12 Days Uganda Safari


Our 12-day Uganda safari starts and ends in Entebbe or Kampala. The safari takes you to some of Uganda’s top tourist attractions, where you’ll find stunning landscapes, a variety of wildlife, and fascinating cultural experiences. It include going to Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. While in Bwindi, you will track mountain gorillas and take a cultural tour with the Batwa pygmies. Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain gorilla population. The majority are found in Bwindi. You will also go on a boat cruise and game drives in Murchison Falls National Park to see the waterfalls.

You should take another boat tour to the well-known Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park if you want to see tree-climbing lions and a lot more. The best chimpanzee viewing location in the world is Kibale National Park. Numerous other primates, including baboons, vervet monkeys, and colobus monkeys, are also to be seen. Even though Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest savanna park, it is regarded as the greatest area to see zebras and leopards (In Uganda)

12 Days Uganda Safari, we anticipate that you will see mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, lions, rhinoceroses, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, elephants, giraffes, Kobs, and bush bucks. One of the top birding destinations in the world is Uganda. You will see mountains, crater lakes, enormous gorges, waterfalls, and many other incredible natural features. If you want a longer safari, our 15-day Uganda safari package might be more ideal for you.

To secure your ideal vacation dates, however, you can avoid the back and forth hassle of locating permit availability during the low season.

Tour highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Both Day & Night game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Nature walk
  • Rhino tracking
  • Community visiting (Batwa pigmies)

    Price Includes:

    • Gorilla Permits
    • Chimpanzee Permits
    • Game drives
    • Transport in a standard Safari van
    • Accommodation
    • Bottled drinking water
    • Frequent English speaking Guide/Driver
    • Park entrance fees

    Price Excludes:

    • Visas and Flight
    • Tips to the guide or Hotel staff
    • Alcoholic drinks and laundry services

Itinary in details

Get up early and eat breakfast before your first meeting with our guide or driver. Following the briefing, the Guide will begin the journey to Murchison Falls National Park. The first major stop will be at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. The sanctuary was built to guard Uganda’s last remaining rhinos against cheap poaching and extinction. When you get there, the head Ranger will lead you in to the briefing. A fantastic collection of birds, Kobs, Waterbucks, Leopards, and duikers are also housed in the facility. Rhinos can turn violent when they feel threatened by any unusual motions or actions, so it’s crucial to heed the Rangers’ instructions while you’re at the refuge. Once you’ve located them, you have just one hour to spend with the rhinos. You will learn a great deal about them and what is being done around the world to conserve them in that hour. Following the rhino sighting, lunch will be served. Travel to the park continues from the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. With a land size of 3840 square kilometers, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest park. Just one of the numerous factors that make Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” is its remarkable biodiversity.

It is made up of savanna grassland, riparian forests, swamps, and woodlands. Lions, leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, elephants, chimps, and other primates live in the park. The Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best places in Uganda for birdwatching. To name a few, it is home to the blue throated roller, forest robin, Ituri Batis, grey throated, shoebill stork, Tit Hylia, and Uganda woodland warbler. When you arrive at the park, head directly to the top of the waterfalls for stunning views of the huge river Nile. The River Nile carves a tight gorge to create the Murchison Falls.

Dinner will be served at the upscale Paraa Safari Resort, the moderate Pakuba Safari Lodge, and the Red Chilli Rest Camp (Basic).

Get up early enough to eat breakfast before waiting for the guide or driver to bring you up. You can see the early risers and predators returning to their dens after a night of hunting during the morning game drive. Expect to see buffalo, giraffes, elephants, lions, and many antelopes. You will be driven back to the lodge following the wildlife drive for lunch and drinks while you get ready for the afternoon boat trip. The boat tour brings you to the Nile River where you may observe one of Africa’s greatest collections of crocodiles and hippos. The tour down the river will be extremely rewarding for birdwatchers. A few bird species to keep an eye out for include the shoebill stork, Kingfishers, bee-eaters, yellow-billed, and grey-throated birds.

Dinner will be served at the upscale Paraa Safari Resort, the moderate Pakuba Safari Lodge, and the Red Chilli Rest Camp (Basic).

