Experience Uganda in a comfortable but adventurous way. All the highlights of this beautiful country will be served in this 10 Day Highlights of Uganda tour. All the suggested lodges have self-contained rooms and are selected for their location and service standards.
Chimp & Gorilla permits included
Visit all highlights
Lodges in the best spots.
Day 1: Start the 10 Day Highlights of Uganda.
You will be picked up from the airport by our representative to start your 10 Day Highlights of Uganda. He will transfer you to your hotel. You will meet your driver/ guide tomorrow morning when he picks you up from your hotel.
Day 2: To Murchison Falls National Park.
The journey today goes from Kampala – across Uganda – to Murchison Falls National Park via the Rhino tracking in Zziwa Sanctuary. Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals the last one poached in 1982 from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos. MFNP Covers an area of over 3,840 km² & is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls. The Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections. At the spectacular Murchison Falls, the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species.
You will stay at your preferred accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 3: Murchison Falls National Park
Get ready for an early wake-up today! In the early morning, animals more active when the sun isn’t yet so bright and temperatures are cooler. It offers the best time for animal sighting. After an early breakfast, you will go out on a game drive to explore the northern part of the park.
Come eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom: elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelopes and many tropical birds may all be spotted during the game drive. So keep your eyes open, they are all there in Murchison Falls National Park!
In the afternoon you will take a boat cruise up the Victoria Nile River to the bottom of Murchison Falls. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, monkeys, and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you will reach the base of the 43-meter high & 7meters wide Falls which approach with a thunderous sound.
After the boat ride, you will hike to the top of the falls. From here you have a wonderful view and fantastic photo opportunities!
Optional activity: Chimp tracking Budongo forest
Your 10 Day Highlights of Uganda will take you to Budongo Forest which is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls NP. and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has incredible biodiversity that – besides the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and Olive Baboons.
Day 4: To Kibale Forest National Park.
Today you will begin your journey to Kibale Forest National Park. between 7-9 hrs drive, the long drive is incredibly scenic, passing through tea plantations and the lush green countryside which characterizes so much of Uganda.
A packed lunch is included, which you can join on the way. Spend the late afternoon relaxing and enjoy a lovely view of the forest or plan an activity with your guide.
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking & Swamp Walk
Today you will experience some serious primates business! Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest number of primate species in the world, including the chimpanzees. Approximately 5,000 chimpanzees live in the wild in Uganda, A community of 100 chimps is habituated & perfect place to spot them!
An experienced ranger will take you chimp tracking in the morning or afternoon; you might also see other monkey species that leave in the forest. Once you locate the chimpanzees, you will have a full hour of eye-to-eye contact with them. Since they are wild animals, we can never guarantee you to see them and might have to settle with hearing their hoots and hollers.
Your swamp walk (2-3 hours) will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. It is usual to spot three to four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Optional: Chimpanzee habituation tracking
At an additional fee, you can do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only 6 persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning, you can relax at your lodge later continue your journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park.Queen Elizabeth N.P. is Uganda’s second largest park covering 1978sq km, located at the base of the majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George named upon the british rayor family. The park has a prolific game including, Uganda kobs, warthogs and waterbucks. Lions are often sighted both in and out of the park. Be prepared for large numbers of hippos and elephants, and keep your eyes peeled for a leopard lazing in the sunshine.
In the late afternoon, you may go for a game drive into the park. later to your preferred accommodation,
Day 7: Park Game Drive & Boat cruise
Today you wake up early. A little before sunrise have coffee or tea will be served in the lounge before we head out for a long game drive in time to see the first rays of light. You will search for all the wildlife in the park and are likely to come across elephants, buffaloes, lions, waterbucks, leopards, Ugandan kobs, and many warthogs.
A well-deserved breakfast will be served back at the lodge after game drive.
In the afternoon after lunch you will take a boat safari along the Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. Here you will see a lot of hippos (more than you can possibly imagine!), as well as a variety of other animals which come to the waterhole to drink or bathe. You can expect to see buffaloes, crocodiles, bathing elephants, and a wide range of beautiful birds. This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your tour.
After the boat safari, you drive back to the lodge through the park.
Optional activity: Lion Tracking:
During your 10 Day Highlights of Uganda, for visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of the exotic birds and mammals that fill the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings, and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem.
The experiential tourism activities currently available are Mongoose Tracking, Lion Tracking, Hippo Census, and Bird Counts. The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Experiential tours last between one and three hours. They usually take place in the early morning or evening, or occasionally at night. All activities must be booked through the Visitor Information Centre in Mweya at least 24 hours in advance.
Optional activity: Kyambura Gorge:
Another optional activity in Queen Elisabeth N.P. in your 10 Day Highlights of Uganda is to visit the Kyambura Gorge. A hike through the gorge gives you the opportunity to see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons, and vervet monkeys. Although the chance of spotting chimpanzees is only 50%, the landscape is among the most impressive in Uganda and is absolutely worth it!
Day 8: Travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Today you may either drive through Ishasha sector for game drive(tree climbig lions) soutern QENP to Bwindi in the south-western part of Uganda, close to the borders with Rwanda and Congo. You cross a beautiful part of the country often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. You will pass the countryside, bamboo forest and have great views over the Virunga Mountains and the Bwindi forest then to your preferred hotel.
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Today is the big day… prepare yourself for an encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants: the endangered mountain gorilla. For most people, this is the absolute highlight of their tour in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa that can make this claim. It also hosts eleven other species of primates, 113 species of mammals, over 200 species of butterflies and 360 species of birds. The gorillas you track belong to one of nine habituated family groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
The time taken to track the gorillas can be as few as 2 hrs to as many as 7 hrs. Once the gorillas have been located, your group will be allowed a maximum of 1 hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a truly humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s very own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.
Day 10: End of 10 Day Highlights of Uganda
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kampala or Entebbe (Airport). As you pass crossing the equator, there will be a stop for the requisite snapshot and a bit of souvenir shopping.
Accommodation for tonight is not inclusive in the program. If you wish to depart tonight from Entebbe Airport, make sure your flight is at 10 pm or later. If you want us to book one (or more) nights in Kampala and/or Entebbe, please let us know.
Option Fly out via Kigali
Instead of driving back to Entebbe (10-12 hours), you can also fly out via Kigali, Rwanda. The drive to Kigali is only 4 hours from Bwindi,allowing you some time to explore Kigali during the drive to your preferred hotel.
Please Note; Visa, Activities in Kigali and accommodation in Kigali are not inclusive in the program. If you would like us to book one (or more) nights in Kigali, please let us know.
Our standard offering for mid-range tours is a 4WD minibus with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing. All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your professional and courteous driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions or translations.
See below for transport upgrade options:
Upgrade to 4WD a Full-Sized Toyota Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land-cruiser is the most used safari vehicle in Africa, It’s strong, it’s high up and spacious. Of course it looks good, too!
The car suits a maximum of 5 persons and has a pop-up roof for a perfect safari view!
The extra cost for this option is $50 per day.
*Divided by the number of persons traveling; not per person.