10 Days Uganda Safari (Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking) tour

10 Days Uganda Safari (Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking) tour in Bwindi and Chimpanzees Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park.

A number of activities will be done on this 10 Days Uganda Safari (Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking) tour in Bwindi and Chimpanzees Tracking in Kibale Forest National Park.

This is one of the trips that brings out Uganda’s strength in the wild. You will have a chance to actively participate in several activities like; gorilla and chimps trekking, game drives, nature walks, bird watching, and lastly boat cruise among others. The trip starts in Kampala all along encountering multiple interesting scenery and events.

Highlights of the trip for the 10 Days Uganda Safari (Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking) tour

10 Days Uganda Safari

Bushel’s Zebra in Lake Mburo National Park

Detailed 10 Days Uganda Safari (Wildlife & Gorilla Trekking)

Day 1: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

You will start your day with morning breakfast, at around 8 am, our professional driver will drive into your hotel in Kampala to pick you up for the trip. He will brief you on how the whole journey will flow before you hit the road.

All along the journey, you will keep coming across many interesting sceneries and events that you may need to engage the driver so that you get more information. This is a 10 Days Uganda Safari so you better brace yourself for a magical experience.

Drive from Kampala in the morning with your guide to Murchison Falls, Uganda’s largest park and home to over 450 bird species and 76 mammal species. Your eyes will be fed with lots of sightings along the way as you will enjoy a bottle of drinking water.

You may possess a digital camera to enable you to capture some of these interesting moments. Additionally, possessing a binocular will help you sight distant animals and birds.

Have a number of stopovers like for example, Rhino sanctuary on your way to take pictures of the statues of rhinos mounted on the entrance to the sanctuary.

There is an optional visiting the sanctuary to see the rhinos. The next stop is in Masindi, for lunch and the next is at the top of the falls which is a 2hrs drive from Masindi town.

There is nothing as thrilling as watching River Nile make its way 8 meters’ crevice and dropping nearly 45 meters below as it continues with its course. Due to the great ground, there is actually an effect of shaking; this is very impressive as the place is always having a rainbow. Thereafter continue to your lodge and check-in. Depending on your lodge you can go some game drive as you head to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Recommended Accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Para Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison/Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Midrange: Red Chili Rest Camp
  • Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: full board plan

Day 2 of the 10 Days Uganda Safari: Murchison Game Drive and Nile Boat Cruise

This is the crucial and most interesting day of your stay at the park. You will have a hasty breakfast and set out for a game drive as early as possible. This will enable you to sight most of the animals in the park before they seek to hide out from the scorching sunshine as the day progresses.

The tour guide will lead you to the finest place to easily see the animals he has all the required information about the animals that can enable you to get perfect timing and view of the animals.

Your eyes will be on the look for any sightings at this point. You will certainly enjoy Uganda’s true wilderness as you will be taking pictures of this unforgettable Uganda Safari. The thrill will be seeing Lions, herds of elephants, Giraffes, Herds of Buffalos, antelopes especially the kobs and much more others, and the waterbucks grazing in the savannah.

Other animals like warthogs, jackals and if lucky enough you can spot the Leopard as well and many more other animals will be seen during this game drive. And if you’re a bird lover, you will have a chance to spot as many bird species as possible on this game drive.

Head back to your lodge for lunch and some rest as you prepare for the afternoon Nile Boat Cruise. On the boat, you will have 2-3 hrs of an experience across the River Nile to the source/bottom of the waterfalls.

You will also have a chance to spot some animals like crocodiles, elephants, a large number of Hippos, buffalos, waterbucks, and also birds such as storks, fish eagles among others. While at the bottom of the falls, you will have a great time watching the magnificent waterfalls. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Luxury: Para Safari Lodge, Fort Murchison/Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Midrange: Red Chili Rest Camp
  • Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge

Meals: full board plan

Day 3 of 10 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest

Early morning breakfast will be served at the lodge and after a drive to Kibale Forest; you will take pleasure in the gorgeous scenery of this countryside which makes the journey more exciting.

