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13 Days Best Of Safari Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

13 days Best Of Uganda safari vacation is a 13 days Uganda vacation tour that starts and ends in Entebbe/Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo National Parks plus Lake Bunyonyi.

On this exciting tour, you track wild white rhinos on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, experience classic big game viewing in Uganda’s biggest park, Murchison Falls National Park, and trek the jungle to see wild chimpanzees – our closest relatives – in Kibale National Park.

Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, known for its huge diversity of wildlife, tree-climbing lions, and amazing scenery of lush hills and plains that are dotted by sparkling crater lakes. Explore the savanna plains on game drives and cruise on the magical Kazinga Channel to see many animals and birds.

Next, conquer Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and come face to face with the giant mountain gorillas during the gorilla trekking adventure! And after, go relax on scenic Lake Bunyonyi before moving to Lake Mburo National Park for a beautiful game walk to see Zebras, Buffalos, Impalas, and more.

Book this tour to experience Uganda’s biggest wildlife adventures – at an affordable price!

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzees tracking on foot in Kibale Forest
  • Rhino tracking on foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Track tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Visit the top of Murchison Falls
  • Safari Game drives in Uganda savannah game parks
  • Boat cruises on the Nile River & Kazinga Channel
  • Game walk in Lake Mburo National Park
  • A whole day of relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi
  • Canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyi (optional)
  • Interactive community village tours
  • Photoshoots at the Uganda Equator

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation – FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1, 2 & 3: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4 & 5: Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Village

Day 6, 7, & 8: Ruboni Village & Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 9: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 10 & 11: Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park & Igongo Cultural Centre

Day 13: Uganda Equator line Kayabwe.

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls NP. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route.

Day 2: Morning game drive & afternoon boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls

Day 3: Private Nile Delta boat cruise with bush breakfast & an evening game drive

Day 4: Visit the top of Murchison Falls & transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 5: Morning Chimpanzee trekking & afternoon Bigodi community village walk

Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit Ruboni Village en route

Day 7: Morning game drive in Kasenyi & afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 8: Crater Lake and baboon cliff view drive in Queen Elizabeth NP & an evening coffee tour around Kyambura.

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. En-route game drive in Ishasha in search of tree-climbing lions.

Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Day 11: Whole Day Relaxation, Canoe Ride & Island Hopping On Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 12: Relaxed breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 13: Game walk in Lake Mburo NP. Transfer to Entebbe via Uganda Equator.

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer To Murchison Falls NP. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary En Route.

Your 13-day Uganda safari tour begins at 7:00 am with a pickup from your hotel in Entebbe/Kampala. You then embark on a 311km/6 hour drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest national park and a prime destination for wildlife safaris.

Along the way, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking rhinos on foot. Ziwa is home to the only wild Rhinos in Uganda. You go on 2 hours guided trek to find rhinos. After the rhino tracking adventure, enjoy lunch at Kabalega Dinner before continuing to Murchison Falls NP for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Rhino Tracking On Foot

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

Midrange: – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Budget: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approximately 311km/5-6 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Murchison Falls NP
  • Rhino tracking

Optional Activity: – Night game drive

Day 2: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Trip To The Bottom Of Murchison Falls.

Have breakfast at 6 am and then go for a 4-hour morning game drive in the beautiful savannah of Murchison Falls NP. Look out for a variety of animals such as elephants, buffalos, Giraffes, Leopards, Hyenas, Warthogs, antelopes, etc…

After the game drive, return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. At 2 pm, enjoy a relaxing 3-hour boat cruise on the Mighty Nile River to the bottom of the spectacular Murchison Falls. Cruise past vast pods of hippos, massive Nile crocodiles, elephants, buffalos, and numerous waterbirds.

You pose a little distance at the base of the falls where you’ll witness the world’s longest river, the Nile squeezes through an 8m rocky gap, forming the world’s most powerful waterfall. It is a truly remarkable experience! Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Boat Cruise To The Bottom Of Murchison Falls

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

Midrange: – Pakuba Safari Lodge/Murchison River Lodge

Budget: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon boat trip on the Nile

Optional Activities:-

  • Sporting fishing on the Nile
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Visit Mubako Community

Day 3: Private Nile Delta Boat Cruise With Bush Breakfast & An Evening Game Drive

Wake up at 7 am and go for a 5-hour boat cruise from Paraa to the delta area where the Nile enters Lake Albert. The delta is home to a wide variety of waterbird species, but the ultimate prize is sighting the iconic shoebill. Sightings of this rare bird, which resembles something from the dinosaur era, are great in this area.

