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This 12 days Uganda Safari takes you to you to Uganda’s finest tourism destinations like the Impenetrable-Bwindi Gorilla Forest; which is a haven to half the populace of the existing mountain Gorillas globally, Murchison Falls National Park; the most beautiful ark in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park; the largest biotic area in Africa, Kibale Chimp forest; a haven with the largest concentration of chimpanzees.
Drivers / Guides
We recognize this for a fact! The success of your safari will largely depend on your driver/guide. It is because of this that we have a great team of carefully selected drivers /guides, well trained.
Starting from: USD $6100 (Budget Accommodation) | USD $6600 (Mid-range Accommodation) | USD $7200(Luxury Accommodation) per person based on two travelers sharing.
Cost per person:
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Single Room Supplement: USD $ 350
SRS- Stands for Single Room Supplement. Most of the hotels have double rooms (A room with one big bed for 2 people or a room with 2 single beds occupied by 2 people) this means the 3rd person will be left without a room to stay and the alternative would be to occupy the single room (a room with one bed ). SRS apply for non-even (3, 5, 7, 9,11…) travelers. Therefore the SRS fee is being paid by the person occupying a room alone.
During this thrilling trip, you will be accommodated at various accommodations.
The accommodation is valid and will greatly depend on your budget. At whatever level, Kubwa Five Safaris provides the very best for you. Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or superior hotels. If a hotel of an equivalent standard is not available, Kubwa Five Safaris may substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest a superior at an extra charge. There is free Wi-Fi in hotels and lodges.
Anderita Beach Hotel in Entebbe
Relax in your already-booked Anderita Beach Hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your rhino tracking tomorrow morning. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore the sites in and around Entebbe.
Sky Hotel is located in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.
Red Chilli Rest Camp
Red Chilli Rest Camp is superbly located to explore Murchison. We are at Paraa on the southern bank of the River Nile in the heart of the park. Our camp is just 500 metres from the Paraa ferry, where all vehicles cross the Nile for game drives around the Nile Delta, and from where boats can be hired for game viewing and sport fishing on the Nile – either up to the base of the Falls, or down to the Nile delta at Lake Albert.
We have a fully stocked bar and restaurant below a large open thatched roof with spectacular views towards the Nile. The bar serves drinks from 6.15am until midnight and meals are available at the following times: Breakfast 7.20am – 10.30am, Lunch 11.30am – 3pm, Dinner 6.30pm – 9pm. Breakfast and lunch are Á la carte, whereas at dinner we offer a choice of 3 different dishes daily: one red meat, one white meat/fish and one vegetarian option. We cater for other dietary requirements on request – please call/email to discuss. We also supply packed breakfasts (please order before 8pm the previous day) and lunches. Tea and coffee are available so long as the bar is open!
Sambiya River Lodge
Sambiya River Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. It is situated only 15 minutes from the top of the magnificent Murchison Falls. It is the perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Sambiya River Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy provided to the guests. Guests stay in any of the 26 double rooms designed as individual and family thatched cottages which have en suite bathrooms, fans, screened doors & windows, mosquito nets, and a veranda to relax and enjoy the commanding views of quintessential Africa. Twelve basic bandas are also available for guest accommodation.
Sambiya River Lodge allows you to relax in luxury whilst experiencing the sights and sounds of Africa.
Paraa Safari Lodge: Established in 1954, Paraa Safari Lodge is in Murchison Falls National Park. The lodge is located in the north west of Uganda overlooking one of nature’s best kept secrets, the River Nile, on its journey from its source at Lake Victoria to join Lake Albert – here it is suddenly channeled into a gorge only six meters wide, and cascades 43 meters below.
The earth literally trembles at Murchison Falls – one of the world’s most powerful flows of natural water. Paraa Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Each of the rooms is a haven of style and serenity, complete with balcony and private bathroom.
Murchison River Lodge
Murchison River Lodge is located on the southern bank of the River Nile overlooking Murchison Falls National Park, pods of hippos and papyrus islands.
In beautiful surroundings we offer comfortable and relaxing mid-range accommodation to suit all budgets; well-appointed en-suite thatched cottages, thatched safari tents each with private facilities and comfortable camping tents already set up around our shaded campsite. If you would prefer to bring your own tent we have covered areas for self-catering in the campsite, including a fire pit and excellent shower and toilet facilities
Kibale Forest Camp
The Kibale Forest Camp offers an affordable classic canvas experience in the form of 10 African safari style tents tucked away in a lush forest. Kibale Forest Camp is located in a patch of evergreen forest, just outside the southern part of the national park. It borders the Magombe swamp, known for the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and is a mere It is a 10-minute drive to Kanyanchu Visitor Center, the place from where your chimp track will start.
