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17 Days Uganda Safari

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17 Days Uganda Safari

Introduction

Uganda is known for its friendly people and incredible diversity of landscapes and activities. This 17 day journey will take you to the best safari destinations in Uganda that include: Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the endangered White Rhinos; Budongo Forest for primate walks; Murchison Falls National Park for game drives and boat cruise; Hoima town for a cultural walk; Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi wetland walk; Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drive, boat cruise, Chambura Chimp trekking and Katwe salt mines; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for Gorilla Trekking; Lake Bunyonyi for canoeing, hiking and relaxing and lake Mburo National Park for game drive.

All lodges are selected for their location and service standards.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Our company representative will pick you up on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your hotel. Just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe international airport. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit interesting places within Entebbe including: Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre; Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, botanical gardens and others. Journey time: 10 minutes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Via Via Entebbe. All activities today are at additional cost.

Day 2: Drive to Budongo Forest

Start your 17 day Uganda Safari tour by driving to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the endangered White Rhinos that are being restocked in the country. Take some time searching for the Rhinos in the wild and thereafter, drive to Budongo Forest, located in Murchison Falls National Park Conservation area. You will stay overnight at Budongo Eco-Lodge on Full Board. Journey time: Approximately 4-5 hours, lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Budongo Eco Lodge.

Day 3: Budongo Chimpanzee trekking - Visit the top of the Falls

After breakfast, you will walk to the forest headquarters for briefing about Chimpanzee trekking Dos and Don’ts. Thereafter, start your primate walk in the Budongo Forest guided by well-trained and experienced ranger guides. Your walk will expose you to other primates, birds and different plant species in the forest. Once you get into close proximity with the Chimps or one community/party of habituated chimpanzees, you will be allowed one hour of observations and photography before you return back to the Lodge. You may carry packed lunch or order for hot lunch which you can have when you return to the lodge. In the afternoon, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park for a brief game drive via the top of the falls to see how the Nile waters squeeze through a narrow gorge only later to explode into what has been refereed to as one of the strongest and most powerful waterfalls on planet Earth. There after you will proceed to Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge for overnight. Drive time: Approximately 2 hours, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner at Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 4: Morning game drives - Afternoon boat cruise on the Nile

You will need to wake up early to be transferred by ferry to the northern banks of the River Nile commonly known as Paraa for your early morning Game drive. The northern bank of the park provides a great opportunity to spot several antelopes, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, and if you are lucky, you will spot some big cats such as leopards and lions. Return to the lodge for lunch and then go for a boat cruise to the bottom of the fall. On your way from the jetty point to the bottom of the falls, you will spot several herds of buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos etc. as they flock the River Nile to drink water as well as some water bird species. You will continue upstream to the base of the fall to observe how the water squeezes in a narrow gorge to only later explode in what has been referred to as the strongest and most powerful water falls on the planet earth. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 5: Morning game drive - Afternoon delta cruise

After an early breakfast you will return to the northern bank of the River Nile for yet another game drive in search of some of the wild animals that you could have missed seeing during your previous game drives. Return to the lodge for lunch and thereafter go for a late afternoon boat cruise to the Albert delta. Depending on how lucky you are, there are chances that you may find elephants, buffaloes and hippos crossing the delta while crocodiles are also taking opportunity of this crossing to catch the vulnerable animals. There are also high chances that you will spot the rare Shoebill stock. Return back to the lodge for overnight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Hoima Town for a cultural walk

After breakfast, you will drive to Hoima town, a distance of about 3 hour’s drive from Murchison Falls National Park. Depending on the nature of the road, you may pass via Lake Albert for a scenic drive to the escarpments and then to Hoima town. After Check-in your hotel, you may go for a cultural walk or just enjoy the cultural performances at the lodge and learn more about the cultures of the local people in this area. Drive time: 3 hours; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Kontik Hotel or Hoima Cultural Lodge.

Day 7: To Kibale Forest National Park.

You will drive to Kibale Forest National Park via Fort Portal town. You will have a stop in Fort portal town for Lunch before proceeding to check-in at Rwenzori View Guest House. No major activity on this day but if time allows, you may drive around Fort Portal town for sightseeing. Drive time: Approximately 4 hours; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Rwenzori View Guest House.

Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking - Bigodi Wetland Walk

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park headquarters located at Kanyanchu. Here, you will join other trekkers for briefing before you proceed into the forest for chimpanzee trekking. You will be led by a well-trained and experienced ranger/guide who will take you for a guided primate walk inside Kibale Forest National Park. This forest provides an opportunity to visit one of the habituated communities of chimpanzees. You are allowed to spend an hour with these Great Apes while observing their behaviour. You are allowed to take photographs. So make sure your cameras are nearby. Kibale National Park is also home to other 13 primate species which can also be spotted while trekking the Chimpanzees. Of course there are also numerous species of forest birds. In fact, this is another haven for bird lovers. After lunch, you will drive to Bigodi Village for a wetland walk. This walk is designed and managed by the local community surrounding the park. All the fees you pay for this walk directly goes to benefit the local community living around Kibale Forest National Park. As Encounter Africa Safaris, we encourage our clients to take part in this walk as the money raised from it helps the communities to sustainably manage and utilize this wetland. Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House or Isunga Lodge.

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, your will drive 3-4 hours from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have an opportunity of passing through small towns, seeing several foothills of Mountain Rwenzori, small rivers that originate from Rwennzori mountain ranges as well as crossing the Equator at Kikorongo. You will check-in at Bush Lodge, relax as you prepare for a late afternoon game drive in Mweya. This section of Queen Elizabeth National Park is endowed with Antelopes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants and many other wild animals including lions and leopards. Please note that a chance to sight lion and leopard can not guaranteed. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge.

