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15-Day Exclusive Wildlife Safari in Uganda – 15 Days

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15-Day Exclusive Wildlife Safari in Uganda – 15 Days

This safari allows you to explore the wildlife that is exclusive to Uganda. A trip to Murchison Falls will reveal the world’s strongest waterfall greeting the longest river in Africa, the Nile. The extreme, remote north of the country will reveal rarely sighted animals like cheetahs. The parks in the west, including Queen Elizabeth and Kibale, will expose you to rare tree-climbing lions, chimpanzees and mountain gorillas.

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This safari allows you to explore the wildlife that is exclusive to Uganda. A trip to Murchison Falls will reveal the world’s strongest waterfall greeting the longest river in Africa, the Nile. The extreme, remote north of the country will reveal rarely sighted animals like cheetahs. The parks in the west, including Queen Elizabeth and Kibale, will expose you to rare tree-climbing lions, chimpanzees and mountain gorillas.

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Kampala – 1st day

Upon arrival, you will be met by a Yala Safari staff member, who will then transfer you to the Maries Royale Hotel for relaxation and your overnight stay. Depending on your arrival time, you may opt to take an optional tour of Kampala city and then make your way to the Maries Royale.

Main Destination: Kampala
Accommodation: Marie’s Royale Hotel
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Kampala
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Kampala – Kitgum – 2nd day

After an early breakfast, drive north through Luweero to the Nakasongola district, where you will stop to track the white rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Eat lunch en route and proceed on your journey, arriving at Kitgum in the late afternoon for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay at the Bomah Hotel Kitgum.

Main Destination: Kitgum
Accommodation: Bomah Hotel Kitgum
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Kitgum
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Kidepo Valley National Park – 3rd day

We will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and then set off on a three to four-hour drive through Karamajong villages to Kidepo Valley National Park. We will make calculated stops along the way for landscape viewing before finally entering the park. Relax at the lodge and eat lunch while we arrange for your evening game drive, which will allow you to view elephants, cape buffalo herds, cheetahs, Roan antelope, hartebeests and many more. Return in the evening for dinner and your overnight at the Apoka Lodge.

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
Best Time to Visit September to March (Dry season)
High Season September to March (The park rarely gets crowded)
Best Weather September to November (End of the rains)

Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge
• Luxury lodge located inside Kidepo Valley NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Kidepo Valley National Park – 4th day

Eat an early breakfast and then embark on an exciting morning game drive within the Narus Valley. This is where you most likely to see lions, ostriches, jackals, etc. Later you will return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon we have arranged a cultural experience that will bring you into contact with the Karamojong peoples at Karenna and Kapedo. Meet with the local elders and appreciate opportunity to interact with them. They will show you the kraals, their cultural huts called ‘manyattas’, their grinding stones and many more interesting items. Return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Kidepo Valley National Park
Accommodation: Apoka Safari Lodge
• Luxury lodge located inside Kidepo Valley NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Transfer to Gulu – 5th day

After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we will transfer to Gulu, enjoying some game viewing and stops to take in the landscape along the way. You will get to experience the beautiful nature and culture of Northern Uganda as we drive through the local markets and traditional huts.

Main Destination: Gulu
Accommodation: Golden Peace Hotel
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Gulu
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Murchison Falls National Park – 6th day

Today we will leave early for Murchison Falls National Park, arriving in the early afternoon in time for lunch at the lodge. After a resting period, we will embark on a game drive to the northern area of the park in search of lions, hunting dogs, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and more! Our “checklist” of animals will reach 76 as we browse the drive circuits on our way to the Delta point. Complete your day with a visit to the top of the falls and then return to the Paraa Safari Lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Best Time to Visit December to February (Easier to spot animals)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June and July (Less rain and lower temperatures)

Accommodation: Paara Safari Lodge
• Luxury lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Murchison Falls National Park – 7th day

Awake early and eat breakfast before departing on a sunrise game drive across the savannah. You will see abundant wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, hartebeests, giraffes and antelope. In the afternoon, you will go on a three hour boat ride to the base of the falls, where you will get to see hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
Accommodation: Paara Safari Lodge
• Luxury lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Hoima – 8th day

Enjoy a leisurely morning and breakfast before transferring to Hoima. Along the way, we will pass through the Albertine rifts and escarpments. We will also view some wildlife and take periodic stops (as determined by your driver-guide). You will spend the afternoon relaxing in preparation for your upcoming adventures. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the Kontiki Hotel Hoima.

