Visit Uganda – 14 days of discovering Uganda | African Tours/Safaris
On arrival at Entebbe airport, your driver/ guide will drive you to the hotel facility that was booked on the itinerary to rest from the flight. This is where the guide will pick you from the next day to begin your discovery. Entebbe lays only 45minutes from Kampala city where our offices are located and along the way are numerous attractive places like the Entebbe zoo, botanical gardens and many more.
Murchison falls national park is known to be Uganda’s biggest nature reserve. With the powerful Murchison waterfall and its remarkable animal populations, you don’t need to miss this in Uganda. There are superb activities on offer such as a boat safari or Delta safari on the Nile. The river divides the park between a Northern and Southern section as it makes its way through multiple rapids and waterfalls to Lake Albert. Unfortunately, during the war years poachers and troops wiped out the majority of wildlife. Except for the park’s rhino population, fortunately all other wildlife has recovered fast since. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom and you will be amazed by the amount of elephants. Also giraffes, lions, antelope, water-bucks, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles can all be spotted. Game drives take place on the tracks in the northern section which you reach by taking a ferry across the river.
Day 2 – Travel to Murchison Falls national park
Today you travel to one of the oldest and largest national park in Uganda, this park was first visited by john Speke and James grant (first Europeans to visit Murchison) and it was made a conservation area in 1862. It was named Murchison after Roderick Murchison who was the president of the English royal geographical society.
Day 3 Exploring Murchison Falls national park
Breakfast is very early in the morning. On your Game Drives, your luck and very good eyes will help you to try and spot as many animals as possible. While driving through the park you will be able to see as many animals as possible. Hopefully you see them all; elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many tropical birds. They are all there! A professional ranger with extensive knowledge on the park and its inhabitants will join you in your car. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, huge array of bird species and big herds of buffalo. You will discover some of the parks ecosystems and different scenery with dense woodland, extensive savannas and rolling grasslands. As this is a private game drive you can ask your guide to tailor your trip towards specific bird life and/or wildlife if you like.
The boat cruise towards the Murchison Falls is another awful activity; it takes like 3(Three) hours and goes along the River Nile to the base of the Falls. You can’t imagine the kind of scenery that you will see on this boat. Cold drinks are for sale on board for when you get thirsty for a local beer or a soda. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys and all the other (also thirsty) wildlife that the Nile attracts you go to the bottom of the powerful Murchison Falls. If you like hiking, the boat can drop you near the waterfalls and you can hike up to the top. The sights are recommendable.
Day 4.The Nile Delta
The area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert is referred to as the Nile delta, this is around 100 miles long and 150miles wide to the Mediterranean sea but it passes through lake Albert in Uganda before it continues to Sudan. The banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork and papyrus endemic species. A very good bird watcher should not miss this cruise. On a 5 hour boat safari you enjoy a breakfast while enjoying the peaceful scenery. While approaching Lake Albert, you may see fishermen catching tilapia and locals fetching water from the Nile and if lucky animals along the banks including crocodiles and hippos, if very fortunate you may witness elephant bathing in the river. Also keep an eye on the treetops as you can often spot monkeys such as eastern fringed monkeys and baboons. The boat trip starts early in the morning during the soft light, golden hours for photographers. This lights lasts till about 10 am when the light becomes brighter. Relax, sitback & enjoy!
Day 5 travel to Fortportal
Fortportal is one of the oldest towns in Uganda and it was named after the English explore sir Gerald portal, it lays in the western part of Uganda approximately 330km from Murchison falls national park. Because of the journey, you may only be able to visit the king palace.
King Oyos palace (Kaluzika)
Fortportal lies in the heart of Tooro kingdom and in the middle of the town is the hill where the magnificent palace lays. The palace has the best view of Fortportal town and it’s a symbol of remembrance for the fallen Connell Gaddafi because he financed its construction.
Day 6 Amabeere Ga Nyinamwiru and Hot springs
The day begins with travel to Semuliki national park where Sempaya hot springs are located which is approximately 1:30 hours from Fort portal, you may make a simple game drive through Semuliki national park where you may see antelopes, buffalos and Elephants. The Sempaya hot springs are the most outstanding and well known feature in the Semiliki National Park. The springs are located within the verdant swampy area adjacent to the south eastern edge of this forest. .
