10 Days Uganda Safari – Long Uganda Tour Trekking Primates, Boat Cruising and Big Five Game Viewing

This 10 day Uganda safari will guide you through the 4 Uganda’s national parks; Murchison falls national park being the largest park, Queen Elizabeth the second largest park having a lot to offer, Kibale national park a chimp hub, and a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home to the endangered mountain gorillas.

The 10 days Uganda safari will guide you through various parks in these parks like the boat launches in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth National parks, a hike to the spectacular and strongest falls in the world Murchison falls.

A primate safari in Kibale and Bwindi national parks that inhabit the two endangered primates chimpanzees and gorillas thus being a better hub for chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking.

Visit to the cultural communities like the Batwa and Bigodi cultural walk and a forest walk at the Maramagambo forest. This trip will start in Kampala and end in Kigali with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary a place to meet these endangered Rhinos in the wild and a Kigali city tour.

Highlights of the 10 days Uganda safari

  • Chimp trekking
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Batwa trail
  • Forest walks Maramagambo
  • Bigodi walk
  • Boat cruise at the Kazinga channel
  • Hike to the falls
  • Boat cruise at the Albert Nile
  • A stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary
  • Kigali city tour

BRIEF ITINERARY OF THE 10 DAYS UGANDA SAFARI

  • Day1: Arrival and transfer to the hotel
  • Day2: Transfer to Murchison with a stopover to Ziwa rhino sanctuary
  • Day3: game drive, boat cruise, and hike to the fall
  • Day4: Transfer to Kibale national park
  • Day5: chimp tracking and Bigodi walk
  • Day6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park and afternoon launch cruise
  • Day7: game drive and forest walk Maramagambo forest.
  • Day8: Transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha sector
  • Day9: gorilla tracking
  • Day10: Transfer to Kigali and city tour

Detailed itinerary for the 10 Days Uganda safari

DAY1: Arrival and transfer to the hotel

On arrival, you will meet up with your guide from Gorilla Trackers who will drive you to your lodge for a night stay. Overnight and dinner

Accommodation

  • Victoria Serena
  • The Boma Guest House
  • Golden tulip
  • Cassia lodge

Day2: Transfer to Murchison with a stopover to Ziwa rhino sanctuary

Wake up to a yummy breakfast then get ready to meet up with your guide who will brief you about your 10 days Uganda safari and then drive you to Uganda’s largest national park-Murchison Falls national park.

It has a lot to offer like hiking to the top of the falls, game drives within the park as you may have a chance to view different wildlife like lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribi, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, buffaloes, hippos, birds species and more water animals along the Albert Nile.

As you proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, you will have a stopover at Ziwa rhino sanctuary the only place to view the rhinos in wild. Dinner and overnight stay

  • Murchison River lodge
  • Pakuba safari lodge

Day3: Game drive, boat cruise, and hike to the fall

Have an early morning game drive as you meet up with your guide for a game drive to view the different wildlife in the great national park like the lions, leopards, herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, hartebeests among others.

10 Days Uganda safari elephants in murchison falls
Elephants in Murchison Falls National Park

Later in the afternoon, you will have a boat cruise on the Albert Nile that comprises many water animals like the crocodiles, hippos and different bird species along the Nile thus being a great hub for birders and then proceed with a hike to the picturesque falls that makes you have a chilly evening with the stunning sounds it makes as it passes through the narrow gorge. Later in the day return to your lodge have diner and rest.

Accommodation

  • Murchison River lodge
  • Pakuba safari lodge

Day4: Transfer to Kibale national park

Wakeup to a hefty breakfast, get ready to transfer to Kibale forest national park. It is a home to the endangered chimpanzees having the largest number of these primates thus famously known for chimpanzees trekking. Dinner and overnight

  • Kyaninga Safari lodge
  • Crater Safari lodge
  • Kibale forest camp

Day5: chimp tracking and Bigodi walk

Have a piquant morning breakfast and a packed lunch and head out to the briefing center where a game ranger will be waiting for you to brief you about chimp trekking then proceed to the forest for the memorable activity.

You will also have an opportunity to view some other primates like black & white Colobus, grey-cheeked Mangabey, and red-tailed monkey with the various bird species and plant species. Later in the afternoon, you will head out for Bigodi community walk where you will visit the atmospheric village of Bigodi.

Visit a traditional healer who will contentedly share his knowledge about spirits, herbs, plants and local medicines, visit the homes of elderly men and women who tell fascinating stories about birth, marriage, ceremonies, clans and their traditional life.

Along the way, you will also be given an opportunity to experience the Ugandan school system, a visit to the local church and Bigodi’s trading center, a core of rural life and activity. After going back to the lodge for dinner and overnight

  • Kyaninga game lodge
  • Crater Safari lodge
  • Kibale forest camp

Day6: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park and afternoon launch cruise

Wake up to a toothsome breakfast and get ready to set out to queen Elizabeth national park the second largest park in Uganda famously known for its tree-climbing lions.

tree climbing lions on a 10 Days Uganda safari
Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

The park’s miscellaneous ecosystems, which include rambling savanna, dappled, muggy forests, luminous lakes like the dozens of gigantic craters imprinted vividly into undulating green hills, picturesque views of the Kazinga Channel and prolific wetlands, make it the idyllic habitat for an archetypal big game, ten primate species and over 600 species of birds make it a melody of wonders.

