17 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI – GORILLA TREKKING, CHIMPANZEE TREKKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, COMMUNITY & CULTURAL UGANDA TOURS

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

17 days Uganda Safari Tour is a 16 night/17-day safari Uganda tour that starts and ends in Kampala city. This great 17 days adventure sees you undertake a comprehensive journey through the Pearl of Africa. It begins in Jinja – the adventure capital of Uganda and East Africa.

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour Jinja is home to the source of the Nile River which offers world-class water rafting with several grade IV and V rapids to navigate. From Jinja, continue further northeast to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve before moving to Kidepo National Park, one of Africa’s most pristine wildernesses. Do a game drive in the beautiful savannah to see Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Elephants, Buffalos, and Zebras. Also, visit the Karamojong village to learn about their culture which is still authentic.

Your next destination on your 17 days Uganda Safari Tour is Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest park with the world’s strongest waterfall and a variety of animals! Enjoy relaxing boat trips along the Nile River with amazing sights of hippos, Crocodiles, Elephants, Buffalos, Giraffes, etc… Then travel to Kibale Forest for a unique chance to see the chimpanzees – our closest relatives – in their natural habitat. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a biologically diverse park with 611 bird and 95 mammal species, including tree-climbing lions.

Finally, reach the mighty Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where a life-changing gorilla trekking adventure awaits. And, after this adventure, visit Lake Bunyonyi for much-needed relaxation. End your 17 days Uganda Safari Tour with a game walk in Lake Mburo National Park.

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17 Days Uganda Safari Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda Kibale Forest
  • Go white-water rafting along the Nile River
  • Visit the source of the Nile River (optional)
  • Day Game drives in Pian Upe, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, and Queen Elizabeth NP
  • Nigh game drive in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Tracking the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha plains
  • Boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls
  • Nile delta boat safari in Murchison Falls NP
  • Visiting the top of Murchison Falls
  • Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Canoe ride, island hopping & relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi
  • Karamojong village visit near Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Bigodi Community walk near Kibale National Park
  • Ruboni Community visit, on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains
  • Traditional lunch at Igongo Culture Centre in Mbarara
  • Photoshoots & water experiments at Uganda Equator Kayabwe

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1: Jinja – Source of the Nile River

Day 2: Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.

Day 3, 4, & 5: Kidepo National Park & Karamajong Community

Day 6, 7 & 8: Murchison Falls National Park

Day 9 & 10: Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Community

Day 11 & 12: Queen Elizabeth National park & Ruboni Community

Day 13: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 14 & 15: Lake Bunyonyi

Day 16: Lake Mburo National Park

Day 17: Uganda Equator Crossing Kayabwe

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour– SAFARI HIGHLIGHT

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Jinja – Source of the Nile River. Enjoy full-day white-water rafting on the Grade 5 rapids of the Nile and relax at your lodge.

Day 2: Drive from Jinja to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.

Day 3: Enjoy a game drive in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve & continue to Kidepo National Park

Day 4: Unlimited game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 5: Morning game drive in Kidepo National Park & afternoon Karamajong Community tour

Day 6: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park & undertake a night game drive.

Day 7: Morning game drive & an afternoon Nile launch cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls

Day 8: Enjoy a Nile-Lake Albert Delta boat cruise with bush breakfast & an evening game drive.

Day 9: Visit the top of Murchison Falls & transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 10: Morning chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest & afternoon Bigodi Community walk.

Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park. Visit Ruboni Community on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains en route and enjoy a game drive on arrival

Day 12: Morning game drive in Kasenyi plains, afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise, & evening game drive along the channel track.

Day 13: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enjoy an en-route game drive the southern section of Queen Elizabeth Park (Ishasha) in search of tree-climbing lions.

Day 14: Undertake a Gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation.

Day 15: Whole day relaxation and canoe ride at Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 16: Relaxed breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre and an evening game drive on arrival.

Day 17: Do a morning game walk in Lake Mburo National Park. Transfer back to Kampala with an en-route stop at Uganda Equator Crossing Kayabwe

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Transfer From Kampala To Jinja – Source Of The Nile River. Enjoy A Full Day White-Water Rafting Adventure On The Grade 5 Rapids Of The Nile And Relax At Your Lodge.

The pick-up from the hotel in Kampala is at 6.30 am. You then embark on a 2-hour drive east to the beautiful town of Jinja which is renowned for the Source of the Nile – the world’s longest river. Jinja Nile River is also a world-class white-water rafting destination, with routes full of variety, from quiet pools to thunderous rapids and drops. It includes several grade IV and V rapids to navigate. You’ll raft with highly trained guides who know the river intimately.

