Uganda Wilder sun Safari – 10 DAYS
We pick you up from your Kampala hotel and drive to Entebbe (which means “the seat” in Luganda). A tour of the extensive Botanical Gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria introduce you to a variety of the vegetation found across Uganda – from huge trees and tropical shrubs to many types of grasses.
At the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, experts in wildlife rehabilitation will discuss conservation efforts in Uganda especially with regard to chimpanzee. After lunch, visit the Uganda Museum in Kampala for further introductions to the cultural and natural history of the country. Then visit other significant sites in Kampala including the Kasubi Tombs and Nommo Gallery. Dinner and overnight stay in Kampala at your hotel.
Early morning depart Kampala for Lake Mburo N.P., stopping for a photograph opportunity at the equator. You pass papyrus swamps and scatter pockets of tropical forest and have an opportunity to leave your vehicle for a closer look at these natural habitats. Learn more about the settlements you pass and the changes these have wrought on the environment. Enter Lake Mburo N. P. for a game drive and boat trip. See zebra and other grazers as well as an abundace of birdlife. Packed lunch provided. In the afternoon visit the Parks nature study centre. Dinner and overnight stay at Rwonyo Rest Camp or Mantana Camp.
After breakfast, head for the Kigezi highlands in the south-western corner of Uganda. The scenery is spectacular with steep hillsides terraced for growing matoke, the Buganda food staple. You proceed to the dense tropical forest of the appropriately named Bwindi Impenetrable N. P. in time for lunch at the camp. After lunch, take a nature walk along the forest edge or relax at the camp. Park rangers discuss various aspects of conservation and gorilla behavior. Dinner and overnight stay at a Buhoma Homestead.
After an early breakfast your guides will brief you before you head into the dense forest. Set out on your journey for a more intimate interaction with the gentle yet endangered gorillas. The forest is rich with tropical vegetation, a host of butterflies, many species of birds, and variety of lesser primates. Boxed lunch provided. Return to the homestead for dinner and overnight stay.
Morning visit to Ruhija sector of the rainforest commences after breakfast. At the Forest Centre for Ecology, guides give a thorough lecture on the ecology and “web life” of the areas. Walk in the rain forest with the knowledgeable research personnel who are able to add to your appreciation and understanding of your exotic surroundings. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest. Arrive back at the Buhoma Homestead for dinner and overnight stay.
Depart the rainforest for a visit to Ishasha, a beautiful sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is wide-open savannah country dotted with flat-topped acacia trees, an incredible contrast in vegetation after the dense equatorial forest. In this quiet wilderness you can see nature at its best as well as the tree-climbing lion for which this area is most famous. After a packed lunch you drive northwards heading to Mweya Safari Lodge in QENP. Arrive at the Lodge in time for dinner and overnight stay.
Your day begins with the excitement of a sunrise game drive. After breakfast you visit the Institute of Ecology to get a professional explanation on the ecology of the Park with its different animals. After lunch, enjoy a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George. See wild game in their natural habitat including hippopotamus and water birds. Depart the park in the early evening and drive through Kasese town to Fort Portal. See the sunset over Rwenzori Mountains enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at the Ndali Lodge or Ruwenzori View Guesthouse.
Breakfast is followed by drive through the rural, rolling countryside of the Toro Kingdom heading for Murchison Falls N.P. Stop for lunch in Hoima. Arrive to the comfort of Sambiya River Lodge, which is beautifully situated on a tributary of the Nile within MFNP. This will be your base for the final two nights of your safari.
Visit the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls after breakfast. If it appeals to you, cool off in an intimate pool above the fall (although, if desired, there is a swimming pool at the lodge). Rangers will discuss the unique flora and fauna in the park, the encroachment of man and the current conservation efforts. Return to the Lodge for lunch. The afternoon’s activities include a boat cruise up the River Nile, offering a chance to see crocodiles, hippopotamus, giraffe and more, plus the many birds living along the river. Upon return to Sambiya River Lodge, enjoy a guided walk through the forest and grasslands accompanied by an experienced ranger.
DAY 10: After breakfast, proceed to the cool and dense Papidi Forest for a final walk to view the animals of the forest. This will be a final chance to see chimpanzee and experience the exotic calls of tropical birds. Return to Kampala via the districts of Masindi, where you will stop for lunch and see Luwero, rich in political and cultural history. Arrive Kampala early evening.
Note: This safari can be shortened by deleting days 3-5 or days 8-10, or extend you visit by adding a few days in any area.