16 DAYS UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARI GORILLA TREKKING, CHIMPANZEE TRACKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING TOUR & MOUNTAING CLIMBING

16 Days Uganda Wildlife SafariSAFARI OVERVIEW

16 days uganda wildlife safari

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This 16 days Uganda wildlife safari is a 15 nights/16 days wildlife safari in Uganda featuring gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park, game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park & mountain climbing/hiking in Mgahinga Gorilla and Rwenzori Mountains National Parks.

Packed with adventure and discovery, this fantastic 16 Days Uganda wildlife safari offers a 3 days hike to the Rwenzori Mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’, exploring the magical Muhoma trail. The snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains is Africa’s highest mountain range, towering to a maximum altitude of 5109 meters. We will also hike any of the three Virunga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park namely Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo which are part of the majestic chain of eight forest-swathed volcanoes.

This 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari also includes an adventure tour to Jinja−source of the Nile for superb white water rafting on Grade 5 rapids of the historic Nile River−the longest river in the world. The top highlights of this Uganda safari are the magnificent treks in search of the gentle giants of the forests, the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and an incredible close-encounter with the wild chimpanzees in Kibale National Park on foot. Kibale is home to over 1500 chimpanzees and at least a dozen of other primate species.

This active Uganda tour will also allow us to visit the legendary Amabere caves; cycle in the Mpanga tea estates; undertake game drives and boat safaris in the scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park best known for its legendary tree-climbing lions; undertake island hopping on the magical Lake Bunyonyi, an experiential cultural tour to the Banyankole Community and exciting game walking safari among the wild mammals of Lake Mburo National Park. This 16 Days Uganda game viewing safari tour commences and finishes in Kampala.

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16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari−PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  Three days hike on the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rwenzori Mountains

  Spend a magical hour with Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

  Track wild chimpanzees and other primates in Kibale Forest on foot

  Hike one of the stunning Virunga volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla Park

  White-water rafting on the Grade 5 rapids on the Nile, the world’s longest river

  Enjoy the stunning wild boat cruises of Kazinga channel

  Amazing game drive adventure in the wildlife filled in Queen Elizabeth National Park

  Search for the rare tree climbing lions of Ishasha

  Relax and enjoy the magnificent views and sounds of Lake Bunyonyi

  Cycling experience in Mpanga tea estates

  Experiential cultural tour to the Banyankole Community

16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari −FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATION

  Day 1: Transfer to the lodge, Kampala.

  Day 2: Jinja−Source of River Nile.

  Day 3: Lake Mburo National Park.

  Day 4: Lake Bunyonyi.

  Day 5 & 6: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

  Day 7 & 8: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

  Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park.

  Day 10: Kasese.

  Day 11, 12 & 13: Rwenzori Mountains.

  Day 14: Kibale National Park.

  Day 15: Kampala.

  Day 16: Departure.

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16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari −SAFARI HIGHLIGHT

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & transfer to the lodge.

Day 2: White water rafting along the Nile in Jinja & Boat cruise to the Source of River Nile.

Day 3: Travel to Lake Mburo Park, make an enroute stop at the Equator & do evening game walk upon arrival.

Day 4: Experiential cultural tour to the Banyankole Community and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 5: Do whole day Island hopping and transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Day 6: Volcano climbing to any of the three Volcanic Mountains.

Day 7: Batwa heritage trail exploration and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 8: Gorilla trekking & Bakiga/Batwa traditional performance at the lodge.

Day 9: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do game drive in Ishasha sector en route.

Day 10: Morning game drive, afternoon Kazinga channel boat cruise & transfer to Kasese.

Day 11, 12 & 13: 3 days adventure hike to the Rwenzori Mountains; Explore the Mahoma trail.

Day 14: Do morning Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland walk.

Day 15: Fort Portal Crater Lake field hike, Amabere Cave tour, Mpanga tea estate cycling & transfer to Kampala.

