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

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 1: Arrival and possible city tour of Kampala

“Tusanyuse okukulaba,” or “We are delighted to see you,” means “We are delighted to see you.” Depending on your arrival time, a representative from our organization will meet and greet you. Depending on your arrival time, you can encounter Kampala city in a short tour that takes you to explore the 7 hills of Kampala, enjoy the Kampala popular Rolex and boda boda tour before returning to your safari lodge for relaxation and overnight.
Sheraton Hotel Kampala and Fairway Hotel are two options for lodging.

Move to Kidepo National Park on Day 2. (Fly to)

Begin your journey to Uganda’s wild places today with a leisurely breakfast before joining your guide/driver for a transfer to the airport, where you will board a flight to Kidepo National Park.

Flying to Kidepo is much more convenient than driving because it is a long way for many people to sit. In addition, the road is not in good condition.

Upon arrival, you partake in a cultural experience with the Karamojong, perform a traditional dance, and then return to your lodge to relax before embarking on your next day’s adventures.
Apoka Safari Lodge and Apoka Rest Camp provide lodging.

Day 3: Game drive and hot springs

Kidepo is Uganda’s most remote park, located in the country’s northernmost area. The park is home to a variety of species, including the big five, and it was named East Africa’s best wildlife destination. A game viewing drive is one of the most popular activities in the park, providing views of lions resting on rock out crops, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, cheetah, lesser Kudu, African wild dogs, the stunning ostrich, and many other fascinating birds.

Return to your lodge for lunch; if you brought your own, your guide would know where to find a warm meal in the park. After lunch, take a short drive to the lovely Kanangarok hot springs. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay after the adventurous events.

Apoka Safari Lodge provides lodging.

Move to Murchison Falls National Park on Day 4

The drive from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National Park takes about 7-8 hours, so you should eat breakfast early and leave plenty of time. Your journey will take you through parts of the Karamoja region as well as Gulu town. Along the way, make sure to take selfies, pee, and stretch your legs.

Accommodation is available at Paraa Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge.

Day 5: Morning boat ride, followed by an evening game drive

This morning in Murchison Falls National Park begins differently than it did on Kidepo. This time, you’re going on a morning boat ride down the Nile. The boat cruise lasts about 2 hours and consists of simply floating on the waters while watching different animals on the water’s edge such as elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, birds such as sunbirds and African fish eagles, and, most importantly, the water drop. If you are fit enough, you can hike to the top of the falls; otherwise, you can sail down to the river’s edge.

Proceed to lunch, and if it’s a hot day, cool off in the pool before meeting your guide for an evening game drive. Many of the animals are winding down for the day, and some of the night hunters are preparing to rush out of their dens and catch a glimpse of the giraffes, elephants, kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, and many more. This concludes your day; return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation is available at Paraa Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge.

Move to Kibale Forest National Park on Day 6

Today is also a good day for a longer drive. It takes about 9-10 hours to drive from Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park. Most importantly, your guide will assist you in enjoying the ride, making photo stops and providing fresh fruits and snacks; it is a fascinating drive. Take a look at the Mahoma Drop, the crater lakes, and other attractions.

Ndali Lodge and Kyaninga Lodge provide lodging.

Chimpanzee monitoring on Day 7

Kibale forest is known as the world’s primate capital, as it is home to over 13 different species of primates. The chimp tracking is today’s highlight; tracking takes about 3-4 hours with the aid of a guide. Make sure you have some drinking water with you and that you have your camera ready to catch these apes. Colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, woodland hogs, and thousands of birds can be seen next to the chimps.

Return to the lodge for lunch, or prepare a picnic lunch to eat in the park. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or visiting the Bigodi wetland to photograph the birds of kibale forest, especially the elusive shoebill.

Ndali Lodge and Kyaninga Lodge provide lodging.

Move to Queen Elizabeth National Park on Day 8

This is Uganda’s most well-known park, second only to Murchison Falls. It takes around 5-6 hours to travel from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Drive through Uganda’s stunning scenery, which includes rain forests, swamps, homesteads, grazing fields, and much more.

Mweya Safari Lodge and Buffalo Safari Lodge have lodging.

Day 9: Early morning game drive followed by a boat ride

The Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of animal viewing trails. Elephants can be seen almost anywhere in the park, so be careful not to get in their way. Buffaloes, antelopes, hyenas, tigers, the elusive leopard, waterbucks, bushbucks, Jackson’s heart beasts, mangeese, and many more can also be seen. A boat ride in the afternoon adds to the excitement of the day.

The cruise takes you to the far ends of the Kazinga river, where there are a lot of hippos and beautiful water birds.

Mweya Safari Lodge and Buffalo Safari Lodge have lodging.

Move to Bwindi Forest National Park on Day 10

Bwindi Forest is one of East Africa’s largest forests, and it is considered impenetrable due to its dense undergrowth vegetation, which provides a home for a variety of wildlife. The forest also supports a number of tree species that are not found elsewhere in the world. The drive to Bwindi takes about 5 hours and takes you through the Ishasha area, which is famous for its tree climbing lions. This location should not be overlooked for any reason.

Gorilla Safari Lodge and Volcanoes Safari Lodge provide lodging.

Day 11 is dedicated to tracking gorillas.

The best highlight of a Uganda safari is gorilla trekking. Bwindi is home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas, with 12 gorilla families distributed across the forest. After breakfast, follow your guide to the briefing center to get the lowdown on what you’ll be doing. The rangers will guide you on trails to look for gorillas.

You have an hour with the gorillas to observe them feeding, interacting, and playing. Each group has a maximum of eight people. Return to the lodge for refreshments, then spend the rest of the evening exploring the community. Enjoy a lavish dinner and overnight stay.

Gorilla Safari Lodge and Volcanoes Safari Lodge provide lodging.

Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi on Day 12

I left Bwindi today for Lake Bunyonyi in the Kabale district. You don’t need to get up too early after all, the drive is just around 4-5 hours. If you’re an early riser, get up, take a walk around your lodge neighborhood, eat breakfast, and then go to Kabale. If you plan to spend the night on the islands, the island hotel boats will be waiting to ferry you from the main shores to the island camps. You participate in an evening cultural experience before retiring to your lodge room for relaxation and overnight.

Bird Nest Lodge provides lodging.

Canoe drives and bird watching on Day 13

Lake Bunyonyi is a great place to unwind after a long day of strenuous activities. Simply wake up at your convenience, with a hearty breakfast waiting for you. Join your guide for an exciting canoe trip on Lake Bunyonyi, passing by numerous islands dotting the lake. This is the perfect time to see sunbirds, stunning cranes, and shoebills, as well as blue turacos, handsome francolins, and a variety of other birds.

Bird Nest Lodge provides lodging.

Day 14 is set aside for departure.

This is the last day of the journey. Prepare to drive back to Kampala after an early breakfast. Stop for lunch in Mbarara at the Igongo Cultural Center. Kayabwe, the equator statue, is another interesting stop. Proceed to Kampala for the night and dinner, or move to the airport for your next flight.

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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