16 Days Uganda Safari: Wildlife, Chimps & Gorillas Tracking

Safari Overview

16 Days Uganda safari takes you to the best tourist destinations in Uganda and the tour will start from Murchison falls national park which is the largest national park in Uganda. You will enjoy this 16 Days Uganda Safari by visiting the top of the falls, visiting the endangered mountain gorillas, a lot of wildlife, and birds to be sight.

Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park

Brief Itinerary – 16 Days Uganda Safari

  • Day 1: Pick up from the airport
  • Day 2: Rafting on the Nile
  • Day 3: Boat cruise on the Nile then transfer to Sipi Falls
  • Day 4: Hike Sipi Falls and Cultural experience
  • Day 5: Transfer to Murchison
  • Day 6: Game drive and a boat cruise
  • Day 7: Transfer to Fort Portal 
  • Day 8: Visit the Semuliki Hot Springs and the caves
  • Day 9: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp walk
  • Day 10: Drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 11: Morning game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel
  • Day 12: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via Ishasha\
  • Day 13: Gorilla tracking
  • Day 14: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
  • Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 16: Departure to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary – 16 Days Uganda Safari

Day 1: Pick up from the airport

Depending on your time of arrival and fatigue, you will be welcomed by your guide and either transfer to the hotel or take on an experience behind the scenes at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre where you have a close encounter with animals like feeding the chimps, feeding the giraffes, interaction with one of the oldest non evolving birds and that’s the shoebill and later drive to the hotel in Kampala. 

Overnight at: Cassia Lodge, Urban by city blue, Hotel Africana, Red chilli hideaway

Meal Plan: Dinner and breakfast

Day 2: Rafting on the Nile

After an early breakfast, we embark on a morning drive to the world’s longest river for a rafting experience that can take almost a whole day. It’s a mild capturing experience that brings you face to face with the Nile rapids.

Rafting on the Nile

Rafting on the Nile

After the experience, we then take a short drive to our hotel overnight. Depending on the fatigue, we can choose to visit the famous herbal doctor called “Bujagali” and get to know more history centered on the African culture.

Overnight at: Jinja sailing club, Haven’s Lodge, Holland Park

Meal Plan: Dinner and Breakfast

Day 3: Boat cruise on the Nile and transfer to Sipi Falls

After breakfast, we take on a motorboat to the source of the Nile and have the experience to witness the start of the River Nile from Lake Victoria.

Along the Nile cruise, we come to close encounter with more birdlife of species like Green-backed Heron, African Darter, Giant, and Malachite Kingfisher, Little Egret and of course the famous Nile monitor lizards. Later after the cruise, we then drive to Mbale for lunch before checking in at our hotel in Sipi.

Overnight at: Sipi Safari Lodge, Rafiki Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Dinner and breakfast

Day 4: Sipi Falls Hike and Cultural experience

This day brings us to a cultural experience where we have a lot of activities to engage in after the morning Sipi falls hike. In the afternoon, we can take on a nature walk bringing us to rare wildlife like Von Hohnels Chameleon, and later take on the cultural and coffee experience which involves you from picking coffee to drying it to grinding it to sipping it during a sundowner with a clear view of a flat landscape.

Overnight at: Sipi safari lodge, Rafiki safari lodge

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park

Today we take on a relatively long drive transversing through beautiful Eastern plains with different cultural set up along the way like the grass thatched houses, half-dressed persons to Uganda’s largest national park but centered with a lot of both history, flora, and fauna.

Depending on the journey, we can choose to have lunch in Gulu or Pakwach and if time allows, we can visit the Gipir and Labong spot as we drive to the lodge with a short game drive exposing us to species like Oribi, Lelwel hartebeest, Lake chad buffaloes, Bohor’s reedbuck, Nubian giraffes, African savannah elephants, Uganda Kobs and of course a Lushed vegetation of both Borrusus palm trees and the White-thorn acacia species.

Overnight at: Pakuba safari lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Paara Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Parkside Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 6: Game drive and Boat cruise

Game Drive on Murchison Falls National Park

Game Drive on Murchison Falls National Park

After breakfast, take on an early game drive in search of more game life and birdlife then later get to the hippo pool before driving back to your hotel for lunch. While on the drive, we embark on searching elusive species like the leopard, lions, side-stripped jackals, spotted hyenas, and Blue duicker. Then in the afternoon, we take on a cruise to the bottom of the falls but due to the high water levels, hiking to the top of the falls is not possible. After the cruise, you drive back to the hotel overnight.

Overnight at: Pakuba Safari Lodge, Paara Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Parkside Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Fort Portal

The drive to Fort Portal after breakfast brings us to more things to experience along the way like visiting the Bugungu fishing village and driving through the escarpment before getting to visit the Mparo tombs exploring the diverse history of the great Bunyoro kingdom and he famous King Kabalega. We shall then have lunch in Hoima before embarking on our journey to Fort Portal for an overnight at the lodge.