Grade V rapids can flip rafts over, sending you into the river, but lots of people enjoy this kind of immersive experience. Safety kayakers will stay close to the raft at all times and can quickly paddle over to fetch you if you do fall in. If you are not keen on going through the raging grade 5 rapids the rafting guides will take you through the softer rapids. You get to have lunch in between and at the end of the adventure. Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – White-water rafting along the longest river in the world.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Lemala Wildwaters Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Haven Lodge Jinja/2 Friends Hotel Jinja

Budget/Basic: – Source of the Smile Guesthouse

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Pick from your hotel in Kampala
  • Transfer to Jinja
  • White water rafting along the Nile River

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Boat cruise to the source of the Nile
  • Bungee jumping into the historic Nile River
  • Horseback riding along the Nile River
  • Mountain biking
  • Jinja city tour/drive
  • Quad biking
  • Kayaking

Day 2: Drive From Jinja To Pian Upe Reserve.

Wake up early for breakfast at around 6.30 am. Then drive further northeast 5 hours of adventure road trip northeast to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in the semi-arid Karamoja region. Pian Upe is one of the untouched safari spots of Uganda – yet to be discovered. This reserve features a striking landscape that consists of vast plains, rocky outcrops, and mountains.

It is also home to a respectable collection of large mammals, birds, and reptiles. Mammals include Waterbucks, Zebras, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Buffalo, Uganda kobs, Mountain reedbuck, Roan antelope, Jackson’s hartebeest, Oribi, Elands, Topi, Lion, Leopard, Spotted hyenas, Serval cats, Olive baboons, Patas Monkey, and Vervet monkeys. Birds include the Common ostrich, Secretary bird, and yellow-billed shrike. You will arrive at your lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Scenic road trip from Jinja to Pian-Upe Wildlife Reserve

Accommodation:-

Budget/Basic: – UWA self-contained tents and cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Full day game drive in Kidepo

Day 3: Enjoy A Game Drive In Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve & Continue To Kidepo National Park.

Today you shall have breakfast by 6.30 am. You’ll set out for a game drive to watch wildlife and some of the animals to see include zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, etc… If you are lucky you may see the Cheetah. After the safari in Pian Upe Wildlife reserve, you shall continue driving to Kidepo Valley National Park where you shall arrive in the late afternoon.

Highlight Of The Day: – Game drive in Pian Upe Wildlife reserve

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Ng’Moru Wilderness Camp

Budget/Basic: – Apoka Rest Camp/Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Game drive in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
  • Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

Day 4: Unlimited Game Drives In Kidepo Valley National Park.

Early breakfast and set out for a full day safari in Kidepo, an amazing Uganda wildlife safari park that has often been featured in international travel publications and media as one of the top national parks in Africa, especially for having the best landscape. When you imagine a safari in Africa, a Kidepo is what you are thinking about, a rugged landscape, dry savannah, and lots of animals.

Explore the Narus valley in the south of Kidepo which is the park’s main animal viewing area because it has permanent water sources and is greener than other areas. Some of the animals expected to see include elephants, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, Ostriches, etc… Also, visit the Kidepo Valley in the north which has fewer animals but amazing scenery and unique features such as the dry river bed where you can have a picnic, and the Kanangorok hot springs. After a rewarding safari, retreat to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Game drive in the stunning landscape of Kidepo

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Ng’Moru Wilderness Camp

Budget/Basic: – Apoka Rest Camp/Kidepo Savannah Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Full day game drive in Kidepo

Other Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Night game drive

Day 5: Morning Game Drive In Kidepo National Park & Afternoon Karamajong Community Tour.

After breakfast at 7.00 am, go for another game in Kidepo for more wildlife sightings. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, visit the Karamojong community outside the park for a cultural experience. The Karamojong live a traditional lifestyle that has not been influenced by modernity. Visit their unique houses, learn about their traditions, and get treated to the Karamojong dance.

Highlight Of The Day: – Karamajong community tour

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Apoka Safari Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Ng’Moru Wilderness Camp

Budget/Basic: – Kidepo Savannah Lodge/Apoka Rest Camp

Activities and Services of the day:-

  • Morning game drive in Kidepo National Park
  • Afternoon Karamojong tribe cultural tour

Other Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Waking safari in Kidepo
  • Visit Ik People
  • Night game drive in Kidepo

Day 6: Travel To Murchison Falls National Park.

