The Uganda Experience
14 incredible days touring this beautiful country. You will see everything from the powerful Murchison Falls in the north to the Mountain Gorillas of the south west, with a variety of mammals and birds like youâ€™ve never seen as you cross this most diverse of African countries!
The Uganda Experience Day One: Arriving at the airport you will be warmly welcomed by a Churchill Safaris representative, and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. An optional tour of Kampala and the surrounding areas can be arranged for interested parties.
Day Two & Three Today you depart for Murchison Falls National Park, stopping en route at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Uganda’s rhinos became extinct in the early 1980s, after a period of civil unrest and heavy poaching. This sanctuary has now been established to breed black and white rhinos, and restore the populations in Uganda’s National Parks. Continue on to the Nile and take a ferry to reach your lodge. Spend the evening relaxing at the lodge overlooking the Nile River. The next morning after breakfast, depart for an early morning game drive across the rolling plains of Uganda’s largest National Park, where you will have chances of viewing lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants. For the birders amongst you, these areas support the secretary bird, and black chested snake eagle, to name a few In the afternoon, go for a boat trip to the base of Murchison Falls, where the Nile thunders through a small 7-meter gap, plunging 43 m into Lake Albert. The banks of the Nile are densely populated with crocodiles, hippopotamus, and range of other wildlife that come to the river to drink.
Day four & Five Today you depart for Kibale National Forest for two nights. Before leaving Murchison Falls go for an early morning game drive to the top of the falls, before continuing on to the large block of rainforest which is home to over thirteen primate species including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys. Kibale National Forest has also recorded over 355 bird species, and a range of other mammals including the elusive forest elephant. The next morning go for Chimpanzee tracking along the network of forest trails. Seeing habituated chimps squabbling and swinging from the trees is an exhilarating experience. Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife. This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefit social and economic development in the area.
The Uganda Experience Day Six & Seven After breakfast you leave for two nights to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. From open savannah to rain forest, Queen Elizabeth has over a 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier safari destination. Arrive in the park in the afternoon, and go for a game drive in the early evening. In morning, you will have a game drive to the Kisenyi area to look for Lion prides and other wildlife like the Uganda Kob, before returning to the Lodge for breakfast. In the afternoon take a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to one of the largest concentrations of hippopotamus, as well as herds of elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife that come to drink from the river. The Kazinga also attracts a tremendous variety of bird species including the African Eagle, Open-Billed Stork, and Pied Kingfishers. There are also a number of great Queen Elizabeth National Park sustainable tourism activities which support local economic and social development. Depending on what is available at the time, we can incorporate these into your itinerary.
Day Eight Today you proceed to Ishasha, home to the famed tree climbing lions. Have a game drive entering the park, before having lunch. Relax, and have another game drive in the evening before returning for dinner and an overnight in Ishasha.
Day Nine & Ten Today you continue to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nights. Home to over half of the worldâ€™s mountain gorilla population. Interacting with these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer and should not be missed! Bwindi also boasts 90 mammal species, including a range of primates, as well as 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species, including the African Green Broadbill and the Bar Tailed Trogon. The next morning you set off for gorilla trekking. Hiking through the thick, verdant, rainforest to eventually come across the gorillas in their natural habitat, is an amazing and unforgettable experience. Actual trek times can vary, these are wild animals afterall. If time permits there are a diverse range of activities which are unique to Bwindi which you can participate in during the afternoon. Bwindi Community Hospital Tour: Started by a Canadian doctor BCH revolutionized health care for the Batwa and the Bwindi community. This free hospital tour provides insight into the region and issues that the local community members face.
The Uganda Experience The Batwa Trail: The indigenous pygmy population of Bwindi Forest provides a cultural walking tour, highlighting traditional beliefs, songs, and lifestyle practices. Birding Safari: Take a walk through the forest as you experience the number one birding destination in Africa. Community Walk: The walk takes you into the local communities, highlights include learning the process of transforming banana juice into local gin and meeting a local healer. He can treat anything from stomach aches to impotence; a form of traditional Viagra! Waterfall Walk: Walk along the Congolese border and Bwindi to see the magnificent waterfalls and the incredible scenery.
Day Eleven Your safari continues as you travel to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest Lake in Africa and also one of the most beautiful. Having stopped at the Kihihi Village for shopping and to see the local blacksmith you continue to the stunning lake where you can spend the afternoon sunbathing, swimming, birding, or exploring the islands by boat.
Day Twelve For the final part of your safari you will spend the night at Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different fauna compared to other Ugandan parks. It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia. The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek. Go for an evening game drive before retiring for the night.
Day Thirteen Spend the afternoon in the Park going for a game drive, boat safari, horseback riding, or walking safari. Proceed to Kampala in the late afternoon stopping en route for lunch and to look at the Royal Drum makers at the Equator-where you will be able to stand in both hemispheres simultaneously.
Day Fourteen Do some last minute shopping and explore the city before transferring to the airport to catch your return flight home.
The Uganda Experience |Tour Prices MAIN TOUR PRICES
INCLUDED IN THE MAIN TOUR PRICE
WHAT TO BRING FOR GORILLA TREKKING
Budget ; From $2,473 per person
Budget: Makes sure everything is covered
• Packed Lunch (will be provided)
All Overland Travel - A 4x4 vehicle with viewing hatch and Premium : From $2,742 per person
driver will be provided for all trips and journeys. Guided Tours - Our guides are the same professionals,
Luxury : From $3,710 per person
whichever package you choose. Accommodation - Basic but perfectly functional and com-
Remember, as we build your perfect safari we
fortable hotels and lodges.
can add the bits you really want and remove the
Meals - Three meals per day provided by your hotel or
bits you don’t to help you manage your budget.
Premium : Our Most Popular Choice All Overland Travel - A 4x4 vehicle with viewing hatch and driver will be provided for all trips and journeys. Guided Tours - Our guides are the same professionals, whichever package you choose. Accommodation - Comfortable and well appointed hotels & lodges Meals - Three meals per day provided by your hotel or lodge.
Luxury : Travelling in style! Overland Travel & flights - A 4x4 vehicle with viewing hatch and driver will be provided for all trips and journeys. Optional Domestic flights. Guided Tours - Our guides are the same professionals, whichever package you choose Accommodation - You will be offered a choice of luxury hotels and lodges. Please remember all our trips can be tailored to meet your needs.
Meals - All meals are specially prepared by the first rate chefs at your chosen hotel or lodge.
• One-two liters of water (will be provided) • Hiking Stick (will be provided) • Day Backpack • Rain jacket • Light weight long sleeved shirt • Light weight long pants • Sunscreen • Handkerchief, bandana • Waterproof hiking boots • Snacks, energy bars, small pieces of candy or chocolate • Camera
THINGS TO BRING FOR SAFARI • Jacket • Sunscreen • Sunglasses • Safari Hat • Water (will be provided) • Camera • Guide book