Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

18 Days Best Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

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This 18 Days Best Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari is planned for those who have more time to deeply explore Uganda ‘The Pearl of Africa’. This wildlife safari will take you through four of the Uganda’s Savannah national parks of Kidepo Valley National Park in northeastern, Murchison Falls National Park in northwestern, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda, these Savannah National parks will offer you the best experience during your wildlife sighting game drives as you will have a chance to spot several species both mammals and birds including; herds of elephants, caped Buffaloes, Warthogs, Giraffes, Zebras, lions, Spotted hyenas, Leopards, thousands of antelopes, hippos, Nile crocodiles and several primate species and so much more. Also you will visit two forested national parks of Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for the most loved African wildlife experience the mountain gorilla trekking. You will visit 2 other forest protected areas of Budongo Forest reserve in Murchison Falls National Park and Kalinzu Forest Reserve in Queen Elizabeth National Park to give you an opportunity track chimps thrice from different environments. This tour includes visiting several local communities of Sipi falls, Karamajong villages, Batooro near Bigodi sanctuary swamp, Kasoga and Katwe communities ensure that you fully interact with the indigenous communities in Uganda and around these national parks and to study more about their life style culture norms. On this tour, you will have a boat cruise safari on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park to the bottom of the breathtaking Falls, a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Canoe riding on Lake Bunyonyi, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the white Rhino experience and jungle horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park. The highlight of this 18 Days Uganda classic wildlife Safari is to see the world’s Great Apes (Chimpanzees and Mountain gorillas) and the African big five mammals (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos).

The best time to visit Uganda for 18 Days Best Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari is in June to August. You can also visit between December to February.

  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Wildlife
  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
18 Days Best Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari.

Safari highlight 

Day 01: On arrival at Entebbe international airport – Meet and greet with our company driver – Drive to your booked in Entebbe town.

Day 02: Entebbe town – Sezibwa Falls – Drive to Jinja City to visit the source of the River Nile – Drive to Sipi Falls

Day 03: Sipi Falls – Hike the Spectacular Sipi falls – Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park Day Day 04: Kidepo valley national park full day wildlife Sighting Game Drive

Day 05: Karamajong Community Tour (The Manyatta community) – Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 06: Ziwa Rhino tracking Experience – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park – Night Wildlife Sighting Game Drive

Day 07: Morning game drive – Afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls – Hiking to the top of the Falls

Day 08: Budongo chimpanzee tracking – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

Day 09: Kibale Forest National Park – Morning Chimpanzee tracking – Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and community tour

Day 10: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Visit Katwe fishing and salt mining village – After boat cruise on the Kazinga channel

Day 11: Kalinzu Forest Reserve Chimpanzee tracking – Evening game drive

Day 12: Morning game drive – Visit Ishasha sector to search for tree climbing lions – Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 13: Mountain Gorilla tracking and village walk – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

Day 14: Morning boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Night wildlife sighting game drive

Day 15: Morning game drive – Evening nature walk

Day 16: Horseback riding – Drive to Kampala city

Day 17: Half day Kampala city tour – Return to Entebbe international airport

Day 18: Early morning game drive and then transfer to Entebbe Airport via the equator crossing.

Safari Package Inclusions and Exclusions at a Glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Ground transport in 4*4WD and air-conditioned safari vehicle for 18 days (Safari van/ Land Cruiser)
  • Professional English speaking driver/guide for 18 days
  • Fuel for 18 days
  • All park entrance fees
  • All park activities
  • All government applicable taxes
  • Accommodation for 17 nights
  • Full board meal plan
  • All en-route meals
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Return airport pick up
  • A visit to Ssezibwa falls
  • A visit to the source of the River Nile
  • Boat cruise on the Nile River
  • A visit to Nyero rock painting
  • A visit to Sipi falls
  • Morning hiking at Sipi falls
  • Full day wildlife sighting game drive in Kidepo valley national park
  • Hike Mount Morungole
  • Visit IK minority tribe
  • A visit to Karamonjong community for cultural experience
  • White Rhino tracking
  • 2 game drives in Murchison Falls National Park (1 Night and morning game drives)
  • Boat cruise on the Victoria Nile in Murchison Falls NP
  • Hike to the top of the Murchison falls
  • 3 chimpanzee permit per person (Budongo forest reserve, Kibale forest national park and Kalinzu forest reserve)
  • Bigodi Wetland sanctuary walk
  • Katwe community tour
  • 2 game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 2 hours boat cruising on Kazinga channel
  • Carnivore / Lion tracking experience
  • Game drive in Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • 2 night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park (Night and morning game drives)
  • 2 hours horseback riding
  • A visit to Equator crossing point
  • Half day Kampala city tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entry visas and flights
  • Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Telephone services
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive at Entebbe Airport – Meet and greet – Drive to your booked hotel

