Uganda wildlife safaris-Uganda cultural safaris
Enjoy the ultimate wildlife and cultural excursion while visiting Uganda’s top safari destinations on this 6 days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural Safari. The safari will get you exploring some of the exceptional cultural sites in Fort-portal town – the tourism capital of Uganda. From there, you will visit the popular home of chimpanzees for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park – the most attractive forest national park in the country. More to that, you will explore the park’s Bigodi wetland on an adventurous nature walk to encounter several other primates, rare plants, a variety of bird species and insects.
The safari will also take you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an exciting wildlife safari. Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited national park in Uganda. The Park is well known for having vast biodiversity including over 95 mammal species with tree climbing lions as the highlight of wild animals, over 600 bird species, several water bodies, attractive savannah grasslands and forests and amazing views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges in the back ground. While you visit the park, you will engage in exciting activities including boat rides and game drives.
You will conclude your 6 days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural safari with a visit to the mountain gorilla territories in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Park is located in Kanungu district and it is characterized by mist-covered hillsides and diverse thick rainforests. The Park is a hub to half of the population of mountain gorillas worldwide and several other primates like baboons and monkeys. The Park is also home to other wild animals such as forest elephants, antelopes, hundreds of wild plants and bird species. On your Uganda safari to Bwindi, you will enjoy gorilla trekking and cultural experiences with the Batwa – originally forest dwellers of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
6 Days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural Safari Highlights;
- Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru
- Hike Nyakasura hill
- Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest NP
- Nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland
- Game drive in Queen Elizabeth NP
- Afternoon Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel
- Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP
- Batwa Cultural Encounter
- Stopover at the Equator
6 Days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural Safari detailed itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Fort-portal
After your morning breakfast, our driver director will pick you up from your hotel either in Kampala or Entebbe and transfer you to Fort-portal town. Fort-portal is one of the most attractive towns in relation to Uganda’s tourism sites and destinations. It is blessed and surrounded by numerous crater lakes, remarkable cultural sites, rolling hills, the Rwenzori Mountain ranges, etc. You will drive through a number of villages, towns, roadside markets, vegetation and landscapes that will give you a glimpse of the countryside. You will arrive in Fort-portal in the time for lunch. Check into your hotel/lodge and have lunch.
After your lunch, you will drive to see the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru caves. these caves have been in existence for several years and they carry so much cultural significance towards the cultural heritage of the Batoro. On arrival, you will be welcomed and briefed about the history of the caves. thereafter, you will be guided through the marked trails to visit the caves. expect to impressed by the breast-shaped caves and the embedded beauty that surrounds the caves. Take time to enjoy photography and wonderful views.
From there, you will embark on hiking Nyakasura hill. The hill is steep and not easy to hike but once you maneuver with the hike, the breathtaking views of the crater lakes in the region and the Rwenzori Mountain ranges will leave you in awe. On your way back from the hill, you will visit the ‘kigere’ foot mark on a certain rock. The foot mark is believed to belong to one of the Chwezi members. Return to your hotel, have dinner and rest.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking and Nature Walk in Bigodi Wetland
You will have early morning breakfast and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking. It will take you about 45 minutes to arrive in Kibale from Fort-portal. On your arrival in the park, you will check into your lodge and then head to Kanyanchu Tourism Center for briefing. At the briefing, you will be told all you need to know about chimpanzees and chimpanzee trekking. After that, you will start your trek into the tropical rain forests in search for chimpanzees. While on your trek look out for some L’Hoest and vervet monkeys and other primate species. When you find the chimps, you will be given one hour to watch the chimpanzees. Expect to find the chimps feeding, jumping in between tree branches and playing with their young ones. After an exhilarating experience with chimpanzees, return to your lodge and have lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you will take a nature walk to the Bigodi wetland. While strolling through the wetland, watch out for olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, several rare plants, butterflies and birds. Return to your lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth NP – Afternoon Boat Cruise
Have morning breakfast and leave for Queen Elizabeth National Park. on your arrival in the park, expect to be welcomed with sights of various antelopes, buffaloes, Uganda kobs and elephants grazing in the savanna grasslands. You will check into your lodge, refresh, relax and later have lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Kazinga Channel form your afternoon boat cruise. This water channel connects thew two lakes namely; Lake Edward and Lake George and it attracts large numbers of wild animals and birds. The boat cruise will offer you abundant views of hippos, crocodiles, king fishers and numerous animals drinking water by the channel banks. Return to your lodge after, have dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Early Morning Game Drive & Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Wake up early in the morning and go for the early morning game drive. the early morning game drive offers better chances of seeing the park’s predators before they go back into hiding. Expect to spot lions, hyenas and leopards feeding and hunting. Continue with your game drive to Kasenyi plains to see several elephants, buffaloes, bush bucks, water bucks, warthogs and many other animals. Drive back to your lodge for late breakfast.
You will then check out of your lodge and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You will drive through the Ishasha southern sector of Queen Elizabeth that is famous for harboring tree-climbing lions. If it is your lucky day, you will have the chance to spot these lions and proceed with your journey. On arrival in Bwindi, you will check into your lodge relax, have dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi – Batwa Cultural Encounter
Have morning breakfast and drive to the gorilla trekking headquarters for briefing. The briefing will cover a few details about gorilla trekking and the mountain gorillas in Bwindi. You will also be allocated gorilla families to trek and an assigned game ranger to guide you through your gorilla trekking adventure. From there, you will start your trek for gorillas in the thick rainforests of Bwindi. While you search for gorillas, look out for other primates, rare plants, birds and other wild animals like forest elephants and antelopes. When you finally meet the world’s greatest apes, you will be amazed by their gentle and calm behaviors. You will be allowed one hour to observe and learn more about how these apes behave in their natural habitat. You will also get to take pictures and capture these amazing jungle moments with the gorillas.
Trek back to the headquarters after for certification and appreciation. Thereafter, drive back to your lodge and have lunch. After refreshing and relaxing at your lodge, take a cultural walk to the Batwa communities. The Batwa people also known as pygmies were originally forest dwellers in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but were evicted when the area was gazetted into ma national park. however, they didn’t migrate very far since forest life was all they knew. Today the Batwa live in communities on the outskirts of Bwindi and they are often visited on as part of the Uganda Gorilla and cultural safaris to Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park. when you visit the Batwa, you will enjoy exploring their traditional homes and their unique traditions. Get to interact with them and learn about their origins and ways of survival as forest dwellers. Furthermore, take time to taste their local beer and other local foods. After that, return to your lodge, have dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe
This concludes your 6 days Uganda Wildlife and Cultural Safari. on this day, you will have a relaxed morning breakfast and check out of your lodge. You will then embark on your safari journey back to Kampala or Entebbe – depending on where you were picked from. You will have lunch en-route at Igongo Cultural Center and proceed. Have another stopover at the Equator monument at Kayabwe for a photography session and to buy souvenirs from the African craft shops around. Proceed with your journey to Kampala. Upon your arrival, the driver director will take you to your hotel for the night.
Chimpanzee and Gorilla Trekking Guidelines;
- Eating, drinking and smoking near the primates is prohibited, designated time and place will be communicated
- Photography is permitted, although you must not use a flash light
- Carry a rain poncho in case it rains in the jungle
- Wear gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
- Long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters and shirts are crucial for protection against stinging plants and insects.
- Carrying bottled drinking water is essential
- Porters to help carry your luggage are available for service, however at your own cost