You will be able to see at least four of the Big Five starting with Rhinos at Ziwa on your way to explore Uganda’s largest park boasting abundant wildlife and the world’s strongest waterfall –the Murchison Falls on the great River Nile.
You will then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds; and mostly you will be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY
Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park:Beginning with a panoramic drive northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town, Stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you have your lunch. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park via Budongo forest, drive to the top of the spectacular falls where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty, and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through a 7-meter canyon. The 150-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best thing to ever happen to the Nile. Finally, you can enjoy the sunset as you return to the superb comfort and service of your preferred Lodge.
AccommodationParaa Safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge or Bwana Tembo Lodge or Red Chilli Tented Camp Meal Plan: Full Board Travel Time: About 6 Hours
Day 2: Game Viewing & Launch cruise – Murchison Falls National Park: Take breakfast and you will be transferred to northern part of the park for a game drive. View Elephants, Buffaloes, Bushbucks, Lions, and a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour launch cruise up to the substructure of the mighty Murchison falls where sinister water escapes from the narrow gorge, an opportunity to see the amazing hippos, crocodiles, water birds along the river banks enabling a wonderful birding safari. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
AccommodationParaa Safari Lodge or Pakuba Lodge or Bwana Tembo Lodge or Red Chilli Tented Camp. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 3: Travel to Fort Portal: After an early breakfast, travel to the South Western Uganda following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. You will be able to view beautiful landscape of mountain Rwenzori crater lakes and the hotsprings.
Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge or Primates Lodge or Chimpanzee Guest House. Meal Plan: Full Board Travel Time: About 9-12 hours
Day 4: Optional Chimp tracking and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park: After breakfast you may choose to go for a morning Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and later proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A game drive En-route to your lodge/camp may reward you with views of waterbucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species.
AccommodationMweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board Travel time: About 4 hours
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park-Game Viewing & Launch Cruise: Start this day with an early morning game drive in the park searching for lions, leopards, elephants, bush pigs and lots of varieties of birds. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water’s edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
AccommodationMweya Safari Lodge or Kyambura Game Lodge or Enganzi Lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 6: Depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: After breakfast, depending on the nature of the road, depart the lodge with picnic lunches for a mid morning game drive in QENP’s southern Ishasha sector famous for its resident tree climbing lions. Have lunch at the Ishasha Wilderness camp and embark on another game drive in search of the tree climbing lions, continue southwards towards Bwindi Forest National Park. Relax around your preferred lodge.
AccommodationMahogany Springs or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas . Meal Plan: Full Board Travel time: About 6 hours
Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest: There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary. The rainforest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bushbucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.
AccommodationMahogany Springs or Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill Lodge or Wagtail Eco Lodge or Buhoma Community Bandas. Meal Plan: Full Board Tracking Time: Unpredictable
Day 8: Game Viewing in Lake Mburo National Park: After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate. The afternoon game drive will take you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails. Bird watchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus Gonoleks, Brown-faced Lapwings, Carruther’s Cisticolas, the extraordinary White winged Warbler and Bare-Faced Go-away bird. You will return for dinner and first class service at the hotel of your choice.
AccommodationMihingo Lodge or Mantana Tented Camp or Arcadia Cottages or Rwakobo Rock. Meal Plan: Full Board. Travel Time: about: 6 hours
Day 9: Return Trip to Kampala: Head to Kampala, on the way back to Kampala you will have a stopover at the Mpigi Royal Drum Makers. Here you will be able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. There will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs and you will arrive in Kampala before lunch.
AccommodationMihingo Lodge or Mantana Tented Camp or Arcadia Cottages or Rwakobo Rock. Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
END OF 9 DAYS UGANDA BIG GAME SAFARI You will be able to see at least four of the Big Five starting with Rhinos at Ziwa on your way to explore Uganda’s largest park boasting abundant wildlife and the world’s strongest waterfall –the Murchison Falls on the great River Nile. You will then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world’s most biodiversity wildlife sanctuary featuring climbing lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lots of small game and rare birds; and mostly you will be highly inspired by the sight of the giant mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.