10 Day – Experience the Wild of Uganda Safari

Posted by on December 10, 2018

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Moderately Priced 10-Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari – Experiencing the Wild of Uganda Safari


 On this Moderately Priced 10 day Experience the Wild of Uganda Safari your journey will take you to the top Wildlife Parks in Uganda – Murchison Falls Park, Queen Elizabeth Park – add to that Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Mburo Park Wildlife Park.  In 10 days visit  5 of Uganda’s best parks.

This experiential 10-day Safari has become one of the top choices of our Clients since it gives them the best exposure to half of Uganda’s Wildlife and Primate parks, comes with the most popular activities that clients want to do and see and we customize to fit your budget and time restraints.

The Safari price includes all Permits, Activities, full board Lodging.  


Day 1 – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Murchison Falls Park:

Your 10-day experience the Wild of Uganda Safari begins as we leave Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am head north on our Safari toward Murchison Falls National Park.

We arrive at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where we track Rhinos on foot with a guide getting close to the Rhinos for  some great photo – opportunities. On your trek, you will get as close as 10 meters of the massive Rhino.  You are guided by rangers during 1 1/2 hour Rhino Trek.

The journey continues to Murchison Falls Park where we reach the River Nile and cross it by Ferry. Before checking in we take the first game drive on our 10-day Wildlife Safari where you see Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Giraffes, Warthogs, and Savanna Birds.

Check into Pakuba Lodge- which is on the Wildlife side of the River Nile.

Dinner

Lodging: Pakuba Lodge-near Game Tracks

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

 

 Pakuba Lodge:

Pakuba is an excellent mid-range lodge.  One of the most important features is the location.  It is inside of the park, near the Game Drive tracks on the wildlife side of the park.

There is a swimming pool for guests to enjoy.  Rooms are spacious with views of the River Nile, plus the wildlife that comes into the lodge area.  The key however besides food, service, rooms is the location.  When going on a game drive, there is no crossing over by ferry, no having to wait for 7 am.  You can start the game drive at the crack of dawn.

Air Conditioning is available at an extra 30 USD per night.  Murchison Falls Park is 5 degrees warmer than Kampala.

The lodge is reasonably priced for what you receive which is more than at most moderate lodges in the county. Our past clients have more than enjoyed their stay here.


Day 2 – Murchison Falls Park:

An early breakfast and then off for your second game drive – besides your driver-guide a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger is with us guiding you to where the animals on that day.

There is nothing like seeing some lion cubs with their mother, Giraffes grazing, and Elephants moving across the savanna.

There is an abundance of wildlife found here such as Lions, Leopards, warthogs, hyenas, buffalo herds, antelopes of various kind – you will be amazed by your experience and of course, there are lots of various savanna birds to see along the game drive.

After lunch, it is one of the highlights of your Murchison Falls National Park Safari, the boat launch trip on the Nile. You will move up toward Murchison Falls viewing crocodiles, a vast number of hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, lots of birds including the fish eagle, storks and so much more.

The boat mov es gently up the river, it is best to take some water along since it can get warm.

The Falls are an awesome display of the power of nature. The river is 50 meters wide above the falls, moves down through a 7-meter gorge and falls down 43 meters, the sound is deafening and the sight makes one realize how powerful nature can be. Murchison Falls is the most powerful waterfall in the world.

At the bottom of the waterfall we disembark and take a guided hike to the top of the falls – quite an experience as the ground shakes from the power of the waterfall and the mist from the falls refreshes you.

At the top of the falls you are met by your driver-guide and we cross the Nile by ferry – taking a sunset game drive with lots more wildlife to discover before returning to Pakuba Lodge for dinner and a quiet evening on our second night in the African Wilderness with its unique sounds.

Lodging: Pakuba Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 3 – Kibale Forest:

Early Breakfast and we leave for Kibale Forest crossing the River Nile with the first ferry at 7 am.

This is an eight-hour-plus drive and we break the journey by having lunch at the Kon-Tiki Hotel in the town of Hoima along the road to Kibale Forest.

Lodging:  Isunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 

 


 Isunga Lodge:

A newer moderately priced lodge that gives its guests value plus for their money.  We have used this lodge with great success on our safaris and our Clients have responded more than positively.

There are 4 cottages with an en-suite bath in a very private setting.  The food is prepared in a thoughtful manner and the service is excellent.

We have never received a complaint about this lodge regarding the quality of rooms, service, meals served,  With our clients, Isunga Lodge has a perfect record.

