7 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari
This 7 days safari in the pearl offers you a chance to see the wild life of Uganda and at the same get glimpse of tropical primates the mixture of the two adventures makes it fulfilling.
Drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Today you will wake up very early in the morning, take breakfast then you shall be driven northwest towards Masindi town heading to the great Murchison Falls national park. Murchison falls National Park is Uganda's largest national park and it is an open African savannah bisected by the mighty river Nile. It derives its name from Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river detonates aggressively through a narrow fissure in the Rift Valley escarpment to thrust into a fizzing pool about 46m below. Wildlife populations have largely recovered from the poaching of the 1980s; in the lush savannah grassland to the north of the Nile, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope are frequently seen on game drives, while lions are seen with increasing frequency.
We shall have a stopover for a nature walk and lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is a project which saw the rebirth of the endangered white rhinos in Uganda. The nature walks provides you an opportunity to view the Rhinos at close quarters while they move freely in their natural habitat.
After our lunch we shall proceed to Murchison Falls National Park where you check into your preferred lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Accommodations: Luxurious Paraa safari Lodge/ Nile Safari Camp/ Pakuba Safari Lodge
Launch cruise along Victoria Nile
Go for an early morning game drive on at the Northern Bank of the Murchison falls National Park. You are able to view those animals that are unique to the African Savannah like giraffe, elephant, antelope, lion, and the Uganda Kobs. Return to the lodge for Lunch.
After lunch, you will go for a launch cruise along the Nile River to the bottom of the falls where you will see huge crocodiles, schools of hippos, buffaloes, elephants and a variety of water birds like herons, ducks, cormorants, bee-eaters, skimmers, kingfishers, fish eagle and if you are lucky the rare shoebill. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Fort Portal
After breakfast, you will be driven to Fort Portal town, through the villages and beautiful scenery. Have lunch en route. During this transfer you will be able to see green and famous vast Tea plantations. It is also an opportunity to tap into the life of villages and local Ugandans. The journey is endowed with a lot of sights from gardens, swamps to forest, plots of cassava, through banana plantations, past alcohol brewing in oil drums, coffee terraces, groundnuts, sorghum and millet. We will finalize our transfer day in Fort portal. Dinner and an overnight stay at one of the select lodges.
Dinner and overnight at Luxurious Ndali Lodge/ Primates Lodge/ Mountains of the moon Lodge Mid range Rwenzori View Guest House/ Basic Chimp Nest Lodge
Chimp tracking in Kibale National Park
Take breakfast and then you will be transferred to Kibale National park's Kanyankyu tourist centre for an morning Chimpanzee trek at Kibale Forest. Kibale National Park is a habitat for more than 10 primate species, which include, black & white colobus monkeys, red colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and many others. At the Eastern edge of Kibale National Park, there is Bigodi wetland sanctuary, which is managed by the local community. The sanctuary is situated in Magombe swamp and it is known for a wide range of biodiversity including species of primates such as red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkey, grey- checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, I'hoest monkey, vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. Mammals like sitatunga, bush pigs, bush bucks, otters, magoose and chimpanzees, also visit the swamp from Kibale National Park. 138 species have so far been identified.
The main bird species found in the sanctuary is the great blue turacco. What is happening at Bigodi Wetland sanctuary is a good example of a community based approach to natural resources management that can be of economic benefit to the local residents of the area as well as the tourism industry.
Have lunch and then go for a swamp walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary a community owned swamp under Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental organization formed in 1992 with the aim of achieving social and economic development for local communities. Your guide will provide detailed information as the walk goes on. This area harbors over 137 bird species including the Snowy Headed Robin Cat, Emerald Cuckoo, Black and White Casqued Hornbill and a variety of Weavers, Warblers and Sunbirds. You will also see plenty of butterflies and the unique flora such as wild palms, polita figs and the dominant papyrus. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early breakfast, you'll leave Kibale National park and head to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Rather modestly, this fertile equatorial area is especially scenic, with two lakes linked by a channel beneath a high peninsula. You will also find volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. As a result, Queen Elizabeth national park has one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world.
Queen Elizabeth national park has a topography ranging from open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. Almost 100 mammal species and a renowned 606 bird species makes it a superb birders' paradise! With elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula, it also boasts a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the fabled Rwenzori Mountains. Elsewhere, the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree-climbing lions, the Kyambura Gorge harbors habituated chimps, the Maramagambo Forest is home to an alluring selection of forest monkeys and birds, and flocks of flamingo are resident on the crater lakes. You will be taken for Dinner and overnight at The Luxurious Jacana Safari Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge/Basic Albertine Camp (Formerly known as the Mweya Hostel).
Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
Having taken a cup of coffee, get on an early morning game drive in the park in search for Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, mongoose, waterbucks, hyena, Uganda kobs, Topi and lots many small animals and birds. After lunch, relax in a 2-hours boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.
Transfer to Kampala
You will be transferred to Kampala. On your way to Kampala you will have your lunch and also stop by the equator for a souvenir shopping. The long hour drive will offer you yet other sights and Ugandan life Augmented with an encounter of a lifetime and remarkable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa.