Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Day 2: To Murchison Falls NP – Game drive

Day 3: Game drive and boat safari in Murchison National Park

Day 4: Travel to Kibale forest

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi Swamp hike

Day 6: Travel to Queen Elizabeth N.P.  – Boat safari Kazinga Channel

Day 7: Game drive – tree climbing lions in Ishasha

Day 8: To Lake Mutanda

Day 9: Tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest

Day 10: Travel to Lake Mburo N.P.

Day 11: Bush walk or MTB safari / travel back to Kampala

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

You will be picked up from Entebbe airport by our representative for tonight. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might be able to do some optional activities in Entebbe; for example a visit to the Botanical gardens or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC). Please note that all activities today are at your own cost.

Journey Time15 minutes
AccommodationVia Via Entebbe
Meal PlanNo meals included

Day 2: To Murchison Falls

In the early morning you will be picked up from your accommodation by your driver/guide from Green Rock Safaris

The journey today goes – across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park.  he park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls.  The Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species.

On arrival in the park, you will for your first game drive in the park.

You will be staying at a very nice camp, just outside the park. Upon arrival, you will be led through a massive main tower towards the main building where the restaurant and roof terrace offer magnificent views on the River Nile. The camp is built in the style of the old forts and offers a great service.

You will stay in a safari tent furnished with 2 single beds. The safari tent is non- self-contained, but the communal ablution blocks are close by.

Journey Time7-8 hours
AccommodationFort Murchison – Lazy Camping
Meal PlanBreakfast

Optional activity: Ziwa Rhino Tracking

Possible on day 2

At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you will go – together with an experienced ranger – for a safari tracking to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range!

Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program.

Extra cost: US$40 per person

Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park

Get ready for an early wake up today! In the early morning hours animals are the most active, the sun is not yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time to spot wild animals. After an early breakfast you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.

Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari up the Nile River to Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high Falls which approach with a thunderous sound.

After the boat safari you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!

AccommodationFort Murchison – Lazy camping
Meal PlanBreakfast

Optional activity: Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

Possible on day 3 instead of the morning game drive

Budongo forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls NP., and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking.

Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that – beside the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys and Olive baboons that you might run into!

Extra cost: US$95 per person (US$85 p.p. in low season – March, April, May, Oct, Nov)

Optional activity: Hot air balloon safari

Possible on day 3 in the early morning – (shorter) morning game drive can be done after the balloon safari.

Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is the best way to spot lots and lots of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sun rise over the park. After your balloon safari you will have a bush breakfast in the park (inclusive).

Extra costs: $380 per person

Day 4: To Kibale Forest NP

After an early breakfast it is time to leave Murchison Falls NP and to continue your tour to Kibale Forest National Park.

The drive is long, but incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.

You will stay at a nice accommodation in Kibale Forest, where you will go for lazy camping.

Journey Time8-9 hours
AccommodationKibale Forest Camp – lazy camping
Meal PlanBreakfast  

Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking & to Queen Elizabeth NP

Today you will experience some serious monkey business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them!

In the early morning you will go with an experienced ranger for chimp tracking; you might also see other monkey species that live here. Once you locate the chimpanzees you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.

After the chimpanzee tracking you will continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will stay at a nice accommodation overlooking the Kazinga Channel where you will go for lazy camping.

Journey Time3-4 hours
AccommodationBush Lodge – Lazy Camping
Meal PlanBreakfast

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s second largest park, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George. The park has prolific game, including gazelle, Uganda kob, warthog and waterbuck. Lions are often sighted both in and at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for huge numbers of hippo and elephant, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.

In the afternoon you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert. Here, you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffalo, crocodile, bathing elephant, and a range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.

AccommodationBush Lodge – Lazy Camping
Meal PlanBreakfast

Day 7: Park Game Drive & to Ishasha

Today in the morning you can go for another game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP, or you can choose to do one of the optional activities we offer in Queen Elizabeth (see below).

Then, you will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to the so called Ishasha area. Ishahsa is home to the famous tree-climbing lions!

While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. The adult lions in Ishasha are an exception to this. It is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. If you are lucky you might spot a few during your game drive!

Journey Time2 hours
AccommodationEnjojo Lodge – Canvas Tents
Meal PlanBreakfast

Day 8: To Lake Bunyonyi

After breakfast you will continue your journey to Lake Bunyonyi; also called the lake of the little birds.
The volcanic lake is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming and canoeing.
Your accommodation for tonight is Bunyonyi Overland Camp.
You stay in simple furnished rooms with beautiful views on the lake.
The volcanic lake is bilharzia-free and safe for swimming and canoeing.

The coming two nights you will spend at crater Bay Cottages is a wonderful place to relax, explore and enjoy the spectacular landscape and beauty that is portrayed before you as Lake Bunyonyi.

Journey Time5-6 hours
Accommodation Crater Bay – Self-contained cottage
Meal PlanBreakfast

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

Today is the big day for gorilla trekking, meet Uganda’s gentle giant! For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.

The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

En route, your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorilla family.

The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hours to as many as 7 hours. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Journey Time1 hour each way
AccommodationMutanda Lake Resort
Meal PlanBreakfast

Day 10: Lake Mburo Np

After breakfast, you will continue your journey to Lake Mburo National Park which is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, but certainly not to be underestimated. It is the only Ugandan national park (besides to Kidepo Valley NP) which is home to zebra, eland and impala, as well as an abundance of other wildlife like the giraffe. The lake itself is full with hippos and crocodiles!

You will stay just outside the park boundaries, but it will feel like being in the middle of the park. From your verandah and restaurant you have a great view over the park and its wildlife.

Journey Time7 hours
AccommodationEagles Nest
Meal PlanNo meals included

Optional activity: Night game drive

A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probaply your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours.

Costing: $40 us dollars p.p.

Day 11: Bush walk – Airport transfer

This morning you will go for a bush walk.

Lake Mburo N.P. is one of two parks in Uganda where bush walks with an experienced ranger are permitted. This opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will be able to tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach wildlife at such close range.

Optional activity: Mountain bike Safari

It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland and sometimes even giraffe!

Cost: US$ 30 pp extra.

After your morning activity, your driver/ guide will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport) stopping at the equator for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.

Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.

Journey Time:6 hours
Accommodation:Not included
Meal Plan:Breakfast

Rates 2018/ 2019:

No. personsRate per person
1US$ 4090
2US$ 2950
3US$ 2650
4US$ 2450

Tour Package Includes:

Transport in a 4WD minivan with pop-up roof for excellent safari view

Airport pick-up day 1 by accommodation;

All fuel for the tour

English speaking Ugandan driver/guide;

Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;

All breakfasts;

Park-entrance fees according to the itinerary;

All activities described in the itinerary;

1 chimpanzee permit per person (US$ 150);

1 gorilla permit per person (US$600).

Excludes:

International air fares

Entry visa Uganda;

Meals that are not part of your itinerary;

A porter for during the gorilla tracking (someone who carries your daypack);

Personal (medical/travel) insurance;

Government tax or park fees increase;

Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc;

All expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities, souvenirs etc.).

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