10 Days Best of Uganda Safari

10 days best of Uganda safari itinerary offers you remarkable wildlife and primate tracking experience. The 10 days Best Uganda safari introduces you to the premier Uganda safari destinations and these are Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives & boat cruises; Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a great mountain gorilla trekking experience.

Detailed itinerary of the 10 days Best of Uganda safari (wildlife, chimpanzee & Gorilla trekking)

Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park with a rhino tracking experience en-route

First day of your 10 days best of Uganda safari tour, transfer to Murchison Falls. On your journey of 5-6 hours which takes you from Kampala along Gulu highway, you will have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for rhino tracking.

Get to a hotel in Masindi for lunch then drive 85kms to Murchison Falls via Kichumbanyobo gate. Go visit the top of the falls then continue to your booked lodge.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge, Boomu Bandas or Red Chili Camp
  • Moderate: Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba Lodge
  • Luxury: Baker’s Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 2: Game drive & boat Cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls

After breakfast, you will engage in a game drive in your main Destination-Murchison Falls National Park. This activity involves you spotting numerous wildlife such as lions, Rothschild giraffes, antelopes, warthogs, elephants, leopards, birds.

Return after 3-4 hours’ game drive in a full-size 4×4 Land Cruiser or 4×4 Safari Van with pop-up. You will undertake 2-3 hours’ launch cruise towards the falls with opportunity to spot crocodile as they bask on river banks, hippos, birds and other species.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge, Boomu Bandas or Red Chili Camp
  • Moderate: Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba Lodge
  • Luxury: Baker’s Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge
Day 3: Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park

Day 3 of the 10 days best of Uganda safari involves driving from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale after breakfast. Pay a visit to Amabere Caves en-route and later, enjoy lunch at a hotel in Fort Portal Tourism City. Continue to check into your accommodation in Kibale National Park.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Chimpanzee Guesthouse, Isunga Guesthouse
  • Mid-range: Kibale Forest Camp, Primate Lodge
  • Luxury: Papaya Lake Lodge, Primate Lodge
Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Have an early morning breakfast and later, report to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre for briefing on chimp trekking which is part of your 10 days best of Uganda safari. Kibale sits on 795sq.kms and protects 13 primate species.

Today, you will explore one of the habituated chimpanzee communities. After chimp trek, go enjoy a guided nature walk at Bigodi wetland then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, 3 hours’ drive.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Mweya Hostel, Tents in Bush Lodge
  • Moderate: Enganzi Lodge, Bush Lodge
  • Luxury: Mweya Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Day 5: Game drive & boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Game drive early morning after breakfast and this takes you via Kasenyi Plains. You catch sight at African bush elephants, leopards, antelopes, birds, buffaloes, lions. Have lunch at the lodge after 3-4 hours’ game drive and later, take part in launch cruise along Kazinga Channel.

Accommodation

  • Basic: Mweya Hostel, Tents in Bush Lodge
  • Moderate: Enganzi Lodge, Bush Lodge
  • Luxury: Mweya Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Day 6: From Queen Elizabeth National Park, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On day 6 of the 10 days best of Uganda safari, enjoy your breakfast and later embark on 3 hours’ drive to Bwindi National Park. You will have a chance to see the tree climbing lions and other species of wildlife. Lunch stopover at Savanna Resort then check into the lodge in Bwindi, 331sq.kms protected area.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Nshongi Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
Day 7: Gorilla trekking tour & cultural trip in the Batwa community

Briefing about gorilla trekking rules early in the morning after breakfast. Depending on the region (Bwindi has 4 gorilla sectors; Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo), you will be assigned to a habituated gorilla family to track starting at 8:00am. Trekking gorillas takes about 2-6 hours and it covers a maximum of 1 hour of face to face encounter. You also have opportunity to enjoy a Batwa cultural experience.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Nshongi Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge
  • Moderate: Gorilla Mist Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
  • Luxury: Buhoma Lodge, Clouds Mount Gorilla Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
Day 8: Go to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale

After breakfast, drive to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale. Enjoy lunch in Kabale and continue to Lake Bunyonyi to take part in a boat ride to one of the 29 islands. Enjoy a magical view of the dotted islands, sight birds.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Byoona Amagara Island Resort
  • Mid-range: Bunyonyi Safaris Resort
  • Luxury: Birdnest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort
Day 9: Take a boat ride in Lake Bunyonyi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park

Have breakfast early and after, embark on a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi-one of the deepest Lakes in Africa. This magnificent lake is comprised of 29 islands and you will visit one of them, enjoy sight of birds and scenic surrounding. After, get back to check out ready to drive to Lake Mburo National Park where you will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Mburo.

Accommodation options

  • Basic: Eagle’s Nest
  • Mid-range: Rwakobo Rock
  • Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
Day 10: Game viewing & drive back to Kampala or Entebbe

Have breakfast early and later, undertake morning game drive to see Burchell’s zebras, Rothschild giraffes, antelopes, birds and others. After, return to check out then get back to Kampala/Entebbe about 4 hours’ drive.

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Murchison Falls National Park with a rhino tracking experience en-route

Day 2: Game drive & boat Cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison Falls

Day 3: Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park then travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Game drive & boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6: From Queen Elizabeth National Park, drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking tour & cultural trip in the Batwa community

Day 8: Go to the scenic Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale

Day 9: Take a boat ride in Lake Bunyonyi and drive to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 10: Game viewing & drive back to Kampala or Entebbe

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari inclusions

  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise
  • Gorilla permit (@ 700 USD)
  • Park entrance fees
  • Chimpanzee permit (@ 200 USD)
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Transport in safari van or 4×4 Land cruiser with pop-up
  • Service of a professional English-speaking Uganda safari guide

Safari exclusions

  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Shopping bills
  • The optional activities
  • Cigarettes
  • Laundry services
  • Beverages or alcoholic drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Telephone bills
  • Air tickets/Airfares

End of the 10 days Best of Uganda safari (wildlife, chimpanzee & Gorilla trekking)

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