12 Days Uganda Safari, Bwindi, Murchison Falls & Kibale

12 Days Uganda Safari, Bwindi, Murchison Falls & Kibale

 This 12 Days Uganda Safari takes you on an adventurous tour to the most iconic Uganda safari destinations including Bwindi impenetrable national park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park.

This safari starts and ends in Kampala

On this safari you will participate in memorable Uganda safari adventures including gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable national park for an encounter with mountain gorillas, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest for an encounter with chimpanzees, game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park on which you will enjoy sightings of various animal species including lions, elephants, bush bucks, antelopes and tree climbing lions in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and boat cruises on Kazinga Channel and in Murchison Falls.

Highlights of 12 Days Uganda Safari, Bwindi, Murchison Falls & Kibale

  • Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park
  • Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 4: Engage in Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest& Bigodi wetland visit
  • Day 5: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6 – 7: Game drive & afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 8: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 9: Gorilla trekking -Bwindi impenetrable national park
  • Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 11: Game drive and an afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 12: Return to Kampala/Entebbe

Detailed itinerary of 12 Days Uganda Safari, Bwindi, Murchison Falls & Kibale

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park

After breakfast at the hotel in Kampala or Entebbe, you will be picked up by your guide – our representative and drive to Murchison Falls National Park through Luwero Town. Have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking experience on which you will see black and white rhinos on foot.

Have another stopover in Masindi for lunch and proceed to the park, head for a hike to the top of the falls which will give you magnificent views of the waterfalls and gaze at River Nile – the longest river in the world as it forces through a small gap which is just 7 meters wide and flows 43 meters down with a thunderous roar.

With en-route game drive, you will head to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 Accommodation options

 Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp/Heritage Safari Lodge (Basic)

Meal Plan: Half Board

 Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise

Enjoy breakfast at your lodge and to the park for a morning game drive to search for the wildlife species, you will get a chance to spot many wildlife species including giraffes, lions, elephants, cape buffaloes and several bird species.

Head back to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will have a boat cruise on the Nile River, this experience allows you to get close to the several water animals including over 4000 hippos and the Nile Crocodiles. You will also spot various water species including colored king fishers, shoebill stork, grey throated and yellow billed birds among others.

Accommodation options

 Luxury:  Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp/Heritage Safari Lodge (Basic)

Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale National Park

Have early breakfast and transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale National Park via the Lake Albert Escarpments with scenic views of the lake.

Have a stopover in Hoima for lunch and proceed to the park with a drive passed Lake Nkusi joining along Lake Kyoga. When you arrive in Fort Portal, you will enjoy scenic views of the Rwenzori Mountains filled with tea plantations on their slopes.

Continue to Kibale National Park arriving in the early evening, check in at your lodge for dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge/Primate Lodge/Ndali Lodge

Midrange: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/ Mountains if the Moon

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest& Bigodi wetland visit

Wake up early and head to Kanyanchu by 08:00 am for briefing about chimpanzee trekking and the proper way to behave while in the presence of the chimpanzees, these primates are considered to be closest relatives of human being since they share 98% of their DNA with that of humans.

After the briefing, you will head into the forests in search for the chimpanzees, along the way you will spot other primates such as LHoests Monkeys, black and White colobus monkeys, red tailed Monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey, pottos, bush babies and many bird species such as little green bul, yellow spotted nictor, rumped tinker bird, crowed eagle, green breasted pitta and black bee spotted eater among others.

When you encounter the chimpanzees, you will spend one hour in their presence and get a chance to observe them as they play, feed, socialize with each other and jump around the trees.

After the trek, you will head back to the park’s headquarters, meet your guide and head to your lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will head to Bigodi Wetland for views of primates like blue monkeys, baboons, bush pigs and many birds like the great blue turaco and the green breasted pitta among others. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options

Luxury: Kyaninga Lodge/Primate Lodge/Ndali Lodge

Midrange: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/ Mountains if the Moon

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 5: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is just 3 hours drive away, the park is famous for hosting a variety of wildlife species, primate species and birds.