    On arrival at Entebbe international airport, you will be warmly met by a company representative who will be your professional English speaking driver guide throughout your 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari who will be waiting for you at the airport guest waiting lounge for meet and greet and then be transferred to your booked hotel in Entebbe town to check in, freshen and later meet your driver guide at the reception to be briefed about 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari day by day. Entebbe town is the biggest and beautiful town that is located near the Entebbe international airport about 5-10 minutes’.  Dinner and an overnight

    NB; If time permits, drive to Lake Victoria for an evening sunset cruise visiting some small fishing islands with in Victoria, cruising towards the equator imaginary line and spotting some water birds while on a boat cruise, you will be served a drink and some snacks that will put you in relaxing moods as you prepare to start your 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari as well as getting used to the Uganda’s beautiful nature. Lake Victoria is the largest water body in Africa and second largest fresh water body in the world and the source of the River Nile which is the longest on the planet. Lake Victoria is shared by the three East African Countries of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya and the River Nile which flows for more than 6,600 kilometers (4,100 miles) to the Mediterranean Sea in the north through over 10 Africa countries including Uganda, Egypt Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan with three main tributaries are the Blue Nile, the White Nile, and the Atbara.

    Accommodation
    Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)
    Best Western Premier Garden Hotel
    (mid-range), Via Via Guest House (Standard)

    Meal plan; Dinner

  2. Day 2 Entebbe city Visit Ssezibwa Falls – Drive Jinja city to explore the Source of the River Nile – Visit Nyero Paintings – Drive to Sipi Spectacular Falls

    This morning, rise up early morning (600 am) to have breakfast, check out of your hotel and then start your 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari through Eastern route with an en-route visit to Sezibwa Falls located on Kampala – Jinja highway in Mukono district to see how River Ssezibwa squeezing through narrow rocks and dropping over 17 meters at a higher speed (17 meters) into a large pool which is about 14 meters deep. The Sezibwa falls are very important spiritual and cultural site for the Buganda kingdom, the forest around the falls is home to small primates like the red tailed and Vervet monkeys and several bird species. It is believed in the Buganda Kingdom that these falls are supernatural and it is said that they were produced by a woman called (Nakangu Tebatuusa) who had marriage issues with her husband (Nsubuga Sebwaata) and then left her marital home back to her parents but her dad told her to return to her husband and they sort out their issues. So, as she was going back to her home, she got so tired since she was pregnant and decided to rest in this place where she gave birth to twins in form of water which formed the two rivers that is Bwanda and Sezibwa which has the falls. Sezibwa falls are one of best places to start your adventurous tour on the Eastern route after exploring the beautiful Sezibwa falls, proceed with your journey through Mabira forest reserve, tea and sugar plantations to Jinja city the home base of the world’s longest River the River Nile also known as the ’adventure capital. On your arrival in Jinja city, drive straight to visit the Nile to see where it starts its journey of about 6,600 kilometers (4,100 miles) from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea in the north flowing through over 10 Africa countries including Uganda, Egypt Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan.  The Source of the Nile was discovered by British explorer John Henning Speke in 1858 however, it is also said that those who lived there used to know about it but Speke was the first to explore it and announce it to whole world.

    To see where the River Nile water separate from Lake Victoria, you will take a boat-ride with a local site guide who will show you the exact source of the Nile, after exploring the source of the Nile, proceed with a boat cruise on the river, return to the starting point and thereafter, continue with your 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari to Sipi Spectacular Falls with an en-route stop in Mbale city to have lunch, stretch your muscles and then drive to Sipi Falls via Nyero rock paintings. The Nyero rock paintings are among the most important and oldest art in Uganda with six panels of prehistoric art painted in red and black pigment estimated to be between 3,000 and 12,000 years old.  Some of the paintings at Nyero represents concentric circles, animals, and other canoes so, it a nice place to combination with your tour. Later after exploring Nyero rock paintings, drive to the lodge to check in, have dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Sipi River Lodge (Luxury)
    Rafiki Lodge Sipi (mid-range)
    Lacam Lodge (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  3. Day 3 Sipi Falls – Hike the Spectacular Sipi falls – Visit Community Coffee Farmers - Transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park

