2 weeks Uganda Wildlife safari (12 days wildlife safari)

2-Weeks Uganda Wildlife

12 days wildlife safari

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Overview

Discover the best of Uganda in 14 days. The safari takes you to explore the vast wildlife Uganda has. The safari also takes you to the virgin land of Kidepo for impressive wildlife & Karimojong discovery.

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Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Uganda, “Tusanyuse okukulaba” meaning we are happy to see you. Depending on your arrival time, our company representative will meet and pick you up. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay, if you need to check out the city in the late evening, you can let your driver know about your plan for the night.

 

Accommodation:

Mid range: Fairway hotel,

Day 2: Transfer to Kidepo National Park

Today, you will start your adventure to Uganda’s wild places. In the early morning, you will be picked up from your favorite lodge and start your journey to the virgin land. When travelling by road, the distance is quite long and the roads are not so good. Your driver guide will start the drive very early in the morning and make a stopover at Lira town to encounter a local community encounter before proceeding to Kitgum town for relaxation, dinner, and overnight

 

Accommodation:

Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge,

Mid range: Apoka Rest Camp

Day 3: Kitgum to Kidepo Valley National Park;

Dawn drive to Kanangorok hot spring to meet the East African Big Five that can be seen wandering around, as well as birds like the ostriches. After you have returned to the lodge for refreshment, you will have breakfast and lunch and use the afternoon for a cultural experience that will get you in touch with the Karmojong people at Karenna and Kidepo. Spending time with these locals will make your safari remarkably memorable. Mix together and have a chat with the local elders and they will show you their animal kraals, the grinding stones, and many better items. Then, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation;

Luxury:

Day 4: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

The drive from Kidepo to Murchison Falls National park is approximately 7-8hrs, this means you need to have an early breakfast and have enough time on the road. Your drive will take you through part of the Karamoja region and Gulu town as well. Be sure of some stops to take photos, pees, stretch your legs along the way.

 

Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge,

Mid range: Nile River Lodge,

Budget: Red chilli Rest camp

Day 5: Morning boat cruise & Evening game drive

This morning in Murchison Falls National parks starts different compared to Kidepo days. This time, you are having a morning boat cruise along the Nile. The boat cruise is approximately 2hrs, just floating on the waters, watching various animals on the water banks including the elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles, birds such as the sun birds, African fish eagle and most interesting the water falls. If you are fit enough, you can opt for a hike to the top of the falls and if not, sail back to the river shores. Proceed for lunch, if it’s a hot day, take a deep in the pool and wait on your guide for an evening game drive. Many of the animals are winding their day and some on the night hunters are getting ready run out of their dens, catch a glimpse of the giraffes, elephants, kobs, bushbucks, warthogs, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks and so many more. This is enough for the day, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge,

Mid range: Nile River Lodge,

Budget: Red chilli Rest camp

Day 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Today is yet another day for a longer drive also. Driving from Murchison falls to Kibale National park is approximately 9-10hrs on road. Most important of all, you guide will help you enjoy the trip, make stops to take photos, have some fresh fruits and snacks as well; it is such an interesting drive. Take a moment to see the mahoma falls, the crater lakes and a lot more.

 

Accommodation: Ndali lodge, Primates cottage, Kibale forest Camp

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking

Kibale forest is termed as the primate capital of the world with over 13 species of primates living in this forest. Today’s best highlight is the chimpanzee tracking that takes approximately 3-4hrs with the help of the guide. Make sure you carry some drinking water and get your camera ready to capture these apes. Close to the chimps, you can view the colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, forest hogs and thousands of birds. Retire from the encounter and return to the lodge for lunch or have a packed meal in the forest. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at either leisure or visiting the Bigodi wetland to capture a moment with the birds of kibale forest and mostly the elusive shoebill before a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National park.

 

Accommodation:

Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge, Ihamba lakeside lodge, Mweya hostel

Day 9: Morning Game drive & Boat cruise at Queen Elizabeth National park

You wake up for an early morning cup of coffee in the views of the moist savannah before heading to the park for the game drive at 7am. Undertake a game drive in the Kasenyi tracks and the Queen’s Mile in search of the amazing wild game including; cape Buffaloes, Leopards, Topi, Elephants, Kobs, Waterbucks, Warthogs, Hyena, lions, side stripped jackals among other wildlife. Retreat from the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you gather at Mweya jetty for an afternoon Kazinga Channel boat cruise departing at 2pm. This cruise offers you an opportunity to see at close range the highest concentration of water submerged Hippos, surrounded by over 60 species of migrant and resident birds plus crocodiles drinking and resting at water edges. You retreat from the boat cruise and do an evening game drive along the Channel track to explore more wild game in their evening moments. Continue to the lodge for overnight.

 

Accommodation: Mweya safari Lodge, Ihamba lakeside lodge, Mweya hostel

Day 10: Transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park driving through 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 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 11: Gorilla Tracking

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 life time 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 availed 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 method 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 retire for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation

Luxury:  Acarida Lodges

Midrange / Standard: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort

Day 12: Transfer to Kampala

the early morning lake tour by taking a boat cruise exploring the impressive waters of Lake Bunyonyi noted as the second deepest in Africa. You also take a walk on one of the main Islands to explore the beauty of the lake of a thousand Islands in detail. Retreat from the 2 hour activity and embark on the transfer to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive driving through impressive country side landscapes of south western Uganda making a traditional lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center for typical African buffet and another stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots where one leg would be in the southern hemisphere and the other in the northern hemisphere. Arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to mark the end of the tour.

 

End of safari!

Inclusions;

  • Airport transfer to/from Entebbe Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD safari vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary·
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Welcome package including a detailed map of Uganda
  • VAT for hotels and lodges outside Kampala

 

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
  • Forest Walk Bwindi (USD $55 per person)
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above – Items of personal nature
  • Tips – Christmas supplement  

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refunded if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before arrival.
  • Balance should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Min: 2 Travelers
Start/End: Kampala
Duration: 12 Days
Activity: Game drives, Boat cruise, Chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla tracking, nature walk, Karimojong encounter, etc
Destinations: Bwindi Impenetrable, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park

Why Book with us?

  • Safari Departs any date
  • Unbeatable prices
  • Authentic safari experience
  • Tailor-made safari packages
  • Accommodation and meals inclusive
  • Professional guides
  • Life changing travel experiences

Best time to go

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

Uganda Gorilla Permits costs

Uganda gorilla permits cost $600 and Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

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