Day 16: Departure.

16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari −DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Arrive In Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) & Transfer To The Lodge.

Up on your arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by our company representative who will welcome you into the pearl of Africa. Entebbe Airport is positioned on in a majestic peninsular and surrounded by fresh waters of Lake Victoria−the world’s largest tropical fresh water lake. Here, you will have a short briefing about Uganda and the safari in particular after which you board the vehicle and connect to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Touch down in the Pearl of Africa at Entebbe international airport with the breathtaking waters of Lake Victoria.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Speke Resort Munyonyo/ Kampala Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange/Standard: – Cassia Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Biyem Hotel/Nexus Resorts Nansana

 

Meal Plan: – Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 40km or 1-1.5 hours

 

Activities & services of the day:-

  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to the lodge

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Kampala city tour
  • Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary visit
  • Visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center for a chimpanzee close up
  • Mabamba swamp birding excursion

 

Day 2 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Enjoy White Water Rafting In Jinja & Afternoon Boat Cruise To The Source Of River Nile.

You will wake up for breakfast at your hotel in Kampala at around 6.00 after which you will embark to on 80km (2-3 hours) drive to Jinja. Often referred to as East Africa’s main adventure tourism capital, Jinja is a large historical town of Uganda whose main claim to fame is the source of the Nile: the place where the longest river in the world exit the world’s largest tropical fresh water lake to begin an epic 6,650km journey to Mediterranean Sea via the deserts of Sudan and Egypt.

It was here, back in 1862, that the explorer John Speke recognised Ripon Falls to be the geographic Holy Grail that had lured the obsessed, and hopelessly misdirected, David Livingstone to feverish death near Lake Bangweulu in the present day Zambia less than a decade earlier. Jinja’s source of the Nile today is one of the most spectacular white water rafting destinations in the world with long, rollicking strings of Grade IV and V rapids.  At around 9.00 am, you will get onto the rafts to undertake a 3-4 hour challenging white water rafting adventure. You will raft in the company of expert guides who are at your rescue in case the waters push you off the raft.

The crowd cheers from the locals on the river bank enjoying the free sights of your struggle with waters makes you part of the community and loved more. This adventure goes for the half day after which you relax a little and then connect to the source of the Nile in the afternoon. The relaxing boat cruise to the source of the Nile will take you to the point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of this longest river on the planet stood. This rewarding adventure will offer you opportunities to spot counts of birds including the beautiful kingfishers.

Retreat from the activity and embark on the 80km (2-3 hours) drive back to Kampala for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Rafting on Grade 5 rapid of the Nile River, the longest river on Earth.

 

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Speke Resort Munyonyo/ Kampala Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Kampala Hotel

Midrange/Standard: – Cassia Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Biyem Hotel/ Nexus Resorts Nansana

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 160km or 4 – 6 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer from the hotel to the rafting point
  • White water rafting
  • Boat cruise to the source of the Nile
  • Transfer back to Kampala

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Quad biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking on the Nile
  • Fishing trips
  • Hiking Mabira forest
  • Visiting Sezibwa falls

 

Day 3 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park With An Enroute Stop At The Equator & Evening Game Walk Upon Arrival.

After breakfast at around 7.00 am we will embark on a 240km (about 3-4 hours) drive to Lake Mburo National Park. We will break our journey after driving only 77km from Kampala at the Equator for a photo session. Uganda is, in fact, one the 13 countries in the world where the Imaginary line that divides the earth into two halves (The Equator) passes. Having a foot on each side of the Earth is perhaps one of the best selfie opportunities you will ever get while on your 16 days wildlife safari in Uganda. It is indeed a great experience to be at different sides of the earth at the same time. Simple geographical experiments can be carried out here for the keen geographers to demonstrate the geographical separation of the Earth’s north and southern hemispheres.