Later in the afternoon, set off for a launch cruise on the 40m long Kazinga channel a link between Lake Edward and George. The banks of the channel attract the highest concentration of hippos and bird species all year round. Dinner and overnight stay

  • Mazike Safari Lodge
  • Parkview safari lodge
  • Engazi Game lodge

Day7: game drive and forest walk Maramagambo forest.

Have an epicurean breakfast, and set off for a morning game drive in the plains of the park where you will have an opportunity to view different wildlife like Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthogs, lions, leopards, hyenas, giant forest hogs, topis as well as elephants. Later in the afternoon after a dainty lunch head out for a forest walk in Maramagambo forest.

It is a domicile to chimpanzees, elephants, bush pigs, pythons, bats and the rare Bats’ pygmy antelope. It is eminent because of the bat caves.

During the trek through the forest, you will get an opportunity to see primates like Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, L’hoest Monkeys, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, the Blue Monkeys, as well Vervet Monkeys.

At Maramagambo forest you will also have an opportunity to watch an assortment of uncommon forest bird species like the Rwenzori Turaco, the white napped pigeons and the flycatcher et cetera and this has made Maramagambo forest a very good destination for birders. Dinner and overnight

  • Mazike safari lodge
  • Parkview safari lodge
  • Engazi game lodge

Day8: Transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha sector

Wake up to an ambrosial breakfast, and head out to Bwindi impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector which is famously known for its unique tree-climbing lions.

The Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park is subjugated by candelabra trees with big branches that allow lions to hang up there.

This region not only divulges its magnificent tree- Climbing Lions but as well a great miscellany of wildlife like huge buffalo herds, numerous antelopes that keep crossing your path, there are also a number of elephants that have actually settled within the Ishasha area and also watch out for the copious hippos.

After a game drive in the Ishasha sector then proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that is located in the southern part of Uganda. Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to the magnificent endangered mountain gorillas.

10 Days Uganda safari - mountain gorillas in Bwindi
A Group of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi

It habits half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas thus being favorable for gorilla tracking because there are higher chances of seeing the mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National park was gazetted in 1991 and affirmed a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994.

The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is sited alongside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the rim of the Albertine Rift. When you arrive at Bwindi check into your lodge, dinner, and overnight

  • Chameleon hill lodge
  • Ichumbi gorilla lodge
  • The Four Gorillas Lodge

Day9: Mountain Gorilla tracking

Have a delish breakfast and a packed lunch then meet up with your guide who will take you to the park’s briefing center to meet up with the park rangers who will introduce you to the activity and give you guidelines to follow as you do gorilla tracking.

After briefing, proceed to the park and have a great experience as you trek these stunning endangered mountain gorillas. When found, you are allowed to stay in the presence of these gorillas just for one hour and only 8 people in the group are allowed to trek them.

After gorilla tracking go back at the lodge and relax but if you finish gorilla tracking early, as there is no specific time to find the gorillas as they keep on moving to different places, Batwa trail can be another optional activity for the evening as you visit the first inhabitants of the forest the Batwa.

They will take you through different activities like storytelling, traditional activities, their ways of living and their traditions among others. This visit is a fantastic activity as t gives you a chilly evening and a memorable history of the Batwa people. Dinner and overnight

  • Chameleon hill lodge
  • Ichumbi gorilla lodge
  • The Four Gorillas Lodge

Day10: Transfer to Kigali and city tour

You will have a succulent breakfast and set off to Kigali for a city tour. Kigali city is one of the sterile and bland places in Africa.

The city is a hub to most attractions like Kandt House museum (oldest building), contemporary structure on which the city was first established, Inema Arts center, Ivuka Arts center, Museum of National History, the Presidential Museum, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Statehouse museum and the Miyo Art Gallery.

On your 10 days Uganda safari, you will be able to visit some of these places before you proceed to the airport to catch your flight.

End of the 10 days Uganda safari.

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What to carry for gorilla and chimp tracking on your 10 days Uganda safari

  • Hiking Boots
  • Garden Gloves
  • Rain Jacket
  • Long-Sleeved Shirts/Blouse
  • Energy Giving snacks
  • Cameras and extra batteries
  • Hat and Sun Glasses
  • Pair of Binoculars
  • Insect repellants

Guidelines for gorilla tracking on your 10 days Uganda safari

Before you set out

  • Don’t visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness.
  • Human waste should be buried 30cm (12) deep
  • Maximum number of visitors is eight persons per gorilla group

When you are with the gorillas and chimps

  • Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted on the tour.
  • If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans.
  • Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day.
  • Don’t use flash photography

Inclusions for your 10 days Uganda safari

  • Park Entrance fees
  • Launch cruises
  • Game Drives.
  • Gorilla Tracking permit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Transportation in Safari Land cruiser
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • all accommodations while on tour
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit in Kibale national park
  • Bigodi wetland walk

Exclusions for your 10 days Uganda safari

  • International flight
  • Visa fees
  • Personal Insurance
  • Drinks and tips

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