14 Days Uganda Luxury Safari Holiday

14 Days Luxury Uganda Safari Holiday

Safari overview

This 14 days comprehensive Safari in Uganda features an extended encounter allowing you to explore a range of Uganda safari sites in detail. The tour commences and ends in Entebbe integrating adventure, culture, wildlife, primates like gorillas and chimpanzees and recreation. The destinations featured include; Jinja which is the source of the world’s longest River and a haven for white water rafting, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking, Murchison Falls National Park for sightseeing Murchison Falls, wild game viewing including; Rothschild giraffes, elephants, Buffaloes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, the Nile Launch Cruise or sights of Nile crocodiles, Hippos and Shoebill stork, Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking, Mpanga tea estates for cycling, Rwenzori Mountains and Virunga Volcanoes for adventure mountain climbing, Semliki National Park for the Sempaya hot spring tour, Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lions and the Kazinga Channel, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for tracking the impressive mountain gorillas, the Lake Bunyonyi for recreational encounter, Lake Mburo National Park for magical savannah game including the Impala antelope, eland, Rothschild giraffe, Topis, Burchell’s Zebra among others  and the cultural tours to the Banyankole community, Batwa of Ntandi and Bakonzo of Rwenzori.

 

Safari Highlight

 

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the lodge

Day 2: Fly to Kidepo Valley national Park

Day 3: Drive to Murchison falls National Park. Make a stop en route at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is the only home of white Rhinos in Uganda for white Rhino tracking

Day 4: Undertake a game drive in the savannah landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park & an after launch cruise along the Nile River

Day 5: Visit the top of the Murchison Falls – the world’s powerful waterfall and drive to Hoima. Make a stop at Kibiro Salt Gardens en route

Day 6: Drive to Fort Portal Area, settle for lunch in Fort Portal town and do either cycling in Mpanga tea estates or visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves, hike the Fort Portal Crater lake and then transfer to Kibale National Park

Day 7: Do morning chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and do an afternoon eco-tour walk in the adjacent Bigodi wetland

Day 8: Drive to Semliki National Park. Visit the Sempaya hot springs, Batwa of Ntandi & drive to Kasese.

Day 9: Undertake a whole day adventure hiking to Rwenzori Mountains commonly known as the mountains of the moon.

Day 10: Do game drive in the morning in Queen Elizabeth National

Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Undertake a game drive in Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in search of tree climbing lions and other wild game

Day 12: Gorilla trekking in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable.

Day 13: Undertake an adventure climb to any of the three Volcanoes of Gahinga,(3,474m), Muhabura(4,127m) and Sabyinyo(3,669m) or undertake the golden monkey tracking

Day 14: Undertake the Batwa Heritage Exploration and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating Kisoro – Kabale Road

Day 15: Undertake a canoe paddle / boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi & visit the Island communities and school

Day 1: Arrival with possibility of Kampala city tour

Welcome to Uganda, “Tusanyuse okukulaba” meaning we are happy to see you. Depending on your arrival time, our company representative will meet and pick you up. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay, Depending on the time of arrival, you will encounter Kampala city in a short tour that takes you to explore the 7 hills of Kampala, enjoy the Kampala famous Rolex and boda boda tour before returning to your safari lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Fairway hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Kidepo National Park (Fly to)

Today start your adventure to Uganda’s wild places, have your breakfast at leisure and join your guide/driver for a transfer to the Airport where you will pick a flight to Kidepo National Park.

Flying to kidepo is much advised compared to driving there since it is quite a long distance for many to sit. Also, the road is not so great.

Upon arrival, you engage in a cultural encounter with the Karamojong, embark on a traditional dance and return to your lodge for relaxation as you wait for next day adventures.
Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge, Apoka Rest Camp

Day 3: Game viewing drive & hot Springs

Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated park, far in the Northern region. The park is a home to a number of wildlife including the big five, and it won the award of best wildlife destination in east Africa. A game viewing drive is one of the most important activities in the park, offering opportunities to view the lions resting on rock out crops, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, cheetah, lesser Kudu, African wild dogs, the beautiful ostrich and many more interesting birds.

Return to your lodge for lunch, if you had packed lunch, your guide knows where best to have a warm meal in the park. After lunch take a simple drive to the beautiful Kanangarok hot springs.  After the adventurous activities, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

The drive from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National park is approximately 7-8hrs, this means you need to have an early breakfast and have enough time on the road. Your drive will take you through part of the Karamoja region and Gulu town as well. Be sure of some stops to take photos, pees, stretch your legs along the way.

Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Day 5: Morning boat cruise Evening game drive

This morning in Murchison Falls National parks starts differently compared to Kidepo days. This time, you are having a morning boat cruise along the Nile. The boat cruise is approximately 2hrs, just floating on the waters, watching various animals on the water banks including the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, birds such as the sun birds, African fish eagle and most interesting the water falls. If you are fit enough, you can opt for a hike to the top of the falls and if not, sail back to the river shores.

Proceed for lunch, if it’s a hot day, take a deep in the pool and wait on your guide for an evening game drive. Many of the animals are winding their day and some of the night hunters are getting ready to run out of their dens, catch a glimpse of the giraffes, elephants, kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks and so many more. This is enough for the day, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge/ Bakers Lodge

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Today is yet another day for a longer drive also. Driving from Murchison falls to kibale National park is approximately 9-10hrs on road. Most important of all, your guide will help you enjoy the trip, make stops to take photos, have some fresh fruits and snacks as well; it is such an interesting drive. Take a moment to see the mahoma falls, the crater lakes and a lot more.

Accommodation: Ndali lodge, Kyaninga Lodge

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking

Kibale forest is termed as the primate capital of the world with over 13 species of primates living in this forest. Today’s best highlight is the chimpanzee tracking; tracking takes approximately 3-4hrs with the help of the guide. Make sure you carry some drinking water and get your camera ready to capture these apes. Close to the chimps, you can view the colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, forest hogs and thousands of birds.

Return to the lodge for lunch or have a packed meal in the forest. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at either leisure or visiting the Bigodi wetland to capture a moment with the birds of kibale forest and mostly the elusive shoebill.

Accommodation: Ndali lodge, Kyaninga Lodge

Day 8: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

This is Uganda’s most famous park second to Murchison Falls. The drive from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National parks is approximately 5 -6 hours. Drive through the beautiful scenery of Uganda’s rain forests, swamps, homesteads, grazing farms and a lot more.

Accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 9: Morning Game drive and a Boat cruise

Queen Elizabeth national park features a number of tracks to view animals. Be sure to  finds elephants almost in every part of the park and be careful not to get into  their way, buffaloes also linger around as well as the kobs, antelopes, hyenas, lions, the leopard which proves to  be elusive, waterbucks, bushbucks, Jackson’s heart beasts , mangeese and so many more.  Afternoon boat cruise adds color to the fun of the day.

The cruise offers rides to the extreme ends of the Kazinga channel where there is much concentration of hippos and beautiful water birds

Accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi forest is one of East Africa’s biggest forests and labeled as impenetrable with thick undergrowth vegetation that supports life for various wildlife. The forest is also a home to various tree species which are not found elsewhere in the country.  The drive to Bwindi is approximately 5 hours; through the Ishasha sector well known for its tree climbing lions. Do not miss out on this spot for anything.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge, Volcanoes Safari Lodge

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking day

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is the best highlight for a Uganda safari. Bwindi is a home to over half of the world’s mountain gorillas with 12 gorilla families spread in different parts of the forest. After breakfast, follow your guide to the briefing center and get basic highlights of what you are going to do. The rangers will lead you on the trails in search of the gorillas.

You have an hour with the gorillas, watch them feed, associate and play. Each group takes only 8 people. Return to the lodge for refreshments, you can have a community visit for the rest of the evening. Have a luxurious dinner treat and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gorilla Safari Lodge, Volcanoes Safari Lodge

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today I departed Bwindi for Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale district. You do need to wake up so early after all the drive is just 4-5 hours. If you are an early riser, wakeup, take a morning walk around your lodge community, have breakfast and head off to Kabale. If you are spending your night at the islands, the island hotels boats will be waiting for you to cross over from the main shores to the island camps. You embark on an evening cultural encounter before heading to your lodge room for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Bird Nest lodge

Day 13: Canoe rides & birds watching

Lake Bunyonyi is a favorable spot to stop and relax after so many muscle straining activities in the previous days. Just wake up at leisure with a hearty breakfast ready for you. Join your guide for an interesting canoe ride, on Lake Bunyonyi passing via various islands that are dotted on this lake. This is the best chance to view the sunbirds, beautiful cranes, and the shoebill as well, blue turaco, handsome francolins and a lot more.

Accommodation: Bird Nest lodge

Day 14: Reserved for Departure

This day marks the end of the trip. After an early breakfast, get ready to drive back to Kampala. Have lunch stop in Mbarara town at Igongo cultural center. Another interesting stop is at Kayabwe the equator monument. Proceed to Kampala for the night with dinner or transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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