16 Day Prime Uganda safaris, Uganda Cultural Tour, Budogo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Lake Mburo national park tour Overview

Our 16 Day Uganda primate, game, and cultural tour are designed for those who have enough time to spend in Uganda to explore and discover “The Pearl of Africa. Our 16 Day Uganda primate, game, and cultural tour provides an opportunity to trekking chimps thrice in the different environments of Budogo Forest, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park.

It also offers you a chance to visit three Savannah National Parks for game drives and boat cruises. Enjoy two boat cruises in Murchison Falls National Park, one boat cruise on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Canoe ride in Lake Bunyonyi well as Lake Mburo National Park.

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These three savannah National parks included here offer the best of game drives with chances of spotting thousands of antelopes, hippos, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and so much more while on our 16-day primate, game, and cultural tour. The highlight of this tour is definitely gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. To make sure that you also interact with the local communities around these national parks, we have several village and community walks that will take you to the nearby villages to learn more about people and their cultures.

16 Day Prime Uganda safaris, Uganda Cultural Tour, Budogo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, and Lake Mburo national park tour Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Drive to Budongo Forest via Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking:

Day 2: Morning chimpanzee trekking, lunch, and visit top of the falls

Day 3: Morning game drive in Paraa and afternoon boat cruise to the base of the falls.

Day 04: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise to the Albert Delta.

Day 5: Drive to Hoima Town for a cultural walk.

Day 6: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 7: Morning chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi Village wetland and community walk.

Day 8: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for an evening game drive in Mweya. Day 09: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. Overnight at Bush Lodge or Buffalo Resort on Full Board basis

Day 10: Morning chimp trekking in Chambura or Karinzu Eco-tourism site and afternoon visit to Katwe salt mining site.

Day 11: Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 12: Gorilla tracking and village walk.

Day 13: Drive to Lake Bunyonyi for overnight at Crater Bay Cottages or Birds Nest Overseas Cottages on Full Board Basis

Day 14: Canoeing and birding around Lake Bunyonyi: Overnight at Crater Bay Cottages or Birds Nest Overseas Cottages on Full Board Basis

Day 15: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park via Igongo Cultural center arriving at the Park for an evening boat cruise on the Lake.

Day 16: Early morning game drive and then transfer to Kampala or Entebbe.

Highlights

  • It can start any time on any date
  • The tour is all-inclusive with all activities, meals, chimp and gorilla permits, park fees, lodges, and as such no hidden costs involved.
  • The maximum number is six people and the minimum is two people sharing.
  • Suitable for children aged 15 years and above.
  • Safari starts and ends in Uganda
  • You have an opportunity to trek chimpanzees in Budongo Forest, Kibale National Park, and Kyambura Gorge
  • It visits three top National Parks for game drives. That Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Lake Mburo National National Park.
  • Enjoy four boat cruises on this tour on the river at Murchison Falls National Park, on the lake at Bunyonyi and Mburo National Park, and the channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Enjoy walking safaris to visit local communities and villages to learn more about the lifestyles of the local people in Uganda.
  • Zziwa Rhino sanctuary to visit the only remaining white rhinos in Uganda.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Drive To Budongo Forest

Start your 16 days prime Uganda safaris, game, and cultural tour by driving to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track endangered white rhinos that are being restocked in this region of the country.

Take some time searching for the Rhinos in the wild and after, drive to Budongo Forest located in Murchison Falls National Park Conservation area. You will overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge on Full Board

Drive time: Approximately 4-5 hours

Mealplan: Lunch and Dinner

Lodging: Budongo Eco Lodge

Day 2. Budongo chimpanzee Tracking and visit top the falls

After breakfast, you will walk to the forest headquarters for a briefing about chimpanzee trekking Dos and Don’ts and thereafter start your primate walk in Budongo Forest guides by well-trained ranger guides.

Your walk will expose you to other primates, birds, and different plant species in the forest and once you get into proximity of one community/party of habituated chimpanzees, you will be allowed one hour of observations and photography before you return to the Lodge.

