19 Days Best of Uganda Safari

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Experience an abundance of wildlife, scenery, cultural community experiences on this 19 days best of Uganda Safari. For most people mountain Gorilla trekking and Chimpanzee tracking are the highlight of this safari. There are amazing opportunities of seeing numerous exotic animals like Rhinos, lions, hippos, buffaloes, leopard, elephants, and several species of birds. Enjoy the thundering Murchison Falls and the crater lakes is the western and southwestern of the country. This journey will bring you close to nature and culture – Uganda, the Pearl of Africa!

Best of Uganda Safari Highlights:

  • Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks
  • Boat cruises in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Crater Lakes
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  • Community experience in Ankole at Rwenjeru camp site farm.
  • Photo session at the Equator

Day 1: Arrival to the Pearl of Africa

On your arrival, Great Trekkers Safaris representative will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. Enjoy the breeze from Lake Victoria – 2nd largest lake in the world. Meal plan – Bed and breakfast at your lodge

Day 2:  Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Have an early breakfast and depart for Murchison Falls National Park. The journey is a magical adventure with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary route to track Rhinos. Your ranger guide will brief you after which you proceed to trek Rhinos in the sanctuary. After this fulfilling experience and photo session, you will have lunch and we proceed to Murchison arriving late evening. Check in have dinner and Night rest Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Game drive and Boat Safari on River Nile

Murchison Falls National Park is the biggest in Uganda and offers fulfilling game viewing. The game drives start early morning right after breakfast which increases the chances of sighting different animals especially the predators that tend to go into hiding during the heat of the day. The game drive happen in the northern bank of River Nile, where we look out for giraffes, elephants, hartebeest, Buffaloes, Leopards, Lions and different bird species. In the after-noon, the safari will continue on River Nile – Nile boat safari towards the mighty Murchison falls. The relaxed boat safari provides more opportunities for spotting a variety of animals and birds and falls from. You have an opportunity to watch the falls from below. Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Drive to the Chimps in Kibale Forest NP

Today we depart for the home of Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park. Kibale forest is home to 13 species of primates with the main attraction being chimpanzee tracking and bird watching. The journey to this tropical forest passes villages and colorful road markets. Lunch will en route or packed. Meal plan -Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi community experience

Chimpanzee tracking is a fulfilling adventure that takes you deep in the tropical forests with streams of water and abundant wildlife. You will start with a briefing from the ranger guide about your chimp trek. On your trek, you might have sightings of red-tailed monkeys, black-and white Columbus monkeys, butterflies, and birds calling from the canopies. With the help of your ranger guide, you will locate the chimps. Enjoy picture moments and watch them as they play, groom, and feed. After lunch visit Bigodi swamp – a community project known for its rich diversity of birds and primates depending on the availability of time. This community project is involved in providing employment for youth through tour guiding, some of the proceeds go into establishment of schools and teachers pay. Meal plan Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Today after breakfast, our wildlife tour continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy views of several crater lakes and the mystical Rwenzori Mountain ranges. On arrival in the park, have lunch and take a boat safari on Kazinga channel. The boat safari is a great way to enjoy water, animals, birds and photography. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and transfer to Ishasha sector

The animals in their different families, clans, and groups are out starting on their day. Watch the animals in their natural habitat and notice the difference with those caged in zoos. You will do this mostly from the Kasenyi plains where there is the large Kob mating ground. Look out for Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Waterbucks, Buffaloes, and several colorful birds. After this experience, we drive to watch them and proceed to Ishasha, famed for the tree-climbing lions. It is not easy to sight these but we shall mount a search with the help of rangers. Lunch will be a picnic or at the lodge. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth – Bwindi National Park

Have morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and we start the road transfer to Bwindi. Lunch time arrival. Check in and spend the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying the stunning view from your lodge in preparation for tomorrow’s Gorilla Encounter. Dinner and Over Night. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Mountain Gorilla trekking – Batwa community experience

Mountain gorillas are true gentle giants found in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park Uganda. Your ranger guide will guide you to in conjunction with early trackers to the enormous and rare mountain gorillas deep in the jungles of Bwindi. The trekking experience takes anything from one hour (rarely) to about 8 hours to accomplish, you only have one hour with gorillas to capture your finest moment. For those not interested in gorilla tracking can take a community village walk to the Batwa or short guided forest walk to track the Golden monkeys found in this park. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Have morning breakfast, check out of lodge and we depart for Lake Bunyonyi, the 2nd deepest lake in Africa. Enjoy stunning scenery – interlocking hills terraced by the locals as they practice farming named the “Switzerland of Africa” by Churchill, the great British diplomat. Arrival at your lodge, have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the scenic view of this beautiful paradise. Dinner, Night Camp fire and Night rest at will.  Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 12: Lake Bunyonyi Islands