Have our lunch stop en route at Fort portal town and continue as you will have a great time viewing the scenes of Rwenzori ranges. Check-in at your lodge on arrival

You could go for a guided nature walk In Bigodi wetland which is home to various birds and primates species. Later you will have dinner and overnight at the lodge as you prepare for the following day’s expedition!

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Ndali lodge
  • Primate Lodge
  • Kyaninga Lodge
  • Chimp nest lodge
  • Meal; full board
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Murchison Falls National Park

Day 4: Kibale for a Morning Chimpanzee Trekking

On this day, you will have to wake up in the dawn hours of the early morning for breakfast after which you will head to the park. You will be given all the necessary briefing and later start off with Chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Kibale forest is among the charming places well-known for different primates and several crater lakes within Uganda.

On this morning trek, you will see the chimps in their natural environment. These chimps are also exciting and having a very close encounter with them will reward you with a memorable and exciting experience on your trip.

After lunch, you will drive to the Mwea Peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in the late afternoon. You will check-in and have some time to rest as you wait for your dinner and rest.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Katara Lodge
  • Mazike Valley Lodge (upmarket), Bush Lodge
  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Twin Lakes Lodge

Meal plan: full board

Day 5 of 10 Days Uganda Safari: Game Drive and Boat Cruise at Kazinga Channel- Queen Elizabeth

After an early breakfast on this day, there again you hit the road for another yet exciting game drive through the Kasenyi track and other tracks where you have a chance to observe different wildlife species like; lions, Elephants, antelopes, buffalos, waterbucks, giraffes, and if lucky enough Leopards together with multiple amazing beautiful bird species. Queen Elizabeth has a diversity of Uganda’s ecosystem such as the savannah, wetlands, lakes, forests, and over 600 bird species that live in the park.

With all this amazing vegetation cover and composition, its scenery is spectacular with crater lakes like Nyamunuka and various shrubs and forests. Later head back to the lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon go for a launch cruise on Kazinga Channel. This is one experience to reminiscence.

Take pleasure in observing different water birds together with their echoing sweet sounds and animal such as hippos, African crocodiles, waterbucks, buffalos, elephants among others. After experiencing the true wilderness, drive back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Katara Lodge
  • Mazike Valley Lodge (upmarket)
  • Bush Lodge
  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Twin Lakes Lodge
  • Meal plan: full board

Day 6: Forest Walk and Chimpanzee Tracking

For the best experience on this day, you will start your morning with an early morning breakfast and then head for a guided forest walk in Maramagambo forest with the hope to see diverse bird species, python, and bat caves.

You will also track chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge. Head back to the lodge have lunch as you prepare for an evening game drive through the Park for more eye-catching and amazing moments.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Mweya Safari Lodge
  • Katara Lodge
  • Mazike Valley Lodge (upmarket)
  • Bush Lodge
  • Ihamba Safari Lodge
  • Twin Lakes Lodge

Day 7 of 10 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, you will check out from your lodge and transfer to Bwindi National Park via the Ishasha sector as you will have a chance to observe tree-climbing lions in the wild. Bwindi National Park is home to over 346 bird species, 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 27 frog species among others. It covers a land area of 331 square kilometers.

We shall have lunch en route and continue with the journey combined with amazing and spectacular views of banana, tea plantations, and overall green vegetation not forgetting the terrain of the land in the rift valley. On reaching the park, check in the lodge. Have dinner and overnight.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

Luxury:

  • Mahogany springs
  • Chameleon Hill
  • SilverBack Lodge

Midrange:

  • Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Bakiga Lodge
  • Ichumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge

Budget:

  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp
  • Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Meal: Full Board

Day 8 of 10 Days Uganda Safari: Gorilla Trekking and Community Walk-Bwindi

After a morning cup of tea, head to the park head offices with your guide, have a briefing about the dos and don’ts while in the Park with the Gorillas. After the briefing, you will head for gorilla trekking through the mist rain forest, trekking can take the least 2hrs or up to 6hrs and this is based on the location of the gentle giants.

