Highlights Uganda National Parks Safari

Uganda National Parks

Wildlife, Big Game, Gorillas, Chimps, Nature | 16 Days, 15 Nights

From: US$1095, All Inclusive

Overview

The Highlights Uganda National Parks Safari is a tailor-made Uganda safari that takes you round the spectacular Uganda national parks known for their incredible wildlife sightings and pristine views. Each game park has its own mystique highlight, whether that is the chimpanzees of Kibale, big game of Ishasha, mountain gorillas of Bwindi or the famous shoebill and thundering waters of Murchison Falls. Not only are the wildlife sightings sure to make this safari unforgettable, but you will learn about conservation along the way, with visits to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and talks with park guides before your gorilla treks.

Tour Highlights

  • Track and spend time with the chimpanzees of Kibale
  • Encounter the unique shoebill famous to Uganda
  • Enjoy a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel
  • Meet the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tour Price

$1095

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Trip Information

  • Duration: 16 days 15 nights
  • Location: Mabamba Wetlands
  • Activities: Birding, rhino tracking, chimp tracking, boat cruise, game drive
  • Other Places: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Day 1:
Arrive Entebbe

On your arrival into Entebbe, clear customs and look out for our Highlights Uganda National Parks Safari representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure so depending on what time you arrive please speak to our representative about making plans for the day.

You’ll be staying at: Boma Guesthouse D — Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)

Day 2:
Mabamba Wetland Swamp in Entebbe
Today you will have the opportunity to explore the areas surrounding Entebbe. Wake early for your first activity, the Mabamba Wetland Swamp which is known for its excellent birding including sightings of the famous shoebill. If you get back to Entebbe in time you may also be able to visit the botanical gardens.
Day 3:
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Today, meet with your Highlights Uganda National Parks Safari driver guide for a 4 hour transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rhino tracking experience. You will learn about the conservation efforts needed to protect these species and the struggles they face in Uganda. After lunch, transfer to your hotel in Masindi and relax before your next adventure.
Day 4:
Budongo Forest and Murchison Falls
This morning you will enjoy breakfast before travelling to Budongo for a chimp tracking experience. This is the first of many primate experiences you will enjoy during this safari! After tracking, drive approx 1 hour to Bakers Lodge. Time permitting, you may be able to go for an afternoon game drive in Murchison Falls National Park.
Days 5-6:
Murchison Falls National Park
Over the next two days you have the chance to discover the sights of Murchison Falls. Enjoy game drives, boat cruises and waterfall hikes while looking out for wildlife such as Nile crocodiles, elephants and the unique shoebill.
Day 7:
Kibale Forest National Park

Moving on from Murchison Falls, you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. This is a long transfer so a packed lunch will be included and this is a chance to relax and take in the landscapes before chimpanzee tracking over the next few days.

You’ll be staying at: Primates Lodge B, L, D

Day 8:
Kibale Forest National Park

This morning, head out into Kibale Forest to track the chimpanzees as they swing through the trees. Sit and watch them as they stop for lunch or relax in the shade. In the afternoon, head to the crater lake for a long walk or perhaps swim in the crater or kayak on the lake.

You’ll be staying at: Primates Lodge B, L, D

Day 9:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, drive approximately three hours with a packed lunch to Mweya for a 2pm shared boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Look out for birds and wildlife as you cruise along. After the boat cruise, move on to Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will be able to enjoy game viewing en route so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

You’ll be staying at: Ishasha Wilderness Camp B, L, D

Day 10:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today, explore Ishasha on both morning and afternoon game drives looking out for hundreds of bird species, elephants and the famous tree-climbing lions. Finish your afternoon game drive with a bush sundowner taking in a true African sunset.

You’ll be staying at: Ishasha Wilderness Camp B, L, D

Day 11:
Ishasha – Bwindi

After breakfast, enjoy another game drive looking out for Ishasha’s wildlife and then transfer on to Bwindi. En route, visit Agatha and Deo’s homesteads for a cultural experience.

You’ll be staying at: Bwindi Lodge B, L, D

Day 12:
Bwindi Forest National Park

Today, transfer to Bwindi Forest Park HQ for a gorilla tracking briefing and allocation of the gorilla family that you will be tracking for the day. Head out with your tracker guides to seek out the gorillas and spend time with these powerful creatures. Once you have located the gorillas you will only have an hour to spend with them so make sure you enjoy every second (add USD $600 per person for the gorilla permit).

You’ll be staying at: Bwindi Lodge B, L, D

Day 13:
Bwindi Forest National Park

You now have the chance to head out on a second gorilla trek. As you will have taken hundreds of photographs yesterday, make sure you step back from your camera today to truly take in the moment. Depending on what time you get back to the lodge you will have the afternoon at your leisure.

You’ll be staying at: Bwindi Lodge B, L, D

Day 14:
Bwindi – Lake Mburo

After breakfast at Bwindi Lodge, say goodbye to this amazing place and transfer to Lake Mburo. This journey is approximately 6.5 hours but when you arrive you will be able to head out on a night drive to discover the nocturnal creatures of Lake Mburo.

You’ll be staying at: Mihingo Lodge B, L, D

Day 15:
Lake Mburo National Park

Today, enjoy a morning guided nature/game walk around Lake Mburo National Park. This is an extremely picturesque park and is home to hippos, buffalo, impala and even leopards. Head back to the lodge for lunch and afternoon relaxation before going out for another game drive in the early evening.

You’ll be staying at: Mihingo Lodge B, L, D

Day 16:
Depart Uganda

Enjoy your final game drive in Lake Mburo before getting ready to leave Uganda. After an early lunch at the lodge, drive approx 5.5 hours to Entebbe in time to check in for your international departure flight.

End of Trip

  • Expert leadership of our Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Guaranteed window seating in Land Cruisers
  • Park fees and Gorilla permits
  • Safari camp staff
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers as noted, baggage handling

International airfare, internal airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, optional excursions, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

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