Uganda Wildlife Holiday in 15 Days

Uganda Wildlife Holiday

15 Day Uganda Wildlife Holiday Safari


Overview

Discover Uganda’s amazing wildlife, including mountain gorillas and playful chimpanzee, visit a host of different parks and enjoy some exhilarating activities, too, from rafting to hiking and lake swimming on this truly memorable 15-day Uganda Wildlife Holiday trip

This 15-day Uganda wildlife holiday adventure combines Uganda’s extraordinary wildlife with some exhilarating activities, from white water rafting to bungee jumping. Enjoy a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, looking out for lions, buffalo and giraffe and take a boat safari on the Nile to the base of the falls, stopping just tens of meters from the ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ and spotting hippos and crocodiles along the way. In the Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drives and a boat cruise into Lake Edward bring you close to the exceptional wildlife, including lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, waterbuck, topi and hippos. In the southern Ishasha sector of the park there’s the chance to see the legendary tree climbing lions.

You will spend time tracking chimps in Kibale Forest National Park and hiking in search of shy mountain gorillas in Bwindi. At Lake Bunyonyi, enjoy safe and free swimming, dugout canoeing, sunbathing, hill climbing or mountain bike riding. The birdlife here is excellent and you can also enjoy a relaxing hour or two fishing for crayfish. At Lake Mburo National Park, see zebra, Cape buffalo and topi, and take a boat ride on the lake to view wonderful birdlife. The trip also includes a visit to the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to see rhinos who are being reintroduced to this area, and a visit to the local community chimp conservation site enroute to Bwindi forest.

There is a choice of lodges and hotels, which offer comfortable or luxury accommodation.

This package includes the following


  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • All nights’ accommodation in Uganda incl. full board
  • Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Whitewater Rafting in Jinja
  • Murchison Falls National Park – Morning safari and boat trip
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – Morning safari and boat trip
  • Kibale Chimpanzee tracking incl. permit (value USD 150)
  • Ishasha – Morning safari in search of the tree climbing lions
  • Gorilla tracking incl. license (worth USD 600)
  • Light aircraft safari transfer
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport & Hotel Transfers
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip

 

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe and Transfer to Hotel

You will meet your Uganda Wildlife Holiday driver/guide who will pick you up from Entebbe International Airport and transfer you to Kampala for your accommodation.

Accommodation at Sapphire Hotel (Standard), Cassia Lodge(Comfort), Serena Hotel Entebbe (Luxury) Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Kampala – Jinja Whitewater Rafting – Kampala

Early morning, after breakfast you will be transferred to Jinja for a white-water rafting experience which can either take a full day or half day depending on your choice. This is one of the most exciting rafting trips on earth which goes up to 31km and includes a fantastic barbeque lunch and complimentary drinks after the trip. In the Evening, you will be transferred back to Kampala.

Accommodation at Sapphire Hotel (Standard), Cassia Lodge(Comfort), Serena Hotel Entebbe (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Kampala – Ziwa Rhinos – Murchison Falls National Park

Today, your tour guide will begin your safari with a panoramic drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle. Stop over at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino Tracking and later have lunch in Masindi Town. In the afternoon continue to Murchison Falls National Park, and you will have a chance to stop by the ‘top of the falls’ where you can see the Nile’s beauty perfected! The Nile compresses from 50 metres to a 7-metre canyon – the devil’s cauldron, with a beautiful rainbow displayed near the water. Transfer to your accommodation where you will get to enjoy the sunset.

Uganda Wildlife Holiday Accommodation at Fort Murchison (Standard), Pakuba Safari Lodge(Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Morning Game Drive & Boat Safari in Murchison Falls

Early morning, your guide will take you for a game drive on the northern bank of the River Nile spotting the Elephants, Lions, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard.

Return back to your lodge for breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon, head for a boat cruise upstream on the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of metres from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. Have a chance to marvel at the hippos floating in water, crocodiles and you will see many animals over this 19 km stretch including elephant, waterbuck and Uganda Kob. You will also get to see many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, Brown pelican, Red-throated bee-eater, various kingfishers, Fish eagles, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. After the boat cruise, you will return to your accommodation.

Accommodation at Fort Murchison (Standard), Pakuba Safari Lodge(Comfort), Paraa Safari Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Murchison Falls – Kibale Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale passing by Hoima town and Fort Portal with views of a lush green countryside, tea plantations, past traditional homesteads and farms. Fort-Portal town rests in the shadows of the fabled Mountains of the Moon.

Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Ndali Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale & Bigodi Swamp Walk

After an early morning Uganda Wildlife Holiday breakfast, your guide will lead you to Kibale Forest National Park to enjoy a guided primate walk in search of chimpanzees and 12 other primates including l’ Hoestes, Red colobus, blue, red-tailed monkeys, brown monkeys and gray – cheeked mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is informative and enjoyable. After lunch, you will visit the community and take a walk in Bigodi Swamp – which is a home of the great blue Turaco bird. Later return to your accommodation for dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Standard), Mountains of the Moon Hotel (Comfort), Ndali Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Explore Fort Portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, you will start the day with a cultural tour to the ‘Amabere ga nyina mwiru’ caves – a great historic site located 10km from Fort-portal town. You will be accompanied by an informed guide who knows more about this place and remember to carry along a Flashlight, hiking boots, long trousers etc. since you are going to enter the caves.

Once you’re done with this tour, you then hike the explosion crater lakes surrounding this area. Later return back to fort portal town for lunch and also visit the ‘Tooro Kingdom’ Palace. In the evening, drive to Uganda’s second largest park, Queen Elizabeth National Park while enjoying views of the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

Accommodation at Bush Lodge (Standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Game Drive & Boat Safari in Queen Elizabeth N. Park

After breakfast, you will go for an early morning game drive in this park. With the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop, this provides excellent opportunities to see lions, leopards, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda Kobs, Topi and bush buck. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s diverse eco- system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an incredible abundance of wildlife.

After lunch enjoy the unique 2 -3hour Uganda Wildlife Holiday boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.

The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 resident species.

Accommodation at Bush Lodge (Standard), Kasenyi Safari Camp (Comfort), Mweya Safari Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning after your breakfast, you will be transferred to the southern sector of the park – Ishasha, which has mammalian specialties including Giant Forest Hog and the legendary Tree-climbing Lions.

Accommodation at @ the River Camp (Standard), Ishasha Jungle Lodge (Comfort), Enjojo Lodge (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early morning breakfast, today we drive from Ishasha to Bwindi which is a 5 hours journey passing through the “Switzerland of Africa” area known as the Kigezi Highlands, with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi forest. We have a stop-over on our journey in Kabale town for lunch.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge(Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

This rain forest is spectacular. It offers a dramatic steeply forested landscape; its incredibly dense, crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access to tourists. Bwindi forest park is best known for the fascinating mountain gorillas. The time taken and the terrain varies according to the movements of the primates but normally between 2 to 6 hours. The thrill of observing the gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure. The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Comfort), Silverback Lodge (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Bwindi – Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast, your tour guide will transfer you from Bwindi to Lake bunyonyi which is also located in the Kigezi region. Here you will get to enjoy Bilharzia – free swimming, dug out canoeing, sunbathing, hill climbing or mountain bike riding and cray fishing.

Accommodation at the Bunyonyi Overland Camp (Standard), Acardia Cottages (Comfort), Birdnest@ bunyonyi resort (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enter the park through the Nshara Gate. Afternoon game drive along the Lakeshore track. With its own system of game trails and cleared walkways the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Find here herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and eland. Oribi and topi are easily approached. Along with a game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo. Birdwatchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonolek, Brown-faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, the extraordinary White-winged Warbler and Bare-Faced-Go- Away bird. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mburo and get quite close to pods of hippos.

Accommodation at the Rwakobo rock lodge (Standard), Mburo Safari Lodge (Comfort), Mihingo Lodge (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Walking Safari in Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, proceed for a safari walk under the escort of an armed ranger. It is possible to see Lake Mburo’s hyena in their cave if you are willing to get up early. The Kopjes are particularly interesting plus camouflage kilpspringers and topis. Due to cattle herding in the area it is amusing to see zebra grazing alongside the long horned Ankole cattle peaceably.

Return for lunch which should be taken leisurely enjoying the view of the lakes in this park.

Drive back to Kampala stopping at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where you will be able to watch ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations.

There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs. You arrive in Kampala in the early evening.

Accommodation at Sapphire Hotel (Standard), Cassia Lodge(Comfort), Serena Hotel Entebbe (Luxury) Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Tour Kampala City & Depart for Entebbe

After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Kampala. This is inclusive of an English-speaking guide. You will see places like the Uganda Museum, Craft Centre, Owino Market, Kibuli Mosque, Namirembe Cathedral, and other areas of cultural interest like the Buganda Kingdom Palace (Bulange).

Later you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for you flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

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Trip Highlights

Start/End: Entebbe – Uganda

Places Visited: Source of Nile Jinja, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth N.P, Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo & Bunyonyi

Major Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Game Drive, Boat Safari, Lion Safari, Chimps Tracking and Gorilla Trekking

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