Highlights

  1. The Kampala city tour
  2. Lake Mburo National park
  3. Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  4. Gorilla tracking
  5. Island hopping in L. Bunyonyi

Guidelines to follow during your Gorilla safari

  • No smoking is allowed while with the gorilla premises or within a distance of 200 meters from the gorillas.
  • Keep Distance of 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas.
  • Do not use flash photography as they may scare away the gorillas.
  • Do not make loud noise or move suddenly.
  • Anyone with flue or Diarrhea or any sort of communicable diseases will not be allowed to enter the park for Gorilla tracking safaris.
  • Always stay in a tight group while with the gorillas and do not surround the Gorillas while meeting them.

12 – Day Uganda’s Top Adventures

Your driver guide will pick up from your hotel for an early morning city tour. Kampala city is Uganda’s capital city, formerly standing on the original seven hills. The city has expanded and currently sits on 22 hills. The city tour will take you through some of the most interesting and historical places in Uganda’s busiest business area. The day will start with the busiest part of Kampala (downtown) in Owino market. This place can only be compared to a bee hive and is Africa’s biggest second hand clothing market.  There are lots of other items sold here and some of our clients have testified to buying big branded second hand clothes at giveaway prices.

You will then visit Buganda Parliament (Bulange) and the Kabaka’s Palace where you will also find Idi Amin’s torture chambers, the only proof for the brutality of the Amin and Obote regimes. You will visit Kabaka’s lake; Uganda’s largest man-made lake a very fascinating area for bird watching opportunities.

Other places you will visit include, the Bahai temple (the only one in Africa), Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals, the Uganda Parliament, Uganda martyrs’ shrine in Namugongo and crown the day with an evening full of cultural presentations and Ugandan food at the Ndere centre.

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Kampala Serena Hotel
Mid-range: Cassia Lodge
Budget: Forest cottages

Today after an early breakfast, you will travel southwards to Lake Mburo National park. You will have a stopover at the equator. Here, you will watch firsthand the different vivacities on the opposite hemispheres. You could take some photos to keep memories of this wonderful experience.

As you continue to your destination, enjoy the various views of people in the linear settlements and their way of life including trading, farming, and keeping of the Long-horned cattle which are the predominant activities in the Ankole area.

In Lake Mburo, Uganda’s smallest national park, you have chances to sight some animals and bird species as you proceed to your hotel for lunch and check in. The park derives its name from the largest water body of the park and is home to 350 bird species and animals including zebra, hippopotami, the Oribi, Impala, warthog, the elusive eland among others. It is covered in Savanna vegetation.

After your sumptuous lunch, you will have a boat ride on Lake Mburo so you can have a chance to view some water animals like the crocodiles and hippos among others.  You will then crown your day with an evening game drive

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge
Mid range:  Rwakobo rock lodge
Budget: Rwakobo rock lodge

After a relaxed breakfast, you will go for a village walk where you will learn about the culture of Ankole and the significance of the long horned cattle. Alternatively, you could go for horseback riding in the park.

From here, you will head to Queen Elizabeth National park, Uganda’s most visited National Park for an evening full of adventure with a game drive which will give you chances of sighting various animals including the African elephant, African lion, African buffalo, kobs, sitatungas, water bucks among others.

You will check into your lodge for the night and preparation for the next day.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Mweya safari lodge
Mid range: Twin lakes safari lodge
Budget: Kingfisher lodge

On this day, you will have an early morning game drive and a bush breakfast. During the game drive, you may have chances to view some lions, leopards, elephants, and over 200 different bird species. You will visit the salt mining lake, one of the many craters in the area.

You will then head out to Kazinga channel for a two hour boat ride. Kazinga channel the jewel in the crown of the park is a 32km water channel that joins lakes George and Edward. The channel has one of the highest hippopotami populations in Africa and endless views of crocodiles by its banks. The boat ride also gives you a chance to watch birds as it is home to over 300 bird species. You have a high chance of sighting the African fish eagle, pied Kingfisher, cormorants among others.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Mweya safari Lodge
Mid range: twin lakes safari lodge
Budget: Kingfisher lodge

Brace yourselves for a day of adventure as you search for tree climbing lions in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is believed that the lions climb trees to spot for prey and evade small biting insects(red ants). Interestingly, you will observe that the males sport a black mane.