The wonderful boiling water at the Hot springs within the National Park emits a noticeable cloud of – steam which can be seen from a distance as far as 2 kilometers. According to UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority), the waters of Sempaya water spring reach to a maximum temperature of 100 degrees centigrade. This is very exceptional since most hot springs reach a maximum temperature about 50 degrees centigrade. A number of Tourists have been spotted boiling eggs, green bananas as well as cassava in these 2 geothermal springs. .
The hot springs are found in the Semliki river valley below the escarpment on the way to Bundibugyo town. They are located in two areas where one is referred to as the “male” and the other as the “female”.
Along the way as your entering Fort portal is the amebeere ga nyina mwiru.These caves are located 10km from Fort Portal Town; the “Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru” is a limestone site with an amazing legendary story behind their existence. The myth surrounding the caves are that they were named after Nyinamwiru a daughter of Bukuku one of the ancient rulers of the Batembuzi Dynasty of the current Tooro and Bunyoro Kingdoms.
Day 7 traveling to Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is approximately 1hour and 30 minutes from Fort portal town, this will give you an opportunity to prepare for night camp fire at Kasenyi safari lodge, tents are given at your cost. Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the largest parks in Uganda, it comprises of a large number of animals, birds and savanna vegetation; elephants, lions, antelopes, hyenas, buffaloes and many more.
Day 8 game drive, boat cruise and salt lake
Breakfast will be very early in the morning as you carry your luck for a game drive in order to see a good number of animals. The drive may start at around 6:00am and by around 11:00am you are expected to have reached the boat cruise either at Mweya or Kazinga channel (Kazinga channel connects lake Edward to lake George). The cruise may take between 2 to 3 hours experiencing the waters that connect George to Edward, a number of hippo families, crocodiles, lizards and the different species of birds are expected to be seen. This scenic has to be seen!
Later in the afternoon, you may visit Lake Katwe for the salt mining scenic view. The lake is approximately 1hour from Queen Elizabeth national park gate, you are expected to see how salt is mined and how its kept to grow and also the processes it takes to be turned into edible salt.
Day 9 travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is 3 hours and 10 minutes from queen Elizabeth national park It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Day 10 gorilla tracking
The park is inhabited by about 340 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), known as the Bwindi population, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world.
Prepare yourself to meet the forest giants: the rare Mountain Gorilla. For most people this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a highlight for many visitors as this is where they will be visiting the home of the gentle giants. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests lies on the mist-covered hillsides. This magnificent forest dates back over 25,000 years, even surviving the last Ice Age (most forests disappeared). Bwindi forest has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and is the only forest in Africa which can make claim to host both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. In fact, half the worlds’ population of gorillas live here divided over nine habituated family groups. Also 5 other primate species, 120 species of mammal, over 220 butterflies and 360 birds species call Bwindi home. This activity will bring u an awful experience!
Today you drive to Kisoro in the south-western part of Uganda; close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will see a great country-side, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains. For lunch you will stop at a local restaurant on the road (lunch is not inclusive).
Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, bird-lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature. Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as it is Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time.
Day 11 Travel to lake bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi (“Place of many little birds”) is in south-western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale, and it is close to the border with Rwanda. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title “Lake Bunyonyi and terraces”. Towns on its shores include Kyevu and Muko, while its 29 islands include Punishment Island and Bushara Island.
Bunyonyi offers the best scenic view in Uganda with a wide range of bird species. The lake comprises of many highlands that hold a lot of history to the neighbors, you may be able to do what is called the most magnificent cruise on this lake.
Day 12 Travel to Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo is a small national Park (on the route from Bwindi National Park back to Entebbe) but should certainly not be underestimated. This is the only place in southern Uganda to see zebras, topis, elands and the beautiful Rothschild’s giraffes, the park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, African leopard, and over three hundred (300) bird species. At 260 square kilometers (100 sq mi), the park is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks, not to mention the lake itself which is teeming with hippos and crocodiles! There are a lot of wonderful activities on offer, such as horse-riding, bush walks, boat safari on the lake and a mountain bike safari. The park has camp grounds and permanent tent facilities for visitors. In It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range, especially combining the fresh air with the beautiful scenery of Lake Mburo National Park. Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit.
Day 13 travel to Kampala
“Everything that has a beginning has an end,” on this day you will be driven back to Kampala the city to Uganda, on your way you may visit Igongo site in Mbarara before embark on your journey to Kampala. On reaching Kampala you are expected to take some time as you do a city walk around Kampala city to visit markets, religious places, monuments and museum.
Day 14 travel to Entebbe for flight back
Your guide will drop you and make you comfortable until the flight scheduled time reaches