Prepare for a long trek to Kibale National Park by getting up early. Even though the trip will be exhausting, the view will be spectacular. The path passes via incredible escarpments, banana plantations, bird habitats, and local towns in the western arm of the East African Rift Valley. Beware of Ankole animals with long horns and villagers tending to their gardens. This is the time to examine the way rural peasants live, the kinds of crops they raise, and much more. Lunch will be served in one of the Hoima hotels. You will make your way to Fort Portal after lunch. Fort Portal is regarded as one of Uganda’s most picturesque towns. It is quite close to the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains slopes. Kibale National Park is not that far away from Fort Portal town. The Kibale forest, which is regarded as Africa’s primate capital, is where the park gets its name. There are 13 different primates that live there, including baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and some that are only visible at night. When you get to the park, you’ll check in at the lodge, take a break, and then embark on a tour of the crater area. The region boasts unmatched natural beauty that cannot be found anyplace else in the world. You will witness Lake Nyinambuga and other smaller lakes, as well as tea plantations.

Dinner and accommodation at Turaco Tree Tops and Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Moderate and Basic) (Luxury).

You should get up early, eat breakfast, and then be taken to the Park office for a briefing. The tracking of chimps in Kibale National Park begins at 8:00 a.m. More than 1500 chimpanzees live there. Up to 100 individuals can be found in a single chimpanzee colony. When compared to even mountain gorillas, they are exceptionally clever primates. They are unfortunately less organized and more mobile than gorillas. Gorillas have more dependable groupings and are wise. In chimpanzee clans, the dominant male is in charge of guarding the group.

Expect to encounter red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, bush infants, and pottos while tracking the chimpanzees. The yellow-spotted nictor, small green bul, black bee-spotted eater, crowned eagle, green-breasted pitta, and rumped tinker bird are the top species of birds to see in the Kibale Forest. The location of chimpanzees can be determined by listening for their loud cries, barks, and hoots even before spotting one. Once you find them, you may see how they eat, play, interact with one another, and jump from tree to tree. After spending some time with the chimpanzees, you should return to your accommodation for lunch and some rest. The following afternoon, the driver will take you to the Bigodi Wetlands sanctuary. Other primates and creatures, such as baboons, blue monkeys, baboons, bush bucks, otters, bush pigs, and mongooses, can be seen at the sanctuary. One of the best spots in Uganda to see birds is at the Bigodi Wetlands refuge. The great blue turaco and green-breasted pitta call it home.

Dinner and accommodation at Turaco Tree Tops and Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse (Moderate and Basic) (Luxury)

Wake up early in the Morning and take your breakfast. The driver will drive you up to the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains for a walk along the slopes as you glance at the distant peaks. After hiking at the slopes of one of the most famous mountains in the world, you will continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the most visited national park in Uganda. It is well-known for its tree-climbing lions, chimpanzees, impalas, forest hogs, Uganda Kob, elephants, and cape buffaloes. In my perspective, Queen Elizabeth is notable mostly due of its distinctive landscape. Volcanic movements had a significant impact on the region, resulting in spectacular landscape and features like the Kyambura Gorge and volcanic calderas. You will be taken on an afternoon or evening game drive once you arrive at the park to experience some of the park’s attractions. You can anticipate meeting Kobs, lions, elephants, and buffaloes. You’ll be driven to the baboon cliff, where you may take in the breathtaking surroundings and views of the majestic Rwenzori Mountains.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at the Mweya Safari Lodge, the Park View Safari Resort, and the Bush Lodge (Basic).

You should get up early again and eat breakfast. After breakfast, prepare to go on a morning game drive where you will see lions, elands, elephants, hyenas, and buffaloes. The game drive lasts approximately 3 hours, after which you will return to the lodge for lunch and refreshments as you prepare for the afternoon boat cruise on the famous Kazinga channel. The boat excursion departs at two o’clock and will take you to one of the best locations in Africa to see animals. If you’re lucky, you might come across an incredible variety of species. The channel is where many park animals congregate to drink, unwind, and take baths. Many antelopes, including buffalo, hippos, and crocodiles, will be present. Birdwatchers should watch out for storks and Kingfishers. The largest population of hippos is found around the Kazinga Channel; at one point, the entire region around the canal was overgrazed due to the hippos’ abundance.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at the Mweya Safari Lodge, the Park View Safari Resort, and the Bush Lodge (Basic)

