Experience Uganda Safari
This 8 day Safari to Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Lake Mburo lets you enjoy the incredible scenery, culture and warmth of people you will hardly find anywhere else.
Day 1: Entebbe Airport - Entebbe
Welcome to Uganda! On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by a Holiday Bazaar representative who will escort you to your safari vehicle and will introduce you to your Driver who will also be your Guide. The ﬁrst stop will be a short drive to your accommodation where you will be able to relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.
Day 2: Entebbe - Kibale N.P
Your safari adventure begins today with your first destination Kibale Forest National Park. An early start will see you head west on a scenic drive towards Fort Portal Town via Mityana and Mubende, before arriving at your destination. This region of Uganda is the traditional home of the Tooro Kingdom and is well known for its stunning landscapes made up of well-manicured tea and vanilla plantations, which can be visited that are punctuated with amazing natural crater lakes.
Day 3: Kibale N.P - Queen Elizabeth N.P
Your Chimpanzee Trekking experience has finally arrived! It begins at the Uganda Wildlife Authority HQ at Kanyanchu Gate where your trekking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. About 1 hour before your group sets oﬀ an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. Once located the advance party send a radio message back to your trekking group so that you can navigate through the forest.
During the trek, you will also get to see the diﬀerent birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you can only spend one hour with them this ensures that the Chimpanzees don't become accustomed to human contact.
The excitement of Chimpanzee Trekking will probably still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Chanel. This part of the safari is all contained within the Tooro Kingdom and you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 4: Queen Elizabeth N.P
A game drive in Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is a great place to see view diﬀering landscape and ecosystems in Uganda. The park is the oldest and the most visited in Uganda. This game drive will take place on the Kasenyi Plains which are in the north-east section of the park and but west of Lake George. There are large numbers of buﬀalo, antelope, elephant, warthogs, baboons as well and lions and the odd leopard if you are lucky.
One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the boat ride along the Kazinga Channel. The boat ride is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting around 3 hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world's largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buﬀalo, elephants and a whole host of birds. including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers.
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth N.P - Ishasha Sector - Bwindi N.P
Today you will transfer from the North Eastern sector of the park to the Southern sector also known as the Ishasha sector. Queen Elizabeth National Park is just under 2,000km2, contained with in that area is a diverse environment that contains, forests, savannah grassland and lakes. All this means that there are a wide range of birds, mammals and plant life that live within the park and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!
A game drive in the Ishasha sector gives you a chance to see the famous tree climbing lions that can be seen hanging out of large fig trees. No one really knows why lions in this area climb trees but there are many theories surrounding this behavior.
However, lions are not the only animals to be found in the park. Large herds of Uganda Kob, Hippos, elephant and antelope also roam this part of the park making it an ideal place to view the wildlife at its best.
With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives ticked off your list, it will be time to leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and continue your journey towards Bwindi and the Gorillas, where the adventure of a lifetime awaits you! This section of the safari will see you enter the traditional area of Kigezi Kingdom which is the southernmost Kingdom on Uganda.
Day 6: Bwindi N.P
Your Gorilla Trekking experience is finally here, hope your camera is charged and you are ready for what lies ahead. An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun to track their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin.
Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous
night. For conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is 1 hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is called impenetrable. There is also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.
At Holiday Bazaar we try and support the communities that we interact with as part of the business we run, with a view to minimizing the impact we have on communities as well as ensuring that they too benefit from our operations. One such community in the Buhoma area of Bwindi is called Ride 4 a Woman. You will get to visit these incredible women and learn more about their story!
Day 7: Bwindi N.P - Lake Mburo N. P
With your Gorilla Trekking experience still a vivid memory, it is time to leave the Gorillas and the Kigezi Kingdom all behind and head towards Lake Mburo National Park and into the heartland of the Ankole Kingdom. The drive is one of the most scenic in Uganda as you transition between the Impenetrable forest and into the Ankole grasslands, where the famous long-horned Ankole cattle graze.
One of the best activities to do in Lake Mburo is a scenic boat ride on the lake. This is one of the best ways to see the diverse wildlife that the Park has. The boat ride can be done at dawn or dusk depending on your safari itinerary and will normally take around 2 hours.
All the rides begin at the Rwonyo jetty, it will not take you long before you begin to see large groups of hippos in the water as well as crocodiles and buﬀalo lining the banks of the lake. The lake is also famous for its bird life, from majestic fish eagles, colorful kingfishers, to hammerkops and their enormous nests.
Day 8: Lake Mburo N. P - Entebbe
Lake Mburo National Park is one of only two National Parks in Uganda where walking in the park is permitted, this is due to their being no elephants in the park but there are plenty more animals for you to view. The nature walk begins at 7am and normally takes two hours. There is something special about all five of your senses being awakened as you walk through the park whilst on foot and not in the confines of a safari vehicle.
One of the highlights of the walk is the view you are aﬀorded once you reach the top of the hill. From here you have some of the best panoramic view of the park including a view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.
After an incredible safari, it will be time to head back. During this final leg of the trip, you will leave the Ankole Kingdom and head back into the Buganda Kingdom, heading eastwards towards Entebbe. There are not many places in the world that have the wide range of wildlife, nature and culture. We hope you took loads of great photos and had a wonderful experience that will live with you for a long time.
As your time in Uganda has come to an end, we truly hope you have had a memorable experience that you will remember for many years to come. Have a safe onward journey and we hope that Uganda will always be close to your hearts!
**Prices are per person sharing based on minimum 4 adults travelling together**
Accommodation on safari on B, L, D,
Park entrance fees
All transport with an English-speaking guide in 4x4 Vehicle with pop up roof
Launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel and on Lake Mburo
Bigodi swamp walk
Lunch en route
1 x Glass of wine per dinner at Mahogany Springs Lodge
All activities as per the itinerary
1 x Gorilla permit at USD $700 each
1 x Chimp permit at USD $200 each
Visa fees to Uganda
Personal items like Laundry
All activities not mentioned above