14 nights wildlife and cultural safari 

Duration: 
14 nights/15 days

Tour reference: 
SP106

This itinerary offers a perfect balance of wildlife highlights and cultural experiences.

This safari is ideal for individuals who enjoy a relaxed pace. It offers a perfect balance of wildlife highlights, cultural experiences, and visits to some of the most scenic parts of this country. It also offers opportunities for walking activities, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the natural surroundings.

Trek through Uganda’s forests and spend time with Uganda’s mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You will visit some of Uganda’s most successful conservation projects including Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to track the rhinos. Enjoy sights of tree climbing lions hanging in huge fig trees in Ishasha. You will also visit most scenic areas and enjoy  enjoy boat rides on some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of water.

You can adapt this itinerary by removing some visits & increasing down time – view similar itinerary (classic). If you have less time, we are happy to arrange for you a flight back to Entebbe after tracking gorillas for your international flight back home.

Tour Highlights

Gorilla tracking

Gorilla tracking

You will trek into the forest, with your small group, in search of your gorilla family. Once found, you can watch the gorillas for one magical hour as they eat, play, groom and sleep.
Chimp tracking

Chimp tracking

Track through the tropical rainforest in search of the chimps, then spend an hour watching their behaviour and listening to their communication.
Tree-climbing lions

Tree-climbing lions

The lions of Ishasha love to climb the local fig trees. Are they on the lookout for prey, seeking shade, avoiding insects on the ground, keeping a kill to themselves? Who knows.
Rhino tracking

Rhino tracking

A guided nature walk in this huge sanctuary is a really nice way to track rhino and you can get pretty close too. You may also see bush buck, monkeys and various bird species.
Coffee farm visit

Coffee farm visit

Visit a coffee farm for an insight into village life. Get hands on and pick coffee cherries (in season), plant a tree, try wet processing and prepare a cup for yourself. 

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1:Evening arrival at Entebbe International airport

Day 2: Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Continue to Murchison Falls. Visit top of falls

Day 3: Game drive. Nile River boat cruise

Day 4: Transfer to Kibale. Cultural visit – gin making

Day 5:Chimpanzee tracking. Amabeere visit and walk through crater lakes region

Day 6:Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Salt lake visit. Night game drive

Day 7:Game drive. Boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

Day 8: Transfer to Ishasha in search of rare tree climbing lions. Game drive

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mutanda. Canoe ride on the lake to the islands

 Day 10:Batwa tribal experience. Free afternoon at your lodge

 Day 11: Gorilla tracking

Day 12: Full day relaxation by the lake

Day 13: Travel to Lake Mburo national park. Game drive

Day 14:Safari walk in the park. Transfer to Kampala via Equator. Cultural dance performance

 

Day 15: Kibuli mosque. Craft shopping. Nature walk at botanical gardens or swimming at hotel.

 

 

 

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Day 1 - Evening arrival

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel. He will be with you throughout your stay. Get ready to explore the Pearl of Africa.

Accommodation: The Boma – Entebbe. 

Meal Plan: Depending on time of arrival

 

Day 2 - Transfer to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Continue to Murchison Falls. Visit top of falls

07:00, transfer north to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and go on a guided walk (2-3 hrs), tracking the rhinos and learning about the sanctuary’s conservation activities. Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is also home to other wildlife including bush buck, aardvark, pangolin that you may encounter. After lunch, continue to Murchison falls national park – 3 hours away. Visit the top of the falls for beautiful views over the falls and the park. Continue to your lodge.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls national park. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - Game drive. Nile River boat cruise

06:00 after an early breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive in the park when animals are most active. Our guests regularly spot elephant, giraffe, kob, buffalo among others. This park is also home to leopard and lion. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing 3 hours boat cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the falls. Look out for hippo, crocodile and birds along the riverbanks.

