Nature and Wildlife of Uganda

TUG03: 8 Days Private Tour of Kampala - Murchison Falls - Kibale - Queen Elizabeth - Bwindi - Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking driver guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: Handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Transfer from Entebbe/Kampala to Murchison Fall
Welcome to join our best Uganda private tours! Your English-speaking driver guide will pick you up at the hotel in Entebbe/ Kampala at 6:30 AM. Then we will drive to Murchison Falls National Park in northwest Uganda. The 310-kilometer (193 miles) drive will take about 5 hours. On the way, we plan to stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for about 2 hours to search the only population of white rhinos in southern Uganda. Have lunch at Kabalega Dinner at noon, and then we will continue to Masindi Town and Budonggo Forest Reserve for scenic views. Upon arrival at Murchison Falls National Park, we will enjoy dinner after checking into the lodge.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and Nile cruise tour
Today we will have a full day Uganda private safari in Murchison Falls National Park. If you stay in the south of the park, you can take a ferry to cross the river at 07:00; if you stay in the north, you will begin a 3-4 hour game drive at 06:30. You can see elephants, Rothschild Giraffes, lions, buffaloes, Jackson's Hartebeest, leopards, Gemsbok and many other animals in this national park. At 14:00, we will take a Nile cruise from Paraa Jetty to admire the magnificent Murchison falls. After reaching the bottom of it, you need to hike to the top of the falls and watch the spectacular view. The Nile River bursts from a narrow crevice of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa, falling 43 meters (141 ft.) into a pool below that accompanied by thunderous sounds and bright rainbows. You will meet your driver guide at the top of the waterfall, and then drive back to the lodge for a rest and dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Head to Kibale National Park, enjoy rustic scenery on the way
Today we are going to Kibale National Park by car with 360km (224 mi), which will take around 8 hours on the way. So you can appreciate the beautiful countryside scenery along the way and have pre-packed lunch. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Chimpanzee trekking, Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have breakfast at 7:00 AM and then we'll head to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for a briefing at 8:00 AM. Today we will track chimpanzees in 2-5 forests and observe their daily activities. Kibale National Park is home to 375 kinds of birds and 13 primate species, as well as a diverse flora, some of which are favored by wildlife and some have medicinal values. You can spend 1 hour with the chimpanzees. During this time, you can observe them eating, patrolling, fighting, mating, playing, their jumping skills, and other interesting traits. Don’t forget to capture the animals' best moments with your camera. After the chimpanzee trekking, we will enjoy lunch.

Later, we are going to Bigodi Wetland and Community for a meaningful ecological tour. Next, continue to head to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a 3-hour (160 km) drive. You will enjoy the views of the Rwenzori Mountains on the way.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Kasenyi Game drive & Kazinga Channel Boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP
On the 5th day of the Uganda private tours, we will have a game drive at 7:00 AM and enjoy breakfast before that. Kasenyi sector is quite popular among tourists because there is a high probability to view lions, elephants, leopards, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, spotted hyenas and buffalo. The whole game drive will last for 3-4 hours. Then we will drive to Mweya Peninsular for a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you will board the Kazinga Channel cruise at 2 PM to explore the Nile crocodiles, hippos, birds on the banks of the river. After 2 hours, you will get off the boat, and attend an evening game drive along the channel track. At the end of the day, we will return to the lodge for dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Game drive in Ishasha Sector, transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today, we are planning to travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south by car to continue our best Uganda private safari. We are about 160 km (99 miles) north of Buhoma (the main gorilla trekking trailhead) and 218 km (135 miles) east of Ruhija. On the way, we'll get off at Ishasha Sector situated at the most southwest of the Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drive, searching lions that can climb trees and other wild animals. Then we will continue to drive for 2-3 hours and arrive at Bwindi in the evening. We will check into the hotel before having dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, leave for Lake Bunyonyi & stay overnight
Today, we will experience gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park. Most of the world's mountain gorillas are living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with at least 400 ones and Greater Virunga, the border connecting Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. We will have a briefing in the park at 8:00 AM. Then the armed staff will lead you into this vast and dense forest.

With the pleasant birdsongs in the valley, we will walk on the steep mountain paths and look for the large primates. The gorilla trekking will last for 2-8 hours, but in order not to disturb the gorilla too much by humans, the actual observing time is only limited within 1 hour. You can watch gorillas eat, play, and take beautiful pictures of them. Later, we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi and enjoy the beautiful Kigezi Plateau view, which is hailed as the "Switzerland in Africa". At night, we can enjoy this beautiful lake with 29 islands under the starry sky. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Return to Kampala, stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe
After having breakfast, we will return to Kampala by car. The 440 km (273 miles) journey will take around 7 hours. Along the way, you can appreciate banana plantations, farms and other unique scenery in southwestern Uganda. At noon, we will have a delicious Ugandan buffet lunch at the Igongo Cultural Center. Later, we will stop at the Equator Crossing Kayabwe to visit the dividing line between the northern and southern hemispheres and buy some souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
Murchison Falls National ParkParaa Safari Lodge Murchison River Lodge
Kibale National ParkCrater Safari Lodge Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
Queen Elizabeth National Park Mazike Valley Lodge Enganzi Game Lodge
Bwindi National ParkHaven Lodge Buhoma Gorilla Mist Camp
Lake BunyonyiBirdnest Bunyonyi Resort Lake Bunyonyi Rock
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