10-day Classic Uganda Safari

A comprehensive safari visiting most of Uganda’s top safari regions. This trip includes a scenic one-way flight to Bwindi, with three nights in the area to allow the opportunity of trekking gorillas twice, or enjoying a community walk or some forest birding. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest, game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park and bird-watching are also included, making this tour the ultimate journey through Uganda.

Highlights

  • Entebbe
  • Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Uganda
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tour Summary

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Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 : Entebbe

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel No.5 or similar, with breakfast included.

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Day 2 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Transfer after breakfast to the airport for your scenic light aircraft charter flight to Kihihi airstrip. A roughly 90-minute drive through local villages and along mountain roads brings you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.

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Day 3 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

It’s up early today as one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe. Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions. The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%.  Head back to Buhoma Lodge for a complimentary massage after your trek or explore the surrounding Bwindi community. Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.

* Please note that days 3 and 4 are interchangeable depending on when we can secure gorilla permits *

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Day 4 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Those with additional pre-purchased permits will depart for a second gorilla tracking experience. Guests not tracking have the day free to explore the Bwindi area – optional activities include forest walks, a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping.  Overnight at Buhoma Lodge with all meals and local drinks included.

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Day 5 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Continue this morning onto southern Queen Elizabeth National Park (a 2-3-hour drive), with a brief stop enroute at the Ishasha Community Uplift project. Immerse yourself in Agartha’s ‘Taste of Uganda’ tour – an interactive experience for the inquisitive visitor who wonders how a rural Ugandan lady lives. Watch how local crops are transformed into staple food such as millet porridge and kalo bread.  Located in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds. The southern Ishasha area includes the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda, and is home to the tree climbing lions typically found in the area.  Enjoy afternoon game drives, looking out for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob. Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 6 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

A relaxed day out and about enjoying game drives in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, rounding things off with scenic bush sundowners including drinks and snacks. Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 7 : Northern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we depart Ishasha to the ‘Mweya’ sector of the National park to enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. Kazinga’s shores are a haven for numerous birds, including many migratory species as they make their way south to warmer climates. The cruise also provides a spectacular view of the beautiful Mweya Peninsula and life in local fishing villages set along the banks. (Cruise normally departs at 14h00, although this depends on availability when booking and is subject to change –no drinks/ snacks included on boat).  Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge including all meals. The lodge boasts stunning views overlooking the Kazinga Channel on one side and the Rwenzori Mountains on the other.

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Day 8 : Kibale Forest National Park

Depart early this morning to Kyambura Gorge to enjoy Chimpanzee trekking.  A fun photo stop as you cross the Equator can be squeezed in. Overnight at Primate Lodge or similar including all meals.

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Day 9 : Kibale Forest National Park

Your Kibale Forest chimp trek will generally take place in the morning. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Primate Lodge or similar.

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Day 10 : Departure

Depart after an early breakfast for the drive back to Entebbe, arriving back late afternoon.  Please do not book a flight out of Entebbe before 19h00.

Included

Meet & greet at Entebbe airport
Airport transfers throughout
1 night accommodation at Hotel No.5 including breakfast
One way domestic flight from Entebbe to Kihihi on a scheduled flight (light aircraft)
4×4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide as above
Bottled water in safari vehicle
3 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge including all meals and local drinks
Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha
2 nights accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks
1 x Sundowner drinks and snacks at Ishasha
1 night accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge including all meals (no drinks)
All park entrance fees
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
2 nights accommodation in Kibale at Primates Lodge or similar including all meals (no drinks)

Excluded

Gorilla Permit(s)
Kyambura chimpanzee permit(s)
Kibale chimpanzee permit(s)
International flights
All international flights and airport taxes
Personal expenses such as porters
Drinks
Tips
Visas
Travel insurance
Services/activities/meals not included above

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