12 days of gorilla trekking and wildlife safari
Day 1; Arrival at the Airport in Uganda.
You will be received by one of our drivers at Entebbe International Airport. This depends on the time and date of arrival of your flight. Therefore, even late in the night the driver will be waiting for you. Imperial Resort Beach Hotel is the nearest legit hotel for a night. Have enough sleep for the next day of travel.
Day 2; Drive to Murchison falls National Park.
After morning breakfast at the hotel, drive to Northwest of Uganda where the park sits on the shores of lake Albert. Animals that highly attract tourists are elephants, hippos and chimpanzees that are mainly located in Kaniyo Pabidi Mahogany forest. Birders are also attracted here due to the rare shoebill storks. The great fact about this park is that, it’s the largest and oldest conservation area in Uganda. While on this day tour, the guide will show you Bunyoro escarpment that tumbles in to vast palm-dotted savanna. Before reaching at the park, you have a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Masindi town for lunch. Embark to your journey to visit the top of the falls and drive to the source of the Nile.
Have dinner and rest at Paraa Safari Lodge or any other nearby lodge.
Day 3; Early morning Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park
Game driving has a room for both evening and morning sessions however, the morning time is the best. The day starts with an early morning cup of coffee at around 6:000 am, drive to the park via Nile River Bank Savannah the most endowered area with Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes and many more. Different vehicles can be used however, African Safari Journeys provide the most comfortable car with a pop up roof to view well the mammals and take clear photos or videos. Game driving is done in the Northern Bank due to savannah grassland that makes it possible for the tourists to view animals very well. Five hours are enough for game driving and then get back to the lodge.
Day 4; Drive from Murchison falls National Park to Kibale National Park
On this day, we need to wake up very early for a last check out of the park and drive via lake Albert. This exposes us to have a glance on the escarpment area for a wonderful view of the western Rift valley. The route continues to Hoima town for a great lunch accompanied with their staple food “Kalo” that is served in a small round basket. In every part in Uganda, it has it’s staple food which you will taste for those interested. We set off to Mbale, Kagadi town with great views of the different plantations and nearby local communities that are sparsely populated with thatched houses and finally to Kyenjojo town. Expect to have an African massage along the way and the reddish dusty roads. Driving to Fortportal town, you come across vast tea plantations covering hills.
Day 5; Chimpanzee tracking
Accompany an early morning cup of coffee with a snack and continue to Kibale Forest National Park headquater to meet the park guide for a briefing on the schedule and rules that governor the park. Incase, you have big back pack or Little heavy, its better to hire a porter because it may turn to become heavier along the way in the dense jungle while trekking for chimpanzees. There are a lot of expectations in this forest besides the tales from the park guide. You will meet huge different tree species that you have never seen , birds and a lot of jumpy monkeys all over tree branches happily to see you. In the evening, relax or have a walk to Bigodi wetlands that habors a lot of bird nests and birds themselves with a little spicy of the colorful butterflies.
Day 6; Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
As days roll, one after the other we achieve our main goals of touring the best tourist attractions in different part of Uganda. Be prepared for this day of travel to the greatest park through the crater lakes and finally to the main road. The park can be visited any time of the year however, the best time is in the dry season the park’s environment is beautifully lush and you can greet migratory birds as they pass through. To enjoy this movement, be sober along the way and get close your camera to capture any interesting moment along. The journey is kind hectic but endevor to have a google map to follow your route.
Day 7; Exploration of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The professional tour guide makes sure you have a clear view of any of the mammals in the park and strictly follows the rules. At times you may suggest to the tour guide for a perfect view of the natural creatures and take some time studying them doing their daily activities. Among the equipments to carry along is a pair of binoculars for viewing the far animals since you not supposed to exceed the primitaries set by the park authorities.
Among the animal species to be viewed while in the park include; African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, giant forest hog, warthog, Nile crocodile, African bush elephant, African leopard, lion, and chimpanzee. It is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species both migratory and the natives. On day 7, if time allows you visit Kasenyi crater lake and lake Munyange for both salt mining and bird watching.
Lake Munyanyange is a small seasonal shallow crater lake located to the North East of Katwe town. The lake is an important habitat for migratory birds and has one of the largest concentrations of the lesser black-backed gulls, Larus fuscus and other waders.Lake Munyanyange attracts birds that migrate from as far as Kenya and Canada amongother countries including the White Browed Robbin Chats, Black Headed Gonoleks, Long Tailed Starlings, African Hoopoes, Winding, Zitting, Flamingos and Desert Cisticolas.
The crater in this park is as a result of volcanicity many years ago.
Day 8; Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
The best route to this park is via the great Ishasha sector with a chance to view the climbing lions, buffaloes, hippos and many more. Be free to associate with our professional driver because his fluent in the official languages mainly English, Swahili and French. As well said above every part of Uganda has different amazing features that shouldn’t miss. Therefore, don’t try to have a nap while on this journey. By the time we shall reach savannah Resort, lunch will be ready and later have check-ins at silverback Lodge, one of the best lodges around.
Day 9; Adventurous gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is another experience that you should not leave out on your list. The environment and the local people are amazing. The tour guides have a rough idea where the various gorilla troops are due to their long experience in this jungle. The tour doesn’t stress the travelers since it favors visitors of a short, medium or long trek. For visitors taking on short treks expect to move for about half an hour or one hour while the other group for a long trek, move for 3-5 hours. However, for an adventurous gorilla trek opt for a long trek which includes hiking up and down through the dense rainforest for several times. It will remain a truly memorable experience in Uganda and mostly when you meet the gorillas.
Day 10; Tour of Lake Bunyonyi (the lake of smaal birds) in the Southwest of Uganda.
After a hefty breakfast, Drive to Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lake in Africa located in the Southwest of Uganda. This is heaven on earth for birders, birds keep singing the whole day though mostly early in the morning and late in the evening. The lake has amazing islands over 29 formed after a result of vulcanicity. On the other side of the lakes are hills occupied with plantations and terraces as a way of controlling soil erosion. It’s always to have an overnight around for a magical view in the morning with mist rising off the placid flowing waters. It has strategically located lodges for an aerial view of the lake. This is a place to chill out for a honey moon or holidays with your beloved ones. Among all the lakes in East Africa. Bunyonyi is bilharzia free, croc and hippo free, and it amazing crystal-clear waters.
Day 11; Explore Lake Mburo National Park.
Drive to Lake Mburo National Park where majority of the travelers enjoy the evening boat cruising. Mburo is the smallest game park in Uganda with beautiful and wonderful appearance of the nature that a visitor should not miss. You use one of entrance gates which could be Nshara gate or Sanga gate depending on your current location. However much the park is small, it has sections of dry and rocky environment in the west and wetlands in the East that attracts viewers. The park is boardered with over five lakes giving a great view with lake Mburo the largest of all. The great nice looking landscapes attract a lot of tourists and are covered with variety of plantations.
Day 12; Travel to Entebbe.
Wakeup as early as possible, have breakfast and seat comfortably to be driven to Entebbe for a flight back to your home country. You decide to take souvenir from Uganda to your beloved people on top of the videos captured and the pictures taken in the different sites.