Tour Highlights for the Magic of nature safari
Let us show you the Magic of nature safari in Uganda on this safari including all the big highlights. You’re given the chance to experience the animals of the savanna and the primates in the forests with Gorilla and Chimps trekking as well as game-drives and boat-cruises mixed with Batwa cultural encounter and scenic nature without forgetting the magnificent exploration of the longest river in the world (River Nile) with a boat cruise to its source.
Detailed Itinerary for the Magic of nature safari
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport for you Magic of nature safari
At Entebbe Airport you meet your safari guide who takes you to the hotel in Kampala to relax and be ready to set off for the Magic of nature Uganda safari the next morning.
Overnight at Papyrus guesthouse
Day 2:Transfer to Lake Mburo NP – Evening game drive
Start early from Kampala to transfer to Lake Mburo, the ‘Zebra magnet’. We stop over and take photo poses at the equator and continue driving past the town of Masaka. Shortly we reach Lake Mburo national park and drive out to the vast savanna dotted with acacia and shrubs, as we game drive in for view of Zebras, Topis, Warthogs, cape buffaloes and impalas. Check in at the lodge and have a relaxed evening game viewing.
Overnight in Rwakobo rock
Day 3: An early morning safari walks and transfers to Lake Bunyonyi
Get early up for a safari walk in Lake Mburo national park to visit the hyenas den, chance to see Leopards, zebras, waterbucks, birds, buffaloes in there day break jungle life! After the safari walk get back to the lodge for breakfast before setting off with Lake Bunyonyi as the target destination. This is a lake at 1800 meters above sea level in an area with superb rich views and with small resident and exotic bird species singing. It is in this coolest area in Uganda below 10C some nights! It’s also a rare Bilharzia free lake (you can swim). Overnight Bunyonyi Eco Resort
Day 4: Relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi with a boat ride around the island
Enjoy a relaxed day by the lake with a shortlist of possible activities such as swimming, canoeing and visiting other islands. Option- hiking, return to the hotel and relax, afternoon canoe ride Lake Bunyonyi with small Resident and exotic bird species singing.
Overnight Bunyonyi Eco resort
Day 5: Transfer Bwindi Impenetrable national park & Batwa community walk
Have a relaxed breakfast before we set of for the journey to Bwindi Forest, the home of the mountain gorillas. The drive takes you through the magical cultivated hills it’s a beautiful drive through the neck of the impenetrable forest and it gets you to a point of over 2650 meters above sea level. Have lunch along the way or at the lodge depending on time. Take a community walk in the village Ruhija to see how the people in the mountains live and how the Batwa people used to live in the forest. Then you can relax at the lodge in the evening taking in the views of the mountains and forest.
Overnight at Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Day 6: Mountain Gorilla Tracking Activity
After breakfast at around 7:45am with packed lunch and drinking water you will transfer to the starting point for briefing on the dos and the don’ts while with the gorillas. You will then continue to the forest for gorilla tracking following them. This activity can last from a few hours up to a full day, depending on the location of the gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest. This ultimate Mountain Gorilla experience will spice up our Magic of nature safari in style.
Accommodation: Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Day 7: Nkuringo To Buhoma Sector- Queen Elizabeth National Park
With an early breakfast, continue to Nteko the starting point of Nkuringo to Buhoma sector walk via the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and is of immense conservation importance. Proceed to the park headquarters for a nature walk from Nkuringo to Buhoma. Enjoy a 15km walk to Buhoma following the Kashasha river and Ivy River trails. This is a full day walk where there would be an opportunity of visiting the Munyaga River falls in the forest. The emphasis of this activity is for your walking guide to share his knowledge of the forest that you come into contact with and not simply an A to B.
Accommodation at Topi Lodge
Day 8:Game-drive and boat-cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Explore Queen Elizabeth national park in the cool morning with an early morning game-drive that exposes us to diverse animals, Big 5 members Elephants, Buffalos, big cats- Lions, Leopards more times in the evening, warthogs- Hunchback carnivals like Hyenas and many more species that are residents to this park are spotted along the Circuits as we drive along. There is a rich bird life especially our version of storks in the wetland sports as we reach the Flamingoes in the salt lakes. At 3 pm you get ready for the Classic highlights on the 2hrs Boat cruise on the famous Kazinga channel, a 36kms channel linking Lake George and Lake Edward. You have the chance of spotting land and water Adapted Hippopotamuses Yawning and some slashing canines to each other and the National Geographical society Killing machine the Nile Crocodile gaping along the Banks! Savannah version of Pigs the Warthog- Pumba of the award winning Lion King are a hallmark sign in this Animal home! Of Mamaland Uganda. With your Binoculars along the peninsula you have a magnificent view of Birds, animals like the ever playing African Elephants in Waters as we sigh and reset Fatigue and stress, to point zero (it’s a must on this day’s game view).
