14-Day Uganda Wildlife Safari (Private Tour)

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Experience Uganda at your own pace! Travel from North to West to South and see the diversity of Uganda’s flora and fauna. The savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls and the rain forest of Kibale and Bwindi. This tour through Uganda is the perfect combination of nature, culture & animals and you will overnight in the best mid-range accommodations in Uganda.

  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda

You will be picked up from the airport by a representative of your hotel. He will transfer you to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to explore Kampala. All activities today are at your own cost.

You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views on Lake Victoria. The hotel has cozy safari style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with lake-view and a comfortable bathroom.

Main Destination:

Kampala

Accommodation:

Cassia Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Kampala

Meals & Drinks:

  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

To Murchison falls NP

The journey today goes from Kampala – across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park. Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls.

Your accommodation for the coming two nights is at Murchison River Lodge. The lodge has been carefully and sensitively built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and Uganda’s stunning Murchison Falls National Park. There is a swimming pool overlooking the river.

You will say at a comfortable furnished safari tent. The furnished safari tent has been placed on leveled ground overlooking the River Nile. You can relax in the late afternoon and enjoy the swimming pool.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation:

Murchison River Lodge – Safari Tents

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 3

Game drive and boat safari to the falls

Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park. Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts. After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

Optional activities
* Ziwa Rhino sanctuary US$ 40 pp
* Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest US$ 85 pp
* Hot air balloon US$ 380 pp.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Murchison River Lodge – Safari Tents

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

Delta boat safari

The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork. As well you will see hundreds of hippo and maybe even bathing elephant and huge crocs!

In the afternoon you will go for another game drive on the park, or you can decide to relax a bit at the lodge.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Murchison River Lodge – Safari Tents

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Murchison Falls NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 5

To Kibale forest NP

Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest N.P. The drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.

After about seven hours’ driving, you stop for lunch in the cozy town Fort Portal (lunch is not inclusive). After lunch, you have time to walk around town, observe local life and/or visit the local market.

Then you drive one more hour to the lodge. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoy a lovely view of the forest and its wildlife.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park

Best Time to Visit December to February and June to July

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp

  • Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 6

Chimpanzee tracking & Swamp walk

Today you will experience some serious monkey business! 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 spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour with them.

Your swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!

Optional activity
At an additional fee of only $70 US Dollar p.p. you do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives.

Main Destination:

Kibale National Park

Accommodation:

Kibale Forest Camp

  • Mid-range tented camp bordering Kibale NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 7

To Queen Elizabeth NP

In the morning, you can relax at your lodge. You will then continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth N.P. is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for large numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.

In the late afternoon you will go for a game-drive into the park.

Marafiki Safari Lodge is located on a unique location and has been designed and handcrafted using local materials, fitted by artisans from the local community.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Marafiki Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 8

Game drive & Boat safari on the Kazinga channel

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 elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Ugandan kobs, and many warthogs.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine) as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffaloes, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a wide range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour. After the boat safari you drive back to the lodge through the park.

Optional Activities
* Hot air Balloon safari US$ 380 pp
* Chimp tracking Kyambura gorge US$ 50 pp
* Lion Predator tracking US$ 85 pp.

Main Destination:

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Accommodation:

Marafiki Safari Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 9

Tree climbing lions in Ishasha

After a relaxed breakfast you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the so called Ishasha area.

Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive!

Your accommodation for tonight is the Enjojo Lodge, which is surrounded with acacia forest, lush vegetation with palm trees and scattered grasslands. Find birds, monkeys, and other wildlife around your cottage!

Main Destination:

Ishasha Sector

Accommodation:

Enjojo Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Ishasha

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 10

To Lake Mutanda

Today you drive to Lake Mutanda in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will pass the country side and a bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive).

Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, Mutanda Lake Resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on planet earth. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks, the resort serves as a perfect base for gorilla trackers, volcano hikers, bird lovers, as well as for those looking for a secluded place in nature.

Main Destination:

Lake Mutanda

Accommodation:

Mutanda Lake Resort

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 11

Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest

Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as two hours to as many as seven hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. 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’.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Mutanda Lake Resort

  • Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 12

Relaxing at Lake Mutanda or Batwa trail

Today you can choose to unwind from your trip at this stunning location. You can as well opt for some wonderful optional activities from the lodge. The south Western part of Uganda is known as Little Switzerland a lush mountainous region dotted with freshwater lakes, which makes it the perfect base for a number of activities beyond gorilla tracking. The area is great for walking and hiking, mountain biking, cultural village tours, bird watching and water sport activities.

Optional activity
* Batwa trail in Mgahinga NP US$ 85 pp.

Main Destination:

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to January

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather Jun to Aug and Dec to Jan (Less rainfall)

Accommodation:

Mutanda Lake Resort

  • Mid-range lodge located outside Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 13

To Lake Mburo NP

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley N.P.) which is home to zebras, elands and impalas, as well as to an abundance of other wildlife – not to mention the lake itself, which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)!

Accommodation for tonight is Rwakobo Rock, a peaceful place with great views just outside the park. The comfortable and spacious cottages are dotted around the hill, all very private and offering great sunset views. At night the sounds of bush come to life and allow your imagination to run wild. There is a swimming pool too!

Optional activity
* night game drive US$ 40 pp.

Main Destination:

Lake Mburo National Park

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)

Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Accommodation:

Rwakobo Rock

  • Mid-range lodge bordering Lake Mburo NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 14

Departure

This morning you can choose between doing a mountain bike safari or a bush walk. Please inform us about your choice. Whatever you choose, it is included in the price!

Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

After brunch at the lodge, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

This is the end of a wonderful tour in Uganda!

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Included

  • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks

Important to Know

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

Rates Per Person

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 n/a* $4,190 $3,890 $3,490 $4,190 $4,190 Get Quote

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