8 Days Uganda Safari
Overview of the 8 Days Uganda Safari
8Days Uganda Safari is a thrilling Best of Uganda safari encounter bring in out the best destination that you can have the in shortest time possible. The safari incorporates Rhino Tracking in Ziwa Rhino tracking in Ziwa Sanctuary, Game viewing including Rothschild giraffes, lions, leopard, elephants, buffaloes and Jackson Hartebeest, Nile launch cruise that exposes you to Nile Crocodiles and Hippos, impressive Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale, Mountain gorillas of Bwindi, wild game viewing and recreational boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park not forgetting memorable stay on lake Bunyonyi with its 29 islands
8 Days Uganda Safari highlights
- Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route
- Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls
- Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive
- Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning, afternoon Bigodi wetland walk & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
- Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive through Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions
- Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise and relaxation
- Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer back to Kampala
8 Days Uganda Safari Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park & visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route
Following your breakfast in Kampala, embark on the transfer to Murchison Falls National Park 311km about 5 hours’ drive from Kampala. The drive will take you through the impressive flat scenic landscapes of Nakasongora which because of its terrain has the longest flat road stretch in the whole of Uganda. You branch off from the main road at Nakitoma after 175km from Kampala to drive on a dirt road 7km to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Headquarters where you are briefed and assigned a respective guide to take you for the tracking experience. Hiking through rolling savannah thicket is very rewarding as you get close encounter with these impressive gigantic species that were reintroduced in Uganda in the year 2005 after their extinction in 1983. Retire from the activity and embark on the transfer to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).
Day 2 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do morning game drive, afternoon Nile launch cruise & hike to the top of the falls
After an early morning of tea, you embark on the game viewing encounter. The drive in the northern section of the park where game drives are carried out is very rewarding. Murchison is gifted with an open rolling savannah combretum with scattered borassus palm trees that make the wild game viewing clear and memorable. The herd of buffaloes and elephants are likely to be encountered spread across this impressive landscape. The grouping of Kobs, Jackson hartebeest, the world’s tallest mammal – the Giraffes are seen towering while feeding on the raised acacia trees in the park. The views of predators like lions and leopard may not be missed. The range of circuits in the park including the Buligi, Albert and the entire delta area offers rewarding game viewing encounters. Retreat from the game viewing activity which tends to last 3 – 4 hours and retreat to the lodge from refreshing, short relaxation and lunch. After lunch, you gather at Paraa Jetty in to embark on the afternoon Nile launch cruise at 2pm. The boat trip starting at 2pm see you depart from the Paraa Jetty cruising along the Nile up to the bottom of the falls. The sights of the Nile crocodiles and Hippos may not be missed. The Shoebill stork tends to dwell on the River and can be luckily seen. The other wild game drinking along the river including elephants and a range of antelopes combine to make the boat worth undertaking. At the bottom of the falls, you disembark and do the hike to the top of the falls trekking along the thrilling Nile River as rolls through the impenetrable hard rocks that have squeezed its way for centuries to only a less than 8m path. The top of the falls present a remarkable encounter with nice photographic opportunities and bird watching opportunities. The historical explorer Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker who were the first Europeans to encounter this wonder in the wild feature are seen commemorated in pictures and the writings at the site. Retreat from the activity and get back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Pakuba Safari Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget/Basic).
Day 3 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Whole day drive
After breakfast, embark on the drive to Kibale National Park 441km about 9 hours’ drive. This is a whole day drive taking you through the impressive rural landscapes of Hoima and Masindi before approaching Kyenjojo. You have lunch in Hoima town and eventually arrive in the Fort Portal Area in the evening.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Luxury/Upmarket), Chimpanzee Guesthouse (Midrange/Standard) or Rwenzori View Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).
Day 4 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning, afternoon Bigodi wetland walk & transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Following your breakfast at the lodge, gather at the Kanyanchu Tourism Center at 8am for briefing. The park staff will handle this session and talk about the chimpanzee trekking conduct after which you head to the forest in search of our closest cousins. The hike through the jungle with sights of birds, impressive flora and other primate species like Black and white colobus monkeys and eventual encounter with the chimpanzees as they roll themselves in their natural habitat gathering fruit, socializing and making pant hooting calls combine to make your chimp tracking experience memorable. The Chimpanzee trekking tracking tend to last 2 – 5 hours and this include one hour of direct encounter with them. You will retreat to the starting point for short relaxation and take your lunch. After this, you will drive to the neighboring Bigodi wetland for and afternoon walk. The Bigodi wetland walk allows you to have an encounter with nature and the people. The swamp has counts of birds including the Great Blue Turaco, swamp animals like Sitatunga antelope and the touch of the community where you visit the traditional healer makes it more interactive. Retreat from this as activity and embark on the transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 157km about 3 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).
