Uganda Big Five Safari Holidays

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There is no doubt that Uganda is blessed with spectacular natural beauty, a welcoming climate and interesting regions with diverse cultures.

A Uganda safari is a great opportunity to see the African big fives in Uganda. On this great adventure you explore the best areas with a lot of sightseeing. The group includes the African Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Rhino and Leopard.

This combination of predator and terrestrial mammals makes for a-once-in-a lifetime sighting of some of the world’s most impressive species. This safari enables you to capture wildlife pictures that may have seemed impossible before this trip and take the memory card with you.

This safari embarks on the journey of a life time to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s best known and biggest nature reserve with impressive animal populations.

Murchison Falls is an exception place to see the big 5 wildlife and a trip along the Nile which shouldn’t be missed, not least in order to see the powerful Murchison Falls up close, a magical unforgettable experience.

Start the safari by departing Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park passing through impressive flat landscapes in the district of Nakasongola before branching off at Nakitoma for 7km to connect to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track the white rhinos.

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, you embark on a rhino tracking to encounter the count of the white rhinos that comprise of adults and young ones. Rhinos are part of the Big five game of land animals and exploring them on foot is a-once-in –a lifetime experience that you can encounter on this Uganda Big five safari.

After lunch, continue on the drive to Murchison Falls, in the afternoon we shall visit the top of the falls for your chance to view the magnificence of the Nile. You will observe the Squeezing of the Nile River in a 7meter gorge before tumbling 43 meters down in a thunderous explosion and then flows down into a very peaceful river whose water banks are swarmed with a profusion of water and land animals as well as birds.

The water falls are believed to be most powerful natural flow of water in the world, dinner and overnight at your reserved lodge.

Today you will fall into the rhythm of Murchison Falls for dawn game drive in the northern bank of the Nile giving you a great chance of seeing animals such as the cape Buffaloes, Rothschild’s giraffes, lions, spotted leopard, elephants, Uganda Kob, Oribi, Bushbuck, bush duiker, warthog, big pigs, and many more.

After your lunch break, the safari will be continued with a boat trip on the River Nile to the base of Murchison Falls. Look out for school of hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds and also elephants and buffaloes that come to drink water. Retire back to your hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Following your heavy breakfast, leave Murchison Falls National for Kibale National Park the primate capital of the world via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift Valley on the Masindi-Hoima Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms.

Fort portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of Moon. The journey takes a full day between 8-9 hours. Dinner and overnight at your reserved loge or hotel

Todays’ activity gives you a chance to be in the presence of 13 species of primates recorded if lucky. You will head to Kanyanchu headquarters for briefing before you head for your chimpanzee tracking and other primates including red colobus, L’Hoest’s moneys, and red tailed and grey checked mangabey.

You will walk through the forest with an experienced guide who will be giving you information about the flora and fauna of the forest. Once chimps are found, you will be given a maximum of one hour to observe and stay with them while taking amazing photos and videos.

Your swamp walk will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery where the locals are likely to greet you with great pleasure. You will have chance to encounter more primates and bird species.

The safari continues to Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda’s most visited national park popular for the tree climbing lions in the southern sector. The park is located at the base of the Majestic Rwenzori Mountain range, adjacent to Lake Edward and Lake George.

A safari in this park welcomes you with an en-route sighting seeing game drive as you head to check in at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will take a private boat safari along Kazinga Channel which joins Lake George and Lake Albert.

This trip passes through possibly the highest concentration of hippos, elephants and buffaloes that come to drink water. This launch cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The bird life is colourful with over 600 resident species, dinner and overnight at your preferred lodge.

The following morning, you will rise up for a dawn game drive as you search for most of the wildlife in this park including some of those that belong the to the big 5 like the leopard, lions, elephants, buffaloes, plus Uganda Kobs, warthogs among others.

After lunch, the safari will proceed to the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in an area called Ishasha. If you are lucky, you might spot some of the tree climbing lions during your game drive.

You will proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas. Dinner and overnight will be at your preferred lodge

Today is a big day to encounter with one of Bwindi’s gentle giants, the mountain gorillas. After your heavy breakfast, ready with your tracking gears, we proceed to the UWA headquarters for briefing and allocation of gorilla families to track.

After this session, the ranger guides will lead you into the forest to search for the shy primates for a group you have been allocated at. The time taken to track the gorillas can vary from 2 to 8 hours, so you have to come with enough drinking water because the trek involves high steep slopes and we encourage you to come for this activity when you are physically fit.

Once you find the gorillas, you will be given a maximum of one hour to watch and observe them while females feeding the infants, playing, jumping on trees, sleeping, and resting while you’re taking amazing pictures and videos on your cameras.  In the evening you can decide to go for a village walk and visit local communities and see how they spend their daily life.

Early morning we depart the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head to Lake Mburo National Park.  With a game drive we enter the park and head towards our accommodation with panoramic views over the plains.

The flora of Lake Mburo National Park is acacia woodland, different to most other parks in East Africa, which means its fauna is also different to other reserves. It’s the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope and has about 68 different species of mammals including zebras, impalas, buffalo, leopards, hyenas and jackals.

There are five lakes within the park which are home to hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while the papyrus swamps provide cover for the sitatunga antelope and red, black and yellow papyrus Gonolek.

This small park is less well-known among tourists so it’s much quieter than some of the more famous East African parks. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mihingo Lodge.

After your morning breakfast, you go for a horseback safari, an exciting way to view wildlife including eland and buffaloes. Also commonly sighted are warthog, Topi, impala, duiker, bush-buck, water buck and zebras.

The four hours hacks take visitors up to hilltop viewpoints with the option of bush breakfast or sun downers. After lunch, you go for a boat cruise safari.

The wildlife in Lake Mburo can be explored during a tranquil two hour boat voyage as you keep an eye out for the crocodiles, buffaloes and hippos as well as colourful kingfishers, fish eagles, Hammerkopes and their enormous nests and even the rear shoebill. Proceed back to Kampala/ Entebbe airport to your next destination.


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