At around 7.30 am, have breakfast, check out of the lodge, and depart Kidepo for Murchison Falls National Park. This 7-8 hour journey will take you through the stunning landscapes of northern Uganda. You’ll stop for lunch in Kitgum town and then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, where you will arrive in the late afternoon relax for dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Scenic road trip from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National Park

Luxury/Upmarket: – Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

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

Budget/Basic: – Red Chilli Rest Camp/Hornbill Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 400km or 7-8 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
  • Night game drive

Day 7: Morning Game Drive & An Afternoon Nile Launch Cruise To The Bottom Of Murchison Falls

After breakfast at 6.00 am, you go exploring the Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s biggest park and the most amazing destination for wildlife safaris in Uganda due to its abundance of wildlife. The park is situated along the River Nile on which the spectacular Murchison Falls is located and gives the park its name.

You start with a 4 hours game drive on the northern bank of the Nile which is dominated by savannah and t harbors the biggest volume of wildlife. Expect to see among other animals; Rothschild’s giraffes, Cape buffaloes, African elephants, lions, antelopes, warthogs, patas monkeys, Olive baboon, Leopard, etc… Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

At 2 pm, out for the boat cruise along the River Nile which offers sightings of hippos, crocodiles, birds, and other wildlife, and will treat you to beautiful scenery as well. The boat trip which is 3 hours long takes you to the bottom of Murchison Falls. You witness the 50 meters wide Nile River bursting through an 8-meter rocky gap and exploding into the world’s strongest waterfall! It is quite a spectacle! Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Boat trip to the bottom of Murchison Falls

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge

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

Budget/Basic: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Morning game drive in Murchison Falls NP
  • Boat cruise to the Bottom of Murchison Falls

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Sportfishing along the Nile River
  • Hot air balloon safari & bush breakfast

Day 8: Enjoy A Nile-Lake Albert Delta Boat Cruise With Bush Breakfast & An Evening Game Drive In Murchison Falls National Park.

You will have your breakfast at around 8.00 am and then undertake a 5-hour boat trip from Paraa to the Nile delta area, where the Victoria Nile empties into Lake Albert. The delta supports a large variety of waterbirds, but the ultimate prize is the sight of a shoebill. Sightings of this uncommon bird, which look like something from Jurassic Park, are great here

This 20km boat ride is a “must-do” for birders, but it’s also a terrific chance to observe the lovely scenery and wildlife. You will observe many hippos swimming in the river, as well as enormous Nile crocodiles and elephants lounging on the banks. In the treetops along the river banks, you can see lively colobus monkeys and Olive baboons. Among the top highlights of the boat, the excursion will be a stop along the banks for a wonderful bush breakfast prepared by your private chef. Return to the lodge for lunch and then prepare for your evening game drive to seek other wildlife you might have missed on the earlier game excursions.

Highlight Of The Day: – The Nile Delta boat safari

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Bakers Lodge/Paraa Safari Lodge

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

Basic/Budget: – Hornbill Bush Lodge/Red Chilli Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Nile Delta boat safari
  • Evening game drive

Other Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Hot air balloon safari
  • Sportfishing along the Nile River
  • Visiting Mubako Community

Day 9: Visit The Top Of Murchison Falls & Transfer To Kibale Forest National Park.

At around 8:00 a.m., enjoy your breakfast and then drive to the top of Murchison Falls. The experience at the top of the fall is staggering. After viewing the spectacular falls, continue south to Kibale National Park. Take in the beautiful scenery as you drive across the Albertine rift valley. You arrive in Fort Portal in time for lunch. Fort Portal is a very beautiful town in Uganda, nestled in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon.

You’ll have lunch at one of the town’s finest restaurants after which you continue on the journey south to the primate-packed Kibale Forest. Kibale is an extensive expanse of lush, green tropical rainforest renowned for having Africa’s highest primate density and variety — a total of 13 primate species. Arrive at your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Visiting the top of the powerful Murchison Falls

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Crater Safari Lodge/Kyaninga Lodge/Primate Lodge Kibale

Midrange/Standard: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

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

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Driving to the top of Murchison Falls
  • Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day:-

  • Take a night walk in Kibale Forest in search of nocturnal creatures
  • Visit Amabere Caves and hike to the Fort Portal crater lake field
  • Cycling tour in Mpanga Tea Estate

Day 10: Morning Chimpanzee Trekking In Kibale Forest & Afternoon Bigodi Community Walk.