You may carry packed lunch or order for hot lunch and then drive to the top of Victoria Falls to observe how water squeezes itself in a narrow gorge exploding as it flows downstream. Proceed to Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge for overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 2 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 3. Morning game drive and boat cruise on the Nile.

Your 16-day primate, game, and cultural tour will be action-packed as you will need to wake up early for a morning game drive where you will be transferred by ferry to the northern banks of River Nile commonly known as para a.

This side of the park provides an opportunity to spot several antelopes, hippos, buffaloes, giraffes, buffaloes, and if lucky, big cats such as leopards and lions.

Return to the lodge for lunch and then a boat cruise to the base of the falls. On your way from the jetty point to the bottom of the falls, you will spot several herds of buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, waterbird species, and other wild animals as they flock to River Nile to drink water.

Continue upstream to the base of the falls to observe how water squeezes in a narrow gorge to later explode in what has been referred to as the strongest and powerful falls on planet earth. Return to the Lodge overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 4. Morning game drive and late afternoon delta cruise.

After an early breakfast will see you return to the northern bank of the river to another game drive to search for wild that you can have missed out on your previous game drives. Return to the lodge and thereafter go a late afternoon boat cruise to Albert delta where there is a lot of action and activity.

Depending on your luck, you may find elephants, buffaloes, and hippos crossing, crocodiles every well as well as chances of spotting the rare shoebill stock. Return to the lodge for overnight:

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Murchison River Lodge or Pakuba Safari Lodge

Day 5. Hoima Town for a cultural Walk.

After breakfast, you will drive to Hoima town which is about a 3-hour drive from Murchison Falls National Park. Depending on the nature of the road, you may pass via Lake Albert for a scenic drive to the escarpments and then to Hoima town. Check-in and go for a cultural walk or enjoy cultural performances at the lodge to learn more about the cultures of the local people in the area.

Drive time: 3 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Kontiki Hotel/Hoima Cultural Lodge

Day 6. Drive To Kibale National Park

You will drive to Kibale National Park via Fort Portal town for lunch before checking in at Rwenzori View Guest House. No major activity this day but if time allows, you may drive around Fort Portal town.

Drive time: Approximately 4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House or Isunga Lodge

Day 7. Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi Wetland Walk.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kibale National Park headquarters at Kanyakyu to join other trekkers for briefing and eventual chimpanzee trekking. You will be led by a well-trained ranger/guide who will take you for a guided primate walk inside Kibale Forest National Park.

This forest provides an opportunity to visit one of the habituated communities/parts of chimpanzees and spend an hour with them observing and taking photographs.

Kibale National Park is home to other 11 primate species coupled with forest birds. After your chimpanzee trek, you will drive to Bigodi Village for a wetland walk that was designed to benefit the local community living around Kibale Forest National Park. Return to the Lodge overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House or Isunga Lodge

Day 8. Transfer To Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After breakfast, you will drive 3-4 hours from Kibale National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will have an opportunity of passing through small towns, seeing several foothills of Mountain Rwenzori, small rivers that originate from Rwenzori mountain ranges as well as crossing the equator at Kikorongo.

Check-in at Bush Lodge, relax as you prepare for a late afternoon game drive in Mweya. This section of Queen Elizabeth National Park is endowed with Antelopes, Buffaloes, Warthogs, elephants, and many other wild animals including lions and leopards whose sight depends on your luck since this is nature. Return to the Lodge overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge

Day 9. Game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After an early morning cup of tea, you will drive back to Kasenyi plains for a game drive to catch up with what you could have missed out on your earlier game drive.  It’s this time of the morning that big cats are out hunting for their prey and as such chances of spotting lions and or leopards are slightly high.

Never the less, you will be guaranteed to see buffaloes, hippos, several species of antelopes, and many others. You may return to the lodge for lunch or drive directly to the Mweya jetty for an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. This two-hour boat cruise is one of the highlights in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

It provides you an opportunity to view over 300 out of the 600 waterbird species recorded here, antelopes, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and hippos. Return to the lodge overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge

Day 10. Kyambura Chimpanzee Trekking and Katwe Salt mines.

