8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari

Overview of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari

This 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari game drives coupled with amazing game scenery- the highlight of an Africa safari in Uganda. Uganda Gorill tours are carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda has increased the number of Gorillas to a tune of 400 Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and more than ten (10) in Mgahinga thus possessing close to a half of the world population of these Species. All tourists that have an African gorilla safari in Uganda have wished to have it again and again. Tracking gorillas can take from 2 – 8 hours depending on how far the gorillas are feeding or resting from. Once tracked, you are allowed to stay with these beautiful apes for the only 1hr but every tourist that has trekked these gorillas has intimated that it is a worthwhile trek! Besides, gorilla trekking, the safari in Uganda features wild game viewing including the Big five of land animals namely; lions, elephants, Rhinos, Buffaloes and Leopard. The chimpanzee trekking Uganda tour experience in Kibale forest is also incorporated.

Uganda Safari Highlight of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route 311km about 5 hours drive

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive exploring the lush countryside 366km about 8 hours drive

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Np in the morning & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Sightseeing of the Rwenzoris en route 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Morning game drive in Kasenyi sector, game drive in Ishasha sector & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   218km about 8 hours drive

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an afternoon boat cruise and relaxation 52km about 1 – 2 hours drive.

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre and evening game drive in Lake Mburo Np upon arrival 199km about 4 – 5 hours drive

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park & transfer back to Entebbe. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments 280km about 4 – 5hours drive

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route 311km about 5 hours drive

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda 311km from Kampala about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route, You drive through impressive flat stretches of Nakasongora district before branching off at Nakitooma for 7km to Ziwa Sanctuary to track white Rhinos which are only found here in the whole of Uganda. You retreat from the activity, settle for lunch at Kabalega dinner and continue to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room  

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls

Drive to the park’s northern section for a morning game drive offering impressive wild game viewing encounter. The 3 – 4 activity takes you through the designated park tracks including Buligi, Queen, Albert and the entire delta area with possibilities of encountering the lions, elephants, Rothschild giraffes, Leopards, Jackson’s Hartebeest, waterbucks, Oribis, Kobs among others. The open savannah grassland intercepted with scattered Borassus palms also present a unique landscape worth viewing. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Paraa jetty for an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the falls. The 3 hour boat encounter opens you to the thrilling Nile waters in their relaxed flow as they join the Albert delta. The views of Hippos, Nile crocodile and shoebill stork might impress you along the adventure. Upon arriving on the bottom of the falls, you will embark on the hike to the top of the world’s powerful waterfall. The Nile River which is the longest in the world forces itself to pass through a less than 8m ravine before falling 43m below to what has been termed the devil’s cauldron forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and trademark rainbow. During the hike, you will enjoy the sounds of the Nile as it splashes its head on the impermeable rocks that have stood in its way for centuries past. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge – Deluxe room  

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge – Thatched Safari Tent

Budget: Hornbill Bush Lodge

Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive exploring the lush countryside 366km about 8 hours drive

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kibale National Park driving through impressive countryside landscapes of Hoima and Kagadi. You enjoy impressive views of the en route countryside. A lunch stop can be made in Hoima and you arrive in Fort Portal in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Crater Safari lodge – Luxury Cottages

Midrange:  Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottage

Budget:     Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Main house room

Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Np in the morning & transfer to Queen Elizabeth Np. Sightseeing of the Rwenzoris en route 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive

After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 08:00am from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5 hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. After utilizing your one hour, you will have a picnic lunch and return to the starting point for short relaxation and preparation for another activity. In the afternoon, you embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive enjoying the amazing views of Rwenzori Mountains dubbed the legendary Mountains of the moon by rising to 5,109m above sea level.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Mazike Valley Lodge

Midrange: Enganzi Game Lodge

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Morning game drive in Kasenyi sector, game drive in Ishasha sector & transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   218km about 8 hours drive

You wake up for an early morning cup of coffee in the views of the moist savannah before heading to the park for the game drive at 6 – 7am. Undertake a 2 hour game drive in the Kasenyi tracks and the Queen’s Mile in the open savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park lying flat on the Albertine rift floor. This Uganda tour encounter offers you an opportunity to explore a range of wild game including; cape Buffaloes, Leopards, Topi, Elephants, Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Hyena, lions, side stripped jackals among other wildlife not forgetting counts of bird species since Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda has the highest bird count  in the whole of Uganda and East Africa (over 600) including the Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Black-rumped Buttonquail,  Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-tailed Lark, Black Bee-eater, White-winged Warbler among other birds. Retreat from the activity and proceed on the drive to Ishasha sector for another game drive. The drive takes you through Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you spend some time driving in its rolling plains marked by counts of fig trees in search of tree climbing lions that tend to climb the fig trees during the day time. The short trees with overlying branches in Ishasha present the best opportunities for viewing tree climbing lions than any other part of the world where such Species exist. Proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 Accommodation

Luxury:  Haven Lodge Buhoma

Midrange:  Gorilla Mist Camp

Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for afternoon boat cruise and relaxation 52km about 1 – 2 hours drive.

Have breakfast at your respective lodge and then go to the park offices to get briefed and at 8:00am after which you embark on the Uganda gorilla trek along the designated trails within the impenetrable forest in search for these great Mountain Gorillas. The gorilla trekking Uganda tour might take you 2 – 8 hours to find the giant Gorillas depending on their movement. The trek/quest for these great apes is tiresome but very well rewarded by meeting, spending time with and photographing these great gorillas as you look straight into their inviting brown expressive eyes, this is a lifetime thrill of a wildlife adventure only Africa can offer you. After your one hour with the gorillas, return to the starting point and transfer to the starting point to embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing method to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi Uganda in the afternoon and embark on the boat cruise to explore the second deepest Lake in Africa with a count of 29 Islands.   Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Birdnest @ Bunyonyi resort

Midrange:  Lake Bunyonyi Rock-resort

Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Centre and evening game drive in Lake Mburo Np upon arrival 199km about 4 – 5 hours drive

Early in the morning after breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 4 hours drive making a lunch en route at Igongo Cultural Center 12km from Mbarara town. Proceed to Lake Mburo national park for an evening game drive exploring the impressive wild game sights and the views of the savannah at the sunset.

 Accommodation
Luxury:
Mihingo Lodge

Midrange: Rwakobo Rock

Budget: Eagles Nest Mburo

Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari, Chimpanzee trekking & Uganda Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park & transfer back to Entebbe. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments 280km about 4 – 5hours drive

After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk-the most interesting game walk in the country starting at 7am that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bushbuck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, warthogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the 2-hour activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours’ drive making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in the northern hemisphere and the other remains in the south. It also an impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari Uganda.

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