You will also explore the area’s stunning scenery, numerous hippos, enormous crocodiles, and elephants.  Among the highlights of the trip will be a stop along the riverbank for a delicious bush breakfast made by your private chef. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the evening, go for another drive in the park.

Highlight Of The Day: – The Nile Delta Boat Safari

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

Mid-range: – Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Budget: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls

Optional Activities:-

  • Night game drive

Day 4: Visit The Top Of Murchison Falls & Transfer To Kibale Forest National Park.

After breakfast at 8 am, drive to the top of Murchison Falls to view the world’s strongest waterfalls from a different perspective. After witnessing the stunning falls, travel south to Kibale National Park.

You’ll drive via the Albertine Escarpment, traditional farms, and rural Ugandan villages. You have a lunch break in Fort Portal town after which you to Kibale National Park. The park is renowned for having the highest primate density and diversity of primates in Africa, as well as a variety of forest bird species.

Highlight Of The Day: – Visiting The Top Of Murchison Falls

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Primate Lodge Kibale/Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  366km or 6 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Kibale National Park

Optional Activity:- Night walk in Kibale Forest

Day 5: Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & Afternoon Bigodi Community Village Walk.

Day 11 of your 13 days Uganda safari tour, starts with a good breakfast at 6 am. Then transfer to Kibale National Park for your chimpanzee trekking adventure.

Meet the park guides by 7 am at the park office for a briefing, after which you set off into the forest to track a community of habituated chimps. You have a rare chance to see chimps in their natural habitat instead of in a zoo. Kibale has over 1500 wild chimpanzees and is the prime destination for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda as it offers about 97% chances to see them.

You’ll spend 1 hour with them and return to the lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon, go for the Bigodi village walk. Spend time with the friendly local people learning about their ways of life, making local banana beer, banana juice, waragi gin, plus much more. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Chimp Trekking In Kibale Forest

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Primate Lodge Kibale/Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

Budget: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Bigodi village community walk

Optional Activity: – Nature walk in Bigodi Wetland

Day 6: Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit Ruboni Village En Route

After breakfast at around 8 am, check out of the lodge, and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda’s premier conservation area. It will be a scenic 2-3 hour drive via Kasese. You even make a stop in Kasese for a village walk in Ruboni Community in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains to experience the way of life of the Bakonzo tribe. You meet the village blacksmith, the medicine man, the storyteller, women crafts makers, and farmers.

Proceed to Queen for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, enjoy a game drive in the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park’s beautiful lakes, rolling savannah, emerald forests, and fertile swamps make it a haven for over 95 species of mammals. The park is home to an incredible 611 species of birds and rare tree-climbing lions.

Highlight Of The Day: – Game Drive In Queen Elizabeth NP

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mweya Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Midrange: – Enganzi Game Lodge/Bush lodge/Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget: – Pumba Safari Cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Ruboni Village cultural tour
  • Evening game drive

Day 7: Morning Game Drive In Kasenyi & Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise.

Enjoy an early breakfast at 6 am and go for 4 hours morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains, the most beautiful section of Queen Elizabeth NP. Look out for Lions, Buffalos, Elephants, Hyenas, Hippos, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hog, Leopards, antelopes, etc…

Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, take a 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel which is home to some of the world’s densest concentrations of hippos and waterbirds.

Highlight Of The Day: – Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mazike Valley Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge,

Midrange: – Enganzi Game Lodge/Bush lodge/Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget: – Pumba Safari Cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Optional Activities:-

  • Lion tracking
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge/Kalinzu Forest

Day 8: Crater Lake & Baboon Cliff View Drive-In Queen Elizabeth NP. Evening Coffee Tour At Kyambura.

Have breakfast at 7 am and then embark on a 3 hours Crater Lake drive. Follow a scenic route around the rims of extinct volcanic explosion craters filled, variously, with lakes, forests, and grassland. Explore the salt mines of Lake Katwe where a local community has been manually extracting salt by hand for centuries. Continue on the drive to the baboon cliff to view a variety of animals.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the evening, go for a coffee tour around Kyambura to explore the transformation of the coffee bean into delicious Ugandan coffee. The process is all done by hand, by local community members. You can even sample or buy some coffee to take home as a souvenir.

