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12 Day Safari: Uganda Highlights Adventure

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12 Days 11 Nights

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This 12 days Uganda Safari takes  you to Uganda’s finest tourism destinations like the
Impenetrable-Bwindi Gorilla Forest; which is a haven to half the populace of the existing mountain
Gorillas globally, Murchison Falls National Park; the most beautiful ark in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth
National Park; the largest biotic area in Africa, Kibale Chimp forest; a haven with the largest
concentration of chimpanzees.
 Destination –Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and
Kibale Forest and Kyambura gorge
 Activities – Gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee tracking, Game drive, Boat cruises, and Rhino tracking
 Tailor-Made- We are specialists in personalized, tailor-made travel and your holiday will be
custom-designed to suit your requirements. We are all individuals, so why be tied to a set group
tour or a set itinerary? Our experienced staff can help you design your own individualized
holiday. Explore at your own pace, choose your own style of accommodation, and include your
own choice of sightseeing and activities.
 Accommodation – It is valid and will greatly depend on your budget. We can and will help you
choose from the list when planning your trip. At whatever level, we provide the very best for our
guests. Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel
of equivalent standard is not available Kubwa Five Safaris may substitute the next best quality
hotel or suggest a superior at an extra charge.
 Transportation – 4×4 Safari Landcruiser / Minivan (up to eight passengers) with pop-up tops
and seven window seats for game viewing. Groups of twelve or more people who would like to
travel in one vehicle are offered 25-28 seat coasters that have about 16 window seats. Our Safari
vehicles are well maintained to provide maximum level of comfort and safety.
 Our Drivers /Guides – We recognize this for a fact! The success of your safari will largely
depend on your driver/guide. It is because of this that we have a great team of carefully selected
drivers /guides, well trained.


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Day One: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris representative with your name printed on an A4 paper will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to Sky hotel in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals. Depending on your arrival time, relax in your already-booked hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your safari tomorrow morning at 7:00 am and then driven to Murchison Falls, Uganda’s largest park and home to 451 bird species and 76 mammal species. Your eyes will be fed with lots of sightings along the way as you will enjoy a bottle of drinking water. Have a number of stops in Masindi for lunch and also at the top of the waterfalls. There is nothing as thrilling as watching the River Nile, due to the great power of the falls, you will realize that the ground here is actually shaking; this is very impressive as a rainbow is also found. Thereafter continue to your lodge and check-in, have dinner, and an overnight stay. Accommodation Options: Red Chilli Rest Camp | Sambiya River Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge.Meal Plan: Full Board Red Chilli Rest Camp is superbly located to explore Murchison. We are at Paraa on the southern bank of the River Nile in the heart of the park. Our camp is just 500 meters from the Paraa ferry, where all vehicles cross the Nile for game drives around the Nile Delta, and from where boats can be hired for game viewing and sport fishing on the Nile – either up to the base of the Falls or down to the Nile delta at Lake Albert. We have a fully stocked bar and restaurant below a large open thatched roof with spectacular views towards the Nile. The bar serves drinks from 6.15 am until midnight and meals are available at the following times: Breakfast at 7.20 am – 10.30 am, Lunch 11.30 am – 3 pm, Dinner 6.30 pm – 9 pm. Breakfast and lunch are Á la carte, whereas at dinner we offer a choice of 3 different dishes daily: one red meat, one white meat/fish and one vegetarian option. We cater for other dietary requirements on request – please call/email to discuss. We also supply packed breakfasts (please order before 8 pm the previous day) and lunches. Tea and coffee are available so long as the bar is open! Sambiya River Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. It is situated only 15 minutes from the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Sambiya River Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy provided to the guests. Guests stay in any of the 26 double rooms designed as individual and family thatched cottages which have en suite bathrooms, fans, screened doors & windows, mosquito nets, and a veranda to relax and enjoy the commanding views of quintessential Africa. Twelve basic bandas are also available for guest accommodation. Sambiya River Lodge allows you to relax in luxury whilst experiencing the sights and sounds of Africa. Paraa Safari Lodge: Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the northwest of Uganda overlooking one of nature's best-kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide and cascades 43 meters below. The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls - one of the world's most powerful flows of natural water. Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation, and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with a balcony and private bathroom.

