13 Day 4×4 Classic Uganda Odyssey
For a relatively small country, there is a lot about Uganda. It is home to the world’s longest river, the continent’s largest freshwater lake, the elusive shoe bill stock, and with half the remaining mountain gorillas in the world residing here and the Big five to be ticked off. Whether you are here for a family safari adventure or respite, this classic Uganda Odyssey gets you covered in spades. Transport is in customized safari 4wd land cruisers with a pop-up roof for excellent game viewing. Apart from the Gorilla trek, this luxury safari is tailor-made to include community walks, visits to the Rhino sanctuary, and an adventure water safari to the Nile delta and Kazanga channel.
- WILDLIFE VIEWING IN PRIVATE 4X4WD VEHICLE
- VISIT THE ZIIWA RHINO SANCTUARY
- WATER SAFARI TO THE BOTTOM OF MURCHISON FALLS
- WATER SAFARI TO THE NILE DELTA
- CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK
- COMMUNITY WALK AROUND BIGODI WETLAND
- WATER SAFARI ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
- GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
- VISIT THE BATWA COMMUNITY IN BUHOMA NORTH OF BWINDI
- 12 NIGHTS OF LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN UGANDA
- MEAL PLAN (B=BREAKFAST=LUNCH=DINNER
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN UGANDA
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our Guest Representative welcomes you to Uganda. Each guest receives a welcome bag and our representative assists you to transfer your luggage to the waiting safari jeep and proceed to the resort for a night – a thirty-minute to an hour drive from Entebbe itself. Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena resort Entebbe on bed and breakfast.
Visa to travel to Uganda
Yes – Visa required
Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda. The old system of obtaining visas on arrival has been phased out. Tourists now need to obtain e-visas 7 days in advance of traveling to Uganda. Please confirm with your local travel agency or airline before you purchase your flight ticket.
DAY 2: DEPART FOR MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK (Takes 5hrs by road)
This scenic drive from Entebbe to Murchison Falls National Park via Ziiwa Rhino Sanctuary will take approximately 7hours. Abiding by the park rules, it would be advisable to depart Entebbe or Kampala between 7 am-10 am arriving at Chobe safari lodge’s main entrance gate before 7 pm. En route to your host lodge, you will track white rhinos at Ziiwa Rhino Sanctuary followed by a hot lunch. Siwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is located in the Nakasongola district and is the proud home of the only wild rhinos in Uganda. The Rhino re-introduction project is a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and The Uganda Wildlife Authority. Presently the sanctuary is home to 15 southern white rhinos. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for rhino trekking, nature walks, bird watching and relaxation. Proceed to Chobe Safari Lodge for meals and overnight.
DAY 3: GAME DRIVE & BOAT TRIP TO THE BOTTOM OF MURCHISON FALLS
Early breakfast and check- out. Embark on a morning game drive en route to Paraa Safari Lodge through the unexplored area of Murchison Falls National Park. Driving through Tangi gate to the northern bank of the River Nile enables you to watch herds of wild animals grazing including; elephants, giraffes, Buffaloes, and a chance of seeing lions hunting too. On arrival at the lodge, check into your rooms and enjoy a hot lunch at the lodge. After lunch, you will be picked up by your naturalist guide for a transfer to the pier in time to join your crew on the boat for a trip of a lifetime to the bottom of the falls. If you choose to hike to the top of the falls, expect to be refreshed by a fresh spray of the Nile. And on arrival at the top of the falls – time permitting, join your driver/guide for another rewarding game drive en route to the lodge.
Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge/Bakers Lodge on full board.
DAY 4: BOAT TRIP TO THE NILE DELTA AND AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE
Early wake up with coffee or tea served in your rooms. Walk to the lobby and join your naturalist driver guide for another transfer to the pier for your water safari to the Nile delta. This half-day water safari activity in search of the elusive shoebill stock starts at exactly 7 am with a hot breakfast served on the boat. This half-day activity ends at 1200hrs. Disembark off the boat and walk to your waiting safari jeep before you transfer back to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure with an option of relaxing by the poolside or joining your naturalist driver guides for another sunset game drive on the shores of Lake Albert and the Nile delta giving you high chances of spotting a Leopard and other cats you could have missed the previous day. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
DAY 5: DEPART MURCHISON FALLS FOR KIBALE NATIONAL PARK (Takes 8-10hrs by road)
Early breakfast, check out, and start for Kibale National Park. This section of your journey covers approximately 8 to10hrs and you will be driving through the countryside along the Albertine escarpment of the Western Rift Valley and Bunyoro Kingdom. As you see in the photos, Bunyoro Kingdom is blessed with people that have maintained their cultural heritage. Meals and overnight at Primates Lodge or Papaya Lake Lodge.
Remark: Considering the long hours on the road, we are happy to suggest an option of a scheduled flight from Pakuba airstrip (MFNP –Kibale/Queen Elizabeth National Park – flying every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and requires a minimum of 4passengers.
DAY 6: FULL-DAY CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION EXPERIENCE IN KIBALE NP (Takes 4-6hrs)
After breakfast, report to the ranger station in Kibale National Park for the chimpanzee habituation experience. A lifetime experience with these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, it is tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees, follow them throughout the day they and as they make their nests in the evening. Then back to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: DEPART KIBALE –QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK (Takes 3-4hrs by road)
Check out and depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. Driving at your own pace, you stop at the imaginary equator line for a photography moment. You will also drive through the Kasenyi sector on the northern sector of the park. Kasenyi is best known for the lions which prey on a large population of Uganda Kob that live in this area. Later proceed with your sunset game drive en route to the lodge arriving in time for dinner. Check in at the lodge and spend some time on your room verandahs that offer panoramic views of the park and enjoy the cool breeze of the Kazinga Channel. Meals and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge/Mazike Lodge
DAY 8: FULL-DAY GAMES & WATER SAFARI ON THE KAZINGA CHANNEL
After an early breakfast join your naturalist driver guide for an early morning game drive which in the Kasenyi sector on the northern side of the park, best known for the lions which prey on a large population of Uganda Kob that live in this area. Another common- but unexpected-sighting within Queen Elizabeth is the Giant Forest Hog, Africa’s largest pig, which is usually associated with dense forests rather than semi-open thickets.
