Uganda

5 Days Gorilla Tracking Program

Day Activity
Day 1 On arrive at Entebbe International airport you will be met by our representative and transfered to Imperial Resort Beach Hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast you drive on the southbound road with a chance of stopping at royal drum makers, enjoy the Equator, stop at the roadside markets to observe fruit and vegetables sales. Lunch will be provided on the way. Then you continue to Buhoma in the thick, impenetrable Bwindi Forest via Kabale. Arrive late afternoon at Bwindi Tented Camp or Buhoma Homestead dinner and overnight.
Day 3 After breakfast you start gorilla tracking with your picnic lunch. With your guide and porters, you will enter the thick forest in search of gorillas. The terrain can be difficult, with steep slopes covered in dense vegetation that gives the park its name. In addition, the altitude of more than 1 586m (5 200 feet) requires you to be physically fit. The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 6 hours before you return to the camp. However, the reality of coming face to face with the great primates is worth the effort! Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Tented Camp or Buhoma Homestead.
Day 4 In the morning you drive to Mbarara, enjoying natural attractions en route. You then continue to Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda’s most conspicuous park, with zebra, leopard, hippo, antelope and many birds. Lunch will be provided on arrival. Later, you take a boat trip on Lake Mburo. If schedule allows, you can have an evening game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Mburo Camp.
Day 5 After breakfast, drive to Kampala arriving early afternoon and transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight back home.

7 Days Birds Watching Safari to the Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day Activity
Day 1 On arrival you will be met at the airport by our driver/guide who will then transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 2 Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On your way you will pass the Ugandan equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. After lunch in Mbarara you continue to the southwest and head for the Western Rift Valley. Upon arrival in Queen Elizabeth National Park you will enjoy an evening game drive before you check in at the accommodation in the park. Dinner and overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge.
Day 3 You will have an early start of game drive to the northern parts of the park. This area offers an excellent game viewing, as well as much to birders. Then you move through open grassy plains which support large flocks of White and Abdims Stork as well as the spectacular Saddle Billed Stork during the migratory season. Raptors are well represented, including the Brown Snake Eagle, Whalbergs Eagle, Bateleur, African harrier-hawk, Marsha Eagle and Grey Kestrel.

After lunch at the lodge you will have trip to watch hundreds of hippos, elephants and many migratory bird species, such as the Grey headed Gulls, White winged black Terns, African skimmers, Morning Dove, Water Dikkops, Great white and Pink-Backed Pelicans, etc. Return for dinner and overnight at Jacana Safari Lodge.

Day 4 You depart from Queen Elizabeth with some game and bird viewing on your way out and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda and situated close to the borders. If the sky is clear, then you might see the beautifully shaped volcano of Mount Muhavura. On arrival at the lake, a motor boat will be waiting to transport you to Bushara Island. Dinner and overnight at Bushara Island Camp.
Day 5 After breakfast you can hire a canoe and explore the surroundings of the island. You can drift quietly to the several small islands and enjoy the rich birdlife. Return for lunch and then take on a Bird Walk in Mukoni Village. Pass small farms and enjoy the spectacular view as you look out for many birds. Generally 40 to 50 different species may be seen on this walk, including the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze and Red-chested Sunbirds, White-headed Saw-wing etc. Dinner and overnight at Bushara Island Camp.
Day 6 After breakfast you return towards the capital city, with lunch en route. The drive takes about 7 hours but runs through a beautiful countryside. You will arrive in Kampala late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Fang Fang Hotel.
Day 7 Depending on the time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for you flight back home.

8 Days Safari to Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Forest and Lake Mburo

Day Activity
Day 1 On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you are met by our driver/guide and transfered to Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast you drive to Kibale Forest area. You will pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Lunch on the way.

You will continue with your trip and later arrive at the beautiful Ndali Lodge, which is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

Day 3 After breakfast you take forest walk to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides. Lunch will be served on the way.

