Uganda Classic Highlights Safari

Uganda is a great alternative to the neighboring African safari giants because of less crowds, smaller area making finding animals easily and the green blanket that covers the country makes Uganda stunningly more beautiful.

The Uganda Classic Highlights Safari visits some of the country’s iconic places to see, taking you on the wild side of the savanna to meet Africa’s Big Five (Lion, leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) and then into the rainforest jungle to walk with the world’s most famous primates in their natural setting. Here you will have a chance to see the Big Seven now including (Chimpanzee and Gorilla).

You’ll be travelling by road and staying in awesomely hand-picked safari lodges with a premise to give you an experience right out of the African natural world.

Uganda safaris, gorilla trekking safaris and wildlife holidays

Overview

This is a Uganda Classic Adventure tour covering the highlights of Uganda’s tourism product. Have you ever dreamed of Exploring the pearl of Africa in less than a fortnight! This is a perfect safari for you.

On this African safari holiday, you will be able to track the white rhinos at Ziwa sanctuary, game drives, launch cruises trek chimps and the closest relatives to human, the gorillas and the beautiful scenery the pearl of Africa has on the menu.

This African adventure will leave you wondering how beautiful Uganda is and indeed the ‘Pearl of Africa’.

Safari Highlights

  • You’ll be met at the Airport in Entebbe, Uganda
  • Tracking Rhinos in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Murchison falls National Park, game drives and launch cruise
  • Kibale Chimpanzee trekking at Kanyancu and Bigodi Swamp Walk.
  • Queen Elizabeth park game drives and boat safari on Kazinga Channel.
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Lake Mburo game drive and boat cruise.

Day 1, Arrival

Arrive Entebbe international airport, you will meet and greet with your private Uganda Express Adventure safari guide who will then transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Accommodation

  • Airport Guest House

Day 2, Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park

Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park with Rhino tracking at Ziwa and lunch en-route.

The Uganda Express Adventure road drive northwards will take you via Luweero to Nakasongola and after tracking the rhinos you will continue to Murchison Falls National park on of the oldest parks in Uganda.

First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 Murchison Falls Park is located in the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley Hosting over 76 species of mammals and 451 species of birds. It is also bisected by the Victoria Nile which 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the spectacular Murchison Falls.

The river offers a great opportunity for a game drive and the regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes, while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 3, Game drive and launch cruise

Early morning game drive in the park searching for the animals, major species likely to be sited on the game drive includes elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, kobs, and on a lucky day even a lion can be sited.

After lunch go for an afternoon Uganda Express Adventure boat cruise to the bottom of falls where you will disembark and take a hike to the top of falls, this is a rewarding adventure as the hike is relatives and takes you along the water fall through a forested hill with great views of the waterfalls.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4, Murchison Falls National park to Kibale National Park

This day starts with a morning breakfast and drive to Kibale, picnic stops en-route for lunch and stunning views of the scenery will spice up the drive, tea plantations is one of the friendliest to your sight en-route, arriving in the late afternoon and afternoon

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Kibale Guest Cottages

Day 5, Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp

Kibale forest has over 1,450 individuals (Chimpanzees) protected within the park. At Kanyanchu, a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors an outstanding opportunity to Track these apes in their natural Habitat.

Tracking starts at 7am with a briefing at Kanyanchu Park headquarter where you will be allocated rangers to take you to the forest. An advance team already in the forest keep tracking the chimps and communicates with your ranger on the radio call.

Tracking can last for 2 to 4 hours depending on how far the chimps could be feeding.

In the afternoon visit to Bigodi swamp, a swamp walk will reward you a great experience hence contributing to the community in the end. This is a community project aimed at improving the livelihoods of the local people, a local guide will lead you on a developed 4.5km trial through the swamp for approximately 3 hours.

