17 Days Uganda Safari – Gorilla Tracking, Wildlife Viewing & Chimps

17 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1; Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

On your arrival, our tour representative/guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your Hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight stay at Papyrus Guest House

Day 2; Transfer to Ngamba Island

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the pier at Entebbe for a boat ride to Ngamba Island for a half day excursion to see the orphaned Chimpanzees. You will have a 30 minutes briefing from the CSWCT offices in Entebbe. The boat takes about 45 minutes across to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a home to 39 orphaned chimpanzees and on arrival, you will be given a brief introduction on the sanctuary after which you will go watch the chimpanzees as they feed from the Visitors platform. After return to the pier with a boat and be transferred to your Hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at Forest Cottages

Day 3; Depart for Murchison Falls National Park

Start your day by having a heavy breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala. The guide will then pick you up and transfer to Murchison Falls National Park which is Uganda’s largest park. The park is a habitat for animals like elephants, buffaloes, giraffe sand a variety of antelopes. En route, you will visit the famous Luweero triangle and also stop over for lunch in Masindi Town. Proceed and reach the famous which was named after the magnificent Murchison falls. Upon arrival, Visit the Top of the falls where water thunders through different rapids from a 7-metre gap to fall over 40 meters Gorge below. Dinner and overnight stay at Fort Murchison Lodge.

Day 4; Game drive and launch cruise along the Albert Nile

After an early breakfast, you will go for a game drive on the Northern Bank of River Nile. The activity takes about 3-5 hours and Wildlife in the Park includes elephants, Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, lions, Hartebeest, Uganda kobs, Oribis and waterbucks. After the drive you will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a launch cruise on the Albert Nile which will give you an exciting panoramic view at the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. Along the cruise, you will encounter crocodiles, hippos, and birds on the river banks like kingfisher, cormorants, bee-eater and the rare shoebill stork. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge as above.

Day 5; Transfer to Kibale National Park

Early morning after breakfast, you will set out for your long journey to Kibale Forest National Park. This Park is a home to almost 13 primate species. These include red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey and many more. You will have lunch in Kagadi. Proceed with the journey to Kibale forest. Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee forest guest house

Day 6; Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk

After breakfast, you will set out for chimp tracking within the Kibale Forest. During your search, expect to see a lot of primate species like chimpanzees, monkeys and other animals like the forest elephants, bush pig and duiker, warthogs, reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of butterflies. Return to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch go for a nature walk in the Bigodi swamp area and look out for most of the water loving bird species. The forest /Park has almost 335 species of birds and therefore a good place for birders. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay as above.

Day 7; Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast and depart Kibale National Park heading to Queen Elizabeth national park. You will have a stopover in Fort portal town and go for an exciting visit to Amabere Ganyinamwiru stalagmites site, caves and the waterfall plus a rewarding hike to the crater lakes followed by lunch. Proceed with the drive to Queen Elizabeth national park arriving late afternoon. Enjoy the evening at leisure, admiring the landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at Enganzi Game Lodge

Day 8; Game drive and Launch cruise

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will set out for the game drive in search for early risers in the Kasenyi area. The park has diverse eco-system of grassy plains, rivers, crater lakes, forests, swamps and lakes. These are a home to various types of wildlife and a game drive in Queen Elizabeth will reward you with views of animals such as lions, antelopes, buffalos, elephants, waterbuck, Uganda Kob and other types of antelopes.

Return to your Lodge for lunch and after, go for a 3 hours launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This cruise will let you pass through a place of the highest concentration of hippos and you may also see many animals drinking at the water’s edge. The cruise also offers good platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge as above.

Day 9; Ishasha Game Drive & Coffee Tour

Enjoy breakfast and set out for a game drive in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park which is famous for its tree climbing lions. This section of the park is still virgin and less explored and you will encounter a good number of big game in herds as you also look out for the tree climbing lions with better chances of seeing them during mid-morning hours. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for a coffee tour by Omwani Women’s Coffee Cooperative where you will be guided through all the stages from planting until coffee is ready to drink! Later return to the lodge to enjoy your dinner and spend another night.