Accommodation: Pakuba Safari Lodge – Murchison Falls national park. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Transfer to Kibale. Cultural visit – gin making

Drive approximately 6 hours through the scenic part of the country westwards past vast tea plantations to Fort Portal. Enjoy a local lunch and continue to Kibale, home of the Chimpanzees and 13 other primate species. Later, visit a community that makes gin out of bananas using traditional methods. For about 2 hours, you will be taken through the process of it’s preparation before tasting this local gin.

Accommodation: Turaco Treetops – Kibale national park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Chimpanzee tracking. Amabeere visit and walk through crater lakes region.

What better way to start the day than with chimp tracking? After you 07:30 briefing with a group of trackers, your guide will lead you into the tropical rainforest in search of the chimps; once you have found them, you will spend an hour with them as they go about their daily activities in their beautiful natural habitat. After lunch, enjoy a guided walk through Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru, a cultural site featuring caves, waterfalls and crater lakes the caves which is of historical importance to the people of Toro Kingdom. Follow this visit with a short walk in the crater lakes area which will reward you with views over the lakes, across the local countryside and to the Rwenzori Mountains beyond.

Accommodation: Turaco Treetops – Kibale national park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6- Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. Salt lake visit. Night game drive-

This morning, at 08:00, drive (approx. 2.5 hours) via the scenic crater lakes region to Queen Elizabeth national park. After lunch at your lodge, visit Katwe salt lake to witness the fascinating ancient art of salt extraction from this natural volcanic lake. In the evening, you’ll take a night game drive, accompanied by a ranger guide from 19:00 – 21:00, to see night life in the wilderness.

Accommodation Buffalo safari lodge– Queen Elizabeth national park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park. Boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

Enjoy a dawn game drive in search of lions, elephants, buffaloes and leopards. After lunch, take a relaxing 2-hour boat cruise on the majestic Kazinga Channel known for its high concentration of hippos. Look out for other animals on the shores and many colourful birds – undoubtedly one of the highlights of this park.

Accommodation: Buffalo safari lodge– Queen Elizabeth national park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 - Transfer to Ishasha in search of the rare tree climbing lions. Game drive

Transfer to Ishasha, the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, approximately 2 hours away. Go for a game drive (2-hour) in search of the rare tree-climbing lions. The sector has also got a rich biodiversity and is home to a host of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, different species of antelope and birds. After lunch, enjoy another game drive in search of more resident species in this part of the park.

Accommodation: Ishasha Jungle Lodge – Ishasha

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 - Transfer to Lake Mutanda. Canoe ride to the island

07:00 transfer to Lake Mutanda (5 hours away). After lunch, enjoy a relaxed canoe ride on the Lake for 3.5 – 4 hours. Take a visit to the only habituated island on this lake. Go for a walk on this island and visit a local school and church. On the way, by canoe, you will also visit the Punishment Island and hear about its history from your guide. Enjoy a free afternoon at your lodge.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Lake Mutanda 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - Batwa tribal experience. Free afternoon

Drive approximately 1 hour to Mgahinga gorilla national park and meet the community from one of the oldest tribes in the world – the Batwa pygmy people. They will take you through their former home – the forest, where they lived in harmony with nature (5 – 6 hours). Hear their fascinating story and traditional way of life then! Enjoy a free afternoon, relaxing at your lodge.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Lake Mutanda 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 -Gorilla tracking

The big day is here! Join your group for a briefing from your ranger at 07:30. Then, with your guide, set out into the jungle to locate your gorilla family (taking, on average, 2 to 8 hours in total). Once with them, you are allowed to watch the gorillas for one hour as they eat, play, groom and sleep – one of the highlights of this safari.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Lake Mutanda 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 - Full day relaxation by the lake

You will spend this day relaxing by lake Mutanda. After your breakfast, you may choose to take a walk along the shores and embrace the peaceful surroundings. Have lunch and spend the afternoon lounging by the lake or reading a booking. Soa treatments are also available at your lodge on pay as you go basis. Then, prepare to watch the sunset before enjoying your dinner.

