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10 Days Uganda Safari: Gorilla Trekking, Wildlife & Culture Tours

This 10 days Uganda safari is a comprehensive affordable 10 days Uganda tour offering gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, wildlife viewing, scenery, and unique cultural tours that can be tailored to your needs and budget.

10 Days Uganda Safari Tour –  Overview.

The 10 days Uganda safari is a 9 nights/10 days safari in Uganda tour designed to bring you the best out of the famous Uganda safari parks of Murchison falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The blend of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Lake Bunyonyi will give you a thrilling interlude to mark the great memories of this Uganda safari tour.

The 10 days Uganda safari tour will involve magnificent game drives where you might be able to see true African game including lions, elephants, buffalo, antelopes, Rhinos among others, a boat cruise on the Nile, Kazinga Channel, and Lake Bunyonyi can hardly be equated to any recreational activity in a natural setting.

The gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and chimpanzee trekking encounters give a complete taste of ancient apes and the environments in which they have thrived for centuries past.

10 Days Uganda Safari Tour – Highlights.

  • Day 1: Depart Kampala (visit Ziwa & top of the falls)
  • Day 2: Do game drive & boat cruise:
  • Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 4: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi wetland encounter
  • Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & do crater area drive:
  • Day 6: Do game drive & boat cruise
  • Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 8: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
  • Day 9: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 10: Drive to Kampala.

10 Days Uganda Safari Tour – Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1: Depart Kampala (Visit Ziwa & Top of The Falls)

Leave Kampala after breakfast as early as 6:00 am from your place of stay and head to the north of Uganda accompanied by the company guide.

The journey is 311km about 5 hours’ drive to Murchison Falls National Park passing through the flat Nakasongora landscapes before diverting at Nakitoma from the main road 115 Km from Kampala to drive further for an extra 7 Km to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

You will spend some time tracking the magnificent white Rhinos which only exist at this place in Uganda after which you will proceed to Masindi for Lunch.

In the afternoon, you will continue on the drive to Murchison Falls National Park and upon arrival, you will hike the top of the falls to take time gaze at the splendid powerful waterfalls and listening to its roaring sound as it squeezes itself through the 8m ravine before falling 43m below the devil’s cauldron forming a plume of spray with a trademark rainbow – the greatest feature to have ever happened on the course of the Nile River which happens to be the longest river in the world. Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Murchison River Lodge (Mid-range/standard) or Red Chili Rest Camp (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do Game Drive & Boat Cruise

Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to Paraa ferry crossing at 7:00 am 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 Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00 pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on these waters for years and will be glad to share with you 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 shoe-bill 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: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

The drive to Kibale National Park is not an ordinary journey; it involves driving through the lush countryside dotted by amazing features of earth movements including the Albertine rift valley.

The farmed landscapes bring out the typical African villages that you have always heard of or wished to see on your safari like this safari in Uganda.

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The lunch stop will be made in Hoima town dubbed the oil city and continuous drive will see you arrive in Fort Portal and Kibale in particular in the evening overlooking the mystical Ruwenzori Mountains famously known as the mountains of the moon.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Mid-range/standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).

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Day 4: Do Chimpanzee Trekking and Bigodi Wetland Encounter

Wake up early for a heavy breakfast before gathering at Kanyanchu tourism center at 08:00 am for a short briefing after which you will head to the forest in quest of Chimpanzees – man’s closest relative.

The trek involves passing through the jungle of Kibale dubbed the primate capital of the world with over 13 species of primates some of which you will luckily come across during your Chimpanzee trekking including colobus monkey, vervet monkey, olive baboon, Red-tailed monkey among others.

The enchanting songs of Birds will keep you entertained in this 2 – 5 hour trek.

One full hour is at your disposal to explore the Chimpanzees in detail and ascertain the external considerations as to why they are dubbed man’s close relative.

Watch them as they eat fruits, play, socialize, and swing in tree branches as you take as many photos as you can. Return to the center after having had your picnic lunch.

Encounter Bigodi wetland sanctuary in the afternoon to take the rewarding swamp walk with amazing bird sights including the Rwenzori Turaco and swamp animals like Sitatunga.

The communities around Bigodi offer a close touch of tourist – host interaction.

Accommodation: You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Do a Crater Area Drive

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 4 hours’ drive from Kibale.

The journey offers the scenic views of the magical Mountains of the moon that stand high up in the clouds at an elevation of 5,109m above sea level towards the west.

You will arrive in Queen Elizabeth National park early for lunch after which you will embark on the crater drive in the afternoon for amazing scenic viewing.

The range of explosion craters lay in a sequence justifying the work of the earth processes that characterized the area. Crater lakes like Lake Nyamunuka, Lake Murumuli and Lake Kitagata can be seen on this drive.

Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi lodge (Mid-range/standard) or Simba safari camp (Budget/basic).

Day 6: Do Game Drive & Boat Cruise

Wake up very for a cup of coffee before setting off 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 tracks gives a probable opportunity to see a range of games including; Lions, buffalo, elephants, elusive leopard (if too lucky), antelopes 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 03:00 pm 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 traveler on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for overnight.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 7: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to the gorilla trekking haven of Bwindi 160km about 5 hours’ drive from Mweya.

You will pass through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park where you have chances of spotting tree climbing lions lying on tree branches in the mid-morning warm sunshine.

Proceed to Bwindi in the afternoon and check to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp (Upmarket/Luxury), Engagi lodge (Mid-range/standard) or Bwindi View Bandas (Budget/Basic)

Day 8: Do Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

It is this long waited for a 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 that 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 goodbye.

The experience is rewarding and worthy 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 122km about 3 hours’ drive. You will arrive in the evening for overnight.

Accommodation: Birdnest@Lake Bunyonyi resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia Cottages (Mid-range/standard) or Byoona Amagara (Budget/Basic).

Day 9: Encounter Lake Bunyonyi

Dubbed the lake of a thousand islands, Lake Bunyonyi has a range of islands stretching up to 29 in number and can all be explored on 5 – 6 hours boat ride while on this safari in Uganda.

The Lake Bunyonyi encounter is designed to maximize your relaxation and is entirely recreational which will allow you recap all the memories that you have gathered on this 10 day Uganda gorilla safari.

The tranquil waters of the lake and the surrounding views of Kigezi highlands dubbed the Switzerland of Africa combine to make this day a total complete experience.

You have the opportunity to visit the local Bakiga and the Batwa to learn about the local cultures.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 10: Drive to Kampala.

After breakfast, embark on 437km about a 7 – 8 hours’ drive to Kampala. Have en route stops at Igongo Cultural Center 12km past for Lunch at the famous Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant and at the Equator crossing at Kayabwe 77km to Kampala to have amazing photo poses and participate in water experiments that justify the divide between southern and northern hemispheres. Continue to arrive in Kampala in the afternoon to mark the end of your 10 days Uganda gorilla safari.

End of The 10 Days Uganda Safari Tour.

Getting There

Safari Inclusions

Airport transfers Transportation by safari van Accommodation and meals as per itinerary Gorilla permits, one per person to be paid in advance Driver allowances En-route lunches Visit the equator and igongo cultural Centre.

Safari Exclusions

personal nature expenses of excludes: laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, Air fare, Visa, drinks, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigarettes.