Explore Uganda on this Private 14-Day Gorillas-Chimpanzees-Wildlife Safari
Visit Five National Parks on this Private 14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate-Wildlife Safari
14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari on which you will Encounter Uganda’s Big-7which are Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, and Rhinos. Explore Five Parks in the Pearl of Africa on this one-of-a-kind Primate and Wildlife Safari, staying in some of Uganda’s Best Luxury Lodges
This is a private, personalized safari just for you and your party. You go on Safari and explore Uganda with a local, experienced driver-guide who knows Uganda and would love to introduce you to the country, its primates, Wildlife, stunning scenery, and most of all, its welcoming, friendly, and hospitable people, their culture, and rich traditions.
Uganda is one of the most biodiverse countries in the World, and lonely Planet calls it “Africa condensed into one small country.” Winston Churchill fell in love with Uganda as he traveled through, calling it “The Pearl of Africa” in his book, “My African Journey.
Uganda is the perfect Safari Destination for first-time visitors to Africa, and this 14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari will show you some of the best Africa offers.
14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari Highlights
- Gorilla Trekking: In the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Chimpanzee Trekking: In Kibale Forest with over 1,500 Chimpanzees.
- Visit 5 National Parks: Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth Park, Kibale Forest, and Murchison Falls National Park.
- Three Wildlife Boat Cruises: Lake Mburo, Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park, and the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park.
- Wildlife Game Drives: Lake Mburo Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Murchison Falls National Park.
- Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary: Explore a Jungle Swamp.
- See the most powerful Waterfall in the World: Murchison Falls is the most potent Waterfall in the World.
- Trek Rhinos on Foot: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
- Nocturnal Game Drive and Jungle Walk: Stay at some of Uganda’s best Luxury Lodges.
- Hot Air Balloon Ride: Start your Safari in Kigali, Rwanda, or Begin your Safari in Entebbe, Uganda.
- Enjoy Lake Victoria: Africa’s Largest Lake with sandy beaches at Entebbe.
- Dietary Requirements: Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free Meals are readily available. Halal meals can be served, while Kosher-certified meals are not unless you visit the Abayudaya Jews in eastern Uganda.
Your 14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari in Detail
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe – Welcome to Uganda:
Your 14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari Begins: Arrive at Entebbe International Airport. Current Arrival and Departure information can be found here. Your Driver-guide will welcome you at the tourist arrivals and take you to 2-Friends Beach Hotel, where you have a deluxe Lake View Room with air conditioning.
There are more luxurious hotels, but they do not share the idyllic, romantic setting on Lake Victoria with its private, sandy beach with a treehouse bar with splendid views of Lake Victoria and the Ssese Islands.
The service and meals are excellent. You have a swimming pool to enjoy while you are here. In addition, they have an extensive Wine List.
The boutique hotel is perfect for your first night in Africa. It is just ten minutes from the airport and the ideal place to stay on your arrival or departure day in Uganda.
Additionally, a recent local survey showed it was the preferred hotel by women because of the views, sandy, private beach, and ambiance. Read more about 2-Friends Hotel.
Activities at or near 2-Friends Beach Hotel:
- Swimming Pool: Take a dip in the pool.
- Wine and Cheese Sunset Cruise: Take a Sunset Cruise.
- Golfing: Golf on the African Continent.
- Entebbe Botanical Gardens: Take a guided tour of the over 100-year-old Botanical Gardens. Local legend states that one of the first Tarzan movies was filmed here.
- Shop for at a nearby Victoria Mall: Here, you will find the items you might need for your Safari.
- Read a Book: Curl up in a beachside hammock and read a book about Uganda.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner depending on your arrival time.
Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park
After Breakfast, your Safari (journey) begins as we drive you to Lake Mburo National Park. This is a four-hour scenic drive broken by a stop at That imaginary line that runs through Uganda. Here you can have a cup of Ugandan Arabica Coffee and take your picture while standing on the Equator Line dividing the northern and southern hemispheres. Some enterprising Ugandans might show you how the northern and southern Hemisphere water flows. An excellent demonstration, but you need a greater water flow for it to work.