After breakfast, you will be driven to kyambura to join other trekkers for briefing, and after the start, you chimpanzee walk in the gorge. Your experienced ranger guide will help you identify their flora and fauna residents in this gorge and once you find a community of chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them for photography.

Return from the trek for lunch and short relaxation at the lodge before moving out again to visit Lake Katwe salt mines. Lake Katwe is an explosive crate that is gifted with salt and it’s the local community that mines/extracts salt from this lake.

The local community guide will take you for a tour around salt mines explaining how salt extraction is done, challenges faced and opportunities available. Lake Katwe salt extraction project is one of the live examples supporting Queen Elizabeth as one of the conservation areas in the whole world where man is sustainably co-existing harmoniously with wildlife. Return to the Lodge overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Elephant Hab or Pumba Safari Lodge

Day 11. Transfer To Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

After breakfast, you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in southwestern Uganda and shared between three districts of Kabale, Kanungu, and Kisoro. Your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will take you through rolling hills with terraced gardens of Irish potatoes and sometimes tea.

You will arrive late afternoon for overnight at the Lodge. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas and the only National Park where wild chimpanzees co-exist with mountain gorillas.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge

Day 12. Gorilla Trekking experience.

After breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters to join others for gorilla family allocation and a full briefing about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. After that, you will be driven to the starting point of your allocated gorilla family to start your trek into the impenetrable Bwindi Forest.

This trek may take from 30 minutes to three-quarters of the day depending on where mountain gorillas will be. This gorilla trekking can be strenuous and as such a certain level of fitness is required. Once you find the gorillas, the experience will be worth it and you will be allowed one hour of observation and photography. 

You will then return to the park headquarters where you will be awarded a certificate in recognition of your effort of helping to conserve the endangered mountain gorillas. Return to the lodge for relaxation followed by a village walk to learn more about the local people living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge or Trekkers Tervan Lodge

Day 13. Transfer To Lake Bunyonyi

Drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District. Lake Bunyonyi is one of the three Lava damned Lake which was formed when lava flowing from one of the volcanoes blocked a river channel and water was forced to flow back hence filling the space to create lake Bunyonyi. Bunyonyi locally means small birds due to the abundance of small birds in this area.

Lake Bunyonyi is said to be the deepest lake in Uganda and the second deepest in East Africa. A person visits Lake Bunyonyi for its beauty and is one of the best places to relax after your gorilla trek.

Drive time: Approximately 3-4 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging:  Bird nest Resort

Day 14. Canoe ride and Hiking Lake Bunyonyi.

After breakfast, you are free to admire the beauty of the lake and its surrounding hills. You will have a choice of either taking a canoe ride on the lake to explore different islands with exciting history. You will for example visit the Punishment Island were girls who would produce babies out of legitimate traditional marriage would be dumped and left to die.

This is a whole day activity and you will surely enjoy it. Alternatively, you can hike one of the hills around Lake Bunyonyi and we support some projects so those who want to do something on their tour can go for volunteer work. Return to the Lodge overnight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Birdnest Resort

Day 15.Transfer To Lake Mburo National park.

After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park via the Great lakes museum or Igongo Cultural center to learn more about the cultures of ethnic groups in western Uganda. Lunch will be served en-route arrive at Lake Mburo National Park for a boat cruise on the Lake followed by an evening game drive. Lake Mburo National Park is popular for animals such as impalas, Giraffes, Zebras and so much more.

Return to the Lodge overnight.

Drive time: Approximately 6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Lodging: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge or Rwakobo Rock

Day 16.Transfer Back To Kampala/Entebbe and Departure

After breakfast, you will start your journey to Entebbe International Airport with a stop at the Equator crossing for photography and stretching.

Drive time: Approximately 5-6 hours

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch