15 Day Grand Uganda Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe, Uganda

You will be received by your driver/guide at the airport. Depending on your arrival time, if you arrive night time, we check into Imperial Resort Beach Hotel for a relaxation moment after the long flight.

Luxury: Protea Hotel Entebbe

Medium: Boma Guesthouse Entebbe

Low Budget: Airport Guesthouse Entebbe

Day 2: Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest &Jinja to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, an early morning drive on Jinja road with our first visit being at the historical Ssezibwa Waterfall for 1 hour.

The falls are about seven meters high and with the sweet hissing sound created by the falling water forms beautiful scenery. This is complemented by the natural vegetation cover and the undulating and steep rocks over which the waters fall. The site has several bird species which present a wonderful opportunity for bird watching. The site presents several tourist activities such as bird watching, camping, rock climbing, nature walks, hiking, canoeing.

We continue to the Mabira Forest for 2 hours where we have a forest walk. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. Mabira forest is home to over 300 bird species, and many Ugandan primates.

We continue to Jinja, to the source of the River Nile where we get to the speed boat and continue to Samuka Island for relaxation and lunch. if you are a bird lover, this is a must place for you. Return later at 4:30P.M. and drive to Sipi Falls in Mbale.

Spend the night at Sipi River Lodge

Day 3: Sipi Falls Tour

You will start your morning with a guided nature walk around the Sabiny community and a few Bagishu people, walk around the Sipi River with the 3-Sipi waterfalls. Get to the view point and view the Mt. Elgon National Park, plus the second highest peak of Mt. Elgon-Jackson Summits.

Return later and drive to Jinja for overnight and to cut short the distance to Murchison Falls National Park.

Spend the night at Gately Inn Jinja.

Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park

We set off from Jinja at 7a.m. after our morning breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls and the Ziwa Rhino tracking.

You will track the rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for about 2 hours depending on where the rhinos are feeding from. Continue to Masindi town for lunch at the Masindi Hotel and continue to the park.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3,840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap.

The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamplands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos.

Apart from game viewing, the launch trip to the bottom of the falls is another memorable adventure giving you the experience of the mighty Biblical Nile.

Luxury:Paraa Safari Lodge

Medium:Sambiya River Lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast head to the delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more.

We will drive back to the lodge for lunch before taking an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles.

The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness.

Luxury:Paraa Safari Lodge

Medium:Sambiya River Lodge | Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge

Low Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Day 6: Fort Portal & Kibale National Park

Leave Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake.

Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of Lake Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join Lake Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to Lake Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea.

This is a great day as the drive takes you through the community and forests with chances of seeing vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys jumping up in the trees as you advance into the Kyenjonjo on a rocky road.

Luxury:Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Medium: Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Luxury:Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge

Medium: Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 8: Tour Fort Portal, Crater Lakes, AmabeeregaNyinamwiru Caves & Queen Elizabeth National Park

Leave the national park after breakfast and drive to Fort Portal.

You will visit the Amabere caves in Nyakasura area. This is the traditional home of the Bachwezi who were believed to be demi-gods. This area still has historical regalia of the Bachwezi that helps one in understanding the life they lived while still on earth (they later disappeared). You will then take a nature walk to the crater lakes whose history is associated with the mysterious Bachwezi.

We incorporate some crater lake hikes into our this program. You will be simply by amazed by the beauty of these ancient and not ancient crater lakes found in the Fort Portal area.

After you have witnessed all these amazing landscapes, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Medium: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Low Budget: Queen Elizabeth Mweya Hostels

Day 9: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains - the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the north-east by Lake George and on the south-west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga.

As we drive through the park, expect to spot teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob, as well as topi, elephant, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

In the afternoon we will go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at very close range from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Medium: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Low Budget: Queen Elizabeth Mweya Hostels

Day 10: Ishasha Tree-climbing Lions & Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mid-morning after breakfast we drive further south through stunning savannah grasslands as we head towards the breathtaking adventures of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

Either (roads permitting) we will pass the southern sector of the park – Ishasha, a remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park that is host to a large variety and volume of wildlife. (It is a fabulous site to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig tree of Ishasha).

Luxury: Mweya Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge

Medium:Engagi Lodge | Silverback Lodge | Gorilla Safari Lodge | Lake Kitandara Camp

Low Budget: Buhoma Community Campground | Travellers Rest Hotel | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.

We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.

Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi &Kisoro

After an early breakfast, you will leave Bwindi and transfer to Kisoro, having a brief stop over to view Lake Bunyonyi, which is commonly known as the Switzerland of Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is a very spectacular destination with beautiful small Islands which are enclosed by steep terraced slopes.

We shall then spend the night at Travelers Rest, a historic hotel set up by Walter Baumgartel; the father of gorilla tourism. This hotel has hosted many involved in gorilla conservation including Dian Fossey. A cozy hotel reminiscent of a bygone era.

Spend the night at Travelers Rest Hotel

Day 13: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After breakfast we will trek the scenic Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and our target this morning will be to track a troop of golden monkeys.

Mgahinga is more famous for mountain gorillas but also the only place in Uganda where the rare golden monkeys can be found. Apart from primates, the park has rare bird species, some endemic to the Albertine Rift area such as scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, mountain yellow warblers, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turaco, Archer’s robin-chat and many more.

Spend the night at Travelers Rest Hotel

Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park.

Upon arrival, you will go for the game drive which will give you insights of animal species like the zebras, topes, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes and so many others.

Luxury:Mihingo Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp | Arcadia Cottages

Medium: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge | Rakobo Camp

Low Budget:Mburo Eagles Nest | RwonyoRestcamp

Day 15: Game Drive & Canoe Ride on Lake Mburo - Entebbe

After breakfast, you will go for the last game drive within the park to search for the early risers and also look out for animals missed out in the previous game drive.

Later transfer back to Kampala with a brief stopover at the Equator for photographs; Reach Kampala in the afternoon. Proceed to Entebbe for your flight departure back home.