Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail

Destinations: Entebbe | Murchison Falls | Kibale Forest National Park | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Ishasha | Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Kampala
Duration: 10 Days


The Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail will get you to some of Africa's most wonderful creations deep down in the heart of wild Uganda (The acclaimed Pearl of Africa) and leave a little piece of your heart there. Uganda is endowed with rare species of wildlife, birds, beautiful cultures and rich history bound by very friendly people. Enjoy driving on Ugandan countryside newly paved roads and fall in love with picturesque landscape, sunsets and dreamy mountain backdrops. the beautiful welcoming and peaceful people that will dance with you at the midnight campfire, show you ancestral history and take you to beautiful destinations that they've enjoyed hanging at for thousands of years. Take in the rural fresh air, relax and embark on this journey of a lifetime!

Highlights of this Safari

  • Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctruary
  • Game drives in Murchison Falls
  • Launch cruise to the base of Murchison Falls
  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park
  • Bigodi Forest Walk
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Launch cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Mountain Gorilla Tracking
  • Community Walks
  • Game drives in Lake Mburo National Park

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe

Meet your Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail guide will meet, greet and welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. He’ll have a sign that has your name on it. After you have cleared with customs you will transfer to your hotel in Entebbe.

Overnight: Lake Victoria Serena Hotel / Protea Hotel / The Boma guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Depart Kampala for Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast you will start on your panoramic drive northwest, towards Murchison Falls National Park. You will drive through the famous Luwero triangle and Nakasongola before we get to our first stop which will be at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for a rhino tracking activity. This sanctuary was started in 2005 as a project by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund project as an initiative to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda's protected areas.

After the Rhino trekking, have lunch before proceeding to Murchison Falls to check in at our lodge for the night.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge/ Paara Safari Lodge/ Fort Murchison

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Game Viewing in Murchison Falls National Park

Early morning breakfast and head out for your first Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail game drive within the park.The park is home to 76 species of mammals including four of the “Big Five” with herds of buffaloes and elephants. There is a healthy population of lions along with well-camouflaged leopards. Look out for giraffe, Ugandan kob, oribi, waterbuck, hartebeest, topi, sitatunga, bushbuck, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard, mongoose, genet, hyena, jackal, and bat eared fox. Murchison has the best hippo viewing in Uganda, with lots of crocodiles, as well. The park’s varied habitats including savanna, papyrus swamp, woodland and tropical forest are also home to 450 bird species. Return to the lodge after the game drive and have your lunch.

After lunch, take on an afternoon launch cruise on the Nile river to the bottom of Murchison Falls. This cruise will give you a chance to spot water animals like Hippos, the Nile crocodiles, Hippos and a number of water birds. You will disembark from the boat at the bottom of the falls to take a hike to the top of Murchison Falls. Here you’ll have impressive views of the falls at the spot where the Nile is forced through a 23-foot wide gap in the rocks and drops 145 feet over the escarpment. This is a place with a lot of energy in the air as the water mist spews forth and you hear thunderous sounds as the water is forced through the narrow chasm. You will find your guide waiting for you and head back to your lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Bakers Lodge/ Paara Safari Lodge/ Fort Murchison

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Depart Murchison Falls for Kibale Forest

Early breakfast then set off for Kibale Forest driving south via Hoima to Fort Portal. With lunch en-route, the drive is exciting as you will drive through open countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Proceed and arrive Kibale Forest in the evening. This is a most beautiful part of Uganda dotted with ancient volcanic explosion craters filled with water forming serene lakes. The landscape is verdant green and beautiful to behold. In the distance you have stunning views of the snowcapped peaks of the Rwenzoris, Africa’s highest mountain range.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge or Chimpanzee Forest guesthouse

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Kibale National park

After breakfast with packed lunch you will take a drive to the park Headquarters in Kanyachufor a briefing before your Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. This experience takes an entire day which is a recommended option anyone with a passion for the Chimps. The terrain isn’t that difficult, but can be slippery when it is raining. This once in a lifetime experience will allow you to accompany the researchers and Habituation team to the chimps. During this part of the Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail, you will come across the chimps de-nesting from their nocturnal nests and keep following them throughout the day until they make new nests and be there till late evening. You will also see how they interact with the young ones, feed them and train them how to survive on their own.

Overnight: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge or Chimpanzee Forest guesthouse

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Upon arrival in the park, take on a mini game drive enroute to your accommodation facility. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch.

After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel. This channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward and has the perfect view of the parks’ major wildlife ventures. The Kazinga Channel offers opportunity to see hippo, buffalo, Ugandan kobs, elephants and warthogs, Nile crocodile, Buffalo, and a variety of water birds on the shores of the channel.The prolific bird life is colorful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted.

Overnight: Kyambura Gorge Lodge/ Mweya Safari Lodge / Kasenyi Safari

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drive and Ishasha sector

Begin your seventh day of the Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail with a cup of coffee, and then enjoy an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile where you may encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Ugandan kobs and a variety of birds. After lunch you’ll move to the northern end of the park. In this area the biodiversity and animals show greater affinity to Central African forests rather than East African forests. You’ll then travel south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River supports a healthy hippo population. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population.

Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp/ Ishasha Jungle Lodge/ Enjojo Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 8: Depart Queen Elizabeth National park for Bwindi Forest

The Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail continues after breakfast. Conduct another game drive in Ishasha and drive south into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region. Bwindi Forest is a World Heritage Site and it is a magnificent swathe of forest that crosses the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is one of the most biologically diverse in Africa. Bwindi has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 different primates. Arrive in Buhoma and check in at your lodge for lunch. After lunch head for Community Village Cultural Walk through the local Buhoma Village. This walk is led by a community guide who will take you through the Buhoma market area and out on the local trails to meet the village banana brewer and a traditional medicinal healer. Along the way you see traditional farms and homes. Villagers may come out to greet you. If you choose, arrangements can be made for you to visit the people of the local Batwa tribe. These people were displaced out of their traditional forest habitat by the Ugandan government in 1991 when Bwindi Forest was declared a World Heritage site.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, drive to the park headquarters from where you will be briefed before entering the forest to trek the Mountain Gorillas. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas, where the time taken and terrain varies according to the movements of these fantastic apes. The thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories of a truly unique experience. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other, return to the lodge in the afternoon.

Overnight: Buhoma Lodge/ Mahogany Springs Lodge/ Silverback Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Bwindi Forest for Kampala

After breakfast, start the drive back to Kampala with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch and at the Equator for some photo shots. Proceed to Kampala where you will be dropped.

End of Western Uganda Wildlife Safari Trail

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