Mihingo Safari Lodge
We reach Mihingo Safari Lodge, the best Lodge in or around the Park, and it sets the standard for what a luxury tented camp should be like in Uganda. Your room is a private permanent tent covered with a thatched roof, and a lovely verandah gives you a sweeping view of the Park.
The main Lodge has a fabulous swimming pool with a fantastic view of the Park below. Meals that delight the senses are served in the dining room, which also has a breathtaking view of the Park and the saltlick where animals gather, and you can see them.
The Lodge offers wellness services such as a therapeutic massage where you can view the Park.
Activities offered by Mihingo Safari Lodge at extra cost:
Horseback Riding: See Wildlife on horseback. This is the only National Park where you can do so.
Mountain Biking: Take a guided Bike Ride through the Park seeing wildlife while on a bike.
Morning Run: Take a guided morning run in the Park, where the scenery is quite different from what you are used to.
Scheduled Afternoon and Evening Activities
Wildlife Boat Cruise on Lake Mburo
This is ninety-minute Wildlife and birding cruise on Lake Mburo. Here you will see Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and hippos. There are four species of otters in the lake. Some animals come to water here, including various antelopes and zebras.
Here you will see herds of zebras, giraffes, the large Elanda antelopes, and the endangered Ankole Cattle owned by pastoralists who live near the Park. They have been given a special dispensation to graze their animals on Park land. The majestic Ankole Cattle are an endangered species due to crossbreeding, and unless measures are taken, the famed Watusi cattle, as you know, will no longer exist in Uganda.
Nocturnal Game Drive:
Mihingo Lodge takes you on a nocturnal game drive, an out-of-the-ordinary adventure. Here the creatures of the night come out, such as Leopards that you will see, bushbabies, pottos, and at times the not often seen pangolin. The Lodge uses spotlights to eliminate the night, and you can see the game and other creatures, such as birds and owls.
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Buhoma area
After Breakfast, we depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which, 2019 to CNN Travel, is the “Most Beautiful Place in the World.” It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus CNN Travel called it one of the Top Parks in Arica and one of the Hiking Destinations in the World. Not to be outdone, Lonely Planet names it one of the most unusual Honeymoon Destinations. Besides Gorilla Trekking, it is one of Africa’s Prime Birding Destinations.
It is a five-hour drive to the Buhoma area, requiring we depart at 7:00 am. We arrive at Bwindi Lodge in time for lunch.
Bwindi Lodge in Buhoma:
Bwindi Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Guests have stunning views of the forest canopy across a serene stream. Bwindi Lodge is one of Uganda’s unique and outstanding lodges.
The property has dramatic views of the impenetrable Forest and is a great place to spot the primates and birds hidden in the foliage.
In 2021 two new deluxe Bandas opened, the eight standard Bandas were rebuilt and upgraded, and the lounge and library were reimagined.
Enjoy the world-class service where you have your butler service. The meals served here are exquisite.
After a Gorilla Trek, you can take advantage of Humula Spa and unwind before having a sundowner on your terrace.
Read more about Bwindi Lodge here.
Activities you can do here besides Gorilla Tracking:
- The Batwa Experience: See the Forest and how the Batwa lived there. This is an interactive, authentic Cultural Encounter with the Batwa, who are today Conservation Refugees.
- Visit the Bwindi Community Hospital: This is one of Uganda’s finest hospitals, dental clinics, and training centers. The hospitable has dramatically increased the life expectancy of the Batwa and other ethnic communities in the area.
- Bike Riding: Go on a guided bike ride with the Ride for a woman project.
- Village Walk: Go on a three-hour guided village walk where you will see various demonstrations of how Banana Beer, a Gin called Waragi, is made. Listen to the traditional healer as he shows you the medicines from the Forest. Visit a school and watch the dance of the Batwa Community.
- Nature Walk: Take a guided nature walk which can include birding in and outside the Park.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking-Your Encounter with the Gentle Giants of the Forest
is at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Headquarters for the Mountain Gorilla Trekking orientation. Read our Practical Gorilla Trekking Advice Page for in-depth information.
