Your Uganda Safari Over View
Uganda is very well known for its incredible landscapes and its friendliest locals. On this journey, 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike, you will land in Entebbe airport and spend a night beside Africa’s largest freshwater lake before traveling northwest of the country to Murchison Falls National Park with a rhino walking safari (en route). You will then visit the green Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking, passing through small villages and local markets before arriving at the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon).
After hiking the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, we shall proceed to Uganda’s most visited park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, for game drives and a boat safari on the Kazinga channel. After your adventure here, you will transfer to Bwindi Forest National Park, famous for its gorilla trekking, with a stopover in the Ishasha sector (tree-climbing lions). Afterwards, transfer to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and rewinding before driving to Lake Mburo National Park. From here, you will transfer to Entebbe for your flight back home. This 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike will start and end in Entebbe Uganda
Your Safari in Detail
Arrival in Uganda: Day 1
Upon arrival at Uganda’s Entebbe international airport, a guide from Laba Africa Expeditions will be at the airport to welcome you to the Pearl of Africa for your 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike. Your guide will expertly navigate through the lively Entebbe town by the lake to your guest house.
Many activities, including cycling around the villages, can be organized around Entebbe, and these activities can be arranged easily at the reception of your lodge. You can visit the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre ( UWEC), go birding and search for a shoebill stork in the Mabamba swamp, relax at the lake shore or go to the chimpanzee island at Ngamba. Please note that all activities mentioned will be at your own cost.
Murchison Falls Via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Day 2
Begin your 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike with an early morning breakfast and take a long but very scenic journey to Murchison falls national park. You will pass via Ziwa rhino sanctuary for a walking safari to see the rhinos. Here, a short nature walk brings into close proximity with the white rhinos. observe them as they graze in the vast savanna grasslands. After you will have lunch at a roadside restaurant before you transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.
The Murchison falls are one of the highlights of the park since they are the world’s most powerful waterfalls. You will also enjoy the the savanna plains that are home to vast wildlife such as lions, giraffes, hartebeest, buffalo, and elephants on addition to abundant birdlife, tree species among other
Morning game drive and Afternoon boat safari: Day 3
Have breakfast, and afterwards, go explore what the beautiful park has to offer. During your ride in the park, you need a fair share of luck and a sharp eye to try and spot as many as you can. During your safari ride, you will come face-to-face with the African animal kingdom. Elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, and many antelopes! More than you can imagine, alongside abundant bird life. It’s all here. Murchison Falls National Park is famous for its high concentration of elephants, giraffes, and a massive population of buffalo herds.
This 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike will allow you to discover some of the park’s unique ecosystems and landscapes, including vast savannahs, rolling meadows, and deep woods. Since this is a private game drive, you can ask your guide to focus the trip on a particular bird species or animals you love.
A remarkable excursion is the midday boat safari to the base of Murchison Falls, which travels along the Victoria Nile for around three hours. Imagine the stunning scenery you’ll see on this boat safari. When you get a desire for some local beer or soda, cold refreshments are available for purchase on board. You descend to the base of the impressive Murchison Falls while being closely observed by crocodiles, numerous hippos, buffalo, water birds, monkeys, and all the other (very thirsty) animals that the Nile attracts. If you enjoy hiking, the boat can drop you off close to the waterfalls so you can climb there (this takes around 1 or 1,5 hours). The views are magnificent!
Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park: Day 4
On this day of this 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike You’ll travel to Kibale Forest today, a lush area. The route is breathtakingly beautiful, travelling through tea plantations and the verdant countryside that makes up so much of Uganda. You will enter another world entirely when you get to the forest—some real monkey stuff!
Many primates live here, and visiting one of the habituated chimpanzee groups, in particular, is an exceptional experience. Here, it’s also common to witness the rare red colobus, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, blue monkey, and L’hoest’s monkeys. Where else would you find a better place to get close to nature, smell the trees, and hear all the sounds? Your safari tent or cottage is in a lush, varied environment, home to various bird and butterfly species.
