Best Of Uganda
Immerse yourself in Uganda’s untamed playground, home to the world’s most spectacular animals. The most affordable of its kind, this best-selling itinerary includes intimate encounters at three national parks filled with quintessential African wildlife, two incredible forests that are home to the great apes and authentic cultural experiences. This ‘once in a lifetime’ trip is neatly woven together by the charm and charisma that exudes from the Ugandan people you will meet along the way.
10 DAYS | 9 NIGHTS
- Day 1: Depart From your destination
- Day 2: Arrive in Uganda and transfer to accommodation in Entebbe
- Day 3: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
- Day 4: Game drive and Nile River boat ride in Murchison Falls National Park
- Day 5: Explore Murchison Falls and Hoima Town
- Day 6: Chimpanzee and Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary
- Day 7: Kasenyi Plains, Kazinga Channel, Kataara Women’s Group
- Day 8: Game drive and transfer to Ishasha Sector
- Day 9: Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park for Entebbe
- Day 10: Return to United States (or add on Gorilla Tracking experience)
Day 1: Departure
Your journey begins with a flight to Uganda from your destination.
Day 2: Arrival in Uganda
On arrival, you will be met at the Airport by your personal guide who will escort you to your safari vehicle and introduce you to your driver. A short drive will bring you to your accommodation where you will be able to unwind, relax and contemplate the adventure that lies ahead.
Day 3: Entebbe - Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary - Murchison Falls National Park
Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on your journey to Murchison Falls with a stop along the way at the Rhino Sanctuary at Ziwa. You will be lead by trained rangers who will guide you through a memorable Rhino Tracking expedition. You will have the opportunity to observe the rhinos at a very close but safe distance. While at the sanctuary you will also encounter a range of other wildlife species including Uganda kobs, reedbucks, oribis, hippos and Nile crocodiles. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Murchison Falls National Park, which is split into its northern and southern sectors by the mighty Nile that runs east to west through the Park. You will then check into one of our select eco luxury lodges.
Day 4: Murchison Falls National Park
This amazing day begins with an early wake-up call before sunrise for your first game drive, which in Murchison Falls is sure to be incredible. The park is home to all of the Big 5 (with the exception of the rhino) along with hippos, giraffe, as well as several antelope and monkey species. Most of the game viewing is done around the Buligi Game tracks in the northern sector of the park. The park also boasts the Nile - Lake Albert Delta, which is home to a large number of native birds, including African fish eagles and the rare shoebill storks.
After lunch, it is time for a boat ride along the Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls, so be sure to have your cameras ready for this one! Expect to see birds perched on tree branches ready to hunt; mammals drinking or cooling down in the river; and reptiles basking in the sun on the river banks. One of the highlights of the boat ride is getting up close to Murchison Falls itself, allowing you to feel the awesome power and beauty that comes when the world’s longest river is forced through a 7-meter gap before dropping 40 meters as is continues its journey through the Nile. This unforgettable trip harks back to the days of the intrepid explorers of days gone by.
Day 5: Murchison Falls - Hoima - Kibale National Forest
After an early morning game drive and breakfast, you will head south for a visit to the top of Murchison Falls for a scenic view from this vantage point, which really put the falls into perspective. Next, we travel to the town of Hoima Town, which serves as stopping point midway between Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest National Park. Historically known as the principal city of the Bunyoro Kingdom, Hoima Town represents a traditional blend of rural and town life you will not see anywhere else in Uganda.
After a brief stop in Hoima you will continue the safari heading south towards Kibale Forest National Park, the primate capital of the world.
Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking and the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
Your once in a lifetime Chimpanzee Tracking experience has finally arrived! After breakfast, you will travel to the Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters at Kayanchu Gate where your tracking group will head into the forest with a guide after a short briefing. Approximately one hour before your group sets off an advance party of guides will have entered the forest to locate where the Chimpanzees spent the night. Once located the advance party will send a radio message back to your tracking group so you can navigate through the forest to find the chimpanzees. During the trek, you will also get to see a variety of birds, animals and plant species within the forest. Once you locate the Chimpanzees you will spend only one hour with them, which ensures that the Chimpanzees will not become over exposed to human contact.
Next, is on to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a part of the Magombe Swamp just south of Kibale National Park. A visit to the sanctuary enables you to see rare mammals and birds, like the webbed feet sitatunga and the great blue turaco, which call this diverse place home. However, if you aren't lucky enough to see them, there are still plenty of other animals, including bush pigs, black and white colobus monkeys and over 200 species of birds that inhabit the swamp.