Have breakfast at 6.00 am and transfer to Kibale National Park Visitor Centre for your chimpanzee trekking adventure. Chimpanzee tracking gives you a rare opportunity to see chimps in the forest instead of in a zoo. Kibale has the biggest population of chimps in Uganda and is, therefore, the prime destination for chimp trips as it offers a 95% chance to see them. You’ll meet the park ranger guides by 7 am at the park office and set off into the forest to track a community of habituated chimps. You will spend one hour with the chimps and return to the lodge for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you shall go to the Bigodi Community for a village walk. You spend time with the friendly local people learning about the unique ways of life including making local banana beer, banana juice, and waragi gin. You can visit traditional healers and learn about herbs, and local medicines. You can also visit Bigodi Women’s Group for handicraft demonstrations.  Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Chimpanzee tracking on foot in Kibale Forest

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Primate Lodge Kibale/ Kyaninga Lodge/Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange/Standard: – Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse/Kibale Forest Camp

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

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Chimp tracking
  • Bigodi community walk

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day:-

  • Night forest walk

Day 11: Transfer To Queen Elizabeth National Park. Visit Ruboni Community On The Foothills Of The Rwenzori Mountains En Route And Enjoy A Game Drive On Arrival.

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at around 9.00 am and then leave Kibale National Park for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The 2-3 hour drive will take through the stunning landscape of western Uganda including the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. You’ll make a stop in Kasese to visit the Ruboni Village. Experience the unique cultural traditions of the Bakonzo people that have lived on the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains for centuries. After the cultural visit, continue to Queen Elizabeth NP, arriving at the lodge for relaxation and lunch.

After lunch, undertake an evening game drive to explore the impressive landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, a popular destination for Uganda wildlife safaris due to its astonishing diversity of landscapes: rolling savannah grasslands, tropical rainforests, acacia woodlands, sprawling grassy hills, sparkling crater lakes, freshwater lakes, fertile wetlands, and a lovely backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon. These stunning landscapes host about 95 animal species and over 600 species of birds! Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight of the day: – Ruboni community visit tour and amazing views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

Accommodation:-

Upmarket/Luxury: – Mweya Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge

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

Budget/Basic: – Pumba Safari Cottages

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

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

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:

  • Night game drive

Day 12: Morning Game Drive In Kasenyi Plains, Afternoon Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise, & Evening Game Drive Along The Channel Track.

After breakfast at 6 am, do a game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP to watch animals and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some of the animals include Lions, Leopards, elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, Forest hogs, and antelopes among others. After 4 hours, return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. After lunch, go for the boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel to view some of the highest concentrations of hippos in the world.

The Kazinga Channel is a stream of water joining two lakes in the park, Lake Edward and Lake George. It also hosts lots of crocodiles, and big games such as elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes frequent the channel to drink and take a cold bath on a hot day. Meanwhile, for the bird lover, the channel is a bird magnet with lots of water species flocking on the banks.

Highlight Of The Day: – Boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mweya Safari Lodge/Kyambura Gorge Lodge

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

Budget/Basic: – Pumba Safari Cottages/Bush Lodge (Non-Self Contained Tents)

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Morning game drive
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:

  • Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge/Kalinzu Forest
  • Lion tracking
  • Night game drive

Day 13: Transfer To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enjoy An En-Route Game Drive The Southern Section Of Queen Elizabeth Park (Ishasha) In Search Of Tree-Climbing Lions.

You’ll have breakfast at 8.00 am and then drive for 4 to 7 hours to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will have a short game drive en-route in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha plains). The Ishasha is popular for the tree-climbing lions and it is thus a great stop for a chance to see the lions in trees. After the search for these brilliantly adapted creatures, exit the park and continue on a scenic drive through the rolling hills of southwestern Uganda as you make your way to the great Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gazetted in 1991 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Bwindi is a tropical rainforest wonderland. The 321 square kilometer park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site that is home to almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, 120 other mammal species, 10 species of monkeys, 351 bird species, 340 species of montane butterflies, 27 species of frogs and over 1000 species of flowering plants. You’ll arrive at your lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Finding the rare tree-climbing lions of Ishasha Plains

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Haven Lodge Buhoma/Buhoma Lodge/Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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

Budget/Basic: – Trekkers Tavern Cottages/Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & time: – Approx. 130-220km or 4-7 hours

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Game drive in search of tree-climbing lions

Day 14: Undertake A Gorilla Trekking Adventure In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi For Relaxation.

