17 Days Uganda Unique Safari

17 Day Uganda Safari

Explore the Pearl of Africa in a few days surrounded with comfort; from the far side of Murchison in the North to Bwindi Impenetrable forest in the South. Enjoy Primate tracking , wildlife viewing and Cultural visits.

Safari Outline;

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
  • Day 2: Entebbe transfer to Murchison
  • Day 3: Game drive and Launch cruise
  • Day 4: Murchison drive to Kibale National Park
  • Day 5: Half Day Chimpanzee trekking (Kanyanchu) & Bigodi Wetland
  • Day 6: Kibale transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Launch Cruise
  • Day 7: Kasenyi Game drive – Ishasha Sector
  • Day 8: Ishasha Sector – Buhoma Sector
  • Day 9: Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo / Rushga Sector
  • Day 10: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 11: Nombe & Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)
  • Day 12: Nkuringo / Rushaga; Canoe excursion on Lake Mutanda – Mgahinga Forest
  • Day 13: Mt. Sabinyo Hiking
  • Day 14: Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 16: Full day in Lake Mburo
  • Day 17: Lake Mburo- Entebbe

Especially for:

  • Perfect for a family
  • Primates lovers
  • Photographers
  • Adventurers

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe
Depending on the time of your flight, Escape To Africa representative will pick you up at the Airport with a placard and transfer you to the Hotel.

  • Travel time: 10 Minutes
  • Accommodation: Protea Marriot Hotel/ Boma Guest House
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast Only

Day 2: Entebbe transfer to Murchison Falls
After an early breakfast, with parked lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way to Murchison falls. Murchison Falls is known for the Victoria Nile that plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the theatrical Falls. This centre piece is finalized in an event of an 80km stretch of rapids with a display of the rainbow. This spring of river provides the most extraordinary wildlife spectacles with regular visitors including; giraffes, elephants and buffaloes, while Nile crocodiles, school of hippos and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Enjoy an evening game drive as you continue to the Lodge.

  • Travel time: 6 ¾ Hours
  • Accommodation: Bakers Lodge / Murchison River Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Game drive and Launch cruise
With an early wake up call, transfer to the park for a game drive. Enjoy viewing different wildlife; Elephants, Buffalos, Uganda Kobs, Lions, Antelopes and if very lucky Hyenas. Drive back to the Lodge for a leisurely breakfast and a hot lunch. And in the afternoon transfer to the Nile pier for an afternoon Launch cruise on the Nile. Remember to carry sunscreen as the afternoon sun is very brutal on the Lake. Be on the lookout for a school of Hippos, herds of Buffalos, Elephants, crocodiles on the shores of the Nile. Drive back to the Lodge with an evening game drive.

  • Accommodation: Bakers Lodge / Murchison River Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Murchison drive to Kibale National Park
With an early wakeup call from the Lodge staff, along with packed lunches transfer to Kibale Forest. This park is famous for its population of habituated chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates. Kibale forest is one of the loveliest forests in Uganda with so much to offer from different bird species, 13 species of primates, other species of mammals, numerous indigenous and exotic tree species. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Rwenzori ranges.

  • Travel time: 7 ½ Hours
  • Accommodation: Primates Lodge Kibale / Crater Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Half Day Chimpanzee trekking (Kanyanchu) & Bigodi Wetland
With the tracking permit transfer to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu for Morning Chimpanzee tracking. This activity starts at 8am and lasts an average of three hours accordingly. A hot meal at the Lodge and after relaxation with your guide transfer to Bigodi wetland Sanctuary. This swamp is an extensive collection of biodiversity, including primate species; mangabeys, vervet monkeys, white & black colobus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, grey cheeked and the L’Hoest monkeys. This wetland is a great example of a community-based project in an effort to protect the forest and areas around it. And it’s also famously known as a birders paradise.

  • Accommodation: Primates Lodge Kibale / Crater Safari Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Kibale transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Launch Cruise
With a leisurely breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the craters. With a view of the Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s splendid panoramas cover dozens of breath-taking craters imprinted theatrically into rolling green hills, beautiful views of the Kazinga Channel and its outstanding main attraction are the big five. Either with a private or scheduled boat enjoy a 2 1/2 – 3 hours afternoon Launch cruise on Kazinga channel, just meters away from hundreds of huge hippos and herds of buffalos, while elephants, buffaloes, warthogs fool around the shoreline.

  • Travel time: 3 Hours
  • Accommodation: Katara Safari Lodge / Kyamburo Gorge / Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Kasenyi Game drive – Ishasha Sector  
Enjoy yet again another game drive in the Kasenyi sectors and be on the lookout for; Rothschild giraffes, buffalos, elephants and different bird species as you head out for Ishasha Sector. The Ishasha sector is famously known as a haven for the tree climbing lions and its located in the Southern part of the park.  It is the only other place in the entire world where you will find tree climbing lions apart from Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Ishasha Sector – Buhoma Sector 
After an early breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive in the Ishasha sector and if you weren’t lucky the previous night with sighting the tree climbing lions, now is your chance. Spend as much time as possible on the game drive and with packed lunch continue to Buhoma sector in Impenetrable forest National Park. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance.

