9 Day Gorilla trekking Murcshion Falls & Queen Elizabeth Safari

The 9 Day Uganda National Parks Safari, is the discovering of Uganda’s hidden treasures including a visit to Murchison falls National Park with the Thunderous Murchison Falls, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, the Tree climbing Lions in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Gorilla trek in Bwindi Forest and finally to Lake Mburo National Park.

Highlights

Panoramic drive to Murchison Falls National Park
Visit the Top of the Falls
Game drives
Boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, on the Kazinga Channel, on Lake Mburo
Chimpanzee Tracking
Gorilla Tracking

Day 1 Kampala to Murchison Falls

Beginning with a panoramic drive northwest through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town, Stop over at Masindi hotel for lunch. Proceed to Murchison Falls NP via Budongo forest, drive to the top of the spectacular fall where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty, and marvel as it compresses and squeezes itself from over 1 kilometer wide down through a 7-meter canyon. The 150-meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in a plume of spray – the best thing to ever happen to the Nile.

Accommodation

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge

Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge

Day 2 Game Viewing Safari and a boat cruise at the base of the falls

After a cup of tea, embark on an early morning Game drive on the northern bank where your guide will help you spot elephants, lions, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, hartebeests, waterbucks, oribi, bushbucks, bohor reed bucks, hyenas, and on rare cases leopards. After lunch, go for a boat cruise at the base of the falls just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron.” There you can marvel at toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over the 17-kilometer stretch you may also see elephants, waterbucks and Uganda kobs.

Accommodation

Budget: Red Chilli Rest Camp

Moderate: Sambiya River Lodge

Up-market: Paraa Safari Lodge or Nile Safari Lodge

Day 3 Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park

Greet the early morning sun yet for another game drive to spot those wild species you could have missed on the previous game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast at around 10: 30am. Relax at the lodge. Have an early lunch at 1pm and be ready for the ferry crossing at exactly 2pm. Drive via the Albertaine Escarpment of the western Rift valley on the Masindi-Hoima-Fort portal road.

Accommodation

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Moderate:  Mountains of the Moon hotel

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge

Day 4 Chimpanzee Tracking – Kibale Forest

After breakfast, we shall drive to Kibale Forest N/P, for primate viewing. The activity starts at 8.00 am in the morning. An all-day search for chimpanzees and other primates including phoestes, Red-Colobuses, Blues, Red-tailed and grey cheeked Mangabeys swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects.

Accommodation

Budget: Kibale Forest Camp

Moderate: Mountains of The Moon Hotel

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge or Primate Lodge Kibale or Ndali Lodge

Day 5 Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel

After an early breakfast, proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park following the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range most of the journey. A game drive enroot may be rewarded with view of water bucks, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope species. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 550 resident species.

Accommodation

Budget: Simba Safari Camp

Moderate: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge

Up-market: Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge

Day 6 Game Viewing along the Kasenyi track

After a cup of coffee, embark on an early morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens’s mile in the park and expect to see Lions, Elephants, cape buffalo, Warthogs, leopard, hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, kobs, and lots many small animals and birds. After the game drive, proceed to Bwindi via Maramagambo and Ishasha sector.

Accommodation

Budget: Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

Moderate: Engagi Lodge

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge

Day 7 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest

There is an early morning entry into a gorilla sanctuary which makes Bwindi Forest one of the thickest Uganda National Parks. The rain forest is spectacular as it offers a dramatic, heavily forested and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for tourists. Recorded mammals here include the endangered mountain gorilla, the rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephants, black-fronted duikers, bush bucks, leopards, giant forest hogs as well as other animals. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these marvelous primates. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giant gorillas is a rare, moving, awesome and exciting adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other.

Accommodation

Budget: Buhoma Community Campground (self-contained cottages)

Moderate: Engagi Lodge

Up-market: Buhoma Lodge

Day 8 Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park and boat cruise on Lake Mburo

After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lake Mburo National Park and enter the Park through the Nshara Gate. The afternoon game drive will take you along the lake shore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks. Here you can find herds of zebra, cape buffalo and eland, and Pribi and topi are easy to approach. Along with the game drive, many visitors also enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo and self-guided nature trails.

Accommodation

Budget: Rwonyo Campsite

Moderate: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

Up-market: Mihingo Lodge

Day 9 Transfer to Kampala

After a rendezvous breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive back to Kampala with a stopover at the Equator for souvenirs and take pictures. You will be dropped at Entebbe International Airport for your outbound flight back home as a completion of all Uganda National Parks.

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