13 Day Classical Ugandan Safari

Special Tour 13 day Availability: January 1, 1970
Uganda Uganda

Day 1 Kampala- Murchison Falls National Park (300kms- 5hrs drive)

Meet your driver/guide at the airport and set off, with a picnic lunch, for the Murchison Falls National Park. The journey will take you through rural scenery and colourful villages. This is a full day’s drive, and a great introduction to the varying landscapes of Uganda. Settle into your room at the Nile Safari Camp and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge

Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp


Day 2 Murchison Falls National Park

You can spend today enjoying game-drives in the national park, searching for elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and more. In the afternoon you will go on a boat cruise on the river, getting up close to the falls themselves. You will get to enjoy the serene and authentic environment around the park and be in close touch with Mother Nature.

Day 3 Murchison Falls National Park

Today you will go on a hike to the top of the Murchison Falls to enjoy the waterfall from a different perspective. After lunch, head off on an afternoon game-drive to enjoy more wildlife in this pretty national park.

Day 4 Murchison Falls National Park – Kibale Forest Reserve (290kms- 6hrs 30mins drive)

Depart south for the Kibale Forest, a full day’s drive, taking picnic lunches with you. On the right hand side you should enjoy views of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance, known as the Mountains of the Moon.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation: Primate Lodge,Crater Safari Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Isunga Lodge

Budget Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 5 Kibale Forest Reserve

Spend the morning tracking chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest – one of the best places in Africa to see these lively primates. In the afternoon you will visit the nearby Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a haven for birdlife and butterflies.

Day 6 Kibale Forest Reserve – Queen Elizabeth National Park (150kms- 3hrs drive)

Set off further south today for Queen Elizabeth National Park, a journey of around three to four hours. Settle into your room at Mweya Safari Lodge, which overlooks the park and in the afternoon go out on a game-drive to explore the surrounding area.

Day 7 Queen Elizabeth National Park

This morning you can go on a game-drive on the Kasenyi Track, an area which is one of the best places to look for big cats, as well as herds of elephants and solitary buffalos, and of course the fairly common Ugandan kob. This afternoon you will do a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, which is a lovely change of scene from being in a vehicle, and is best in the afternoons when animals such as elephant and waterbuck come to the water to drink. Birdlife along the shore is equally impressive, including malachite kingfishers, saddle-billed stork and pink-backed pelicans.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Enganzi Game Lodge Limited

Budget Accommodation:Kingfisher Lodge

Day 8  Queen Elizabeth National Park –Ishasha (110kms -2hrs 45mins)

You will game-drive through the national park today to reach the southern Ishasha sector – famed for its tree-climbing lions. There are also good populations of elephant, buffalo and hippo here, and with only one camp in the area, you can really enjoy the wildlife to yourselves.

Day 9 Ishasha

The Ishasha Plains in the southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park are incredibly beautiful, with driving trails weaving between lantana bushes and looping around sycamore fig trees. The area is famous for tree-climbing lions, but they aren’t the only animals to see here! The area is filled with buffaloes, elephants, Ugandan kobs and unusually large herds of topi along with a huge variety of bird life and black and white colobus monkeys.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp

Budget Accommodation: La Locanda


Day 10 Ishasha – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (75kms- 2hrs 30mins)

Depart the national park today and head into the rolling hills of south-western Uganda. On this day you will travel to through the beautiful countryside of Buhoma where you will experience the natural landscapes and the beautiful scenery provided by the forests. You will then check in and relax as you prepare for the incomparable gorilla trek tomorrow.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Accommodation: Bird’s Nest

Midrange Accommodation: Arcadia Cottages

Budget Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Camp or Bushara Island Camp

Day 11 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Trekking day!! You will have a briefing at the park headquarters nearby before being driven to the trailhead for your trek. The walk will take between one and three hours to find the gorillas and you can spend an hour with them once they’ve been located, watching them groom, eat and play. Being one of the endangered species on earth and the largest percentage of the remaining ones, this trek offers one an experience of a lifetime and a chance to mingle with these beautiful creatures in their most natural habitats. Afterwards, you will trek out of the forest and be driven off to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Day 12 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

On the edge of Bwindi is a village called Buhoma, home to a large community of people. You will spend a few hours learning how to weave baskets with the women while you enjoy a cup of tea and snacks. The women use basket weaving as a social activity and often to start a career. This is a great opportunity to interact and experience everyday life for women in this area. If you are a cultural enthusiast of just generally like learning new things, this is the perfect place for you. Later on you will head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 Entebbe

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