Gorilla Wear and Gear you will need:
Here is practical advice about what to wear while Gorilla Trekking in Uganda. Often Trekkers are not dressed right for the occasion, which can spoil your day, and your focus might not be on the Gorillas but on personal discomfort and misery. Wearing suitable clothing and footwear is about protection.
Gorilla Wear and Gear:
- Daypack: Preferably a waterproof daypack, you can use it as a carry-on flying to Uganda. Pack all essentials inside of the Daypack.
- Hiking Boots: Make sure that they have good treads on them. You will need ankle support, something boots give you and give you reactions on muddy trails. Have a good pair of merino wool socks.
- Long Trouser: They will protect you from nettles and thorns. Tuck the trousers into your socks for added protection from ants.
- Long-Sleeved Shirt: Neutral in color. Again, this is for your comfort and protection.
- Rain Jacket or Poncho: Pack into your Daypack. You never know when it will train. You are in an Afro-montane Rainforest.
- Tough Gardening Gloves: This is to protect your hands from thorns, nettles, and sharp branches.
- Wide Brimmed Hat: It gives you protection from the Sun.
- Camera Equipment – Binoculars: Ensure extra batteries and storage devices. Put them into Ziploc bags. Binoculars are not needed if you are not a birder.
- Packed Lunch and Bottled Water: You will need your packed lunch from the Lodge and two liters of bottled water.
- Insect Repellent – Sun Lotion – Sunglasses: We recommend the effective Australian RID Insect Repellent. Good Sun
- You will need a Porter and Walking Stick: The services of a porter free you on the often-difficult trail, and a local walking stick helps you and steadies you on the often-challenging path. We supply our clients with the bottled water and facial protective masks required for the actual encounter with the Gentle Giants.
Suggestion: Be sure to pack a sweater or sweatshirt. The temperature here at night is 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Read more about Gorilla Gear and Wear here.
Gorilla Trekking Orientation
The Gorilla Family you are assigned is based on your fitness level, age, and medical condition and is determined by the ranger.
You will be instructed on how to conduct yourself on the trail and in the presence of the Gentle Giants. You can read more about the rules and guidelines here.
Your Encounter with the Gentle Giants:
With the trek in and trek out – the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience is an all-day trek. Not only do you see the Gorillas with only four participants, but you learn about the Gorillas’ habits and ways from the Gorillas and the Researchers.
You have entered the living room of a Gorilla family. You have more time to see how they interact as a group, and you can see what they eat, how they treat one another, and how the younger ones are taught.
The words of David Attenborough fit as he wrote about his Gorilla Encounter, “Spending time with these gentle creatures in their natural habitat was a profoundly moving experience.”
When you return to the trailhead, your driver-guide will take you back to your Lodge.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5- Queen Elizabeth Park Ishasha Area- Home to the Famous Tree-Climbing Lions
After Breakfast, we drive to Queen Elizabeth Park, the Ishasha Region of the Park, where we check into the Lodge you have chosen. There is only one luxury Lodge in this more remote portion of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp – Exclusive:
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an experience in the African Wild in the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda – the Ishasha region of the Park.
Merely a place in the African Bush along the Ntungwe River- up-market luxury staying in en-suite Tented Cottages
Have lunch with elephants and hippos, and listen to the sounds of the African night.
There are restaurant-quality food and world-class service offered in an upmarket style that, with the new tents, is excellent, and you are near the best place in all of Africa for Tree Climbing Lions. Yet, most tourists bypass this significant part of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp – a long Standing Tradition with Luxury Safari Goers.
Game Drive – see the Tree-Climbing Lions of Ishasha
Afternoon Game drive in search of the famed tree-climbing lions who sleep in the fig trees for up to 15 hours a day.
There are about 50 of them here in various pride. You might also see some leopards and many elephants, which have increased vastly in numbers.
The elephants that you see here will be both Savannah and Forest Elephants. Most likely, you will not tell the difference, but forest elephants are hairier, have straight, shorter tusks, are slightly smaller, and have one less toe on each foot. You will also see large herds of buffaloes, Topi, and Uganda Kob antelopes.