    After having breakfast check out and set off for the Sipi Falls hike to experience the three spectacular falls of the Sipi River on the edge of Mount Elgon. The hike will offer you stunning views the falls, the Karamoja plains, the slopes of Mt. Elgon and Lake Kyoga, listening to the thunderous roar of water when dropping 100 meters into a pool, hiking the Sipi falls is a little hard and sweating but you will be cooled by the water splashing from the falls. Sipi falls is made up of 3 lovely waterfalls each flowing from a different altitude whereby the highest fall drops from an altitude of 100m and it referred to as the main fall, the second fall drops at 75m below and the third fall measures 85m however, they all offer the same beautiful scenery and romantic feeling. Sipi Falls has the best spots take memorial photos in style. After the Sipi falls hike, descend to the starting point through the neighboring a communities to visit the community Arabic coffee plantations where you meet local farmers to take you around the coffee plantations and later show how to remove husks, roast the coffee beans, produce the coffee powder and enjoy it immediately with a romantic natural aroma without adding any artificial ingredients and you may buy some to carry home. After Sipi falls and the coffee plantation tour, relax for some minutes with a bottle of water and then start your journey to Kidepo valley national park. Kidepo Valley National park is found in Kaabong District in the northeastern corner of Uganda. It is a true wilderness and a great destination for the adventurers to explore several wildlife species not encountered anywhere else in the country. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  4. Day 4 Kidepo Valley National Park – Full day wildlife sighting game drive

    After an early morning tasty breakfast with your packed lunch, leave the lodge and drive to the Park for full day wildlife sighting. Kidepo valley national park is a spectacular wilderness destination with amazing landscapes and plenty of wildlife species both mammals and birds. The park hosts a number of 86 mammal species including; Zebras, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, bush pig, Black backed jackal, Bat eared fox, African hunting dog, Cheetah, Lions, Caracal, Leopards and many other plus 475  recorded bird species. Some of the mammals and bird species found in Kidepo valley national park are unique to the park not found anywhere else in the Uganda.  Kidepo valley national park was ranked 3rd as a best wildlife destination in to visit after Serengeti national park of Tanzania and Kruger of South Africa by CNN travel. The game drive will take you through the Narus valley section which is occupied with savannah grassland which is one of the best sector to spot high concentration of different mammals since it has a good feeding ground and water hence making it a preferable grazing sector of the park. During your game drive, you will have a short break to freshen yourself, have lunch and proceed with your game drive till evening hours to return to your lodge to relax, have dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  5. Day 5 Kidepo valley National Park – Hike Mount Morungole – Visit IK minority tribe

    Rise up early morning to enjoy breakfast and then transfer to the starting point of Mount Morungole hike in Kidepo valley national park. Mount Murungole is not be one the tallest mountain in Uganda but one of the most challenging to hike which can check the level of your physical fitness. Its highest point standards at 2,479m high above sea level. With the help of your a well experienced guide, you will hike up to its summit which awards the beautiful views of Kidepo valley national park and some parts of South Sudan. Mount Morungole is the source of the season River the Narus River and an ancestral home base to the IK people one of the smallest tribes in Uganda but with fascinating unique history and culture. The people of IK tribe are sometimes referred to as ”Teuso” and only live in the mountains of the north-eastern Uganda near the border of Uganda-Kenya as well bordering with Karamojongs and Turkana of Kenyan. Before, they used to live in the present day Kidepo valley national park before it was gazetted as a National Park in 1962 which consequently made them suffer an extreme famine.

    They live in small villages organized in clusters, divide themselves into friend-based neighborhoods which they call ”odoks” and each Odok is surrounded by a wall. They also divide Odok into Asaks as a walled-off house-holds. They expel children from their parents’ home at a tender age so, spending time with the IK homesteads, you will learn how much about their culture and lifestyle. Later drive back to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  6. Day 6 Karamajong Community Tour (The Manyatta community) – Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

