An 8 day Uganda safari from Kigali is a specialty wildlife deep-in experience with gorilla tracking in Bwindi, chimpanzee experience in Kibale, game drive and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park, cultural encounters, city tours in Fort portal and Kampala and more. This is an ideal wildlife and primate safari in Africa for travelers who love deeper than ordinary experiences with Africa’s unique wildlife and geography. See detailed Uganda safaris itinerary below.
8 Days Adventure Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Bwindi Forest National Park
After breakfast at your accommodation or pick up from Kigali airport, drive to the north of the country. If you have time, take a brief tour in Kigali city to have spectacular views of the shopping malls, genocide museums, craft markets, etc. Depart right away for Bwindi impenetrable National Park via Katuna boarder in Kabale where you’ll have lunch and arrive in Ruhija sector, in the east of Bwindi national park in the evening.
Bwindi is popular for its exceptional population of primates most remarkably the endangered mountain gorillas, Colobus monkeys, mangabeys, baboons, forest mammals and beautiful forest birds. You will arrive in Bwindi in the evening and check into your accommodation where you will have dinner and the overnight rest.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi & Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
This starts very early in the morning at 7:00 am. Have an early breakfast and proceed to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla trekking rules and regulations. While here you will be divided into groups of eight trekkers who are assigned to a specific gorilla family on a given day. There after penetrate the forest to begin the search for these gentle apes.
Walk through the slippery trails, in unclear paths and rocky jungles. You will finally come face to face with the gorillas, spend an hour with them, watching them carry on their routine, swinging on tree branches and feeding. You are given only one hour to view them and take photography.
Retreat back from the forest and trek down to the starting point, meet eith your driver guide, have picnic lunch and drive out of Bwindi to Lake Bunyonyi. This is a 1:30 hours’ drive passing through Kigezi region with its terraced slopes, rolling hills and undulating plains. Arrive at Lake Bunyonyi in the evening, ready to undertake a sunset boat cruise to explore Bunyonyi’s historical islands.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In the morning, take an optional canoe experience or community walk on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. Retire after 1 or 2 hours and begin the drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). The drive goes north along the eastern lower escarpments of Rwenzori ranges, where, weather permitting, you can see the glaciated peaks.
Gradually descend into the Great Rift Valley and eventually to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is located in a fertile, equatorial area with an unequalled beautiful scenery. It is Uganda’s most popular and easily accessible savannah park that is primarily marked with grassy savannah plains, includes within its boundaries leafy rainforests, dense papyrus swamps and natural explosion crater lakes.
Day 4: Game Drive & Boat Cruise
A morning game is the park’s highlight. With one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world, Queen Elizabeth boasts a total of 95 mammal species and 610+ species of birds, including permanent residents and migratory. Meanwhile, the afternoon boat cruise presents amazing opportunities to view wildlife, unique birds, reptiles, and so much more.
Day 5: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Have a leisurely morning breakfast. Continue thereafter driving through the rolling highlands of southwestern Uganda on the way to greener and crater -filled Fort Portal region. The lush striking hills of this region provide excellent photo opportunities. As you approach Kibale forest in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, traverse Uganda’s famous tea plantation region.
A carpet of green estates spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed. In the afternoon, you can visit nearby destinations including Mpanga market in Fort portal town, the historical Amabere Ga’nyinamwiru caves, Toro Kingdom place, crater lakes and so much more. Retire to your lodge in the evening.
Day 6: Bigodi Wetland Walk & Chimpanzee Trekking
This morning, we will explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, part of the bigger Magombe wetlands. The sanctuary is a popular eco-tourism destination with in the Kibale Forest area and is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a local community based organization. Among the many activities done in Bigodi, include bird watching, swamp and community walks.
In the afternoon, you will go on a forest walk in search of chimpanzees. Whilst trekking in the depths of the lush green forest, you will be surrounded by sweet bird songs and can expect to see at least 8 other types of primates, most probably the Red-tailed and grey-cheeked mangabeys and obviously the endangered chimpanzees. Walking in this forest is fairly easy due to the well-maintained trails and moderately flat terrain.
Day 7: Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast at your lodge in Kibale forest, set off to Kampala via Mubende and Mityana towns. Take an Enroute tour to the historical Nakayima tree; a tree that dates way back in the years and has significant cultural roles to the Baganda people. Proceed on the drive to Kampala. Arrive in the evening, and be dropped off at your hotel in the very heart of Kampala city.
Day 8: Kampala City Tour & Departure
Wake up to an early breakfast at your hotel. Begin the city tour at 9:00 am. The tour takes you to Kampala’s historical and ancient buildings, towering shopping malls, craft markets, religious centers, cultural places, etc. Have lunch and in the evening, transfer to check in at Entebbe airport, and departure later depending on the flight time.
End of 8 days Uganda tour