Main Destination: Hoima
Accommodation: Kontik Hotel
• Mid-range hotel located in or near Hoima
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Queen Elizabeth National Park – 9th day

Today you will transfer from Hoima en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way, you will enjoy the backdrop of the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ in Fort Portal and Kasese. As we make our way into the park in the evening, you will experience a bonus game drive and hopefully see elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, warthogs, hyenas as we drive across the Kasenyi plains. Check in for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay at Park View Safari Lodge.

Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time to Visit January to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June to July and January to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation: The Baboon Safari Resort
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Wildlife search plus Kazinga Channel boat cruise – 10th day

Start the day with an early cup of tea and/or coffee before embarking on a game drive along the Queen’s Mile and the Kasenyi trail. It will be hard to miss the lions here! On this trail you will see elephants, water bucks, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs and several bird species. Return for breakfast (and later lunch) at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a two-hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, where you will encounter buffaloes, elephants, hippos, kobs, warthogs and a variety of birds. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the Park View Safari Lodge.

Main Destination: Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP)
Accommodation: The Baboon Safari Resort
• Mid-range lodge located in or near Kazinga Channel
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – 11th day

Eat an early breakfast and then enjoy a walk in the Kyambura forest in search of the playful chimpanzees. After this trek, you will embark on an exciting road drive through the Kizegi highlands and terraced hills of the Bakiga and Bafumbira people towards Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Check in for relaxation, dinner and your overnight stay at Gorilla Mist Camp.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Accommodation: Gorilla Mist Camp
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – 12th day

After an early breakfast and briefing from the guides of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, you will set off on your gorilla tracking experience within the forest sanctuary. The activity starts at 8.00am and you will join other people according to the gorilla family distribution (only eight people are allowed near a gorilla family each day). You will need to carry with you a packed lunch, drinking water, a rain jacket and trekking boots. The rangers will provide you with a walking stick. If you are not sure of your fitness level, you might hire a porter and pay him a tip to help you carry the bag. It is unpredictable how long it will take to find the primates as they move freely in the forest. Your encounter with the gorillas, which lasts for about one hour, is undoubtedly a rewarding and unforgettable experience. After the trekking, you will go back to the lodge at your leisure. Later you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an overnight stay at the Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort.

Main Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Eco Resort
• Mid-range lodge
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Lake Bunyonyi – 13th day

In the morning, after breakfast, you can go on a hike along the Bushara trail, which borders the lake shore. Return to the hotel and relax or go on a canoe ride with a local resident to enjoy some exotic bird species’ singing. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at the Bunyonyi Eco Resort. Enjoy the cool breeze from the surrounding Islands during your stay here!

Main Destination: Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Bunyonyi Eco Resort
• Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Bunyonyi
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Lake Mburo National Park – 14th day

Check out after breakfast and drive through the nearby hilly areas to the savannah dotted with acacia and shrubs en route to Lake Mburo National Park, the home of zebras and impala herds. Have lunch at Rwakobo rock and relax a bit. In the afternoon, you will go on a game drive that will feature zebras, impalas, elands, cape buffaloes, warthogs and others. Later you will return for dinner and your overnight at stay Rwakobo Rock.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock
• Mid-range lodge located just outside Lake Mburo NP
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Lake Mburo National Park – 15th day

Get up early to have a chance at seeing leopards, waterbucks, zebras and birds before daybreak. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast and check out. Embark on an exciting road trip back to Kampala with a stopover at the Igongo Cultural Centre in Mabarara for lunch. Arrive in Entebbe in the evening to catch your flight back home.

Main Destination: Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
• All meals included
• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

• Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
• You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

• Park fees (For non-residents)
• Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
• Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
• All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
• All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
• A professional driver/guide
• All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
• All Taxes/VAT
• Roundtrip airport transfer
• Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
• Drinking water (On all days)

Excluded

• International flights (From/to home)
• Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
• Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
• Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
• Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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