    Wake up to grab your hot breakfast, check out of your room and drive to the Karamojong homesteads also known as the Manyatta where you will have the opportunity to interact with the community elders, get to know more about their daily lifestyle, the lovely story of their culture, you will be engaged in their daily activities such as milking and grazing cows, community cultural performances traditional dances and many other Karamajong traditional practices. After Karamajong community tour, have some minutes to relax and then start your drive Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Amaku Safari Lodge (Luxury + Mid-range)
    Ziwa Rhino Camp (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  7. Day 7 Ziwa Rhino tracking Experience – Drive to Murchison Falls National Park – Night Wildlife Sighting Game Drive

    After having breakfast, meet the site guide for a short briefing about the guideline to follow during your rhino tracking tour and then setoff for the rhino tracking experience where you will have a chance to encounter rhinos from a close range and see whole body structures, have the best position to take memorial photos of the rhinos. Your site guide will give you much information about the Rhinos, everything that you will meet during your rhino experience walk such as bird species and the history of the place which will make your tour so exciting. One you meet rhinos, you will have a maximum to stay with them and you are free to ask as many questions as you would want. Uganda was one of the countries is a big number number of wild Rhinos but in 1970s they became extinct due to over poaching for their treasured horns. So, Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary was set up as a breeding ground in Uganda and later be reintroduced in some of Uganda’s National Parks of Murchison Falls and Kidepo valley national park which were their natural habitats before they became extinct and their population at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is growing gradually. After you have had an unforgettable experience with rhinos, return to the lodge to freshen yourself, have lunch, get on board and drive to Murchison Falls National Park to check in at your reserved lodge, relax as you are preparing for your adventurous night wildlife sighting game drive through the trails of the northern sector of the Murchison falls national park. Murchison falls National Park is one of the best savannah national parks in Uganda which offer a unique night wildlife sight game drive experience to lookout for the savannah nocturnal animals and birds plus discovering other animals spend their night in the jungle. During the night game drive, you will have higher chances to encounter several nocturnal species such; the shy Leopards, porcupine, Civet cat, spotted hyenas, lions, African rock python, and the grazing hippos. Murchison Falls National Park is a home to over 76 mammal species including; Jackson’s hartebeest, Waterbucks, Hippopotamuses, Nile crocodiles, some primates like Chimpanzees, Red tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Black and white colobus monkeys and over 450 recorded bird species such as the shoebill stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, papyrus Gonolek, marabou stork, black bellied bustard, open billed stork among others. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  8. Day 8 Morning game drive - Afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls – Hiking to the top of the Falls

    After breakfast, set off for your early morning game drive to have an opportunity to catch some of the nocturnal animals before they go back to their hide-outs such as; Lions, Leopards, hippos and among others, your driver guide will take you through different park trails where you may spot several mammals like; Giraffe, different varieties of antelope, Elephant, caped buffalo, Warthogs and some primates plus a wide range of bird species.  Retire from your game drive back to the lodge to relax, have lunch and later go for an afternoon boat cruise safari on the Nile to the bottom of the magnificent Murchison Falls. During the boat cruise safari, you will spot several animal species such as herds of buffaloes, hippos, Nile crocodiles plus different water bird species and many other land animals as they flock around the banks of the River Nile to drink water and swim. Get off the boat to start your hike to the top of the Murchison falls where you will observe how the whole River Nile from Lake Victoria squeezes through a narrow gorge of only 7 meters and later explodes in what has been defined as the world’s strongest and most powerful falls. Return to the Lodge for overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Bakers’ Lodge (Luxury)
    Murchison River Lodge (Mid-range)
    Red chill Camp (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  9. Day 9 Murchison Falls National Park - Budongo chimpanzee tracking – Drive to Kibale Forest National Park

    Wake up early to have breakfast with all your luggage already in the vehicle, check out and drive to the headquarters of Budongo forest reserve for briefing about Dos and Don’ts of Chimpanzee trekking and thereafter, set off for your primate walk in the Forest guided by a well-trained and experienced ranger guides. During your forest walk, you will explore several primates, bird species, different plant species and some reptile in the forest. Once you meet the Chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them, asking questions regarding them and other feature that you will meet in the forest, and taking pictures. After chimpanzee encounter, return to the starting point, take a bottle of water and later drive to Masindi town to have hot lunch and thereafter, drive straight to Kibale Forest national park the capital of primates in Africa. The Kibale Forest National park is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations for primate experience and famously known for Chimpanzee habituation and tracking experience and to containing one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The park is habitat to a total of 70 recorded mammal species these include the 13 primate species such as; Chimpanzees, Red-tailed Monkeys, Olive baboons, Black And White Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Uganda Red Colobus, Demidoff Galago among others and over 375 bird species. On your arrival at Kibale Forest National Park, drive straight to your booked to check in for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Kyaniga Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  10. Day 10 Kibale Forest National Park - Chimpanzee tracking - Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary Walk

