13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife

Overview of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife

13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife incorporates a balanced safari tour that features charity, adventure, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, culture, wildlife, scenery and recreation. The safari tour commences with Christ Our Vision Child Care Orphanage tour and proceeds to incorporate the Jinja source of the Nile adventure with half day white water rafting, white Rhino tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary, encounter to the top of the world’s powerful water falls, Nile launch cruise with sighs of shoe bill, Nile crocodiles and Hippos, wild game viewing like giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopard, Jackson hartebeest along with other antelopes, the encounter of the Mpalo Royal tombs in Hoima, the tea estate cycling encounter in Mpanga estates or Fort Portal crater lake hike & Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, Rwenzori Art foundation – the bronze casting center in Africa & Ruboni wax & craft center encounter, wildlife viewing including tree climbing lions and Kazinga channel launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the world’s critically endangered mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, recreational encounter on Lake Bunyonyi with its 29 islands surrounded by rolling Kigezi highlands known as the Switzerland of Africa and eventually Igongo cultural museum – the only private museum of the its size in Uganda, 1520 AD eclipse monument and equator crossing encounters en route back to Kampala.

Safari Highlights of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife

Day 1 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Encounter the Christ Our Vision Child Care Orphanage & Karagi village tour.

Day 2 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Encounter the source of the Nile – Jinja with half day white water rafting

Day 3 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 4 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do morning game drive and Nile launch cruise

Day 5 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari: Encounter the top of the falls & to transfer to Hoima & visit the Mpalo Royal tombs

Day 6 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do either Mpanga tea estate cycling or Fort Portal Crater lake hike & the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves tour.

Day 7 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kasese. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa & Ruboni craft and wax center.

Day 8 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do whole day Rwenzori hiking.

Day 9 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park & boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

Day 10 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions)

Day 11 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do gorilla tracking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Have a whole day relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

Day 13 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Kampala. Visit Igongo Cultural Museum, 1520 AD Eclipse Monument & Equator crossing at Kayabwe en route.

Detailed itinerary of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife

Day 1 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Encounter the Christ Our Vision Child Care Orphanage & Karagi village tour.

Extending the helping hand to the needy is one of the inherent attributes that we share as Prime Safaris. The orphans that lost their parents to HIV/AIDS scourge along with others thrive at Christ Our Vision Child Care Orphanage where they are supported to have good education and other necessities. The need to maintain the orphanage gave birth to Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours as a source of funding for the orphanage. Thus, paying a visit to this orphanage is one of the ethical safari activities that you can ever have in your journey times. You will play with kids and enjoy their performances. The traditional Kiganda buffet lunch will be served at the site. In the afternoon, you will take a walk in the Karagi village where the orphanage is located to learn about the way of life of the local people and their traditions before transferring back to Kampala city for dinner and overnight. The orphanage is about 40 minutes – 1 hour drive from Kampala city.

Accommodation: Sheraton Kampala Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Buziga Country Resort (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Encounter the source of the Nile – Jinja with half day white water rafting

20 Days Uganda Safari

You will wake up early for breakfast at your place of stay after which you will be transferred by your guide to Jinja 80km about 1-2 hours’ drive from Kampala. You will enjoy the soothing fresh air from Mabira forest en route which is one of the major rain forests in Uganda. Upon reaching Jinja – the adventure town of Uganda, you will enroll yourself for the half day white water rafting experience that will see you contain the strength of waters of the Nile as they splash through the rapids. You will visit the Reptile farm in Jinja to have encounter of various reptile species. The relaxing boat cruise to the source of the Nile will take you to the point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of the world’s longest river stood. You will see the Nile starting its 90 days journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Retreat to Kampala for overnight.

Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/standard) or the lodge (Budget/basic).

