18 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE
The Uganda’s wildlife is composed of its flora and fauna. Uganda has a wide variety of different habitats, including mountains, hills, tropical rain-forest, woodland, freshwater lakes, swamps and savanna with scattered clumps of trees. The country has a bio-diverse flora and fauna reflecting this range of habitats and is known for its primates, including gorillas and chimpanzees. There are ten national parks and thirteen wildlife reserves; some 345 species of mammal and 1020 species of bird have been recorded in the country.
- Gorilla trekking
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Cultural encounters
- Boat cruise
- Game drive
- Bird watching
- Nature walks
Day 1: Arrival at the Airport.
Upon the arrival at Entebbe airport, you will meet the safari guide form Prime Tours and Adventures who will brief you about the 18 days Uganda wildlife safari. Then transfer you to hotel in Kampala for dinner and overnight stay Rochester hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Kidepo valley.
After your morning breakfast, embark on the 10 hours journey to Kidepo National Park which is approximately 571km via Kampala – Karuma – Gulu – Kitgum – Kidepo. You will sight troops of baboons by the road. The spectacular view of the Karuma falls presents a beautiful scenery worth taking photos. Proceed with a lunch stopover along the way. Dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest Camp.
Day 3: Cultural encounters and Nature walks
Have your early morning breakfast, visit the craft shops at Apoka tourism center, you could relax as you read some books and watch the beautiful sunrise over the rolling grassland plain enclosed by distant mountains-the Narus valley. The Narus dam and waterhole nearby is a perfect observation point for game especially in dry seasons. Drive to Mount Morungule and have a cultural tour of the IK people who live on the mountain slopes-this is the smallest ethnic group in Uganda with a unique culture. You will have lunch back at the lodge.
After lunch, start the guided walks through the Narus Valley extending over a 5km radius from Apoka Tourism Centre. You can also wander along the splendid Kidepo River Valley between banks of attractive borassus palm forest and Namamkweny Valley. Dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest Camp.
Day 4: Game drive and Bird watching
After your morning breakfast, game drive through the rugged savannah dominated by mount Morungole and transacted by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Expect to see various wildlife dotted in the plains that include buffalos, warthogs, waterbucks, hartebeest, ostriches, lions, giraffes, zebras, elephants. Lunch back at the lodge.
After lunch, proceed to Namamukweny valley located north-west of the park to see various birds that include Eastern Paradise Whydah, Common Bulbul, Abyssinian Roller, Green Wood Hoopoe, White-crested turaco among others. Dinner and overnight stay Apoka Rest camp.
Day 5: Drive to Murchison falls National Park
After your early morning breakfast, you will transfer to Murchison falls national park with lunch en-route. Upon reaching the park, check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Day 6: Game drive and Boat cruise
Take your morning breakfast, you will head out for an early morning game drive to spot some animals such as giraffes, lions, buffaloes, antelopes, and hyenas. Lunch will be at the lodge.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a 2 hours boat cruise upstream to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, to offer you a closer view of the mighty waterfall on River Nile. Expect to see schools of hippos and Nile crocodiles as well as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks at the shores. The river bank has a variety bird species including the rare shoebill stork. Then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo
After your morning breakfast, you will drive to Budongo forest to track chimpanzees, you will have packed lunch. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National park
Have your early morning breakfast, transfer to Lyantonde in western Uganda where Lake Mburo National Park is found with a lunch stopover en-route. Stopover at the equator to take photos and you could buy handcrafts you may need while on tour. Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park located about 30km east of Mbarara town. Upon the arrival at the park, check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Eagle’s Nest camp
Day 9: Game drive and Boat cruise
After your morning breakfast, go for the morning game drive where you expect to see zebras, hippos, impala, African buffalo, warthog, common eland to name but a few. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon, head to Lake Mburo for a boat cruise where there is also a great opportunity to see numerous species of birds, and its coupled with stunning scenery and panoramic landscape views that also keep the journey on the lake impressed and good and making those that fear the water be brave and not focusing on the journey but taken up the nature of the natural lakes and the cool winds blowing to them. Dinner overnight stay Eagle’s Nest camp.
Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park
Have your morning breakfast, after drive to Queen Elizabeth national park. Arrive in time for lunch, check in your lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a relaxing boat ride on Kazinga channel. Expect to see hippos, buffaloes as well as different bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Simba Safari Camp
Day 11: Game drive and Crater lakes
After your morning breakfast, you will drive to Ishasha sector for a morning game drive, therefore expect to see the famous tree climbing lions in the acacia trees, elephants, lions, leopards among others.You will have lunch at the lodge.