Day Two: Murchison Game drive and the Nile Boat cruise

On this day, you will have a tasty breakfast and set out for a game drive. The tour guide will lead you to the finest places to easily see the animals. You will certainly enjoy Uganda’s true wilderness as you will be taking the best pictures that will be unforgettable on this safari. The thrill will be seeing lions, lioness plus their cubs together with other wild animals such as elephants plus giraffes moving, buffaloes, and antelopes grazing in the savannah. Head back to your lodge for a delicious lunch and some rest as you prepare for the afternoon Nile boat cruise. On the boat you will have a great time on the Victoria Nile, the boat takes you to the bottom of the falls. You will observe various animals like elephants, crocodiles, large numbers of hippos, buffaloes, waterbucks, and also birds such as the storks, fish eagle among others. While at the bottom of the falls you will have a great time watching the magnificent waterfalls. Return to the lodge for dinner and Overnight. Accommodation Options: Red Chilli | Sambiya River Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge Meal Plan: Full Board

Day Three: Transfer from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest

Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge and drive to Kibale Forest; you will take pleasure in the gorgeous scenery of this countryside which makes the journey more exciting. Have your lunch en-route in Fortportal town and continue as you will have great views of the Rwenzori ranges. Check-in at your lodge. You could go for a guided nature walk in Bigodi wetland which is home to various birds and primate species. Later have dinner and overnight at the lodge. Accommodation Options: Ndali lodge | Primate Lodge Meal Plan: Full Board Ndali Lodge is beautifully situated in the heart of the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake part of the Western Uganda. It’s about 24 kilometers south of Welcome to Ndali Lodge Kibale-Fort Portal; it covers an area of about 1000 acres of farmland cultivated in an African style. It lies on the rim of an inactive volcano that formed the magnificent lake Nyinambuga. As you are dining, you will enjoy the decorated candles and the serenity of the environment. Whether at the sitting area or reception, you will delight in the beautiful view of the lake. Breakfast is usually main-house served on the veranda as you enjoy the scenery. They offer both local and international cuisine. They have a fully stocked bar with a wide selection of wines and spirits that you can enjoy along the poolside. The main lodge is thatched with a dining area, sitting room, and reception. It has 8 cottages offering lavish accommodation for 16 guests. Enjoy the beauty of chair the main lodge cottages are strategically positioned with an overview of the magnificent Mountains of the Moon. The interiors are creatively and beautifully furnished, the decoration highlighting the use of local materials to bring out the African style. Primate Lodge Kibale: Experience the world-renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery, and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise and home to over 13 different species of primates and numerous other mammals, butterflies, and birds. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation, really, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet. All of our nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable armchairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views of the forest.

Day Four: Kibale Forest- Morning Chimpanzee trekking

Get up so early for breakfast and head to the park, where you will be brief and later start off with Chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Kibale forest is among the charming places well-known for different primates and several crater lakes within Uganda. In the morning you will see the chimps in their natural environment. These chimps are also exciting and this very close encounter will reward you with a memorable experience on your trip. After lunch, you will drive to the Mweya peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Have a delicious dinner and night rest. Accommodation Options: Simba safari camp | Ihamba lakeside safari lodge | Mweya lodge Meal Plan: Full Board Simba Safari Camp, renowned for excellent hospitality, is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park (QE), with panoramic views across the park’s extensive savannah plains teeming with wildlife as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga Channel. It is the closest accommodation to QE’s Kasenyi plains on the edge of Lake George, the famed mating grounds for the Uganda Kobs, and thus the most preferred area for game viewing drives. It is also closest to the other areas of northern Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the Mweya Peninsula and the Kazinga Channel; well known for launch cruises, close-range game-viewing as well as bird-viewing. There is also an opportunity to go for guided chimpanzees tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge is situated on the shores of Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Muhokya sub-county, near Kahendero Fishing Village.Born out of love for nature and animal preservation, our lodge is a perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge's unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy, welcoming ambiance, and splendid customer service that is carefully rendered to our esteemed guests and visitors. Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the Mountains of the Moon. To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.

Day Five: Game dive & Launch cruise -Queen Elizabeth

Enjoy your breakfast and set out for a game drive through the Kasenyi track and other tracks where you have a chance to observe different wildlife species like lions, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, and if lucky enough leopards together with amazing beautiful bird species. Queen Elizabeth has a diversity of Uganda’s ecosystems such as the Savannah, wetlands, lakes, forests and over 600 bird species that live in the park. With this, its scenery is spectacular with crater lakes like Nyamunuka and various shrubs and forests. Later head back to the lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon go for a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel; this is one of the most memorable experiences from the park. Take pleasure in observing different water birds together with their echoing sweet sounds and animals such as hippos, African crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes among others. After experiencing the true wilderness, drive back to the lodge for a night rest and dinner. Accommodation Options: Simba safari camp | Ihamba safari lodge | Mweya safari lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day Six: Forest Walk and Chimpanzee tracking

Breakfast in the morning and head for a guided forest walk in Maramagambo forest with the hope to see diverse bird species, python, and bat caves. You will also track chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge. Head back to the lodge have lunch as you prepare for an evening game drive through the park. Accommodation Options: Simba safari camp | Ihamba safari lodge | Mweya lodge Meal Plan: Full Board

