Safari for Gorillas and wildlife

15 days best Uganda safari for Gorillas and wildlife

On this 15 days best Uganda safari, you visit the most attractive sites of gorillas, wildlife and even birds. This safari undoubtedly goes through beautiful landscapes and cultural experiences of Africa.

The 15 days best Uganda Safari has these highlights:

15 Days Uganda Safari with bird watching, gorilla tracking and wildlife tour through Uganda’s top destinations.

  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
  • Sunrise and sunset game drives for predators
  • Boat cruises on River Nile and Kazinga channel
  • Visit 6 national parks- Murchison Falls, Semliki, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, and Lake Mburo in Uganda
  • Nature walking in Bigodi Swamp and Ziwa Sanctuary
  • Standing by the Equator in Uganda
  • Seeing the local tribes

Day 1: Airport EBB – Arrival at Entebbe

You are warmly received and subsequently taken to the hotel for a restful overnight.

Overnight stay: Cycads Guest House (BB) or The Boma (BB)

Day 2: Entebbe to Ziwa Sanctuary 210 km, 4 hr

We have breakfast and thereafter, drive through the countryside to the Ziwa sanctuary. This is understandably the natural habitat to observe the rhinos in Uganda. We then relax for lunch. In the afternoon, we take a bush walk through the thickets to finally see the white Rhinos. Enjoy a relaxed evening and overnight on the sanctuary grounds. The sanctuary is a wide expanse of wood and grassland that covers about 70 square kilometers. Until recently, rhinos were extinct in Uganda. However, they have been reintroduced here. It is easy to see them in the morning or late afternoon hours when they are feeding and active.

Overnight stay: Ziwa Guest House (FB) or the Amuka Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Through Budongo Forest to Murchison Falls

We start this morning with a drive through Budongo Reserve. This is the biggest tropical rain-forest in Uganda with chimpanzees and some of the rare birds. We continue through the woodlands up to the top of the Murchison Falls. Here, the river Nile squeezes through a small space between the rocks. And the resultant sounds of the water fall is terrific. At last, we check in at the lodge and relax to the sight of the sunset. We watch the wilderness and animals below and on the river banks. Murchison Falls is the largest park in Uganda with a wide variety of animals and birds.

Overnight stay: Murchison River Lodge (FB) or the Paraa safari Lodge (FB)

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park

Before the sun rises, we start off with a game drive on the northern bank of the river Nile. The vegetation along here is grassland. It is therefore a favorite hunting ground for the predators. The Queen track is an excellent area for spotting the lions. However, the Pakuba area sometimes has leopards and hyenas fighting for kills.

Along the Albert Nile and Victoria tracks, elephants, giraffes, antelopes are seen. We return to the lodge to relax and have lunch. In the afternoon though, we get on a three hours boat cruise on the river Nile. This boat trip sails upstream to the bottom of the Murchison falls. Crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants are visible in the water and along the Nile shores. The boat provides an opportunity to see the water birds of the river Nile.  These include the Shoe-bill, Saddle-billed stork, Woolly- necked stork, red throated Bee-eater and the long-toed Lapwing.

Overnight stay: Murchison River Lodge (FB) or the Paraa safari Lodge (FB)

       Day 5: Murchison Falls NP to Fort Portal

After early breakfast, we drive southwards through villages and upcountry towns as well as picturesque tea plantations to Fort Portal city. This new city lies at the start of the Rwenzori chain of mountains. This is indeed the main city of the Tooro Kingdom.

Overnight stay: Fort Motel (FB) / Mountains of the Moon hotel (FB)

Day 6: To Semliki National Park   80 km,                                                                         

We have a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter we proceed through the Rwenzori Mountains to Semliki national park. The views of the plains below stretch up to Congo. We then go on a walk in the jungle to see the steamy hot springs. The forest, animals and birds are no doubt an extension of the vast Congo basin. After enjoying this park, we transfer to Kibale Forest. We relax eventually to sounds from the nocturnal animals of the forest.

Overnight stay: Chimpanzee Guest House (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 7: Kibale Forest National Park

On this day, we hike on the trails for Chimpanzee trekking. The highlight is certainly an encounter with a group of chimps in the trees or on the ground. as a matter of fact, Kibale Forest has the highest number of primates in Uganda. For example, it is home to the Black and white Colobus monkey, the Olive Baboon and Red colobus monkey. Kibale National Park is even a tropical forest. Besides the chimps, the forest is naturally home to 12 primates and 355 bird species. We will definitely enjoy the walk as the guides explain the life of the forest. In the afternoon, we make a nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp. Along with the monkeys, expect to see the papyrus birds such as the Papyrus Gonolek and white-winged Warbler. Other forest species include the African Marsh Harrier and the Black-billed Turaco.

Overnight stay: Chimpanzee Guest House (FB) / Primate Lodge (FB)

Day 8: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth 160 km, 4 hours

Today, we transfer further south to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way, the Mountains of the Moon are clearly visible. Briefly, we make a stop at the Equator. Moreover, we stand on the line and in two hemispheres at ago. We reach the lodge by lunch time and just relax. In the afternoon however, we do an animal search drive while the sun sets. This park undoubtedly ranks the best in Uganda in terms of diversity. Indeed 95 species and over 600 species have been recorded. On the game drive, you are likely to see animals of the grasslands like lions and leopards. Birds such as the Yellow-billed Ox-pecker and Piac-piac usually ride on the backs of antelopes or Buffalo.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or  Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park

First, the day starts with a morning game drive in the park. We search for animals along the tracks of the Kasenyi plains. This area is famous for predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. On the other hand, the antelopes and warthogs are the prey. We return to the lodge for lunch. Then, we slope down for the adventurous boat cruise along the beautiful Kazinga channel. This large water way connects two lakes, namely George and Edward.

