14 day ultimate Uganda safari

14 day ultimate Uganda safari

14 day ultimate Uganda safari

This 14 day ultimate Uganda safari itinerary offers you a taste of everything Uganda has to offer. The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable and this itinerary offers them all. From wild, open Savannah to rich, refreshing rain-forests and also the shimmering freshwater crater lakes. As you journey from north to south be prepared to be amazed with Uganda’s beauty.

Day 1 Arrival in Entebbe.

Your driver/guide will meet with you at the airport greet and assist before transfering you to Kampala with overnight at Metrople hotel in Kampala. He will brief you about the tour and what time to pick you on day 2.

Day 2: To Murchison Falls National Park

6:30am after breakfast you will leave for Murchison Falls visiting the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. Driving on via Masindi we drive for 90km through the park before we reach Paraa in the late afternoon. For Budget Tour clients, you will continue to Murchison river lodge Here we will stay and with a cool drink and a fabulous view over the river Nile the evening will come with all the noise of an African night.

Driving time: ± 7,5 hours

Budget: Murchison river lodge
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 3: Murchison falls national park

This day early in the morning we go for the game drive via Tangi gate; special here are the lions, elephants and giraffes. In the afternoon we have the impressive boat safari on the Victoria Nile to the point where the Murchison Falls can be viewed clearly. Hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, elephants and many birds will be spotted. The boat safari starts at 2pm, after your lunch at Paraa Lodge that ends at 1:45pm. The boat safari is over 3 hours from start to finish.

You take another short game drive before your are returned for Dinner.

Budget: Murchison river lodge
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 4: Boat ride to Murchison falls

Early morning the boat will take us downstream to the delta. The place where the Nile enters Lake Albert. This trip of 5-6 hours will show us all the beauty of this national park especially the delta with all the different birds. Here is a good chance to see the elusive Shoebill stork! In the afternoon is a visit to the top of the Falls, a wonderful view.

Budget: Murchison river lodge
Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge

Day 5:Travel to Kibale forest national park

Early morning departure for the journey to Kibale Forest. We will pass close to Lake Albert, on a clear day the view from the top of the Albert rift is spectacular. In the afternoon we will arrive at Kibale Forest Camp, sleeping with the noises of the tropical rainforest.

Driving time: ± 8 hours

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp
Luxury: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 6: Chimpanzee Walk and Swamp Walk

At 08.00 we will start with the 4 hours chimpanzee forest walk. Also 10 other primates can be seen during this walk. The park is also known for all the butterflies and birds. In the afternoon a walk through Bigodi Swamp a (community based project)

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp
Luxury: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale

Day 7: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Early morning departure for Queen Elizabeth. Via Fort Portal we reach at around midday in Bush Lodge/Mweya Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stunningly beautiful view over Kazinga Channel. In the late afternoon go on a game viewing game drive.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Budget: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp 
Luxury: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 8: Explore Queen Elizabeth national park

This day is for a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth with thousands of Ugandan kobs, lions, elephants etc. Also on the program is a two hours launch trip on the Kazinga channel where we will see all the animals from the waterside.

Budget: – Queen Elizabeth Bush Camp 
Luxury: – Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 9: Explore Queen Elizabeth – South Ishasha area

Our second day in this beautiful park. Very early in the morning breakfast we go to Kyambura Gorge. Here you can go for a 3-4 hour walk in to the Gorge for meeting the chimpanzees. After the Gorge will drive to Ishasha Sector and have an evening game drive in search of the tree climbing lions.

Budget: Ishasha River Ntungwe Camp
Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Ishasha River Ntungwe Camp

Day 10: To Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park

In the morning we leave  for Bwindi. The bad road takes us through a beautiful landscape called the “Switzerland of Africa”. We pass mountains, hills and lakes with cultivated terraces and tropical rain-forest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath us, in the vast plane of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo the Virunga volcanoes dominate the view. In the sixties the famous American ‘gorilla-woman’ Dian Fossey visited Hotel Travelers Rest many, many times to do paperwork, to relax or to meet people.

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Buhoma Community Campground
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp / Gorilla Mist Camp Up-market: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge / Chameleon hill Lodge / Trackers Lodge Buhoma / Gorilla forest Camp

Day 11: Gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest 14 day ultimate Uganda safari

Half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable rain-forest which makes it the best places in the world to see the mountain gorillas. A day in the life of the nearly extinct mountain gorillas is always the highlight of any Uganda safari. Bwindi impenetrable forest has several habituated groups open for visitors to track. The tracking is all part of the experience. Bwindi’s forest is twice as old as most of Africa’s forests, dating back more than 25,000 years, and the deeply fissure landscape shelters a huge number of animals. Ten primate species, including chimp, blue and red-tailed monkeys play in the canopy, amongst 120 mammal species found here. The bird-life is spectacular, with more than 350 species. If you want to marvel birds you can’t see anywhere else this is the place to do it as the sheer valleys and small clearings are home to 90% of Albertine Rift endemic species. Today you get to encounter these gorillas and make journal of your own.

6:00am we recommend you wake-up, cleanup and head out for breakfast. 6:45am we head to the park headquarter where we will get to register, attend a briefing at 7:00am After the briefing you will get grouped as tracking party of 8 individuals. You get assigned a gorilla family that you will be visiting today.

8:00am then you will be driven to the starting point by your driver/guide or based on the family you are tracking you will enter the forest immediately. The tracking will take a good 2hours or more not more than 6hours. In the past trackers would walk up to 8hours searching for the location of the mountain gorillas. Due to the dedication of the rangers now the gorilla tracking experience has improved and it will make your gorilla trip a wonderful one. Along the trail you get to see other animals, primates, birds, plants and insects.

Condition of the gorilla tracking trail

The trail is usually wet and soggy due to the constant rain that falls in Bwindi forest national park. For this 14 day ultimate Uganda safari you are therefore required to bring trekking boots for you comfort and protection. The gorilla tracking trail will have thorny creeping plants. So please bring with you long trousers preferably hiking trouser, long sleeved shirts, a pair of garden gloves for used ones are fine to protect you from thorns. A rainy waterproof jacket is a must carry.

When you find the Mountain gorilla family that you are tracking on 14 day ultimate Uganda safari

Once you come in contact with the gorilla family, the ranger leading the team will signal for everyone to leave your backpacks behind and you bring just the cameras. The gorilla tracking will bring you to a resting or feeding family on the forest floor. The young mountain gorillas will be playing while the adults led by the Silverback that will be resting and keeping a very close eye on every forest movement.

You will have just one 1hour with the mountain gorillas so please use it very well. The Male Silverback gorilla will always vocally signal when the time is right to move on. When the top of the hour is up then your expedition leader will ask everyone to get ready to move back to the starting point. After the gorilla tracking you will be award a certificate of recognition for tracking the mountain gorillas. You will return to the waiting vehicle where the driver/guide will drive you back to the lodge.

Low Budget: Rushaga Gorilla Camp / Ruhija Gorilla Friends Camp / Gorilla Valley Lodge / Buhoma Community Campground
Mid-range: Silverback Lodge / Nkuringo Gorilla Camp / Gorilla Mist Camp Up-market: Buhoma Lodge / Mahogany Lodge / Chameleon hill Lodge / Trackers Lodge Buhoma / Gorilla forest Camp

Day 12: Travel to Lake Mburo national park

After breakfast you will be driven to Lake Mburo national park which is a small park yet good for breaking the long 14 day ultimate Uganda safari.

Driving time: ± 5,5 hours
Budget: Mburo Eagle’s Nest Camp
Luxury: Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury tented Camp

Day 13: To Entebbe Airport

Walking safari in the wee hours of the morning, Checkout after breakfast, drive to Masaka for lunch, Stop at the equator for Craft shopping, Drive to Entebbe with overnight at Boma. Driving time: ± 5,5 hours

Day 14: Departure (Optional activities)

Should your flight be departing in the morning the hotel shuttle will bring you to the airport but if departing in the evening then we take you for Kampala City tour before transferring you to the airport for check in. There are also other activities in Entebbe like visiting the Ngamba Island for the orphaned chimps (100$ per person), and it can be combined with Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (the former Zoo) There is also Botanical Gardens at 10$ per person. or the community reptile village for $15 per person.

STANDARD
TypeStart datePrice p.p.
2 personany dateUSD $4,780
4 personany dateUSD $4,380
6 personany dateUSD $4,125
Single Supplement adds
USD $630

Gorilla Permit Guarantee
We sell our tours with gorilla permits. If no permits are available for a tour, cancelling is free of charge and any money paid in advance will be refunded.

Included in the price for this trip
* Guides
* Vehicle
* Fuel
* English speaking driver
* Park entrances
* Ziwa Rhinos
* Game drives
* Boat safaris
* Chimpanzee walk
* Gorilla permit
* Swamp Walk
* Accommodation
* Meals
* Bottled water
* Rangers in the parks

Not included in the price for this trip
* Drinks
* Tips
* Laundry services
* Visa (Uganda/Rwanda)
* Any other personal interests
* The first and last night in Uganda

Permits
In Rwanda: USD $750
In Mgahinga: USD$600
In Buhoma Bwindi: USD $600
In South Bwindi: USD $600
In Congo: Currently not possible

Transport
4WD Toyota Land Cruiser (1-4 person.)
4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Extended (4-8 person.)
4WD Toyota Hiace (4-8 person.)

The cars are well maintained and our drivers are experienced and English speaking Ugandans. If necessary we can also hire other vehicles.

For more information about your Affordable Uganda Safari holiday? Call the Affordable Uganda Safaris Information Line Monday to Friday or drop us an email.
Telephone: +256-752-643809
Email: enquiries@affordableugandasafaris.com