Queen Elizabeth National Park

12 Days Uganda: Exploring the Wild West

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12 Days Uganda: Exploring the Wild West

Wild and adventurous – this is our, or rather your, 12-day journey through Uganda’s Wild West!

The western part of Uganda is home to all the big and famous parks, which you’ll all get to see! Look forward to meeting fascinating animals such as rhinos, elephants, lions, mountain gorillas AND chimps. Furthermore, you’ll not only sit in your car but also head into emerald and ochre paradises by boat or on foot.

The first few days start with a blast when you’ll pass by rhinos and float by impressive waterfalls in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park. In Kibale National Park you’re then in for a treat: a superb encounter with our closest relatives in the wild, the chimps! A royal safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park is next on the list, followed by an adventurous meet and greet with Bwindi’s gentle giants, the mountain gorillas.

We can imagine that this much excitement can be a lot to take in… so you’ll end your trip in a nice and grounding way by discovering Lake Mburo National Park on foot. Phew!

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
  • Day 2: Rhino trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary + Drive from Entebbe / Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park + Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 3: Boat Safari to the Murchison Falls + Top Of The Falls Hike – Murchison Falls National Park + Jeep safari in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Day 4: Drive from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest National Park
  • Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park + Swamp walk in Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary at Kibale National Park
  • Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park + Drive from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park + Jeep safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 7: Jeep safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park + Boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park + Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 8: Drive from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 9: Mountain gorilla trekking in Rushaga (southern sector)
  • Day 10: Drive from Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 11: Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park + Jeep safari in Lake Mburo National Park + Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 12: Drive back to Entebbe / Kampala + Flight home from Entebbe (not included in the price)

Day 1

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport

You arrive at Entebbe International Airport, your gateway to the diverse beauty of Uganda! This is the country of adventurous mountain gorilla and chimp trekking, stunning wildlife safaris, amazing road trips and wilderness adventures by boat, bike, horse or foot. Experience the warm hospitality of the Ugandan people and be amazed by the cultural encounters with the different indigenous tribes. With us, you’ll experience it all!

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Day 2

Rhino trekking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Nested in the middle of the country, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and a safe haven for white rhinos. In fact, this is the only place where you can see white rhinos in Uganda. During a rhino trekking tour, you can not only meet these majestic animals in their natural habitat but also support the sanctuary’s conservation efforts. With a professional guide, you’ll head out searching for the grey giants. Once found, you only need to do the following: take a deep breath, say "wooooow", take some pictures, and savour the moment.

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Day 3

Boat Safari to the Murchison Falls

Embark on a double-decker boat for an old-style River Nile cruise in Murchison Falls National Park! Sail up the river for two hours (and one hour back) while spotting hippos and crocodiles in the water, and several other animals on the shores. The boat eventually leads you to the bottom of the impressive 43-meter-high Murchison Falls, where you can feel the fresh water droplets on your face while seeing the water cascading down. The falls are so powerful that it's impossible to get very close, but trust us – you’ll be impressed nevertheless!

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Day 4

Drive from Murchison Falls to Kibale Forest National Park

Today you drive from Murchison Falls to Kibale National Park. This 6-hour drive leads you past welcoming villages, rainforests, charming tea plantations and mesmerizing crater lakes towards Fort Portal - a friendly and hospitable gateway city to Uganda's adventures. If the weather is clear, you can see the Rwenzori Mountains with their snow-capped peaks. And then, get ready for Kibale Forest, the primate capital of the world with no less than 13 different species of monkeys!

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Day 5

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park

The highest concentration of chimpanzees on the African continent can be found in Uganda – in Kibale National Park to be precise! With approximately 1,500 chimps in several groups, you have a relatively high chance of seeing these fascinating animals in the wild. During chimpanzee trekking, expert guides take you through the lush rainforest, and once located, you can watch the chimps hop from tree to tree, play, eat and groom each other. Observing these close-knit communities up-close will make you understand what Jane Goodall’s fascination is all about!

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Day 6

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is not only royal by its name but also by its diversity. Celebrating the majesty of the animal kingdom, it is home to the Big Five, to tree-climbing lions and has the largest number of hippos in East Africa. Many more animals roam in its diverse landscape including savannah grasslands, dense forests, volcanic features and meandering rivers. Enjoy a large array of activities whilst supporting conservation efforts, all with the snow-capped Rwenzori mountains as a background.

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Day 7

Jeep safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

During a jeep safari, our guide takes you in your private jeep on an unlimited game drive in the park. Make sure to share your expectations for this day with him, and let yourself be surprised by the suggestions he might have. Once on the road, ask any question that comes to mind and most of all: enjoy the amazing ride and sights!

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Day 8

Drive from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Embark on an exceptional journey, as you drive from Queen Elizabeth to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the splendid Ishasha sector. Witness lions sleeping in trees in Ishasha (one of the few places where these special big cats live) and drive on to see the landscape changing from savannah plains to lush green rain forests. In just three hours, you'll reach beautiful, green Bwindi, where the endangered mountain gorillas are waiting for you!

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Day 9

Mountain gorilla trekking in Rushaga (southern sector)

The Rushaga sector in the south of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is special: eight gorilla families have made this green paradise their home, and a few of those are not used to humans yet. During a mountain gorilla trekking tour, you hike over relatively easy trails and spend an hour with the groups used to humans, or four hours with the furry giants not used to seeing you in their natural habitat. Watch the lazy ones eat, the young ones play and the silverback guarding his territory. This truly once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave you in awe forever… and maybe even bring a tear of joy to your eyes.

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Day 10

Drive from Bwindi to Lake Mburo National Park

After your amazing gorilla trekking experience, you drive from Bwindi Impenetrable to Lake Mburo National Park. During this 7-hour road trip, you see the forest-like landscape gradually transform into soft verdant hills and open savannah. Lake Mburo is packed with wildlife seeking green vegetation and refreshment, so grab your binoculars and be sure to stay on the lookout for zebras, giraffes and many different bird species!

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Day 11

Walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park

Get out of the safari jeep, lace up your hiking boots and off you go on safari… literally! During your walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park, you can explore this wonderful spot of land from a completely different point of view. Hike through savannahs, woodlands and lakeshores and learn more about the flora and fauna from your experienced guide. Here, you can come close to animals like zebras, impala and giraffes and watch the park’s famous hippos from a safe distance. Discovering Uganda’s untamed wilderness like this is an experience that will stay with you for many years to come.

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Day 12

Drive back to Entebbe / Kampala

As you drive back to Entebbe, you again pass through the villages with their lively marketplaces and the outstretched countryside with tea and coffee plantations, smooth green hills and the occasional wildlife waving you goodbye. After several days of sheer adventure, even the ride back to Entebbe is an experience to enjoy!

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Make your dream trip come true with Africa Safari Trips

At Africa Safari Trips, you can customize your trip. Our sample itineraries are adjustable to your preferences. Our specialists work together with you to create your dream journey!

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