17 Days Uganda Safari Overview
The 17 Days Uganda Safari takes us to the magnificent Murchison Falls for a spectacular scenic view full of birds and water animals, takes you to Kibale National park to see the Chimpanzees and various species of monkeys and to Queen Elizabeth National Park known for its diversity of wildlife, birdlife, and picturesque geographical features.
This Safari also takes you to the unforgettably scenic Lake Bunyonyi dotted with 20 small islands and encircled by steep terraced hills for canoe rides and hiking. You will have an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest and an opportunity to hike the volcanoes or to trek the Golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park.
You will crown your safari with Lake Mburo National Park for a game drive, wild nature walk and a boat launch before finishing with a visit to the Equator.
17 Days Uganda Safari Highlights
- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Boat launch on Victoria Nile
- Scenic view of the Murchison falls
- Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
- Chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park
- Nature walk in the Bigodi swamp
- Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Boat Launch on Kazinga channel
- Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi/ Hike in the surrounding hills
- Village walk around Lake Bunyonyi
- Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Volcano hiking / Golden monkey trek
- Uganda tour Cultural visit
- Nature walk and Game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
- Boat launch on Lake Mburo
- Equator experience
- Visit to Source of the Nile
- White water rafting/bungee jumping/ quad biking/cultural tour
17 Days Uganda Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
You will be met at the airport by our safari guide who will transfer you to Lake Victoria View Guest House in Entebbe. Dinner and overnight will be at this hotel.
Day 2: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park
Our Uganda Tour Safari litrally begins on the second day. We will have an early breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park via the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will have the opportunity to trek the Rhinos. The sanctuary houses Uganda’s Rhino reintroduction project. The trekking is done on foot for one and half hours. You will continue the drive to the Northern bank of the Murchison Falls National Park arriving late in the afternoon. The entire journey takes 9-10 hours. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge of booking.
Day 3: Game drive and Boat launch on the Nile
You will have breakfast and set off for a game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.
You will return to the lodge for lunch and then go for a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. The stretch of this river bisects the park thereby providing one of Uganda’s most remarkable wildlife spectacles. On the river banks, prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.
The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls. You will then hike to the “top of the thunderous Murchison falls”, where you will observe the River Nile squeezing itself in a 7 meter gorge before tumbling 40 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge of booking.
Day 4: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park
You will after your breakfast set off on a 9-10 hour journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The drive is through a beautiful countryside dotted with traditional homesteads, crop gardens and plantations as well as trading centres and towns. You will have lunch enroute and arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 5: Chimp trekking and nature walk in Kibale Forest
After breakfast you will report at the Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 am for a briefing on the rules of chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest National Park has the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, a very delightful ape. The trek takes 2-3 hours and it will provide you with the opportunity to see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds and a variety of butterflies. You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to see a variety of rare birds and more monkey species. Dinner and overnight will still be at your lodge of booking.
Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Game drive in the Park
After your breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and have lunch at the lodge of your booking. In the afternoon you will go for a game drive. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 7: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth and Boat launch on Kazinga channel
You will after breakfast go for another game drive to see
You will return to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon (3:00pm) go for a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This is a 42km channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and offers an excellent opportunity for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful, with well over 550 resident species. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 8: Game drive in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park
You will after breakfast move to the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for the tree climbing lions lounging in the tree branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favourite prey. It is also home to many buffaloes, elephants as well as the rare shoebill. You will spend the day game driving in this part of the park and return late in the afternoon to your lodge of booking for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi – Canoe ride / Hiking to the view point / Swimming
You will after breakfast travel our Uganda Tour continues to Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa [900 meters deep] and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzias free. The journey takes 6-7 hours and you will have your lunch enroute.
The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of birdlife around the lake. You will in the afternoon choose either to go for a canoe ride, swim on the lake or hike to the view point on the hills to see the exceedingly beautiful scenery of this part of the country. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 10: Village walk around Lake Bunyonyi and travel to Rushaja area of Bwindi
This morning you take a 2-3 hour walk along Lake Bunyonyi [14 Kms] to enjoy different viewpoints of this beautiful place. You will go through the villages of the local people to have an experience of how they go about their daily routine activities and be amazed by the way they skillfully cultivate the hill sides and how they care for their animals (cows) that are a prime source of pride.
You will after the walk drive to Kisoro town near the border with Rwanda and Congo. The drive will be through a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’ because of its unique cool weather despite being near the Equator. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forests and have great views of the Virunga Mountains. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge of booking.
Day 11: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and transfer to Kisoro town
The hight of Uganda Tour Safari is in Bwindi where we meet our cousins the Mountain Gorillas. We will have an early morning breakfast and move to the Park headquarters to join other trackers at 7:45 am for a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 2-8 hours depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest.
You will have one hour to stay with these intelligent, majestic, and gentle giants that share over 90% of their genetic material with humans. You will thereafter travel to Kisoro town near the Rwanda border in preparation for the following day’s activities in the volcanic mountains. And if it is a Monday or Thursday there is a large colourful market in Kisoro which you can visit. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge of booking.
Day 12: Hiking / Trekking / Canoe ride / Local coffee preparation experience
Today you will choose one of the four activities that can be undertaken in this place. You will either go for Volcano hiking, Golden monkey trekking, Canoe ride on Lake Mutanda or be taken through the process of how coffee is raised in the garden and locally processed for drinking. You will return to your lodge for a late lunch and spend the rest of the day resting till dinner time and overnight.
Day 13: Travel to Lake Mburo National Park via Igongo Cultural Centre
You will have breakfast and travel to Lake Mburo National Park centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes rich in bird life while its green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like the Zebra, Warthog, Elands, Impala among others. Enroute, you will visit the Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch and to learn about the unique history and culture of the Ankole people who pride in keeping cattle. You will be treated to some traditional dances at this centre after which you will be driven to your lodge of booking for Dinner and overnight.
Day 14: Nature walk and Game drive in the park and Boat cruise on Lake Mburo
You will after breakfast go for a tour of the park on foot with an experienced game ranger who will explain to you which animals have left behind footprints and droppings and how long ago. Mburo is one of the two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a tour on foot. You will after the nature walk go for a game drive and return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a 2 hour boat cruise that will get you quite close to the water animals that include crocodiles, hippos and a variety of birds. You will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight
Day 15: Travel to Kampala
After breakfast you will set off for Kampala. You will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. The entire stretch of this journey will take 6-7 hours arriving in Kampala in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel of your booking.
Day 16: Transfer to Jinja
We leave early in the morning and head to Jinja to visit the source of the Nile and to enjoy some of the adventurous activities whose options include white water rafting, jet boating, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking or bungee jumping. Enroute, you will have a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in two hemispheres at the same time and take some photos. You will arrive in the late afternoon and relax at the hotel of your booking till dinner and overnight.
Day 17: Adventure on the Nile and departure
You will, after breakfast, go for the adventurous white water rafting on the Nile River. The rafting begins at the Source of the Nile at 09:30am with a comprehensive briefing and being fitted with the special rafting gear. The rafting is done on an 18 kilometre stretch of the Nile River and no prior experience of rafting is required.
The first few rapids are of low grade (1, 2) to build the confidence of the participants before guiding them gradually into the more challenging grades. A total of eight major rapids are rafted to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure. You will, after the rafting adventure, be treated to a barbecue lunch and drinks before returning to Kampala for your late departure flight or retire to a hotel of your booking for a well deserved rest.
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