While on this superb Uganda safari visits Uganda’s prime wilderness spots of Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo National Parks; enjoy the jungle and search for chimpanzees, gorillas, plenty of other wildlife and birds; relax on beautiful Lake Bunyonyi; see rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The safari starts from Kampala – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Murchison Falls – Hoima – Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi Impenetrable – Lake Bunyonyi – Lake Mburo and end in Kampala/ Entebbe airport.
Drive from Kampala, visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary. Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is the proud home of the only white rhinos in Uganda. Located in Nakasongola district, not only can you find rhinos, but a wide variety of bird species and other wildlife.
The wildlife ranch has become a popular destination for tourists looking for adventure. It offers Rhino trekking, birding tours, nature hikes, night-time nature walks and a shoe bill trek & canoe ride.
The sanctuary offers a bar and restaurant where cold drinks and delicious home cooked meals are served. And if you’re looking to stay overnight, you can choose between campsite or one of the guest houses.
Continue to Murchison falls national park. Murchison Falls National Park is popularly known for having the world’s most powerful waterfall that emits large volumes of water about 300 cubic meters per second.
It is home to more than 73 animals’ species among which are four the ‘Big Five’ including buffaloes, leopards, lions and elephants (except rhinos), has three-quarters of the world’s population of Rothschild giraffes plus a healthy population of herbivores which has recently doubled including the Uganda Kobs all of which can easily be seen on this safari.
There are various primates living within its verdant forests like the Budongo among are over 610 chimpanzees, in addition to 451 bird species including 23 Albertine rift endemics.
Game Drives are conducted early morning as well as in the early evening offering you a chance to enjoy up-close views of the different animals. The Delta area, Buligi Peninsular and the southern sector are the main game viewing areas.
The 2-hour launch trip begins at Paraa and offers holidaymakers an opportunity to see various wildlife including large numbers of giant crocodiles, hippos and various birds like the rare shoe bill stork. This offers great photographic opportunities.
As you are heading to Kibale, relax and take lunch in Hoima as you unwind and refresh from the finished journeys. Head to Kibale for yet another show of chimps. Uganda is one of the world’s best primate destinations – and there are over 5,000 chimpanzees in the country. Kibale Forest National Park in the southwest of Uganda, a home to around 1,500 the highest concentration of chimps anywhere in the country.
Two treks take place every day in Kibale National Park, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The trek starts with a briefing from the park rangers. They’ll talk you through the route you’ll be taking, the safety precautions, and explain more about the chimps and their behaviour in the wild.
You will start the search for a habituated group of chimps; these are chimps that are used to human presence. These groups tend not to retreat too deeply into the forest, meaning you don’t have to hike as far before coming across your first troop swinging in the trees above. The trek will take around 3 hours, including one hour with the chimps.
After that experience, you will head to Queen Elizabeth. This Park is the most popular Savannah park in Uganda and the best place to see lions including the Tree Climbing lions making it the perfect destination for a Uganda wildlife safari holiday.
It prides in a great diversity of habitats that include: lakes, Savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country.
Visit the Kazinga Channel the natural water channel that connects Lakes Albert and Gorge and is home to a large number of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, elephants and hippos which can easily be seen on the thrilling Kazinga Boat Ride.
Visit the Katwe Explosion Crater Lakes found in the northern part on the highest elevation of the park and enjoy the sweeping views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the western rift valley escarpments and lakes George and Edward.
After all this, take off to Bwindi national park for gorilla trekking. A gorilla safari to Bwindi Forest is a visit to one of the most amazing and special places on planet earth. Experience the magic of the gorilla land.
Visit any of the four sectors in Bwindi with over 19 habituated groups where 18 of them are open for gorilla tracking while the remaining one was reserved for research purposes. Bwindi is the favourite destination for gorilla trekking and the most affordable destination to travelers.
Visiting one or more habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is worth as each of them tells different stories. At the end you will be rewarded with unforgettable experience of a lifetime that will never fade out of your memory.
The habituated gorillas are now used to humans but they are still wild. So, anything unexpected can happen! Always follow the guide’s rules so that you can rest assured of safety. Normally you do not have to eat or drink when you’re with the gorillas.
All visitors intending to come for this lifetime experience, you need to ensure that you are physically well. The trek involves hiking through the thick forests and steep terrains or even the muddy slopes. The treks to see a group of mountain gorillas are usually at the higher altitude.
After this magical experience, go for relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the safest lakes in Africa. There are no crocs, hippos, or risk of bilharzia. The island is home to over 200 species of birds. Grab a notepad and binoculars and spend hours discovering everything from weaver birds to grey-crowned cranes. It’s the perfect place for bird enthusiasts.
The lake encircles 29 islands, each overflowing with stories. However, 3 are spoken about most frequently: Akampeine, Bwama, and Njuyeera. Visit the Punishment Island, the head of the family, usually the father, would take an unmarried, pregnant woman to Akampeine in a canoe. They would be left there to die, from either hunger or drowning in their attempt to swim home.
After the unwinding, find out what Mburo national park offers. It is the only place where you can spot the impalas in Uganda, antelopes as well as the Elands. There are also many herds of buffalos and Zebras with in this national park.
You will also have a guided walk with an armed ranger towards the salt lick and then you will see the animals as they link the salty soil that are found there. The game drives through the park will allow you see many of the animal species as well as birds.
Take a boat cruise that will get you to come face to face with the flora and fauna of the lake. And along the bank, you will also see many animals that come to the water especially in the dry season.
After enjoying the beauty of this park head to Kampala for a city tour. On your way back, you will find the Igongo cultural centre that is an historical showplace of the Banyakitara people, who live in the western Uganda, relax for a while then proceed to Kampala.
Also get a stopover at the Equator; stop and enjoy a visit to the equator which runs through Uganda. Many visitors love taking photos at the Equator sign post. Arrive at your hotel in Kampala for relaxation as you plan for the city tour the next day.