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10 Days Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Tour

10 Days Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Tour

This 10-day Uganda safari exposes the finest that Uganda has to offer. You will tour popular safari spots like Murchison Falls for the visit to the top of the falls and big five encounters, Kibale Forest for the astounding chimpanzee tracking and birding, Queen Elizabeth Park for the tree-climbing lions tracking and big 4 game drive, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the ultimate gorilla trekking and Lake Mburo National Park.

Highlights

  • Arrival at the Airport
  • White rhino tracking
  • Visit to the top of the Falls
  • Launch cruise to the bottom of the Fall
  • Magical game drives
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Gorilla trekking in the Jungle Forest
  • Transfer back to Kampala

Trip Summary

Day Destination Hour Kilometers
1 Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park 4-5 234
2 Full day Murchison Exploration 8 340
3 Transfer to Kibale National Park 5-6 334
4 Chimpanzee tracking & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np 1-2 80
5 Full day Queen Elizabeth 6 392.2km
6 Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 2-3 140
7 Gorilla trekking and Lake Bunyonyi relaxation 4-5 120
8 Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 7-8 474
9 Boat excursion and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 3-4 214
10  Transfer back to Entebbe 4-5 314

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will be picked up from your Entebbe / Kampala accommodation and driven to Murchison Falls National Park. Along the journey, you’ll stop at the Ziwa Rhino Reserve, Uganda’s only spot to observe rhinos! Participate in rhino tracking and stop for lunch along the way.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

You will enter the park by the Kichumbanyobo gate, see the top of the falls, and then travel to the Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation
Hornbill Safari Lodge or Heritage Safari Lodge or similar (Budget)
Fort Murchison Safari Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (mid-range)
Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge (luxury)

Day 2: Murchison Falls game drive and launch cruise

Breakfast early in the morning, followed by a game drive to see numerous animal species such as elephants, giraffes, lions, and Uganda kobs, among others.

In the afternoon, you will have a launch cruise on the park’s biggest tourist feature, the distinctive Murchison Falls, as well as the River Nile, with its flowing hippo and serried ranges of crocodiles along the sandbanks, and enormous numbers of diverse species going down to drink and bathe.

Murchison Falls

Boat cruise to the base of the Murchison Falls

Accommodation
Hornbill Safari Lodge or Heritage Safari Lodge or similar (Budget)
Fort Murchison Safari Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge (mid-range)
Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge (luxury)

Day 3: Travel to Kibale National Park 

Transfer to Fort Portal Area after breakfast following five (5) an hour’s drive passing through the impressive countryside landscapes of Kagadi and Kyenjojo that are dotted with lush green, rural homesteads, and farmlands. Upon arriving in Fort Portal Area, you settle for lunch in one of the best restaurants in Fort Portal town after which you embark on cycling in the Mpanga tea estates. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch.

Fort Portal crater lake encounter

Alternatively, you can opt to visit the Amabere g’ Nyinamwiru Caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake field. Retreat from this encounter and embark on a transfer to Kibale National Park for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodations
Budget: Kibale forest camp/chimpundu lodge
Mid-range: Primate safari lodge/Isunga lodge
Luxury: Crater safari lodge/ Turaco Treetops lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, followed by a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Have an early breakfast, then attend the briefing before beginning monkey trekking. Kibale Forest National Park is one of Africa’s greatest safari places for chimp tracking. Kibale’s 795 km2 National Park has one of the most magnificent and diverse areas of tropical forest in Uganda.

Chimp tracking

This is home to a variety of forest fauna, most notably 13 ape species including chimps. After the trip, you will have lunch and then visit Bigodi Wetland, where you will see a variety of bird life and a pristine environment! Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park afterward. Check in the Lodge for dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba safari Lodge/Forest hog safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari Lodge/ Buffalo safari lodge
Luxury: Ishasha wilderness lodge/ Kyambura gorge

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive and launch cruise

You will travel on an early morning game drive in the Kasenyi area, where you may see elephants, Uganda kobs, and leopards, among other creatures. Return to the resort for a late breakfast before visiting the Katwe salt pans, where you will see locals salt mining. After lunch, travel on a launch cruise in the Kazinga canal to see diverse animals such as hippos and crocodiles. The boat will also educate you on numerous birds, most of which will be on the sandbanks.