After lunch you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will pass through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of the Rwenzori Mountains, with a chance of viewing the glaciated peaks. You then descend into The Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and arrive at Jacana Lodge, which is situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 After breakfast you have a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, including a trip to the Kasinga Channel to view some of the largest concentration of Hippo in the world (about 30,000) and other animals.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with over 560 recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. You will also have a walk in the Maramagambo Forest, visiting bat caves where one can see thousands of bats and possibly pythons and observe lizards catching bats. All meals and overnight at Jacana Lodge.

Day 5 In the morning after breakfast you drive to the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive. You will see the tree climbing lions and other animals. Lunch will be provided on the way.

In the afternoon you drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Park. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp

Day 6 After breakfast you will take a short drive to Park Headquarters to meet local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. You then start tracking gorillas in the forest, starting where they were seen the night before.

The trekking can take up to 6 hours and climb to an altitude of more than 2 286m (7 500 feet). The terrain is rough and at times muddy. Although the hike is physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worth it. Lunch is provided on the way and it is important to take plenty of water. Due to sporadic rains, it is recommended to take waterproof clothing with you, including zip lock bags for cameras and other electronics. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Day 7 After breakfast you drive to Lake Mburo National Park and into Ankole Cattle country around Mbarara. The cattle havelarge horns than one can imagine. You will then continue to Lake Mburo National Park to enjoy a game drive. Lunch at White Horse Inn in Kabale. Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge.
Day 8 After breakfast you will have a game drive in the Park. Later, drive to Entebbe with lunch on the way. Then you will be transfered to Entebbe Airport for departure depending on your flight schedule.

10 Days Birds Watching Tour to the Mabamba Swamp

Day Activity
Day 1 You will be met at the airport by our representative then transfered to hotel. Depending on time of arrival, the afternoon will be spent relaxing for acclimatization or a visit to Uganda wildlife education centre.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast depart for Ssese by ship. This place has plenty of water and forest birds. There are varieties of hornbills, barbets, Turacos, robin-chats, flycatchers and weavers. Jewel-like pygmy king fisher, brown-throated wattle-eye are common. African fish eagles and palm nut vultures are often seen near the lake. Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 3 Early breakfast and then explore Ssese Island for birdlife and other activities such as cycling as you get close contact with nature.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 4 After breakfast you depart for the mainland to visit Mabamba Wet land, which is a shallow marshy bay on the northern part of L.Victoria listed as an important bird area. This place harbors an excellent selection of ware –associated birds and if lucky one of the sightings may be the majestic shoebill. You will be watching birds on dug out canoes. Retire to hotel in the late evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Early morning after breakfast you will drive to Mpanga Forest Reserve on Masaka road. This forest harbors less dense Fauna, but has plenty of bird life. Species here include blue-breasted kingfisher, black and white casqued hornbill, African pied hornbill, African grey parrot and great blue turaco. Resident birds here include shining blue kingfisher, spotted greenbul, and Uganda woodland warbler among others. The forest has plenty of butterflies as well. Mpanga forest offers a good introduction to forest birding in Uganda. Later transfer to Lake Nabugabo for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 After breakfast you start watching birds in the surroundings, especially broad-billed roller, Ross’s Turaco, black-and-white casqued hornbill, African fish eagle and a variety of sunbirds, waevers. Small animals such as squirtor, vervet monkeys and monitor lizards can be sighted. Nabugabo is famous for its bilharzias free lake. Later transfer to Lake Mburo in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 You will have an early breakfast and then proceed for a morning game drive to allow you see acacia-associated birds. You will have a chance to see the papyrus endemics resident in the swamp, which include the brilliantly colored papyrus gonolek, the striking blue – headed coucal, white – winged and papyrus yellow warblers. At Rwonyo camp you can see the mosque swallow, black-bellied bustard, bare- faced go – away bird and Ruppel’s long-tailed starling. The park has 315 species of birds recorded and it is the only park in the country where several species of animals can be observed easily.

A boat trip will provide you a chance to see the African fish eagle, Marabou stork, pied kingfisher and various egrets and herons; the lakeside thickets harbor Ross’s Turaco and Narina trogon. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8 After break fast you will depart for Kabale onto Lake Bunyonyi. On arrival in Ruhinda you will take a boat to Bushara Island. Thia Island has about 100 species of birds recorded which can be seen via self guided walks.
Dinner and overnight at lodge.
Day 9 You will visit Muko and Nyombe swamps for swamp endemics. If the time allows, you might have a chance to visit a local village and birds watching as well. Dinner and overnight at lodge at Bushara Island.
Day 10 After breakfast you depart for Kampala with a stop over at the Equator for photographs if you want.