Note – If you are staying at Ishasha Wilderness Camp, a Sundowner can be arranged in the Bush for you, hosted by Camp Staff reminiscent of old days in the African Bush. You can also let us know if you would like to have a traditional Bush Breakfast with a game drive tomorrow.
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:
Breakfast and morning game drive after 7 am – the lions do not climb up into the trees any earlier. The safari vehicle is equipped with a pop-up roof for the best game viewing. The game drive is 3 hours in length.
Kyambura Gorge Lodge – Exclusive Luxury Lodge
This classy Lodge is located near the Kyambura Gorge, a giant gash in the Savannah of Queen Elizabeth Park. The Lodge was created by taking an old coffee shop and giving it a new life as an exclusive luxury Lodge.
Today it is one of the most excellent lodges in Uganda but still has that rustic look. Exquisite Bandas, as the cottages are called here.
There is a swimming pool at the main Lodge where you take a drink and hear the stories about today’s Safari adventures that various guests had.
Excellent service is a trademark of the Volcanoes Lodges and is undoubtedly true at Kyambura Gorge.
Trek in the Gorge and spot a Chimpanzee in the Apes’ valley, Game drives, and the boat safari on Kazinga Channel.
Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise:
In the afternoon, the fabulous Kazinga Channel Wildlife – Birding, Reptile Boat Safari is one of your Queen Elizabeth Park Visit highlights.
Here you can see countless pods of Hippos, crocodiles, antelopes, elephant herds, a myriad of birds, monitor lizards, and lions in the late afternoon.
The channel has the highest concentration of hippos in East Africa. There were so many hippos the British Colonial Government had to cull them, and the locals developed a taste for hippos.
This is a natural channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. Read more about the Kazinga Channel Boat Cruise here.
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth Park – Mweya Area:
Lion Tracking Research – Tracking Collared Lions
Lion Tracking Research – here you are with Researchers from the Carnivore Project and track the Collared Lions and leopards in this part of the Park. Not only will you see lions, but you will have a learning experience about the lions.
It is an out-of-the-ordinary experience and gives you a firsthand look at Lion Conservation.
The Lion Tracking Research begins early at sunrise, about 6:45 am, and it is around the time when the lions return from a night of hunting.
Leopards will return from the hunt with their prey and pull it up into a tree. Lions fill themselves and sleep much of the day.
Not only will you see Carnivores but Elephants in large numbers, buffaloes, countless antelopes, bushpigs, warthogs, and more.
The Lion Tracking Research is available to a limited number of visitors and must be booked by us well in advance of your Safari. Read more here about Lion Tracking Research.
Explosion Crater Drive:
We take one of Uganda’s most scenic drives in the late afternoons. The 27-kilometer Explosion Crater Drive and the drive shows you the best of photogenic Uganda.
The Explosion Craters were formed when the Egyptians built the pyramids, and the volcanic explosions made a toxic mess of what I now Lake Edward.
The drive allows you to see both the Park, the Western Rift Escarpment, and the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.
This is the highest point in the Park, where you have some incredible viewpoints of the Western Rift Escarpment, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, plus the craters themselves, which were featured in National Geographic a few years past. You can include the ancient Lake Katwe Saltwork on the Explosion Crater Drive. Here Salt is produced as it was 500 years ago. The Salt was like precious stones, and there was a brisk trade.
Meal Plan: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 8- Kibale Forest:
Breakfast and early morning game drive, after which we move to Kibale Forest, where you check into Crater Lake Safari Lodge, where you have a cottage overlooking the lake.
Crater Lake Safari Lodge – Luxury:
Regarding Luxury lodges, Crater Lake Safari is an affordable option for those who want added comfort, extra service, and delightful meals.
There is a swimming pool for you to enjoy and a massage for a fee. The Crater Lake is an attraction, and the Lodge has provided a beautiful gazebo where you can have a refreshing drink after a day of Chimpanzee Trekking.
The Lodge has featured various international publications, including Vogue Magazine, as one of Uganda’s best lodges.
