21 Days Best of Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari

Best of Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari

  • 21 Days, 20 Nights
  • Midrange Accommodation
  • Start /End : Entebbe
  • $ 4810

Best of Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari


The 21 Days of Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari  combines the highlights of the country including exciting Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest, tracking the white rhinos in Ziwa Sanctuary, excellent wildlife viewing  in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park,the unforgettable gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Birding in Buniga Forest, Golden Monkey Jungle Trekking in Mgahinga Park,visit L. Mburo National Park.

This Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari takes you hiking on Mt Sabinyo and Mt Elgon, visit the amazing Sipi falls,visit jinja town for white water rafting alongside boat cruises on the Kanziga Channel, launch cruise to the bottom of the falls in Murchison, a canoe excursion on L. Mutanda, a boat safari on L. Mburo and a boat safari to the source of the Nile as you enjoy the beautiful vegetation, amazing scenaries and not forgetting the friendly Ugandan people.

Safari Highlights

  • White Rhinos in Ziwa  Sanctuary
  • Game Drives in Queen Elizabeth Park, Murchison Falls Park and L. Mburo Park
  • Boat Safari in Murchison Falls,the Kanzinga Channel,on Lake Mburo and boat ride to source of the Nile
  • Chimpanzee Jungle Trekking
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Birding in Buniga
  • Canoe Excursion on L.Mutanda
  • Golden Monkey Jungle Trekking
  • Hike Mountain Sabinyo and Mountain Elgon
  • Visit Sipi falls

Itinerary Summary

Day 1:  Transfer to Murchison Falls Park via Ziwa Rhino Ranch
Day 2: Game Drive and conduct a boat safari in Murchison Falls
Day 3: Game Drive and Transfer to Kibale Park
Day 4: Chimpanzee Jungle Trekking
Day 5: Bigodi nature walk, transfer to Queen Elizabeth, conduct a boat safari on the Kanziga channel
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Forest
Day 7: Walking safari from Buhoma to Nkuringo
Day 8: Gorilla Trekking
Day 9: Birding in Buniga Pocket Forest
Day 10: Walking Safari and canoe excursion on L. Mutanda
Day 11: Golden Monkey Jungle Trekking
Day 12: Mountain Sabinyo Hike
Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Day 14: Transfer to Jinja via Kampala
Day 15: Full day in Jinja
Day 16: Full day in Jinja
Day 17: Transfer to Sipi Falls
Day 18: Transfer to Mt. Elgon National Park
Day 19: Transfer to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Day 20: Transfer to Entebbe via Kampala
Day 21: Departure


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Day 1: Transfer to Murchison falls Park via Ziwa Rhino Ranch

With an early morning breakfast, embark on your Primates & Wildlife Safari to Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, an asylum to the Rhinos. Enjoy a glimpse of the white Rhino, continue to the Royal Mile, enjoy the view and some birding around the vicinity and the road. Have lunch and then transfer to Murchison falls National Park. Enjoy more birding before checking in to the lodge.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge / Baker’s Lodge / Paraa Lodge

Day 2: Game Drive and a boat safari on Murchison Falls

murchison Falls

After breakfast, enjoy the game drive with a view of; giraffes, elephants, lions, hartebeest and different species of birds, on the way to the morning delta boat ride to the bottom of the waterfall.  Look out for the Nile crocodile, hippos, water bucks and a variety of bird species. Upon reaching the bottom of the waterfalls you will disembark and hike your way up to the Top of the Falls where you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Nile. Also be on the lookout for different bird species. Look out for mammals like the graceful Rothschild Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog, Hippos, Oribi and when lucky a leopard and Lion among others. Hike up to the top of the falls and enjoy the magnificent view before retiring back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Murchison River Lodge / Baker’s Lodge / Paraa Lodge

Day 3: Game Drive and transfer to Kibale Park

Murchison Falls Safari
Have an early breakfast, enjoy another game drive. View more game as you catch them from their hunt expeditions before driving to Kibale. Proceed via the Escarpment, enjoy the landscape and look out for different bird species like the African Crowned Eagle, Heuglin’s Francolin.

You will then set off to Kibale Forest National Park found in Fort Portal, a town at the south-western side of Uganda. The park bares homage to a very large number of primates. This day will be a long driving day of 7-9 hours; we will have numerous stops to stretch your legs.

Accommodation: Primate Lodge / Chimpanzee Forest Guest / House Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale

chimpanzee trekking in Kibale

Proceed early morning at 6:30am for full day chimpanzee tracking experience; you will spend the entire day with Chimpanzees following them from nest to nest. While tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species.