    After breakfast with your packed lunch, meet your driver to be transferred to Kibale National Park information center tom join other guests for briefing before about the dos and don’ts to follow during the forest walk while looking chimpanzees. During the forest walk, you will be accompanied by a well-trained and experienced UWA ranger guide who will guide you through the forest trails while looking for chimpanzees. The Kibale forest provides an opportunity to see several primates and well habituated communities of chimpanzees. Once you meet these Great Apes, you will be allowed to spend an hour while observing their behavior and enjoying their actions in the forest, you will have a chance to take as many photos as you would want to keep your great moments. Therefore, make sure your cameras are nearby and well-charged. Besides chimpanzees, you will spot several other wildlife species like other primates, many bird species among others and your guide will be able to give you information about everything that you will encounter which will make your walk so exciting. Retire from the chimpanzee tracking, return to the park information center to relax, have some refreshments, enjoy your packed lunch and later drive to the Bigodi wetland sanctuary for a guided nature walk through this swamp which is known to be a home to 8 primates including the Black and White Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, L’Hoest Monkey, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkey and the Blue Monkey and over 200 species of birds including Turaco, Hornbills, Cranes, Parrots, Kingfishers and many more other swamp endemics. The walk will end in one of the communities around the swamp where you interact with the indigenous people and share with you a lot of their local life and how they do their activities like making local beer from bananas, locally milling millet, and making the delicious coffee. Later, drive back to your lodge to freshen yourself, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Kyaniga Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  11. Day 11 Kibale Forest National Park – Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Visit Katwe salt mining village – Afternoon boat cruise – Evening game drive

    After breakfast when all luggage are already packed in your vehicle, start your 3-4 hours’ drive from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you through small towns and villages while seeing several foothills of the magnificent Rwenzori Mountain, several small historical rivers which originates from the Rwennzori mountain ranges and cross the Equator land mark at Kikorongo. Drive straight Katwe fishing and salt mining village which will give you a unique experience of how locals extract salt from the Lake locally, you will have a chance to interact the salt miners to take you around the salt mines whereas explaining to you how salt extraction is done, the challenges faced when extracting salt. Lake Katwe salt extraction project is one of the still living examples of man and biosphere reserves in the whole world where humans are pleasantly co-existing with wildlife. After the salt mining experience, drive to have lunch at Mweya restaurant, relax and then drive to the Kazinga channel for your afternoon boat cruise safari on the Kazinga Channel which provides an opportunity to view over 300 bird species out of the 600 species recorded in the park, many huge Nile crocodiles, hippos and other land mammals like several antelope species, Elephants, buffaloes and many others as they are drinking water and swimming. After the 2 hours boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, drive to check in at your booked lodge to relax, dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  12. Day 12 Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kalinzu chimpanzee tracking – Evening wildlife sighting game drive

    After an early morning heavy breakfast, be driven to Kalinzu forest reserve head office to join other guests for the pre trekking briefings, be given a site guide and then start your chimpanzee walk in the forest. Your experienced guide will help you to stop and identify several flora and fauna species resident in this forest and give you much information about everything that you will encounter. Once you find a community of the habituated chimpanzees, you will have a maximum of one hour to be with them as well as enjoying their engagements such as jumping in the tree branches, grooming their babies and you will be free to take as many photos as you would want for photography. Tracking chimpanzees from 3 different parks will you an opportunity to experience how chimpanzees behave in different environments. After spending an hour with chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest reserve, return to the start point to have a bottle of water to freshen yourself and then drive back to your lodge to have lunch, relax and you may decide to swim. Later early evening, drive to the Kasenyi plains for an evening wildlife sighting game drive to catch some mammals and bird species and the emphasis will be to search for those you could have missed out on your earlier game drives in other national parks. Queen Elizabeth is one of the most loved national parks in Uganda due to its rich diverse ecosystems made up of the sprawling savanna, humid forests, shady, fertile wetlands and sparkling lakes etc making it an ideal feeding, hunting and habitat for classic big game and numerous. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 recorded bird species. Never the less, you will be guaranteed to see herds Elephants, caped buffaloes, several species of antelopes, warthogs and many others. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation options
    Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
    Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  13. Day 13 Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lion / Carnivore experience – Game drive through Ishasha to search for the tree climbing lions – Drive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

