12 Days Uganda Safari to the Best Uganda National Parks
These 12 days Uganda Safari takes you to the best safari parks in Uganda; Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale Primates forest. This Uganda safari starts with a game viewing safari in Lake Mburo National Park and later takes you to Bwindi Gorilla Forest for a gorilla safari, Queen Elizabeth National for a wildlife safari, Kibale Forest for a chimpanzee trek. This safari ends with a tour to the adventure capital of Uganda and a tour of the Kampala Heritage sites. Safari activities include gorilla tracking, game drives, chimp tracking, bird watching, and game viewing.
Day to Day Program
Day 1: Arrival to Uganda
You will meet our company representative from Ababa Uganda Safaris who will make a transfer for you to your hotel of choice in either Entebbe or Kampala. If your arrival is in working hours it’s advisable to change money in order to simplify your activities of the day. Today there is an option of going for a city tour /drive through places like the Uganda museum among others, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Kasubi Tombs check in to you hotel for overnight at excellent services on bed and breakfast only.
Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park and evening walk – Bigodi swamp
Drive to Kibale National Park after breakfast at 07:00hrs through Mityana, Mubende town, and on entering Kyenjojo you will begin to enjoy the tea estates well maintained gardens, nice to take a photo shot as you are driven on, arrive to Fort portal for your lunch. In the afternoon drive to Bigodi swamp for a walk to search for variety of bird species like the White-winged Warbler, other primates (optional) and many more not forgetting the flora of this spot. Dinner and night on full board.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Have a cup of tea/coffee, then transfer to the park headquarters for a short briefing before you enter into the forest that a very big diversity of primates known in the great lakes region. You will track chimpanzees, watch monkeys swing through the forest while tracking. Return from the forest walk for lunch at the lodge and then drive off to Queen Elizabeth National Park through the crater lakes region with over 30 crater lakes that can be explored; check in then Lunch, dinner and overnight on full board basis
Day 4: Game Drive, Launch trip on Kazinga channel
Go for a game drive early in the morning after breakfast to search for animals like Hyenas, Elephants, Hippos that returning to the water after feeding, Buffaloes, the Lion and many more animals that your sight can reach on. Return from the drive to your Lodge; have lunch. In the afternoon at 1500hrs go for a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel to Lake Edward through the kazinga channel to see animals like buffaloes, elephants, hippos and plenty of birds migrant and resident that come to the bank to drink water. Dinner and overnight on full board.
Day 5: Maramagambo Forest, Kambura gorge and transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Forest
After this morning breakfast proceed to Maramagambo forest for a short walk to see a number of bats, the rock Pythons and the forest Cobras. Have your picnic lunch in the forest, then continue with your onward journey to Lake Bunyonyi where you will arrive later in the evening to check in to your hotel/lodge of choice on full board
Other options on this day include going to track chimpanzees in the forest of Kyambura Gorge or drive to Ishasha Sector for climbing Lions for game drive to search for climbing lions, resting on the trees.
Day 6: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi
Go for gorilla tracking in the morning after your breakfast. You will be briefed by the guide at the headquarters about the overall activity. The activity is unpredictable, and therefore difficult to determine the time it takes however, it ranges between 2-9 hours. Depending on the movement of these giants; you will go through hardships but the experience of observing the gorillas interact and feed is awe-inspiring and erases the poor memories of trying to find the gorillas. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Transfer from Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park
Drive off to Lake Bunyonyi early in the morning to arrive to the lake to relax. incase you need a walk around the communities to interact with the people of the area (its optional). Or you can take a rest in the afternoon at the lodge as you observe the sunset. Dinner and overnight on full board basis.
Day 8: Boat Ride – Lake Bunyonyi
Have breakfast by 07:30am; then go for a boat ride/nature walk at 08:30am, the exotic bird species, the panorama of the highlands, the lake and its Islands with the volcanoes in the background form a breath taking view (depending on the weather of the day you will be able to see this Virunga Volcanoes at View point).
Visit the punishment Island (This Island is said to have been named so because young girls who gotten pregnant before there marriage age would be taken to this Island, she only could be rescued by another man who would be looking for a woman to marry), the upside down island, Dr Sharps Islands (The Dr that Treated Leprosy in the whole of East central and Southern African and this place was well know for as an Isolation place for leprosy), Buwama Island ( where the Dr Built the Hospital, a School and a church) you will have a chance to Visit the school to associate with the Children ( There is Both a Primary School and a secondary school, transport here is by canoes for this students, Before Lunch a visit to the visit the Bahezi people, then lunch will be served. Later; freshen up, relax or swim, dinner over night on full board basis.
Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & evening game drive
Drive to Lake Mburo National Park with en-route lunch in Mbarara town, and arrive in the evening, en-route a game drive in search for; Buffaloes, Water buck Topis, and not forgetting the Eland, (the largest of the Antelopes found in Uganda). Dinner and overnight on full board basis.
Day 10: Game drive, boat ride & transfer back to Kampala
Take a cup of tea and go for a game drive in the park to search for hyenas, side stripped jackal, white tailed mongoose, vervet monkeys and olive baboons etc. Return to the lodge for a late break fast and a boat ride on the Lake . Drive to Kampala in the late afternoon to dine and spend the night on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 11: Kampala City Tour
In the morning have breakfast to go for a city ride at 8:00 am. You will visit places like the Bahai temple, check out the best university in the country Makerere , Uganda Museum, the Kasubi tombs and many more. The places to check will be your choice to make, depending on many factors like time and money.Bed and Breakfast basis only.
Day 12: Airport transfer.
You will be collected from your hotel to be transferred to the airport to catch the flight back home.
Any Extra tour In Uganda only (Subject to extra Charges)
The Tour Cost Includes:
Accommodation as stated on the itinerary, meals as stated, transport on a 4X4 Wheel Drive car, Transfers where necessary, Entrance fees to all National Parks, Boat ride in Queen Elizabeth, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo, Mineral water for the whole trip while traveling, Gorilla permits per person, Chimps permits per person, Guides Expenses, Game drive in Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National parks, and Village walks where mentioned.
The Tour Cost Excludes:
Visa’s at boarder points, Charter flights, Travel insurance, Air transportation, Drinks, Laundry, Telephone calls, tips, and any other personals extras that are not included in the itinerary.