9 Days Uganda adventure safari

Overview

8 Days Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda is one of the prime adventure safari packages that you can have in Uganda. The safari features white water rafting and bungee jumping along the Nile River in Jinja, the Mpanga tea estate cycling, Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves walk and Fort Portal crater lake hike in Fort portal, Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland walk in Kibale National Park area, the Mount Rwenzori hiking, the wild game viewing and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the boat and Batwa experience on Lake Bunyonyi and culture and heritage tour at Igongo Cultural Center and the 1520 AD Eclipse monument. It is a magical wonder worth exploring.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda  and transfer to the lodge

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal, do Mpanga Tea Estate Cycling, hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake hike.

Day 3: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

Day 4: Whole day hiking on Mount Rwenzori

Day 5: Do Morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via  Ishasha

Day 7: Gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 8: Do a morning coffee tour in Kisoro & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to Kampala and departure.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Uganda (Entebbe International Airport) and transfer to the lodge

Arrive in Uganda following the flight from your respective country of origin. You land at Entebbe International Airport which is the main gateway to Uganda where you will find the company representative dedicated to offer you a courteous welcome. The amazing weather and brightening atmosphere on the shores of Lake Victoria give you a remarkable first impression of Uganda. After briefing about Uganda and the safari, you will connect to the respective hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Kampala Sheraton Hotel / Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo

Midrange / Standard: Cassia Lodge / Humura Resort

Budget / Basic: Banda Inn / Nexus Resort Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Fort Portal, do Mpanga Tea Estate Cycling, hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake & then transfer to Kibale National Park.

After breakfast at your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe, you embark on the drive to Fort Portal Area 300km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You will drive through notable scenic landscapes on smooth tarmac viewing before arriving in Mpanga tea estates in the mid-morning and then embark on a cycling experience where you encounter the estate staff plucking tea and you are free to participate in the exercise to gain the exact touch. Retreat from the activity and continue to Fort Portal town where you will settle for lunch after which you will connect to Fort Portal Crater Lake Area. The top of Kyeganywa hill offers the views of Rwenzori Mountains on a clear day. Retreat from the activity and transfer to Kibale National Park 26km from Fort Portal town for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages / Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Kibale Forest Camp – Safari Tent / Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Budget / Basic:Rwenzori View Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking at Kibale National Park and afternoon Bigodi wetland walk & transfer to Kasese

Gather for a Chimpanzee tracking briefing at Kanyanchu Tourism Center in Kibale National Park to catch up with Chimpanzee trekking which begins at 8 am. After this, you head to the forest in search of the man’s closest relative. Be reminded that apart from chimps, Kibale also supports other 12 Primate Species including the threatened red colobus with the highest population thriving in Kibale, the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed and blue monkeys, bush baby, olive baboon and potto which may be viewed during the trek. Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 5 hours and get back to the starting point where you will rejoin your company safari guide, settle for your packed lunch after which you transfer to Bigodi wetland Sanctuary for fascinating possibilities of sightseeing about 138 bird species. Retreat from the encounter and embark on the transfer to Kasese 135km about 2 hours’ drive following the Rwimi road driving along with impressive views of Kasenda crater field and you are welcomed by the magical views of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. Retire for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge/Elephant Hab Lodge/Jungle Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/Pumba Cottages

Day 4: Whole day hiking on Mount Rwenzori dubbed the legendary Mountains of the moon

Gather at Nyakalengija park station early in the morning to embark on the whole day hike to the Rwenzori Mountains. The Rwenzori Mountain rises to 5,109m above sea level with snowcapped peaks despite its closeness to the world’s main latitude – the Equator. Encounter the world heritage site which is greatly known for its impressive flora other than fauna. The impressive giant lobelias and groundsels are lovely to encounter. The sights of the peaks can be viewed at a distance, the sights of glaciers flowing down the mountain is beautiful not forgetting the savannah landscapes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the rift valley lakes of George and Edward, and Kasese town below. You have lunch on the mountain and retreat in the evening around 5 pm for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury:  Equator Snow Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Ihamba Safari Lodge/Elephant Hab Lodge/Jungle Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Ruboni Community Camp/Pumba Cottages

