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16 Days Best of Uganda

Day 1, Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our representative from Span safaris will pick you up and transfer you to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay or for a short city tour depending on the time of your arrival flight. Dinner and overnight at Imperial Royale Hotel/Kampala Serena Hotel/Cassia Lodge/Ministers Village Hotel/G-One Hotel/Hotel Sojovaro

Day 2, Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast at your Hotel in Kampala, our representative will pick you up and transfer you towards the North via Luwero to Murchison falls National Park.  En route you will visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is a home to different rescued Rhinos. Go for a short rhino tracking and then after have Lunch. Later proceed with your journey to Masindi town and then to Murchison falls National Park via the Kichumbanyobo gate. Upon arrival, visit the famous top of the falls and experience the beauty of Murchison falls. You will see where River Nile waters squeeze its self through a 7 metres wide crevice into the narrow gorge of 48 metres.  Later transfer to your assigned accommodation place for dinner and overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge for up market/Sambiya River Lodge for mid range/Red chill camp for budget

Day 3, Game drive and Albert Nile Launch Cruise
After breakfast, you will set out for the early morning game drive in the Northern sector of the Park. With the help of your driver and a ranger guide, you will be able to search and see animals like Elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Giraffes, waterbucks, Orbi, bush backs, warthogs and so many others.  Return back to your lodge for Lunch and in the afternoon, take a 3 hours launch cruise to the bottom of the falls, en route, you will be able to see a lot of hippos, Crocodiles, elephants and other animals taking water, and also a variety of bird species such crested crane, black and white eagle will be seen along the search and if you are lucky, you will encounter the legendary shoe bill and many other animals. Dinner and overnight stay at Paraa Safari Lodge for up market/Sambiya River Lodge for mid range/Red chill camp for budget

Day 4, Transfer to Fort Portal
After breakfast, you will transfer to Fort portal town via Hoima. En route you will see different local community homesteads which will give you a clear view of a true African Culture. Also you will pass through different green vegetation fields of tea. Have lunch in Hoima town and later continue with your journey to Fort portal. Upon arrival, you will transfer to Kibale National Park for dinner and overnight stay at Chimp Nest or Kibale Forest camp for mid range/Chimpanzee guest house for budget/ Ndali Safari Lodge or Primates Lodge for Luxury.
           
Day 5, Chimp Trek and Bigodi Swamp Walk
After breakfast, you will prepare for your morning chimp trek with in the forest. The briefing and the trek starts from Kanyachu the Park headquarters at 7:30am. While in the forest expect to encounter different primate species besides the chimps since the forest has 13 primate species. Expect to see the grey-cheeked mangabey and red-tailed monkey. Besides primates, there are also a lot of bird species in the forest. Once you come across the chimps, you will enjoy the company of these man’s closest friends. Return back to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, transfer to Bigodi Swamp for a bird walk. Here you will see different bird species. Return back for dinner and overnight stay at Chimp Nest or Kibale Forest camp for mid range/Chimpanzee guest house for budget/ Ndali Safari Lodge or Primates Lodge for Luxury.

Day 6, Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The journey en route will offer you with views of the great Mountains of the Moon and a game drive en route. This will expose you to different wildlife and bird species. Among the wildlife, look out for Lions, Elephants, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes, Warthogs, and a lot of Kobs. Dinner and overnight stay at Simba Safari Camp for Budget/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge for Mid range / Mweya Safari Lodge for Luxury

Day 7, Game drive and launch cruise
After breakfast, you will go for the morning game drive in the park (Kasenyi area) and search for different wildlife such as Lions, Elephants, buffaloes, leopards, antelopes, Warthogs, and a lot of Kobs. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will go for the launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. The channel attracts a lot of wildlife and a lot of bird species. After the cruise, return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Simba Safari Camp for Budget/ Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge for Mid range / Mweya Safari Lodge for Luxury

Day 8, Chimpanzee tracking and Transfer to Bwindi
After breakfast, you will transfer to Kyambura gorge for Chimpanzee tracking. You will first go for the briefing at 7:45 am. Chimpanzees are one of the closest Man’s friends and seeing them is amazing. Your ranger will provide you with detailed information about the flora and fauna that you will encounter as well as primate on your way to the Gorge. Return back to the lodge for refreshments and later transfer to Bwindi National Park via Ishasha sector which is commonly known for its rare tree climbing lions. Later transfer to Bwindi where you will have dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Safari Camp for Budget/ Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Buhoma Lodge for Mid range / Mahogany Springs or Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp for Luxury

