13 Days Uganda wildlife safari
Day 1: Flight and transfer
Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria
Day 2: Transfer to Jinja, Source of the Nile
After early breakfast, your guide will transfer you to Jinja the second largest town in Uganda and the colonial manufacturing hub. In Jinja, the Nile River begins its journey from Lake Victoria all the way up to the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3: Transfer to Sipi Falls
Today, you will be transferred to beautiful Sipi Falls that are on a plateau of 1800m above sea level. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls, some nearly 100m high, surrounded by village walking trails and lush green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge.
Day 4: Explore Sipi Falls
Today after breakfast, you can choose to go on a 3 hour or for the real adventurers a 7-hour hike through the region. A local guide takes you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture of the area.
Whichever option you choose, you can be certain that you will pass many picturesque waterfalls, plantations and caves.
Day 5: To Murchison Falls National Park
Today after early breakfast, you continue your journey Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda, covering an area of over 3,840 km². The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar. You will be staying at a great mid-range lodge
Day 6: Morning game drive- Afternoon boat safari-Top of falls
Today after breakfast, you will depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park. You will have a chance of viewing some of the Park’s residents including lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants.
In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap plunging 43 meters into the Nile on the way to Lake Albert.
Day 7: Transfer to Kibale National Park
Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi swamp walk
Today you will wake up early to go to the park head offices to be briefed about your chimp tracking experience Kibale Forest National park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to see them
Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, your guide will drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to a high concentration of Uganda’s mammals that include tree climbing and savanna lions, elephants, wart hogs, Uganda kob, water buck, cape buffalo, hippos, leopards, as well as more than 600 species of birds that include the African spoon bill, pied kingfishers, fish eagles, pelicans, vultures.
Day 10: Game drive & Kazinga channel boat safari
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and donuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Waterbuck, Leopard, Uganda Kob, and many Warthogs. In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!)
Day 11: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road.
Day 12: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today after early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking. You will encounter one of Bwindi’s endangered mountain gorillas. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 13: Back to Entebbe and flight back to Switzerland
After breakfast at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport). As you pass through the equator, there will be a stop for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
- International flight from Switzerland
- Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof
- All fuel for the tour;
- English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;
- Accommodation as listed in the program based on double room
- All meals - Except dinner Day 1 and 13
- Packed lunch for the gorilla tracking
- Park-entrance fees according to the program;
- All activities described in the itinerary;
- 1 chimpanzee permit per person (a US$ 150 value);
- 1 gorilla permit per person (a US$ 600 value).
- All Airport transfers are included.