13 Days Adventure into The Wildlands of Uganda

13 Days Adventure into The Wildlands of Uganda

Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

Multi-Day Tour

Group Size

20 People Max

Languages

English, French, Chinese, German,

City Tour:  Depending on your time of your arrival explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala.  Discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda tribe laid their kings to rest or the Bahai Temple, etc. 

Game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park returning later to the lodge for breakfast.  The 3,893 sq km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.  For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few. 

13 Days /12 Night

Upon arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will have a meet and greet by our company representative who will later transfer you to your hotel in Kampala or in Entebbe depending on your flight arrival time. If you arrive very late in the night, we recommend you overnight in Entebbe as opposed to kampala.

Optional Activities: 

  1. City Tour:  Depending on your time of your arrival explore the vibrant and chaotic city of Kampala.  Discover historical and political sites including the ancient tombs of the Kabakas, where the Buganda tribe laid their kings to rest or the Bahai Temple, etc. 
  1. Eat Out: Kampala is a town full of culinary wonders.  Stray out from your hotel to taste some of the eclectic cuisine of the region including Kampala’s delicious Indian food!

Accommodation:  Golden Tulip hotel, Cassia lodge or similar (bed and breakfast)

After breakfast, you will depart kampala or Entebbe for Murchison Falls National Park, stopping en route for lunch plus a visit to the rhino sanctuary then later drive to your hotel in the park.

You will have a game drive or just relax at your lodge as your wait for your dinner.

Accommodation: Pakuba safari lodge, Heritage safari lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

This morning you will depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park returning later to the lodge for breakfast.  The 3,893 sq km park is home to a range of animals, and you will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.  For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird and the black chested snake eagle, to name a few. 

In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7 meter gap plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert.  The banks of the Nile are densely populated with crocodiles, hippopotamus, and a range of other wildlife that come to the river to drink. There is also the option of getting off the boat and hiking up the side of the falls to the top.

Optional activities

  1. Night game drives in search of the nocturnal wildlife.
  2. Hot air balloon safari.
  3. Chimpanzee tracking in Bundongo forest

Accommodation: Pakuba safari lodge, Heritage safari lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Activities of the day: Visit the top of the falls, then transfer to Hoima passing via Butiaba, lunch and overnight in Hoima.

This morning you will visit the top of the falls and later proceed to Kibale forest for two nights. This dense and verdant forest is Africa’s leading chimpanzee trekking destination. Kibale forest is also home to other extraordinary 13 species of primates, including red colobus, olive baboon, blue monkeys and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant.

Later in the evening you may choose to go for an optional crater lakes walk returning to your lodge in the evening.

Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge, Chimpanzee forest cottages or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

This morning you will go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Trekking deep into the enchanting evergreen forest, you will have the opportunity to come face to face with these playful primates as they crash through the high canopy. Spend the morning in the forest returning to the lodge in time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.

Optional activities

Chimpanzee habituation; At an additional fee, you can do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with our cousins. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning before heading to Queen Elizabeth National park

Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge, Chimpanzee forest cottages or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Have breakfast and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National park for two nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world.   Uganda’s second largest National Park, the 1,978 sq km has everything from open savannah to rain forest.   Queen Elizabeth has over 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination.  Have a game drive while entering the park and later go for another evening game drive  and overnight at your lodge.

Optional activity: Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
Another optional activity in Queen Elisabeth N.P. is to visit the Kyambura Gorge. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and velvet monkeys. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is only 50%, the landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and is absolutely worth it!
Cost: $50 US Dollar p.p.

Accommodation: Katara  lodge, Twinlakes Safari lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

In morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, before returning to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers.

Optional Activities:

  1. Katwe Salt Walk: This tour offers a unique insight into the fascinating process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe. During the tour you will see community members at work, cross the mud walkways and enter one of the traditional grass huts used to shelter and store tools. The nearby bird sanctuary lake offers a chance to see flamingos from October to May.
  2. Kikorongo African Art Workshop: Traditional crafts hold a special significance in Ugandan villages. Small baskets of groundnuts as a sign of friendship; a calabash on top of a house to ward off evil spirits or a traditional healer´s woven purse filled with natural remedies. Kikorongo Women Community invites you to learn their traditional skills during this fascinating workshop.

Accommodation: Katara  lodge, Twinlakes Safari lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today you proceed to Ishasha, home to the famed tree climbing lions.  The lions are located in the Southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and are best seen in early hours of the morning.  Have a game drive before stopping for lunch, and another game drive in the afternoon before dinner.

Accommodation: Enjojo lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today you will continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights. Home to over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! The ancient rainforest of Bwindi spans 321 sq km and   boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill, the Bar Tailed Trogon and many others.
Relax in the evening and get ready for the following day’s gorilla tracking.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

This morning you will set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary; these are wild animals after all.  If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon.

Optional Activities:

Batwa Trail: During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate hunting techniques; gather honey; point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how to make bamboo cups.
Guests are then invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King to be entertained by traditional music and dance.

Village Walk: Overlooking the imposing hillsides of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, with the mist swirling over the summits, this is one of the most dramatic settings for your cultural tour! Among others, meet a traditional healer, who not only treats the sick, but uses his knowledge to conserve and educate about the various medicinal plants.

Waterfall Walk:  Walk along the Congolese border and Bwindi to see the magnificent waterfalls and the incredible scenery.

Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) is the perfect place to stop for a break.  The serene lake is rumored to be the deepest in Africa, reaching depths of 900 meters.  The lake stretches around 25 km in length and 7 meteres wide, with 29 islands scattered throughout.  Although it can be very tempting to just sit by the water and soak up the sun, there are many different activities available, including a boat ride to the different islands, bird watching, and bike riding that you can do in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

The adventure continues as you spend one night at Lake Mburo National Park.
The 371 sq km park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different fauna compared to other Ugandan parks. It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek.  Arriving in the park for lunch you can rest before exploring the park on game drive for the rest of the afternoon.

Optional Activities:

  1. Horseback Riding Safaris:  What better way to explore the park than on horseback!  Horseback riding safaris are available for various times and are suitable for all levels of riders including the non-experienced.
  2. Boat Safari:  Take a cruise along Lake Mburo which is home to dense populations of hippos and crocodiles. 

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock lodge or similar.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

This morning you will have breakfast and then proceed to Entebbe having lunch enroute. You will stop at the Equator-where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously  arriving in Entebbe in the afternoon and later catch your evening flight back home.

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