14 Day Uganda Highlight Tour

hippo-lake-mburoThis is a fun filled tour around Uganda crossing the equator to Lake Mburo National park and Bwindi Impenetrable National park in the south west part of Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and a tour around the city.

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
You will arrive in Uganda at the country’s national airport Entebbe International airport. You will be picked by our team as soon as you arrive and you will be taken to your residence to rest after the overwhelming long journey.

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo and stop-over at the Equator
To reach Lake Mburo, you will have to cross the equator and this journey will take an approximate of 4-5 hours. This is going to give you an opportunity to stop at the equator and while here you may want to do a water experiment which will give the difference between the northern and southern hemisphere. You can also visit the shops there to buy yourself interesting things like crafts.
Lake Mburo national park is located in the south western part of the country about 240km from Kampala. The park has a variety of animals like buffaloes, impala, zebras, and about 300 species of birds. Sitting on 260sqkm, this park is the smallest of all savannah national parks in Uganda. You will spend the night at Eagle’s nest which is a budget tented camp in Mbarara.

Day 3: Transfer to Bwindi
We shall be driving to Bwindi today after breakfast. Bwindi impenetrable National park is a park mostly known for having the endangered mountain gorillas as well as the huge dense rain forest the reason it was reffered to a impenetrable. The drive to Bwindi is very scenic as you drive through a never ending green lush of vegetation often intercepted by farmlands owned by the locals who live here.

The rich ecosystem harbours 120 species of mammals, 220 butterfly species, 348 bird species, 27 species of frogs, geckos and chameleons as well as a dense cover of flora including 104 species of ferns, 163 species of trees and over 1000 different species of flowering plants. This is one of the largest forests in East Africa. You will then relax and rest at Travellers Rest hotel that is located right next to the park.

Day 4: Gorilla experience
You will enjoy gorilla tracking on day 4 in Bwindi impenetrable forest. These endangered species are very unique but at the same have a very close likness to human kind. Tracking gorillas can last the whole day depending on the location of the gorilla family that has been assigned to you. Once you get these animals you will be in their presence for a maximum of an hour and while there you see the way they feed, play, carry their young ones and so much more. It is such a humbling experience to see this for yourself. Aside mountain gorillas, the forest has buffaloes, black fronted duikers, elephants as well as bush bucks so you might catch sight of these along the way. You find accommodation at budget hotel that is located just outside Bwindi National park.

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxing
Lake Bunyonyi is found in the south western part of Uganda between Kabale and Kisoro at the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Bunyonyi is loosely translated as ‘many little birds’ and here you will have lunch and relax. Swimming in the lake is at owners risk. You will sleep at Bunyonyi overl land resort.

Day 6: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National park
Queen Elizabeth national park is a 1978km sized park in Kasese which gives off gorgeous sights of the Great Rift Valley floor that is occupied by lakes George and Edward. It is famous for its high bio-diversity and its ratings rank very high in the whole world. It mothers over 95 mammals and over 612 bird species. The drive to this glorious park is a very scenic one and you will have a great time driving there.

Day 7: Safari/Game drive and boat trip afternoon
A thrilling game drive through Queen Elizabeth national park is the activity of today. After breakfast in the company of your guide, you will drive to the park where you will see a collection of amazing wildlife including, lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and tropical colourful birds. The water loving animals will later be seen in the afternoon after lunch and these include hippos, crocodiles, elephants by the water bathing, buffalos, water birds to mention but a few. Accommodation is available at the Bush lodge which is a budget tented camp for the perfect relaxation after an exhausting day in the wild.
Day 8: Game drive and transfer to Kibale Forest National park.

This is the second game drive of your trip and right after an early morning breakfast, you will head out to the wild with your guide to see more of what you saw the first game drive; a plethora of wildlife that make up Queen Elizabeth National park. These include elephants, lions, buffalos, antelopes of all kinds, leopards and many colourful birds. You will then have lunch before hitting the road to drive to Kibale National park which may take about 4 hours.

Day 9: Chimpanzee walk
Kibale national park is well known to have one of the most lovely and varied tracts of tropical forests in the country. It is here you will interface with your ‘cousins’. The park sits on an elevated plateau with its northern and central parts dominated by swamps and grasslands. Over 13 species of primates including chimpanzees themselves, about 70 mammal species and over 375 bird species call this home. Queen Elizabeth at its south creates a corridor of wildlife that stretches 180km long between Ishasha in the south and Sebitol in the north. The park is very close to the calm and peaceful Ndali-Kasenda crater area and this is arguably the most appealing destinations to explore in Uganda. Will here you canalso visit Queen Elizabeth, Semiliki National park, Rwenzori mountains and Toro-Semiliki wildlife reserve which is close by. Descent accommodation is available at Kibale Forest camp which is just outside the park.

Day 10: Drive to Murchison Falls park
The journey to Murchison Falls Park is a long one therefore you will need to leave early in the morning after breakfast. You will pass through various villages where you will face to face with the rural life in UGANDA. There is a very big contrast with what you saw in the country’s capital. You may even interact with the locals if you like, they will stop. At the park you will see a great diversity of animals including elephants, waterbucks, giraffes, lions, the Ugandan Kob to mention but a few.

Day 11: Safari & boat trip and hike to the waterfall
A nerve wrecking but exciting game drive will begin early in the morning after breakfast which will entail an eye to eye with the great animals of Africa which include buffalos, lions, giraffes, elephants, leopards as well as a great number of tropical beautiful birds. You will then take 2-3 hour boat ride on the Victoria Nile at the bottom of Murchison falls and it is here that you will see water loving animals like hippos, water birds, crocodiles to mention but a few. Back at the Bush lodge you will have something to eat and rest enough and relax.

Day 12: Visit Top of the Falls and drive to Masindi
Today will be very exciting as you will go for a brief game drive to get sight of anything you could have missed or better yet to see again something you enjoyed yesterday. From here you will get to see the thrilling falls and there after cross on the ferry and that night drive to Masindi. You will see the incredible work that the prison mates especially their crafts and also buy some fresh food and fruits from the local markets. Later you will spend the night at Kabalega resort which is a mid-range.

Day 13: Visit the Rhinos and drive to Kampala
Having heard a warm breakfast you will take a trip to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary located in Nakasongola where you will enjoy a game walk in the wild with a very experienced ranger guide. Rhinos were in great numbers here in Uganda back in 1960s but unfortunately they got endangered during Amin’s era. In 1998 Rhino Fund Uganda was founded as a way of revamping the numbers of both the black and white in Uganda. Here they educate the local people and visitors about rhinos and breeding as well. The sanctuary now has 13 Rhinos including one called Obama because its mother was from Kenya and the dad from USA just like the American president. Later you will drive from Nakasongola back to Kampala where you will spend the night at Holiday express hotel.

Day 14: City tour and drive to airport
You will get the opportunity to visit several craft markets and even buy some craft materials, the taxi park which is jammed with hundreds of commuter taxis, Kampala’s biggest mosque; Gadaffi mosque which is named after the late Muamar Gadaffi who was the former President of Libya. You will have lunch at one of the many respectable restaurants in Kampala and there after drive to Entebbe International airport to catch you flight.