17 Days Uganda Safari

 17 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1: Arrival and pick up at Entebbe Airport

You’ll be personally welcomed by an Focus East Africa Tours representative upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, then transfer to Entebbe Town for overnight stay and dinner.

Meal plan: Bed and Breakfasteng

 Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park and Rhino Tracking

Depart Kampala city after breakfast with your guide taking you to Murchison falls national park, the largest conservation area in Uganda. Along the 5 hours journey there will be regular stops and you will visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary home to 20 white rhinos where you will take a guided Rhino tracking on foot with a ranger and have lunch. After lunch proceed into the park and before you check in your lodge, you visit the top of Murchison waterfalls for beautiful scenic views of the Nile. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise -Murchison Falls National Park

At 06:30am after a cup of coffee, you will start the game drive with a ranger to explore wildlife of Murchison falls including herds of elephants, buffalo, Uganda kob, lion, giraffes, hyena, topi. Arrive back to the lodge on time for full breakfast. After lunch you will head to Paara enjoy a 3 hours boat cruise on River Nile world’s longest river boasts high concentration of hippos, Nile crocodiles and a variety of water birds such as giant kingfishers, fish eagles. Later hike to the top of the falls to meet up with your Driver to transfer you to your lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale national park the home of Chimpanzees

Travel from Murchison to Kibale forest national park the primate capital of the world home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees. Approximately 6-7 hours journey via scenic rift valley landscapes you will stop in Fort portal town for lunch. After lunch you will visit the palace of Tooro kingdom led by the youngest king Oyo of 25 years of age. From there, still in Fort portal, take a drive around the crater lakes at 5pm to enjoy sunset from the top of the hill called top of the world. Get to your accommodation in kibale. Diner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi Swamp Walk

After your morning breakfast, your tour guide/driver will lead you to Kanyanchu park headquarters for briefing from the senior park ranger. At 8:00 am you will join the rest of other trackers and transfer to the starting point which is 2 Km away from the park headquarters. Most often chimpanzee tracking goes for 3 to 4 hours.

While in the forest you may interface with primates including, Chimpanzees, the red tailed monkey, L’Hoest monkey, baboons, white and black Colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, red Colobus, blue monkeys and pottos. Other animals include forest elephants unique from the common type, giant forest hogs and a striking tree species.

After lunch you will embark on a nature walk in Bigodi wetland sanctuary, an eco-tourism destination managed by local people. Their conservation story while on the nature walk to spot birds, primates gives you a look into how people live in harmony with nature. You may opt to visit the local homesteads before you return for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After breakfast you will take a 2 hours’ excursion to the Fort Portal Crater Lakes. You can hike to the top of the worlds and take in spectacular views of rift valley and snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains. Later you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National park arriving in time for check in and lunch at the lodge. Later in the evening you will visit the twin Lakes for scenic views and picture moments. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Full day in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise)

Today you will go for an early morning game drive where you will be able spot different animals including elephants, buffaloes and lions among others. You will return for lunch in the afternoon and thereafter head out for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

3 Days Uganda Safari Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

After breakfast you will be transferred to Bwindi forest National park via Ishasha where you will do a short game drive in search of tree climbing lions and thereafter continue to Bwindi arriving in time for check in at your Lodge.

Renowned as home to half of world’s mountains gorillas, Bwindi is famous gorilla tracking destination. derived from the Rukiga word, “Bwindi” means a dark place, Bwindi rainforest has remained untouched since the last ice age 250, 000 million years ago. Dinner and overnight

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and evening village walk

You will get up so early in the morning for breakfast and thereafter your driver will drive you to the Park head offices with your packed lunch. On reaching there by 7:30am you will be briefed about what to do and not to do while trekking after which you will be led by the ranger guides through the mist jungle. Trekking usually takes between to 8 hours or even a full day due to the location of gorillas. When you see them, it will be a great and fun time as you watch them and only 1 hour is permitted to watch them. Also ensure you carry enough water with you, hats, sun glasses, rain coats, and non-flash cameras.

Later return to the lodge and in the afternoon you may go for a village walk in the communities especially the batwa communities. Visit the women’s craft center and return for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Mgahinga National park

After breakfast, transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park for golden monkey trekking. This park is part of the greater Virunga conservation area and home to gorillas and golden monkeys. A golden monkey trek starts at 08am with a hike to the bamboo forest at 3000 meters altitude. You hope to see in the bamboo golden monkeys which are critically endangered primates. Later you will transfer for Lunch at your lodge and later dinner and overnight.

 Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 Day 11: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Today you will wake lazily and have your breakfast and thereafter you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi which is home to 19 islands, several little birds and otters. On arrival you will check in, relax in room or balcony and later embark on a boat cruise to explore the lake’s islands (Zebras Island, Punishment Island and Pygmies island). Bunyonyi is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa but its waters are good for swimming because they are free from crocodiles and hippos.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.

Today you will wake up slowly and enjoy your breakfast as you interact with the teachers and pupils. Later you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in time for lunch at the lodge. After the lunch you may relax at the poolside or the balcony as you await your night game drive. After the Game drive return to the Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Transfer Ssese Islands in Kalangala

Today wake up early for breakfast and there after transfer to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria with lunch en-route in Masaka. You will reach the Island in the evening checking in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Stay on the Island  

After breakfast you will lazy around the lodge and you may go swimming in the swimming pool or decide to relax on the beach side. There are other optional activities like fishing with the locals, water bikes, boat cruise, nature walks and bicycle riding on the island. Retire to your room for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Jinja

After breakfast you will say goodbye to beautiful Islands and transfer to Entebbe Town via the water with MV-Kalangala arriving in time (11:00AM) to meet up with your driver who will transfer you to Entebbe town for lunch and later proceed to Jinja City the adventure capital. You will drive past tea and sugarcane plantations through Mabira tropical rain forest. Enjoy a restful evening on arrival in preparation for a great white water rafting experience the next day.

 Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16: White Water rafting

After an early breakfast, move to the assembling point for a briefing that will equip you for a wild adventure of white water rafting on the Nile which last for half a day as you conquer the Nile rapids. After the rafting experience you will transfer to Kampala for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17: Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, today you will wake up lazily and take a tour of the crafts market from where you will go for lunch and transfer to Entebbe International Airport to catch your outbound flight.

 Accommodation Option: N/A

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

 

End of  17 Days Uganda Safari