You can spend up to an hour with the Gorillas as you take memorable pictures ensuring your camera flashlight is off. Make sure that you carry a picnic lunch, enough water, sturdy shoes, non-flash cameras, rain jackets, walking sticks for those who are not so fit!

Later return to the lodge and relax. Depending on the time you took to trek the gorillas, you can decide to a stroll at your accommodation facility or choose to relax as you enjoy the natural breeze of the environment.

In the evening, go for a community walk where you will visit the Batwa, an indigenous group of people that have lived in the forest for many years, enjoy traditional dances from them. Head back to the lodge for your dinner and overnight stay.

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

Luxury:

  • Mahogany springs
  • Chameleon Hill
  • SilverBack Lodge

Midrange:

  • Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Bakiga Lodge
  • Thumbs Gorilla Safari Lodge

Budget:

  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp
  • Rushaga Gorilla Camp
  • Meal: Full Board

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. This is approximately 6 to 7 hours’ drive by road. You will go through the outstanding scenery in Kibale which is a combination of terraced hills, forests, banana plantations among many other sightings. Have lunch in Mbarara en route to Lake Mburo, which is home to 332 bird species, sitting on a land area of 371 square kilometers.

As you drive through this amazing park, you will have a chance to spot animals like zebra, impalas, warthogs, topis, waterbucks, buffalos, and red bucks among others. Upon arrival, you will have a boat cruise on the lake where eyes will be able to sight lots of wonders like birds, crocodiles, hippos, zebras among others. Later you will drive to check-in at your lodge, have dinner, and rest

Recommended Accommodation Facilities:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
  • Midrange: Rwakobo Lodge
  • Budget: Rwonyo Rest Camp
  • Meals: Full Board

Day 10 of 10 Days Uganda Safari: Return to Kampala

As you wrap up this adventurous safari, you will have a strong relaxed lunch and leave for an early game drive as you leave the park off back to Kampala. You will be able to sight numerous interesting animals like the zebras, impalas, warthogs, and antelopes, and much more in their natural habitats.

You will exit the park and hit the road to Kampala, with a stopover for lunch in Masaka and another stopover at the equator for a cool photo moment hence arriving in Kampala in the late evening. If you have a flight on the same day, then you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight.

Background Information of the 10 Days Uganda Safari

Murchison Falls National Park

This mighty park is also known as the Kabalega National Park, the Murchison falls National Park is popularly known for having the world’s most powerful waterfalls that emit large volumes of water about 300 cubic meters per second or 11,000 ft3/s at a very powerful pressure that cause the surrounding to tremble.

The park was first gazetted in 1927 and today is the largest park in Uganda covering a land area of 3840 square kilometers equivalent to 1483 square miles. It is commonly visited for Uganda Safari Tours because of its diverse Safari activities and rich wildlife with a memorable experience.

The park is located in northern Uganda, northwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and extends its boundaries to a number of districts within and beyond the Bunyoro escarpment including Nwoya, Masindi, Kiryandongo, and Buyisa. It is found on the northernmost reaches of the Albertine Rift Valley with its terrain bisected by the Victoria Nile

Murchison National Park is a home to more than 73 animal species among which are the “big five” including buffalos, leopards, lions, and Elephants (except rhinos), it also bears three-quarters of the world’s population of Rothschild giraffes plus a healthy population of herbivores which has recently doubled including the Uganda Kobs all of which can easily be seen on the Wildlife Safari Tours in this park.

There are various primates living within its verdant forests like Budongo among are over 610 chimpanzees, in addition to 451 bird species including 23 Albertine Rift Endemics

Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park covers land area of about 1978 square kilometers. Its position provides a magnificent view of the Rift Valley floor that is occupied by Lakes Edward and George. It is well known to be habitat of about 95 mammals along with 612 species of birds. Formerly, a historian known as Douglas Willocks talked about the various features that lead to the formation of the Park in 1952

This area was strategically located with a stunning view of mount Rwenzori, the plains and the campsite jagged mass of mountains that are good for reaction activities such as hiking. On the other side of Lake Edward, there is a famous hill known as Mitumbe that looks out to Congo. Its beauty is signified with changing colors from blue to green, with gentle slopes, distant and this makes it become the center of darkness in Africa.