After this exciting experience, we will continue on the drive to Lake Mburo National Park.  You will check in at the lodge and rest for lunch and simple relaxation. In the early evening, you embark on a thrilling game walking safari passing through the impressive savannah ecosystem with lots of Acacia where you will have an opportunity to see different fantastic grazers such as buffalos, Zebras, Impalas, Warthogs, Elands, Topis, Waterbucks, Klipspringers, and Rothschild’s giraffes plus a variety of acacia associated birds.

After your game walk, you will retire to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Walking among the wild mammals of Lake Mburo National Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mihingo Safari Lodge

Mid-range:- Rwakobo Rock/Arcadia Cottages Mburo/Mpogo Safari Lodge

Budget: – Eagles Nest Mburo

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 240km or 3-4 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to from Kampala to Lake Mburo
  • Photo session at Uganda Equator
  • Game walking safari

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise
  • Horseback safari
  • Biking safari experience

 

Day 4 Of 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Experiential Cultural Tour To The Banyankole Community And Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi.

After an early morning breakfast at around 6.00am, we will connect to the Enyemebwa center to catch up with the herds men getting up to do the milking and their daily routine. You arrive and get the milking equipment including the tying rope and the milking pot to actively participate in the traditional hand milking of the remarkable Ankole long horned cattle, the most imposing of Africa’s domestic creatures. From milking you will participate in sick animal treating, caring for cows like brushing their body using the locally made fiber brush (Enkuyo) and set out to graze in the wilderness. You will enjoy the stimulating sounds that are made by the herdsmen as they set out to the grazing field and be mesmerized by the cows know how to align themselves forming a line headed by those that have special character of leading others.

You retreat back and visit the traditional hut where you find the women churning milk in the churning gourd, from here the guide can take you to explore the crop bit of it exploring the extensive banana plantations where you learn about various banana types and their respective use, participate in pruning and weeding using local methods and then participate in initial arrangements for traditional lunch. You take a break from that and rush to the well with red soil that is used for smearing the soil made water trough, smear the trough and fill it with water and then wait for the cattle to come and water them accordingly. You can opt to have a bull slaughtered and grilled traditionally for you where you can also have it alongside the delicious local sauce that is made without fire called Eshabwe.

Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi. You can opt to have a well set traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center 12km to Mbarara town before proceeding in the drive to arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Having an authentic cultural experience and learn more about the way of life of the Ankole community.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/Moderate: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Budget/Basic: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 272 km or 5 -6 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Cultural encounter with the Banyankole people
  • Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Other optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Biking safari experience
  • Horseback safari
  • Birding

 

Day 5 Of The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Whole Day Island Hopping In Lake Bunyonyi And Transfer To Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

After breakfast at around 7.30am, we will embark on a 5-6 hours Lake Bunyonyi Island hopping experience in a boat. Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’) is a picturesque, irregularly-shaped lake and it is one of the most beautiful areas of Uganda. Dotted with 29 islands, Bunyonyi is surrounded by a ring of intensively cultivated terraced farms in every shade of green imaginable and these vibrant colours accentuate the glassy water like a lovely frame. It attracts a wide diversity of birdlife – over 200 species have been sighted and recorded.

We will visit the main Islands of this lake such as Bucuranuka (Upside down) Island which is believed to have buried a group of male revellers who refused to share their abundant stock of beer with an old lady who had embarked on a canoe to join them. Unfortunately for the drinking party, the woman was a sorceress. She returned to her canoe, paddled a safe distance away, and then used her magical powers to overturn the island-drowning everybody in the party-and then flip it back the right way up as if nothing had happened.

You also visit the Akampane (Punishment) Island where unmarried girls who became pregnant would be exiled to starve to death. Retire from the activity and drive along Kabale – Kisoro road with magical scenery and connect to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – A relaxing boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi, one of the most naturally beautiful crater lakes in Uganda.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mid-range:- Lake Chahafi Resort

Budget: – Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 60km or 2 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Island hopping
  • Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

 

Day 6 of the16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Volcano Climbing to any of the three Virunga volcanoes; Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo.

After breakfast at around 6.00am, we will gather at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park headquarters at Ntebeko for briefing from the park rangers at 07.00am. Small Mgahinga might be, but it is arguably the most scenic park in Uganda, offering panoramic views that stretch northward to Bwindi, and a southern skyline dominated by the steep volcanic cones of the Virungas, surely one of the memorable and stirring sights in East Africa.

After briefing, we will embark on the adventure Volcano climbing to the volcano of our choice. At this time, you would have chosen which mountain to climb between Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo. A reasonable level of fitness is required for these climbs while good boots, rain gear and warm clothes are recommended. The strenuous ascent to the 3,669m Sabyinyo Mountain takes around 8 hours to make a 14km round trip, a hike that culminates in three challenging ladder climbs up challenging rock faces, before summing at the three-way border with Rwanda and the DRC.

A hike to the park’s highest point, the 4,127m Muhabura peak takes about 6 hours to make a 12km round trip involving a steep climb to the top and the peak offers distant views of Bwindi forest, the Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day, the entire Virunga Mountain chain and the three countries of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mount Gahinga towering up to 3,474m takes about 6 hours and offers a good to spot the beautiful golden monkeys if lucky in the Bamboo forest on the mountain slopes.  Retreat from the day adventure and connect to the lodge for evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Hiking one of the magnificent Virunga volcanoes in the magical Mgahinga gorilla National Park.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mid-range:- Lake Chahafi Resort

Budget: – Traveler’s Rest Kisoro

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Volcano Climbing
  • Transfer to the park headquarters

 

Other optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Moutain gorilla trekking
  • Birding

 

Day 7 Of The The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Batwa Heritage Trail Exploration And Transfer To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

After an early morning breakfast at around 7.00 am, we will transfer to Ntebeko visitor center for the Batwa heritage trail exploration. Mgahinga Mountain forest was one of the ancient habitats for the diminutive Batwa pygmies (the most ancient inhabitants of inter-lacustrine Africa) before they were evicted to settle on the margins of the gazetted park. Batwa trail has been developed to enable you experience the traditional Batwa forest culture.

You will start off at around 8.30 am at Ntebeko visitor center following the designated trail along the lower slopes of the Virungas to Garama Cave with Batwa guides demonstrating a range of practical skills such as lighting a fire by rubbing together sticks, bivouac building, target practice with bow and arrow, wild honey extraction and Bamboo cup making.

The trail culminates with a memorable performance of Batwa song and music in the council chamber of Garama Cave, a dramatic setting with powerful acoustics. Importantly, the Batwa Heritage Trail is no ‘pretty Pygmy’ celebration; the day can include a discussion of the current plight of the Batwa. It is a journey back to the authentic culture that now facing the risk of extinction. This activity takes about 3½ hours after which you will retreat from the encounter and embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – An exciting cultural encounter with the remaining members of the endangered Batwa Pygmy tribe.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Chameleon Hill Lodge/ Gorilla Forest Camp/ Buhoma Lodge

Moderate: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/ Gorilla Mist Camp/ Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget: – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/ Buhoma Community Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 104km or 4-5 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Batwa Heritage Trail exploration
  • Transfer to Bwindi

 

Day 8 Of The The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi & Attend The Batwa Traditional Performance At The Lodge.

The day with the gentle Mountain gorillas! After breakfast, (at around 6.00am) and a short drive to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarter, you will be met by your excellent local gorilla trekking ranger guides. They will give you a brief informative talk about the great apes you about to see and on the gorilla trekking rules. Top of the list: avoid getting too close. Not only for your own safety, but also for theirs as our colds, viruses and diseases can easily spread to them due to shared DNA.

