Uganda All Wildlife, Gorilla Trek, Primates, Scenery Safari - 14 Days

OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW
The Uganda all wildlife, gorilla trek, primates, scenery safari (with Kidepo) could probably be the most popular Uganda safari package. This private all  inclusive 14 day Uganda tour covers all the most interesting Uganda national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and other protected areas with high wildlife population densities. We have intentionally left out those places with few wildlife sightings in this Uganda tour progam. You are given wildlife spotting opportunities for lions, chetah, leopards, buffalo, giraffe, elephants, hyenas, rhinos, zebra, warthog, and primates like mountain gorillas, chimps, monkeys and many others.
You will first track the white rhinos before going into safari in the multi-international award winning Kidepo Valley National Park, and then to Murchison Falls National Park where we do more wildlife safari game drives and a boat safari to the spectacular Murchison Falls, ant then proceed to Africa's primates capital - Kibale National Park where we do primate walks and track the chimps in Kibale Forest, continue driving past the legendary Rwenzori Mountains with views of many crater lakes in the area. We enter Queen Elizabeth National Park from the north and do game drives there and another boat safari to the Kazinga Channel. Game drives to look out for the tree climbing lions before tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi. We end the Uganda safari with game drives in Lake Mburo and a stop over at the Equator.
Brief  Program Summary for Uganda All Wildlife, Gorilla Trek, Primates, Scenery Safari (with Kidepo) - 14 Days
  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe in the morning hours, drive to Ziwa Rhinos Sanctuary for rhino tracking and overnight
  • Day 2: Continue to Kidepo Valley National Park,  enjoying a traditional Karimajong cultural experience 
  • Day 3: Safaris, game drives in Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Day 4: Depart for Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 5: Game drives, boat safari in Murchison Falls National Park looking for  lions,  leopards, buffalo, giraffe, elephants, hyenas, rhinos, zebra, warthog, etc
  • Day 6: Fort Portal & Kibale National Park, afternoon primates walk
  • Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park 
  • Day 8:  Queen Elizabeth National Park, game drives in the afternoon
  • Day 9: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park  looking for lions,  leopards, buffalo, giraffe, elephants, hyenas, rhinos, zebra, warthog
  • Day 10: Game drives in Ishasha Sector for  tree-climbing lions, elephants and plenty of other wildlife; transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 11: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 12: Golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Day 13:Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 14:Game drive and canoe ride on Lake Mburo - Entebbe

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe (in the morning hours), drive to Ziwa Rhinos for Rhino Tracking

Ziwa Rhino
You will be picked by our driver/guide at your hotel or residence in Entebbe  after you have had breakfast ready to start your tour to the most isolated national park in Uganda and we will drive you through the plain and remote vegetation to the northern part of the country.
Within about three hours we arrive at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will be tracking the white rhinos
The Rhino revival project is an initiative of two organizations, Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is situated about one hundred and seventy six kilometers (approximately 100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway as you are heading towards Murchison Falls National Park.
 Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you will get the opportunity to see rhinos in the wild. 
At the moment the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a habitat to sixteen southern white rhinos. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary has become very popular with tourists in the recent years. It’s a perfect spot for rhino trekking, nature walks, bird watching and relaxation.

Accommodation (all meals included)
Luxury: Amuka Safari Lodge
Midrange: Amuka Safari Lodge
Low Budget: Ziwa Rhino Camp


Day 2: Onwards to Kidepo Valley National Park, Traditional Karimajong  Tribe Cultural Experience

Today you will travel to Kidepo valley N.P. A long but rewarding drive will take you passed one of the most beautiful scenery in Uganda.
If you can plan today on a Wednesday you'll have the chance to experience an authentic Karamajong cattle market  (that is today in this tour). Some herders walk for 5 hours to be able to buy or sell their goats, cows or chicken here. It’s a colorful and stunning sight and one of the few remaining authentic experiences. Don’t miss this!
The Karimajong are related to the Maasai in Kenya and live and dress similar. The main difference is that not any other tourist is going here. Only few years ago, tourism in Karamoja would not have been possible due to armed inter-tribal conflict but nowadays it’s safe. 
After this thrilling experience it is time to enter into the most remote and pristine national park in the country, Kidepo Valley National Park. The park has some of the most amazing scenery in the country! For many people this is the most beautiful park of Uganda. Here you will find almost no tourists leaving you free to enjoy the park and its unique combination of wildlife without distraction