Enjoy the view from your most comfortable Luxurious Cottage, the crater lake below you, the rolling hillsides in the distance, and the color green everywhere. Kibale Forest and Bigodi Wetlands are 20 minutes from the Lodge. Read more here about Crater Lake Safari Lodge.
Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary-a Jungle Swamp
Afternoon – Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary Hike. This is a guided 3-hour hike through a Jungle Swamp; much of it is on planks that act like a boardwalk above the swamp.
Your experienced guide is from the local community that has maintained the Wetlands for many years, with thousands visiting each year.
During the afternoon, you might spot Chimpanzees, Colobus Monkeys, also baboons. The area is well-known for birds, and the chief attraction is the Blue Turaco.
When it comes to Mammals, you can see otters, bush pigs, mongoose, and the rare Sitatunga Antelope, to name a few.
This is a UNESCO sustainable Eco-Tourism site that is not to be missed.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 9: Chimpanzee Trekking – Meet our closest Cousins.
Kibale Forest is the best Chimpanzee Tracking Destination in all of East Africa, and the Forest is where the West and Central Jungle meet East Africa. On a Chimpanzee Trek, you usually see about five to seven different primate species.
Kibale Forest has the best Chimpanzee sighting rate in all of East Africa. We have never had one of our clients miss seeing the chimpanzees on a trek.
The chimpanzee trek is much easier than the gorilla trek since this is not the hilly terrain you find in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Wear the same clothing that you wore, gorilla tracking. You will not need a porter here, but you can use the same walking stick. Read about Chimpanzee trekking wear.
Long before you see the chimpanzees, you will hear the sounds of their hoots. The Chimpanzees here are some of the most researched chimpanzees in Africa.
Thousands come each year to trek chimpanzees in the best location in East Africa. You will enjoy your encounter with our closest cousins.
Nocturnal Forest Walk:
Meet and see the creatures of the night. Ibale Rainforest looks different at night than it does while you are chimpanzee trekking.
You are in the company of Uganda Wildlife Authority Rangers, who will lead you on this ninety-minute nocturnal Walk in the Forest. You will find bushbabies, Sloths, tree pangolins, and other night creatures.
The sounds of the Forest at night are also different from daytime treks, and owls and Nightjars appear out of nowhere and are gone again. For most, this is a most exciting and informative nature walk.
We have to arrange for your dinner at Crater Lake Lodge. The Walk begins around &:30 pm after it has gotten dark, and the Sun sets just before 7:00 pm. Read more about the Nocturnal Forest Walk here.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 10: Drive to Murchison Falls Park – Overnight in Hoima
Depart the Kibale Forest area and drive toward Murchison Falls National Park to Hoima, home to the Bunyoro Kingdom of Uganda. Here we check into the better, midrange Hoima Cultural Lodge.
Hoima Cultural Lodge:
Surrounded by beautiful spacious gardens and a tranquil environment, Hoima Cultural Lodge is a newly opened lodge in the Hoima district, the northern part of Western Uganda, opposite the Bunyoro Palace.
Hoima Cultural Lodge is a perfect break from long drive time on the dirt road between Murchison Falls and Kibale, which helps clients rejuvenate for the rest of their journey.
The Lodge offers spacious en-suite grass-thatched cottages ideal for couples and families, with each room brightly colored and furnished with African Art pieces which give guests that African Feeling.
Since Hoima is the seat of the Bunyoro Kingdom, you have the opportunity to partake in a cultural and historical introduction to the Bunyoro Kingdom that ruled much of what is now Uganda for a long time.
Furthermore, the kingdom was a continuous thorn to the British Colonial government, something with the explorer Sir Samuel Baker and his wife, Lady Florence. Unlike in the rest of Uganda, Sir Samuel Baker remains a disliked figure.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 11: Murchison Falls National Park:
Depart Hoima after Breakfast departing for Murchison Falls. We take what is called the scenic route to the Park. The route will take us along Lake Albert and the Western Rift Escarpment with its dramatic views down to the lake and across to the Blue Mountains in DR Congo. We pass through idyllic fishing villages nestled along the way to the Park.
Our Goal is the luxury Nile Lodge in Murchison Falls Park.
