12-day Ultimate Uganda

This 12-day Ultimate Uganda safari starts in Entebbe, visiting Mountain Gorillas in Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest), enjoying Chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale, game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the famous Murchison Falls National Park on the Nile river.

Highlights

  • Entebbe
  • Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Murchison Falls 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 : Murchison Falls National Park

You will be collected from your hotel in Entebbe after breakfast and transferred by private vehicle to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey of around 5-6 hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch en-route. Overnight Baker’s Lodge including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 3 – 4 : Murchison Falls National Park

Spend two full days enjoying this beautiful area. The game in Murchison is exceptional, and four of the "big five" (Cape buffalo, elephant, lion, and leopard) can be spotted, especially in the North of the park. A cruise to the bottom of the falls as well as a Delta Cruise for bird watching/ game viewing are included.  Overnight Baker’s Lodge including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 5 : Kibale Forest National Park

Today a full days’ drive (7-8 hours) with picnic lunch as you head to Kibale Forest. Overnight Primate Lodge or similar, including all meals (no drinks).

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Day 6 : Kibale Forest National Park

Today is sure to be exhilarating! Chimpanzee trekking can be exciting as they are often very active, moving through the forest canopies, so you may find yourself following a family through dense jungles!  Of course, sightings cannot be guaranteed as they are wild animals, but the chances of seeing them are very good. Once amongst the Chimpanzees, spend approximately an hour observing and following them. Afternoon at leisure.  Overnight Primate Lodge or similar.

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Day 7 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a drive of approximately 3-4 hours.  This park set in the Great Rift Valley is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds.  The northern Mweya area, traverses the equator and is dominated by the scenery of crater lakes, is often occupied by large flocks of flamingos. A boat trip from Mweya along the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes Edward and George, provides one of the most memorable experiences offered by the park.  Continue onto the southern sector of the park, a 2-3 hour drive.

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Day 8 : Southern Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day at leisure to enjoy game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Ishasha area is famed for its unusual tree climbing lions. Watch the African sun set as you enjoy bush sundowers.  Overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 9 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

A 2-3 hour drive takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a world heritage site. Stop en-route at the Ishasha community project. Overnight Buhoma Lodge, including all meals and local drinks.

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Day 10 : Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Few words can describe the thrill of today’s lifetime experience! Coming face to face with mountain gorillas is a rare wildlife encounter that is exhilarating, humbling and enthralling. Experienced guides and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the steep mountain slopes.  Please note that gorilla tracking 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 so worth the trek to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are 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.

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Day 11 : 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.

* Please note that days 10 and 11 are interchangeable depending on when we can secure gorilla permits.

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Day 12 : Departure

Depart after breakfast for your light aircraft scheduled flight from Kihihi to Entebbe.

Included

Meet & greet service
Airport transfers in Entebbe
1 night accommodation at Hotel No.5 including breakfast
3 nights’ accommodation at Baker’s Lodge including all meals and local drinks
2 nights’ accommodation at Primates Lodge including all meals (no drinks)
2  nights’ accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks
3 nights’ accommodation at Buhoma Lodge  including all meals and local drinks
Services of driver/guide
Park entry fees
Game drives in Murchison Falls
Bottom of the Falls Cruise
Delta Cruise
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kazinga Channel boat cruise
One-way flight from Bwindi (Kihihi) to Entebbe included

Excluded

Gorilla Permit(s)
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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