At your lodge, located on the edge of Kibale Forest National Park, you will have a singular jungle experience with the most breathtaking views of the forest canopy and the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. You will stay in a contemporary hotel in secluded areas of the forest. You are welcome to eat delicious meals in the restaurant and lounge areas. There is a reasonable probability that you may see Red Colobus and Grey Cheeked Mangabey monkeys on the property.
Chimpanzee Trekking and Transfer to Rwenzori Mountains: Day 5
After breakfast, you’ll drive to the rangers’ post, where they’ll tell you what to do and what not to do while chimpanzee trekking. After that, you will walk through the Kibale Forest to see the chimps. You will go chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest with an experienced ranger guide. The number of primates here will amaze you. Once you find the chimpanzees, you will be with them for an hour. Return to your place of stay for lunch, then drive to Kasese, which is near the Rwenzori Mountains. The next day on this 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike will be in the Mountains. It will not be very easy but rewarding
Rwenzori Trekking to Sine Camp: Day 6
After breakfast, proceed to Ranger Point (starting point for your trek). After receiving a briefing, you can start your journey to Sine Camp (at 2596m). You’ll pass through the tall forest trees of the Afro-montane Forest zone. For around 6 kilometres, there is a gradual ascent, followed by a severe ascent that leads to Sine Hut. On the trek, you can witness many different types of plants and flowers, birds, and possibly even animals like colobus and blue monkeys, swinging in the trees. Visitors sometimes prefer to relax outside by the campfire while conversing with the rangers about the mountains and local customs. You will have dinner and an overnight stay in the huts.
Rwenzori Trekking to Mutinda Camp (3688m) Day 7
You After breakfast, the hike begins at 8.30 am, and soon you are in the zone of bamboo-mimulopsis, which is a difficult climb with several steep stairs. You arrive at Kalalama Camp (3.147m), which is situated in the heather-rapanea zone, after travelling about 1.8 kilometres. You can relax and have a hot drink here. You move along the heather zone from this point (Kalalama Camp), passing by various streams and even waterfalls that are all covered in the usual green moss vegetation. Many Giant Heather trees can be found, occasionally in a misty environment. The day’s arrival point is Mutinda Camp, which is located at (3.688m) and is named for the Mutinda Peaks. From here, it will take another hour and a half to hike to Mutinda Lookout, 3,925 metres, and another hour to return to the camp. Standing on moss-covered rocks with views of the Rwenzori Mountains, Kasese town, and Lake George, the location is worth a visit.
Trekking Rwenzori from Mutinda Camp (3688m) to Bugata Camp (4062 m): Day 8
The route from Mutinda Camp is a little soggy, with the usual tussocks and damp vegetation. As you cross the Mutinda valley, one will enter the Alpine vegetative zone, which is characterised by the presence of enormous lobelias (Lobellia gibberoa), groundsels (Senecio adnivalis), and everlasting flowers. Later, ascend a hard portion to Namusangi Valley (3.840 m), where you may see the Mutinda Peaks at their best. As you ascend to Bugata Camp at 4.062 m, the destination for the day, you pass through a number of bogs as you travel along the Namusangi Valley. You will be able to see Mount Luigi of Savoy’s Weismann’s Peak, which is frequently covered with snow. Tussock grass, everlasting flowers, gigantic groundsel, and giant lobelia are all present in the vegetation region. From the nearby Plozza Rock, you may see Lake Nusuranja and nine other lakes that may be seen beautifully from the neighbouring Plozza Rock.
