9 Days Best Uganda Safari

This 9 Days Best Uganda safari incorporates gorilla trekking safari, chimpanzee tracking, and wildlife viewing all as one great experience. This long Uganda tour introduces you to the country’s top destinations including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi, and Lake Mburo National Park. Your safari trip begins and ends in Kampala or Entebbe.

Brief itinerary of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari

Day 1: A trip to Murchison Falls National Park

Day 2: Game drive & boat cruise experience

Day 3: Murchison to Kibale Forest National Park-7 hours

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trek Queen Elizabeth National Park, 3 hours

Day 5: Game/wildlife drive & boat trip

Day 6: A game drive in Ishasha & 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi

Day 7: Gorilla trek adventure

Day 8: Bwindi-Lake Mburo-game drive

Day 9: Game drive and return to Kampala/Entebbe-4 hours

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Day 9: Game drive and return to Kampala/Entebbe-4 hours

Day 1: A trip to Murchison Falls National Park

Day one of your 9 Days Best Uganda safari involves transferring from Kampala/Entebbe to Murchison Falls 5-6 hours’ drive. Use 4×4 Land Cruiser or Safari Van to embark on a 305kms journey with an en-route stop visit at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track rhinos.

While at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, you will be able to view the white rhinos and also be equipped with interesting information about these creatures that are worth noting!

Enter Murchison to the south via Kichumbanyobo gate after lunch break in Masindi Town. Head up to the top of the falls and later check-in at your lodge. You will have dinner and an overnight stay!

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Chobe Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid-range: Pakuba Lodge, Fort Murchison
  • Basic: Red Chili Camp
Day 2: Game drive & boat cruise experience

After breakfast meal, drive through the Northern section of Murchison on 2-3 hours’ game drive. Expect to capture sight of diverse wildlife including Uganda Kobs, African bush elephants, buffaloes, the Rothschild giraffes, lions, warthogs, birds and others.

Drive back to be served lunch and later, go for a rewarding boat cruise along Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls. It is a 2-3 hours’ water sport experience offering you astonishing sight of hippos, crocodiles, aquatic birds and several other wildlife species. You are free to capture all these moments by camera; having a binocular can help you view interesting birds at a distance!

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Chobe Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge
  • Mid-range: Pakuba Lodge, Fort Murchison
  • Basic: Red Chili Camp
Day 3 of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari: Murchison to Kibale Forest National Park-7 hours

After you have had breakfast, take 6-7 hours’ drive from Murchison to Kibale Forest National Park. En-route, stop for lunch in Fort Portal Tourism City and then connect to Bigodi wetland for nature walk. Later, dine and spend a night in a lodge in or around Kibale.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge, Crater Lodge
  • Mid-range: Primate Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp
  • Basic: Isunga Lodge, Chimpanzee Guesthouse
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trek-Queen Elizabeth National Park, 3 hours

Breakfast will be served early in the morning after which you will report for briefing on chimpanzee trekking rules at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre.

At 8:00am, you will be escorted by an armed park guide to track a habituated chimp community. Spend 2-4 hours navigating through Kibale Forest and once you come across chimpanzees, enjoy a maximum of one hour with them. Take photos to capture the moment and get to interact with them in their natural environment.

Lunch break thereafter and then you drive 3 hours to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Western Uganda.

Pass via Fort Portal city while enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding areas. Dinner and comfortable night stay at the lodge you booked.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or in Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid-range: Bush Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • Basic: Mweya Hostel, tents in Bush Lodge
Day 5 of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari: Game/wildlife drive &boat trip

The day will kick off with a morning breakfast and after undertake a game drive via Kasenyi Plains. Enjoy 2-3 hours of viewing diverse wildlife ranging from elephants, leopards, lions, birds, buffaloes, warthogs, antelopes and others. Drive back in your comfortable 4×4 Land Cruiser or 4×4 Safari Van to the lodge where you will have lunch.

Spend 2-3 hours enjoying a boat cruise on an extensive 45kms of Kazinga Channel. Get incredible sight of crocodiles, aquatic birds, hippos and others then get back to dine before you retire for the night.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge or inIshasha Wilderness Camp
  • Mid-range: Bush Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • Basic: Mweya Hostel, tents in Bush Lodge
Day 6: A game drive in Ishasha& 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi

Enjoy an early morning game drive along Ishasha after breakfast as you spot the tree climbing lions plus variety of other species and continue to southwestern Uganda, 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi. Enjoy your lunch at Savanna Resort en-route to Bwindi which refuges the endangered mountain gorillas.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Gorilla Forest Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Lodge, Silverback Lodge
  • Basic: Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Day 7 of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari: Gorilla trek adventure

You will be expected to assemble at the briefing grounds after your morning breakfast meal, the briefing will serve to get you prepared for gorilla trekking rules and actual trek at 8:00am.

Embark on 2-6 hours’ gorilla trek adventure inclusive of 1 hour of magical view of the endangered mountain gorillas.

Only 1 of the 20 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi will be allocated to you for trekking and you return to relax at the lodge.

Have an exciting evening on cultural tour in Batwa community. The Batwa pygmies are popular as forest keepers, they took over 500000 years hunting and gathering in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but left without any impact on the environment.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Gorilla Forest Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Mid-range: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Lodge, Silverback Lodge
  • Basic: Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Day 8: Bwindi-Lake Mburo-game drive

Enjoy breakfast and after, start an early morning trip to Lake Mburo National Park. Lunch in Mbarara town then proceed to the park for evening game drive to see diverse wildlife species such as zebras, giraffes, birds, antelopes and others. You will embark on a boat ride afterwards along Lake Mburo. This is an experience worth noting!

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
  • Mid-range: Rwakobo Rock
  • Basic: Mantana Tented Camp
Day 9 of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari: Game drive and return to Kampala/Entebbe-4 hours

Morning breakfast will be served before morning game drive to sight more wildlife in Lake Mburo’s magical savannas before connecting to Kampala/Entebbe. Enjoy photography at Equator or stopover at Mpambire Drum Makers en-route to Kampala.

End of the 9 Days Best Uganda safari

9 Days Best Uganda safari Inclusions and Exclusions

The safari inclusions

  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Guided walks
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive &launch cruises
  • Travel in a 4×4 safari van/Land cruiser with pop-up
  • Service of an English-speaking Uganda safari guide

The safari exclusions

  • Tipping
  • Airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry services
  • Other beverages
  • Telephone bills
  • Optional activities
  • Cigarettes
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