10 Days Safari to Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth

Day Activity
Day 1 On arrival at Entebbe Airport, you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 2 After breakfast you will drive to Murchison Falls National Park via Masindi and Biso. From Biso you will go down the escarpment of The Great African Rift Valley {the Western Corridor} with spectacular view of Lake Albert. Drive along the valley floor to the southern banks of the Nile River. You will arrive at Nile Safari camp in time for lunch. A pool is also available at the camp. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.
Day 3 After breakfast you will drive to Paraa, then continue to the base of Murchison Falls with game and birds en route. Nile crocodile are in abundance as well as hippo and aquatic birds, including a good chance of seeing Shoebills. You will then drive to top of the falls for lunch and walk in the area to obtain excellent views of the falls – with a view of the Nile being forced through a 20-foot wide gap in the rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is said to be the largest natural force of water in the world creating what appears to be a boiling caldron of water. All meals and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.
Day 4 After breakfast you will take a ferry across the Nile to game drive in the northern sector of the park, as most of the game is to be found in the area north of the Victoria Nile River and East of the Albert Nile and Lake Albert. This is where part of the movie The African Queen was filmed. You will have an opportunity of seeing elephant, oribi, giraffe, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, buffalo, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal and bat eared fox. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.
Day 5 After breakfast you drive to Kibale Forest area. After leaving the Rift Valley you will pass through beautiful agricultural countryside where every type of fruit and vegetable imaginable is grown. Upon reaching Kyanjojo, in the lower foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you drive through beautiful tea plantations and into Kibale tropical rain forest. Lunch on the way.

You will continue with your trip and later arrive at the beautiful Ndali Lodge, which is situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

Day 6 After breakfast you will take forest and swamp walks to see the rain forest and view birds and primates, including chimpanzees. Walking is not difficult, paths have been made in the forest and all walks are with excellent local guides. All meals at Ndali Lodge.
Day 7 After breakfast you drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive passes through Fort Portal and then south along the eastern length of The Rwenzori Mountains. You then descend into The Great Rift Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Park and arrive at Mweya Lodge, which is situated on a peninsula overlooking Lake Edward and Kasinga Channel and offers a beautiful view of the park with the Rwenzori Mountains in the background. All meals and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Day 8 After break fast you will have a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park including a trip to the Kasinga Channel to view one of the largest concentrations of hippo in the world and other animals. Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of best birding parks in Africa, with over 560 recorded species and a record of 296 bird species seen in one 24 hour period. All meals and overnight at Mweya Lodge.
Day 9 After breakfast you depart for Entebbe with lunch en route. If time permits it’s possible to stop in Kampala for shopping and lunch. Dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Hotel.
Day 10 Transfer to Entebbe airport for departure flight back home.