Day 9, Bwindi Gorilla Trek
You will wake up very early in the morning for breakfast and transfer to your starting point for the Gorilla trek briefing which is made by the Uganda Wildlife Authority wardens. You are advised to travel with your lunch boxes and bottled water.  Your ranger guide will lead you to the forest and will guide you along the way about the flora and fauna existing in the forest until when you reach the Gorilla family allocated to you. The Mountain Gorillas are so extra ordinary and they are one of the most elating primate encounter in the world. There are currently only almost 700 still existing in the world and almost half of these Gorillas are found in Bwindi in Uganda. Depending on where the Gorillas were last night, the trek takes between 2 to 8 hours. However an encounter with these friendly primates will be so exciting and wonderful (Once a life time encounter and experience which is hard to forget). Their encounter will enable you to forget all the steep slopes and valleys you have gone through. After meeting them, you will return back to your lodge for relaxation, refreshments, dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Bandas or Wagtail Eco Safari Camp for Budget/ Nkuringo Gorilla Camp or Buhoma Lodge for Mid range / Mahogany Springs or Gorilla Resort or Gorilla Forest Camp for Luxury

Day 10, Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Bunyonyi via Kabale which is famously known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa”. Upon reaching Lake Bunyonyi, you will have lunch and in the afternoon take a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi to visit the different local communities on different Islands including the Batwa. Dinner and overnight stay at Arcadia cottages for Luxury/Bunyonyi Overland Resort for Budget/Bushara Island Camp for mid range

Day 11, Full day at Lake Bunyonyi
After breakfast, you will go for different community tours to villages surrounding Lake Bunyonyi for a whole day. You will return back to your lodge in the evening in time for dinner and overnight stay at Arcadia cottages for Luxury/Bunyonyi Overland Resort for Budget/Bushara Island Camp for mid range

Day 12, Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park which is the closest of all the National Parks in Uganda to the Country’s capital. Upon reaching Lake Mburo, you will have lunch and later go for the afternoon boat ride on the lake to search for different water loving wildlife such as Crocodiles, Hippos and bird species like the Rare Shoe Bill Stork. Dinner and overnight stay at Mihingo Lodge or Mantana Luxury tented camp for Luxury/ Arcadia Cottages for Mid range/ Rwonyo Campsite.

Day 13, Game drive and transfer back to Kampala
After breakfast, you will indulge in the morning game drive where you will be able to see animals such as Zebras, Lions, Elephants, Kobs, Antelopes and Warthogs. Later return back to your lodge for refreshments and transfer back to Kampala. Dinner and overnight at Imperial Royale Hotel/Kampala Serena Hotel/Cassia Lodge/Ministers Village Hotel/G-One Hotel/Hotel Sojovaro

Day 14, Transfer to Ngamba Island
The guide will pick you up at your Hotel after breakfast and transfers you to the Pier for a briefing and board your boat to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. You can either take a speed boat which takes only 45 minutes or a traditional boat which takes 90 minutes. En route you will cross the Equator. Upon arrival, you will be briefed about the Chimpanzees on the sanctuary and after this you will be escorted by the care takers of the place to the visitors viewing platform to see the feeding of these Chimps which are man’s closet friends and cousins. It is amazing to see that they behave just like man. After the feeding you will go for refreshments, dinner and overnight stay at G&C Luxury Tented Camps

Day 15, Forest walk (This is subject to acknowledgment of Immunization Inoculations as a prerequisite)
After breakfast, you will participate in the forest walk. You will be joined with other people and hence become part of the team which goes out that day in the field to meet the young or infant Chimps. This experience will also be hardly forgotten since you can get a chance to hold them, play with them as they enjoy their day today life. The infant chimpanzees are aged between 5 – 9 years and will have direct contact as you orient them to a new life in the forest. Return back to the pier in the afternoon and get a boat to Entebbe Pier.  Upon reaching the Entebbe Pier, your guide will already be waiting for you to transfer you to the Uganda Wildlife Education center for a short tour and wildlife viewing as they are in cages. Transfer back to Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at Kampala Serena Hotel for Luxury/Ministers Village Hotel or Hotel Rutch for budget/Imperial Royale or Cassia Lodge for mid range.

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