  • Travel time: 4 Hours
  • Accommodation: Buhoma Lodge / Bwindi Lodge / Mahogany Springs
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Buhoma Sector – Nkuringo / Rushaga Sector  
With packed lunch report to the park quarters where you will be accompanied by park rangers. This walk links the southern side to the Northern side using marked trails on foot, using any of the 2 trails –long or short trail. With any of these trails, since there are no roads inside the park, the guide and the vehicle has to drive around the forest – this drive is 7 hours.  Enjoy the walk with the Uganda wildlife armed rangers, walking guide and a rack sack with some change of clothes and snacks. The Ivy River Trail; at 14km, taking about 4 – 5 hours with Vehicle support needed to the lodge or Kashasha trail at 19km, taking about 7 – 8 hours through the forest from the Northern side to the Southern side. Then depending on your accommodation either continue to Rushaga sector or overnight in Nkuringo.

  • Travel time: 7 Hours
  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge  / Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Gorilla Tracking
With an early breakfast transfer from the lodge with packed lunches.  After gorilla briefing, continue to the forest for gorilla tracking. The beauty of this rain forest is spectacular offering a dramatic, steeply forested landscape, incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous walk trails allowing access to tourists. The time taken and the terrain vary as per the movements of the gorillas. The thrill of spending time observing these gentle and endangered giants is an awesome, exciting experience to be long savored, many find it to be a rare and moving. Tracking can take place at Nkuringo or at Rushaga (1hour drive from Nkuringo), as per the gorilla permits obtained. Upon return, relax at the lodge or opt for a stroll through the community center or drive up to the “Top of the World” – the name given to the football field, high up in Nkuringo which offers amazing views over the peaks and forest. A great way to stretch your legs after the gorilla tracking and to enjoy a sundowner.

  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Nombe & Buniga Forests (encounter with the Batwa)
With a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Nombe Pocket Forest for a walk and a picnic. Depending on ones location, its 1 hour drive from Rushaga and 30 minutes’ drive from Nkuringo. This forest used to be part of Bwindi but was later given to the local community. It’s a beautiful forest for birding, as it hosts many different bird species. Later after relaxation at the Lodge, visit the Batwa trail that takes you through that part of Bwindi forest that used to be home to the Pygmies the Batwa; also known as “people of the forest”. This trail is run by the local community and it involves the Batwa acting out their pervious life in the forest inform of traditional dance and drama.

  • Accommodation in Nkuringo: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Accommodation in Rushaga: Gorilla Safari Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Nkuringo / Rushaga; Canoe excursion on Lake Mutanda – Mgahinga Forest
This morning drive from Bwindi to Mgahinga National Park; This park was conserved to protect the endangered mountain gorillas where they found asylum. Mgahinga forest has only 1 habituated gorilla group with 19 individuals tracked. Despite the fact that this is a gorilla park, it was also home to the indigenous Batwa pygmies. And is also recognized from its three extinct volcanoes that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. On the way to Mgahinga, enjoy a half day canoe on lake Mutanda. canoeing is done by local community experienced guides. Only 1 – 2 pax are allowed in the canoe with 1 guide. For those interested, canoe on your own for a few minutes. On arrival to Kisoro continue to Mgahinga National Park.

  • Travel time: 2 ½ Hours
  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge  / Travellers Rest Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Mt. Sabinyo Hiking
With an early breakfast, transfer to the park quarters for hiking. Mt. Sabinyo is at 3669m above sea level and it provides an opportunity of being in 3 countries at once; Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. This mountain is made up of 5 peaks and it’s a full day’s hike including descending. Hiking Sabinyo is a physically challenging hike and one should be in good health and in shape.

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge / Travellers Rest Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Golden Monkey Tracking
Just like Gorilla tracking, transfer to the park headquarters for Golden Monkey trekking. This unique species can only be found in the Virunga circuit. Only 1 hour is allowed in the company of the golden monkeys. Time to be spent in the forest can’t be estimated.

  • Accommodation: Gahinga Lodge / Travellers Rest Camp
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. This Whispers of the world is home to over 350 bird species and numerous wildlife including; eland, buffalo, hippo, hyena, topi, zebra, impala, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, and reedbuck. This park is unique from all the other parks, as best for viewing the Gigantic elands, Impalas, Zebra. Enjoy the land scape which is full of curves and colors, giving an impression of an oil painting. Have lunch in Mbarara and continue to the park for an evening game drive before continuing to the Lodge.

  • Travel time: 6 Hours
  • Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge  / Rwakobo Rock Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Full day in Lake Mburo
With an early wake up call, transfer to the park for a game drive. Later drive back to the Lodge for a leisurely breakfast and a hot lunch. And in the afternoon transfer to the lake for canoeing. Remember to carry sunscreen as the afternoon sun is very brutal on the Lake. Drive back to the Lodge with an evening game drive.

  • Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge (Luxury) / Rwakobo Rock Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Lake Mburo- Entebbe
Enjoy an early morning game drive and later proceed to Entebbe for your flight back home with a stopover at the equator.

  • Travel time: 4 ½ Hours
  • Meal Plan: Breakfast only

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Included in the above quote: 

  • Our Quotes offered in USD
  • Full Board meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with Accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
  • Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Golden Monkey Permit
  • Drinking water in the vehicle (1 litre per person per day)
  • Private 4×4 vehicle with experienced English-speaking driver-guide, from the morning of day 1 to the evening of day 21
  • All the excursions and activities indicated in the itinerary under the supervision of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • Wi-Fi (in main areas of all Lodges and Hotel)
  • Government taxes

Excluded from the above quote:

  • All drinks
  • Lunch & Dinner on (Day 1 & Day 17)
  • Uganda Entry Visa fee
  • International air flights
  • Any optional activity not indicated in above program
  • Laundry Services
  • Gratuities and Tips

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