Day 3 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

3 Days Wildlife Safari Tour Murchison

Transfer after breakfast to Murchison Falls National Park in the north west of Uganda 311km about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will pass through the flat savannah landscapes of Nakasongora before branching off a little at Nakitoma 115km from Kampala for 7 km drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track white rhinos that only thrive at this place in the whole of Uganda. You will have lunch at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and depart in the afternoon for Murchison Falls National Park for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Murchison River lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 4 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do morning game drive and Nile launch cruise

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Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to Paraa ferry crossing at 7:00am (if you slept in the south) to the northern sector of the Park where game drives are carried out. The possible sights of various wildlife including; elephants, buffalo, Jackson hartebeest, Kobs, lion, leopard, giraffe among other wildlife will leave you with a taste of African savannah wilderness. The activity takes 3 – 4 hours after which you will return to the Paraa ferry crossing at 11:00am to go back to your lodge for relaxation and memory sharing. After your stimulating lunch, gather at the Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on this waters for years and will be glad to share with every piece of information that you would wish to gather on this trip including any bird species and wildlife both aquatic and land that might present its self. The shoebill stork can be luckily seen on this boat while the great sights of Nile crocodiles – the second largest reptile in the world and the Hippos would make up your trip up to the base of the falls. The boat takes 3 hours after which you will have marked the end of your day’s adventures.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Murchison River lodge (Midrange/standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Encounter the top of the falls & to transfer to Hoima & visit the Mpalo Royal tombs

After breakfast, embark on the exploration of the top of Murchison Falls which is the powerful waterfalls in the world to marvel at the Nile River which is the longest River in the world squeezing itself to pass through an 8m ravine before falling 43m to what has been termed as the Devils Cauldron forming a thunderous roar with a plume of spray marked by trade mark rainbow. Sir Samuel Baker was the first European to marvel at this feature on 14th March 1864 on his Nile expedition from the north and named after the then president of the Royal Geographical society – Sir Roderick Murchison. Continue on the drive to Hoima where you will visit the Mpalo Royal Tombs to encounter historical Kings of Bunyoro like King (Omukama) Kabalega who is famously known for resisting against the British rule in Bunyoro. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Kontik Hotel / Kolping Hotel

Day 6 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Kibale National Park & do either Mpanga tea estate cycling or Fort Portal Crater lake hike & the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves tour.

Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves

After an early breakfast, embark on the drive to Fort Portal area. After an approximate 5 hour drive on a rough murram road always preferred and named by the European travellers as African massage, you will arrive at Mpanga tea estates. You have the option of doing a cycling tour through the tea plantations, have an opportunity to participate in tea plucking with the estate workers and then pay a visit to the tea factory to get acquainted with the process of tea growing and processing. This is ideal for active travellers that prefer cycling/ mountain biking. You will proceed for lunch in Fort Portal town. As an alternative to the Mpanga tea estate cycling, you can opt for the Fort Portal crater lake hike and Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves tour. Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves – the breast like features dates back in the pre historic era with great attachment to the Chwezi heritage. The breasts (Amabere) are believed by the locals to belong to Nnyinamwiru the daughter of Bukuku who was a self-imposed King of the Bachwezi. The maiden daughter cut her breasts in protest of being refused to breast feed her only son Ndahura who later became a prominent King of the Chwezi Empire. The encounter also involves the hiking the Fort Portal Crater field. The famous Kyeganywa hill rises in a conical shape and its summit presents great sight-seeing moments of the range crater hollows and crater lakes including Saaka, Bikere among others not forgetting the distant views of Mount Rwenzori on a clear day. Transfer to Kibale area for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic)

Day 7 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Chimpanzee trekking & transfer to Kasese. Visit Rwenzori Art foundation & Ruboni craft and wax center.

