Uganda Handpicked

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Experience a thrilling adventure holiday in Uganda. Encounter diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes across various habitats. Spot rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, along with four of the African Big 5 animals, amidst lush forests and savannah plains.

Your safari day-by-day

Day 01 | Arrival in Entebbe

Your journey begins with your arrival in Entebbe, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by your tour guide for the safari. After clearing customs, you’ll be transferred to your guesthouse for a comfortable overnight stay.

Stays: Boma Guesthouse, Karibu Guesthouse

Day 02 | In Entebbe and Kampala

On this day, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre which was opened in 1952, by the Colonial Government in Uganda, as a reception center for wild animals that were found as casualties. Today the center has grown to include 2 tigers that have attracted the attention of many travelers. Enjoy the two-hour educative Behind-the-scenes adventure. In the afternoon, we will take you to connect with children with disabilities in Ggaba, a Kampala Suburb, and also an opportunity to visit the Capital if time permits.

Stays: Boma Guesthouse, Karibu Guesthouse

Day 03 | Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

The journey is swift with induction to the rural parts of Uganda. Finally, you will arrive in the afternoon just in time for Lunch. You have an option to go hiking to the top of the world, from whence you will have stunning views of crater lakes in the area. Speaking, this activity supports a small section of locals hence improving their livelihood.

Stays: Turaco Treetops, Guereza Canopy Lodge

Day 04 | In Kibale Forest National Park.

Activity One: This morning, you will go for chimpanzee tracking in their natural habitat which is by far the best place to see these primates. This is your first chance to get up close to our closest relative in the animal kingdom. Spend the whole morning in the forest returning to the lodge in time for Lunch.

Activity Two: Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity for a guided walk through Bigodi Swamp. This swamp is home to approximately 137 bird species and it’s also rich in vegetation, such as wild palms, polita figs, and the dominant papyrus.

Stays: Turaco Treetops, Guereza Canopy Lodge

Day 05 | Further to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You will depart Kibale and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Upon entry, you will have a game drive to accustom you to the park also known as the medley of wonders.

Queen Elizabeth is known as Uganda’s most accessible savannah park. It is bounded to the west by the Ishasha River and Lake Edward, to the East by Lake George, the Kyambura Gorge & Kalinzu Reserve, to the north by Kasese and the Rwenzori foothills, and finally to the south by the Kigezi Wildlife Reserve. You will have a short drive to the crater lakes before checking in at your accommodation.

Stays: Buffalo Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp

Day 06 | In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Activity one: This morning, we will go for a game drive to the Kasenyi plains with the hope of finding lions having breakfast, and returning to the lodge in time for a nourishing breakfast.

Activity two: Time for the famous boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Chances of seeing Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat are high, Buffalos linger in the shallows, and Elephants awarding the boat cruisers with their presence. The park is also known for its incredible variety of birds, like; African Jacana, Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Open-Billed Stork, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Malachite, and Pied Kingfishers. The day ends with Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Stays: Buffalo Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp

Day 07 | Queen Elizabeth National Park– Ishasha sector

By now you are used to the early wakes and early breakfasts and today will not be any different. Your guide will drive to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth famed for the tree-climbing lions arriving at the camp in time for Lunch or just a little earlier. If the latter, you will have a game drive in search of the climbing lions. Relax during Lunch and later go for an evening game drive in the plains.

Stays: Ishasha Pride Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge

Day 08 | Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

As we draw closer to the end of this wonderful journey, you will have one last game drive in QE National Park as we bid this lovely park goodbye for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Conclude this journey towards a rollercoaster horizon formed by cones of the Virunga volcanoes and with a magical one hour in the company of a mountain gorilla family!

Stays: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 09 | Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Today we take a walk through this gigantic rainforest in search of the mountain gorillas. The gorilla trekking is preceded by a briefing usually at 7:30 am, and by 8:30 am the walk begins. The duration of the walk entirely depends on how far the gorillas have wandered off on a particular day. Upon meeting them, you are allowed 1 hour to earn their trust and document their behavior and beauty. We will then trek back to the starting point, but one cannot deny the unique experience that’s worth doing time and time again.

Stays: Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort

Day 10 | Travel to Lake Mburo National Park

You will drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s smallest Savanna park. However, before that, you can take part in optional activities before leaving Bwindi forest, like a boat trip on Lake Mutanda or a visit to the Batwa community. Alternatively, you can just have breakfast and head out to the next park. The choice is yours. Lake Mburo is an underrated gem of a park, dominated by wildlife with big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland, and other savannah species that are rare or absent from other Uganda Parks.

Stays: Kigarama Wilderness Lodge, Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Day 11 | From Lake Mburo to Entebbe, Uganda

After breakfast, have a game drive or an optional guided nature walk, and then proceed to Entebbe, making a stop to look at the Equator. The rest of the drive will take you to Entebbe International Airport for your flight to your next destination.

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