8 Days Uganda Safari Holiday
8 days Uganda safari reflects Uganda’s most diverse wildlife habitats. You will visit 4 national parks and a rhino sanctuary which offer amazing wildlife viewing while you stay in luxury/mid-range or budget lodges depending on what you like. Start by tracking southern white rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary along with sightings of elephants, lions, Rothschild’s giraffe and herds of Uganda kobs in Uganda’s largest conservation area Murchison falls bisected by Nile. Then enjoy the drive through rift valley escarpments nearby oil rich Albertine graben to Kibale forest where you track chimpanzees along with 12 primate species and spot tree climbing lions in grasslands plains of Ishasha Queen Elizabeth national park. Lastly your safari end after seeing gorillas in Bwindi a UNESCO world heritage site. After this trip, you will have had so much of Uganda’s wildlife including gorillas, big five, birds and reptiles. Do remember to bring your binoculars if you love birds.
Highlights of the trip
Day 1: Kampala to Murchison Falls National park
Meet with your guide early morning in Kampala and transfer to your lodge in Murchison falls (5-7 hours drive). A stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary en route allows you to track rhinos on foot and have lunch. Afternoon you will hike to the top of Murchison falls and later cross Karuma Bridge to your lodge. Pakuba safari lodge/ Paara safari lodge/ Red Chilli camp
Day 2: game drive and boat launch on river Nile
Early morning, do a game drive safari through buligi game tracks along the Albert-Nile delta often allows close viewing of elephants, buffaloes, lions, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hyena. There are many leopards but often hiding. Afternoon boat launch on River Nile looking for hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds and view of devil’s cauldron. Dinner and overnight
Day 3: Transfer to Kibale forest national park
After breakfast transfer to Kibale forest national park, home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees. Enjoy the scenic 6-7 hours drive along Lake Albert. Arrive at your lodge and before having dinner and overnight you drive to the crater lakes area for sunset. Accommodation: Primate Lodge Kibale (luxury)/ kyaninga lodge/ Crater Lake safari lodge (mid-range)/ chimpanzee guest house (budget).
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park
Breakfast early morning and head to kanyanchu visitor center meet the guides for briefing about chimpanzee tacking. Trek through Kibale forest with Uganda Wildlife Authority guides, the find the chimpanzees spend 1 hour with them and return for lunch. Later in the afternoon, you transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park arriving at your lodge late evening. You may have dinner and overnight at samba safari camp (luxury)/ Enganzi lodge/ Mweya safari lodge (deluxe).
Day 5: game drive and boat cruise
Wildlife viewing requires you to start a game drive at 06:45am in the morning for a chance to see animals when they are active including lion, elephant, leopard, buffaloes, hyenas, Uganda kobs. In the afternoon after lunch, you will relax in the boat cruise along Kazinga channel where you can spot hippos, crocodiles, and several species of water birds.
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
After breakfast, transfer further southwestern Uganda to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park via Ishasha wilderness for a chance to spot tree climbing lions. Arrive at your lodge in Buhoma time to relax and walk around the local area. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma lodge (luxury)/ Haven lodge (budget)/ Lake Kitandara tented camp.
Day 7: Gorilla tracking
After breakfast around 07:00am you will head to the gorilla center where guides will brief you about gorilla families. trek through the forest in a group of 8 people searching for gorillas which can take 3-8 hours depending on where you find them. Once you find the gorillas, you are allowed to spend 1 hour taking photos and learning how they feed.
You will return to the lodge for lunch. in the afternoon you may relax or take a walk around the local communities, meet the villagers learn how their traditional lifestyles such as farming and in the evening have dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 8: transfer back to Kampala
End of your 8 days safari. After breakfast you start the long drive back to Kampala via Mbarara city for en route lunch at Igongo cultural museum. From there you will stop at equator monument for photos then continue to Kampala and transfer to Entebbe airport if your flight is today late night.
End of Safari