19 Day best of Uganda safari highlights

3 Day Gorilla Trekking Tour Uganda

USD $4740pp

Rates are per person (pp)and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Our 19 Day best of Uganda safari highlights is for those who have enough time to spend in Uganda to explore and discover “The Pearl of Africa. This safari covers Northern and North east National Parks of Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park providing an opportunity for trekking chimps thrice in the different environments of Budogo Forest, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. It also offers you a chance to visit four savannah National Parks for game drives and boat cruises. Enjoy two boat cruises in Murchison Falls National Park, one boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Canoe ride in Lake Bunyonyi as well as Lake Mburo National Park. These four savannah National parks included here offer the best of game drives with chances of spotting thousands of antelopes, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and so much more while on our 16 day primate, game and cultural tour. The highlight of this tour is definitely gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. To make sure that you also interact with the local communities around these national parks, we have several village and community walks that will take you to the nearby villages to learn more about people and their cultures.

Brief Itinerary of our 19 Day Best of Uganda Safari highlights

Day 01: Drive from Kampala to Kitgum: Overnight at Boma Hotel on Full Board

Day 02: Drive to Kidepo National Park for an evening game drive: UWA Bandas on Full Board

Day 03: Game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park: Overnight at UWA Bandas on Full Board

Day 04: Visiting the Karimanjongo Villages to explore cultures of these pastoral people. Overnight at Boma Hotel on Full Board.

Day 05: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park for an evening game drive: Overnight at Kabalega Wilderness Camp on Full Board basis

Day 06: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the base of the falls. Overnight at Kabalega Wilderness Camp on Full Board Basis

Day 07: Morning game drive and afternoon boat to the Albert delta. Overnight at Kabalega Wilderness Camp on Full Board Basis

Day 08: Drive to Hoima Town for a cultural walk: Overnight at Kontik Hotel or Hoima Cultural Lodge on Full Board

Day 09: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park: Overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House on Full Board

Day 10: Morning chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Village wetland and community walk. Overnight at Rwenzori View Guest House on Full Board

Day 11: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an evening game drive in Mweya. Overnight at Bush Lodge or Buffalo resort on Full Board Basis

Day 12: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. Overnight at Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort on Full Board basis

Day 13: Morning chimp trekking in Chambura or Karinzu Eco tourism site and afternoon visit to Katwe salt mining site: Overnight at Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort.

Day 14: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp on Full Board

Day 15: Gorilla tracking and village walk. Overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp on Full Board Basis

Day 16: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight at Crater Bay Cottages or Bird Nest Overseas Cottages on Full Board Basis

Day 17: Canoeing and birding around Lake Bunyonyi: Overnight at Crater Bay Cottages or Bird Nest Overseas Cottages on Full Board Basis

Day 18: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park via Igongo Cultural center arriving at the Park for an evening boat cruise on the Lake. Overnight at Lake Mburo Safari Lodge on Full Board

Day 19: Early morning game drive and then transfer to Entebbe Airport via the equator crossing.

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What you need to know about our 16 Day Uganda Primate, game and cultural tour

  • It can start any time on any date
  • The tour is all inclusive with all activities, meals, chimp and gorilla permits, park fees, lodges and as such no hidden costs involved.
  • Maximum number is six people and minimum is two people sharing.
  • Suitable for children aged 15 years and above.
  • Safari starts and ends in Uganda
  • You have an opportunity to trek chimpanzees in Budongo Forest, Kibale National Park and Kyambura Gorge
  • It visits three top National Parks for game drives. That Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National National Park.
  • Enjoy four boat cruises on this tour on the river at Murchison Falls National Park, on the lake at Bunyonyi and Mburo National Park and on the channel in queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Enjoy walking safaris to visit local communities and villages to learn more about the life styles of the local people in Uganda.

Day one: To Kitgum Town

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for briefing and thereafter drive to Kitgum town for overnight. All our tours to Kidepo National Park stop at Kitgum town to break the long journey.

Drive time: Approximately 6-7 hours

Mealplan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Boma Hotel

Day two: To Kidepo National Park

After breakfast, drive to Kidepo valley National Park located in north eastern Uganda. Check in your Accommodation property, relax and prepare for a later afternoon game drive. Kidepo National Park was once voted the best National Park in Africa and is the only place where you can see cheaters.  Kidepo Valley National Park boosts of several prides of lions that can be easily spotted compared to other National Park, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and so much more in large number.

