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8 Days Uganda Safari

8 Days Uganda Safari to Murchison Falls, Queen & Bwindi Forest

Explore Uganda the Pearl of Africa with All Uganda Safaris on an 8 days Uganda Safari to Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

This is a complete 7 nights/8 days Uganda safari taking you through game drives, launch/boat cruises in the 2 vast savanna parks- Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Gorilla trekking is part of this long Uganda safari and you will be visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where 20 habituated gorilla families are found. Bwindi lies in Kabale, Southwestern Uganda and there are 4 regions/sectors each with habituated gorilla groups. The sectors include Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma.

Murchison is perched in the Northwest, 5-6 hours’ drive and it is a home to Murchison Falls- one of the powerful waterfalls in the world plus 4 of the big 5 game. Extending on area of 3840sq.kms, Murchison Falls NP protects over 76 mammals, 451 bird species, primates, reptiles and others.

Brief itinerary for the 8 days Uganda Safari 

  • Day 1: Murchison Falls N/P
  • Day 2: Murchison Falls-game drive, launch trip & hike to the top of the falls
  • Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)
  • Day 4: Game drive, boat cruise
  • Day 5: Game drive Ishasha & Bwindi transfer
  • Day 6: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 8: Depart

Detailed itinerary for the 8 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1: Murchison Falls N/P

Murchison Falls National Park safari from Kampala: After breakfast, go visit Uganda’s biggest safari park, located in the Northwest about 6 hours’ drive. Murchison is 3840sq.kms and a home to 4 of the big 5 game, but while en-route expect to stopover for rhino tracking in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

The 2 hours’ rhino tracking experience will be enjoyed exploring about rhino and together with 4 of the big game in Murchison, then you have a complete big five game safari. Exit Ziwa for lunch in a hotel at Masindi then head to Murchison Falls N/Park. A visit to the top of the falls will be done on arrival at Murchison.

Lodges at Murchison Falls National Park

  • Budget: Red Chili Camp
  • Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge or Baker’s Lodge

Main Activities: Rhino Tracking and Visit top of the Falls

Ziwa Rhino and Murchison Falls

Day 2: Murchison Falls – Game drive, launch trip & hike to the top of the falls

Enjoy 3-4 hours’ game drive along the Northern bank and in a full-time 4WD vehicle, there are several wildlife, birds to see including elephants, hartebeests, buffaloes, giraffes, oribis.

Others include lions, leopards, waterbucks, Uganda kobs and later, settle for lunch back in the lodge.

A boat cruise along the Nile will be during afternoon hours taking 2-3 hours and expect to have the best of panoramic view at the bottom of the falls.

Expected sightings on a boat cruise range from hippos, crocodiles, birds like kingfishers, bee-eaters, cormorants, fish eagles etc. After the panoramic view at the bottom of the falls, embark on a trek up to the top of the falls.

Accommodation Options

  • Budget: Red Chili Camp
  • Midrange: Pakuba Safari Lodge
  • Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge or Baker’s Lodge

Main Activities: Game Drives, Boat Cruise and Hiking

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)

Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park taking long hours of driving via Fort Portal where you will have a leisurely lunch.

Queen Elizabeth NP is a vast Uganda safari park with over 620 bird species including migratory birds; primates like chimpanzees, the tree climbing lions, antelopes etc.

Lodges at Queen Elizabeth NP

  • Budget: Mweya Hostel/Bush lodge tents
  • Midrange: Buffalo Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge/Enganzi
  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Jacana/Katara Lodge

Main Activity: Transfer and Sight-seeing

Day 4: Game Drive, Boat Cruise

Game drive along Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth N/Park takes 3-4 hours. You will be encountering lots of mammals such as buffaloes, lions, bush elephants, bush bucks, leopards, warthogs, lots of birds and other antelopes.

Buffaloes in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Boat cruise on Kazinga channel during afternoon time 2-3 hours with an experienced park guide. On an extensive Kazinga boat cruise, there are hundreds of hippos, crocodiles, birds to see to and back.

Accommodation Options

  • Budget: Mweya Hostel/Bush lodge tents
  • Midrange: Buffalo Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge/Enganzi
  • Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/Ishasha Wilderness Camp/Jacana/Katara Lodge

Main Activities: Game drive, Boat Cruise and Bird Watching

Day 5: Game drive Ishasha & Bwindi transfer

Explore Ishasha during a morning game drive, enjoy view of the tree climbing lions and after, transfer to Bwindi. Reach to Bwindi National Park in the afternoon, have long evening to chill at the lodge.

Lodges in Bwindi

  • Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/Ruhija Community Rest Camp
  • Midrange: Haven Lodge/Engagi Lodge/Bakiga Lodge
  • Luxury: Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs

Main Activities: Game Drive and Transfer

Day 6: Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

We start the 6th day of the 8 days Uganda Safari by Briefing about gorilla trekking rules and gorilla families allocation will be done between 7:00am and 8:00am.

At 8:00am, the park guide takes over and leads you on 2-6 hours search for mountain gorillas if it is in Buhoma, the gorilla groups to track include Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura and Katwe. Today, you advise that you go with adequate drinking water, snacks and all essentials for gorilla trekking.

Walk back to where you began your trek, get certificate and transfer to the lodge for relaxation. You have a chance to visit the Batwa pygmies who lived in the forest for thousands of years, have an in-depth learning about their cultures, traditions etc.

Accommodation Options

  • Budget: Buhoma Community Rest Camp/Ruhija Community Rest Camp
  • Midrange: Haven Lodge/Engagi Lodge/Bakiga Lodge
  • Luxury: Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge/Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs

Main Activities: Gorilla Trekking and Community Encounter

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi transfer 2 hours’ drive from Bwindi National Park: Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake and the second deepest in Africa lies right in Kabale district.

This scenic lake has 29 islands spread on it and has depth range of 44m and 900m. Visiting Lake Bunyonyi is a great chance to have full day exploring it, on a boat ride to any of the islands while sighting birds, relaxation on its shores, swimming etc.

Day 8: Depart – End of 8 days Uganda Safari

Depart from L. Bunyonyi for Kampala with en-route stopover at Equator crossing and then transfer to a hotel in Kampala or Entebbe.

End of  8 days Uganda Safari

8 Days Uganda Safari inclusions

  • A 4WD vehicle
  • An English Speaking driver/guide in Uganda
  • Adequate water
  • Game drives
  • Park entrance fee
  • Accommodation full board 5 nights

8 Days Uganda Safari exclusions

  • Air ticket
  • Beverages
  • Shopping
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Laundry
  • Tips

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