15 Days Uganda Wildlife tour
This 15 Days Uganda safari package is designed to give visitors a full taste of Uganda’s major great attractions. The real journey starts from Kampala where you will head to Murchison Falls National Park for a game drive and launch cruise (There is a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary). You will then be taken to Semuliki National Park for a another game drive, sighting of the Sempaya hot springs and a visit to the Batwa Pygmies. After Semuliki, the guide will drive you to track chimpanzee at Kibale National Park while also touring the Bigodi swamp. As you leave for Queen Elizabeth park, you will have a stopover to spot the legendary Mabera ga Nyina Mwiru caves. When you reach Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will be involved in a sunset Launch cruise and two Game Drives at Kasenyi and Ishasha sectors of the park. You will then head to track mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. After gorilla trekking, you will be taken to Lake Bunyonyi for bird watching/ canoeing and then Lake Mburo National Park for game driving. After Lake Mburo, you will head to Jinja via Kampala city for white water rafting and viewing of the source of the Great River Nile. From Jinja you will be driven to the Entebbe Airport for departure.
– Day 1: Arrival and Airport Pickup
– Day 2: Leave Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park
– Day 3: Game Drive and Launch Cruise
– Day 4: Head to Semuliki National Park
– Day 5: Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs and the Batwa Pygmies
– Day 6: Track Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park and Tour Bigodi swamp
– Day 7: Visit “Mabera ga Nyina Mwiru” caves – Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for sunset Launch Cruise
– Day 8: Game Drive at Kasenyi Area – Game Drive at Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth Park
– Day 9: Head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
– Day 11: Head to Lake Bunyoyi
– Day 12: Head to Lake Mburo National Park
– Day 13: Game drive at Lake Mburo Park – Head to Kampala and then Jinja
– Day 14: White Water Rafting in Jinja
– Day 15: Head back to Kampala – Transfer to Entebbe to catch your departure flight
Day 1: Arrival and Airport Pickup
A guide from Mission Africa Safaris will welcome you at the Airport in Entebbe and drive you to your lodge in Kampala. Depending on your time of arrival, you might have an opportunity to tour the city of Kampala and its suburbs. After the city tour, you will be driven back to Cassia Lodge, La Petite Village Hotel for Dinner and sleep.
Day 2: Leave Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
After your breakfast at the hotel, the guide will come pick you and head to Murchison Falls national park. On your journey, you will pass through Luwero triangle that was war zone in the early 1980’s leading to victory for the country leadership. You will stop over at Masindi for lunch and also at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to relax and spot the endangered Rhinos among other wildlife. Rhinos can no longer be seen in Uganda’s game parks after extensive poaching wiped them out. There is hope that they will be reintroduced into the park after the numbers have risen enough in the sanctuary. Your day ends with dinner and overnight at Pakuba Lodge.
Day 3: Game Drive and Launch Cruise
After your breakfast at the lodge, you will go for the morning game drive at the Northern part of the park. You will spot the big 5 like Buffaloes, Elephants and Lions. Look out for leopards in the thickets. The park has the largest population of Rothschild giraffe in East Africa. You will spot warthogs and several species of antelope like waterbucks and Bushbucks. After the game drive, you will head back for lunch as you prepare for the afternoon launch cruise. The launch cruise takes you along the river Nile right up to the bottom of the falls. Along the river you will be treated to an amazing collection of animals like antelope, Crocodiles, hippos and many others feeding and drinking along the river bank. The river has over 200 species of birds but look out for the shoe bill stork. Your day completes with supper/dinner and overnight at Red Chilli (budget), Pakuba Safari Lodge(Midrange) and Paraa safari lodge (Luxury).
Day 4: Head to Semuliki National Park
Your day will begin with early breakfast that should prepare you for the 8 hour journey south to the beautiful Town of Fort Portal. The journey takes you past the towns of Hoima and Masindi. Watch out for the beautiful scenery along the way especially at Fort Portal which is located near the Rwenzori Mountains also known as “Mountains of the moon”. You will arrive in the evening at your Motel and do the check in. Dinner and overnight will be at Fort Motel.
Day 5: Visit the Sempaya Hot Springs and the Batwa Pygmies
You will have an early breakfast and go out to tour the Semuliki hot springs and end the day with a visit to see the Batwa pygmies. The Batwa have an interesting culture which will be very memorable for you. They were removed from the gorilla parks in Uganda and resettled in other areas but have failed to completely adjust to their new environment. They face extreme poverty and sometimes persecution from neighboring tribes. The guide from Mission Africa Safaris will organize for your lunch to be served as a picnic in between the two experiences. You will have dinner and sleep at the Chimpanzee Guest House.
Day 6: Track Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park and Tour Bigodi swamp
You will wake up to take breakfast after which the guide will drive you to Kibale Forest National Park. There are more primates in Kibale than any other country in East Africa. It also has the highest number of chimpanzee in Uganda and the elusive L’Hoest’s monkey. Although chimpanzee tracking is the most known activity here, you will get to see blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons black and white Colobus among others. The park has over 100 butterfly species, giant forest hogs and antelope. You will return to the lodge for sumptuous lunch then go to Bigodi swamp. Bigodi swamp is considered a bird watchers paradise for its 290 species in the swamps and grasslands. Dinner and sleep is at the Chimpanzee Guest House.
