Lakes and Chimpanzees: A Spectacular 7-Day Safari in Uganda's National Parks
Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe/Kampala
Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport or Kampala, our friendly guide will warmly welcome you and assist with the transfer to your accommodation. Take this day to relax and acclimate to Uganda's vibrant atmosphere.
Day 2: Discover Lake Mburo National Park
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Lake Mburo National Park, known for its picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife. Upon arrival, check into your comfortable lodge and enjoy a delectable lunch. In the afternoon, set out on a thrilling boat safari along Lake Mburo, where you'll encounter an array of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. Delight in the tranquil beauty of the lake as the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the surroundings.
Day 3: Wildlife Exploration in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Leave Lake Mburo behind and venture towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, a true gem of Uganda's wildlife reserves. En route, enjoy the scenic views of rolling hills, tea plantations, and the majestic Rwenzori Mountains. Upon arrival, settle into your lodge and savor a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, embark on an exciting game drive through the park, accompanied by an experienced guide. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and an abundance of other wildlife. As the day draws to a close, embark on a breathtaking boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, where you'll witness diverse birdlife and have the opportunity to spot more hippos and crocodiles.
Day 4: Exploring the Wilderness of Queen Elizabeth National Park
Today, immerse yourself further in the captivating landscapes and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Embark on a morning game drive in search of the park's elusive inhabitants. Traverse vast savannahs, dense forests, and rolling plains as you observe herds of elephants, graceful giraffes, and an array of antelope species. After a delightful picnic lunch in the heart of the park, continue your exploration and witness the incredible diversity of wildlife that calls this extraordinary park home. As the sun begins to set, return to your lodge for a well-deserved rest and to reflect on the day's remarkable encounters.
Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park
Today, venture towards Kibale National Park, renowned as the primate capital of the world. After a scenic drive, arrive at your lodge nestled amidst the lush forest. In the afternoon, embark on an awe-inspiring chimpanzee trekking experience. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, journey into the heart of the park, traversing dense vegetation in search of our closest relatives - the chimpanzees. Observe their playful antics, listen to their vocalizations, and witness the remarkable bond they share within their social groups. This enchanting encounter with these intelligent creatures will leave you in awe of the wonders of the natural world.
Day 6: Exploring Kibale National Park
Delve deeper into the wonders of Kibale National Park today. Embark on a guided nature walk through the forest, where you'll have the opportunity to spot additional primate species, such as red colobus monkeys and L'Hoest's monkeys. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest, marveling at the diverse plant life and listening to the chorus of birds above. In the afternoon, visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts, boasting over 200 bird species. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalks, and keep an eye out for colorful kingfishers, elusive shoebills, and vibrant butterflies.
Day 7: Farewell and Departure
As your unforgettable safari comes to an end, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your lodge, taking in the final views of Uganda's natural beauty. Bid farewell to the national parks as you embark on a scenic drive back to Entebbe or Kampala. Reflect on the incredible memories and wildlife encounters you've experienced during your time in Uganda. Arrive with ample time for your onward travel arrangements, carrying with you the cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of Africa's wildlife.
- Comfortable accommodation throughout the safari
- All meals as specified in the itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Chimpanzee trekking permits
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Transportation in a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle
- Airport transfers
International and domestic flights
Personal expenses and gratuities
Optional activities, not mentioned in the itinerary
- Boat safaris
- Game drives
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Nature walks in the forest
- Birdwatching in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
What to Pack:
- Lightweight clothing for warm days and cool evenings
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat and sunglasses for sun protection
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Binoculars for wildlife viewing
- Camera to capture the remarkable moments
- Water bottle to stay hydrated
- Personal toiletries and any necessary medication
Join our "Lakes and Chimpanzees" safari for an immersive experience in Uganda's diverse landscapes, encounter captivating wildlife, and create lifelong memories. This extraordinary journey promises to ignite your sense of adventure and leave you with a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of this remarkable country.