Get up early, eat breakfast, and then wait for the driver to take you on a nature walk in Maramagambo forest. The second-largest forest in the nation, Maramagambo is home to chimpanzees, birds, bats, and numerous butterfly species. You will be close to a sizable volcanic cave that is inhabited by a significant number of bats. Massive pythons come to the caves to eat the bats. Tourists can safely see the pythons and bats from a hidden observation platform. A sizable crater lake will also be yours to explore nearby. The Kyambura Gorge, a striking natural formation, will be the next site on the itinerary. An isolated chimpanzee group can be found in the gorge, a subterranean forest. Since humans broke off the woodland corridor that connected this group of gorillas, chimpanzees, and wildlife safari chimps to the Maramagambo and Kalinzu forests, they have been imprisoned there for years. You will head to the Ishasha Section of Queen Elizabeth National Park for an afternoon game drive after exploring the Gorge. You can view the Ishasha’s uncommon tree climbing lions during this game drive. Elephants, the Uganda Kob, buffaloes, primates, birds, and numerous other creatures will also be present.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at the Mweya Safari Lodge, the Park View Safari Resort, and the Bush Lodge (Basic)

After eating breakfast, set out towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You will do one last game drive in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park before continuing to Bwindi. Expect to see more of the lions that can climb trees. The scenery and surroundings of Queen Elizabeth National Park are breathtaking. The natural sights you will notice while traveling through the park are likely things you have never seen in your home country. You will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park after Ishasha. Arrival is in the evening. If time allows, you can take an evening walk around the lodge. The best thing to do is relax at the lodge and take in the beautiful scenery while you wait for gorilla trekking the next day.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, and Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Moderate and Basic).

Get up early, have breakfast, and ask the hotel to provide you with a packed lunch or snack. You will be picked up by the driver/guide and taken to the park headquarters. The Rangers and Park Warden will give you a briefing about what to expect while you are at the park headquarters. Depending on whatever gorilla troop you are assigned, gorilla trekking might last anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours. You will only be permitted to spend an hour with the gorillas after you find them. Take as many pictures of the primates as you can as you observe them. You will head back to the starting area after viewing the gorillas to pick up your certificate of participation. The driver will return you to your hotel where you can rest and eat lunch. You will be taken to see the Batwa Pygmies later in the evening.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, and Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (Moderate and Basic).

Get up early again and eat breakfast while waiting for your Guide to pick you up from the hotel. The driver will then depart for Lake Mburo National Park. The route will take you through breathtaking scenery. South Western Uganda is referred to as “The Switzerland of Africa”. During this journey, you will discover why. The Driver/Guide will stop at key landmarks so you can take photos and admire the scenery. A stop will also be made at the Igongo Cultural Centre.

With a total area of around 371 square kilometers, Lake Mburo is the smallest national park in Uganda. More than 300 different bird species live there, such as Papyrus gonoleks, Brown-faced lapwings, and Carruther’s cisticolas. There are also zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, oribis, and kobs in the parks. The finest area to see leopards and zebra in Uganda is Lake Mburo National Park. You will be taken on a walking safari after you get to the park to have the lovely scenery and see some of the park animals. You will be taken on a night game drive later in the evening to see the night dwellers. Look out for night birds, leopards, and hyenas at this time of year.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mantana Tented Camp (Upmarket), Rwaboko Rock (Moderate), and Rwonyo Camp (Low-Cost) (Basic).

Get up early and eat breakfast before getting ready for another busy day. You will be picked up from the lodge by the guide and driven to the park headquarters where you can register. You will then be driven on a game drive through the park from there. The greatest number of antelopes can be found in Lake Mburo National Park during. They have been able to survive because there aren’t many predators around. You will encounter most of the park’s animals on this game drive, including Kobs, Zebra, Warthog, Eland, Waterbucks, Oribi, Klipspringer, Impala, and numerous antelope species. Be mindful of the bird species. You’ll be brought to the lodge for lunch and other refreshments when the morning game drive is over. It is planned to take a boat on Lake Mburo. You’ll get up close and personal with crocodiles, hippos, and a variety of water fowl here. Keep an eye out for park animals sipping water at the lake’s side.

Get up and wait for the Driver to take you on one last game drive across the park before you head to Entebbe or Kampala. You will stop at the Equator crossing at Kayabwe along the Masaka road before beginning your journey to Kampala after the game drive. Every year, tens of thousands of local and foreign tourists travel to the Equator crossing. It is the location where the northern and southern hemispheres of the planet are divided. When you’re there, take a lot of pictures. It will be late afternoon when you get in Kampala or Entebbe. The driver will drop you off anywhere in Kampala, as well as at the Entebbe Airport if that is where you are going.

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