Welcome to Uganda! On this 15 days luxury Uganda safari, you will have a chance to tour most of Uganda’s best attractions as you visit major seven national parks offering the best of wildlife, visit communities in the nearby national parks and scenic viewing. Also, visit the Uganda wildlife education centre to see most of the wildlife in captivity and the Uganda reptile village all in Entebbe.
This safari will take you the source of river Nile where the world’s longest river starts its journey to the Mediterranean Sea, explore the wildlife of the country through gorilla, rhino and chimpanzee trekking, game drives and boat cruises and this will give you a chance to spot the big five animals and the big cats.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Lake Mburo national park and a stopover at the equator
Welcome to Uganda, you will meet the driver guide at the airport and quickly takes you through the history and weather of Uganda. And you will immediately start the safari by hitting the Kampala Masaka road to Lake Mburo national park. This is the smallest savannah national park in the country and it is located in Kiruhura district.
It is famous for its impalas and the Ankole long-horned cattle which are found grazing in the park and it’s the only national park near the capital city Kampala. You will have a stopover at the equator in Kayabwe where you will have a chance to stand in the north and south of the world.
The journey to this park rewards you with a great experience where you will be able to spot big farms, coffee and banana plantations among others. You will check in the accommodation facility on arrival.
Day 2: Full day Lake Mburo N/Park exploration
Encounter the beauty of this savannah national park after breakfast where you will take a morning game drive to be able to sot the early raiser like the jackals, spotted hyena, leopards among others. you will also encounter other wildlife like the giraffes, zebras, different monkeys like the Vervet monkeys among others.
In the afternoon, embark on a boat cruise as you spot water-loving birds and animals on lake Mburo like crocodiles, hippo among others. This day will be a rewarding encounter as you reach to the heart of this park. In the evening, return to the safari lodge for your dinner
Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi national park and a stopover at the Igongo cultural centre
Enjoy a leisure spiced tea as you spot the sunset, then head to the home of gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park in south-western Uganda, a journey covering a distance of 273km and it takes about 5-6hours depending on the speed ant the conditions of the road.
The Bwindi national park is located in far south-western Uganda at the border of Uganda and Rwanda. It’s famous for harbouring the biggest population of the remaining mountain gorillas over estimation number 400 individuals.
The journey will reward you with a spectacular view of Kigezi highland which is well terraced, tea plantation visits, Bakiga homesteads, cattle farms for Bahima among others. A stopover can be in Mbarara at Igongo cultural centre for Banyankole-Kigezi culture, with a massive museum and traditional dances. Later on, continue with the journey to the park and check in the safari lodge.
Day 4: Gorilla trekking and Batwa community tour
Drive to the park headquarters after your breakfast and be able to receive the guideline to follow while in the forest like not feeding animals, not making noise, not mimic among others. While here, you will be allocated in a group of 8 tourists to trek only one gorilla family.
Later on, the park ranger guide will escort you to penetrate the impenetrable forest as you search for this endangered mountain gorilla. You will have an hour in their presence after locating then but remember, trekking can take 2-4 hours and this involves walking long distances plus hiking. Therefore, it requires someone physically fit and strong. You will encounter other attractions like different monkeys, different unique bird species among others.
On return to the headquarters to meet the driver guide, you will be awarded a certificate of appreciation for trekking the refugee gorillas in Bwindi national park.
In the afternoon after lunch, you will take a walk to Batwa community where you will be able to study about their culture through story tales, visiting their caves, and also get entertained in their traditional dances. After you will head back to your lodge
Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth N/Park
After an early breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda to catch up with the tree-climbing animals in Ishasha sector which makes it famous and the most visited national park in Uganda.
The journey rewards you with several attractions such as the Kigezi terraced highlands, farmlands among others.
As you enter the park, you will be amazed and welcomed by abundant wild game such as the elephants, buffaloes, antelopes such as the Uganda kobs, warthogs among others.
Day 6: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
Embark on an early a game drive to catch up with early raiser wild gam such as the lions, hyenas, and leopards among others. Other animals that can be spotted are topis, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes such as the Uganda kobs, warthogs among others.
These are spotted in the savannah vegetation and the afternoon after lunch, embark on the boat cruise at Kazinga channel a home for crocodiles and hippos. Also, you can find different water-loving birds such as raptors, pygmy kingfisher, grey-headed kingfisher, and little beekeeper among others.
Day 7: Morning game drive and transfer to Kibale national park
Proceed with a morning game drive after your breakfast as you head to Kibale national park. You will pass via the Kasenda-Ndali craters which will reward you with beautiful scenery. Kibale national park is a home of 13 primates and will-known for homing habituated chimpanzees.