It is beautifully situated in the heart of the Bunyaruguru Crater Lake part of Western Uganda. It’s about 24 kilometers south of Welcome to Ndali Lodge Kibale-Fort Portal; it covers an area of about 1000 acres of farmland cultivated in an African style. It lies on the rim of an inactive volcano that formed the magnificent lake Nyinambuga. As you are dining, you will enjoy the decorated candles and the serenity of the environment. Whether at the sitting area or reception, you will delight in the beautiful view of the lake. Breakfast is usually main-house served on the veranda as you enjoy the scenery. They offer both local and international cuisine. They have a fully stocked bar with a wide selection of wines and spirits that you can enjoy along the pool side.
The main lodge is thatched with a dining area, a sitting room, and a reception. It has 8 cottages offering lavish accommodation for 16 guests. The Enjoy the beauty of chair the main lodge cottages are strategically positioned with an overview of the magnificent Mountains of the Moon. The interiors are creatively and beautifully furnished, the decoration highlighting the use of local materials to bring out the African style.
Primate Lodge Kibale
Experience the world-renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise and home to over 13 different species of primates and numerous other mammals, butterflies, and birds. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee tracking excursion as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation, really, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet.
All of our nine spacious and en-suite Luxury Cottages, each secluded deep in the forest for maximum privacy and a natural ‘living in nature’ feel, come complete with 2x Double size Bed or 1x King Size Bed, a sitting area with two comfortable armchairs, a reading table and an adjoining large veranda with excellent views to the forest.
Simba Safari Camp
It is renowned for excellent hospitality, is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park (QE), with panoramic views across the park’s extensive savannah plains teeming with wildlife as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga Channel. It is the closest accommodation to QE’s Kasenyi plains on the edge of Lake George, the famed mating grounds for the Uganda Kobs and thus the most preferred area for game viewing drives. It is also closest to the other areas of northern Queen Elizabeth National Park, including the Mweya Peninsula and the Kazinga Channel; well known for launch cruises, close range game-viewing as well as bird-viewing. There is also an opportunity to go for guided chimpanzees tracking in Kyambura Gorge.
Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge
It is situated on the shores of Lake George in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Muhokya sub-county, near Kahendero Fishing Village.
Born out of love for nature and animal preservation, our lodge is a perfect location for those who want to experience the tranquility of unspoiled Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge’s unique charm is in the atmosphere of intimacy, welcoming ambiance and a splendid customer service that is carefully rendered to our esteemed guests and visitors.
Mweya Safari Lodge
It offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mweya Safari Lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’.
To the east, lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward.
It is situated within the Bwindi National Park, less than five-minutes-walk from the gorilla trekking start point. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace. Buhoma lodge has Eight, comfortable cottages each with its own private veranda, offering extensive views of the forest canopy of the National Park. Inside the spacious cottages have comfortable beds, a well-appointed en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and a hot shower, some rooms have bathtubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cosy, comfortable environment in which to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplace.
Rhino tracking in Murchison Falls National Park, this can be done on day 2.
At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary you will go together with an experienced ranger for a safari hike to the rhinos. You will see the rhinos in a very close range!
Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks once had both black and white rhinos; however widespread poaching during the Idi Amin era resulted in the disappearance of these majestic animals from the wild. Founded in 1998, Rhino Fund Uganda works to reintroduce black and white rhinos into Uganda and runs a breeding program, as well as work to educate communities on endangered rhinos.
Costing: USD $40 per person.
Chimp tracking in Budongo forest, this can be done on day 2.
Budongo Forest is located in the southern part of Murchison Falls National Park., and has the highest number of wild chimpanzees of Uganda. The habituated groups are located in Kaniyo Padibi, where you can go for chimpanzee tracking. Budongo Forest has an incredible biodiversity that – beside the chimpanzee – includes several other species like the Blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys and Olive baboons.
Costing: USD $95 per person in high season and USD $85 per person in low season.
Hot air balloon safari, this can be done on day 3.
Discover Murchison Falls from the air! Sign up for this optional activity and enjoy to unique experience of flying over Murchison Falls NP in a hot air balloon. You will have the most amazing views over the river Nile, Lake Albert, the great Murchison Falls and of course this is thé best way to spot lots and lots of animals. You will start early morning, so you will see the sun rise over the park. After your balloon safari you will have a bush breakfast in the park (inclusive).