Day 5: Morning game drive in the rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park & an afternoon launch cruise along the Paradise of Hippos

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive exploring the park’s rolling savannah landscapes dotted with counts of wild game including the big four of the big five like lions, leopards, buffaloes, and elephants, antelope species like waterbucks, Kobs, bushbucks among others, jackals among other wild game. The stretch to Kasenyi and the Mweya peninsula offers you the best of these. You settle for lunch at Mweya lodge after which you gather at the Mweya jetty to embark on a thrilling boat cruise on the 45km long Kazinga Channel. The cruise takes 2 hours with possibilities of encountering the aquatic species such as Nile Crocodiles and Hippos not forgetting other wild game that tends to congregate on the channel shores to consume water. Retreat from the activity and do a game drive along the channel track with in the Mweya peninsula to explore more games. Retire for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara Lodge

Midrange / Standard:Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge – Private Tent/ Kasenyi

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions)

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha well known for its tree-climbing lions. The Ishasha sector presents a remarkable encounter with the unique tree-climbing lions which are only existing in two spots in the whole world with the Ishasha sector having the best viewing opportunities. You continue on the drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury:  Chameleon Hill Lodge / Buhoma Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Gorilla Mist Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge

Budget / Basic: Broadbill Forest Camp 

Day 7: Do Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat ride and relaxation

This is a special day dedicated for the impressive mountain gorillas. Undertaking the gorilla trekking experience in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi is such a lifetime endeavor that will create lasting memories. You gather at the respective park headquarters for briefing in the morning at 8am where you are also allocated the respective gorilla families to track. The encounter takes 2 – 8 hours depending on the gorilla movements and one hour is available to you to have a direct touch with the gorillas. Upon approaching gorillas, their reaction is not predictable as it can include them giving you a courteous welcome, minding less about you and charging against you.

Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi driving through fascinating Kigezi Highlands which locals apply terracing methods to cultivate their slopes deriving impressive scenic landscape. You arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon after which you embark on a thrilling boat ride to explore the Lake of a thousand Islands. The views of the Islands, the surrounding Kigezi Highlands, the bird life on the lake and the sights of local people with their canoes as they connect to and from the Islands is very magical and impressive to explore before retiring for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Birdnest  Safari Lodge

Midrange / Budget: Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort/ Arcadia Cottages

Budget: bunyonyi overland

 

Day 8: Do morning coffee tour in Kisoro & transfer to Lake Mburo National Park for a night game drive.

 

After breakfast, embark on the coffee tour experience in the area of Kisoro in the shadows of Virunga Mountains. The coffee tour is a typical experiential tour where the coffee farmers themselves take you through the process of coffee growing right from planting to maintenance, harvesting, processing, the final products and their respective use. Chill for a cup of coffee and then embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. At 7pm, you embark on the night game drive in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvark, white-tailed mongoose, honey badger, side – striped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, genet cat, civet, thick – tailed Galago and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having a night rest. Retire for overnight

 

Accommodation

Luxury: Mihingo Safari Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Arcadia Cottages Mburo / Rwakobo Rock

Budget / Basic: Eagles Nest

 

Day 9:  Morning game walking safari in Lake Mburo NP & Transfer to Kampala

 

After your early morning breakfast, you will undertake a nature walk at 7 am departing at Rwonyo tourist center to gain chances of exploring various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bushbuck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, warthogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 240km and Entebbe 280km from Lake Mburo National Park. You make a stop at Igongo Cultural Center for traditional lunch and another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg is in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere. The site also has good souvenir shops where you can secure your memorabilia about Uganda before continuing on the drive to catch up with an evening flight at Entebbe International Airport

End of the 9 Days Uganda Adventure safari

Inclusions

  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)






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    Best time to visit Uganda

    Uganda is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry season from late June to October.

    The most commonly asked Ugandan questions! The solution is straightforward! You are welcome to visit Uganda at any time of the year! It’s a hot and humid atmosphere here.

    The cost of a safari, which is normally higher during peak season, maybe the difference. We offer discounts in May and April, and if you are traveling in groups, we offer a $150 discount on a Uganda safari gorilla permit.

    June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.

    November to May –Wet Season

    The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.

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