Nile Safari Lodge:
Check into the exclusive, intimate, eco-friendly Nile Safari with only eight Bandas overlooking the River Nile. This is one of Murchison Falls Park’s best luxury Lodges. It is simply a cut above the rest with its subdued elegance and style, and there is nothing that compares to it. A perfect luxury lodge without the crowd, and it is undoubtedly an out-of-the-ordinary lodge.
This Lodge is away from where most lodges are in a tranquil location and a lodge befitting the discerning African traveler. Though away from other lodges with the Paraa Bridge, you have easy access to game drives on the northern side of the Nile.
Nile Safari Lodge is a notch above the rest regarding rooms, meals, and service. The main Lodge has a bar, dining area, and a superb swimming pool with views of the Nile.
Since there are only eight rooms, an early booking of this Safari is required to ensure that you can stay here.
Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Nile:
Another highlight of your Safari is the Boat Cruise, not just on any River but the historic Nile River. You will see pods of Hippos, sun-basking Nile Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, elephant herds, groups of Buffaloes, and lots of water birds.
In the opinion of many visitors, this is the best Wildlife Boat Cruise in Uganda. The reason is the vastness of Wildlife that you see here from Paraa to the Bottom of the falls. Idi Amin frequently steered his boat on this section of the Nile while he was president.
Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker: A hippo capsized their boat as they came up to the falls. They were the first Westerners to see the World’s most potent Waterfall. Read more here.
Movieovie the “African Queen”: Portions of the Movie were filmed here. The 1951 movie with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn was filled right here. Read more here.
As you reach the Bottom of the falls, you can choose to stay on the boat for the return trip or hike up to the top of the falls.
Top of the Falls Hike:
The guided hike up to the top of the falls takes about 45-minutes. You are taking the very trail up that in 1907 Winston Churchill took down, where he was met by a boat that took him on to Khartoum in Sudan.
Above the falls, you see how wide the falls are and on the descent down the Western Rift escarpments. It pours through a six-meter-wide cauldron. You will be amazed by the sight, sounds, and mist.
Near here, Ernest Hemingway crash-landed in 1954 and was given up as dead, only to be rescued by a tourist boat launch.
A few years back, someone came up with the idea of building a dam. However, there was such an uproar from conservationists and the tourism industry that it quietly faded away.
Your driver-guide will meet you here and take you back to Nile Safari Lodge, where you can relax and chill out before dinner. Read moe about the Top of the falls walk.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 12: Murchison Falls National Park:
Sunrise Breakfast Boat Cruise on the Nile:
Enjoy a sunrise Breakfast cruise on the Nile. This River Cruise includes an onboard, freshly prepared breakfast just for you. Enjoy a full breakfast on the historic River Nile at Murchison Falls Park.
This is the river version of the traditional bush breakfast. A perfect setting for those on a celebratory safari of any kind. It is a must-do activity for families with children. They, as you will enjoy the unique setting for a safari breakfast.
The breakfast cruise begins at dawn at 6:30 at the Paraa area of the park. While your freshly brewed Ugandan Coffee. While you enjoy the sizzle and smells of your breakfast being prepared, you are surrounded by hippos, crocodiles, wildlife on the river banks, and the many waterbirds found here.
The sunrise breakfast cruise lasts about two hours plus will take two-hours plus. Afterward, enjoy a morning game drive where you have both your driver-guide and a UWA-Ranger point out the game that you otherwise might miss.
Late Afternoon Game Drive:
This is your last Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park, where you will see Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, even patas monkeys, and much more.
On each game drive, you are accompanied by an experienced Uganda Wildlife Ranger with a weapon. The ranger will give you insights and information about the Park and the game you see. There is not much you will miss on a game drive between your driver-guide and the ranger.
The Vehicle has a pop-up so that you can stand up for better game viewing and photographs. You can not climb on vehicles since that is against park rules.
Back at the Lodge, we suggest that you have a cool Nile while on the Nile. We are referring to one of Uganda’s favorite Beers, the Nile.