Costing: USD $380 per person.
Chimpanzee habituation tracking in Kibale National Park, this can be done on day 5.
At an additional fee of only 70 USD per person, you can do the chimpanzee habituation tracking instead of the regular chimpanzee tracking. This will take all day and you will be 100% sure to have a very close encounter with your closest relatives. Book this in time because only six persons per day are allowed to go. Your swamp walk can be postponed to the next morning.
Costing: USD $70 per person extra
Lion Tracking in Queen Elizabeth Park, this can be done on day 7.
For visitors who yearn to get up close to wild African fauna, a research trip is a rewarding adventure. This new and unique experience allows visitors to actively participate in monitoring some of lions in the park, using locator devices and learn habituation calls, as well as monitoring weather, surroundings and behavior. The results are added to researchers’ databases, contributing valuable information to the overall understanding of wildlife ecology – and helping to conserve this wonderful ecosystem. This will as well give you a 95% chance to see the lions!
The number of people on each outing is limited in order to reduce stress on the animals and to increase the quality of the experience for visitors.
Costing: USD $85 per person.
Chimp tracking in Kyambura Gorge/ Queen Elizabeth Park, this can be done on day 7.
The spectacular Kyambura Gorge also called the “valley of apes”, is located in the eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth. The landscape is among the most impressive you will find in Uganda. Enter into the Gorge and you will be marveled by the verdant, rich tropical rain-forest right close to the equator crossing. You can make a wonderful hike here looking for chimpanzees. Chances of seeing chimps are 50% and that is why you rather call it a nature walk. Don’t miss it; the gorge is simply amazing! .
Costing: USD $50 per person.
Night Game Drive in Lake Mburo National Park, this can be done on day 10.
A night game drive in Lake Mburo national park is absolutely great! You have chances of seeing Hyena, different nocturnal animals and it’s probaply your best chance to spot a leopard. Your night safari is either just before dinner or just after dinner and takes about 2 hours.
Mountain Bike Safari in Lake Mburo National Park, this can be done on day 12.
It’s very exciting to make a safari by mountain bike. Get active and get close to zebra, gazelle, Eland and sometimes even giraffe!
Costing: USD $30 per person extra
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
How to get there
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kubwa Five Safaris will pick you up from the airport.
On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris representative with your name printed on an A4 paper will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to Sky hotel in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.
Depending on your arrival time, relax in your already-booked hotel after a long flight while you are dreaming of your safari tomorrow morning at 7:00am and then driven to Murchison Falls, Uganda’s largest park and home to 451 bird species and 76 mammal species. Your eyes will be fed with lots of sightings along the way as you will enjoy a bottle of drinking water. Have a number of stops in Masindi for lunch and also at the top of the waterfalls. There is nothing as thrilling as watching the River Nile, due to the great power of the falls, you will realize that the ground here is actually shaking; this is very impressive as a rainbow is also found. Thereafter continue to your lodge and check in, have dinner and an overnight stay at Red Chilli Rest Camp | Sambiya River Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge
On this day, you will have a tasty breakfast and set out for a game drive. The tour guide will lead you to the finest places to easily see the animals. You will certainly enjoy Uganda’s true wilderness as you will be taking the best pictures that will be unforgettable on this safari. The thrill will be seeing lions, lioness plus their cubs together with other wild animals such as elephants plus giraffes moving, buffaloes and antelopes grazing in the savannah. Head back to your lodge for a delicious lunch and some rest as you prepare for the afternoon Nile boat cruise.
On the boat you will have a great time on the Victoria Nile, the boat takes you to the bottom of the falls. You will observe various animals like elephants, crocodiles, large numbers of hippos, buffaloes, waterbucks and also birds such as the storks, fish eagle among others. While at the bottom of the falls you will have a great time watching the magnificent waterfalls. Return to Red Chilli Rest Camp | Sambiya River Lodge | Paraa Safari Lodge for dinner and Overnight.
