This exciting 7 Days Uganda safari adventure explores the best of Kigali City, introducing rich African culture, historical museums and the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods before crossing over to Uganda for wildlife encounters, gorilla and chimpanzee expeditions and adventures out on the crystal clear waters of Kazinga channel and Lake Bunyonyi. Right below is the detailed itinerary for this Uganda safaris tour.
7 Days Uganda Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
This morning explore the city highlights on a city tour in Kigali, and in the afternoon transfer to Uganda’s boarder and proceed to Lake Mburo National park passing via the western city of Mbarara, where you will stay for the next one night.
Day 2: Walking Safari & Afternoon Boat Cruise
Nature walks in Lake Mburo National park are a magical way to experience the wild first hand. A walking safari allows you to get in contact with minute details often overlooked when on a game drive. Expect to see buffaloes, giraffes, Uganda Kobs, Impala, Water bucks, crocodiles, buffaloes and – if you’re lucky, even some rare cats. At 2pm, head to Lake Mburo for a leisurely boat trip. Lake Mburo boat cruise is the perfect platform to spot and photograph different bird species, big mammals and reptiles. Head back to the lodge in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park & Afternoon Boat Cruise
Check out from your overnight lodge in Lake Mburo national park and drive south-west to Queen Elizabeth National park. Arrive early enough and in the afternoon go for a 2 hour boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake George and Lake Edward. The cruise exposes one to various bird species (both endemic and migratory), large mammals, cats and reptiles. After the boat cruise, you will retire back to the Lodge for relaxation.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest & Transfer to Ishasha Sector
After breakfast, you will go on a forest walk in search of chimpanzees. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green Kalinzu forest, you will be surrounded by sweet bird songs and one can expect to spot at least 5 or 6 other types of primates, most notably the grey-cheeked mangabey, Vervet and the Red-tailed monkeys and obviously the chimpanzees. Kalinzu forest chimpanzee trek is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and fairly flat terrain. After the trek, you can proceed to Ishasha sector in the south of Queen Elizabeth national park.
You can take an evening game drive in Ishasha to explore the rare tree climbing lions that inhabit this area. Overnight stay in Ishasha.
Day 5: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This morning you rise to an early breakfast and make your exit towards Bwindi Impenetrable national park (about 4-6 hrs drive). Famous for its notable biodiversity, Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to an array of endangered species including half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, endemic bird species, great mountain forest scenery and verdant flora. Arrive in the evening, check in and overnight stay.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Early morning and breakfast. Leave the lodge and head for a briefing session in Rushaga ranger station. The head ranger will educate you about the Do’s and Don’ts of gorilla trek expedition, plus advising you about simple gorilla trekking etiquette to be observed. Off to the jungles you go, with a porter (hired at the park headquarters). Visits are strictly controlled to only 8 people per family. This is to limit the possibility of transmission of contagious infections to the endangered mountain gorillas.
The dense jungles of Bwindi can sometimes be wet, muddy and uncomfortable, reaching altitudes of almost 2000 meters above sea level. The terrain is by no means easy, and it can be quite tedious to a novice hiker and often humid, but the sheer joy of meeting a habituated family of gorillas, led by a giant Silverback is worth the difficulty. After the one hour of meeting up close with the mighty gorillas, trek back to the starting point, have picnic lunch and exit the park to Lake Bunyonyi. Arrive at Lake Bunyonyi late in the afternoon. Take a sunset boat trip across the lake, and visit the lake’s famous inland islands.
Day 7: Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, undertake an optional activity which may include tribal visit, sight-seeing, community walks or canoeing experiences. Then transfer to the boarder of Rwanda and head to Kigali airport for your onward flight.
End of 7 days safari.