Day 7: Hike up the “Mabera ga Nyina Mwiru” caves – Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for sunset Launch Cruise
The guide from Mission Africa Safaris will come pick you after taking breakfast for the journey to Queen Elizabeth National park. You will have a great view of the Rwenzori Mountains also known as “Mountains of the moon”. Along the way, you will visit the “Mabera ga Nyina Mwiru caves”. There is a local myth surrounding these limestone caves that you will be told. After the caves, you will continue the journey to the park where you will have a sunset Launch cruise at the park’s Kazinga Channel. During the cruise, you will get to see hippos spraying water just next to your boat. You will spot several species of antelope and birds such as the kingfisher, pelicans and other stocks along the shores. You will have dinner and sleep at Park View Safari Lodge
Day 8: Game Drive at Kasenyi Area – Game Drive at Ishasha sector Queen Elizabeth Park
The guide will pick you early in the morning with your packed breakfast to set off to the Kasenyi sector of the park. This morning game drive will give you opportunities to spot elephants, lions, hyena, various antelope species, buffaloes, baboons and if lucky, the elusive leopard and giant forest hogs. The park has a collection of craters, savannah, swamps, lakes and other volcanic features. After the morning drive you will be taken back to the lodge for lunch. You will then head for the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth Park to spot among others the tree climbing lions. Queen Elizabeth has over 450 bird species that include flamingos, King Fisher, storks and eagles. After such an eventful day, you will be driven back for dinner and sleep at the Ishasha jungle lodge.
Day 9: Head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast. As you head to Bwindi, you will pass through some of the most beautiful sites anywhere in East Africa. The area around the Kigezi highlands is known as “the Switzerland of Africa”. The rolling hills and winding roads to Bwindi is as beautiful as it can get. You will have dinner and sleep at Bwindi Jungle Lodge.
Day 10: Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Canoe along Lake Mulehe
You will have breakfast before 8:00am and then be taken for briefing at the park station. Your hotel will give you parked snack. The park rangers will guide you on how to act around the gorillas and what you need to carry along. After being assigned a gorilla family, the rangers and armed guards will then take you to the forest for tracking. As you move searching for the gorillas, you will pass through thickets, steep and muddy slopes. Mountain gorilla tracking can takes 2 to 7 hours depending in which gorilla family you choose and where they are located that day. Once you get to the gorillas, you expected to be with them for at most 1 hour. While with the gorilla group, take as many photos and videos as you can. After gorilla trekking, you will go back to the lodge to freshen up and have lunch. Later in the day, you will head out to canoe along Lake Mulehe. Apart from Gorillas, Bwindi is home to several primates and birds. Some of the bird species found within the park are African green broadbills bee-eaters chap-ins flycatchers and black billed turaco. Dinner and night sleep at Bwindi Jungle Lodge.
Day 11: Head to Lake Bunyoyi
After breakfast and relaxing, our guide from Mission Africa Safaris will drive you to Lake Bunyonyi which is Uganda’s deepest and arguably most beautiful lake. The lake has 25 islands and you will spend your time canoeing, watching birds and eating fresh water fish. Lake Bunyonyi has many romantic spots for those on honeymoon and one can hop from one island to another spotting the different villages, schools and settlements. You will also learn about the tragic past of the island. Young girls who got pregnant outside marriage where left to die in any of the islands unless saved by poor men who had failed to find a bride. Dinner and night sleep at Acadia Cottages.
Day 12: Head to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast early in the morning, you will start your journey to Lake Mburo National Park. You will pass through the Kabale region which has great scenery stunning green hills and highlands. On arrival at the cottage, you will have lunch, rest for a short time and then go for a boat ride on Lake Mburo. Lake Mburo is famous for bird watching and spotting animals drinking around the lake banks. Look out for animals like crocodiles and hippos. Your dinner and overnight sleep will be at Acadia Cottages.
Day 13: Game drive at Lake Mburo Park – Head to Kampala and then Jinja
After breakfast, you will be taken for a game drive at Lake Mburo National Park where you will spot Zebras and several species of antelope. Zebras in Uganda are only found at Lake Mburo National Park. Look out for over 300 bird species that gather around the lake. Other animals that have made the park home are buffaloes, leopards, jackals and hyenas.
You will then head to Kampala where you will take your lunch. After lunch, you will continue to Jinja with stopovers at Sezibwa Falls and Mabira Forest. While in Jinja, you will visit the source of the Nile. The source of the River Nile was discovered by John Hanning Speak and is the longest river in Africa. It flows from Uganda up to Egypt ending in the Mediterranean Sea. Dinner and overnight will be at 2 friends hotel / Jinja Nile Porch(midrange), Jinja Nile resort (Luxury).
Day 14: White Water Rafting in Jinja
Wake up to take breakfast before heading out to the Nile once gain for white water rafting. White water rafting is a whole day’s event and will be one of the most memorable part to your safari – The perfect ending. You will receive all the training you need as well as the required equipment. You will need to be 16 years and above to qualify for white water rafting. You can relax afterwards and mingle with the team. What a gret way to end your safari in Uganda. Afterwards you will be transferred to your lodge for Dinner and overnight at the 2 friends hotel / Jinja Nile Porch(midrange), Jinja Nile resort (Luxury).
Day 15: Head back to Kampala – Transfer to Entebbe to catch your departure flight
You will have your breakfast in the morning and head to Entebbe airport via Kampala.
End of Uganda Safari
The Safari includes
- Ground transportation and fuel
- Gorilla tracking permits
- Bottled water
- Chimpanzee tracking permits
- Full time English speaking guide and related expenses
- Full board Accommodation including meals
- Boat cruises
- Game drives
- Cultural tours
- Water Rafting in Jinja
- Park guide/Ranger Fees
- Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Visa Fees
- Personal Insurance
- Personal expenses like drinks, telephone, laundry, telephone, cigars, tips, accommodation and meals not included in the itinerary.