Accommodation:Primate Lodge / Chimpanzee Forest Guest House / Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 5: Bigodi nature walk, transfer to Queen Elizabeth Park and conduct a boat safari on the Kanziga Channel

Kazinga Channel Boat launch

With an early morning breakfast travel to Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary for a nature walk, Rich in biodiversity and beautiful scenery, the wetland is a birder’s paradise with about 138 species. Located outside the park in Magombe Swamp, it also hosts eight species of primates including the black-and-white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses can also be found here. The sanctuary was set up to preserve the exclusive environmental features along with the wetland and is managed by the local community.

Later depart Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park, lying 1978 sq. km west of Uganda. It harbours a diverse ecosystem with a lovely savannah, fertile wetlands making it home for the big game, 10 primate species and a large number of bird species.

After checking in, you will enjoy an afternoon Launch cruise along the Kazinga channel.  The channel is 40 wide and offers beautiful scenery of hundreds of hippos along the banks as well as different bird species seen when cruising west towards Lake Edward.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge /kasenyi safari Camp / Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Forest

After breakfast, your Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari will proceed, as you head for a game drive through Kasenyi sector, watch out for the Albert endemic birds, buffalos, elephants and different bird species.

With packed lunch proceed to Ishasha sector, very famous for the tree climbing lions. The Ishasha sector is the only other place in the entire world where you will find tree climbing lions apart from Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.

Continue to Buhoma sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighboring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance.

Accommodation: Buhoma lodge/ Mahogany Springs/Gorilla Valley Lodge / Gorilla Mist Lodge (FB)

Day 7: Walking Safari from Buhoma to Nkuringo

With an early breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters for a nature walk from Buhoma to Nkuringo. Enjoy a 15km walk to Nkuringo following the Kashasha river and Ivy River trails. This is a full day walk where there would be an opportunity of visiting the Munyaga River falls in the forest. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest as part of your Primates & Wildlife Safari.

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 8: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi


Uganda Primates & Wildlife Safari

After breakfast at around 7:45 am with packed lunch and drinking water you will transfer to the starting point for briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You will then continue to the forest for gorilla tracking following them. This activity can last from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest.

Accommodation: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge / Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 9: Birding in Buniga pocket forest

Uganda Birding Safari

Drive to the Nombe pocket forest 5km away from the lodge for a nature walk. The location has been well reserved by visitors looking for Bwindi Forest specialties. Here you will be able to search for the Purple breasted sunbird, Stripe breasted tit, Rwenzori double collared sunbird and Doherty’s bush shrike. Evening bird watching along the road adjacent the nearby Buniga pocket forest outside the village of Nkuringo

Overnight at Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge /  Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Day 10: Walking safari and canoe excursion on L.Mutanda

lake mutanda canoe

With an early breakfast, proceed to Rubuguri junction with vehicle, and then start the walk for of 9kms, taking about 3 hours or more depending on your speed. Pass through villages and local community. You will then meet your canoe team at Rwenjeje landing site to embark on canoe excursion for 2 ½ hours across Lake Mutanda to the other side. With your vehicle proceed to Kisoro, and later proceeding to Mgahinga National Park for an overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gahinga Lodge / Travelers Hotel / Mount Gahinga Rest Camp

Day 11: Golden Monkey Trekking in Mgahinga


Mgahinga Golden Monkey Trekking

After we proceed into the bamboo forest of Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is a small Park with many activities including Golden Monkey Trekking. It is done on the three Virunga Volcanoes and you are one hour with the monkeys – this is half-day activity in the park. The park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s first people. 

Accommodation: Mount Gahinga Lodge / Travelers Hotel / Mount Gahinga Rest Camp

Day 12: Mount Sabinyo Hike

With an early breakfast, proceed with your vehicle and walking safari guide to Mgahinga NP 15 kms outside of Kisoro for mount climbing. Mt. Sabinyo, at 3,669m, it takes about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip, following a steep ridge up to the peak this trek will be conducted in the company of your Nkuringo Walking Safari guide. The third peak of Mt. Sabinyo is where the 3 countries Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo meet and on a clear day the views are stunning.