There are much higher cost moderately priced lodges in Uganda that do not match what you receive at Isunga Lodge.

The Lodge is owner-managed which often makes a difference in the overall quality of a lodge.


Day 4 – Chimpanzee Tracking:

 Breakfast at Kibale Forest Camp and off to Kibale Forest Headquarters for Chimpanzee Tracking. This is a guided trek and with 13 primates in the park, one usually finds at least 5 or six different types of primates.

Then there is the forest itself with its beauty and ruggedness. Butterflies and exotic birds abound in this park and the tracking experience takes in a lot more than Chimpanzee tracking, there is the beautiful and inspiring natural setting that is a haven for wildlife, birds, plants, and trees.

The chimpanzees you will encounter are habituated meaning that they are used to human beings.

The Chimpanzee Trek is about 3 1/2 hours in length – minimum age is 15 – there is an alternate activity with Rangers for your children.

Option:  Instead of Chimpanzee trekking where you are with a group of Chimpanzees for one hour, you can be on an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

Lunch

Afternoon Hike in Bigodi Swamp Wetlands which is next to Kibale Forest and you just might see chimpanzees again and of course, lots of birds are found there – most notable is the “Large Blue Turaco.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a community project that has been put together quite well and entrance and guide fees benefit the local community.

Bigodi Swamp – the vegetation alone is worth a visit here – simply an amazing place that is filled with life.  There are no hippos or crocodiles, though it is a jungle.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is an extension of the vast Central African Jungle as it spills over into East Africa.

 

There is no comparable place in all of East Africa as Bigodi Jungle Swamp.  It is also a UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Site.

Dinner

Lodging:  Isunga Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


.Day 5 Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast and we are taking a two-hour-plus drive to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Before we check in at the Lodge we take the most scenic Katwe Explosion Crater drive. 27 kilometers of scenic wonders.

It is the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park with splendid views of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the Western Rift Escarpment with the vast Savannah below, Lake George and Lake Edwards connected by the natural Kazinga Channel – there are about 12 explosion craters, made famous recently by a picture in National Geographic.

Check into Enganzi Game Lodge

Afternoon game drive across the candelabra euphoria tree studded savannah, the vehicle has a pop-up roof so that you can stand and take better pictures. Where you will see lions, leopards, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, elephant herds, buffaloes, various species of antelopes, savannah birds, hyenas, monitor lizards, an occasional rock python and lots more.

Lodging: Enganzi Game Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 


 Enganzi Game Lodge-$$$:

Enganzi Game Lodge – with that affordable extra added touch Enganzi Game Lodge offers quality and yet is affordable in price.

Enganzi Game Lodge is the perfect base while exploring the scenic northern area of  Queen Elizabeth Park with its wildlife, explosion craters, the vast Kyambura Gorge, the endless Maramagambo Forest and more.

The tented cottages come with a full bath and have extensive views down the Albertine Escarpment to Queen Elizabeth Park.

The rooms are very large another bed can easily be added here, including beds for families with children.

Enganzi Game Lodge is also a family friendly lodge open to children of all ages.

The view here is what makes the lodge even more specials.   We have used this lodge for over 3 years and our clients have been quite satisfied.


Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast before or after the game drive – you can begin your first game drive at the crack of dawn which is about 6:30 am here – that is also the time you can pick up a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to go with us. Mornings are also a time where you see more of the predators return from their night of prowling and there is nothing like a Savannah Sunrise.

 

Lion Tracking Research – is an option where you go with researchers in search of the collared lions.  This is in cooperation with the Uganda Carnivore  Project and Uganda Wildlife Association. This is also a time of learning about the habits and ways of the lions.

 

There is also the Banded Mongoose Research Project – this project takes place on the Mweya Peninsula and is on foot with Rangers and Researchers observing the habits and ways of the banded mongoose..

3 pm: A Boat Safari ride on Kazinga Channel with one of the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. A highlight to any Queen Elizabeth Park Visit.

This is a pleasant boat ride where you can get some great pictures of elephants, antelopes, crocodiles, monitor lizards, predators in late afternoon and buffaloes on the shore.

Hopefully, you will get an open-mouthed hippo shot with your camera.

Lodging: Enganzi Game Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 7 – Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: 

Breakfast and we are off for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Buhoma area. We drive 2 1/2 hours south and turn off at the Ishasha region of the Park – the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth Park – here we go on a game drive to see the tree climbing lions of Ishasha – the best place in Africa to see tree-climbing lions.