Accommodation: Chameleon Hill Lodge – Lake Mutanda 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 -Travel to Lake Mburo national park. Game drive

A scenic 4 to 5-hour drive will take you through this beautiful and atmospheric part of Uganda to Lake Mburo national park – Uganda’s smallest savannah park, and home to the impala. This park presents the only opportunity to see Zebra and Eland on this safari. Look out for these and much more including giraffe on a game drive this afternoon.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock – Lake Mburo national park. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 14 -Safari walk in the park. Transfer to Kampala via Equator. Ndere cultural dance.

07:00 start your day with a 2-hour guided nature walk among animals and learn more about this beautiful park and its inhabitants. 10:00 transfer to Kampala with a stop at the Equator for lunch and photo moments. In the evening, at 18:00, enjoy a traditional dance performance from the Ndere troupe. Ndere Cultural Centre is a wonderful way to discover some of Africa’s rich culture and traditions.

Accommodation: Cassia Lodge – Kampala 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 - Kibuli mosque. Craft shopping. Nature walk at botanical gardens or swim at a hotel.

This morning, visit Kibuli mosque located on one of the famous historical hills of Kampala. Learn about its history. Later, visit a crafts market for souvenir shopping before transferring to Entebbe. In the afternoon, choose to either go swimming at a hotel or take a nature walk at botanical gardens which is home to a number of bird species until it is time for your guide to take you to the airport for your evening flight home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch

Extend or customise this itinerary

If you have specific interests or target species we will be happy to suggest alternative and additional activities that fit this itinerary. Simply get in touch.

Relax in comfort

We recommend mid-range properties suitable for this itinerary. We are looking for a good location; somewhere clean, safe and comfortable. We want good service, good food and, where possible, strong responsible travel practices. We are happy to suggest alternative properties and properties in different price brackets.

Responsible travel highlights

We offer fabulous holidays that have a positive impact. We consider people and planet as much as profit and try to ensure, that overall, your visit to Uganda is a force for good. We don’t claim to be perfect but we actively try.

Locally-owned suppliers

Locally-owned suppliers

We are a Ugandan company and we want Ugandan tourism to benefit Ugandans. We also want our clients to meet the locals.
Authentic experiences

Authentic experiences

We work with community partners to develop tourist experiences, in real settings, to give you an insight into different aspects of life in Uganda.
Expert local knowledge

Expert local knowledge

Together, our team has extensive local knowledge which we use to design your holiday. And our guides enrich your experience by sharing their local knowledge – from wildlife to culture.
Responsible accommodation

Responsible accommodation

We prefer to work with responsible properties. That could mean anything from using solar power to being a good employer to sourcing food directly from local community members.

Our guests regularly spot…

Gorilla

Chimpanzees

Giraffe

Zebra

Elephant

Lion

Shoebill

Rhino

Hippo

Various antelope

Buffalo

Crocodile

Wart hog

Mongoose

Various primates

Insects and butterflies

Various reptiles

Numerous bird species

Where the tour goes

Tour Gallery

Tour information

Duration:  15 days

Tour Type: Private

Price: please contact us for options and detailed price information

Included in this price

1 gorilla & 1 chimp tracking permit each

A double room in mid-range, non-air-conditioned accommodation

Full board meal plan

Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary

Mineral water in transit

All government taxes

Not included in this price

International flights

Visas

Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide)

Read our Important Booking Information Page for insurance, payments and booking terms

What Philo says about this safari…

Safaris include some early starts so consider adding some downtime into your itinerary. Many lodges have great views or quiet corners to read a book, some even have swimming pools and spas. You may even find grazers or lovey birds around your lodge.

Philo, Venture Uganda Travel Consultant

Extend & Customise

If you have specific interests or target species we will be happy to suggest alternative and additional activities that fit this itinerary.

 

Got any questions? 

Philo, Travel Consultant at Venture UgandaIf there’s anything you’re not sure about or you would just like to chat about this itinerary, email: philo@ventureuganda.org. Tell me when you’re free, leave a contact email/whatsapp No. and I’ll be in touch.

 

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