You may encounter bird species including the great blue Turraccos, Hornibils Kingfishers and also Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, L’hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkeys can be spotted.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Kibale Guest Cottages

Day 6, Kibale forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Morning relaxed drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park and visit the communities either at lake Katwe or Kataara or Kikorongo communities. time for lunch before heading for an boat safari on the Kazinga channel will give you great views of several game including Hippos, Buffaloes, elephants and birdlife that queen Elizabeth National Park has to offer, off the boat cruise and continue with and evening African safari game drive in the park before returning to your lodge for an overnight.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Buffalo Safari Lodge

Day 7, Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Morning game drives in the Kasenyi plains through to Katwe Kob mating grounds. Most of the animals you are likely to find here include impalas, sitatungas and lions when lucky enough.
Transfer to the southern part of the par, Ishasha Sector, here you will take another game drive searching for tree climbing lions.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Enjojo Lodge

Day 8, Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Gorilla Park

Morning game drive in Ishasha plains to increase your chances of seeing the endangered lions and a leopard depending on how lucky you are.
Transfer to Bwindi Gorilla Park lunch en-route, arriving late in the afternoon and relax at the lodge contemplating on the Gorilla Trekking adventure the next morning.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 9, Gorilla Trekking

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in south-western Uganda edge at the edge of the great east African Rift Valley. It is a home to over 400 species of mountain gorillas about half of the world’s population.

Many of these are habituated in families that are daily visited by tourists. The forest is also a home to over 350 species of birds and 400 flora species.

Gorilla trekking starts at 8am after a briefing at the park headquarters, you will trek through the dense steep forest searching for the gorillas depending on where they were seen making nests the previous evening. The trekking can last 2-7 hours depending on how soon you find the gorillas; this is influenced by the location they stayed overnight.

Trekking can be a tasking adventure, but coming to a facial close-up with these close relatives to human is a reward worthy to earn

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

Day 10, Bwindi Gorilla Park to Lake Mburo National Park

After morning breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, a stopover at Mbarara the city of milk for lunch will be a refreshing moment before heading to Lake Mburo Rwonyo peninsular for a late afternoon boat cruise.

The park is the smallest of the Uganda’s protected savannah parks with lots of metamorphic rocks and a home to over 350 species of birdlife, zebras and buffaloes are the face of the game in this savannah land. Elands, Oribi, Waterbucks, Hippos, Reedbucks, Topi and a Leopard can also be spotted on a lucky day.

Meal Plan: B, L, D

Accommodation

  • Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Day 11, Lake Mburo to Entebbe and Departure

The last day of your safari starts with a short safari game drive out of the park with the last chances of enjoying the view of the beautiful game in Lake Mburo National Park.

Drive back to Entebbe with lunch en-route and a stop at the Equator arriving in time to check in for your flight back home.

Meal Plan: B, L.

End of Safari

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at lodges and hotels motioned in the itinerary or equivalent based on availability.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Transfers and transport in a 4X4 vehicle
  • Park entry fees
  • Game drives
  • Ziwa Rhino trekking
  • Launch cruise to the bottom of falls
  • Launch Cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Boat ride on Lake Mburo
  • 1 Chimpanzee trekking at Kanyancu
  • 1 Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
  • Bigodi Swamp walk
  • 1 liter of mineral drinking water per person per day in the vehicle.

Exclusions

  • Meals in Entebbe on the arrival day
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • International Air ticket
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Personal Expenditures and any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
StandardLuxury Upgrade
EntebbeAirport Guest HouseLake Victoria Serena Resort Hotel
Murchison FallsPakuba Safari LodgeParaa Safari Lodge
KibaleKibale Guest cottagesNdali Lodge
Queen ElizabethBuffalo Safari Lodge
Enjojo Lodge
Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Buhoma – BwindiIchumbi Gorilla LodgeGorilla Safari Lodge
Lake MburoRwakobo Rock LodgeKigambira Safari Lodge

This trip departs on the below dates

02th Oct 2022

04th Dec 2022

01st Jan 2023

05th Feb 2023

05th Mar 2023

04th Jun 2023

02nd Jul 2023

06th Aug 2023

03rd Sep 2023

01st Oct 2023

03rd Dec 2023

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