For a sundowner, try Uganda Waragi with Krest Bitter Lemon. Waragi is a term from War Gin, where the British used to give out gin to Ugandan soldiers to give them courage as they went into battle.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 13: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
This morning we take the three-hour drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you can track Rhinos on foot and where you will also see the elusive, ancient-appearing Shoebill Stork. Your accommodation here is Amuka Lodge, where you have a large, tented Banda.
The Lodge has a small swimming pool near the main lodge building, a bar, and a dining area where your meals are served. BBQ, South African style, is the order of the day.
Rhino Trekking on Foot:
Here you track Rhinos on foot in the company of Rangers, who guide and watch over you. This is one of the most exciting and novel activities on your Safari in Uganda. The activity lasts ninety minutes, and you have some great picture-taking opportunities.
Some of the Rhinos will soon be released back into the Wild. Though Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a large, heavily protected wildlife area, breeding them here was to release them into the Wild, where the terrain and vegetation are similar to what it is here.
Lugogo Swamp Boat Outing:
It is time for the adventurous boat outing on the Lugogo Swamp in the late afternoon. Here you are, paddled through the swamp in search of the elusive Shoebill. Though the Shoebill is often referred to as a stork, it is not, and it is more related to Pelicans than storks. The word Shoebill comes from the Arab Ivory and Slave traders who referred to them as a Flying Shoe. Hence Shoebill, who, like the crocodiles, goes back to the age of the dinosaurs.
The Shoebill mates for life. Both parents raise young ones. They feed on Lungfish and stand there until they are ready to strike down on their prey. Be sure to have your camera ready for some great photos.
There are other exciting waterbirds that you will see here and mammals, such as the Sitatunga Antelopes, otters, bushpigs, and others.
Your Swamp adventure will last about three hours before you return to Amuka Lodge for the evening. Read more about the Shoebill here.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 14: Entebbe for your Departure
Your time on Safari ends as we depart for Entebbe this morning after Breakfast. It will take us about four hours to reach Entebbe, Where you will have a dayroom at the 2-Friends Hotel where you can freshen up for your flight.
You must be at the airport three hours before your departure. If you have an early morning flight, we will arrange for an overnight room for you at the same hotel.
We can further Personalize this Safari for you: With your input, we can further personalize this safari for you. Our Safari descriptions are longer than the norm; however, we were hoping you could get a feel of what the Safari will be like. That is the reason that this page has over 5,000 words on it.
What is included in this14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari?
- Experienced Ugandan Driver-Guide: A Safari becomes more enjoyable when you go with a knowledgeable and professional Local Driver-Guide.
- Greet and Meet at Airport upon arrival: We provide meet and greet services, including a welcome gift and Safari Informational Packet.
- Full-Board Lodging: All meals are included except alcoholic drinks, sodas, and snacks that you might order apart from meals. Some luxury Lodges have non-premium alcoholic beverages and sodas.
- Private 4×4 Land Cruiser Safari Vehicle with pop-Up Roof: The vehicle has a car fridge, WiFi, and bottled Water.
- Gorilla -Chimpanzee Trekking: Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking Permits are included in your Safari. Additionally, we provide porter services, a walking stick for support, and bottled water. Read our Practical Gorilla Trekking Advice:
- WiFi Internet Access: Most Lodges only provide a WiFi Internet Connection in the main lodge. We offer you a MiFi Router that gives you and your party access to the internet in your cottage or room, depending on nearby transmission towers. Read Staying in touch with home.
- Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic Speaking Driver-Guides: At an extra cost.
- Your Dietary Needs can be met: Notify us if you are a vegan, vegetarian, or need a gluten-free diet. Halala dietary requirements can be met in most instances. Strictly kosher nutritional requirements cannot be met on safari. a.
- ;Automatic AMREF-Flying Doctors Air-Medivac Insurance coverage: Our clients have covered in the case of a rare need for medical evacuation to a hospital that meets international standards.
Not included: Visas, Travel Insurance, laundry, Tips, drinks at lodges such as Alcoholic drinks and sodas, and optional listed activities.
Book this 14-Day Explore Uganda Luxury Primate – Wildlife Safari.
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