Day Seven: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast transfer Bwindi via the Ishasha sector as you will have a chance to observe tree-climbing lions in the wild. Bwindi National Park is home to over 346 bird species, 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 27 frog species among others, and covering an area of 331 sq km. Have lunch en route and continue with your journey combined with amazing and spectacular views of banana, tea plantations, and the overall green vegetation of the area. On reaching the park check-in at the lodge of preference. Have dinner and overnight stay as you wait the big day for gorilla tracking Accommodation: Buhoma lodge Meal Plan: Full Board Buhoma lodge. It is situated within the Bwindi National Park, less than five minutes walk from the gorilla trekking start point. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. Buhoma lodge has Eight, comfortable cottages each with its own private veranda, offering extensive views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages have comfortable beds, a well-appointed en suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, some rooms have bathtubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace.

Day Eight: Gorilla Tracking and Community walk -Bwindi

After a cup of tea, head to the park head offices with your guide, have a briefing about the dos and donts while in the park with gorillas. After head for gorilla trekking through the mist rain forest, trekking can take 2 hours or up to 6 hours and this is based on the location of the gentle giants. Only 1 hour is permitted to trekkers while with the gorillas. Make sure you carry packed lunch, enough water, sturdy shoes, non-flash cameras, rain jackets, walking sticks for those who are not so fit. Later return to the lodge and relax. In the evening, go for a community walk where you will visit the Batwa, which is an indigenous group of people that have lived in the forest for many years, enjoy traditional dances from them. Head back to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at Buhoma lodge. Meal Plan: Full Board

Day Nine: Return to Kampala

After breakfast transfer back to Kampala making a lunch stop en route at Mbarara. Proceed to make another stop at the equator in Masaka; see where this imaginary line divides our planet into two equal hemispheres. Snacks, souvenirs and photographs may be taken here. Overnight and Dinner at Sky hotel. Sky hotel in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.

Day Ten: Travel to Jinja

Depart for Jinja after your breakfast. You will be driven to Jinja. You will go through the Mabira forest. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus Uganda Accommodation Options: Explorers River Camp | Jinja Nile Resort Meal Plan: Full Board Explorers River Camp: Situated 8km from Jinja town overlooking the new Lake Bujagali, Explorers River Camp is often referred to as one of Uganda's, and even Africa’s most memorable places to stay. Fantastic views of the Nile, a well-stocked bar and excellent meals have made this site one of East Africa’s most popular places to stay. Whether you are camping, staying in dorms or rooms, our bar deck overlooking the river is the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer and amazing sunsets. The trees above boast a multitude of tropical bird life and monkeys, and the ‘riverside showers’ alone have become famous for the incredible scenery they overlook. Lush terraces offer secluded safari tents with stunning views of the Nile. Our safari tents have become extremely popular and numbers are limited so it is strongly advised you book well in advance. In addition to our terraced safari tents, we also offer standard safari tents and en-suite rooms. Jinja Nile Resort rests on the banks of this magnificent River and offers magnificent views of the Nile and the rich fauna that it attracts. It offers services for both the business traveler and holidaymaker. The cottages and hotel services are spread over 30 acres of gardens allowing one to appreciate the beauty of Uganda…the pearl of Africa. Activities available from the resort include white water rafting and bungee jumping. It was voted best weekend getaway and best country hotel in Uganda by Travel News magazine in the year 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Day Eleven: White water rafting & discovering the Nile

Have an early breakfast and head out for today’s activities. The Nile River finds its source in Jinja where it starts the 4000 km through different African countries. So your driver will take you to where the beginning point is as you go for discovering the Source of the Nile; you will go for a guided boat cruise on the Nile. After the boat ride, go for half day rafting on the rapids which is an adventure and an unforgettable experience. Have lunch and after you could choose to rest at the lodge on the swimming pool or go for optional activities like bungee jumping or kayaking or quad biking or Horse riding. Accommodation Options: Explorers Rever Camp | Jinja Nile Resort Meal Plan: Full Board

Day Twelve: Return to Kampala the Entebbe International Airport

Take breakfast leave Jinja for Kampala buy some souvenirs to take home with you. If you have a flight on the same day your guide will transfer you to Entebbe as you bid farewell to Uganda. We believe you had a great time in these 12 days Uganda safari with both different people and also in the wild.


  • Ground transportation, full board accommodation, and en route meals as indicated in the itinerary, one Chimpanzee permit and one gorilla permit per person to be secured
  • and paid for well in advance, park fees and relevant government taxes, services of an expert guide, airport transfer, Rhino tracking Ranger for trekking, water rafting, Bottled Drinking Water, Boat trips, Transport and all mentioned activities apart from the extra/optional ones.
  • Airfares, Visa fees, Personal insurance, Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation, and meals not indicated in the itinerary.

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