Day 13: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park


After breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park which is centered on a series of swamp-fringed lakes its bird life is very rich. The green acacia woodland harbors wildlife like the Zebra, warthog, Elands, Impala among others. These can be seen even as you enter the park. And after lunch enjoy an evening gama drive in the park and later retire to the lodge

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge / Rwakobo Lodge /Eagle’s Nest Mburo

Day 14: Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo SafariAfter your breakfast enjoy a game drive as you head out for a morning boat cruise and get quite close to the croc and hippos. The Park has marked different fauna to other parks and reserves, and it’s the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala and several Acasia-associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract Hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds. In the afternoon go for Horse Back Safari.

Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge / Rwakobo Lodge /Eagle’s Nest Mburo

Day 15: Transfer to Jinja via Kampala

Conduct an early morning walk starting at the lodge with a Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide. This walk takes you down the valley that you see from Mihingo past the water hole and to a rocky kopje facing Mihingo. Return to the lodge for a late breakfast.

After breakfast, your Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari will take you to Eastern Uganda starting with Jinja, with a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres,take photos and also buy some souvenirs, set off for Jinja arriving in the evening.

Accommodation: Wild waters Lodge / Gately on the Nile / Jinja Nile Resort

Day 16: Full day in Jinja

whitewater rafting Jinja on the nile rapids

Visit the dramatic Itanda falls where you are entertained by the kayaking boys as they tussle the big rapids, enjoy cultural dances at the source. Drive to the source of the Nile where you will take a boat ride around source of the River Nile where it dramatically separates from Lake Victoria, the stream of water will start running towards the North forming the Victoria Nile co-joining with the Albert Nile in the Murchison falls National Park to Sudan to meet the Blue and White Nile and continue through Egypt to the Mediterranean sea.

Accommodation: Wild waters Lodge / Gately on the Nile / Jinja Nile Resort

Day 17: Full day in Jinja

Jinja Town Tour

Jinja Town consists of a wide range of tourist activities therefore you may either enjoy a quad bike safari into the nearby villages as well as visit the soft power projects in the district. You can also go for a one day rafting experience or rafting and bungee jumping combo or a horse back safari on the shores of the Nile.

Accommodation: Wild waters Lodge / Gately on the Nile / Jinja Nile Resort

Day 18: Transfer to Sipi Falls Via Mbale

With an early breakfast, you will be transfered to Sipi falls with a stop over in Mbale town foran en-route lunch. From Mbale we shall drive straight to Sipi. We shall have an evening nature walk where we shall visit the three falls that make up Sipi. The visit of the three falls involves hiking a trail network that is characterized by a steep and slippery path, mud on rainy days, climbing ladders and going through farms as you enjoy great views of the surrounding vegetation, valleys, mountains and the Karamoja plains anr later return to the lodge for a rendezvous.

Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge / Sipi Falls Resort / Lacam Lodge

Day 19: Transfer to Mountain Elgon National Park

With breakfast  and a packed lunch for the day, set off for hiking and birding on Mount Elgon.  You will take a short drive to the Mount Elgon Exploration Center you take a day trail montane and bamboo forests, there are splendid views of Mount Elgon and the valleys below.  Fields of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds such as the black and white casqued Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, bar-tailed Trogon, grey throated Barbet, Montane Oriole, Mountain Greenbull and Black Collared Apalis. Enjoy your picnic lunch along the way and return to the lodge.

Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge / Sipi Falls Resort / Lacam Lodge

Day 20: Transfer to Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve

After  breakfast at the lodge drive off to Pian Upe wildlife reserve, the second largest protected area in Uganda after Murchison falls reserve which lies in semi-arid country which usually receives rainfall in April and more substantial showers from June to early September. The predominant cover of mixed acacia commipphara savanna is essentially the Uganda’s extension of an eastern savanna. Pian Upe is a habitat to various mammals like Leopard, cheetah and spotted hyena are quite popular by ranger patrols and a small population of lions is present.  Among the ungulate species are bur hell’s zebra, buffalo, eland, Harte beast, greater kudu, topi, orib, dik-dik, and Uganda’s last population of roam antelope. In addition, the vervet monkeys, olive baboons, the far localized pata monkey.

Accommodation: Sipi River Lodge / Sipi Falls Resort / Lacam Lodge

Day 21: Transfer to Entebbe

After breakfast, enjoy a rendezvous drive back to Entebbe  wher you prepare for your flight back home

End of the Uganda Wildlife Parks Safari.

Included in the price

  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit- $ 600
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permit- $150
  • All Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Golden Monkey Trekking Permit- $100
  • 4×4 Safari Vehicle Trasportation
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Airport Pickup and drop off

Not Included

  • Items of personal nature
  • Visa processing and Visa Fees
  • International Flights
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Anything not included in itinerary

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