The eastern part of the park is characterized with peaceful green escarpments that are acquired from the western rift valley. The features are well covered with Savannah vegetation making it a beautiful place full of nature euphorbia trees

The park is so extensive further more adjacent to the other protected areas. For instance, Kigezi covering an area of about 256 square kilometers and Kyambura with about 152 square kilometers wildlife set aside. The other area is Kalinzu Forest Reserve that adjoins to DRC with about 200 square kilometers along Virunga National Park. Rwenzori National Park is about a few Kilometers to the North of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 500 different primate species about 100 mammal species. The grassland plains support a variety of wildlife safari animals which can be viewed from vehicle on the network tracks designated in the park. About 20 predators are found in the park such as Lions, Leopards side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others

Common antelope species include; the kob, bush buck, topi and water buck. Other animals which can be spotted at Mweya Peninsular are; Buffalos, elephants, warthogs and hippos. There are also various primate species are available in the park including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons among others. The Ishasha area is famously known for its tree climbing lions and it is also known to host the world’s highest concentration of hippos

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Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kibale Forest National Park

This national park is situated in western Uganda, protecting the moist evergreen rainforest. It covers a land area of 766 square kilometers (equivalent to 296 square miles) in size and at an altitude between 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) to 1,600 meters (5,200 ft).

Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes to contain both lowland and montane forests. In East Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest

The park was gazette in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve. The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometers (110 mi) wildlife corridor. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated Chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates.

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Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of the Virunga Mountains.

It is composed of 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) of both Montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only by foot. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a world heritage site for its biological significance and vast biodiversity.

Species diversity is a feature of the park. It harbors 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forest in East Africa, with more than 1000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 plant species of ferns.

The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular area shares in the high levels of Endemism to the Albertine Rift

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbill and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi Gorillas, this is also half of the world’s population of endangered mountain Gorillas.

Habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu,Kabaale and Kisoro respectively all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is very special with every part of it alive with variety, interest and colour that is breathtaking and soul healing. It contains an extensive area of wetland and also harbours several species of mammals and birds found nowhere else in Uganda.

Its sculptured landscape, with rolling hills and idyllic lake shores has a varied mosaic of habitats; forest galleries, seasonal and permanent swamps, rich acacia- woodland and grassy valleys which all support a wealth of wildlife!

Lake Mburo National Park occupies land area of 370 square kilometers which is small in comparison with many other East African Parks, but with its rich variety of habitats; dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, forest, lakes and swamps, it is home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals most of which can only be found here.

Lake Mburo is the only park in Uganda with Eland, Impala and Klipspringer. It is also home to the largest population of Zebras in Uganda estimated at about 5,000 and probably contains the highest concentration of leopards that can be found anywhere else in Uganda.

Buffalo, waterbucks, topi and warthogs are also very common. Reedbucks and oribi can also be spotted in the open valleys. Hyena, genet, bush pigs and white-tailed mongoose are often seen on night game drives together with some other nocturnal animals.

At the center of the park is Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes in the area, forms part of a wetland system. This system is linked by a swamp some 50 km long, fed by the Ruizi River on the western side. Five lakes, of which the lakes largest being lake Mburo, occur within the park’s boundary.

Nearly a fifth of the Park’s area consists of wetlands-both seasonally flooded and permanent swamps. The various types of swamps are home to wide variety of wetland birds, as well as the shy, rare sitatunga antelope.

Lake Mburo’s surface and its fringing vegetation are always changing, and it is delightful to take a boat cruise out and experience the lake’s moods and watch numerous hippos, some crocodiles and an incredible number of African fish eagles among other aquatic animals in this mighty lake. The lake is also one of the best places to spot the rarely seen African fin-foot and white backed heron amongst many other water birds.

Lake Mburo National Park

Wildlife Safari in Lake Mburo National Park

10 Days Uganda Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari
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