Overnight at: Fort motel, Kyaninga Lodge, Rwenzori courts

Meal Plan: Dinner and breakfast

Day 8: Semuliki Hot spring visit and Nyakasura hike

We drive to the hot springs seated in one of the oldest tropical rainforests found in the Congo basin (Semuliki National Park). While in the park, we walk to the female and male hot springs on a guided nature walk with history attachments about the springs.

Later we drive to Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru for the stalagmites and stalactites. And after the cave visit, we hike Nyakasura hill for a top of the world view then later take a short drive to Kibale Forest National Park.

Overnight at: Primate Safari Lodge, Chimpundu Safari Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp, Kibale Forest Lodge

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 9: Chimp tracking and Bigodi Swamp walk and Cultural Visit

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

We have a morning breakfast then a short drive to the briefing point where your guide will hand you over to the park authorities that will brief you about the chimp tracking activity. The longevity of the activity depends on the chimp movement but it can take between 2 to 5 hours.

After the tracking, we drive back to our hotel for hot lunch and later do a Bigodi swamp walk for more species like Red-tailed monkeys, Red-colobus, Guerezza colobus, and birds like Great-blue turracco, Ross’s turracco, Meyer’s parrot among others. But still, the activity brings you with a close cultural experience like banana gin making, Uganda local liquor, basket weaving, cultural dances, and visiting the traditional healer then later return to the hotel.

Overnight at: Primate Safari Lodge, Chimpundu Safari Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp, Kibale Forest Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth and visit Katwe salt mine

After breakfast, we transfer to Queen Elizabeth driving through different crater lakes like Lake Nyinambuga, Kasenda, Nyinabulitwa, and Kifurukwa. Then later visit the Kasoga community, a fishing village around Lake George. While there, we get to interact with the locals and engage in some fish preserving methods before heading to the hotel for lunch and relaxation. Later in the evening, we take on a sundowner at one of the crater lakes and game viewing.

Overnight at: Mweya Safari Lodge, Elephant Hub, Twin’s Lake Safari Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge, and Mazike Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan:  Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Morning game drive and boat cruise on Kazinga channel

Kazinga channel Boat cruise

Kazinga channel Boat cruise

Morning game drive in searches of wildlife like common warthogs, African cape buffaloes, African elephants, Uganda kobs, and Defassa waterbucks then later visit the Bunyampaka salt mine to see how salt is extracted from the salt crater lake and also get chance to see more birdlife like the Lesser flamingos, Pied avocet, Spur-winged plover. Then later transfer back to the hotel for lunch before taking on a cruise on the Kazinga channel for more aquatic life. After the evening cruise, we drive back to the hotel for relaxation or a short game drive.

Overnight at: Mweya Safari Lodge, Elephant Hub, Twin’s Lake Safari Lodge, Pumba Safari Lodge, and Mazike Safari Lodge 

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Transfer to Bwindi via Ishasha

After breakfast, we drive through more silent vegetation south of the country to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth for more wildlife species like Topis, Red river hog, Giant forest hog. Then have lunch in Kihihi before starting our journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Overnight at: Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Valley Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 13: Gorilla tracking and Batwa experience

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After breakfast, you take a short drive to the briefing point for the main highlight of the trip which is gorilla tracking. Depending on the terrain, movements of the gorillas, and the weather condition, we then shall speculate on whether to do a Batwa experience on that day or do it the following morning before transferring to Africa’s second deepest lake.

Overnight at: Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Valley Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 14: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Morning breakfast and after we take on our journey to Uganda’s deepest lake. Along the way, we can make several stopovers for more community experiences like corn roasting. Then later, arrive at the hotel for hot lunch. In the evening, we shall take a cruise around some of the 29 islands found on the lake, and among those islands are punishment islands, upside-down islands, and more birdlife since the lake is named after a local name for birds “Bunyonyi”. 

Overnight at: Rock Resort Safari Lodge, Bird’s Nest Safari Lodge, Acadia Cottages

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 15: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Today we transfer to Lake Mburo National Park with activities along the way like visiting Jumbo Junior School to interact with the kids. You can also engage in teaching them too, also visit the pineapple farm in Ntungamo, and have hot local lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre at Biharwe. After lunch, we drive to the park for an optional evening boat cruise on the lake. Depending on your interest, you can choose to take on a night drive.

Overnight at Rwakobo Rock Lodge, Mihingo Safari Lodge, Eagle’s Nest Safari Lodge, and Kigambira Safari Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16: Departure to Kampala

As we wrap up the 16 days adventurous safari, we can climax it with options like horseback riding, cycling in the park, walking safari, or cultural walk slightly outside the park before driving to the equator for hot lunch, and your safe flight back home.

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