8 Days Uganda Safari

8 Days Uganda Safari

8 Days Uganda Safari : This 8 days Uganda safari  will take you to three most interesting national parks in Uganda that is Kibale forest national park where you will engage in an interesting Bigodi swamp walk and chimpanzee trekking, Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will engage in an adventurous Gorilla trekking activity and Queen Elizabeth national park where you will enjoy great views of animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, warthogs, different bird species among others during the game drive and boat cruise.

Highlights of the 8 days Uganda safari

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Kampala

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Day 5: Morning game drive/ lion tracking experience and afternoon boat cruise

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Day 8: Departure to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to a hotel in Kampala

Depending on your arrival time at Entebbe international airport on the first day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will be welcomed by our driver guide and then transfer to a hotel in Kampala where you will relax, have dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale forest national park

On the second day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will have breakfast and your driver guide will pick you up to start the journey to Kibale forest national park also known as the primate capital. The journey takes about 5 to 6 hours drive passing through Mityana, Mubende, and Fort Portal. On the way you will have en-route lunch in Fort Portal and continue the journey to the park with great views of the beautiful scenery, landscape, countryside, tea and banana plantations, crater lakes, Rwenzori mountain peaks among others. Upon arrival in the park you will check into the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.

8 Days Uganda Safari
Chimps in Kibale National Park

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk

Chimpanzee trekking,

After an early breakfast on the third day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kanyachu visitors centre for a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will be subdivided into groups of people where each group will be allocated a habituated chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, l’ hoest monkeys, view variety of bird species, different plant and tree species among others.

Once the chimpanzees are located you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to take photos, record videos, learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, breastfeed, hunt, fight, play, rest, mate among others. After the one hour encounter with chimpanzees you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will meet up with your driver guide to return back to the lodge for lunch.

Bigodi swamp walk

After lunch you will go for an interesting nature walk in Bigodi swamp where you will be able to view different wildlife species including animals like bushbucks, sitatungas, primates like grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, different bird species like the great blue turaco, African paradise flycatcher among others. After the nature walk you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

On the fourth day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will have breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park in Uganda. On the way you will enjoy great views of farmlands, traditional homesteads, crater lakes, Rwenzori mountain ranges among others. Upon arrival in Queen Elizabeth national park, you will continue to check into the lodge for lunch and after lunch and relaxation. In the evening you will go for a game drive in the park where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, waterbucks among others going back to their resting areas. After the evening game drive you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

8 Days Uganda Safari
Lion Tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5: Morning game drive/ lion tracking experience and afternoon boat cruise

Morning game drive/ lion tracking experience

After an early breakfast on the fifth day of the 8 days Uganda safari, your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to go for a morning game drive/ lion tracking experience in the park. During the game drive which is commonly done in Kasenyi plains you will be able to view animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, elephants, waterbucks, warthogs, bush bucks and predators like lions, leopards, hyenas among others if you are lucky. After the game drive you will drive back to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon boat cruise

After lunch you will go for an interesting boat cruise at Kazinga channel a water channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George. During the boat cruise which takes about 2 hours you will enjoy great views of animals like elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks among others drinking water along the shores, view large concentrations of hippo and Nile crocodiles in water, aquatic bird species such as cormorants, kingfishers, fish eagles, hornbills among others. After the boat cruise you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

On the sixth day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will have an early breakfast, check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park in southwestern Uganda. On the way you will have a stopover at Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park where you will be able to view the famous tree climbing lions which will be lazily lying up in acacia/ fig tree branches. You will also be able to view other animals like Uganda kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, hippos and some bird species. After the game drive in Ishasha sector you will have lunch and then proceed to Bwindi impenetrable national park and upon arrival you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorilla trekking,

After an early breakfast on the seventh day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will carry your packed lunch from the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will be divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and a park guide. Allocation of gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park is done depending of various factors such as age, physical fitness and personal preference therefore in case you are not physically fit you are advised to communicate with your driver guide. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food.

8 Days Uganda Safari
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

During trekking you will be able to view other primate species such as l’hoest monkeys, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, different plant species, birds among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to observe their habits, behaviors, watch gorillas feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, take photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home after the safari. After the one hour encounter with the gentle giants you will trek back to the park headquarters where you will be rewarded a certificate for participating in gorilla trekking.

Day 8: Departure to Kampala

On the last day of the 8 days Uganda safari, you will have a relaxed breakfast check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to start the journey back to Kampala. On the way you will enjoy great views of the countryside, Kigezi hills, plantations beautiful scenery and have en-route lunch in Mbarara town. After lunch you will continue the journey with another stopover at the Equator in Kayabwe to take photos, buy souvenirs and later proceed to Kampala arriving early evening and upon arrival your driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe international airport for your departure flight or drop off at any place of convenience.

End of 8 days Uganda safari

Tour includes                    

  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Services of a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • 4WD popup safari vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled drinking water

 Tour excludes          

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Life insurance
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, hiring a porter, tips among others.

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