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kazinga Channel
The excitement of Chimpanzee Tracking will likely still be with you as the safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park in the afternoon. Entry will be via the northern sector famous for the Kasenyi Plains and Kazinga Channel, where you will notice a distinct change in scenery as the lush green crater lake region of surrounding Kibale Forest gives way to the open savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park. One of the highlights of visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park is the afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel. The cruise is a round trip beginning at the Mweya Peninsula and lasting approximately three hours. The Channel is a 32-kilometre long natural channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George. The channel has one of the world's largest concentration of hippos, numerous Nile crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and a whole host of birds, including African fish eagles, kingfishers, Herons, storks and skimmers.
The early evening schedule includes a bit of local culture with a visit to the Kataara Women’s Group to learn about the the artistic diversity of the local products that are created and sold to support the community. A visit to the group will enable you to find out more about this incredible social enterprise and to be inspired by the individual stories. There will also be a chance to support the group by purchasing reasonably priced crafts.
Day 8: Morning game drive and transfer to Ishasha Sector of the Park
With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives in the northern part of the park experiences ticked off your list, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a parting gift as you head south. The Southern Sector of the park is called the Ishasha Sector and it is famous for the tree climbing lions that inhabit this area. Driving this way will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lions, which make for a great photo opportunity.
Day 9: Queen Elizabeth National Park and Entebbe (or add-on Gorilla Tracking extension, details below).
After your incredible safari, it will be time to head back. During this final leg of the trip, you will leave Queen Elizabeth National Park with your last to chance to view the wildlife as you head back to Entebbe for your flight back home. There are not many places in the world that have the wide range of wildlife, nature and culture so you will have experienced something most people in the world will never experience.
All of Africa in one country - Uganda, THE PEARL OF AFRICA!
Day 10: Arrive Home to your destination
We hope you took loads of great photos and had a wonderful experience that will live with you for a long time .
Gorilla Tracking Extension (Optional)
The Gorilla Tracking extension is an add-on to the typical 10 day safari tour with Days 1 to 8 the same while Day 9 onward is unique to the Gorilla Tracking experience (as noted below).
Please note: THIS ADD-ON INCURS AN ADDITIONAL FEE.
Day Nine: Travel from Ishasha to Buhoma
With the Kazinga Channel and the Game drives in the northern part of the park experiences ticked off your list, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a parting gift as you head south towards Bwindi and the Gorillas. The Southern Sector of the park is called the Ishasha Sector and it is famous for the fig tree climbing lions that inhabit this area. After the game drive you will continue to head towards Bwindi will give you an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the lions which make a great photo. You will enter Bwindi via the northern sector of the park and begin to see the mountainous hills and valleys that the gorillas call their home.
Day Ten: Gorilla Tracking - Bwindi National Park - Buhoma
We hope your camera is charged and you are ready for what lies ahead because your bucket list Gorilla Tracking experience has arrived! An early start will see you transfer to the Park Headquarters for a briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority guides. An advance party of guides will have gone ahead into the forest to locate where the gorillas slept the previous night and will have begun tracking their movements. These guides will communicate with your team via a walkie-talkie and the trek into the forest will begin. Locating the Gorillas can take a few hours or the whole day depending on how far they have moved from the place they spent the previous night. Once they are found, for conservation purposes, the amount of time allowed with the Gorillas is one hour. As you trek through the forest you will appreciate why the forest is often called impenetrable. There is also a multitude of other animals that you might encounter including antelopes and rare monkeys not to mention the beauty of the forest itself. Once you have completed the trek you will return to the lodge, for a well-earned rest and time to reflect on a truly magical experience.
Day 11: Transfer to Kihihi - Fly to Entebbe
With your Gorilla Tracking experience still a vivid memory, it is time to begin your journey home. After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kihihi for your flight back to Entebbe, which is included in your package. On your flight back from Bwindi to Entebbe you will be afforded a fantastic view of Bwindi, The Impenetrable Forest, from the air. Make sure you have your camera ready or simply enjoy the amazing view. From this high up you can also see the mountains and forests in Congo and Rwanda! On arrival in Entebbe you will be able to continue your journey home!
What’s Included: Transportation, flight to Entebbe, meals.
Day 12: Arrive Home to your destination
We hope you took loads of great photos and had a wonderful experience that will live with you for a long time.
- Transfer to/from Entebbe International Airport
- Ground transport on a private 4WD luxury safari vehicle
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Accommodation as included in the itinerary (twin/double room)
- Activities and meals as included in the itinerary
- Bottled mineral water in the safari vehicle
- Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
- Gorilla permit (USD $600 per permit per day)
- Activities included in the itinerary
- Permit for chimp tracking in Kibale Forest
- Detailed map of Uganda (1 map per person)
- A pair of Binoculars
- International flight
- Visa (USD $50, available upon arrival)
- Meals and drinks outside the itinerary
- Items and services of a personal nature
Terms and conditions
* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.
* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.
* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.
* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Age Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.
* Gorilla permits can only be secured after receiving the requested deposit.
* The chimp tracking in Kibale Forest may take place either in the morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the permits for chimp tracking.