Enjoy an early breakfast at the lodge and drive to Kibale Forest; you will take pleasure in the gorgeous scenery of this countryside which makes the journey more exciting. Have your lunch en route in Fortportal town and continue as you will have great views of the Rwenzori ranges. Check in at Ndali lodge | Primate Lodge
You could go for a guided nature walk in Bigodi wetland which is home to various birds and primate species. Later have dinner and overnight at Ndali lodge | Primate Lodge
Get up so early for breakfast and head to the park, where you will be brief and later start off with Chimpanzee trekking in the forest. Kibale forest is among the charming places well-known for different primates and several crater lakes within Uganda. In the morning you will see the chimps in their natural environment. These chimps are also exciting and this very close encounter will reward you with a memorable experience on your trip.
After lunch you will drive to the Mweya peninsula in Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive in the late afternoon.
Have a delicious dinner and night rest at Simba safari camp | Ihamba lakeside safari lodge | Mweya lodge
Enjoy your breakfast and set out for a game drive through the Kasenyi track and other tracks where you have a chance to observe different wildlife species like lions, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes and if lucky enough leopards together with amazing beautiful bird species. Queen Elizabeth has a diversity of Uganda’s ecosystems such as the Savannah, wetlands, lakes, forests and over 600 bird species which live in the park. With this, its scenery is spectacular with crater lakes like Nyamunuka and various shrubs and forests. Later head back to the lodge for lunch and relax.
In the afternoon go for a launch cruise on the Kazinga channel; this is one of the most memorable experiences from the park. Take pleasure in observing different water birds together with their echoing sweet sounds and animals such as hippos, African crocodiles, waterbucks, buffaloes among others. After experiencing the true wilderness, drive back to the lodge for a night rest and dinner at Simba safari camp | Ihamba safari lodge | Mweya safari lodge
Breakfast in the morning and head for a guided forest walk in Maramagambo forest with the hope to see diverse birds species, python and bat caves. You will also track chimpanzees in the Kyambura gorge.
Head back to the lodge have lunch as you prepare for an evening game drive through the park.
Overnight at Simba safari camp | Ihamba safari lodge | Mweya lodge
After breakfast transfer Bwindi via the Ishasha sector as you will have a chance to observe tree-climbing lions in the wild. Bwindi National Park is home to over 346 bird species, 120 mammal species, 400 plant species, 27 frog species among others and covering an area of 331 sq km.
Have lunch en route and continue with your journey combined with amazing and spectacular views of banana, tea plantations and the overall green vegetation of the area. On reaching the park check in at the lodge of preference. Have dinner and overnight stay as you wait for the big day for gorilla tracking.
Overnight at Buhoma lodge
After a cup of tea, head to the park head offices with your guide, have a briefing about the Dos and Donts while in the park with gorillas. After head for gorilla trekking through the mist rainforest, trekking can take 2 hours or up to 6 hours and this is based on the location of the gentle giants. Only 1 hour is permitted to trekkers while with the gorillas.
Make sure you carry packed lunch, enough water, sturdy shoes, non-flash cameras, rain jackets, walking sticks for those who are not so fit. Later return to the lodge and relax.
In the evening, go for a community walk where you will visit the Batwa, which is an indigenous group of people that have lived in the forest for many years, enjoy traditional dances from them. Head back to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Lodge.
After breakfast transfer back to Kampala making a lunch stop enroute at Mbarara. Proceed making another stop at the equator in Masaka; see where this imaginary line divides our planet into two equal hemispheres. Snacks, souvenirs and photographs may be taken here.
Overnight and Dinner at Sky hotel. Sky hotel in Kampala located 10 Km from the city center towards Naalya Housing Estate, it has a capacity of 29 Rooms with twin beds taking up 58 guests, there is one restaurant, which is open from 7-10 am for breakfast. However, it is open for the rest of the day for meals.
Depart for Jinja after your breakfast. You will be driven to Jinja. You will go through Mibira forest. The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus uganda.
Overnight at Explorers River Camp | Jinja Nile Resort
Have an early breakfast and head out for today’s activities. The Nile River finds its source in Jinja where it starts the 4000 km through different African countries. So your driver will take you to where the beginning point is as you go for discovering the Source of the Nile; you will go for a guided boat cruise on the Nile.
After the boat ride, go for half day rafting on the rapids which is an adventure and an unforgettable experience.
Have lunch and after you could choose to rest at the lodge on the swimming pool or go for optional activities like bungee jumping or kayaking or quad biking or Horse riding.
Accommodation Options: Explorers Rever Camp | Jinja Nile Resort
Take breakfast leave Jinja for Kampala buy some souvenirs to take home with you. If you have a flight on the same day your guide will transfer you to Entebbe as you bid farewell to Uganda
We believe you had a great time in this 12 days Uganda safari with both different people and also in the wild.