Day 5 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise along Kazinga Channel
After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the drive through impressive rolling savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth in search of wild game. The stretch to the Kasenyi plains where the mating ground is found offers you opportunities of encountering a range of wild game including elephants, buffaloes, water bucks and Kobs along with predators like lions, leopards and jackals. The game drive takes 3 – 4 hours and you get back to the lodge after the activity for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise. The Kazinga Channel boat commences at 2pm and 4 pm for the Marasa boats and 3pm and 5pm for the UWA boats. The cruise offers you opportunities of spotting Hippos and Nile Crocodiles and other counts of wild game that come to quench their thirst on the channel side. Return for the activity and the drive along the channel track as you head back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Enganzi Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Pumba Safari Cottages (Budget/Basic).
Day 6 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Drive through Ishasha sector in search of tree climbing lions
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. En route in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park named Ishasha, you do a game drive in search of tree climbing lions the unique Species that are only found in this part in Uganda with another group known to be living in Lake Manyara National Park in the south of Tanzania. However, low lying fig trees of Ishasha offers a close encounter to the tree climbing than any other part. You will eventually arrive in Bwind in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Gorilla Mist Camp (Midrange/Standard) or Broadbill Forest Camp (Budget/Basic).
Day 7 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Do gorilla trekking & transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for an evening boat cruise ad relaxation
Following breakfast at your lodge, you will gather at the respective park headquarters in the region where you are going to track for briefing at 8am. The briefing which is conducted by the park staff details the conduct of gorilla trekking activity and at this moment, the gorilla family to track is also allocated per a group of eight (8) people. The eventual heading to the mist is a remarkable experience that will form part of your life time adventure. The forest tends to be covered by mist in the morning and hiking through the forest is an amazing adventure that is worthy your gorilla permit price. The activity tends to last between 2 – 8 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with gorillas. Encountering the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is remarkably wonderful. These frightening and yet peaceful creatures would definitely welcome with fear and the silverback would have to punch a little on his chest to check your fighting status. Your concentration will be on your cameras as you tack as many photos as you wish without flash light to avoid provoking gorillas to reaction. Retreat from the activity when your time is used up and then return to the starting point. Upon reaching the starting point, you will head to Lake Bunyonyi driving through the fascinating highlands of Kigezi with remarkable sceneries. Arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the afternoon and relax a little at your lodge before embarking on a thrilling sunset boat cruise exploring the lake with its 29 islands that have earned it a dub as the lake of a thousand Islands. Retreat from the activity for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Bird nest @Lake Bunyonyi Resort (Upmarket/Luxury), Lake Bunyonyi Eco-resort (Midrange/Standard) or Byoona Amagara Island Retreat (Budget/Basic).
Day 8 of the 8 Days Uganda Safari: Transfer back to Kampala
After a relaxed breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala 437km about 7 hours’ drive. The drive will take you through impressive country side landscapes marked with rural homesteads, cattle farms and banana plantations. The en route small towns bustling with all sorts of informal businesses will make your way to Kampala. A lunch stop will be made at Igongo Cultural Center.
End of the 8 Days Uganda Safari
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General Safari Inclusions
- Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
- Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- 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)
- 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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Mgahinga National Park, which was established in 1991 covers a geographical surface of 33.7km2 making the smallest national Park in Uganda. Mgahinga National Park is the second habitat that contains the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas and it is the only national park in Uganda with counts of the rare and endangered golden monkeys which only thrive in the Virunga massif in the whole world.
Murchison falls National Park, Regarded as Uganda’s largest protected area, Murchison Falls National Park was nowhere until 1952 when 3,840km2 of land in the North West part of Uganda were established as a national Park. Perched on the northern extreme of the western arm of the great East African rift valley, Murchison Falls National Park is 80km from Masindi town which is the largest town in the sub region and 311km2 from the city of Kampala, the Uganda’s capital.
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