7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Uganda Wildlife Tours

Uganda Gorilla Tours

The 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda is an extensive wildlife Safari that allows one to explore one of the great Uganda safari destinations besides the mountain gorilla trekking destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The safari commences and ends in Kampala though it can be customised accordingly taking you to the Uganda Safari destination of Murchison Falls National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The optional extension to Lake Mburo Mburo National Park is provided for you to generate remarkable memories.

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Safari Highlights of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda

Day 1 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Day 2 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise and hike to the top of the falls

Day 3 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive exploring the lush countryside

Day 4 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, afternoon wetland walk in Bigodi Sanctuary and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 5 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do game drive in the savannah stretches of Kasenyi, afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and evening game drive along the channel track

Day 6 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do whole day wild life safari in Ishasha sector to the south of Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions

Day 7 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Kampala. Optional game drive in Lake Mburo NP. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments


Day 1 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route

Drive to Murchison Falls National Park 311km about 5 hours drive departing at 6:30am from Kampala. You enjoy the scenic landscapes of central Uganda including the flat stretches of Nakasongora with possible sights of Ankole long horned cows before approaching Nakitooma 115km from Kampala. At this point, you branch off from the main road to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 7km to the Headquarters. You undertake the walk in the savannah thicket of Ziwa in search of the southern white Rhinos and this experience can take 1 – 2 hours from which you settle for lunch at Kabalega dinner before proceeding on the drive to Murchison. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge / Tent @Fort Murchison

Day 2 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise and hike to the top of the falls

After breakfast, you embark on the game drive in the rolling savannah landscapes of northen Murchison. The encounter commences at 7am and can last 3 – 4 hours allowing you to explore the counts of wild game in detail. The game drive offers you the possibility to explore the Big four namely the elephants, Buffaloes, lions and leopard. The other wild game in Murchison that might be explored include Rothschild’s giraffes, hyenas, Jackson’s Hartebeest hartebeests, Deffasa waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, Uganda Kobs among others. Retreat from the activity to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to Paraa Jetty for an afternoon Nile launch cruise. The boat trip departs at 2:30pm and lasts 3 hours. On the waters of the Nile, you have chances of exploring aquatic species including the Nile crocodiles – world’s second largest reptile, Hippos, Water dwelling birds like the Shoebill stork along with land animals that draw to the river banks to quench their thirst. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls, you embark on the hike to the top of the falls. The hike takes you through a challenging narrow path following the Nile River as crushes its head on the ancient impermeable rocks that have stood in its way for centuries past. You enjoy the roaring sound of the Nile which is accompanied by a plume of spray and a trade mark rainbow.  The top of the falls features a nice scenic view impressive for photography. Connect with your driver guide on the top of the falls to connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge / Bakers Lodge

Midrange: Murchison River Lodge

Budget / Basic: Heritage Safari Lodge / Tent @Fort Murchison

Day 3 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive exploring the lush countryside

After breakfast, embark on the drive to Kibale 441km about 9 hours drive passing through the verdant lush countryside including Masindi, Hoima, Kagadi before approaching Fort Portal.  You make a lunch stop in Hoima and while approaching Fort Portal, you are welcomed by the fabled mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level. The towering palace building of the Kingdom of Tooro also presents an impressive scenic welcome in the backyard of Fort Portal town. Proceed to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Up market / Luxury: Primate Lodge / Ndali Lodge / Kyaninga Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Chimpanzee Guesthouse / Kibale Forest Camp

Budget / Basic: Rwenzori View Guesthouse / Tent @Kibale Forest Camp

Day 4 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, afternoon wetland walk in Bigodi Sanctuary and transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP

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After breakfast, gather at Kanyanchu Tourism Center to catch up for chimpanzee trekking briefing commencing at 8am. The briefing is conducted by the Park rangers and can last about 30 minutes after which you head to the jungle in search of the man’s closest cousin – the Chimpanzee. Besides the chimpanzees, Kibale National Park supports a count of 12 other species of primate including the Black and White colobus Monkeys, the Blue tailed Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, the Olive Baboons among others. The Park also features a count of 371 impressive tree species among which include the Warbughia Ugandensis and Parinari exelsa among other lovely flora. Kibale is a home to 375 species of birds including the Green-breasted Pitta, Black Bee-eater, Crowned Eagle, Western Nicator, Little Greenbul, Red-chested Owlet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, African Grey Parrot, Blue-breasted Kingfisher and Brown-chested Alethe among other species.  All these are at your disposal to explore once you are in the Chimpanzee forest. The Chimpanzee trekking tend to take 2 – 5 hours where you have opportunities to explore the Chimpanzees feeding, copulating, patrolling, make pant hooting calls among other interesting aspects about this brilliant apes. The viewing experience is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation after which you return to the starting point to enjoy your packed lunch. In the afternoon, you connect to Bigodi wetland for a thrilling wetland walk to stand chances of exploring the sanctuary’s lush flora, the 138 bird species including the Great Blue Turaco and the swamp wildlife like the Sitatunga. The walk can be extended to explore the community including the home of the traditional healer after which you connect to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 2 – 3 hours drive for relaxation dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Wild Camping

Day 5 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do game drive in the savannah stretches of Kasenyi, afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel and evening game drive along the channel track

Wake up for an early morning 3 – 4 hour game drive starting at 7am driving though the Kasenyi tracks where you will have chances of viewing a range of wildlife. Some of these include; lions, elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, jackals, among others. You will marvel at them as they gather what to put in their stomachs and others taking a rest. The savannah landscape in which they thrive is an attraction in its self. Return to the lodge for relaxation till lunch time after which you will gather at Mweya for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel at 2:00pm. The 2 hour launch cruise takes you through the offers of the 45m long Kazinga channel including impressive views of the Nile crocodiles, Hippos, abundant bird life and a range of wild game quenching their thirst along the channel waters. Return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Day 6 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Do whole day wild life safari in Ishasha sector to the south of Queen Elizabeth in search of tree climbing lions

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This is dedicated for a whole day encounter in the Ishasha sector to the south of Queen Elizabeth National Park famous for the tree climbing lions. The savannah stretches of Queen Elizabeth NP feature counts of fig tree species that have low lying branches which do not provide a favourable ground for these lions to climb but also offering clear and beautiful chances for viewing these lions. Ishasha sector is 74km about 1 – 2 hours drive from the northern part of Queen. The drive in Ishasha also offers you possibilities of exploring other wildlife species like defassa water buscks, the Uganda Kobs, elephants, Topis among others. Retreat in the evening and embark on the drive back to the northern sector and do game drive as you connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Game Lodge / Marafiki Safari Lodge

Budget / Basic: Pumba Safari Cottages

Wild Camping

Day 7 of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda: Transfer to Kampala. Optional game drive in Lake Mburo NP. Make a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for amazing photo shoots and water experiments 

After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kampala 417km about 7 hours drive. You drive along the impressive crater field of Bunyaruguru and the verdant forest reserve of Kalinzu before approaching Mbarara and Igongo Cultural Center. You can opt to do a game drive in Lake Mburo National Park 45km from Mbarara to stand chances of exploring Impala antelope, the Eland, the Burchell’s Zebra among other wild game. Proceed on the drive to Kampala making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots and water experiments that justify the geographical divide between the north and southern hemispheres.

End of the 7 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda


General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)


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