Best of Uganda Safari
Our Uganda safari begins at the Entebbe Protea Hotel, set on the banks of Lake Victoria, convenient and close to the airport (1 night), Murchison Falls Bakers Lodge, Uganda’s largest and oldest conservation area (3 nights), Kibali Forest Ndali Lodge, the density and diversity of primates is the highest in the whole of Africa (2 nights), Queen Elizabeth National Park Kyambura Gorge Lodge, home to over 95 mammal species and 612 species of birds (2 nights), Bwindi National Park Gorilla Forest Camp, home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas (3 nights).
- Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
- Scenic drive along Mountains of the Moon & Great African Rift Valley
- Daily safari drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Boat safari
- Gorilla tracking – 2 Days
- Batwa Tribal Experience
- Kazinga Channel Cruise
- Kibali Forest Plantation Hike
- Kibali Chimp Trekking
- Murchinson Falls
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 – Uganda Safari
Welcome to Africa! Arrive into Entebbe and transfer to the Protea hotel. Have a swim in the large outdoor pool and enjoy a leisurely dinner at the hotel.
Murchison Falls and Game Drive
After breakfast, drive to Murchison Falls National Park. The mighty Nile, the longest river in the world, flows through the heart of the park. En-route to the lodge, stop to admire the 40-meter high Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through an 8-meter gap in the Rift Valley escarpment. Arrive at camp in time for a late lunch and afternoon rest. This evening, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the river, spotting game along the way and enjoying a sundowner cocktail.
Uganda Safari – Game Drive and Hiking
Set out early on a game drive along the northern bank of the Nile River, spotting elephant, giraffe, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, various species of antelope and a variety of bird life along the way. Stop for breakfast in the bush before carrying on to Murchison Falls. The top of the falls is an open area where you can view the chasm from multiple angles. Hike around this area, following a trail down the side of the gorge to the bottom, where you can also view the second “Independence” falls. Return to camp for a late lunch and overnight.
This morning, set out early for the nearby Budongo Forest, home to a community of around 90 wild, yet habituated Chimpanzees. Once located, spend an hour in the presence of these chimpanzees as they go about their daily lives in the forest. Return to camp in time for a late lunch. This evening, enjoy another sunset cruise on the river before dinner at camp.
Kibale Forest Plantation Hike
After breakfast, your Uganda safari continues with a drive to the Kibale Forest, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon, set out on foot with a local guides for a walk around the 1000 acre farm, the Ndali Vanilla processing plant and Muhoma Falls. Hike around crater rims, through banana and vanilla plantations, coffee terraces, and community plots of cassava, groundnuts, sorghum and millet. After the hike, enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Trekking and Community Visit
This morning, set out early for anther thrilling chimpanzee trek. Join your guide and a team of local trackers to find the chimpanzees. Spend one full hour observing these primates in the wild. Return to camp for a hot shower and late lunch. This afternoon visit the local community school before returning to camp for dinner and overnight.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive
After breakfast, set out for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Arrive in time for lunch and then an afternoon game drive to the Kasenyi plains, home to lion and large herds of Uganda kob. The Mweya peninsula is one of the best places to look for leopard, which live in the dense, scrubby thickets. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Chimpanzee Trek and Kazinga Channel Cruise
After breakfast, set out on a chimpanzee trek in the Kyambura Gorge. After lunch, take a cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which flows between Lakes Edward and George. Kazinga is home to one of the greatest concentration of hippo in Africa and herds of elephant, buffalo and other animals come to drink at the water’s edge. The channel is a magnet for waterbirds, with great flocks of pelicans and others birds on the shore, and a great spot to see African fish eagle. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Bwindi National Park and Batwa Tribe Experience
After breakfast, travel to Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi National Park. After an early lunch, join a guide from camp to learn about and interact with the local Batwa people, the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa. The first records of the Batwa were made by the Egyptians over 4,000 years ago. After a three-hour walk to reach the community, you’ll be able to spend about an hour with the Batwa. The walk back to camp is two hours. Enjoy a music performance, visitation by the goddess, hunting and gathering demonstration and an opportunity to see how they live. Return to camp for dinner.
Bwindi National Park Gorilla Trekking
Wake early this morning and set out on foot to view the Mountain Gorillas. Typically, tracking can take from 3 to 8 hours. You’ll be joined by a guide and several trackers as you head towards the gorillas through the dense forest. Once you find them, you will be able to spend one magical hour observing these amazing creatures in the wild, which is the crown jewel of any Uganda safari. Return to camp for a warm shower, dinner and overnight.
Bwindi National Park Gorilla Trekking
Today enjoy one final gorilla trek, returning to camp for dinner and a restful final evening in Africa.
Take a last few breaths of your Uganda safari, then hop a flight back to Entebbe to connect with your outbound plane.