Accommodation (all meals included)
Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge
Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (ensuite)
Low Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (sheltered tents with bedding and mosquito nets)


Day 3: Safari in Kidepo Valley National Park 


Wildlife in Kidepo Valley National Park
In Kidepo Valley National Park you will find zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and leopards. This is also the only place in Uganda where you can find the cheetah and ostrich.
Kidepo is famous for its lions relaxing on the rocks - a scene which may remind you of a certain Disney film. You might even be very lucky to spot a leopard or cheetah! Besides the 4x4 safaris you can also take a bush walk in the park with an armed ranger.
You will start your morning with a guided nature walk around the Sabiny community and a few Bagishu people, walk around the Sipi River with the 3-Sipi waterfalls. Get to the view point and view the Mt. Elgon National Park, plus the second highest peak of Mt. Elgon-Jackson Summits.
Return later and drive to Jinja for overnight and to cut short the distance to Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation (all meals included)
Luxury: Apoka Safari Lodge
Midrange: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (ensuite)
Low Budget: Kidepo Savannah Lodge (sheltered tents with bedding and mosquito nets)


Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park

We set off from Kidepo  at 7a.m. after our morning breakfast and drive to Murchison Falls National Park.
This route gives you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery of Labwor hills and in particular the massive and bare Alerek (Kidi Rwot) rock about 55 km from Kotido. 
On arrival at the park you will  relax at your lodge for the rest of the day/evening, dinner and overnight.
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest in Uganda at 3,840 square kilometres. Here is the awe inspiring Murchison Falls where the River Nile hurls itself in convulsions through a narrow crevice and then plunges 40 metres in one breathtaking leap.
The park has a variety of vegetation ranging from riparian forests and swamplands to broad savannah, and provides visitors the opportunity of seeing large concentrations of wildlife including lion, leopard, civet, hyena, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, a host of smaller game, small primates and many bird species, including the rare shoebill stork. The park is especially famous for crocodiles and hippos.
One we enter the park,  you will be stopping at the top of the falls which is a fantastic sight. Here the Nile, the longest river in the world, is forced through a narrow gap in the rock (only 7 meters wide), before ferociously plunging down 43 meters.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp


Day 5: Murchison Falls National Park

 Boat Trip to the Bottom of Murchison Falls
After breakfast head to the Delta in search for bird life and enjoy the game drive to look for lions, giraffes, herds of elephants, buffaloes and many more.

We will then go for an afternoon boat cruise to the foot of Murchison Falls. This boat trip along the Nile is often cited as being the highlight of a trip to Murchison since it allows you to get up-close and personal with the animals. Along this stretch of the river, there are reported to be around 4,000 hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. 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. The boat takes you to the base of the falls which only adds to their impressiveness. 

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Baker's Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge
Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge | Murchison River Lodge | Pakuba Lodge
Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (tents) | Murchison River Lodge (tents) | Red Chilli Rest Camp


Day 6: Fort Portal & Kibale National Park

Leave Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale Forest National Park via the Lake Albert escarpment, having a good view of the lake.
Stopover at Kolping Hotel in Hoima for lunch and after drive across the interesting river Nkusi (flowing from the southern end of Lake Albert, through the villages of Kagadi, joining Victoria Nile). Both rivers join Lake Kyoga and flow through the Murchison Falls continue to Lake Albert and north to the Mediterranean Sea.
This is a great day as the drive takes you through the community and forests with chances of seeing vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys jumping up in the trees as you advance into the Kyenjonjo on a rocky road.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Upscale: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge
Midrange: Isunga Lodge| ensuite tents at Kibale Forest Camp
Low Budget: Tents at Kibale Forest Camp (with bedding and mosquito nets, shared bathroom) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse


Day 7: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.
Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.
Kibale National park, which averages about 3,300 feet in elevation, is an extension of the great rainforests of central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.
Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialise with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby forest swamp that is excellent for viewing primates and other forest animals. At the eastern edge of Kibale Forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Upscale: Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge | Crater Safari Lodge
Midrange: Isunga Lodge| ensuite tents at Kibale Forest Camp
Low Budget: Tents at Kibale Forest Camp (with bedding and mosquito nets, shared bathroom) | Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 8:  Queen Elizabeth National Park


Leave the national park after breakfast and drive to Fort Portal.
We incorporate some crater lake hikes into our this program. You will be simply by amazed by the beauty of these ancient and not ancient crater lakes found in the Fort Portal area.
After you have witnessed all these amazing landscapes, you will be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park.


Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |  Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge |  Buffalo Safari Resort 
Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 9: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast we depart to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains - the famed "Mountains of the Moon". This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the north-east by Lake George and on the south-west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga.
As we drive through the park, expect to spot teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob, as well as topi, elephant, Cape buffalo. There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.
In the afternoon we will go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at very close range from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. 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.


Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge |  Katara Lodge
Mid-range: Ihamba Safari Lodge| Enganzi Lodge | Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge |  Buffalo Safari Resort 
Budget: Bush Lodge (tents)|  Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Pumba Cottages 
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional activity: Lion Tracking:
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well gives you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology - and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours lasts between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
Costing: $85 us dollar p.p.


Day 10: Game drives for Tree climbing lions in Ishasha, Drive to Bwindi

 After your breakfast,  you will proceed to Ishasha Sector. Drive along the deep and wide dry craters that are occupied by savanna grasses and acacia. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and the (southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park); thereafter proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The journey takes about 2-3 hours but driving through interesting features. We shall be arriving in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the evening. This park is home of the rare mountain gorillas plus 11 other primates species including the blue and red tailed monkeys. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.


Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge | Mahogany Lodge | Chameleon Hill Lodge
Moderate: Engagi Lodge | Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge | Gorilla Mist Camp
Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp | Buhoma Community Campground


Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, proceed for the morning briefing before enjoying the highlight of the trip - gorilla trekking, which may last the entire day.
We trek through the rainforest and bamboo covered slopes, accompanied by a guide and trackers, in search of a mountain gorilla family. The walking can sometimes be tough and long, but when you catch a glimpse of the magnificent silverback, any discomforts will be quickly forgotten. When sighted, visitors will be guided to within 6 metres from the gorillas, sit around them for a whole hour while gazing into their big round eyes.
Gorilla trekking is unpredictable. It's difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike. The gorilla excursion can take from 2 up to 8 hours. Expect to walk along distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorillas. A good physical condition is recommended. For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. A ranger will brief you on how to behave with the gorillas.

Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Up-market:  Chameleon Hill Lodge
Moderate: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge 
Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp | Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp

Day 12: Golden Monkey Tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

After breakfast we will trek the scenic Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and our target this morning will be to track a troop of golden monkeys.
Mgahinga is more famous for mountain gorillas but also the only place in Uganda where the rare golden monkeys can be found. Apart from primates, the park has rare bird species, some endemic to the Albertine Rift area such as scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, mountain yellow warblers, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turaco, Archer’s robin-chat and many more.
Overnight 
Up-market: Chameleon Hill Lodge
Moderate: Mt. Gahinga Lodge
Low Budget: Travellers' Rest Hotel Kisoro


Day 13: Mburo National Park

We drive east to Mbarara, now one of Uganda’s major towns, but formerly capital of Ankole kingdom for over 400 years until disbanded by independence in 1962. In the days before modern Uganda came into being, the area had a series of fiercely independent tribal states.
From here you continue to Lake Mburo, a small but picturesque national park renowned for its herds of antelope and one of the only two Ugandan parks home to Burchell’s zebra. The park is also especially good for acacia-associated bird.
Upon arrival, you will go for the game drive which will give you insights of animal species like the zebras, topes, elephants, elands, impalas, buffaloes, antelopes and so many others.


Accommodation Options (Full Board)

Luxury: Mihingo Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp | Arcadia Cottages
Medium: Rakobo Rock Lodge or Lake Mburo Safari Lodge
Low Budget: Mburo Eagles Nest | Rwonyo Restcamp


Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park Game Drive, Return to Entebbe

Rise early for breakfast before a short drive to the Rwonyo Park headquarters.
This has often been a good chance of seeing hyenas coming back to their dens, hippos walking back to the water, you will see buffalo, zebra, impala and topi and with a bit of luck maybe even a sitatunga, an antelope rarely seen living in the papyrus swamps.
After your early morning activities, return the lodge for a late breakfast and check-out.
We then bid farewell to the park’s friendly staff as we depart for Kampala / Entebbe.
En route we will stop at the Equator for photographs and ‘polar-water experiment', then local community crafts shops and fruit markets.
We will be in Entebbe in the evening before for your flight back home.
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