Day 10: Morning Game drive – Afternoon Boat Cruise.

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive back to Kasenyi plains for a game viewing. It’s this time of the morning that the big cats are usually out to hunt for their prey. There will be high chances of spotting lions and or leopards on a hunt or feasting on their kill. However, we cannot guarantee it. Of course, there is a guarantee that you will see buffaloes, hippos, and several species of antelopes, and many more. You may return to the lodge for lunch or drive directly to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. This two hour boat cruise is one of the highlights in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides you an opportunity to view over 300 out of the 600 water bird species recorded here, antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and hippos. Return to the lodge for overnight.Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge.

Day 11: Chambura Chimp trekking and Katwe salt mines

After breakfast, you will be driven to Kyambura to join other trekkers for briefing and their after start you chimpanzee walk in the gorge. Your experienced ranger guide will help you identify several flora and fauna species resident in this gorge. Once you find a community of chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them for photography. Return from the trek for lunch and short relaxation at the lodge before moving out for a visit to Lake Katwe salt mines. Lake Katwe is an explosive crater which is gifted with salt. The local community have been mining/extracting salt from this lake for decades. You will meet a local guide (from the community) who will take you for a tour around the salt mines while explaining how salt extraction is done, the challenges faced as well as the opportunities available. Lake Katwe salt extraction project is one of the living examples of man and biosphere reserves or conservation areas in the whole world where man is harmoniously co-existing with wildlife. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge.

Day 12: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, located in southwestern Uganda and shared between three districts of Kabale, Kanungu and Kisoro. Your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will take you through the rolling hills with terraced gardens of Irish potatoes and sometimes tea. You will arrive late afternoon for overnight at the Lodge. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas and the only National Park where wild chimpanzees co-exist with mountain gorillas. Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge.

Day 13: Gorilla tracking and Village walk

After breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters to join other trekkers to be allocated a Gorilla family that you will trek. Of course the park staff will first give you a full briefing concerning the Dos and Don’ts while with the gorillas. After that, you will be driven to the starting point of your allocated gorilla family to start your trek into the beautiful Impenetrable Bwindi Forest. This trek may take between 30 minutes to three quarters of the day, depending on where the Mountain Gorillas will be found. Please noted that gorilla trekking can be strenuous and as such a certain level of fitness is required. Once you find the gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour to observe them and take photographs. Although this time may seem too short a time, the experience you get will be worth it. Thereafter, you will return to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate in recognition of your effort in contributing to the conservation of these endangered mountain gorillas. Return to the lodge for relaxation followed by a village walk in the evening to learn more about the local people living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This walk will enable you appreciate the effort of these people in conserving the forest and the gorillas. You can choose to support them through donation in kind. Please note that this is a voluntary act. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge.

Day 14: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the three Lava damned Lakes in Uganda. The Lake was formed when lava flowing from one of the volcanoes blocked a river channel and water was forced to flow back hence filling the space to create the Lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi locally means small birds. So the Lake got its name because of the abundance of small birds in this area in filled the area. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest in East Africa. The beauty of this Lake Bunyonyi will surely not disappoint you. It is one of the best places in Uganda to relax after your gorilla trek. Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Birdnest Resort.

Day 15: Canoeing or Hiking

After breakfast, you are free to admire the beauty of the lake and its surrounding hills. You will have a choice of either taking a canoe ride on the lake to explore the different Islands with exciting histories behind them. For example, you will visit the Punishment Island. The story about this Island, it is the place where girls who were known to have conceived babies out of legitimate traditional marriage would be dumped and left to die. This is a whole day activity and you will surely enjoy it. Alternatively, you can hike one of the hills around the Lake Bunyonyi. Encounter Africa Safaris supports some projects around this area, which is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). So, for those who want to do something in the community while on their tour, this is another opportunity for you to go for volunteer work. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and stay at Bridnest Resort.

Day 16: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park via the Great Lakes Museum or Igongo Cultural center to learn more about the cultures of the ethnic groups in western Uganda. Lunch will be served en route. You will arrive at Lake Mburo National Park just in time for an evening game drive. Lake Mburo National Park is popular for animals such as Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras and so much more. Return to the Lodge for overnight. Drive time: Approximately 6 hours, Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Rwakobo Rock.

Day 17: Drive to Kampala/ Entebbe Airport

Like all great journeys, the 17 days safari has come to an end. Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda. Depending on your flight time, you can have a morning walking Safari or just embark on your journey to Entebbe International Airport. You will have a stop at the Equator crossing in Kayabwe for photography and stretching. Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours; Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

Cost Per Person Sharing
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Rate 2024/ 2025

› 1 Person - USD 900 Per Person

› 2 Person - USD 460 Per Person

› 3 Person - USD 450 Per Person

› 4 Person - USD 440 Per Person

› 5 Person - USD 430 Per Person

› 6 Person - USD 400 Per Person

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Package Included

› All Airport Transfers

› 16 night accommodation

› English speaking friendly guide

› Drinking water while in the vehicle

› Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle

› Fuel for the whole trip

› All meals as listed

› Park fees

› Activities as listed

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Package Excluded

› 1 Gorilla Permit Per Person (USD 700)

› 1 Chimps Permit Per Person (USD 200)

› Pre and post tour accommodation

› Travel Insurance (recommended)

› Visa fees

› Personal expenses (Tips, Drinks, etc)

› Face Masks (Recommended)

› International flights

› Cost of additional activities

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