17 Days Uganda’s Best

Ugandas best

DAY 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

On arrival at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and after finalizing the formalities, you shall be welcomed by your local guide, who will then drive you to your hotel.
Accommodation: Lake Victoria View Guesthouse (B,-,-) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 2: ENTEBBE – KAMPALA

Today you will have morning visit to Mabamba swamp where most of the birding is done by canoeing, as you look out for the rare Shoebill Stork, African Water rail, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Squacco, Goliath, Purple, Grey Herons, a variety of Egrets, ducks. Later you will have a city tour through Kampala. In the evening you will have an optional visit to Ndere Cultural Centre (Wed, Fri, Sun) or choose to spend time at leisure.
Accomondation: Forest Cottages (B,-,-)  or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 3: ENTEBBE – MURCHISON FALLS NP

After breakfast, you proceed to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (optional +45$ p.P). Here you shall have a walking Safari to the Southern White Rhinos that have been re-introduced in Uganda. Later you proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison covers 3,840-sq km and has recorded 76 mammal species and over 450 bird species. It lies 619m at the delta and 1,292 at Rabongo Hill.
Accomondation: Heritage Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 4: MURCHISON FALLS NP

After an early breakfast you will have a boat ride to the Nile delta (optional), keep a look out for a variety of bird species especially the Shoebill. In the afternoon, go for a game drive. Drive in the open African savanna in search for Lions, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Elephant, Jackson Hartebeest. Oribi, Waterbucks, Uganda Kobs, and enjoy spotting various Bird species such as the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow Tailed Bee-Eaters and many more.
Accomondation: Heritage Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 5: MURCHISON FALLS NP

After a rather early breakfast, morning games drive. Afternoon, we’ll have a boat cruise to the bottom of the Falls. The Falls are rare and magnificent, they are one of Africa’s wonders and a must see for everyone. We of course cannot fail to mention that it’s from these falls that Murchison derives its name. Catch up with pods of Hippos, crocodiles and a vast number of water birds. There are high chances of seeing the Shoebill stock from which our company derives its name. Enjoy these spectacular falls with a hike to the top of the Falls where the Nile squeezes through a 7-meter gap and at the bottom bask Huge Nile Crocodiles. Accomondation: Murchison River Lodge (B, L D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 6: MURCHISON FALLS – KIBALE FOREST NP

After breakfast we begin our journey to Kibale Forest National Park for yet another exiting adventure.
Accomondation: Bellavista Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 7: KIBALE FOREST NP

After breakfast, chimp tracking (optional +150$ p.P.) and meet the rather real cousins of humans’ beings. There is a rich bird life in this forest. If you are a keen birder you will record a reasonably high number of different bird species. Notable are various monkeys that keep tossing from one tree to another as you walk along. Lunch at the lodge.  At afternoon we have a Swamp Tour. The Bigodi swamps are home to about 137 species of birds, and they are rich in lush vegetation such as wild palms, figs and the dominant Polita Papyrus. The Bigodi Wetland Reserve is managed by the Kibale Association for rural development and environmental protection.
Accomondation: Bellavista Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange

DAY 8: KIBALE – QUEEN ELIZABETH NP

After breakfast you will drive today to the world-famous Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator along the way.  In the afternoon, you have a game drive and visit Lake Katwe a salt lake.
Accomondation: Parkview Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 9: QUEEN ELIZABETH NP

After an early cup of tea or coffee morning game drive to the vast park for any chances of the early hunting cats, herds of elephants, antelopes, buffalos and many more.  Return to the camp for a full breakfast, free time, after lunch go for the launch cruise on the famous Kazinga channel where you get to the schools of Hippos, buffalos and a variety of beautiful water bird species like jacanas, fish eagles and pelicans along the channel. Yes, get to see the feared crocodiles as they sunbathe away.
Accomondation: Parkview Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 10: QUEEN ELIZABETH – BWINDI IMPENATRABLE NP

After breakfast transfer southwards to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park through the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth N.P in Ishasha where there are chances of seeing the tree-climbing lions. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas. This Impenetrable Forest is still one of the best virgin tropical rain forests in East Africa. Keen birders will love this Park too. Of Uganda’s Forested Parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for superb gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes, as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine. You may have an optional village walk or visit a nearby school.
Accommodation: Midrange Lodge;  it depends where Tracking is (B, L, D)

DAY 11: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NP

After breakfast, briefing, gorilla tracking and if time allows, evening community walk and entertainment around the fireplace by the locals. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the home to the forest giants that are cousins to human beings, the gorillas. This Impenetrable Forest is still one of the best virgin tropical rain forests in East Africa.
Accommodation: Midrange Lodge;  it depends where Tracking is (B, L, D

DAY 12: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE – LAKE BUNYONYI

After breakfast proceed to Lake Bunyonyi. Lake Bunyonyi is the deepest Lake and a perfect place for relaxation. If you are looking for a rather private, lonely and romantic place, then Lake Bunyonyi Is the number one stop in Uganda. Optional canoe trip around the Lake.
Accomondation: Arcadia Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange/highend Lodge

DAY 13: LAKE BUNYONYI

After an early breakfast proceed to Mahinga Nationalpark where you can do Golden Monkey Tracking (optional 90 U$ p.P.). Or relax at the Lodge
Accomondation: Arcadia Lodge (B, -, D) or similar midrange/highend Lodge

DAY 14: LAKE BUNYONYI –LAKE MBURO NP

After breakfast begin our journey to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo boosts of a variety of game including zebra, eland, and impala, which are not found in most other National Parks in Uganda. Additionally, Lake Mburo has big numbers of waterbuck, topi, buffalo, hippo, duiker, bushbuck, klipspringer and on a good lucky day you will see oribi, reedbuck, leopard and crocodiles.
Accomondation: Mburo Safari Lodge (B, L, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 15: LAKE MBURO NP

You will wake up early and go for a nature walk. You will return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast, have a have a boat ride on the lake and in the afternoon have a cultural visit with the herdsmen who live in the park. You will visit their homes experience their cattle keeping lifestyle and see how they churn milk into butter locally.
Accomondation: Mburo Safari Lodge (B, L, D) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 16: LAKE MBURO – ENTEBBE

After breakfast we begin the journey back to Kampala. Enjoy the green along the route plus the famous Ankole longhorn cattle. Stop over at the equator for snapshots of a lifetime. Have a chance to be both at the South and Northern hemispheres. There several craft shops here with locally handmade souvenirs.
Accomondation: 2 Friends Entebbe (B, -, -) or similar midrange Lodge

DAY 17: ENTEBBE – FLIGHT BACK HOME

You will drive to Entebbe Airport, catch your flight and head back home.
Services for your tour (see above) Shoebill Safaris offers the following services:
Included Services:

  • 16 Overnight stays and meals in midrand lodges with BB, HB or FB basis in double room
  • In cases where warm lunches are not provided, you shall have packed lunch
  • A professional and experienced English speaking Guide (optional German speaking guide 45 $ per day)
  • Transportation in 4*4 Vehicle with pop up roof, Fuel on entire tour
  • Ferry crossing
  • All Entrance fees and game drive fees, all relevant government tax
  • Water while on the Tour

Excluded services:

  • Flight and visa fees to Uganda and back home
  • Tips, souvenirs, any soft drinks and any personal purchases
  • Any Optional activities or those not included in the program