12 Days Uganda Safari
12 Days Uganda Safari-Gorillas and Game Park Adventure
This 12 days Uganda safari is a gorillas, Chimpanzees and game parks adventure holiday that takes visitors from the country’s capital Kampala all the way to southwestern Uganda. The 12 days Uganda safari Package includes short and long drive journeys as you move through villages from one park to another allowing you to see the rural parts of Uganda with unique cultural experiences. The wildlife that you will encounter in different parks is simply wonderful.
On this 12 days Uganda Safari, you will explore Uganda’s major National parks including Bwindi impenetrable forest national park- home to half of world’s mountain gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Queen Elizabeth national park, kibale forest national park, Murchison falls National Park. These include amazing landscapes such as rainforests, Virunga volcanoes and kigezi highlands, rift valley, crater lakes, savannah, River Nile and some much more that you will enjoy nature photography.
Wildlife encounters such as coming face to face with the MOUNTAIN gorilla tracking, involves hiking through Bwindi rainforest and can be tiresome to those who older or not fit enough. However, you will have time relax to relax with stay at lodges on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi, boat rides, swimming to make out the most of your safari.
12 Days Trip to Uganda Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe and transfer to Kampala
Welcome to Uganda the pearl of Africa. Your guide will pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Kampala/Entebbe where you can rest and get energy to begin your trip around Uganda. If you arrive early we recommend you to take a short tour of the city center visiting the independence monument and learn that Uganda got her independence from British imperialist on 9th October 1962. Dinner and overnight at /2 Friends Lodge/Onomo Hotel / Lake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel
Day 2 : Transfer to Murchison falls National Park
Depart Kampala city after breakfast with your guide taking you to Murchison falls national park, the largest conservation are in Uganda. Along the 5 hours journey there will be regular stops and you will visit Ziwa rhino sanctuary, home to 20 white rhinos on the way in Masindi. You will then 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 take a hike to the top of Murchison waterfalls for beautiful scenic views of the Nile. Dinner and overnight at Pakuba safari lodge/ Fort Murchison/ Paara safari lodge
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.
Day 4 : Transfer to Kibale forest National Park
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 at primate lodge/ chimpanzee guest house/ crater safari lodge
Day 5 : Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp walk
After breakfast, chimpanzee tracking starts at 07:30am with briefing on chimps and their natural environment. At 08am begin hiking with guides for 2-5 hours chimp tracking experience. Spot other primates you may encounter including grey checked mangabay, red tailed monkey.
Get back for lunch at the lodge. Later in the afternoon, you will go for 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.
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 snow capped Rwenzori Mountains. After that, you head to Queen Elizabeth national park for afternoon boat cruise on kazinga channel which boasts over 5000 hippos. The boat cruise provides a sight of Nile crocodiles, elephants, and water birds. Accommodation; Mweya safari lodge/ Park view safari lodge/ Buffalo lodge
Day 7 : Game drive and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Have a cup of coffee at 06:30am take a game drive with a ranger to spot large mammals such as elephants, buffaloes, lion among antelopes like Uganda kob, topi. Return to the lodge in time for full breakfast. After breakfast, you take another game drive en route to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, stopping along the way in Ishasha wilderness to spot tree climbing lions you may encounter.
Renowned as home to half of world’s mountains gorillas, Bwindi is famous gorilla tracking destination. dereived from the Lukiga word, “Bwindi” means a dark place, Bwindi rainforest has remained untouched since the last ice age 250, 000 million years ago. Dinner and overnight at Bakiga lodge/ Gorilla safari lodge/ gorilla forest lodge
Day 8 : Gorilla trekking and village walk
Have breakfast and head to the park center to attend briefing on gorilla rules. The walk to search for gorillas can be strenuous, so you are advised to hire a porter to assist carry your backpack. Depending on where gorillas are located, you will be able to see and take their photos for about 1 hour. If you are lucky you spot other primates, many species of birds and look at one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. Return for lunch at the lodge, in the afternoon you may go for a village walk in the communities. Visit the women’s craft center and return for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 : Transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park
After breakfast, transfer to Mgahinga gorilla national park. This park is part of the greater Virunga conservation area and home to gorillas and golden monkeys. The park hosts three dormant volcanoes of Mt. Gahinga, Mt. Muhabura and Mt. Sabinyo.
After 1 hour and 30 minutes, you will arrive at Ntebeko park center to begin your half day hiking excursion. Passing through volcanic environment, you see breathtaking swamp Crater Lake and Virunga Mountains. You will have lunch, dinner and overnight in kisoro at travelers rest hotel.
Day 10 : Golden monkey tracking and BaTwa trail
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. After lunch, you will explore the BaTwa trail. BaTwa pygmies, the shortest people on earth will be your guides showing you how they used to live in the forest. Return to kisoro for diner and overnight.
Day 11 : Lake Bunyonyi
Today, you transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with 19 islands, several little birds and otters. You will have time to relax at the lodge before you embark on a boat cruise to explore the lake’s islands. Bunyonyi is the 2nd deepest lake in Africa but its waters are good for swimming because they are free from crocodiles and hippos.
Day 12 : Departure
Your safari ends after breakfast. You will transfer to Kigali city or to Kampala. Should you wish to stay for more days, we can arrange whatever you want to do.