After lunch, proceed to the crater lakes of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will be stunned by the astonishing view of these small yet spectacular lakes. Dinner and overnight stay Simba Safari Camp
Day 12: Transfer to Semliki National Park
Have your morning breakfast, check out and then transfer to Semliki National park in Bundibugyo, upon reaching the park, check in, go for a walk to visit the sempaya hot springs, there is the male hot spring Bitende is about 12 meters in diameter, the female hot springs is called Nyasimbi and is a boiling geyser which spurts out bubbling water and steam about 2 meters into the air. You will return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, go for cultural encounters, the Bambuti pygmies live on both side of the Semliki river and are closely related to the Basu pygmies of the Democratic Republic of Congo rather than to Batwa pygmies around Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla park. Retire in the evening at the lodge for dinner and overnight stay Kirimia Guesthouse.
Day 13: Game drive and Bird watching
Take your morning breakfast, go for a game drive into the park, the expectations are high while having a great time when meet different animals including leopards, buffaloes, mona monkeys, bush babies, big cats, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, and lions among others. Also crocodiles and Hippos are seen along River Semuliki. You will have lunch back at your lodge.
After lunch, proceed to Mungilo waterfall for bird watching, there is number of beautiful birds such as the yellow throated cuckoo, chocolated-backed, red-rumped tinkerbird, African dwarf kingfisher among others and this is a great opportunity for a birder. Dinner and overnight stay Kirimia Guesthouse.
Day 14: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Have your morning breakfast, check out and then transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, upon the arrival, you will check in at the lodge. After, you will go for zip-lining, sturdy ropes are connected between trees in the opposite banks of the Lake. You get to swing over the calm waters of the lake and even make half somersaults to touch the waters and feel the breeze on your face. You will turn back at the lodge for lunch.
After your lunch, go for canoe riding at lake Bunyonyi, a canoe ride is a perfect option, giving you extra time on the lake, a chance to stop right in the middle for a little serenity and panoramic view. You can choose to be paddled or even do the paddling yourself as long as you have a guide with you. Dinner and overnight stay Arcadia Cottages.
Day 15: Nature walk and swimming
After your morning breakfast, go fro a nature walks around the islands of Lake Bunyonyi, for example Akampene known as the Punishment island the smallest island on the lake and yet one that is most memorable. Young girls who got pregnant before marriage were taken to this island and tied to the one tree that sits on the islands to atone for their transgressions. You will have lunch back at your lodge.
After your lunch, you will go for swimming, The Lake is filled with fresh waters and is Bilharzia free. There is no shore but safe structures have been put in place to allow easy deep dives into the open waters. Take time to chill on the banks of the lake, sunbathe and deep dive any time of the day. Dinner and overnight stay Arcadia Cottages.
Day 16: Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National park
Take your early morning breakfast, check out and then transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National park, upon reaching the park, check in the lodge and then go for Batwa cultural experience. For generations, Mgahinga’s dense forests were home to the indigenous Batwa: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine. Turn back at the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, relax a bit and then go for nature walk, The walk to the Congo border transcends different vegetation zones. Hikers can sight the calderas on top of the Gisozi hill, look out for Kisoro and Bunagana towns and be captivated by Lake Mutanda. Dinner and overnight stay Mgahinga Gorilla lodge.
Day 17: Gorilla trekking
Take your early morning breakfast, go into the forest with your packed lunch for Gorilla trekking. A day ‘trek through the forests of Mgahinga with a well-trained guide who explains the gorillas’ behaviours along the way is a lifetime experience. Normally, Gorilla trekking Safari starts from Ntebeko entrance gate at around 8:00am in the morning daily taking 2-4 hours. You are expected to budget for your time well while with a gorilla family since the maximum time allowed to spend with them is one hour. Dinner and overnight stay Mgahinga Gorilla lodge.
Day 18: Departure
Enjoy your morning breakfast, check out of the lodge, embark on the journey back to Kampala with a lunch stopover en-route, proceed to the city and you will be dropped at the location of your choice or at Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight.
END OF SAFARI
COSTING FOR 18 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE
|NO. OF PAX
- A 4×4 Safari vehicle
- Park entrance fees
- Gorilla permit
- Chimpanzee permit
- Tour activities as per the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Bottled drinking water
- Flight fares
- Insurance costs
- Personal expenses like telephone costs
- Laundry costs
- Extra food and drinks
- Extra activities not in the itinerary