13 – DAYS CLASSIC SAFARI UGANDA

Your Safari at a glance:

DAY

DESTINATION

Budget Accommodation

Mid-Range Accommodation

Luxury Accommodation

Meal Plan

Day 1

Kampala

Bushpig

Cassia Lodge

Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

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Day 2

Murchison Falls NP

Budongo Eco Lodge

Murchison River Lodge

Bakers Lodge

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Day 3

Murchison Falls NP

Budongo Eco Lodge

Murchison River Lodge

Bakers Lodge

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Day 4

Kibale Forest NP

Kibale Forest Camp

Primate Lodge – Standard Cottage

Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottage

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Day 5

Kibale Forest NP

Kibale Forest Camp

Primate Lodge – Standard Cottage

Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottage

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Day 6

Queen Elizabeth NP

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp- Superior Rooms

Elephant Plains

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Day 7

Queen Elizabeth NP

Simba Safari Camp

Simba Safari Camp- Superior Rooms

Elephant Plains

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Day 8

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Buhoma Haven Lodge

Mahogany Springs

Buhoma Lodge

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Day 9

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Buhoma Haven Lodge

Mahogany Springs

Buhoma Lodge

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Day 10

Lake Bunyonyi

Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Arcadia Cottages

Birds Nest

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Day 11

Lake Bunyonyi

Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Arcadia Cottages

Birds Nest

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Day 12

Lake Mburo NP

Eagle’s Nest

Rwaboko Rock

Mihingo Lodge

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Day 13

Entebbe

Departure

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Day 1: Kampala

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a great lakes Safari guide and transferred to your hotel in Kampala (1hr drive). Overnight at Bushpig Kampala (B) For upgrade you can stay at B) Cassia Lodge or C) Lake Victoria Serena Hotel

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Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park (7 hrs / 350 km)

After breakfast we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. En route we will have a stop for lunch before entering the park. If time allows, you will be able to visit to Top of the Falls for a first view of the magnificent waterfalls. Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge (standard room). (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Murchison River Lodge (cottage) or C) Bakers Lodge.

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Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will enjoy a half-day game drive on the northern bank of the Nile, with chances of seeing elephants, giraffes, lions, hartebeests and a variety of birds. After lunch we will go on a Nile cruise for game viewing at close quarters. Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge (standard room). (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Murchison River Lodge (cottage) or C) Bakers Lodge

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest protected area in Uganda. The waterfall for which the park is named is the most electrifying sight of its type in East Africa. The southern part is mostly covered by dense woodlands and harbors one of the most varied forest faunas in East Africa, and is a premier sight for bird watchers, as well as one of the best- and most affordable – places to track chimpanzees. The northern part is mostly covered by green grasslands with scattered acacia trees, borassus palms and riverine woodlands. The world’s longest River Nile is thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. Wildlife includes lions, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kob and so much more.

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Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest. (10 hrs / 400 km)

We depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal with lunch en route. The lovely town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. From Fort Portal we continue to the dense forest of Kibale National Park. Dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp. (B-L-D)

For upgrade you can stay at B) Primate Lodge Kibale – Standard cottages or C) Primate Lodge Kibale – Luxury cottages..

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Day 5: Kibale Forest National Park & Bigodi Swamp

Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimpanzee tracking experience.

Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will enthral you with stories and facts about the forest and her other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.
Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat.

Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting.

Later return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Kibale Forest Camp. (B-L-D) For upgrade you can stay at B) Primate Lodge Kibale – Standard cottages or C) Primate Lodge Kibale – Luxury cottages.

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Day 6: Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth National Park (3 hrs / 200 km)

After breakfast we calmly drive back towards Fort Portal while we pass the crater lakes area, a beautiful landscape with small lakes and rolling hills. From Fort Portal we continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp. (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Simba Safari Camp – superior rooms or C) Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park

The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. In the afternoon we take on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Dinner and overnight at Simba Safari Camp. (B-L-D)For upgrade you can stay at B) Simba Safari Camp – superior rooms or C) Elephant Plains Lodge

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Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Bwindi National Park (5 hrs / 200 km)

After breakfast you may choose to go for a hike in the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve in search of the chimpanzees (not included). It is a beautiful walk through the river valley, completely covered with tropical rainforest. In the afternoon we continue to Bwindi, home of the endangered mountain gorillas. You may spot the Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge. (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Mahogany springs or C) Buhoma lodge.

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Day 9: Gorilla tracking

Arise early today and prepare for an amazing adventure; an unforgettable encounter with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Following breakfast, transfer to the park offices where participants are divided into groups of 8 and allocated a gorilla family as well as a tracking guide.

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide (touches on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions), you drive to the trailhead for the start of your thrilling adventure – participants can expect to walk long distances in steep and sometimes muddy conditions with rain overhead, which can be tough and require a degree of fitness. Granted, the time taken can be quite unpredictable taking anything from 2 to 8hrs or longer however the thrill of coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla silverback will more than compensate for the effort in their quest.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving, playing, raising their young and sometimes wrestling by the juveniles – it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience!
NB: Coming face to face with a giant Mountain Gorilla must truly be the most genuinely breathtaking wildlife experience on earth!
Afterwards, you hike back to base where your Driver will be waiting to transfer you to the lodge for a deserved shower and lunch or dinner depending on the time taken on the trek. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Haven Lodge. (B-L-D) For upgrade you can stay at B) Mahogany springs or C) Buhoma lodge

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Day 10: Bwindi National Park – Lake Bunyonyi (4 hrs / 120 km)

After breakfast we depart to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Africa. Relax or go for a canoe trip while you watch the beautiful sunset. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp (cottage). (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Arcadia Cottages or C) Birdnest

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Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

After the challenging and strenuous hike in Bwindi, some relaxing moments on the shores of this peaceful lake are most welcome. The options here are birding, nature walks, swimming or canoeing. Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi Overland Camp (cottage). (B-L-D)
For upgrade you can stay at B) Arcadia Cottages or C) Birdnest

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Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo National Park (3 hrs / 250 km)

We drive to Lake Mburo National Park and as we enter the park it is likely that you will spot some wildlife, like impalas, topis, warthogs, zebras and buffaloes. In the afternoon you can go on a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the rich bird life and the hippos that are cooling off. Dinner and overnight at Eagles nest (B-L-D) For upgrade you can stay at B) Rwaboko rock or C) Mihingo Lodge.

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Day 13: Lake Mburo National Park – Entebbe – Departure

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Enjoy your day at leisure. Depending on the time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. We are looking forward to seeing you again!