Best of Uganda Wildlife Safari

Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Parks

Overview

Our 6 days wildlife tour takes you on one of Uganda’s best safari experiences to Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for their biodiversity. Queen Elizabeth National Park for instance, hosts a bird population of about 600 species.

On this wildlife safari, you get to Visit the amazing top of Murchison Falls, enjoy game drives and boat cruises along the famous River Nile and the Kazinga Channel!

The wildlife to lookout for include: lions, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, topi, oribi, water and bush bucks, plus Uganda Kobs, and more. Along the way to Murchison Falls National Park visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the rhinos accompanied by a ranger.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is run by Rhino Fund an organization that is working to restore Rhinos into Uganda’s wild.

Highlights

  • Day 1:  Arrival – Kampala
  • Day 2: Kampala – Murchison Falls National Park (Game drive, Boat ride and hike to top of the falls)
  • Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Fort portal
  • Day 4: Fort portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Kyambura gorge chimp walk – Entebbe

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – Kampala

Arrive Entebbe International Airport to be received with a warm welcome.  Transfer to your overnight accommodation to refresh and rest. If your flight arrives early in the day you will have a chance to see some of the interesting things around Kampala city and enjoy a cup of Uganda’s aroma coffee.  Return to your overnight accommodation for an early dinner and rest for an early start the next day.

Dinner and overnight at Serena Hotel (High end lodge) or Hotel Africana (Moderate facility) or  Emmaus Guest House (Budget facility) Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Kampala -Murchison Falls National Park (Rhinos,  Boat ride, & hike to top of the falls)

Today we start off early at 6:00 am to transfer to Murchison Falls National Park a must-see for a variety of wildlife. Along the way stop to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary a private ranch that protects the re-introduced Rhinos into Uganda’s wilderness for tracking. Proceed to thpark and check in to rest and put your feet up in wait for a sumptuous lunch.

Head out after lunch, for a boat cruise along River Nile that finishes at the bottom of the falls. This boat cruise gives you the opportunity to see hippopotamus at close range and other wildlife species like birds plus the day’s highlight, the huge Nile crocodiles on the river banks.

Bring a well charged camera for stunning photograph opportunities for great memories of your holiday to Uganda. At the bottom of the falls hike to the top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour) to see where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to drop into a foaming pool 44m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting to pick you at the top.

Dinner and overnight at Para Safari Lodge (High end lodge) or Murchison River Lodge (Moderate facility) or Red Chili Bandas (Budget facility)

Meal plan: breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park – Fort portal

With bags ready to go and early breakfast – start the day at dawn with a game drive to spot some nocturnal animals and other wildlife including some of the big five like lions,elephants and leopards. The others are warthogs, water and bush bucks, buffaloes, giraffes, topi, and oribi among others.  Drive through the game circuits as we exit the park via the southern side with fantastic views of the escarpments in the rift valleys on the way to Fort portal with lunch en-route in Hoima town.

Arrive Fort portal in the early evening welcomed by the great views of the fabled “mountains of the moon” and have your dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Safari Lodge (High end lodge) or Primate Lodge Kibale (Moderate facility) or Chimpanzee Guest House (Budget facility)

Meal plan: breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Fort portal – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wake up for an early breakfast before heading to the park headquarters for briefing about the park and the rules that guide chimpanzee trekking. After the brief head into the tropical rain forest accompanied by a ranger guide to search for the chimpanzees and other primates like the black and white Colobus, vervet monkeys, and mangabey among others.

Return from the trek to have lunch and thereafter set off to Queen Elizabeth National Park. On arrival head straight for a short game drive to Kasenyi mating ground to spot some wildlife species like elephants, lions, buffaloes, water and bush buck, warthogs and Uganda Kobs, before checking in for the night.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (High lodge) or Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge (Moderate facility) or Simba Safari Camp (Budget facility)

Meal plan: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

An early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile provides visitors opportunities to encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs and to see some peculiar water bodies plus a variety of birds. Your game drive will last up to 4 hours; thereafter return to the lodge for refreshments and breakfast.

After lunch we go on a boat ride along the famous Kazinga channel for great opportunities to encounter hippopotamus, buffalo and elephants along the channel’s banks among other wildlife. The boat trip takes visitors to see a variety of bird species among which are migratory birds depending on the season of the year.

Dinner and overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge (High lodge) or Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge. (Moderate facility) or Simba Safari Camp (Budget facility)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Kyambura gorge chimp walk – Entebbe

After breakfast head to Kyambura gorge for a primate walk and the species here include: black-and-white colobus, red tailed monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, and chimpanzees. Bird species to see here include: blue-headed bee-eater and African fintoot among others.

A walk in the gorge is unpredictable but is definitely rewarding because of its diverse fauna and flora. Return from Kyambura gorge to proceed to Kampala with lunch along the way, a chance to interact with the locals at a market and  a stop at the equator to have a look at curios for possible souvenirs to take home. Proceed to Entebbe to get ready for your night flight home.

Meal plan: Breakfast-lunch – dinner

End of services

This Safari Package Includes

  • Transportation in a 4 Wheel drive safari vehicle, Fuel expenses
  • Accommodation and meals as per the safari program
  • An English speaking driver/guide
  • Drinking water
  • Game drives
  • Hike to the top of the falls
  • Ferry crossing fees
  • Ziwa Rhino trekking
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat rides as indicated
  • One Chimpanzee permit each
  • Ranger fees

The Safari Exclusions

The expenses of personal nature like: Air fare, Visa, soda/alcoholic drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, and porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills.