10 Days Wildlife Safari

10-Day Uganda Wildlife Safari

Safari Overview: 10-Day Uganda Tour

Discover Uganda’s hidden gems and wildlife treasures on a 10-day safari adventure that will take you through breathtaking landscapes and untamed national parks. Get ready to witness the African Big 5 animals, as well as the endangered mountain gorillas, all in one tour package, exclusive to Uganda.

Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our company representative will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your place of residence in either Entebbe or Kampala. You will be greeted with a refreshing cold juice made from fresh fruits, check into your rooms, and enjoy some relaxing activities such as a massage or sauna. Later on, you will have dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

After breakfast, we will embark on a journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through the western highlands of Uganda, also known as the Switzerland of Africa, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda and the Congo.

We will stop for lunch in one of the towns we pass through before making our final descent into the valley to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the natural habitat of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

On the way, we will stop at Katereke, one of the Kabakas’ Trail Heritage Sites. You stay overnight in Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Springs Lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp or Buhoma community Rest camp (Full Board).

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking Experience – Bwindi Forest

On Day 3, you will have an early start with a hearty breakfast to prepare you for one of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world – gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. At 8:00 am, you will meet your guides at the ranger station, who will lead you deep into the impenetrable forest.

It can take anywhere from two to eight hours to locate the gorillas, which requires a reasonable degree of fitness and good hiking shoes/boots. However, the exhilaration of encountering these incredible animals makes the effort well worth it.

Once you find them in their mysterious world, you will sit and listen to them grumble at each other, and you cannot help but marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male, the silverback. You will have one-hour maximum to sight and stay with these Gentle Giants.

After your gorilla tracking experience, you will descend to your lodge where you will be entertained by local community dancers while having dinner and spending the night. If time permits, we can take an evening community walk or forest walk. Get ready for an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the majestic mountain gorillas.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Evening and/or Night Game drive

On Day 4, after breakfast, you will leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and head north towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing through Ishasha en route. Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, which you may be lucky enough to spot along the way.

Upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will check into your lodge and have some time to freshen up before embarking on an evening game drive. The game drive provides a chance to see a variety of wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and even some predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas.

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Tree climbing lions

For those interested, a night game drive can also be arranged to search for nocturnal animals such as bush babies, civets, and nightjars. You will spend the night at Mweya Safari Lodge, Enganzi Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge, Bush Lodge, or other similar accommodations. Get ready for an exciting safari adventure in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trek, Kyambura Gorge, and Boat Cruise

After breakfast, you will head out for a chimpanzee trekking experience in Kyambura Gorge. The trek will take you through the lush forest, in search of these amazing creatures who share more than 98% of their DNA with humans. Watching them swing from tree to tree and play in their natural habitat is an experience you will never forget.

After the chimp trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will embark on a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel, a natural waterway that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. During the boat cruise, you will have an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including hippos and buffaloes, which are known to linger in shallow waters.

This area is also home to over 600 bird species, making it a paradise for birding enthusiasts. As the sun sets, you will slowly drive back to the lodge, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge, where you can relax and reflect on your memorable chimpanzee trek and boat cruise.

Day 6: Ndali Lodge

Begin your day with an early morning sunrise game drive, followed by a delicious breakfast at the Lodge. Keep your eyes peeled for a range of wildlife including elephants, water hogs, lions, hyenas, waterbuck, and bushbuck, among others.

After your exciting game drive, depart from Queen Elizabeth National Park for Ndali Lodge, situated near the town of Fort Portal. The lodge is situated on top of a hill, offering stunning views of a private lake on one side and lush green banana plantations on the other. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to relax and visit a tea plantation where you can witness the tea-making process from start to finish.

You can also sample the fresh tea and purchase some to take home if you are impressed. Alternatively, you can take a community walk in Fort Portal, where you can visit local markets and fields and interact with the friendly locals. Enjoy your overnight stay at Ndali Lodge, Chimpanzee Guest House, Kibale Safari Lodge, or Kibale Forest Camp, all offering full-board accommodation.

Day 7: Chimp Tracking, Bigodi Swamp walk – Kibale National Park

Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park

Start your day early with the exciting activity of tracking the habituated chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. The forest is home to more than 13 species of primates, including the rare L’Hoest, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, pottos, black-faced vervet monkeys, grey mangabey, bush babies, and olive baboons, among others. For bird enthusiasts, there are 335 recorded species to spot.

During certain seasons, forest elephants may also be spotted in the park. After the chimp tracking, return to the Lodge and spend the afternoon relaxing on the estate or take a community walk or nature walk through Bigodi swamps to spot some birds and primates.

Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park

Start the day with a delicious breakfast and prepare for a long but scenic journey to Murchison Falls National Park. Enjoy an 8-hour drive through rural Ugandan areas, and trading centers, and soak in the views of Lake Albert. Murchison Falls National Park is renowned for its abundant wildlife, and upon arrival, you’ll check in at the Paraa Safari Lodge.

On the way, you’ll stop at the top of the falls, where you’ll witness the Nile, the world’s longest river, plunging into a magnificent waterfall. The sight is awe-inspiring and a must-see for anyone visiting the park. Spend the night at one of the fantastic accommodations in the area, such as Murchison River Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Red Chilli Rest Camp, Pakuba Safari Lodge, or Baker’s Lodge, all of which offer comfortable and luxurious amenities with stunning views over the Nile.

Day 9: Game Drive and Boat Cruise – Murchison Falls National Park

You will start the day with an early morning game drive across the Borassus Forest and Savannah. You will have the opportunity to see various wildlife species such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and many water birds. After the game drive, you will return to the lodge for lunch before heading out again in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, you will embark on a boat cruise and head towards the bottom of the Murchison Falls. During the cruise, you will come across large pods of hippos with crocodiles lurking in the reeds. You may also see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and various water birds. The Murchison Falls are famous for their sheer force as the Nile, the longest river in the world, squeezes through a narrow seven-meter gap in the rift escarpment before plunging down 43 meters into a deep pool. The result is a mass of white water and an extremely dramatic sight.

After the boat cruise, you will return to the lodge with the option of going on an evening game drive or having sundowners on the verandah. You will spend the night at Murchison River Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Red Chilli Rest Camp, Pakuba Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, or any other place of your choice.

Day 10: Kampala

After enjoying breakfast, you will embark on a journey back to Kampala with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a thrilling rhino-tracking experience. This sanctuary is home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda and it is a great opportunity to see them up close.

Afterward, you will continue your drive back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport, arriving in the late afternoon. This marks the end of your incredible Uganda safari adventure.