17 Days of Gorillas & Rwenzori Hiking

After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu tourism center for briefing at 08:00am from the park rangers about the Chimp trekking conduct. Set off to this forest of Kibale after the short briefing in quest of Chimpanzees. The 2 – 5 hour trek will expose you amazing tree species and wildlife including other 12 species of primates like Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Red tailed monkeys and olive baboons. The sights of Birds cannot be avoided while their songs will offer you natural entertainment through the jungle. You will marvel at the Chimpanzees as the roll themselves on tree branches, munch fruits and make their pant – hooting calls. After utilizing your one hour, you will have a picnic lunch and return to the starting point for short relaxation and then embark on the transfer to Kasese 110km about 3 hours’ drive excluding en route stops. You will make a stop visit at the Rwenzori Art Foundation – the only bronze casting center in Africa to have a look at the process of various sculpture making and the final products. A fine cup of coffee can be arranged at the site before proceeding to visit the Ruboni craft & wax center to have a look at how the local people extract different products like candles from bees wax and also encounter the craft making process. It is an experiential and if interested you can have some time and participate in making if various crafts like baskets among others. Proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Midrange) or Ruboni Community Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 8 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do whole day Rwenzori hiking.

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Transfer early after breakfast to Mount Rwenzori (Nyakalengija) for the whole day Rwenzori hiking encounter. The hiking encounter exposes you to raised landscapes of Mount Rwenzori offering impressive scenic views of the ridges and glaciers and the rift valley flats below. It is a perfect one day active adventure exploring the legendary mountains of the moon as described the famous Greek geographer Ptolemy in 150AD towering to 5,109m above sea level making it the tallest mountain range in Africa and the third highest in Africa. Return from the activity at 5:30 pm and transfer to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Ihamba Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Midrange) or Ruboni Community Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 9 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park & boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

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Wake up very for a cup of coffee before setting of for the game drive activity in the savannah game park of Queen Elizabeth. The early departure at 06:00 gives you an opportunity to see night hunters like hyenas getting back to their hiding places and early risers setting off to look for what to eat. The drive through the Kasenyi and channel tracks gives a probable opportunity to see a range of game including; Lions, buffalo, elephants, elusive leopard (if too lucky), defassa water bucks, Uganda kobs, Oribis, side stripped jackal among other wildlife. Return to the lodge after this 3 -4 hour game drive and relax till lunch time. After lunch, you will gather at Mweya for a recreational afternoon launch cruise leaving at 03:00pm taking 2 hours exploring the magical offerings of Kazinga Channel including the sights of water birds and wild game drinking on the channel side, the Nile crocodile and the Hippos. The 45m channel that stretches from Lake George to Lake Edward has tranquil waters that always give pleasure and psychological satisfaction to any traveller on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).

Day 10 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & do Ishasha game drive en route (tree climbing lions)

18 Days Uganda Safari

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi south (Rushaga) 309km from Mweya. You will pass through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and do simple game drives in search of the unique tree climbing lions that tend to rest on fig tree branches during day time – something that you can only find in Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector – Uganda and Lake Manyara National Park in southern Tanzania. Proceed with the journey, have lunch en route and arrive in Rushaga late in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Valley Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Wagtail Eco- Safari Camp (Budget/Basic)

Day 11 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Do gorilla tracking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

5 Days Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Tracking safari in Uganda, Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth Parks

It is this long waited date when you will come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas that only exist in Bwindi and Virunga Volcanoes. You will wake up early for a heavy breakfast before gathering at the Park headquarters Buhoma for briefing at 08:00 about the conduct of gorilla trekking. You will head to the forest after briefing in search of these apes and though the trek is a bit challenging, it is one of those activities that you will never forget to have done in Uganda. The 2 – 8 hours activity involves hiking up the hills, descending down the valleys, walking through swamps and maneuvering the way through thickets which have formed the background of this Impenetrable forest before coming in direct contact with gorillas. The one full hour is at your disposal to maximize your experience with gorillas as you them forage, play, socialize and also gaze at you in a sign of welcoming and saying good bye. The opportunity to take as many photos as you can is availed to you while asking questions to your guide about these apes is up to your discretion. The experience is rewarding and worth undertaking. Your picnic lunch will take you through the activity after which you will descend to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest@Lake Bunyonyi (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 12 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Have a whole day relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

After a relaxed breakfast embark on the canoe paddle or a boat ride across the Lake exploring its rich islands that count to 29 in number with impressive scenery complimented by the surround hills of Kigezi and the water stretch of Lake Bunyonyi which is the second deepest in Africa. The 5 – 6 hour activity involves a community tour to the island people exploring their traditions and their way of life. Retire from the activity for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest@Lake Bunyonyi (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).