Drive time: Approximately 3 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: UWA Bandas

Day three: Morning and afternoon game drives

Today, you will spend both morning and afternoon doing game drives in the savannah plains of Kidepo valley National Park. This park hosts a great variety of animal species in comparison to any other Ugandan parks. Of the Eighty species recorded in 1971, Twenty eight weren’t known to exist in any other park within Uganda. Carnivore species distinctive to Kidepo are: the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal and the aard Wolf. The more uncommon ungulates are: the greater & Lesser Kudu, roan antelope, Chandler’s mountain Reedbuck, beisa oryx, Klipspringer and Bright’s Gazelle, have been greatly decreased by poachers within the past few years. Among the other big ungulates are: elephants, oribi, burchell’s zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, bush pigs, bohor reed buck, warthogs, rothschild giraffes, defassa water bucks, cape buffaloes, elands, bush duskiers and bush bucks . Five primate species   are found within the park of which the most endemic is the Kavirondo bush baby. Carnivores existing include lions, side-striped jackals, leopards, black-backed jackals, various small cats as well as spotted hyenas.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: UWA Bandas

Day Four: Karimajongo villages and cultural visits

After breakfast, you will visit the homes of the Karamajongo, interact with the elders and get to know more about the lifestyle, culture and behaviours of the onetime pastoral group. Drive to Kitugum for overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 3 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Boma Hotel

Day Five: To Murchison Falls National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park which is the biggest conservation area in Uganda offering riverine, forest and savannah environments. Depending on where you will be staying, afternoon game drive will be rewarding.

Drivetime: Approximately 3-4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Kabalega Wilderness Camp

Day Six: Morning game drives and boat cruise on the Nile

Your 16 day primate, game and cultural tour will be action packed as you will need to wake up early for a morning game drive where you will be transferred by ferry to the northern banks of River Nile commonly known as paraa. This side of the park provides an opportunity to spot several antelopes, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, buffaloes, and if luck, big cats such as leopards and lions. Return to the lodge for lunch and then a boat cruise to the base of the falls. On your way from the jetty point to the bottom of the falls, you will spot several herds of buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, water bird species and other wild animals as they flock River Nile to drink water. Continue upstream to the base of the falls to observe how water squeezes in a narrow gorge to later explode in what has been referred to the strongest and powerful falls on planet earth. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Kabalega Wilderness Camp

Day Seven: Morning game drive and late afternoon delta cruise

After an early breakfast will see you return to the northern bank of river to another game drive to search for wild that you can have missed out on your previous game drives. Return to the lodge and thereafter go a late afternoon boat cruise to Albert delta where there is a lot of action and activity. Depending on your luck, you may find elephants, buffaloes and hippos crossing, crocodiles every well as well as chances of spotting the rare shoebill stock. Return back to the lodge for overnight:

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Kabalega Wilderness Camp

Day Eight: Hoima Town for a cultural walk

After breakfast, you will drive to Hoima town which is about 3 hour’s drive from Murchison Falls National Park. Depending on the nature of the road, you may pass via Lake Albert for a scenic drive to the escarpments and then to Hoima town. Check in and go for a cultural walk or enjoy cultural performances at the lodge to learn more about cultures of the local people in the area.

Drive time: 3 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Kontik Hotel/Hoima Cultural Lodge

Day Nine: To Kibale National Park.

You will drive to Kibale National Park via Fort Portal town for Lunch before checking in at Rwenzori View Guest House. No major activity these day but if time allows, you may drive around Fort Portal town.

Drive time: Approximately 4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Rwenzori View Guest House

Day Ten: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Wetland Walk

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park headquarters at Kanyakyu to join other trekkers for briefing and eventual chimpanzee trekking. You will be led by a well-trained ranger/guide who will take you for a guided primate walk inside Kibale Forest National Park. This forest provides an opportunity to visit one of the habituated communities/part of chimpanzees and spend an hour with them observing and taking photographs. Kibale National Park is home to other 11 primate species coupled with forest birds. After your chimpanzee trek, you will drive to Bigodi Village for a wetland walk that was designed to benefit the local community living around Kibale Forest National Park. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Rwenzori View Guest House

 

Day Eleven: To Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, your will drive 3-4 hours from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have an opportunity of passing through small towns, seeing several foothills of Mountain Rwenzori, small rivers that originate from Rwennzori mountain ranges as well as crossing the equator at Kikorongo. Check in at Bush Lodge, relax as you prepare for a late afternoon game drive in Mweya. This section of Queen Elizabeth National Park is endowed with Antelopes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants and many other wild animals including lions and leopards whose sight depends on your luck since this is nature. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort

Day Twelve: Game drive and Boat Cruise

After an early morning cup of tea, you will drive back to Kasenyi plains for a game drive to catch up with what you could have missed out on your earlier game drive. Its this time of the morning that big cats are out hunting for their prey and as such chances of spotting lions and or leopards are slightly high. Never the less, you will be guaranteed to see buffaloes, hippos, several species of antelopes, and many others. You may return to the lodge for lunch or drive directly to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. This two hour boat cruise is one of the highlights in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It provides you an opportunity to view over 300 out of the 600 water bird species recorded here, antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and hippos. Return to the lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort

Day Thirteen: Chambura Chimp trekking and Katwe salt mines

After breakfast, you will be driven to Chambura to join other trekkers for briefing and their after start you chimpanzee walk in the gorge. Your experienced ranger guide will help you identify several flora and fauna resident in this gorge and once you find a community of chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them for photography. Return back from the trek for lunch and short relaxation at the lodge before moving out again to visit Lake Katwe salt mines. Lake Katwe is an explosive crate which is gifted with salt and it’s the local community that mines/extracts salt from this lake. The local community guide will take you for a tour around salt mines explaining how salt extraction is done, challenges faced and opportunities available. Lake Katwe salt extraction project is one of the live examples supporting Queen Elizabeth as one of the conservation areas in the whole world where man is sustainably co-existing harmoniously with wildlife. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort

Day Fourteen: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in south western Uganda and shared between three districts of Kabale, Kanungu and Kisoro. Your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will take you through rolling hills with tarracced gardens of irish potatoes and sometimes tea. You will arrive late afternoon for overnight at the Lodge. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas and the only National Park where wild chimpanzees co-exist with mountain gorillas.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Broad Bill Forest Camp

Day Fifteen: Gorilla tracking and Village walk

After breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters to join others for gorilla family allocation and full briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. After that, you will be driven to the starting point of your allocated gorilla family to start your trek into the impenetrable Bwindi Forest. This trek may take from 30 minutes to three quarters of the day depending on where mountain gorillas will be. Thus gorilla trekking can be strenuous and as such a certain level of fitness is required. Once you find the gorillas, the experience will be worth it and you will be allowed one hour of observation and photography.  You will then return to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate in recorgnition of your effort of helping to conserve the endangered mountain gorillas. Return to the lodge for relaxation followed by a village walk to learn more about the local people living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Broad Bill Forest Camp

Day Sixteen: To Lake Bunyonyi

Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the three Lava damned Lake which was formed when lava flowing from one of the volcanoes blocked a river channel and water was forced to flow back hence filling the space to create lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi locally means small birds due to the abundance of small birds in this area. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and second deepest in East Africa. A person visit Lake Bunyonyi for its beauty and is one of the best place to relax after your gorilla trek.

Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bird Nest Overseas Cottages or Crater Bay Cottages

Day Seventeen: Canoeing or Hiking

After breakfast, you are free to admire the beauty of the lake and its surrounding hills. You will have a choice of either taking a canoe ride on the lake to explore different island with exciting history. You will for example visit the Punishment Island where girls who would produce babies out of legitimate tradition marriage would be dumped and left to die. This is a whole day activity and you will surely enjoy it. Alternatively, you can hike one of the hills around lake Bunyonyi. Encounter Africa Safaris supports some projects so those who want to do something on their tour can go for volunteer work. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Bird Nest Overseas Cottages or Crater Bay Cottages

Day Eighteen: To Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, drive to lake Mburo National Park via Great lakes museum or Igongo Cultural center to learn more about the cultures of ethnic groups in western Uganda. Lunch will be served en route arrive at Lake Mburo National Park for a boat cruise on the Lake followed by an evening game drive. Lake Mburo National Park is popular for animals such as impalas, Giraffes, Zebras and so much more. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Day Nineteen: Drive to Entebbe International Airport

After breakfast, you will start your journey to Entebbe International Airport with a stop at the Equator crossing for photography and stretching.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

4x4 Safari Tour Van

Standard: 4x4 Safari Van

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people.

4x4 Luxury Safari Land Cruisers

Upgrade: 4x4 Luxury Safari Landcruiser

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smart phones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

COST PER PERSON SHARING
Persons Date Price per person
1 Person Any date USD6105.00
2 Persons Any date USD47400.00
3 Persons Any date USD4280.00
4 Persons Any date USD4050.00
5 Persons Any date USD3920.00
6 Persons Any date USD3825.00

Single room Supplement is USD 205.00per person willing to stay alone in a single room

INCLUDED IN THE COST

  • Meet and greet services
  • All airport transfers
  • Budongo chimp permit at USD95.00 per person
  • Chambura Chimpanzee permit at USD50.00 per person
  • Bwindi Gorilla permit at USD600.00 (get a discount of USD150 off each permit if you travel in April, May and November)
  • Kibale Chimpanzee permit at USD150.00 (get a discount of USD50.00 off if you travel in Apri, May and November)
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking local guide
  • Fuel for this round trip
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • Boat cruises in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo National Parks
  • Game drives as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Community and village walks as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entry fees

Cost Excludes

  • Visa Fees at USD50.00 for Uganda
  • All expenses of personal nature such as drinks and tips to guides and waiters.

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