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba safari Lodge/Forest hog safari lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba safari Lodge/ Buffalo safari lodge
Luxury: Ishasha wilderness lodge/ Kyambura gorge

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Following breakfast, you will depart for Bwindi through the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you may see tree-climbing lions. You will stop for lunch en route and arrive in Bwindi in the afternoon. Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge provides dinner and overnight accommodations.

Queen Elizabeth National park - 3 reasons to make it a destination 2019

Note: If you arrive at the lodge early, you can participate in a variety of extra activities such as visiting the Batwa people or going on a village stroll.

Accommodation
Budget: Rafiki safari Lodge/Bwindi Forest lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla valley lodge/Engagi lodge
Luxury: Rushaga gorilla lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Following an early breakfast, you’ll drive to the park headquarters for a briefing before going gorilla trekking. Depending on the gorillas’ actions, this might take 4-8 hours. You will return to the starting location for your gorilla trekking certificate before returning to the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, as described above.

silver back gorilla

Accommodation
Budget: Rafiki safari Lodge/Bwindi Forest lodge
Mid-range: Gorilla valley lodge/Engagi lodge
Luxury: Rushaga gorilla lodge/Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge

Day 8: Travel to Lake Bunyonyi – Kabale 

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, regarded as the “Switzerland of Africa!” The road itself is picturesque, with foggy distant vistas of the Virunga Mountains


After lunch, go to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat ride to Bushara Island, where you will have a restorative nature stroll on the woodland track with excellent bird-watching chances! Return to the loading site before continuing to lodge for supper and an overnight stay.

Accommodation
Budget: Eco-resort or similar
Mid-range/luxury: Rock resort or similar

Day 9: Boat excursion to Lake Mburo National Park and transfer

You will eat breakfast and then take a boat trip on the magnificent Lake Bunyonyi, which is made up of 36 islands, each with its narrative! You will visit some of the prominent islands, such as Punishment Island, Bushara Island, and Leper’s Island, among others, where you will observe a variety of birds and learn more about the locals.

Then, proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, stopping in Mbarara for lunch before arriving in Lake Mburo late afternoon/early evening. Rwakobo Rock for dinner and an overnight stay.

Lake Mburo National park zebras

Optional Activities include a guided nature walk, horseback riding, and biking.

Accommodation
Budget: Rwonyo rest camp or similar
Mid-range: Mpogo safari lodge/ Rwakobo rock lodge
Luxury: Kigambira safari lodge/Mburo safari lodge

Day 10: Game drive and return to Kampala

Take an early morning game drive in the park, which is home to herds of Impala as well as the more unusual Topi, Eland, and Klipspringer. We’ll make the most of the final day of your 10-day safari. Burchell’s zebra and buffalo graze among the recently arrived Giraffes.

Return to the lodge for late breakfast and lunch before driving back to Kampala and dropping you off at your lodge or Entebbe airport for your onward journey, bringing your 10 Days Best of Uganda Safari to a close.

End of safari! Thanks for choosing Friendly Gorillas Safaris.

Prices / included services.

Pricing for10 Days Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari Tour
Persons 1 Person 2-3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6 Persons and more
Budget $ 4350 $4120 $3980 $3740
Midrange $4980 $4690 $4360 $4120
Luxury $5640 $5300 $5110 $4980

Included in this safari:

  • 4 WD Vehicle – with a pop–up roof
  • A professional Driver guide.
  • Chimp tracking permit.
  • gorilla trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • All ground transportation and fuel
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • All activities/services as per itinerary
  • Drinking water in the vehicle

Exclusions of the safari:

  • Visas
  • International airfares
  • Activities/services not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks/wines, Laundry, and any other service of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance and other activities

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