Day 13 of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife: Transfer to Kampala. Visit Igongo Cultural Museum, 1520 AD Eclipse Monument & Equator crossing at Kayabwe en route.

After your breakfast, embark on the journey back to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. The drive will expose you to country side sceneries and economic activities that have sustained the lives of the local communities for centuries past among which include extensive Banana plantation and cattle keeping. You will make a stop for lunch at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara. You take a 30 – 40 minutes’ tour of the Igongo cultural museum that features a range collections, sculptures and writings about the heritage of tribes of south western Uganda. You will also visit the 1520 AD eclipse monument to take back the time of the total solar eclipse that occurred at Biharwe and its traditional significance to the people of the time. After this encounter, you will continue on the drive to Kampala. Another stop will be made at the Equator crossing Kayabwe 77km to Kampala for photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the northern and southern hemispheres if time permits. You will arrive in Kampala late in the evening.

End of the 13 Days Uganda Safari Uganda Tour Gorillas Wildlife

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations in Uganda

Silverback Lodge – Bwindi: This lodge facility is approximately five minutes’ walk to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Positioned on a hill top overseeing Bwindi forest, it is the biggest in the area of Buhoma with 12 rooms.

Mweya Safari Lodge – Queen Elizabeth National park: This lodge is an up market setting situated in the peninsular of Mweya at the heart of the park. Enclosed by the mystical Ruwenzori Mountains, it provides a five star accommodation facilities and services.

Primate Lodge – Kibale: This is located inside the park, very close to Kanyanchu tourism center thus provide a perfect base for every activity including Chimp trekking. It has finest accommodation ranging from Luxury tents, to forest cottages to Sky trees and Camping.

Paraa safari lodge – Murchison falls: Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the 54 rooms at Paraa Safari Lodge are complete with balcony and en-suite private. The luxurious pool overlooks the winding River Nile below, which was the setting for the classic Hollywood movie “The African Queen” (starring Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart).

Mihingo lodge – Lake Mburo: Mihingo Lodge is a peaceful and exclusive retreat adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. It has ten rooms set up on wooden platforms with stilts, covered by a thatched roof. Suspended under the thatched roof is a spacious and comfortable tent equipped with en-suite bathrooms with stunning views, including hot and cold running water, showers, and flush loos. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations in Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge: This accommodation facility extends value for money and the magnificent sights of the Volcanoes national park. It is positioned on the lower gradients of Sabyinyo Mountain. Gorilla view lodge contains 30 private stone cottages with modern furnishing and décor. With a fire place and en suite facilities, the lodge is worth of stay while at Gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda.

La Palme Hotel: With 48 fully furnished rooms with 4 big elegantly designed suites, La Palme Hotel counts among the cozy and ultimate safari accommodations within the environs of Volcanoes national park. Rooms have Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, 24 hour room service, telephone and double beds.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge: The lodge is found on the edge of Nyungwe forest and it has 24 luxury rooms the 2 being suites providing tourists with comfortable sleeps while on their safaris in Rwanda. The lodge has a swimming pool, lounge, bar, fire place, en suite facilities, restaurant, laundry services, internet access, Air conditioner and so many other services provided to Rwanda safari tourists.

Muhabura Guest House: Muhabura hotel is a budget accommodation found opposite musanze headquarters near the bank of Kigali. This exposes you to a comfortable life while you stay away your home. There are 30 rooms with single, double and Twin. The rooms are self-contained, with warm and cold showers, satellite TV, laundry services, balcony, garden and so many others.

La Palme Hotel: This is among the best deluxe hotel in Rwanda where tourists always feel comfortable to stay while o their Rwanda safaris. This hotel has 48 well designed rooms with 4 large suites. The rooms have screens, good services, internet access, Double bed, telephone and are self-contained.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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