This Uganda Highlights itinerary offers a chance to see the key highlights of Uganda within two weeks. Even though much more time can be spent exploring this amazing country, this itinerary will ensure you visit Uganda’s best destinations and have ample time to experience them.
- Entebbe – Arrival – Kampala; 1 night: Cassia Lodge
- Murchison Falls – 2 Nights: Paraa Safari Lodge/Fort Murchison Lodge
- Fort Portal (Kibale) – 2 Nights: Kyaninga Lodge/Kibale Forest Camp
- Queen Elizabeth National Park – 2 Nights: Mweya Safari Lodge/The Bush Lodge
- Bwindi (Buhoma) – 1 Nights: Mahogany Springs or Silverback Lodge/Bwindi Lodge
- Lake Bunyonyi – 1 Night: Birds Nest Resort at Bunyonyi/Bunyonyi Overland Resort
- Lake Mburo – 1 night: Eagle Nest Lodge/Mihingo Lodge
- Explore the bustling city of Entebbe
- Spot the tree climbing lions in Ishasha
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park
Day by Day Itinerary
Our driver will be at the airport to meet and pick you up on arrival and transfer you to Cassia Lodge in Kampala for an overnight stay. If your flight arrives early afternoon you can opt to go visit the botanical garden that is well known for variety of tree species, monkeys and birds. You will also be able to see Lake Victoria from there.
After an early morning breakfast, we will depart for the most beautiful protected area in Uganda: Murchison Falls National Park. Enjoy a lunch stop in Masindi before we enter the park. Note: There is Rhino tracking activity en route just before you get to the park. This tracking cost $45 per person. Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/Fort Murchison Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After an early morning breakfast you will enjoy a half-day game drive on the northern bank of the Nile. Wildlife in this park includes the elephant, Rothschild giraffe, Jackson harte beast, lions, oribis, waterbucks and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. After lunch we will go on a Nile cruise for game viewing at close range. Watch how hippos take a bath, elephants come to drink and crocodiles lying lazy at the shores. We then disembark from the boat to visit the magnificent falls where you will enjoy and marvel at the mighty Nile. The famous waterfall is being forced into a seven meter crevice, to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. This spectacular scenery can be viewed from different points up at the baker’s summit. Return to the lodge later for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight: Paraa Safari Lodge/Fort Murchison Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we depart Murchison Falls and head towards Fort Portal. The drive is almost eight hours but will provide you with some stunning views as you pass small African villages and banana plantations. The lovely town of Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the renowned Mountains of the Moon and is famous for the many tea plantations. Overnight: Kyaninga Lodge/Kibale Forest Camp Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today the forest opens its doors for a sensational chimp tracking. Kibale Forest is reputable of having the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others. After a hearty lunch we transfer to the Bigodi Swamp for another, totally different nature walk. The Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. Overnight: Kyaninga Lodge/Kibale Forest Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
After breakfast depart to Queen Elizabeth National park as you enjoy the majestic view of Rwenzori Mountain full glory. Arrive at the lodge/camp for lunch. In the afternoon take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural channel between Lake Edward and Lake George. Thanks to the abundant birdlife that is sighted, and the elephants, buffaloes and hundreds of hippos that are cooling off at the shores, this cruise will definitely be one of the highlights of your safari. Overnight: The Bush Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
The day begins early when we start with a morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. We search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for lunch. After lunch, depart to Southern part of the park (Ishasha sector) arriving in time for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight: The Bush Lodge/Mweya Safari Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, we embark on a game drive in search of tree climbing lions as well as seeing other animals like the topi, elephants, kobs etc. After lunch head to Bwindi arriving in the evening. Overnight: Mahogany Springs or Silverback Lodge/Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Valley Lodge or Bwindi Lodge by Volcanoes. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Another highlight of your safari: a meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi! Especially hikers will love the tracking in the beautiful ecosystem of the park. It is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike, it may take two to eight hours. Expect to walk a long distance in steep and muddy conditions, sometimes with rain overhead, before you encounter any gorilla. But it will definitely be worthwhile as you observe them closely while they eat, play and rest. A unique and unforgettable experience! NOTE: For conservation purposes, time spent with the gorillas is limited to one hour. The ranger guide always briefs you on how to behave with these giant apes. After trekking, we depart for Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda. This area is often called the ”the ittle switzerland of Uganda” and boasts one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We arrive late afternoon to relax after the hectic trek of the gorillas. It is safe to swim in Lake Bunyonyi, other activities include canoeing and village walks. Overnight: Birds Nest Resort at Bunyonyi/Bunyonyi Overland Resort. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
After breakfast, have a drive to a high point where you can view the islands of Lake Bunyonyi. Depart Lake Bunyonyi at 10a.m. for Lake Mburo national park. Have lunch en route in Mbarara. We drive and enter the park in the after as we go on a game drive all the way towards Muhingo lodge. After game drive we check in at the lodge/camp. Overnight: Eagles nest Lodge/Mihingo Lodge. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast, depart for Entebbe or Kampala with lunch stop at the Equator. Arrive in Entebbe or Kampala in evening for either an overnight or departure.
What's Included and What's Not
- Chimpanzee trekking permit
- All airport transfers
- Park entrance fees
- Game drive in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth national park
- Boat ride/cruise in Murchison and Queen
- Ferry crossing fee in Murchison falls national park
- Accommodation/meals in all lodges (breakfast, lunch, dinner)as mentioned
- 4/4 Wheel Drive Vehicle with pop roof
- Services of a tour guide/driver
- Bottled drinking water while on safari
What's Not Included
- Gorilla permit ($600 per person)
- Chip permit ($150 per person)
- Tips or gratuities
- International flights
- Alcoholic drinks
- Rhino Tracking ($45 per person)
- Items of personal nature