    After having breakfast, check out of the lodge and drive to Queen Elizabeth national park for an amazing Lion / carnivore experience safari. The game drive during carnivore experience is absolutely different from the normal game drives where vehicles have to stay on designated driving tracks, during lion tracking experience, you are allowed to get off the usual driving tracks to be able to drive deep inside the savannah depending on the location of the pride of lions you are tracing. Once you get close to the lions, the driver has to switches off the engine to avoid any noise that can chase them away and if it is a research day, you will witness how the researcher do collect DNA samples like urine, blood, saliva, ticks and other samples from them. During lion /carnivore experience, you will have a rare opportunity to stay very close to the pride of lions, watching cubs playing in the midst of resting adults. This is the best time to take great photos of the lions. While tracking the lions, you will encounter other wildlife species such as Antelope species, Caped Buffalos, Elephants, warthogs among others antelopes and several other creatures. The Uganda Carnivore project in Queen Elizabeth National Park also studies other predators like the spotted hyenas and Leopard therefore, you have a chance encountering all predators in this special way. After carnivore experience, have a short break and then start your drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park via Ishasha sector in south of Queen Elizabeth National Park a prominent home to the amazing Tree-Climbing lions found hanging in the big fig trees where they climb trees to relax and sometime to be able to detect their prey from a distance. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is the large primeval forest found in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and of the one of Uganda’s and Africa’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests that dates back over 25,000 years. The Bwindi Forest contains almost 400 species of plants and more famous for protecting an estimated number of 500 mountain gorillas making roughly half of the world’s remaining population with several habituated families for tourism. This biologically diverse forest provides home to 120 recorded mammals, and around 350 bird species including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. On arrival at the park, check in at your lodge to spend your evening relaxing. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (Luxury)
    Silverback Lodge (Mid-range)
    Ride for a Woman (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  14. Day 14 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – Mountain Gorilla tracking – Drive to Lake Bunyonyi

    After breakfast with your packed lunch, transfer to the park headquarters meet other trekkers for the trekking briefing about the dos don’ts to follow during mountain gorilla trekking, be allocated a Gorilla family and the UWA ranger to guide you during mountain gorilla tracking  safari in the Bwindi impenetrable forest. Thereafter, start your adventurous mountain gorilla tracking walk through the forest to search for the mountain gorillas. The time taken during gorilla trekking is not well known but may be between 30 minutes to three quarters of the day, depending on the location and movements of the Gorilla family you are tracking. Sometimes gorilla trekking can be strenuous mostly during rainy season so a certain level of fitness is required. Once you meet the gorillas, you will have a maximum of one hour to observe them, asking questions about them and taking as many questions as you would want. The time spent with gorillas in the forest seem to be too short but the experience you get will be worth it with high value for the money. Thereafter, you will return to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate in recognition for the contribution towards the conservation of these endangered mountain gorillas, enjoy your packed lunch plus other refreshments and then drive to Lake Bunyonyi the deepest Lake in Uganda and second deepest in Africa to spend your evening relaxing. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation options
    Birdnest Resort Bunyonyi (Luxury)
    Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi (Mid-range) Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Standard)

    Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

  15. 15 days Lake Bunyonyi – Morning boating canoeing – Drive to Lake Mburo National Park – Night game drive