After briefing at around 8.00 am you will head into the forest in the company of the armed ranger guides that will lead you up the gorillas. Gorilla trekking adventure can take between 2 and 8 hours. The walk is beyond the ordinary as it involves traversing the dense jungles and mist-swathed valleys, echoing with the haunting calls of exotic birds and monkeys. You will hike through challenging landscapes some of which are steep, rough, muddy and slippery.  When you have made the effort to negotiate enough of the terrain to find yourself in the presence of a 500-pound adult male mountain gorilla and his family, all fatigue is forgotten, and the elation and wonderment take over.

Your mountain gorilla group is likely to be chilled out as they go about daily life – eating wild celery, indulging in some blissful grooming, or simply enjoying social activities with their family members. After a blissful hour with these gentle giants, you will return to the starting point and connect to the lodge for relaxation. In the evening, chilling at the lodge grounds you will be treated to a traditional thrill performance of the local Batwa or the Bakiga that live around the park. They have magical songs and dancing styles which definitely make your evening colourful.

Highlight of the day: – Meeting the eyes of a mountain gorilla in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Chameleon Hill Lodge/Gorilla Forest Camp/Buhoma Lodge

Moderate: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/Gorilla Mist Camp/Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget: – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarters
  • Gorilla trekking experience
  • Batwa traditional performance

 

Day 9 Of The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer To Queen Elizabeth National Park. Do Game Drive In Ishasha Sector Enroute In Search Of Tree Climbing Lions.

After a relaxed breakfast at around 8: 30 am, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park driving through southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha well known for its legendary Tree climbing lions. As a rule, lions are strictly terrestrial. Indeed, Ishasha is one of a handful of places anywhere in Africa where these regal predators regularly take to the trees and it is the most site of the lot.

Other animals you will see in Ishasha include Buffalos, Elephants, Uganda kobs, Topis, Waterbucks and much more. You continue on the drive to the north of Queen Elizabeth National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – A remarkable encounter with the uncommon tree climbing lions of Ishasha Sector in Queen Elizabeth Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mazike Valley lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/Katara Lodge.

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Enganzi Game Lodge/Bush Lodge/Park View Safari Lodge

Budget/ Basic: – Pumba Safari Cottages/Park View Safari Lodge/Topi Lodge

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 130km or 4-6 hours

 

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Game drive in Ishasha sector en route in search of tree climbing lions

Other optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Night game drive experience in Queen Elizabeth park
  • Bush Dinner
  • Birding
  • Cultural encounters

 

Day 10 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Morning Game Drive, Afternoon Kazinga Channel Launch Cruise And Transfer To Kasese.

We will wake up for an early morning cup of coffee at around 6.00am and connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the game drive at 7am.  We will undertake a game drive in the Kasenyi plains and be on the look for Cape buffalos, herds of elephants plus the big cats: lions, leopard (but very hard to spot) among others not forgetting counts of bird species since Queen is a park with the highest bird species in East Africa (over 600) including flamingos, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Chapin’s Flycatcher, and Pelicans.

Retreat from the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you will connect to Mweya jetty at 3.00 pm for a 2-hour boat trip on the 40km−Kazinga Channel that connects Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, the sight of wildlife including hundreds giant hippos, elephants and crocodiles among others will fascinate you. You will also see many varieties of birds at the water shores. You retreat from the activity and connect to Kasese arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – A relaxing boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park.

 

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Mazike Valley lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/ Katara Lodge.

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Enganzi Game Lodge/ Bush Lodge/Park View Safari Lodge

Budget/ Basic: – Pumba Safari Cottages/Park View Safari Lodge/Topi Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Moring game drive in Kasenyi plains
  • Afternoons boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Transfer to Kasese

 

Day 11, 12 & 13 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Undertake 3 Days Adventure Hike To The Rwenzori Mountains – Explore The Mahoma Trail.

Day 11 of the 16 Days Uganda Safari: Hike from Ibanda to Omu’ka Kizza Rest Camp (2.977 m).