It also boasts research in the whole of Africa due to its wide diversity like numerous tree species such as mahogany that have hard trees, unique bird species like the green breasted pitta, the great blue turacos, the grey parrots among others, big mammals like the elephants, buffalos among others. You will check in the accommodation facility and wait for your dinner.
Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking and Isunga community visit
An exciting day starts with a morning breakfast which will be followed by the drive to Kanyanchu tourist information centre where you will receive the guideline to trek our cousins-chimpanzees. These instructions among others include; not making noise, do not feed the animals and not using flashlights for cameras.
After the trekking which can take between 2-3 hours, return to the starting point and be rewarded with a certificate of appreciation? Then head to the lodge for your lunch and later visit Isunga cultural community where you will experience both Batooro and Bakiga culture.
You will also be able to take a community walk and explore the Isunga cold springs which will reward you with memories. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Visit Sempaya hot springs in Semuliki national park and Amabere Ga’ Nyinamwiru caves
Head to Semuliki national park in Bundibugyo district situated in Rwenzori region after your breakfast at the safari lodge. The park is well known for its hot springs that boils at 103 degrees and it comes out of the ground with a strong pungent smell of hydrogen sulphide.
You will be welcomed by the park ranger guide who will give you a brief history and rules and regulations about the park. The park is a hub for butterfly, bird species and tree species.
You will be rewarded with nature walks that will take you to the rewarding Sempaya hot springs which are both male and female. These boil at 100 degrees and will offer you a chance to cook your food maybe eggs or Matoke. This water is from underground from molten magma that is pushed upwards forming hot springs. You may spot monkeys and birds as you are taking a nature walk in this park.
In the afternoon after taking packed lunch, you will visit the Amabere caves on the same route in Nyakasura about 10km from Fort-portal town. The area is full of history about the Bachwezi which is related to the stalactites and stalagmites.
Visit the Saaka craters and hike the Mwegenywa hill to see the beauty of fort-portal tourism city and Rwenzori ranges. And in the evening, you will return to the lodge for your dinner.
Day 10: Transfer to Murchison falls national park
Travel to the world strongest waterfall after your breakfast north-western Uganda which is the largest national park in Uganda. Murchison falls national park is divided into two parts by River Nile where the northern sector is savannah vegetation and the southern part is in forested woodlands stretching up to Budongo forest.
It is a home of over 76 mammals such as the four of the big five, different antelopes such as Jackson’s hartebeests, Uganda kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks oribis among others, warthogs, zebras among others. Also, 451 bird species are recorded here and among others include African jacana, giant and malachite kingfisher, weaver birds among others. You will check in the accommodation facility
Day 11: Game drive and boat cruise, hike to top of the falls
Take a morning game drive as you view wildlife such as lions, giraffes, herds of buffalos, elephants, warthogs among other, tree species like whistling acacia, Borassus palm tree among others.
In the afternoon, take a launch trip on river Nile that will take you to the bottom of the falls. While on the cruise, enjoy water animals such as hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes on the banks.
Hike to top of the falls where you will spot Uhuru and Murchison falls joining together. On top of that, there is a point where the water enters the gorge and it makes the thunderous sound forming a rainbow. You will meet your driver who will again transfer you back to the lodge.
Day 12: Transfer to Kampala and a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Travel to Kampala the capital city of Uganda after your spiced cup of tea while viewing river Nile. You will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary where you will be able to trek the white rhinos, other attractions in this sanctuary are the Uganda kobs, oribis, hippos and different bird species.
This is the only place where you will trek the rhinos in the whole of Uganda. Later on, continue with the journey and check-in the hotel.
Day 13: Travel to Jinja, visit Sezibwa falls and boat cruise to the source of R. Nile
Travel to Jinja after your breakfast and in reaching Mukono district; visit the Sezibwa waterfalls where you will experience the beautiful scenery with a bit of culture and history diversity.
The falls are not just waterfalls to Baganda which is a dominant tribe in central Uganda but rather an integral part of their culture, history and traditional beliefs. You will have a chance of photographic moments at this place.
And after, proceed to the Jinja and then to visit the source of the Nile through in the boat cruise for a memorable experience. Then head to the hotel in Jinja for your accommodation.
Day 14: Travel back to Kampala and a short city excursion
Travel back to Kampala and have and have a short city excursion as you tour around the city visiting the national museum, the local craft market, the Kabaka’s palace among others. These will give you a full history and cultures of Uganda. Check in the accommodation hotel in the evening.
Day 15: Transfer to Entebbe; visit the Uganda reptile village and Uganda wildlife education centre and a drop off at the airport
Transfer to Entebbe after your breakfast and visit some of the attractions like the former zoo called the Uganda wildlife education enters and also the Uganda reptile village.
These will give you a summary of all wildlife in the country. Afterwards, you will be dropped at the airport which will be the end of 15 days Uganda luxury safari.