15 Days Uganda Big 5, Primates & Nature Safari Holiday

The 15 days Uganda safari is an interesting safari for the visitor who comes to Uganda the pearl of Africa who is interested in both primate, culture and wildlife adventures. This safari will include 15 days and 14 nights and will take you to many places right from the airport in Entebbe. You will move to Murchison falls national park but have your stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for rhino trekking and then proceed for a game drive and boat cruise in Murchison falls national park.

From there head to Kibale national park for chimpanzee trekking and then to Queen Elizabeth national park for a boat cruise in Kasenyi and a boat ride in Kazinga channel and then to Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking and a cultural tour of the Batwa after to do canoeing on lake Bunyonyi and transfer to lake Mburo national park for horseback riding and boat cruise after which drive back to Kampala for a city tour and then to the airport and fly back home

Detailed Itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival at the airport and transfer to a hotel

On this first day of your 15 days Uganda safari, be picked up from the airport by your experienced safari driver who will be waiting for you as soon as you arrive. He will brief you shortly about this 15 days Uganda safari summarizing to you the activities you will be doing and then head to your booked hotel in Kampala city for your dinner and overnight stays.

Day 2: Transfer to Murchison falls NP and Rhino trekking at Ziwa sanctuary

Wake up early in the morning and then drive heading to Murchison falls national park where you will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary for a 2-3 rhino trekking with your ranger guide. Immediately after meeting them, take photos and videos for an hour and then proceed with your drive to Murchison falls national park. Check-in at your lodge for dinner

Day 3: Morning game drive and boat cruise

After early morning breakfast, head to the park for a game drive where you have an opportunity of viewing wildlife animals such as Elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, oribi, Rothchild giraffes, hyenas, warthogs and many Savanah animals not forgetting a variety of bird species including the canine bee-eaters, martial eagles, shoebills, secretary birds and many more species.

In the evening, head for a boat ride to the bottom of Murchison falls with the option of hiking on top of the falls. Have a close view of hippos, crocodiles, frogs, butterflies, snakes and other birds like kingfishers and other water birds. Head to your lodge for meals and wait for your next activity the following day.

Day 4: Morning game drive and transfer to Hoima

On your 4th day of this 15 days Uganda safari, you will have your breakfast at the lodge and drive to the park for another game drive where you will view a number of wildlife animals and more birdlife and scenic views of the place and then Nile delta point. This is the point where the Nile leaves Lake Albert.

During this drive, meet a number of butterflies and then to the southern back where you will have your hot after which drive to Hoima passing through Budongo forest passing through Masindi. Check-in at a hotel in Hoima for dinner.

Day 5:  Transfer to Kibale national park

After your breakfast, head to Kibale national park the home primate capital of the world. This is a long journey that covers a time frame of 4-5 hours’ drive. The park is famously known for homing the highest number of primates with 13 in total including the chimpanzees.

While on your way to this park, expect to have some stopovers at key points for photographs of people in their gardens, and cash crop plantations like tea, coffee, and tobacco and have a view of the mountains of the moon, Rwenzori and then check in at your lodge near the park for your dinner.

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking and visit the Isunga community

This is one of the day’s most visitors enjoy spending while in Uganda. This is the day for chimpanzee trekking one of the closest relatives of man. Be served your morning dish and then head for payments and briefing at the park’s main headquarters in Isunga after driving to the starting point in Kanyanchu visitor’s center where you will meet an armed ranger guide who will also brief you shortly and then head to the forest and start looking for these chimps.

The activity usually takes 2-7 hours but this is done following the movements and locations of these giant animals. It should be noted that chimpanzee trekking is an interesting activity and as soon as you reach them, an hour will be given to you in their presence as you are taking photos and videos of their young ones playing. Retreat back to the office and obtain your trekking certificate and then drive to your lodge for meals.

After lunch, visit the Isunga community and learn more about the real lifestyle of the locals leaving at the edge of the Kibale forest. This will be through touring around the community as a local guide interprets and explains all the attractions that will be met while on this community walking trail.

Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

After your breakfast, embark on a drive to Queen Elizabeth national park passing through the foothills of mountain Rwenzori and have a look at glaciations on clear days, banana plantations since Uganda is a banana republic, Tea plantations, coffee farms and a community of the Bakonzo, Bamba and other tribes that are resident on the foothill of Rwenzori Mountains. Check-in at your booked lodge for the meals and relax and enjoy the place.

Day 8: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Enjoy peaceful breakfast at your lodge and then drive to the park for a morning game drive. Have your well-packed lunch and then to your exciting activity for an active game viewing where if you are lucky enough you have chances of spotting the lions lazily relaxing within the shrubs.

Game drive in the wildness is a wonderful sunrise experience that opens to you a gate of viewing the vegetation and numerous predators hunting such as hyenas and other wild cats.

After lunch in the wild, embark on an afternoon boat cruise which is a 2-3 hours cruise normally done on the Kazinga channel that connects Lake George and Lake Albert. This cruise is rewarding and you have higher chances of spotting hippos, crocodiles, snails, birds, snakes and many more that will aid on your tour. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Day 9: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable NP via Ishasha sector

After early morning breakfast, drive heading to Ishasha sector the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. This route takes a 2-hour drive and will provide you with an opportunity to have a look at animals grazing freely in the savannah plains, pass through the Maramagambo forest which is one of the largest rainforests in Uganda. The drive will present to you animals such as the rare tree-climbing lions, hyenas, elephants and many more. Check-in at your lodge for your meals and night stays.

Day 10: Gorilla trekking

To catch up with the time of the experience, wake up early in the morning for your early breakfast and then head for the most rewarding activity, gorilla trekking. Drive to the park headquarters and finalize your papers and be briefed about the rules and regulations to follow while trekking. After meeting your ranger guide well-armed who will be with you when looking for the giant animals.

The activity usually lasts for a period of 1-8 hours depending on the location of these animals and or the movements of these primates. It is important for our visitors to note that as soon as you reach these animals, an extra one hour will be given to you in their presence to take photos and videos. Return to the lodge for meals and night stay.

Day 11: Batwa community experience and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Enjoy the breakfast of your 15 days on a Uganda safari at your lodge and then wait for a Twa guide who will pick you up from the lodge and take you through the cultural entertainment of the Batwa people.

These people were once forest inhabitants before it was gazetted. Visit this minority group and learn much more from them and proceed to Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 12: Canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi

This day is our day of relaxing and having our breakfast at the lodge will open to us the activities to do while at Lake Bunyonyi. The name Bunyonyi is a local word meaning birds which gives it a direct translation as a lake of birds. Optionally one can choose to do hiking on the Islands as well as swimming. Have sights and sounds of numerous birds before leaving for your meals.

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

Have your breakfast and then set off for Lake Mburo national park where we will be passing through the cultivated terrace lands of the Bakiga people whose life depends mostly on agriculture having a stop break in Mbarara for lunch and then proceed with our journey and check in at our booked lodge for dinner and relaxing.

Day 14: Horseback riding and boat cruise

On your 14th day of this 15 days Uganda safari, wake up early in the morning for the breakfast and then after embark on horseback riding which will open to you a chance of viewing much wildlife in the wild at a close range. View animals such as zebras, giraffes, impalas, buffalos and to mention a few. Return back to your lodge for lunch.

After the horseback ride, head for a boat that will be on lake Mburo and have sights of animals such as hippos, crocodiles, frogs and many more not forgetting birds which come on the lake to drink water. Drive back to the lodge for dinner.

Day 15: Transfer to Kampala for a city tour and fly back home

Being the last day of your 15 days Uganda safari, wake up early in the morning for an early breakfast and head for a city tour in Kampala the capital city of Uganda. Visit the kabaka’s palace and greet the king together with his royal guards. From there visit the Namugongo martyrs’ shrine where over 20 Ugandan Christians were burnt to ash by the Kabaka of Buganda by then, Kabaka Mwanga. After the city tour, drive to the airport and fly back


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