lounging at the top of fig trees as you travel to any sector of the Bwindi National Park via the Ishasha sector.
Day 9: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
With a cup of coffee, begin your day quite early in the morning. After that, arrive at the park for a pre-trek lecture led by an experienced ranger guide who will discuss the gorillas, the dos and don’ts of trekking, and more. Bring a packed lunch, your trekking documents, and more. Depending on how far the family you are tracking has moved, they will pair you up with a gorilla family to track, and they will then go on the journey with you.
Although the experience is difficult, it is incredibly doable and worthwhile. After finding the gorillas, you have an hour to observe them up close—about 7 meters—take pictures, and do other things. You will concentrate on taking pictures of the silverback’s stance and the mothers’ and children’s friendliness as you are soaking at the greenery cover.
We’ll eat lunch in the woods and return to the resort on foot once your hour with the gorillas comes to an end. You will still be able to recognize many tree species, birds, and forest creatures in addition to gorillas. The ranger guides will take the lead and ensure that you are aware of everything you need to know. With dinner and a restful snooze, this day concludes.
Day 10: Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, leave the hotel and travel to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest freshwater lake in the world, through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Because of its beauty, tranquility, and attractiveness, it is frequently referred to as the second Switzerland of Africa. Different species of birds can be found there, and they rest in the verdant forests.
With views of the undulating Hills, picturesque scenery, and flourishing landscape, the drive takes about 3–4 hours. You will arrive at your hotel, check in, have lunch, and then have uninterrupted sleep till dusk. Call it a day with dinner and a nap.
Day 11: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
Start your day at the lodge with a hearty breakfast, and then take a canoe out on the lake. This route circles the more than 29 hills that encircle Lake Bunyonyi. You will tour the former penal island, where women found guilty of adultery were previously sentenced to punishment. The canoe is a pleasant and safe boat to use, and the guide has knowledge of the lake.
The deepest freshwater lake on the African continent is Lake Bunyonyi. This requires a lunch break and takes up the best part of the day. Evening activities include canoeing, photography, birdwatching, a facilitated nature walk, and more and are optional. At dusk, head back to your lodge and call it a day.
Day 12: Departure to Kampala
After a leisurely breakfast at the lodge to start the day, check out and be transferred to the airport, the next destination or another location. The trip is pleasant and provides breathtaking views of the surroundings, including wildlife and vast plantations.
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