Trekking Rwenzori to Weismann Peak (4620m) and descend to Kiharo camp (3460m): Day 9
After breakfast, head toward Weismann Peak. The journey begins with a hillside crossing beneath tall cliffs above Bugata Lake. Continue on around a ridge point to Lake Kopello, where you can stroll along the water’s edge. Researchers estimate that the lake’s typical water temperature is 2 C. The four lakes in the valley below may be seen clearly as you ascend. When it’s snowing or icy, the final portion to the peak, which is steep and on solid rock, can be challenging. Ropes may be required for safety. You can see all three of the major peaks—Mt. Stanley, Mt. Speke, and Mt. Baker—in crystal clear weather. Weismann’s Peak has a relatively flat or dome-shaped top, and the dense moss that covers the rocks there creates a lovely ambiance. You will make a loop by descending on a separate path. As a result, you will make your way to Kiharo Camp (at 3460m) for the night after leaving the Nyamwamba valley.
Accommodations: (Mountain Hut at Kiharo Camp) Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Trekking down Rwenzori (Kiharo – Trekkers) and proceed to Queen Elizabeth NP: Day 10:
After breakfast, go to the base camp, where your safari driver guide will be waiting. After that, you will be transferred to your lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The choice is yours. If you want to go on an evening game drive, we can do that at no extra cost, at one of the country’s major national parks . The park has many different ecosystems, home to many different animal species, such as chimpanzees, ten primate species, over 600 bird species, and big game animals. After a long (obviously) day hiking in the Rwenzori mountains, you will just check in and have a good rest.
Morning Game Drive and Boat Safari: Day 11
After breakfast, go on a morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains. Look for Cape buffalo, elephant herds, lions, leopards (though they are hard to see), and other animals. Return to your place of stay to rest and eat lunch. After lunch, you will take a 2-hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lakes George and Edward. During the trip, you will be amazed by the wildlife you see, such as giant hippos, elephants, crocodiles, etc. You’ll also see a lot of different kinds of birds near the water. You will eat dinner and sleep at your place of stay. For an extra cost, you can go on a twin lakes hike after the boat trip.
Transfer to Bwindi forest via Ishasha: Day 12
In the morning, you’ll drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha sector. Lion cubs all over the world often climb trees for fun, but adults almost never do. But these lionesses like to sleep in fig trees during the hot afternoons to get away from the tsetse flies and enjoy the cool breeze. This is the most interesting thing to see in the park because you’ve never seen lions pose so well for your camera before. You will try your luck during a game drive. Don’t miss the beautiful scenery and wonderful birds in this remote southern part of the park. After a game drive here, drive to Bwindi Forest National Park.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi: Day 13
Today is a big day on your 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike. After breakfast, proceed to the ranger station. You will be given instructions on what to do and what not to do while gorilla trekking. You will then begin your trip in the Bwindi Forest. Despite being dense and offering spectacular steeply forested scenery, the area is accessible to travellers. With the movements of these enormous primates, the distance traveled, and the terrain changed. You will be permitted an hour with a gorilla group after you’ve found them. The excitement of spending time with these gentle yet threatened creatures is immeasurable. Visit the lodging once more, check out, and then travel to Lake Bunyonyi. Although Lake Bunyonyi is surrounded by lush, green hills that rise between 2,200 and 2,478 meters above sea level, the 29 islands, all of which have different sizes and shapes, give the lake its most beautiful appearance.
Relax at Lake Bunyonyi: Day 14
Today is a chance to relax and look back at the beautiful days you have spent in Uganda at one of Africa’s most beautiful lakes. Lake Bunyonyi means lake of many small birds.
Transfer to Entebbe airport: Day 15
Today will mark the end of your 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike. You’ll leave early this morning to make the drawn-out trip back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport. We’ll stop near the equator en route to do some souvenir shopping. Tonight there is a chance to connect with an international aircraft, but the earliest flight must depart at 10 p.m. However, it will be a little tight, so we advise staying an extra night in Entebbe. Please inform us if you would like to add a night to explore kampala or Entebbe.
9 hours to get to Kampala and 10 hours to get to Entebbe.
A place to stay is not included.
End of your 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike
This 15-Days Uganda Safari and Rwenzori Hike tour can also be done on a self drive style if you rent a car from us we can book the lodges and permits for you or if you want to sleep in roof tents, we have these also.
Our Self drive fleet
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