You will continue to Bwindi National for mountain gorilla tracking experience. On arrival, check into the hotel in preparation for the next day’s experience.

Luxury: Buhoma lodge
Mid range: Haven lodge Buhoma
Budget: Buhoma community lodge

After an early morning breakfast, your driver will take you to the starting point where you will be briefed and then walk in the forest in search of one of the habituated families of Mountain Gorillas. This walk is a guided one. You will spend the rest of the day in the forest, enjoying bonus moments of bird watching, sights of unique butterflies, wild flowers and so many other animals. Bwindi impenetrable has over 440 individual primates, half of the world’s Mountain Gorilla population. There are 120 species of mammals and 348 bird species. It is also the most diverse forest in east Africa with 1,000 flowering plant species.  There are other primate species like: Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees among others. Butterfly species, streams of water, lots of plant cover, therefore some really good walking shoes and a walking stick are recommended.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Buhoma lodge
Mid range: Haven lodge Buhoma
Budget: Buhoma community lodge

You will embark on a journey to lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake and Africa’s second deepest after L. Tanganyika. Lake Bunyonyi is known for its magnificent beauty. It has 29 islands and each of these has an intriguing yet rich history.

Here, you will go island hopping, learning about the different islands including “the punishment island” where historically, girls from the kiga tribe who got pregnant were taken and left to die while trying to swim back. You will also engage in canoeing and spend the rest of the day resting and relaxing at your lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Birds Nest resort
Mid range: Bird Nest resort
Budget: Bunyonyi Overland resort

Today you will visit the communities that surround lake Bunyonyi. You may be interested in learning about their way of life, history, wedding ceremonies and even enjoy their exciting dances and local brew.

The rest of the day will be yours to rest and relax or spend as you please.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Birds Nest resort
Mid range: Birds Nest resort
Budget: Bunyonyi Overland resort

In a bid to be on time, you will have a very early morning breakfast and embark on your journey to Masaka where you will use the ferry on Lake Victoria to get to Kalangala, part of the Ssese islands. There you will check into your hotel and rest after a long day’s journey

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Brovad sands lodge
Mid range: Mirembe Resort
Budget: Victoria forest lodge

Today you will go for community walks to visit the communities in Kalangala. Visit the large palm oil farms, a forest walk in the tropical rain forests. Later take part in sports including beach volleyball and relax by the white sand beaches.

Later in the evening after a dinner of your choosing, sit by a camp fire before retiring to bed. Pack and prepare to be at the ferry in time the next day.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Brovad sands Lodge
Mid range: Mirembe resort
Budget: Victoria forest resort

Early in the morning, the ferry will be leaving for Entebbe so be at the dock in time to embark on a journey to Entebbe. Entebbe was Uganda’s first capital city before it was transferred to Kampala in 1962. It is currently home to Uganda’s main International airport. You will visit the Uganda Wildlife Education centre, Uganda’s largest zoo and if you are interested you could join the zoo team to feed the animals.

You will then visit the Entebbe Botanical gardens home to hundreds of tropical plant species and lots of bird watching opportunities.  You will then spend the rest of the day by Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake. There are also plenty of bird watching opportunities.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Luxury: Protea Hotel by Marriott
Mid range: The Boma
Budget: Airport guest house

Your driver/ guide will drive you to Mabamba swamp for bird watching opportunities. This area is known for its large bird populations and even the endangered Shoebill stork.  You will drive back to Entebbe in time for your flight back home.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

The 12 day trip includes:

  • Ground transportation by 4 WD van and all fuel expenses
  • Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Bottled water in the during travel
  • Full board accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • All activities included on the trip
  • Specified meals in your meal plan
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport pickup and drop off

The 12 day trip excludes:

  • International and local flights
  • Tips to porters, driver and waiters at the hotels
  • Extra services at the hotel like drinks, laundry or cigarettes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Souvenirs and all expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not included in the trip plan

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