Today after a good night sleep, wake up and enjoy the rays of the sun over Lake Bunyonyi. It is surrounded by beautiful hills terraced by the locals as they grow potatoes and other crops for their food and excess for sale. Take a canoe ride to some of the 29 Islands that will give you an overview of the cultural and history of the area. Most notable is the story of the ‘punishment island’ your guide will share this story while on your boat ride. In the afternoon, you can dive in the lake for a swim, go bird watching, or hike up a steep hill for more views of the lake and its islands. Alternatively you can set by the lake shores and enjoy reading a book. .  Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 13: Lake Bunyonyi- Nshenyi Cultural Village

Have morning breakfast and we start the road drive to Nshenyi cultural village. This takes us 2 hours to arrive at the home, check in and have a briefing about the history of this amazing village. Prepare to spend your afternoon participating in several activities like the traditional hand milking of the long horned Ankole Cattle, explore the traditional cattle treatment process, the naming of the cows and how the calves know the names of their mothers and themselves, brushing the cows to remove dirt using the local brush called Enkuuyo, set out to the grazing field along with the herdsmen learning how to play the instruments like flute and traditional songs and then attend to the craft making process, the impressive architectural huts’ tour and take a walk in the community to explore the way of life. You retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Day 14: Nshenyi – Mbarara for the Ankole cultural experience.

Today after a good night sleep, have your breakfast, check out and we start the exciting road drive to Mbarara. Lunch time check in at Igongo cultural center and later we take a short drive to Rwenjeru community camp site a project supported by Great Trekkers Safaris. Spend time with the traditional communities of this area, take a guided walk to the farm for a cow watering and milking experience with an option of a guided hike to the monument hill located a few kilometers from your lodge. Return in time for your Dinner and Overnight at the lodge. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.

Day 15: Lake Mburo National Park

Early morning breakfast and we drive to Lake Mburo National Park for the early morning game drive across this game park. While on the drive expect to see herds of Zebras, Giraffes, Uganda Kobs, several bird species, Buffaloes etc. Return to your lodge have lunch and prepare for a boat trip on Lake Mburo. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Transfer to Kampala via Equator Monument

After an early breakfast, we take a game drive and proceed to Kampala, with a stopover at the famous Equator line. Have lunch in the city or Equator depending on arrival time and we proceed to our lodge for overnight. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Kampala City tour

You will start off with the city tour after breakfast, by walking through the city centre, the National Theatre, Namirembe Cathedral, visit the Kasubi Tombs: which represent the Baganda Culture, and Old Kampala Gadaffi mosque. We shall finish the tour with a look at the culture and history that make up this fascinating country with a visit to the Uganda Museum. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Kampala – Jinja the source of R. Nile.

Enjoy your morning breakfast, check out of lodge and we drive to the east of Uganda making our stop over at Mabira forest one of the natural thick forest in Uganda. Have a photo experience and we head directly to Jinja. Lunch time arrival, check in and Enjoy a boat cruise experience to the source of the Nile. Take extra –Optional activities ( Bungee Jumping, Water Rafting, Quad biking, and Horse riding) all arranged at your request. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Transfer to Entebbe International Airport.

Have morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and we drive directly to Entebbe. Depending on your flight schedule we shall do some shopping and later we drive directly to the Airport in time for your flight back home after memorable days well spent in the pearl of Africa-Uganda. Meal Plan Bed & Breakfast

Additional information

Chimpanzee permit





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Not included

Foods and drinks

As indicated in the itinerary

Gorilla permit



English, Yes

Minimum group

4, For less people check prices



Not included

Type of vehicle

4WD Safari Van, Land cruiser

Others included

Accommodation as per options in the itinerary, Activities as stipulated on the safari program, Batwa cultural experience, Community walks and cultural experiences, Walking Safari

Others not included

All drinks apart from those served for breakfast, Any activity or accommodation NOT mentioned in the itinerary, Any deviation from the suggested program, Any personal insurance covers, Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature, Porters and other luggage service, Souvenirs and items of a personal nature like telephone calls, Tips and gratuities


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