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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • You'll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Airport Pickup

Airport Pickup

Your guide will be at Entebbe Airport to pick you up and take you directly to your guest house in Entebbe. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Kampala. You will stay in a nice lodge with beautiful views of Lake Victoria. The hotel has cosy safari-style furnished rooms, equipped with satellite TV, fridge bar, telephone, fan, balcony with a lake view and a comfortable bathroom.
Journey time: 1 hour.

Main Destination:
Entebbe (City)
Accommodation:
Airport Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in Entebbe (City)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park En-Route Rhino Tracking

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park En-Route Rhino Tracking

Today's journey will take you north from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park. En route, you will visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will go for guided rhino tracking with an experienced ranger. This gives you a unique opportunity to view the rhinos from a close distance.
Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however, widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding programme.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda covering an area of over 3,840sq km. The park’s name is derived from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park
Best Time To Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Wildlife in Murchison Falls NP

ChimpanzeeOccasional
ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
BuffaloCommon
HippoAbundant
LionOccasional
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ZebraNone
Accommodation:
Fort Murchison (Room)
  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3

Morning Game Drive, Boat Safari & Hike to the Top of Falls

Morning Game Drive, Boat Safari & Hike to the Top of Falls

Today you will wake up very early. In the early morning hours, animals are the most active as the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast, you will go on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park. You will be eye-to-eye with African animals like elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open. In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. You will be watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound. After the boat safari, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you will have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities.

Main Destination:
Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation:
Fort Murchison (Room)
  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4

Transfer to Kibale National Park

Transfer to Kibale National Park

Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. The long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.
Kibale Forest National Park is located in west-central Uganda just east of the Rwenzori Mountains, near the town of Fort Portal. The 766sq km park predominantly covers evergreen rainforest and ranges between 1100m and 1600m in elevation. Kibale Forest is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests and forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You will have a packed lunch en route, arriving in the evening for your overnight stay and dinner.
Journey time: 8 hours.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park (Chimps)
Best Time To Visit December to February and June to July
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Least rain)

Wildlife in Kibale NP

ElephantOccasional
BuffaloOccasional
LeopardVery Rare
HippoRare
LionRare to None
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ZebraNone
Accommodation:
Isunga Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge located just outside Kibale NP (Chimps)
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5

Chimpanzee Tracking - Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Chimpanzee Tracking - Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park

Wake up early to go to the park head offices to be briefed about your chimp tracking experience. Kibale Forest National park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to see them
Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

In the afternoon, after chimpanzee trekking, your guide will drive you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to a high concentration of Uganda’s mammals that include tree climbing and savanna lions, elephants, wart hogs, Uganda kob, water buck, cape buffalo, hippos, leopards, as well as more than 600 species of birds that include the African spoon bill, pied kingfishers, fish eagles, pelicans, vultures.

Main Destination:
Kibale National Park (Chimps)
Accommodation:
The Bush Lodge (Banda)
  • Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6

Sunrise Game Drive - Afternoon Boat Safari

Sunrise Game Drive - Afternoon Boat Safari

Today you'll wake up early. A little before sunrise coffee, tea and doughnuts will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephants, buffalo, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Uganda kobs, and many warthogs. A well-deserved brunch will be served back at the lodge in the late morning.
In the afternoon, you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward.
Here you will see a lot of hippos more than you can possibly imagine as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time To Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth NP

ChimpanzeeOccasional
ElephantCommon
LionCommon
BuffaloCommon
HippoAbundant
LeopardOccasional
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ZebraNone
Accommodation:
The Bush Lodge (Banda)
  • Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Mutanda in the southwestern part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You'll cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see the great countryside and bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch, you will stop at a local restaurant on the road
Journey time: 8 hours.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Best Time To Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi NP

Accommodation:
Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP (Gorillas) without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8

Gorilla Tracking

Gorilla Tracking

Today after early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters for a briefing about gorilla tracking. You will encounter one of Bwindi’s endangered mountain gorillas. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees—the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track are habituated and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period of time, every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Accommodation:
Gorilla Valley Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge bordering Bwindi NP (Gorillas) without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9

Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

Transfer to Lake Mburo National park

After breakfast, you will travel to Lake Mburo National Park, one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley N.P.) which is home to zebras, elands and impalas, as well as to an abundance of other wildlife - not to mention the lake itself, which has lots of hippos and crocodiles. Last but not least: The Uganda Wildlife Authority recently brought 15 giraffes from Murchison falls to lake Mburo (1st July 2015)!
You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your veranda and restaurant, you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time To Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Wildlife in Lake Mburo NP

BuffaloCommon
ZebraCommon
HippoCommon
GiraffeOccasional
LeopardOccasional
HyenaOccasional
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LionRare
Accommodation:
Eagle's Nest Camp
  • Budget tented bush camp bordering Lake Mburo NP without fences
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 10

Guided bush walk - Transfer to Entebbe

Guided bush walk - Transfer to Entebbe

Today after breakfast, you will go for a guided bush walk. Lake Mburo N.P is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.
Note: Instead of going for the bush walk, you can go on a horseback riding safari in the park (US $60 p.p. extra for 2 hours).
After, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport.
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  • This tour is offered by Gorilla Link Tours, not SafariBookings.
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