12 Days Safari including Chimps Tracking Program

Day Activity
Day 1 On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our guide who will transfer you to Speke Hotel or similar in Kampala.
Day 2 After breakfast you depart to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the early afternoon. On the way you will stop at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here you can have a view of the Nile being forced through a 7 meters (20 feet) wide gap in the rocks and drops 43 meters (145 feet) over the escarpment. This is said to be the largest natural force of water in the world creating what appears to be a boiling caldron of water. From here you take a ferry across the river to Paraa Safari Lodge. Game viewing on the way is very good; look out for hippos, elephants, buffalos and many other animals, which can be seen grazing on the river banks. Overnight at Midrange Sambiya River lodge or Budget Red Chili Camp.
Day 3 After breakfast you will have a morning Chimpanzee tracking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest. This is an untouched area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve, where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and iron wood trees. You will have an opportunity to see different species of birds, including the white-thigh hornbill, the chocolates-backed Kingfisher, and puvel’s illadopsis. You will then drive back to the lodge for lunch and relax before taking a boat to the foot of Murchison Falls. The bird life is stunning with brightly colored kingfishers and bee-eaters darting along the riverbanks. If lucky, you may see the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill, which is a cross between the dodo and a dinosaur. Dinner and overnight at Midrange Sambiya River lodge or Budget Red Chili Camp
Day 4 After breakfast you depart to Kibale Forest National Park. You will drive by Lake Albert. Lunch will be provided on the way. You arrive at Fort Portal town in the late afternoon. Diner and overnight at Ndali Lodge or Ruwenzori View Guest House.
Day 5 Early in the morning drive to the ranger station in Kibale National Park before starting to track habituated chimps. The diverse forest is home to over 13 species of primates including red Colobus monkey, the rare L’Hoest, blue monkey, grey mangabey, pottos, black faced vervet monkeys, baboons and also bush babies. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers. You might be lucky to see the forest elephant and other animals like buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species. Dinner and overnight at Ndali Lodge or Kanyankyu Ecological site.
Day 6 After breakfast you depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a full day game drive. Approaching the park from the northern crater area, you will have a beautiful view of lakes and rich grasslands, which are set deep in the crater valley.  Almost 100 species that include hippos, lions, buffaloes, leopard, spotted hyena and the elusive giant forest hog are found in the park. There are over 606 species of birds in this park such as the martial eagle, Verreaux’s eagle owl, black-rumped buttonquail and African skimmer. Also primates like Chimps, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black Faced Red Colobus, Red Tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons are also present in the park. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Albertine safari camp.
Day 7 After breakfast you drive Kyambura Gorge for chimp trekking. Later you return to the lodge for lunch and relax.

In the afternoon you take a boat and drive along the Kazinga Channel to have a close view of wildlife that includes hippos and buffalos. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others. Later drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 After breakfast you depart to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth Park called Ishasha. Here we will take lunch by the Ishasha River and try to find the famed Ishasha tree-climbing lions before continuing on to Bwindi, home to the few remaining mountain gorillas. Bird life and primate life in Bwindi is quite superb, and there is an incredible variety of flora. Bwindi holds 348 species of birds and supports 24 of 26 Albertine Rift Endemics. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 9 Early in the morning drive to the ranger station before starting to track habituated gorillas. The guides will take you through the forest full of thick creepers. This trek demands a reasonable physical fitness and a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Back to the lodge you can relax or have a walk in the village nearby. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort or/Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 10 After breakfast you depart to Kampala. Lunch will be provided on the way. On arrival in Kampala, you will be transfered to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Speke Hotel or similar.
Day 11 After breakfast you will drive to the shores of Lake Victoria to take a boat to Ngamba Island, crossing the equator en-route. On arrival at the island, home to 39 chimpanzees, you will be given a short introduction and briefing on the sanctuary. Later you will return to the mainland before driving to the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre (zoo). Here they have replicated some of the country’s ecological zones such as savannah, wetlands and tropical forest. If you have not managed to see the shoebill in the wild you are guaranteed a sighting here, as well as rhino. Then drive back to Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 You will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for your flight back home depending on your flight schedule.

Price includes:

  • all ground transfers
  • park entrance fees
  • game drive fees
  • gorilla tracking and permit
  • boat trips
  • accommodation and meals
  • driver (guide)
  • lunch during game drives
  • chimp tracking fees

The price excludes:

  • beverages
  • laundry
  • telephone
  • souvenirs
  • tipping of guide/driver and staffs at the lodges
  • all expenditures of a personal nature
  • international flight into/out of Uganda
  • Entry Visa to Uganda
  • Departure tax

Things to take with you

  • rain gear
  • telescope
  • a small medical kit
  • mosquito net and repellant
  • a torch or portable spotlight
  • a warm jersey for the high land areas
  • the savannah areas have lots of light where as the forests have very little
  • enough lens cleaning equipment
  • sun protection gear (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • water purification tablets (mineral water is available though)
  • gum boot or alternative (fast-drying sturdy boots)
  • you must have all required immunizations prior to visiting
  • light clothing for the Savannas but long pants in forests areas and jackets

Note: Always respect habitats, laws and the rights of local people!