When you arrive in the park you will have en-route game drive as you head to you lodge for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a game drive exploring the savannah plains and enjoying sights of animals including impalas, kobs, forest hogs, elephants, buffaloes, tree climbing lions among others.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mweya safari lodge/Mazike Valley Lodge/Katara lodge

Midrange:  Ihamba Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Lodge

Budget:  Bush lodge in Tents/Mweya Hostel

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 6 – 7: Game drive & afternoon boat cruise

Wake up early for breakfast and head to the park for a morning game drive on which you see various animals like elephants, elands, antelopes, buffaloes, lions among others. Later return to the lodge for lunch, in the afternoon you will go for a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel where you will see various animals such as crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks, buffaloes and various water species such as storks, kingfishers among others.

After a full day of adventure, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mweya safari lodge/Mazike Valley Lodge/Katara lodge

Midrange:  Ihamba Safari Lodge/Twin Lakes Lodge

Budget:  Bush lodge in Tents/Mweya Hostel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will go for a game drive in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will see tree – climbing lions resting on tree branches and other animals such as elephants, leopards, buffaloes among others.

Then drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a drive of 3 hours, along the way you will have lunch and when you arrive in the park. You will go for a guided nature walk in the forests of Bwindi. In the evening, you will check-in at the lodge, have dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mahogany springs/Silverback Lodge

Midrange:  Lake Kitandara Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Budget:  Buhoma Community Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Gorilla trekking –Bwindi impenetrable national park

Have early breakfast and head to the park’s headquarters to meet the mountain gorillas, you will join other trekkers at the park’s headquarters for briefing about rules and regulations to follow on the experience.

In groups of 8 people, you will be assigned a gorilla family to trek and head to the starting point and head into the forests of Bwindi looking for that specific gorilla family. The trek takes about 2 to 7 hours depending on the movement of that specific mountain gorilla family and its feeding range, when you encounter the gorillas. You will spend 1 hour in the presence of the gorillas watching them go on with their life in the forests of Bwindi, you are allowed to take pictures of the gorillas.

Trek back to the park’s headquarters to pick your gorilla trekking certificates and head to the Batwa Community for a cultural experience.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mahogany springs/Silverback Lodge

Midrange:  Lake Kitandara Camp/Bakiga Lodge

Budget:  Buhoma Community Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, you will checkout of your lodge and embark on a drive to Lake Mburo National Park – the smallest savannah national park in Uganda covering an area of 371 square kilometers.

Along the way you will have lunch in Mbarara and when you arrive in the park, you will go for a guided nature walk through the park. Have dinner and stay overnight.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mantana Tented Camp/Mihingo

Midrange:  Rwaboko rock/Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Budget:   Rwonyo Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Game drive and an afternoon boat cruise

After breakfast, you will head to the park for a morning game drive through the park searching for wildlife such as impalas, kobs, antelopes and many bird species.

Head to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will return to the park for a boat cruise along Lake Mburo. You will enjoy sights of a lot of animals like crocodiles and hippos among others.

Accommodation Options

Luxury:  Mantana Tented Camp/Mihingo

Midrange:  Rwaboko rock/Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Budget:   Rwonyo Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Return to Kampala/Entebbe

After an early breakfast, you will have a game drive as you drive back to Kampala. Have en-route lunch with a stopover around the equator to have a water experiment and take enough photos. When you arrive in Kampala, you will be dropped off either at the hotel or at the airport for your onward flight.

END OF 12 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI

PRICE INCLUDES

Gorilla Permits

Chimpanzee Permits

Rhino Tracking

Bottled Water

English Speaking Guide

Park Entrance Fees

Boat Rides

Cultural Tours

All Activities Mentioned

 PRICE EXCLUDES

International flight fare

Entry Visas

Laundry services

Tips

Alcoholic Drinks

Kampala Hotel Fees

Any other optional activities

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