After an early morning breakfast (at around 6.00am) at your lodge your accommodation in Kasese, we will embark on a trek to the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains, the third highest mountain in Africa. Often associated with Ptolemy’s legendary ‘Mountains of the Moon’, the majestic Rwenzori Mountains − a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994 are protected in a 996km2 Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The range’s upper slopes constitute an aptly lunar landscape of bare rocks and tussocked moorland studded with surreal giant lobelias and groundsels, while the lower contours are swathed in a tangled jungle inhabited by shy forest elephants, and chimpanzees, as well as a wealth of monkeys and birds including several Albertine rift endemics. Above all this, towering to a maximum altitude of 5,109m, a series of craggy black peak is coated in permanent Equatorial snow and ice.

Our day 1 Rwenzori trek will take us through the Kyambogho pristine forest ridge gaining views of Mubuku Valley, climbing the ridge that is densely forested that shelters counts of primates including the Black and white colobus monkeys, the rare L’hoest Monkey and the blue monkey stretching up to the Omu’ka Kiiza Rest Camp standing at an elevation 2,977m.

This point offers you an impressive view of the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains and the town of Kasese at 2,160 meters below and you can have opportunity of viewing Rwenzori Turaco and hear the pant hooting calls of Chimpanzees. You camp for overnight in the mountain wilderness.

Accommodation:-

  • Omu’ka Kiiza Rest Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast in Kasese, Picnic lunch & Dinner @ the mountain

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Hiking on the Rwenzori mountains

 

Day 12 Of The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Hike From Omu’Ka Kizza Rest Camp To Lake Mahoma.

Following your early morning breakfast, embark on the hike to the famous Lake Mahoma which the trail is named after. The forest offers a way to an extended narrow ridge covered by moss rising up to 3,515m above sea level passing through an incredible lush forest comprising if giant heather covered in bright green moss layers.

You impressively follow the mountain elephant footprints passing through the Bamboo and the heather forest where you might have the opportunity of encountering them as they consume water at the hotspring. The ridge takes you to Rukenga Valley where you can encounter everlasting flowers (mimulopsis eliotti) and the remarkable giant lobelia. After this point, you cross to the Mahoma Lake Camp for dinner and overnight. With a clear sky, you have opportunity to view Mount Stanley, Mount Baker and the Portal Peaks from the Camp.

Accommodation:-

  • Mahoma Lake Camp

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast in Kasese, Picnic lunch & Dinner @ the mountain

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Hiking on the Rwenzori mountains

Meal Pan: – Picnic Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner @ the mountain

 

Day 13 Of The 16 Days Uganda Safari: Mahoma Lake To Ibanda.

After breakfast, take a walk around this mountain lake before descending back to the starting point through Nyabitaba ranger post and the Mpanga ridge to adjoin the Mubuku Valley which is a home to the three horned Chameleon leading you back to Ibanda. From Ibanda, you embark on your vehicles and drive to Kibale National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: Test your physical strength and stamina as you take on the scenic trail up to 3,300-meter elevation of Lake Mahoma.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Crater Safari Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp/ Turaco Tree Tops

Budget/ Basic: – Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 107km or 2 – 3 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Descend from the mountain
  • Transfer to Kibale

 

Day 14 Of The16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Morning Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Walk.

After breakfast at around 6.00am, we will gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with the Chimpanzee tracking adventure which begins at 8am. The encounter commences with a briefing from an expert rangers who will be your guides through the activity detailing the conduct of the exercise. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. Kibale is home to other 12 primate species and you will see many of them including Black and white Columbus monkeys, L’hoest Monkeys and Red tailed monkeys. You will also spot many of Kibale’s 375 bird species including African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon White-naped Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.

Finally you approach the common chimpanzees which have been fully habituated and thus offering you an opportunity to draw closer to them and take pictures. Viewing them as they munch fruit, swinging in trees, socializing, patrolling, mating and making pant hooting calls may lure you into unforgettable excitement. You have hour availed to you to encounter these precious apes and you are free to take as many photos as you can.