Ishasha is not only the place for tree-climbing lions but other wildlife for you to see such as large herds of elephants, topi antelopes, buffalo herds, leopards – normally singular and much more in this region of Queen Elizabeth Park.

After visiting the Tree-Climbing Lions we have lunch at Savannah Resort and then after lunch, we continue to the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where we check into the Haven Lodge, which is a better mid-range lodge with all the comforts you will need before and after the Gorilla Trek.

 

Lodging:  Haven Lodge – Buhoma

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 


 Haven Lodge-upper-Midrange:

The Haven Lodge which is a community project along with Buhoma Community Rest Camp is the newest lodge in the Buhoma area.  It consists of three cottages, one of them being a family cottage that sleeps four.

This is a lower priced upmarket – mid-range lodge in Buhoma that was built with the assistance of the US Government which often helps Tourism in various ways in Uganda.

All cottages come with bath, the trained staff knows about customer service and the food is a harmonious blend of Western – Asian and African dishes that will delight you.

All cottages and the main lodge have an excellent view of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The lodge represents one of the Best Value in the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Forest.


Day 8 – Gorilla Tracking:

 Early breakfast – pick up a packed lunch from Buhoma Community Rest Camp, you will need a Daypack, 2 liters of water, jeans, long-sleeved shirt, hat, sunglasses, tough gardening gloves made of cotton to help you in pulling yourself up on branches and vines, a hat also comes in handy.

A light Rain jacket and hiking boots are best for your Gorilla Trek adventure. You can buy a walking stick and use a porter to carry your things if you so wish (optional) – the latter two are optional and not included in safari price. 20 USD

The Gorilla Trek can be 5 plus hours depending on which group you are tracking – gorillas move daily and before you even go on the trek – pre-trackers are out there locating the gorilla family that you have been assigned to that morning at the Gorilla Trekking Briefing and Orientation.

Dinner

Lodging: Haven Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner


Day 9 – Lake Mburo National Park:

 The Gorilla tracking (trekking) Safari ends and we shift to Lake Mburo: It is early breakfast and off to Lake Mburo National Park.

The perfect place to break a long journey at one of the most delightful places in Uganda. It is about 5 hours drive time to reach here, it is best we leave at 7 am for Lake Mburo.

We arrive at lunchtime at Lake Mburo and check into Rwakobo Rock Lodge high on a ridge overlooking Lake Mburo Park -delightful cottages, a swimming pool.

Lunch

Afternoon Boat Ride on Lake Mburo where you will see hippos, crocodiles, otters, water birds, mammals coming to water.

The Boat Safari is in smaller motor Boat and you will have your 1 1/2 hours on this serene lake.

Lodging: Rwakobo Rock Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 Rwakobo Rock Lodge:

Rwakobo Rock Lodge if the best mid-range lodge option in Lake Mburo National Park.

Delightful cottage on natural rock outcroppings, a swimming pool to refresh in with a splendid view of the park and more.

The lodge not only offers great food, service, and rooms but also some great activities such as mountain Biking through and outside of the park, hiking and nature walk.

There are other moderately priced lodges in the park, but Rwaboko Rock Lodge represents the best of them.

Rwakobo Rock is a great lodge for your first or last night on Safari in Uganda.  Located close enough to Entebbe International Airport and being the half-way going to Bwindi Impenetrable Forst, clients of ours find it the perfect place to rest, relax after or before Gorilla Trekking.  Besides the lodge is highly rated.


Day 10 – End of the Safari:

Breakfast and a morning game drive across the rolling hill Savannah where you can see the large Eland and other antelopes, Giraffes, Burchell Zebras, occasional leopards.

After game drive, we prepare for departure to Kampala – Entebbe.

Lunch

We stop at the Equator for picture-taking.

In Mpambire we stop at the Royal Drum Makers where they have kept the tradition of drum making alive for hundreds of years.

Reach Kampala or Entebbe during the late afternoon for departure as our 10 days encounter in the Wild of Uganda Safari Tour comes to end.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch


Included in this 10 day experience the Wild of Uganda Safari: Lodging and Food, 4 Wheel Drive Safari Vehicle, Fuel, English Speaking Driver, Bottled Drinking Water on all Drives, Park Entrance fees, and cultural site entrance fees, Permits as applicable and at lowest price, Guide for Tracking and Game Drives.

Not included in Safari price: Air Travel to and from Uganda, Uganda Visa Costs, Laundry, Tips, Drinks, except those included in lodging meal price.


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