Day 10; Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park

This morning, you will have breakfast, check out and embark on your journey to Bwindi impenetrable forest passing through the Ishasha sector to boost your chances of seeing the rare tree climbing lions. The lions can be seen up on the fig trees. However it’s not a guarantee that the lions will be seen. Sometimes it depends on the luck and time of reaching the area. You will have lunch in the Ishasha sector and after you will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park in preparation for your next day Gorilla trek. Dinner and overnight stay at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge.

Day 11; Gorilla trek in Bwindi forest Park

Early in the morning after breakfast and a briefing from the UWA officials, set off for the gorilla tracking. This is a once life time experience and unforgettable adventure. The ranger guides will lead you into the thick forest and start your search for the endangered Mountain Gorillas. You will move up and down the rugged terrain until you finally meet these harmonious creatures that will entertain you with performances for about 1 hour. The activity can take 2 -7 hours since the gorillas roam the park freely. On finding them, you will be allowed up to a maximum of 1 hour to see and photograph the gorillas; this is an awesome and exciting moment. En-route, there are other types of the primates such as the monkeys, birds and more. Return to the starting point for your gorilla trekking certificate and transfer back to the lodge where you will spend the evening relaxing. Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Haven Lodge as above.

Day 12; Full Day in Bwindi

This day, you will have breakfast after which, you will spend the whole day in Buhoma Village where you will go and pay a visit to the Batwa Pygmies. Participate in a mock hunt and take turns at using a bow and arrow including the evening cultural performances and so on. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge as above.

Day 13; Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, you will depart for Lake Bunyonyi which is one of the deepest lakes is Africa. The Lake has almost 32 Islands. The Lake is a good stop over for relaxation for people from trekking Mountain Gorillas. Upon arrival, you will go on a boat ride. This will enable you visit most of the islands on the Lake. Each Island is named according to the bird species found on the Island and some were named because of their purposes for example the Punishment Island which is the smallest and was used by the Bakiga people to drop their girls who got pregnant before marriage. After the Boat ride, return back to the Lodge for relaxation while you watch the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Resort

Day 14; Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

You will start your day with early morning breakfast and after you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. You will reach Mbarara town in time for lunch after which you will enter the Park with a game drive en-route which will give you clear views of animals such as Zebras, Buffaloes and elands. Upon reaching the park headquarters, Register and later go for the evening nature walk along the Kigambara loop. This loop offers interesting guided walks alongside the Lake. Dinner and overnight stay at Eagle’s Nest Lodge.

Day 15; Hyena walk and transfer to Ssese Island

Early morning, you will have breakfast and after go for the hyena walk with in the Park. This is a guided walk and you will be escorted by an official from the Uganda wildlife Authority for security purposes and to provide you with more information about the Park and the trail. Later start on your journey to Ssese Island with lunch en-route in Masaka town. Dinner and overnight stay at Brovad Sands Lodge

Day 16: Nature Walk and Sunset Cruise

Enjoy breakfast at leisure and go for a guided nature walk on the beautiful Ssese Island where you will encounter lots of birds and enjoy the tranquil nature. Return to the lodge to relax and have lunch. In the afternoon / evening, you will go for a sunset boat cruise coupled with cold drinks for a real great time! Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight as above.

Day 17: Ferry Crossing & Entebbe Tour

Enjoy breakfast and depart Ssese early for a ferry to Nakiwogo in Entebbe and embark on a tour of Entebbe town including the local markets and Entebbe Botanical Gardens where they will enjoy walking through with a guide explaining all of the nature and lots of monkeys, spiders, lizards, trees, flowers, herbs and there are bars next to the Lake Victoria where one can get drinks and sit on a sun lounger overlooking Lake Victoria taking in the fresh breezes which is lovely and relaxing. One can even take a dip in the fresh waters of Lake Victoria if they wish. Have lunch at Botanical gardens and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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