Highlight Of The Day: – Visit Katwe Salt Lake Mines

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mazike Valley Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge,

Midrange: – Enganzi Game Lodge/Bush lodge/Kasenyi Safari Camp

Budget: – Pumba Safari Cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Kazinga Channel boat cruise

Day 9: Transfer To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. En-Route Game Drive In Ishasha In Search Of Tree-Climbing Lions.

Day 9 of this 13 days Uganda safari tour starts with an early breakfast at 7 am. Then check out of the lodge and depart for Bwindi. Drive through the southern Ishasha section of Queen to look out for the legendary Tree-climbing Lions before continuing to the great Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Bwindi National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site that is home to 459 gorillas of the world’s 1063 Mountain gorilla population, many Albertine rift endemic birds, monkeys, butterflies, and plants.

Highlight Of The Day: – Tracking Rare Tree-Climbing Lions 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Gorilla Forest Camp/ Haven Lodge Buhoma

Mid-range: – Gorilla Mist Camp/Agandi Lodge/Ichumbi Lodge

Budget: – Trekkers Tavern Cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 130-219km/4-7 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Tracking the tree-climbing Lions
  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 10: Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi & Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi For Relaxation.

After breakfast at 6.30 am, transfer to the Bwindi National Park headquarters. Meet the ranger guides at 7 am for allocation of the Gorilla families and pre-trekking briefing. After the briefing at 8 am, trek through the dense forest to see a family of rare and endangered Mountain gorillas.

The trek takes 2-8 hours. You spend 1 hour with the Gorillas, observing them from a safe distance of not less than 7m. This is a moment that you’ll never forget. After the Gorilla encounter, enjoy your packed lunch and return to the starting point for your gorilla trekking certificate. Then transfer to scenic Lake Bunyonyi, about 90 minutes away for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 52km/90 minutes

Activities & Services:-

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Optional activity: Gorilla Habituation Experience

Day 11: Whole Day Relaxation On Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 11 of your 13 days Uganda safari tour is dedicated to relaxation and recreation in the resort lake environment of Lake Bunyonyi – Africa’s second deepest lake.

The tranquil lake is dotted by 29 lush islands of various sizes and shapes and is ringed by terraced rolling highlands. You can take up a boat ride for sightseeing on the lake or take up a canoe paddle enjoying the tranquil waters as you view the myriad of Islands appearing in all directions. You can then take up an Island walk visiting the Batwa Pygmies one of the last groups of short people in the world.

Highlight Of The Day: – Canoe Ride On Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Relaxed Breakfast & Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park

After a relaxed breakfast at 9 am, embark on a 4-hour drive northeast to Lake Mburo National Park. Passing impressive Ugandan landscape, villages and agricultural plantations, you’ll make a stop at the Igongo Cultural Centre for a traditional lunch before continuing to the park.

Lake Mburo is the smallest of the savannah park, but despite the size, the park has impressive scenic beauty and a wide variety of wildlife. After checking into your lodge, drive through the park and watch the Impalas, Zebras, buffaloes, bushbucks, waterbucks, warthogs, eland, and other animals.

Highlight Of The Day: – Game Drive-In Lake Mburo NP

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mihingo Lodge

Midrange: – Rwakobo Rock/ Mpogo Safari Lodge

Budget: – Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 199km/4 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Lake Mburo
  • Evening game drive

Optional Activity: – Night Game Drive

Day 13: Morning Game Walk-In Lake Mburo NP. Transfer To Entebbe Via Uganda Equator.

After early morning breakfast at 6.30 am, go for 2 hours nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park to enjoy the lovely scenery and spot many animals up close. Thereafter depart for Entebbe to catch your flight back home.

Along the way, make a stop at Ugandan Equator crossing at Kayabwe to take photos and see how water turns in opposite directions on different sides of this imaginary line. It is also an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a memento of this incredible 13 days Uganda safari tour.

Highlight Of The Day: – Nature Walk In Lake Mburo Park

Meal Plan: – Breakfast

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx. 240km/3-4 Hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Game walk in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Drive back to Entebbe

 

Optional Activities:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Cycling tour in Lake Mburo NP
  • Horseback safari in Lake Mburo NP
  • Banyankole community tour

End Of The 13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van/4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)

13 Days Best Of Uganda Safari Vacation − 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)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)