14 days: The "Pearl of Africa" - Uganda Classic Safari
The highlights of the 14 day safari to explore western Uganda include: gorilla trekking at Bwindi National Park, game drives, chimpanzee trekking and community experiences.
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda - the Pearl of Africa
Bamboo Ecotours staff will pick you upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport and proceed to the guest house for overnight.
Day 2: Kampala-Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Murchison Falls National Park
In the morning we will transfer from Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Rhino’s got extinct in Uganda in the early 1980s and Ziwa site is being used as breeding site for the black and white Rhino. After we will proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Dinner and Overnight at Fort Murchison or Red Chilli Rest Camp.
Day 3: Game drive and boat trip at Murchison Falls National Park
In the morning you will go for a game drive in the park to spot elephants, lions, giraffe and other wildlife. In the afternoon, you will take a relaxing boat trip on the River Nile and here you will have a chance to see crocodiles, hippos and a range of rare birds. You will also see for yourself the point where River Nile joins Lake Albert, which is one of the “major highlights” of this trip.
Day 4: Visit the top of the Murchison Falls and transfer to Kibale National Park
On this day, we transfer from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibale National Park in mid-western Uganda. Pass through the top of the falls at Murchison.
Day 5: Kibale National Park chimpanzee trekking. Spend the morning trekking the chimpanzee at Kibale. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park game drive and Kazinga Channel boat trip
You will start the day with early morning breakfast at the lodge. Afterwards we proceed to the famed Kasenyi plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot various species of wild animals. Kasenyi plains dwell in the vast savannahs of the Albertine rift in Queen Elizabeth National Park. It will be a morning full of adventure! Expect to encounter lions, herds of buffalos, elephants, Uganda kobs, topi, and bushbucks. While it is not guaranteed to spot the "Big Five" in the park, on a luck day you may site leopards to make it the "Big Four". We will return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch, join the Kazinga channel boat cruise for an afternoon of wild game viewing. You will spot crocodiles, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide range of bird species on the channel waters.
Day 7: shasha tree climbing lions and transfer to Bwindi National Park
We will drive through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park popularly known for the tree climbing lions. Unlike their counterparts at the Kasenyi plains, the lions at Ishasha have found way to climb the fig trees in a way to enjoy the warm temperatures available in the park. While the sighting of the tree climbing lions is not 100% guaranteed, Ishasha is worth a visit.
Day 8: Gorilla tracking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You will head to the Bwindi National Park gate immediately after breakfast to get a briefing about the gorilla trek. The briefing will be conducted by the national park guide and will cover the basics on what to expect during the trek. It is at this point that you will be told which gorilla family to trek. It is likely that you will be joined by other visitors. The gorilla trek can take from few to many hours depending on how far the gorillas are inside the forest.
Day 9: The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. You will embark on the Batwa* Trail cultural experience in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The Batwa cultural experience gives a chance to the Batwa guides to showcase their ancient lifestyle through various demonstrations such as ways to harvest herbs for medicine and wild honey; their old ways of fetching water using bamboo made "mugs" and construction demo of grass thatched huts they used to live in. The tour ends with a cultural show by the Batwa community at the entrance of the Garama cave, a ceremonial ground for Batwa cultural leaders. The cave was such a symbolic place in the Batwa culture and you will be proud to be part of this experience.
Day 10: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Considered one of the deepest lakes in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is a fresh water body located about 400kms south of Kampala and about 4hrs drive from Kigali, Rwanda. The lake is located in the present day Kabale district and is surrounded by farming communities. Lake Bunyonyi lies in the valleys of the Kigezi highlands with a number of terraced hills adding to the scenic beauty of this popular lake.
Day 12: Transfer from Lake Bunyonyi to Lake Mburo National Park
We will transfer from Lake Bunyonyi in the early afternoon to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 13: Game drives at Lake Mburo National Park
Spend the day exploring Lake Mburo National Park through game drives, boat trip and nature walks.
Day 14: Transfer from Lake Mburo to Kampala/Entebbe