14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari
Overview of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari
The 14 days Uganda safari is a blend of Uganda’s wild game, Primates, adventure, culture coupled with great scenic views. It involves encountering Kampala city, Nile adventures in Jinja, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, National Parks of Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable and Lake Mburo. Game viewing and primate tracking are the cores while the blend of adventure activities likes white water rafting and bungee jumping, cultural tours and scenic views give this safari a rewarding taste to any Uganda safari undertaker.
Safari Highlights of 13 Days Uganda Gorilla Wildlife and Cultural safari
- Day 1 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kampala City tour
- Day 2 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore the source of the Nile – Jinja
- Day 3 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park (Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & top of the falls)
- Day 4 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do the game drive & the boat cruise
- Day 5 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Fort Portal
- Day 6 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Crater Lake hike and Amabere caves walk
- Day 7 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi encounter
- Day 8 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & visit the salt lake
- Day 9 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & Kazinga channel boat cruise
- Day 10 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable National Park via Ishasha (tree climbing lions)
- Day 11 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
- Day 12 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore the lake of a thousand islands – Lake Bunyonyi
- Day 13 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do boat ride
- Day 14 of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & transfer to Kampala city.
Detailed Itinerary of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari
Day 1 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Kampala City tour
Kampala city is a destination of its self and thus worth to encounter on Uganda safari. The city is a hub of various attractions ranging from historical to cultural and religious attractions. On this 11 days safari in Uganda, you will wake for breakfast after which you will set off with the company guide to encounter the city. You will visit religious attractions like Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals, Baha’i temple, Gadhafi Mosque, Cultural attractions like Kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s palace and Kabaka’s Lake, historical monuments and museums like the Uganda National Museum, National buildings like the parliament, educational Institutions like Makerere University, Traditional hospitals like Mulago hospital, Mengo and Nsambya hospitals. However, since all these cannot be seen on a single day, you will thus select from this list the possible attractions that you can visit on this day.
Accommodation: Mihingo Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Arcadia cottages (Midrange/ standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).
Day 2 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore the source of the Nile – Jinja
You will wake up early for breakfast at your place of stay after which you will be transferred by your guide to Jinja 80km about 1-2 hours’ drive from Kampala. Upon reaching Jinja – the adventure town of Uganda, you will enroll yourself for the white water rafting experience that will see you contain the strength of waters of the Nile as they splash through the rapids. You will also participate in the bungee jumping that will see you fall from the cliff to touch on the waters of the Nile 140ft below – one of the active adventures you will ever have. The relaxing boat cruise to the source of the Nile will take you to the point where John Speke, the first European to see the source of the world’s longest river stood. You will see the Nile starting it 90 days journey to the Mediterranean Sea. Retreat to Kampala for overnight.
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Cassia Lodge (Midrange/standard) or the lodge (Budget/basic).
Day 3 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park (Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary & top of the falls)
Leave Kampala after breakfast as early as 6:00am 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 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 devils cauldron forming a plume of spray with a trade mark 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 (Midrange/standard) or Red Chili Rest Camp (Budget/Basic).
Day 4 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do the game drive & the boat cruise
Wake up very early for a cup of coffee and then head to Paraa ferry crossing at 7:00am 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 the Paraa for an after boat cruise on the Nile at 02:00pm. This boat trip has got captains and guides who have cruised on this waters for years and will be glad to share with 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 shoebill 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 5 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Fort Portal.
The drive to Fort portal is not an ordinary journey; it involves driving through the lush country side 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. Fort Portal is 415km about 8 – 9 hours’ drive from Murchison Falls National Park. The lunch stop will be made in Hoima town dubbed the oil city and continuous drive will see you arrive in Fort Portal in the evening overlooking the mystical Ruwenzori Mountains famously known as the mountains of the moon.
Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountains of the moon hotel (Midrange/standard) or Rwenzori guesthouse (Budget/Basic).
Day 6 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Crater Lake hike and Amabere caves walk
After breakfast drive to the Crater Lakes area to do hiking and Amabere caves walk. You will first visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves an ancient landmark with a lot of historical and cultural significance to the local people as it dates from the Chwezi era. Geographically, the caves are breast like features of stalagmites and stalactites with the seasonal Nyakasura water falls falling from their roof top. It is a great sight to encounter on Uganda safari. Continue to hike the crater lakes by hiking the famous Kyeganywa hill to gain the surrounding view of various crater lakes and hollows plus the overlooking views of Ruwenzori Mountains. In the evening, you can visit the Karambi royal tombs and the grand Karuzika Palace – the royal palace of the Kingdom of Tooro after which you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park 26km from Fort Portal town.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guest house (Midrange/standard) or Kibale Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).
Day 7 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi encounter
Wake up early for a heavy breakfast before gathering at Kanyanchu tourism center at 08:00am 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 the 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 8 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & visit the salt lake
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 visit to the Salt Lake in the afternoon. You will enjoy the process of salt extraction and see how the communities around have developed a livelihood centered on salt mining.
Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi lodge (Midrange/standard) or Simba safari camp (Budget/basic).
Day 9 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & Kazinga channel boat cruise
Wake up very for a cup of coffee before setting of 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 hynas 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 game 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 03:00pm 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 traveller on Uganda safaris. Retire from the boat at 5 pm for overnight.
Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.
Day 10 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Drive to Bwindi impenetrable National Park via Ishasha (tree climbing lions)
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 midmorning 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 (Midrange/standard) or Bwindi View Bandas (Budget/Basic)
Day 11 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
It is this long waited 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 which 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 good bye. 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 (Midrange/standard) or Byoona Amagara (Budget/Basic).
Day 12 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Explore the lake of a thousand islands – 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 14 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 13 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do boat ride
After breakfast, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199 km from Lake Mburo. You will pass through green hill sides of south western Uganda before making a lunch stop at Igongo cultural center 12km past Mbarara town. The relaxing meal at Kahwa Kanuzire restaurant gives you to rejuvenate. You can take a short tour of the museum before proceeding for 33km to Lake Mburo National Park to catch up with the evening boat cruise. On this boat cruise, you will have chances to see birds like African fish eagle, wild game drinking on the Lake side including buffaloes, zebras and antelopes, aquatic animals like Hippos. The boat takes 2 hours and is very relaxing.
Accommodation: Mihingo lodge (Upmarket/ Luxury), Arcadia cottages (Midrange/standard) or Eagles Nest (Budget/Basic).
Day 14 of 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari: Do game drive & transfer to Kampala city..
After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the game drive through the park tracks of Zebra, Ruroko, and Lake Side among others to gain sights of a range of wildlife including enormous numbers of Impala and zebra. Others that may be seen include; buffalo, eland, bushbuck, warthog, Topi alongside birds and amazing savannah landscapes. Return to lodge for short relaxation after which you will embark on the return journey to Kampala 240km about 3 – 4 hours excluding stops en route. On this journey, you make a stop at the equator to participate in the water experiments that will make you believe the divide line between the southern and northern hemispheres. The site is also good for photography. Continue for the next 77km to arrive in Kampala city in the evening.
End of the 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari
Safari package includes
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.
The package excludes
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.
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