Accommodation at Pumba safari cottages
Day 9: Chimps trekking in Kalinzu forest and relaxed afternoon with possible village walk
After breakfast we head for the close by Kalinzu forest for chimps trekking. In this tropical rainforest a community of around 80 habituated chimps live as well as beautiful birds and other forest creatures. Enjoy a walk and hopefully have an exciting meeting with the chimpanzees. Get back to the lodge for lunch after the trek and have a relaxed afternoon. You can either relax at the lodge enjoying the view or go for village walks in the area letting you see village life and a nearby crater lake.
Accommodation Pumba Safari cottages
Day 10: Transfer to the crater lakes area by Kibale Forest & walk to Crater Lake
Continue enjoying the Magic of nature safari as we leave the area of Queen Elizabeth national park with the crater lakes area as the target. Pass by local markets and drive further through the crater areas. Check in at the lodge and go for a walk taking you to see beautiful views of a crater lake and hopefully some interesting primates such as Black and white colobus – red colobus and red tailed monkey plus colorful butterflies and various Bird species like the native Great blue Turaco.
Accomodation Isunga Lodge
Day 11:Transfer to Hoima
It’s a long drive 4,½ hours (effective driving) to cut off the distance tomorrow, a couple of fruits during the drive the pressure and fatigue is lessened with punctuation of stopovers at scenery like tea plantations along the drive ways – typical African village setup in the far countryside offer us chances of stretching, as we check in late afternoon at the hotel in Hoima.
Accomodation at Hoima kontiki hotel
Day 12: Transfer to Murchison Falls national park (the Giraffe Paradise!), boat-cruise and hike to the top of the falls
After a relaxed breakfast in the gardens, transfer to Murchison Falls national park. Have lunch at Red Chili rest camp. In the afternoon you go for the 2pm boat ride on the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos (You have never seen more hippos yawning, Grooming in there Pods anywhere else than here- Believe me you), Nile Crocodiles, Elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks. If you are a keen birder this might be your magnet to catch them. When reaching the falls you jump of the boat and go with a guide to the top of the falls. It is a beautiful hike that takes you to see the falls close up as an explosive dash of water at close range gushes through a narrow crevice before the Nile continues its journey towards the Mediterranean. Your guide picks you at the top of the falls and you continue on to the lodge. (This hike includes a steep trail so might not be suitable if you have some health issues.)
Accomodation at Hornbill Bush Lodge
Day 13: Morning game-drive and transfer to Ziwa rhino sanctuary for a trek with rhinos
Take a morning game-drive to explore the broad savanna for sights of big cats hunting, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, plus more as the checklist of mammals in Murchison Falls national park reaches 76. We continue browsing the circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of Birds and mammals as we experience the Magic of nature safari. After the game-drive we leave the park to make the journey to Ziwa rhino sanctuary where they are working on reintroducing rhinos to Uganda. Go trekking the rhinos in the evening or early morning next day depending on time and where the rhinos are.
Accomodation at Amuka lodge
Day 14:Transfer to Jinja and relaxed afternoon
Leave the Rhino Sanctuary after trekking (if it was not possible on day 12) and head towards Jinja. Depending on time we have lunch along the way or when reaching Jinja. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon by the lodge. Overnight in Kingfisher resort
Day 15: Visit source of the Nile and then transfer to Entebbe (option of rafting on the Nile)
This day we visit the source of the mighty river Nile, you go out on a boat-ride on the river to see it close-up. Have lunch in Jinja and then start the journey to Entebbe taking you through Kampala where you the guide can point out some main sights. Arrive in Entebbe in the late afternoon/evening depending on traffic. We have now come to an end of this Magic of nature safari.
– An optional activity this day is to go white water rafting on the mighty river Nile (not included in the stated price. There are options of half day and full day rafting. Let us know when booking if you are interested in this and we will make arrangements.
Accomodation at Papyrus guesthouse
- Gorilla permits
- Chimps permits
- 4×4 Safari Vehicle
- English Speaking Guide
- Fuel for the vehicle
- Accomodations on full board meals
- Drinking water during transit
- A couple of fruits on transit
- Park Entry fees
- Flight Tickets
- Items of personal interests
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