    Wake up to have breakfast and go to the Lake for a morning boat canoeing on the Uganda’s deepest lake. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the only three Lava damned Lakes in Uganda. The word “Bunyonyi” in the Kiga language means small birds, So Lake Bunyonyi got several small birds where it got its name. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest in Africa after Lake Tanganyika of Tanzania. Lake Bunyonyi is very beautiful dotted over 29 small islands. The boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi will take you to explore some of these Islands such as the Akampene Island also known as the Punishment Island, the place where girls who were found to be pregnant before marriage before legitimate traditional marriage would be dumped and isolated there till death. This is because in the African culture, it is a disgrace to the family for girl their girl to get pregnant before official marriage and it would cause disrespect to the family. After the exciting boat canoeing safari on Lake Bunyonyi, return to the lodge to check out of your room and start your drive to Lake Mburo National Park with an en-route stop at Igongo cultural center to have lunch, tour the Museum to learn more about the cultures and lifestyle of the ethnic groups in western Uganda these include; Ankole, Kiga, Hima, Tooro and many others. Thereafter, proceed with the journey to the park to check in at your booked lodge to spend your evening relaxing as you are preparing for your night wildlife night game drive in this beautiful savannah park. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest savannah protected area in Uganda but highly endowed with floras and faunas and other natural features. The park is has  350 recorded bird species, 68 mammals species and13 small lakes, it’s woodland and savannah plains provides good habitats and feeding ground to Zebras, Buffaloes, Elands, Impalas, Warthogs, Oribi, Defassa waterbuck, Leopard, Spotted hyena, Topi and Reedbuck, Hippopotamuses, Giraffes and many others. After freshening yourself and relaxation, leave the lodge and drive to the park for an exciting and adventurous night wildlife sighting game drive targeting to meet nocturnal mammals such as Bush babies, Leopard, Porcupine, White tailed, Bush pigs, African rock python and many others. Lake Mburo national park is one of the best destination of the Ugandan savannah national parks for a successful night game drive. Dinner and an overnight

    Accommodation Options
    Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
    Mpogo Safari Lodge (Budget)

    Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

  16. Day 16 Lake Mburo national park - Morning wildlife sighting game drive – Evening guided nature walk

    Wake up early to have breakfast and set off for the morning breakfast through the beautiful trails of Lake Mburo National Park and this will be your last game drive in the Uganda’s national parks. Lake Mburo National park there are many well maintained game drive trails where you will spot several animals of the park such as impalas the animals where Kampala the capital of Uganda got its name, Zebras, Topi, Bush rat, Elands, slender mongoose, duiker, Oribis, Bogor reedbuck, giraffes, and Klipspringers to mention a few. After the game drive, return to your lodge to relax, have lunch and later in the evening set out for your evening guided nature walk through a bounty of the park’s tracks companied by an armed ranger guide provided by Uganda Wildlife Authority. The walk will take you to the salt lick presumably the best point to meet numerous animals of Lake Mburo National as they have come to enjoy the salt taste water and soil and several birds species. The park is made up of the hilly terrain where you can stand and have breathtaking views of the park. Later walk slowly through the park and return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight.

    Accommodation Options
    Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)
    Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
    Mpogo Safari Lodge (Budget)

    Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

  17. Day 17 Lake Mburo national park - Morning jungle horseback riding – Drive to Kampala city

    Today have a simple breakfast and drive to Mihingo the point for the horseback riding, for another tour highlight of the jungle horseback riding safaris which is one of an awesome way to spot high concentration of animals even the more difficult ones to explore like Elands, Leopards and to deeply go inside the park than when doing a game drive using a safari vehicle. This is because, when using a horse for spotting animals in the park, you will get an opportunity to get off the usual game drive tracks of the park. Horseback riding is the most eco-friendly and peaceful style to enjoy the nature because it is not associated with either noise, air pollutions or living footprints behind like it is when using a safari vehicle. During horseback riding safari, animals like zebras come towards you to check out their strange relative but without stripes and others like the Elands which are known to be very shy, look curiously at the horses without running away although they still keep their distance. So, during your horseback riding safari, you explore several mammal species like; Giraffes, Zebra, Eland, Topi, Warthog, Impala Caped buffalo and many more. After, return to your lodge to have full breakfast and then check out of room to start your drive to Kampala the capital city of Uganda with an en-route at the Equator landmark to watch the water experiment, take a memorial photo, have lunch and proceed with your drive straight to Kampala to check in at your hotel for dinner an overnight.

    Accommodation Options
    Mestil Hotel (Luxury)
    Masheda Palms Resort (Mid-range)
    Bush pig Backpackers (Budget)

    Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

  18. Day 18 Kampala city Half Kampala city tour – Return to Entebbe international airport

    This is the last day of the 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari and you will end it with exploring Kampala the magical city also known as a city on seven hills and never sleeps. Kampala is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Africa with a variety of good sights and least expensive city to live in East Africa. There are several historical monuments, cultural sites mostly for the Buganda kingdom which makes it a haven city to cultural lovers. The Kampala city tour gives an opportunity to understand the Uganda’s folk lifestyle, the unique and cultural diversity, behaviors of Ugandan people, the traditions and history. On this tour, you will visit the Kabaka’s lake which was dug by mere hands without using any modern tool and it is said to be the largest manmade lake, Twekobe Kabaka’s palace and the Idi Amin torture chambers, the Gadaffi mosque which is one of the biggest masjid in Africa which give a magnificent view of the entire Kampala from its top and conclude the tour with the Uganda national museum which exhibits the traditional life collection of the Ugandans, ethnological and natural-historical back ground. The Uganda national museum displays indigenous Uganda playable musical instruments and how they have come developing over time, protection weaponry, hunting equipment, archaeology and entomology. It holds many of the Uganda’s historical facilities and the oldest Museum in Uganda and East Africa region. Later, have a picnic lunch with a team from Vibrate Holiday Safari, and then drive back to Entebbe international airport for your return flight. End of the 18 Days Uganda Classic Wildlife Safari

    Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch

Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary
River Ssezibwa squeezing
Tree climbing lions queen elizabeth
Chimpanzee uganda kibale
Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi Forest national Park
Accommodation options

Day 1 Accommodation
Protea Hotel by Marriott Entebbe (Luxury)
Best Western Premier Garden Hotel
(mid-range), Via Via Guest House (Standard)

Meal plan; Dinner

Day 2 Accommodation options
Sipi River Lodge (Luxury)
Rafiki Lodge Sipi (mid-range)
Lacam Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 3 Accommodation options
Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 4 Accommodation options
Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 5 Accommodation options
Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Adere Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 6 Accommodation options
Amaku Safari Lodge (Luxury + Mid-range)
Ziwa Rhino Camp (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 7 Accommodation options
Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Pakuba Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Hornbill Bush Lodge (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 8 Accommodation options
Bakers’ Lodge (Luxury)
Murchison River Lodge (Mid-range)
Red chill Camp (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 9 Accommodation options
Kyaniga Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 10 Accommodation options
Kyaniga Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Isunga Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Rwetera Safari Park (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 11 Accommodation options
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 12 Accommodation options
Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Buffalo Safari Lodge (Mid-range)
Pumba Safari Cottages (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 13 Accommodation options
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp (Luxury)
Silverback Lodge (Mid-range)
Ride for a Woman (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 14 Accommodation options
Birdnest Resort Bunyonyi (Luxury)
Arcadia Lodge Bunyonyi (Mid-range) Bunyonyi Rock Resort (Standard)

Meal plan; Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner

Day 15 Accommodation Options
Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Mpogo Safari Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 15 Accommodation Options
Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Mpogo Safari Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 16 Accommodation Options
Mihingo Safari Lodge (Luxury)
Rwakobo Rock Lodge (Mid-range)
Mpogo Safari Lodge (Budget)

Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

Day 17 Accommodation Options
Mestil Hotel (Luxury)
Masheda Palms Resort (Mid-range)
Bush pig Backpackers (Budget)

Meal Plan; Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price
  • Ground transport in 4*4WD and air-conditioned safari vehicle for 18 days (Safari van/ Land Cruiser)
  • Professional English speaking driver/guide for 18 days
  • Fuel for 18 days
  • All park entrance fees
  • All park activities
  • All government applicable taxes
  • Accommodation for 17 nights
  • Full board meal plan
  • All en-route meals
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Return airport pick up
  • A visit to Ssezibwa falls
  • A visit to the source of the River Nile
  • Boat cruise on the Nile River
  • A visit to Nyero rock painting
  • A visit to Sipi falls
  • Morning hiking at Sipi falls
  • Full day wildlife sighting game drive in Kidepo valley national park
  • Hike Mount Morungole
  • Visit IK minority tribe
  • A visit to Karamonjong community for cultural experience
  • White Rhino tracking
  • 2 game drives in Murchison Falls National Park (1 Night and morning game drives)
  • Boat cruise on the Victoria Nile in Murchison Falls NP
  • Hike to the top of the Murchison falls
  • 3 chimpanzee permit per person (Budongo forest reserve, Kibale forest national park and Kalinzu forest reserve)
  • Bigodi Wetland sanctuary walk
  • Katwe community tour
  • 2 game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • 2 hours boat cruising on Kazinga channel
  • Carnivore / Lion tracking experience
  • Game drive in Ishasha sector to search for the tree climbing lions
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Boat canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
  • 2 night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park (Night and morning game drives)
  • 2 hours horseback riding
  • A visit to Equator crossing point
  • Half day Kampala city tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entry visas and flights
  • Items of personal nature/tips/laundry
  • Personal insurance
  • Extra meals and activities
  • Telephone services
  • Souvenirs
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks