11 Days to Lake Mburo Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Queen Elizabeth Kibale and Murchison Falls
|Duration||11 Days 10 Nights|
|Start Point||Kampala / Entebbe|
|End Point||Kampala/ Entebbe|
|Rating: ★★★★★ reviews|
11 Days to Lake Mburo Lake Bunyonyi Bwindi Queen Elizabeth Kibale and Murchison Falls
Spanning over 11 days, this Uganda tour is a spectacular choice to cover almost everything that the country has to offer. It takes you through the misty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to more than half the population Mountain Gorillas. Later to Lake Bunyonyi for some relaxation, which is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in Uganda. Also you get to visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park for a great game viewing experience in the Ishasha sector and enjoy game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel. You will also enjoy a game drive and a boat cruise along the Nile River in the Murchison Falls National Park. With a visit to Kibale Forest National Park for the chimpanzee trekking activity, you will conclude your tour with some unforgettable memories.
ITINERARY | Places to visit
Day 1 – Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park (Game drive & Boat ride)
You will set off from Kampala (or Entebbe) at 7:00 am and head to the western part of Uganda to Lake Mburo National Park. The drive takes 3-4 hours with a stopover at the Equator for an opportunity to stand in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time. You will continue through the savannah grasslands dotted with settlements, plantations and several herds of local long horned Ankole cattle endemic to this part of the country.
Once you get into Lake Mburo National Park you will go for a game drive in search of wildlife like zebra, hippos, crocodiles, eland, antelope, impala and a variety of birds. Post lunch you will go for a 2 hour boat ride on Lake Mburo which is endowed with a variety of water animals such as hippos and crocodiles and several bird species. After the boat ride you will drive to your accommodation.
Day 2 – Lake Mburo National Park (Game Drives and Nature Walk)
You can either have a relaxed breakfast and depart for full day game drives around 9:00 AM with packed lunch and return back to lodge late afternoon around 6:00 PM. Or you can depart at 6:00 AM on an early morning game drive. Later return to accommodation for breakfast and relax for a bit and depart on an afternoon game drive with packed lunch.
While on the game drive you will find wildlife like zebra, hippos, crocodiles, eland, antelope, impala and a variety of birds. Later in the evening take a guided Nature walk. This walk takes you to the salt lick area which offers a chance to see at least four different species of animals at any one point while they lick the salty soil.
Day 3 – Lake Mburo National Park to Lake Bunyonyi
After an early breakfast, you will set off for the south western part of the country. Heading to Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa [900 meters deep] and also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim. The landscape around the lake is made up of terraced hills protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means “place of little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of bird life around the lake.
At Lake Bunyonyi you can pay the extra amount for the activity (Community Walk, Canoe Ride, Boat Ride, Bicycle Ride, Bird Watching and Cray Fishing…) directly at the accommodation and do the activity of your choice.
Day 4 – Lake Bunyonyi to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You will be transferred to Bwindi National Park for Lunch. Post Lunch you will do a Batwa cultural experience (optional), You will go through their villages to have an experience of how they go about their daily routine activities and be amazed by the way they skilfully cultivate the hill sides and how they care for their animals (cows) that are a prime source of pride.
Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorilla Trekking) to Ishasha
You will have an early morning breakfast at 6:30 am and with packed lunch you will move to the park headquarters to join other trackers in a briefing about the gorilla trekking rules at 7:30 am. You will trek through thick creepers and undergrowth with your guides to find the Gorillas, which can take you 1-8 hours. The steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but crisscrossed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. You will will stay with Gorillas sometime once sited and transfer to Ishasha Sector for accommodation.
Day 6 – Game Drives in Ishasha and Boat Ride in Kazinga Channel
After your breakfast you will be taken to Ishasha, famous for the tree climbing lions lounging in the tree branches while keeping a close eye on herds of Uganda kob, their favorite prey, you could have a chance to spot some tree climbing lions and after you proceed to your lodge.
In the afternoon you will take a Boat Cruise along the amazing Kazinga channel to see, at close range, the water animals to include Hippos, Buffalos, Crocodiles and elephants bathing on the channel banks. There is also a variety of bird species on the water banks especially the famous Shoebill, pelican and Jacana
Day 7 – Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale National Park
After breakfast you will take a packed lunch and head game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see Africa’s highly famed “Big 5”, Bush Bucks, Giant Hogs, Antelopes, Waterbucks and plenty of birds. . Later in the evening you will be transferred to Kibale Forest National Park.
Day 8 – Kibale National Park (Chimp Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk)
After breakfast head to Kibale Forest. The activity begins at 8.00 am with a briefing of the rule for trekking the chimpanzees after which you set off to search for them in the forest. Kibale Forest National Park. It boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, which makes it a perfect place to spot them! An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will spend an hour with them and then head back to the accommodation for Lunch.
Post Lunch you will be taken for Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary walk This is a guided swamp walk that takes you closer seeing primates mostly monkeys, birds and butterflies. The wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species and is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco.
This is a 2.5 – 3 hour walk and is a must for bird lovers. The walk is almost as popular as the Kibale Forest Walk. You will need good walking shoes since part of the walk is sometimes muddy. Hopefully you will spot the elusive Sitatunga antelope and the Shoebill Stork. This is nothing to be missed. You will meet some of the primates here, even a chimpanzee at times. Other primate species include the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s, blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Also, Bushbucks and mongooses and many more can also be found here. Bigodi Sanctuary is located outside the park in Magombe Swamp.
Day 9 – Kibale National Park to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast you will be transferred to Murchison Falls National Park which is a 7-8 hour drive. Head straight to tour the Top and bottom of majestic falls, where the Nile crashes through a 7 metres gorge and then falls 45 metres. Numerous scenic viewpoints are a photographers’ delight. The most impressive view is of the foaming waters rushing into the gorge with a deafening roar.
Day 10 – Murchison Falls National Park (Game Drives and Boat Ride)
You will set off at 6:30 am, cross to the northern bank of river Nile and head for a sunrise game drive in the Nyamsika plateau to see the Cape buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbucks. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bush pig plus large carnivores including lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodiles and hippos will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee- eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare shoebill stork.
You will return to your lodge for a late breakfast and some relaxation before setting off in the afternoon for a Boat cruise on the placid Victoria Nile, upstream, to the base of the falls. En route you will see hippos, crocodiles, water buck and a wide variety of birds including the unusual shoebill stork. The boat stops just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron” for pictures to be taken of the photogenic and majestic Murchison Falls.
Day 11 – Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Rhino Tracking) to Kampala
After an early morning breakfast, depart with great memories of the moments spent at Murchison falls, You will be driven to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, after a briefing from the ranger you trek the sanctuary for close to two hours. With Lunch en-route you will be transferred back to Kampala (or Entebbe).
Day 1 – Lake Mburo
Day 2 – Lake Mburo
Day 3 – Lake Bunyonyi
Day 4 – Bwindi
Day 5 – Queen Elizabeth (Ishasha)
Day 6 – Queen Elizabeth (North)
Day 7 – Kibale
Day 8 – Kibale
Day 9 – Murchison Falls
Day 10 – Murchison Falls
Day 1 – Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park takes about 4.5 to 5 hours (244 km)
Day 3 – Lake Mburo National Park to Bunyonyi takes about 4.5 to 5 hours (244 km)
Day 4 – Lake Bunyonyi to Bwindi National Park takes about 1.5 to 3 hours (65 to 100 km)
Day 5 – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Ishasha sector takes about 4 hours to 6 hours (160 kms)
Day 6 – Ishasha sector to Queen Elizabeth National Park takes about 1.5 to 2 hours (65-82 km)
Day 7 – Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale National Park takes about 2 to 2.5 hours (110 km)
Day 9 – Kibale National Park to Murchison Falls National Park takes about 8 to 8.5 hours (389 km)
Day 11 – Murchison Falls National Park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary takes about 2.5 to 3 hours (136 km) to Kampala takes about 3.5 to 4 hours (169 km)
Note 1: These are estimated drive times. Because of the traffic, location of the accommodations, and several other factors, actual drive times may vary. Driving distances are approximate and do not account for exact places.
Note 2: Driving distance and drive time to and from Bwindi will vary depending upon the sector and location of the accommodation.
Tour Rates / Group Price
Cost / Group Price – Important Information
> Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
>Maximum Number of people per car is 6
>This tour accepts children who are 5 years and older.
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged
with extra cost
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|LODGE SAFARIS INCLUDES:||LODGE SAFARIS EXCLUDES:|
|Park Fees (for Non-Residents).
Gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi.
Chimp tracking permit in Kibale.
Game drive as mentioned in the itinerary.
A professional driver/guide.
4×4 Land Cruiser or Safari Van.
All Taxes and VAT.
Meals as per itinerary.
Drinking water while on safari (2 liters per person per day).
Activities mentioned in the itinerary.
Airport Transfers (Unless mentioned otherwise).
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour (Unless mentioned otherwise).
Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).
Government imposed an increase of Taxes, Gorilla trekking permits, Chimp tracking permits and or Park Fees.
Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.