Head back to the lodge for lunch and later in the afternoon embark on one of the boats for a water safari on Kazinga Channel. The 36km Channel connects the two Rift Valley lakes: Edward and George, named after Queen Victoria’s son and heir, Edward VII and his own successor, George V. The early explorers in Africa often had to cope with inhospitable terrain, and travel by boat was especially difficult. You will also experience the sights and sounds that greeted these early pioneers in comfort. Meals and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge /Make Lodge.
DAY 9: DEPART QUEEN ELIZABETH FOR BWINDI via SHASHA SECTOR (Takes 3-4 hrs by road)
Today you will start for Bwindi, passing through the southern sector of the park, known as Ishasha. This remote and beautiful extension of Queen Elizabeth National Park is famed for its tree-climbing lions. It’s a fabulous sight to see the lions draped from the trees and nowhere in Africa do you stand a better chance of seeing this than in the large low limbed fig trees of Ishasha. After a hot lunch break on the bank side of the seasonal Ishasha river, then set off for Bwindi enjoying an evening sunset drive and arriving in time for dinner at your host lodge in Buhoma. Meals & Overnight at Engagi Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge.
DAY 10: GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI NATIONAL PARK( Takes 1-7hrs)
There is an early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary of about 900+ of these beautiful creatures in the world. Arrive before 8 am for registration and a brief with tracking guidelines. Our guides will then take you through the bush pushing your way through the undergrowth, and parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take about half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking shoes. These apes are shy and once you are close to the group the guides will ask you to leave behind your bags as no food items should be carried close to them. It is an experience you can share through your camera lenses as you watch and photograph what Africa has to offer. Meals and overnight at the Lodge
DAY 11: DEPART BWINDI FOR LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK( 5-6hrs by road)
After an early breakfast depart for Lake Mburo National Park with packed lunches. Along the route, you will get a comprehensive insight into the way of living of people in Uganda. Agriculture plays a vital part in the economy of Uganda and you will see evidence of this as you drive past huge farms. Arrive at Lake Mburo National Park in the afternoon and proceed to the lodge. There is an option of having a late afternoon is reserved for a game drive through the park with the aim of observing nocturnals. Meals and overnight at Kimbla- Mantana Tented Camp/Mihingo Lodge.
DAY 12: GAME DRIVE/NATURE WALKS AROUND LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
At 260 km2, Lake Mburo National Park is small compared to many other East African parks, but with its mosaic of habitats – dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannas, forest, lakes, and swamps – is home to a surprising diversity of plants and animals. There are viewpoints and picnic spots along some of the tracks. The national park runs boat trips on Lake Mburo every couple of hours throughout the day. The scenery and birdlife are spectacular. You are likely to get quite close to hippos and crocs. The guides will make the cruise very entertaining with their stories of the wildlife and the local folk tales. Some of the resident birds include green pigeons, parrots, and red-faced barbet, amongst many others. Meals and overnight at Lodge/Camp
DAY 13: TRANSFER BACK TO ENTEBBE FOR ONWARD FLIGHT (Takes 3-4hrs by road)
After early breakfast at the lodge, enjoy a game drive en route to back to Entebbe airport. You will also have stopped at the Kayabwe imaginary Equator line for coffee/tea and photo moments. This marvel which is found in only 12 countries is identified by the white circular concrete blocks that stand on either side of the road along the Kampala-Masaka highway. The Uganda Equator -reads the black signage at their top. A yellow line runs across the road, joining the two concrete circles, a representation of the imaginary line in Kalagala-Kikutuzi village near Kayabwe Town, Nkozi Sub-county in Mpigi District. Later proceed with your drive to Entebbe arriving in time for lunch at Protea Hotel/2friends Beach Hotel.
After a relaxing lunch break, you will be transferred to the pier for a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria. Enjoy your water safari to the equator island with drinks and a snack served on the boat. Later return back to the drop-off point and transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight.
Please note that check-in for international flights should be done 2 hours prior to departure of the flight. In the departure hall (after check-in) you will also find a small restaurant, a sitting area, and several duty-free shops for your convenience.
- Temporary Medical evacuation cover by AMREF Flying Doctors
- Wildlife viewing in a Private 4x4WD vehicle
- Visit the Ziiwa Rhino & Wildlife Sanctuary
- Water safari to the bottom of Murchison Falls
- Water safari to the Nile delta in Murchison Falls NP
- Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national park
- Community walk around Bigodi wetland, Kibale
- Water safari on Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Visit the Batwa community in Buhoma north of Bwindi
- Sunset cruise on Lake Victoria, Entebbe
- 12 nights of luxury accommodation in Uganda
- Meal Plan (B=Breakfast=Lunch=Dinner)
- International flights & visas
- Porterage, drinks and dining rooms tips, personal travel, and baggage
- Laundry, telephone bills, and any items of a personal nature
- Activities not mentioned in the program
The safari indicated here is essentially an offer. Changes in the course of the journey, duration of the tour, number of travelers, as well as the choice of accommodation are possible in all categories indicated here upon inquiry. We remember this is your holiday.
All accommodation facilities in this itinerary have locations of outstanding natural beauty, offer exclusive service, high quality, and comfortable, and are charming safari lodges
International flights: Upon request, our team of consultants can help select your international flights, and help you to book a ticket.