The boat moves slowly and close to numerous animals that stay in the water like crocodiles and hippos. Others such as buffaloes, elephants and giant forest hogs come to the channel to drink.  Many bird species like the great white Pelican and African Skimmer stand in the water or on the banks. The boat trip ends at Lake Edward with stunning views of the mountains of the Congo further on.

Overnight stay: The Kasenyi Safari Camp (FB) or  Mweya Safari Lodge (FB)

Day 10: Queen Elizabeth to Ishasha

We look out for animals this morning as we transfer slowly towards the Ishasha sector. If the lions are in the trees, we go straight to them. Otherwise, we check in at the Lodge for lunch and to relax. Later, we enjoy a relaxed sunset game drive in search of the tree climbing lions. The drive goes up to the forested river camp. Here, there are animals for instance hippos in the river and primates in the surrounding trees.

Overnight stay: Ishasha Jungle Lodge (FB) or  Ishasha Wilderness Camp (FB)

Day 11: Ishasha to Bwindi national Park (60km 2hrs / 150km 5hrs)

After a sumptuous early breakfast, we drive further to Bwindi Impenetrable. On the way, we drive through wooded and hilly villages. The beautiful landscapes of mountains naturally have breathtaking views. Bwindi Impenetrable is a uniquely formed mountainous forest with many wildlife species and birds. Moreover, Bwindi is one of the 2 places in the world where you find the endangered Mountain Gorillas!!

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or the Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 12: Bwindi Impenetrable forest on the trails Gorilla tracking!!!

In the early morning, we set off to the forest. By all means, our target is to meet a family of the Gorillas!! We observe and photograph the gorillas as they eat, play and fight. The gorilla babies behave differently. Some always want to examine the strange visitors. However, the watchful gorilla mother and gorilla silver-back may not allow this. The Silver-back heads the group and makes the important decisions. Whereas we will have an hour with the gorillas, this is an experience that will last a lifetime. In the end, the guides provide vivid stories of the gorillas and wildlife of the forest.

Overnight stay: Gorilla Mist Camp (FB) or  Mahogany Springs Lodge (FB)

Day 13: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Bunyonyi

This morning, we have breakfast and simply relax. We then drive leisurely through the hills to Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is unquestionably the deepest and most picturesque lake in Uganda. Furthermore, the hillsides have hanging terraced farms and homesteads. In the afternoon, we relax at the lodge or take a swim in the lake (Bilharzia free). Alternatively, we go canoeing or take a boat trip to the surrounding communities and islands. According to legend the punishment Island is a historical place on the lake. We return to the lodge to relax in the cool breeze and of course sights of the lake. Overnight stay: Bunyonyi Overland Camp (FB) or the Bird Nest (FB) 

Day:14 lake Bunyonyi to Mburo National Park 200km 4hr

On this day,we drive further through the mountains and cattle countryside to Lake Mburo park. There are five lakes in the park with surrounding rolling hills. Although the vegetation is mostly woodland, there are beautiful bird species. In addition, the park has giraffes, leopards, hyenas and zebras. Apart from these, the rare topi and Eland antelopes also roam here. Common on the lake Mburo are hippos and crocodiles as well. In the afternoon, we go for a game drive to search for the animals and birds. Birding along the tracks, brings species such as the Tabora Cisticola,  grey-crowned Crane and the Red-faced Barbet. We return to the Lodge and relax to views of the park below.

Overnight stay: Rwakobo Rock (FB) or Mihingo Lodge (FB)

Day 15: Lake Mburo to Kampala or Entebbe

We hope for a sunny day and as the sunrises, we start on a safari walk in the park. We match through the woods in order to see the birds and animals in close proximity. Indeed, it is a thrilling moment if you have never been on a foot safari. After this adventure, we finally transfer to the airport for the departure flight. However, we have a lunch break at the Equator line.

END of the 15 days best Uganda Safari 

TOTAL PRICE (Medium range accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 3850 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 3300 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 3095 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 635 single room supplement outside the double/twin room

The above Price includes:

  • Ground transfers
  • 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Sealed Bottled drinking water
  • Accommodations with meals
  • Entrance fees to the included national Parks and sites
    The following activities: Gorilla, chimpanzee and rhino tracking, game drives, bird watching, boat trips on the river Nile, Lake Bunyonyi and Kazinga Channel and a visit to the crater lakes.
TOTAL PRICE  (High Budget accommodations- Full board)
  • 2 persons: USD 5465 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 4 persons: USD 4820 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • 6 persons: USD 4530 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
  • USD: 795 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
The above Price does not include:
  • Activities not  in the Itinerary
  • Flights and Insurances
  • Visa for Uganda
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Tips, personal expenses such as laundry and communications

N.B: The 15 days best Uganda safari can be booked and done at any time of the year.

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