10 Days Uganda Highlights Safari

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All about the 10 Days Uganda Highlights Safari.

Highlights
Destinations: Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Ishasha, Bwindi, Lake Mburo
Activities: Game drives, boat rides, chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking, Bigodi swamp, nature walk,
crater visits.
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
Today you will arrive at Entebbe airport and you will be welcomed by your safari guide. Depending on
your time of arrival, you may have an optional city tour of Entebbe town. Entebbe was the colonialists’
administrative center and has many buildings that date over half a century ago. The name Entebbe
means “the chair” in Luganda, which is the local language of the area. You may also choose to visit
Entebbe botanical gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo).
Accommodation
Budget: Acacia Beach Hotel (http://acaciabeachentebbe.com/)
Medium: Lake Heights Hotel (http://lakeheightshotel.com/LakeHeights/Index.aspx)
High End: Hotel No. 5 (https://www.wildfrontiers.com/hotel-no-5/)
Meal plan: B, -, –

Day 2: Drive to Murchison falls via Zziwa Rhinos sanctuary
This morning you will start your safari by driving to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a four-hour drive from
Entebbe, along the road on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. Zziwa Rhinos is home to the only
remaining rhinos in the country after the animals were extinct in the wilderness. You track the rhinos
and visit the information centre and craft shop. Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary offers peace and tranquillity in
beautiful surroundings. After lunch you will resume your journey to the park made famous by the
thunderous Murchison falls along the Great River Nile. Time allowing you will pass by the top of the falls
before proceeding to your accommodation.
Accommodation
Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge (http://heritagesafarilodge.com/)
Medium end: Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (http://kabalegalodge.com/)
High End: Bakers’ Lodge (http://ugandaexclusivecamps.com/bakers-lodge/)
Meal plan: B, L, D
Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon Boat ride

After an early breakfast, proceed for a game drive. Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rothschild's Giraffe, Uganda
Kob, Hartebeest and Waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor
Reedbuck, Bush Duiker, Warthog and Bush pig. Large carnivores include Lion, Leopard and Spotted
Hyena. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile. En-route, marvel at the
toothsome Hippos, Crocodiles and over this 17 km stretch you may see Elephant, Waterbuck and
Uganda Kob.
This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath Heron, Egyptian Goose, Pelican Bee-eater, Kingfisher,
Hornbill, Cormorant and the rare Shoebill Stork. The boat will stop just tens of metres from the sinister,
frothing and bubbling base of the falls.
Accommodation
Budget: Heritage Safari Lodge (http://heritagesafarilodge.com/)
Medium end: Kabalega Wilderness Lodge (http://kabalegalodge.com/)
High End: Bakers’ Lodge (http://ugandaexclusivecamps.com/bakers-lodge/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 4: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional
homesteads and farms. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Rwenzori Mountains also called
Mountains of the Moon. The region is dominated by vast tea plantations. You may stop at any of them
to interact and take part in tea picking. You will arrive at your accommodation in late afternoon or
evening.
Accommodation:
Budget: Kibale Forest Camp (http://www.naturelodges.biz/kibale-forest-camp/)
Medium end: Kibale Guest Cottages (https://www.kibaleguestcottages.co.ug/)
High end: Papaya Lake Lodge (https://papayalakelodge.com/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and drive to Queen Elizabeth National park
After breakfast you will embark on the search for chimpanzees in Kibale Forest national park. The park is
also home for 10 other primate including L' hoests, Red Colobus, Blues, Red tailed and Gray – cheeked
Mangabey. The guide will provide detailed explanations, not only on primates, but on all the forest
fauna and flora and will ensure that your walk is both informative and enjoyable.
In the afternoon you will proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Ruwenzori
Mountains for much of the journey. Along the way you will pass via the crater region and enjoy a

photography moment. You will have an evening game drive en route which may be rewarded with views
of Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Hyena and a variety of antelope species.
Accommodation
Budget: Buffalo safari Lodge (www.savannahlodges.com)
Medium: Marafiki Lodge (http://www.marafikisafaris.com/accommodation.html)
High End: Mweya Lodge (https://mweyalodge.com/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 6: Morning game drive and afternoon boat ride
Early in the morning you will set out for a game drive. Queen Elizabeth National Park's diverse eco-
system of grassy plains, tropical forest, rivers, swamps, lakes and volcanic craters is home to an
incredible abundance of wildlife. Game drives in this park, with the massive Rwenzori Mountains as a
backdrop provides excellent opportunities to see Lion, leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Cape Buffalo,
Elephants, Defassa Waterbuck, Uganda Kob, Topi and Bush buck. In the afternoon you will enjoy the
unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through
possibly the highest concentration of Hippos and many animals may be seen drinking at the water's
edge. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing.
Accommodation
Budget: Buffalo safari Lodge (www.savannahlodges.com)
Medium: Marafiki Lodge (http://www.marafikisafaris.com/accommodation.html)
High End: Mweya Lodge (https://mweyalodge.com/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 7: Drive to Bwindi via Ishasha Sector Queen Elizabeth
After breakfast you will drive to Ishasha Area of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will have
game drive in search of the famous tree-climbing Lions and the large herds of game. The scenic beauty,
the size of the euphorbias and combination of riverine forest, Savannah plain and equatorial forest
makes this a memorable day, only found in Africa. Afterwards you will drive through the "Switzerland of
Africa" area known as the Kigezi Highlands with its terraced hillside and winding roads to Bwindi. You
will proceed to your accommodation located in the foreground of Bwindi impenetrable national park –
The home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.
Accommodation
Budget: Buhoma rest Camp (http://buhomacommunity.com/buhoma-community-rest-camp-
overview/)

Medium end: Engagi Lodge (https://www.engagilodge.com/)
High End: Mahogany Springs Lodge (http://www.mahoganysprings.com/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Begin your gorilla trek in the early morning, and set off into the tangled and mist-shrouded forests with
guides and trackers who are very experienced at locating the Gorillas by finding the nest the family had
used the previous night. The search for these majestic animals goes through thick untamed rainforest,
where you'll be scrambling over mossy rocks and through deep undergrowth and it can be arduous at
times, but the encounter is worth the effort. Watching Gorillas in their natural habitat is a memory that
will last a lifetime. The experienced ranger guides will willingly share with you a lot of information about
history and lifestyle of the Gorillas. After spending an hour with the Gorillas we head back to the lodge
and relax.
Accommodation
Budget: Buhoma rest Camp (http://buhomacommunity.com/buhoma-community-rest-camp-
overview/)
Medium end: Engagi Lodge (https://www.engagilodge.com/)
High End: Mahogany Springs Lodge (http://www.mahoganysprings.com/)

Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 9: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, evening game drive
After an early breakfast, you will and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Enjoy an evening game drive on
your way into the park. Drive along the Lake and stand chance to see herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and
eland. Birdwatchers will enjoy some of the 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including Papyrus
Gonolek, Brown faced Lapwing, Carruther's Cisticola and White winged Warbler.
Accommodation
Budget: Mpogo safari lodge (http://www.mpogosafarilodge.com/)
Medium end: Rwakobo rock (https://www.rwakoborock.com/)
High End: Mihingo Lodge (https://mihingo-lodge.com/)
Meal plan: B, L, D

Day 10: Morning nature walk, return to Entebbe and departure

Early in the morning you will proceed for a morning nature walk under the escort of an armed ranger.
Enjoy the sights of animals including close encounters with herds of Zebra and antelopes. You will return
to the lodge for breakfast and later depart for Entebbe where you will take your flight back home. There
will also be time to stop at the equator for photographs.
Meal plan: B, L,

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