Looking to explore Uganda in 10 days starting from and ending in Kigali City – Rwanda? This 10 days best Uganda safari takes you to Bwindi for a Uganda gorilla trekking experience, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing, Kibale Forest for Chimpanzee trekking, Lake Mburo for a wildlife experience and Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation and leisure. This tour starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. See the detailed itinerary below.
Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
A tour guide from our gorilla trekking company will pick you up from your place of stay in Kigali, take you on a city tour to visit places like the Genocide Memorial Monument, Kimironko Market, Caplaki Crafts Village, Hotel Rwanda and more before transferring you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. When you reach Bwindi, you will check in to your lodge and relax.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Experience
After breakfast on this second day of your 10 days best Uganda safari, you will drive to the starting point of your trek for briefing before taking on your respective trails to go looking for gorillas in their natural habitat. The gorilla family assignment process is random but special needs persons are always given the easiest groups to track. If lucky, you will find gorillas in less than 3 hours, spend an hour with them and return to the park headquarters to pick your respective gorilla trekking certificates. You will then return to your lodge to relax.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After an early morning breakfast in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you will set off for Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese. You will enter through the Ishasha region where you will get to spot tree climbing lions and proceed to the Mweya sector. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular Uganda national park boasting will so many species of wildlife. When you reach the Mweya sector, you will check in to your lodge and relax. Alternatively, you can do a night game drive on this day at an extra cost.
Day 4: Game Drive and Boat Cruise
Wake up and head for a morning game drive at the Kasenyi sector, a sector with the highest concentration of wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will get to see Elephants, Giraffes, Lions and many more animals. This game drive should last for about 3 – 4 hours. You will return to your lodge after for lunch, relaxation and take on an afternoon boat ride on the Kazinga channel where you will see crocodiles, hippopotamuses and lots of wildlife quenching their thirst at the river banks. Retreat from this activity and return to your lodge to relax.
Day 5: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
This morning you carry out a Chimpanzee Trekking experience in Kyambura Gorge. This gorge is one of the good places for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. It is found in the Eastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will see lots of chimpanzees depending on the day you visit. After this adventure, you will return to your lodge, refresh and transfer to Kibale Forest National Park in Fort Portal.
Kibale Forest National Park, commonly referred to as the primate capital of East Africa is the best place of Chimpanzee trekking in the world. It has the highest concentration of primates in the entire East African region. When you reach the park, you will check in to your lodge and relax.
Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest
Have an early morning breakfast and head for briefing at the park headquarters before proceeding to the forest to find chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking is an awesome experience. Unlike gorilla trekking, tourists are allowed to get really close to chimps. The chimps might jump on your back, hug you and play with you. The habituated chimps in Kibale Forest National Park are so used to humans. You will definitely enjoy your chimpanzee trekking experience.
After trekking chimps, you will return to your lodge, refresh and head for a swamp walk at the Bigodi wetlands. This wetland is a perfect place for birders, with so many bird species. After touring this place, you will then return to your lodge for relaxation.
Day 7: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Very early in the morning, you will transfer to Lake Mburo National Park in Mbarara. This park is Uganda’s smallest Savannah park. It is the only place in Uganda where the Impalas are found. Despite its size, its a great place for birding and wildlife viewing. When you reach at the park, you will check in to your lodge and head for an afternoon boat ride on Lake Mburo. After this boat ride, you will return to your lodge and relax.
Day 8: Whole day at Lake Mburo
Wake up to an early morning breakfast at Lake Mburo and head for a morning game drive. The game drive will let you see various species of wildlife in this tiny national park. Some of the common sights here are Zebras, Impalas, Elands, Buffaloes, Topis, Reedbucks, Hyenas and more. After this game drive, you will return to your lodge to relax. In the afternoon, you will head for a horseback riding experience around the park. You will be accompanied with two armed rangers from Uganda wildlife authority for security purposes. Retreat from this activity and return to your lodge to relax.
Day 9: Lake Mburo – Lake Bunyonyi
Have breakfast and head for a walking safari around the park. Again, you will be accompanies with 2 armed rangers for security purposes. A walking safari is a great way to get up close with the wildlife in the park unlike game drives where a car’s sound chases away most animals. Retreat from this activity and transfer to Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, arriving in the evening.
Lake Bunyonyi is the most beautiful lake in Uganda. Dotted with over 29 islands, the lake carries so much history. You will spend your evening relaxing at the lodge.
Day 10: Lake Bunyonyi & Transfer to Kigali for Departure
You will spend your entire morning relaxing whilst staring at the beautiful islands on this lake. You will also carry out a boat ride and visit several of those islands; including the Punishment island. After lunch in the afternoon, you will start off your journey to Kigali where you will get dropped at the airport for departure or rather proceed to an accommodation facility of your choice.