14 Day Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

14 Day Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

Welcome to the beautiful Uganda. Once you have landed at Entebbe international airport of Uganda, our represent will be there to usher you as you wait for your inbound domestic flight to famous kidepo valley  national park which should take you about 2hours to reach the true wilderness of Africa. Today you will stay at Kidepo savannah lodge or Zebra safari lodge.

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DAY TO DAY HIGHLIGHT

SAFARI OVERVIEW

Welcome to the beautiful Uganda. Once you have landed at Entebbe international airport of Uganda, our represent will be there to usher you as you wait for your inbound domestic flight to famous kidepo valley  national park which should take you about 2hours to reach the true wilderness of Africa. Today you will stay at Kidepo savannah lodge or Zebra safari lodge.

  • Day 1: Morning Game drive and community tour. 

  • Day 2: Game walking safari and Evening game drive

  • Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls national park.

  • Day 4:  Game drive and boatcruise towards bottom of falls.

  • Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National park

  • Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and swamp walk.

  • Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park.

  • Day 8: Game drive and boat cruise.

  • Day 9: Transfer to Buhoma through famous Ishasha.

  • Day 10: Nature walk through bwindi from Buhoma to Nkulingo

  • Day 11:  Gorilla trekking

  • Day 12: Batwa experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

  • Day 13: transfer to Kigali for connecting flight back home.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Morning Game drive and community tour. 

On this day after your hearty breakfast, you will kick start for an early game drive through open plains savannah with inclusive of 4the big five. Kidepo valley national park is found in the isolated corner north of eastern Uganda  dubed true African wilderness. While on game drive, you will be able to see elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, elands, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and leopards among others. Later head back for delicious lunch, afterwards embark on a community tour where you will learn more about indigenous karimajongo who believed to have migrated from west Africa and also staying in manyatta. Later on you will have a quick game drive as you enjoy your sun downer in the wilderness.

Day 2: Game walking safari and Evening game drive

Today morning, you will embark on a walking safari through Narus valley with armed ranger private guide. While on this walk, you will be able to watch a big number of wildlife and common ostrich among many other savanah birds. Later after your hearty lunch, You will kick on another exciting game drive to see what you might have missed in the previous day.

Day 3: Transfer to Murchison falls national park.

Today after your breakfast, you will kick start a scenic drive to Uganda’s biggest national park Dubed Murchison fall national park. You will have hot lunch in Gulu town reaching the park in the later afternoon. Today you’ll stay at Pakuba safari lodge/Paraa safari lodge.

Day 4:  Game drive and boatcruise towards bottom of falls.

The delicious breakfast at the lodge is followed by a game drive through the northern plains of this park to catch-up with the wide variety of wildlife species. Expected are lions, Jackson’s hartebeests, elephants, oribis, Cape buffaloes, leopards, bushbucks, Masai giraffes, warthogs, and a variety of bird species.

You’ll return for lunch at the Lodge and later the two hours launch cruise on the Nile River up to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to view numerous species of wildlife like schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic bird species along the river banks. Lucky visitors will see shoebill storks. Afterwards, drive back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 5: Transfer to Kibale National park

Earlier today after your hearty breakfast, you will kick start a scenic drive in the countryside with tea plantations, local homestays with enroute lunch in kagadi0 reaching your lodge in the afternoon. After you have relaxed at your lodge, You may choose to visit community neighboring. Overnight at Chimpanzee forest Lodge/Turaco Treetops lodge.

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and swamp walk.

Today morning, you will assemble at park offices for registration and briefing about chimpanzee trekking. Later ascend to the forest to look out for chimps in the forest. Chimpanzee trekking might take 2Hours to 5hours. Once they have been spotted, you will be allowed to spend 1hour with them while taking photos and learning them. After a successful trek, descend back to your loge for hot lunch. You’ll then go for nature walk in the bigodi swamp.

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national Park.

Today morning after your hearty breakfast, you will kick start another exciting scenic drive through green banana garden in countryside. You will visit bee farmers and learn more about beekeeping projects and how journeys have impacted the communities living in the remote areas where our tours are mostly happening. You will reach your loge early for lunch for relaxation. After you have relaxed, you will embark on game drive that will expose you to abundant wildlife here and crater explosions and a fishing village if time allows. Overnight at Aardvark safari lodge/Bush lodge.

Day 8: Game drive and boat cruise.

Earlier today, you will start a cup of coffee and then game drive to look out for early grazers such as elephants, buffaloes, kobs, lions, hippos, leopards and warthogs among others. You will then head off to your lodge for hot lunch. Later embark on a famous boat cruise along kazinga channel that connects lake Edward and lake George popular for its school of hippos. While on this cruise, you will have a chance to see wildlife in abundance such crocdiles, elephants, bird life and  buffaloes quenching water on hot day.

Day 9: Transfer to Buhoma through famous Ishasha.

Earlier today, you will head south wards of the park through ishasha to look out for different creatures . Ishasha is known for its tree climbing lions and other grazers like elephants, buffaloes and many more others reaching buhoma in evening for relaxation.

Dinner and overnight at Bwindi Haven Lodge.

Day 10: Nature walk through bwindi from Buhoma to Nkulingo

Today you will have a nature walk through famous bwindi with armed range guide who will take you this expedition, it will take you 3-4hours to exist the park. And your guise will be there waiting for your transfer to the lodge. Overnight at Nkulingo Gorilla lodge

Day 11:  Gorilla trekking

Today morning, you will assemble at park offices where you will acquire briefing and registration for your gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking takes about 2hours to 7hours depending on where they have been spotted. Once you have seen them, you will allowed 1hour with them taking photos and learning more about their behaviors. Later onwards ascend to back to your lodge for relaxation

Day 12: Batwa experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.

Today you will experience batwa community. The Batwa re the first people in the forests and they hunters and fruit gatherers who were evicted from the forest forcefully. They will demonstrate their ancient hunting tactics and their way of life. Afterwards head to lake bunyonyi. Overnight at Birnest Resort Bunyonyi

Day 13: transfer to Kigali for connecting flight back home.

Today after your relaxed breakfast, you will be transferred to Kigali international airport. If time allows do city tour with a visit to genocide memorial centre.

End of Safari





Each Person Paying 5,150$ 

Included in The package/Price:

  • All Domestic Flights as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 13 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 1 chimpanzee Permit Per person
  • All Boat Cruises Mentioned
  • Bottled water on safari
  • Planned Bush Breakfasts & Sun downers

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.