After breakfast at 6.30 am, go for the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The gorilla trek is one of the most popular wildlife adventures in Africa, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the gorillas in their natural habitat.

You report to the park office by 7 am to attend a briefing and allocation to the habituated gorilla families. By 8 am, set off into the jungles to look for the gorillas, trekking through thick jungles, hiking up steep hills and ridges, and sometimes crossing water streams. The time taken to find the gorillas varies from 2-7 hours depending on the location of the gorillas. After finding the gorillas you spend only 1hour. After the unforgettable gorilla encounter, return and trek back to the starting point to receive your gorilla trekking certificate.

Have your packed picnic lunch and embark on a 1½ hour drive to Lake Bunyonyi. Drive through the captivating terraced Highlands of Kigezi and arrive at your lodge on the lakeshore in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Mountain gorillas trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

Activities & Services of the day:-

  • Gorilla trekking
  • The scenic drive from Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Community village walks around Bwindi

Day 15: Canoe Ride, Island Hopping & Relaxation At Lake Bunyonyi.

After breakfast at 8 am, explore Lake Bunyonyi which is located in an area that is popularly referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”. Take an early morning canoe ride on Lake Bunyonyito to enjoy the mystic views and relax in the cool weather. Visit some of the islands on the lake, and observe some nature. Bunyonyi is a local term that translates to “birds”, aptly named so as you shall see the many bird species. Return to the lodge for breakfast, relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Birdnest @ Bunyonyi Resort

Mid-range/Moderate: – Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Canoeing and island hopping on Lake Bunyonyi

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Hiking to the top of the highlands surrounding Lake Bunyonyi
  • Swimming in Lake Bunyonyi
  • Zip ling across Lake Bunyonyi
  • Visiting Batwa Pygmy Community

Day 16: Relaxed Breakfast And Transfer To Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy A Traditional Lunch Stop At Igongo Cultural Centre And An Evening Game Drive On Arrival

Have early breakfast, check out, and leave for Lake Mburo National Park. You shall make a stopover in Mbarara town for lunch and thereafter proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. After clearance at the park entrance, you will drive through the game tracks to observe some wildlife. Lake Mburo is the smallest of the savannah parks but its diversity is very impressive.

It is popular for the presence of many herbivores for example Giraffes, Zebras, Oribi, Impalas, Elands, Buffaloes, Waterbuck, Topi, Reedbuck, and Bushbuck. Other animals that inhabit the park include Warthogs, Leopard, Crocodiles, Hippos, Sitatunga, and Hyena. You will then continue to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Highlight Of The Day: – Evening game drive in Lake Mburo National Park

Accommodation:-

Luxury/Upmarket: – Mihingo Lodge

Mid-range/Moderate: – Rwakobo Rock/Mpogo Safari Lodge

Budget/Basic: – Eagles Nest Mburo

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx. 199km or 4 hours

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Evening game drive

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Biharwe Eclipse Monument visit
  • Evening boat cruise on Lake Mburo
  • Night game drive to see the elusive leopards

Day 17: Do A Morning Game Walk In Lake Mburo National Park. Transfer Back To Kampala With An En-Route Stop At Uganda Equator Crossing Kayabwe.

After an early breakfast at 6.00 am, you’ll go on a game walk in Lake Mburo National Park with an armed ranger. Expect to see a lot of wildlife up close. After close to 2 hours in the bush return to the lodge for breakfast, check out, and leave for Entebbe. You stop at the Uganda Equator for some picture moments and also purchase some crafts. Thereafter continue to Entebbe, arriving at Entebbe International Airpot in preparation for your departure flight.

Highlight Of The Day: – The Game walking in Lake Mburo

Meal Plan: – Breakfast

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

Activities & Services Of The Day:-

  • Morning game walk
  • Drive back to Entebbe or Kampala
  • Photoshoots at Equator Kayabwe

Optional Activities You Can Choose To Do On This Day Include:-

  • Horse ride safari
  • Cycling in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Banyankole community cultural experience

End Of The 17 Days Uganda Safari Tour

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour − 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)

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour − 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)

17 Days Uganda Safari Tour − GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Pack a waterproof jacket or a raincoat for your gorilla trekking in Uganda
  • Bring a warm sweater or fleece as it is often cold in the morning and evening.
  • Bring a pair of sturdy hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended.
  • Pack some energy giving snacks for some extra energy
  • Go with plenty of drinking water
  • Waterproofing for your camera and absolutely no flash

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