Retreat from the activity which tend to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi Wetland for an afternoon eco-walk. The Bigodi wetland is an eco-community initiative offering impressive nature walk in the community controlled wetland which features over 200 species of birds including the famous Great Blue Turaco and a range of hornbills. Retreat from the activity and drive back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Tracking wild Chimpanzees on foot in Kibale Forest National Park.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/ Upmarket: – Crater Safari Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge/ Ndali Lodge

Mid-range/ Moderate: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp/ Turaco Tree Tops

Budget/ Basic: – Kibale Forest Camp/ Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Bigodi swamp walk

 

Day 15 Of The 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari: Hike The Fort Portal Crater Lake Field, Tour The Amabere Caves, Mpanga Tea Estate Cycling And Transfer To Kampala.

After our breakfast, we will travel to Amabere Caves and hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake field. Upon arrival, you’re welcomed by the local inhabitants of the place with deep understanding and history of the place. The Amabere cave is named after the live stalactite formation, Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru (literally, Breast of Nyinamwiru) which resembles the twin breasts of a woman. The woman in question is Nyinamwiru, a legendary princess who is said to have been so beautiful that no man could leave her alone. When Nyinamwiru father King Bukuku became weary of receiving marital requests from unsuitable suitors, he took the extreme measure of cutting off his daughter’s breasts in order to make her less attractive. But even this proved to be insufficient to deter Nyinamwiru many admirers, so the king hid her away in the cave now known as Amabere. Here, she was discovered by the Batembuzi King Isaza, who impregnated her with a son.

Because Nyinamwiru lacked breasts, she stayed on in the cave with her baby, feeding him on the cloudy limestone ‘milk’ that drips from its stalactites. The child nurtured by the stalactite formation grew up and became king Ndahura, founder of the Bachwezi dynasty that ruled over the Bunyoro Kitara Empire centuries ago.

Retreat from this encounter and embark on the hike to the Fort Portal Crater Lake field where you traverse the challenging slopes of Kyeganywa hill surrounded by a range of crater lakes and crater hollows presenting one of the beautiful scenic sites in Uganda. Retreat from the chosen activity and transfer back Fort Portal where you will connect to Mpanga tea estates for a cycling adventure. On your cycling, you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch. Retreat from the activity and embark on the drive back to Kampala 300km about 5 hours’ drive.

Highlight of the day: Visiting Amabere Caves and Fort Portal Field hike.

Accommodation:-

 

Upmarket/Luxury: – Speke Resort Munyonyo/ Kampala Serena Hotel/ Sheraton Kampala Hote

Midrange/Standard: – Cassia Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Biyem Hotel/ Nexus Resorts Nansana

 

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 309km or 4 – 5 hours

 

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Amabeere Cave exploration
  • Fort Portal Crater Lake field hike
  • Mpanga tea estate cycling
  • Transfer to Kampala

 

Day 16 Of The Uganda Safari – 16 Days: Departure

This day is dedicated for your departure back home through Entebbe International Airport

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Entebbe International Airport for flight departure

End of the 16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari

16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari – SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  Full time English professional safari driver guide

  4×4 safari van/ 4×4 Safari land cruiser with poop up roof for game viewing with functional A/C

  Full board accommodation

  Gorilla & chimpanzee trekking permit fees

  Boat cruise fees

  Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle

  Bottled water

16 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari – SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  Visa fees

  International &domestic flight fees

  Laundry services

  Items of personal nature

  Gratuities and tips

  Other beverages/ drinks

  Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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16 Days Uganda Wildlife SafariGORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Drink plenty of water and carry some quick calories (the trek typically take 2-8 hours)
  • Put on your sturdiest walking shoes for the trek
  • Wear thick trouser, long sleeved shirt/t-shirt, and gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants.
  • It is often cold at the outset, so bring a sweater or jersey
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Having poncho or raincoat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a good idea at any time of the day.

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