Day 1: Arrival – Hotel
Upon arrival at Entebbe airport, you will meet our company representative/guide who will be waiting to receive you and transfer you Kampala city which is 37km away. You will be transferred to your hotel to check-in and rest from the long flight. In the evening dinner will be served and spend a comfortable night at the hotel.
Estimated distance: 1 hour drive
Accommodation and meals: Sheraton Hotel/Fairway Hotel – Half board
Day 2: Murchison falls national park – top of the falls
Enjoy morning breakfast and drive to Murchison falls national park. En route at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for rhino tracking, have lunch in Masindi town. Proceed to the park entering through Kichumbanyobo gate. You will visit the top of the falls and then proceed to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Estimated distance: 5-6 hours drive
Accommodation and meals: Bakers lodge/Nile Safari lodge/Murchison River lodge – Half board
Day 3: Game drive and launch cruise – Murchison Falls
Early morning breakfast and then go for a game drive where you will spot various animal species like elephants, giraffes, lions, Uganda kobs among others. Return for lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon, you will go for a launch cruise on the park’s main tourist attraction the unique Murchison Falls as well as the River Nile with its streaming hippo and serried ranges of crocodile along the sandbanks, as well as large numbers of different species getting down to drink & bathe. Dinner and overnight at Fort Murchison Lodge as above
Day 4: Drive to Kibale national park
After early morning breakfast, meet the driver and cross the 7 am ferry for a transfer to Kibale forest national park in the western part of the country. This is a full day drive with lunch en route. Arrive late afternoon and connect to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay
Estimated distance: 7-8 hrs
Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge/Chimpanzee Forest Guest house – half board
Day 5: Chimpanzee habituation experience
After early morning breakfast at the lodge, connect to Kibale forest for your chimpanzee habituation experience with your packed snacks and water. You will first report at the park head quarters for a briefing before entering the forest for the activity. This a full day activity so expect to see a lot of primate species like chimpanzees, monkeys and other animals like the forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pig and duiker, warthogs, reptiles as well as a colorful variety of butterflies. On finding the semi habituated chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend 4 hours with them. Return to the Lodge as above.
Day 6: Visit Bigodi wetland – Queen Elizabeth national park
After your breakfast, the driver will take you for a nature walk at Bigodi wetland where you will enjoy the silence but only the whispers and sounds of birds, Bigodi wetland is where you will experience a lot of bird life and unspoiled nature and if you are good at birding, this is a great place to spot various bird species. Return to have your lunch.
In the afternoon, embark on your 3-4 hours drive to Queen Elizabeth national park, en route stop at the equator for pictures and the Katwe salt mine. Enter the park late afternoon and connect to your lodge to rest. Dinner well be served and spend a night.
Accommodation and meals: Mweya Safari lodge/Parkview Safari lodge/Pumba safari cottages
Day 7: Game drive Ishasha – boat cruise in Kazinga channel
After your breakfast, you will set off to Ishasha or any other location to find the tree climbing lions. You will also encounter other animals like the buffaloes, elephants, waterbuck, Uganda Kob and other types of antelopes. Then go back for lunch.
Afternoon, go for a 3 hours launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward, this cruise will let you pass through a place of the highest concentration of hippos and you may also see many animals drinking at the water’s edge. The cruise also offers good platform for photography, bird watching and games. Dinner and overnight stay at as above
Day 8: Drive to Kisoro – Bwindi
After breakfast, meet your driver to depart for Bwindi. Proceed to Bwindi with en route lunch in Kabale town then drive through the rolling hills of Kabale and Kisoro, arrive early afternoon at the lodge where you will check-in, have dinner and spend a night.
Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Accommodation: Mahogany springs lodge/Ichumbi Gorilla lodge- Half board
Day 9: Gorilla trekking
Have breakfast and transfer you to park offices for briefing about Mountain Gorilla trekking by a local guide. The time taken is usually between 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Meeting the gorillas unexpectedly is one of the most captivating lifetime experiences. You will have a chance to observe and take pictures at very close range. You will observe adults feeding and groaning among themselves. After an hour with the long-awaited gorillas, your guide and rangers will lead you back to the starting point where your driver will readily be waiting to transfer you back to the lodge. Depending on the time you return from the trekking activity, you may do an optional community tour. Have dinner and overnight stay as lodge above
Day 10: Another day at Bwindi – Kisoro
You will have breakfast and embark on one of the many optional adventures in Bwindi including Batwa experience, guided forest walk or a tour of the villages around the Park. Have lunch and in the evening, drive to an accommodation near kisoro to spend a night bringing you closer to Mgahinga national park and also have your dinner.
Accommodation and meals: Lake Mutanda Resort/Travelers’ Rest Lodge – Half board.
Day 11: Volcano climbing – Mgahinga national park
Wake up early and drive to Mgahinga national park for briefing from your ranger guides about the hike. The park is located on mount Gahinga one of the 8 Virunga mountains with the lowest height of about 3,474m. The hike is between 6-8 hours hike depending on your fitness. You will hike through the bamboo cover, if luck is on your side you may encounter the golden monkeys and the gorillas. Reaching the top is so fulfilling and interesting as you enjoy the cool air and the breeze from the giant lobelia in the carter swamp. You will then return at your starting point to meet your driver and go back to your lodge to rest.
Day 12: All day at Lake Bunyonyi
On this day after you enjoying your breakfast, you will set off to Lake Bunyonyi to chill and relax. This is a 2 hours drive arriving Bunyonyi late morning. The lake is located between Kisoro and Kabale in the southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda. It’s believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with the depth between 44m and 900m and its about 7 to 25kms wide.
Take a boat trip to some of the fascinating islands on the lake – Kyahugye Island where you will find some wildlife including the Zebras, waterbucks, impalas and Kobs. Visit Akampeine island (a punishment island) where pregnant unmarried girls were dumped to die, the Bwama and Njuyeera Island-where missionary Dr. Leonard Sharp founded a leper colony. Return in the evening at the lodge to relax and chill. Dinner and overnight stay
Accommodation and meals: Arcadia cottages/Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort/Lake Bunyonyi Overland resort – Full Board.
Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park – walking safari
After breakfast, meet your driver and be transferred to Lake Mburo national park. Enter the park and connect to your lodge for lunch, relax then later go for a walking safari with a ranger guide. This activity is not different from a game drive except that you will be viewing animals on foot. Expect to see animals like the Zebras, Elands, Impalas, Topis, and Buffaloes. Spend the rest of your evening relaxing at the lodge.
Estimate distance: 4 hours
Accommodation: Mihingo lodge/Rwakobo Rock/Eagles Nest Lodge – Full board
Day 14: Game drive/boat – transfer to Kampala
After breakfast, depending on your how you want to explore the park, you will either go for a morning game drive or do a boat trip on Lake Mburo. Later set off to Kampala/Entebbe, en route lunch in Masaka town and Equator. Proceed to Kampala then to your hotel in Entebbe.
Estimated distance: 5-6 hours drive
Accommodation and meals: 2 Friends Hotel/Boma hotel/Papyrus guest house.
Day 15: Departure
Enjoy your breakfast and check out. Be transferred to the airport to find your flight to your next destination. End of tour.