Uganda Camping Safari
This 9 Days Uganda Camping Safari is starting and finishing in Kampala taking for a tour of the best tourism destinations in the western part of the Uganda. From Kampala, the safari starts with a tour of Kibale tropical moist forest which has the highest concentration of primates in Africa as well as the unique tree species such as the Naked Adam and Eve. Viewing the chimpanzees as well as walking through the forest is quite a memorable experience. This safari will take you to Queen Elizabeth National park which is composed of an open savannah, tropical rainforest, dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes. The park has almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 606 bird species. Therefore this is an ideal place for game viewing as well as birding. Animals to be seen include elephants, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hogs and handsome Uganda kobs which can be regularly sighted around the tourist village of the Mweya Peninsula.
Semiliki national park is another destination covered by an overwhelming beauty. Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, the park protects an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of a forest continuum that stretches across the present day Democratic Republic of Congo to the Zaire River. The park is blessed with a large number of predominantly Central African species, spectacular hot springs and sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide.
Visiting and seeing some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world from Bwindi is quite a wonderful and memorable experience which you should not miss. Gorilla tracking will take place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where four habituated families of mountain gorillas can be found. These endangered primates live and thrive in this thicker tropical forest. Tracking in Bwindi is however more challenging as the hillsides are steeper. On the safari you will also go for nature walks to see birds, monkeys and orchids as well as visits to local African communities.
On this Uganda Camping safari, clients stay 1 night at Mantana Mburo Safari Camp and 2 nights at Bwindi camp.
Day 1: Kampala – Fort portal
Meet, greet and then start off for Fort portal passing via Mityana-Mubende route. Visit the Nakayima tree and then have enroute lunch at Mubende. Reach Fort portal late in the evening and then relax at the campsite. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 2: Kibale National park
After breakfast, go for an early morning chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park. Have lunch and then visit the different crater lakes found in Kabarole district. The legendary tales about the formation of these lakes are worthy to hear from the guides yet their scenic beauty is pleasant and eye catching. Return to your campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Semliki National Park
After breakfast visit the Semiliki National Park. This park has fantastic scenery and a number of hot springs with warm water claimed to cure certain diseases. From the park you will be engaged in different activities such as forest jungle walk, birding, primates viewing and scenic viewing of River Semiliki meanders. Have a stop over at “Mungu Ni Mukubwa” where the road offers a great scenic view of the meandering of river Semiliki, fuming hot springs as well as the tropical rain forest. Make a visit to the Bambuti community (pygmies living in Uganda). Go for a picnic lunch at the Sempaya hot springs and then drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the drive. Dinner and Overnight Jacana Safari lodge/Ishasha Wilderness Camp / Ishasha Bandas.
Day 4: Kyambura & Queen Elizabeth National Park
Have breakfast and then drive to Kyambura gorge for a thrilling tracking of the fast moving elusive chimpanzees. Take a guided walk which may for last three to five hours. While on the walk you may also see the red tailed monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons, vervet monkeys, and other primates. Return to Mweya for lunch and then take an afternoon Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga channel joins Lakes Edward and George and is blessed with a number of animals such as hippos, buffaloes, elephants, the occasional Nile crocodile) and a spectacular array of water birds on the water banks. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Jacana/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp / Ishasha Bandas
Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Rise up in the morning for an early morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. On the drive you are most likely to see grazing Hippos, bush buck, Elephants, water buck, the stripped jackal, comical warthogs, spotted Hyenas among others. The drive takes you through the unique western rift valley escarpment and in the Ishasha region, a home for the climbing lions. Take lunch and then set off for another game drive in search of tree climbing lions. Dinner and over night stay at Jacana/ Ishasha Wilderness Camp /Ishasha Bandas.
Day 6: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Have an early break and then connect to Bwindi where you will arrive in time for a late lunch. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest -is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age. It is home to roughly 700 gorillas that is half of the world’s rare mountain gorillas. In the park there are also a wide variety of primates and wildlife to see. These include the blue and red tailed monkeys, lush and green moist forest among others. Relax in the evening. Dinner and overnight Buhoma Homestead or Buhoma Community Bandas.
Day 7: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
After an early breakfast, enter the forest with guides to track the gorillas. Gorilla tracking is not a soft adventure activity since it involves you walking up steep densely forested hills before finally coming across the gorillas camouflaged deep in the forest vegetation. Remember tracking in Bwindi is a memorable experience which often takes most of the day. Bring jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. In the evening have a community visit or relax at your campsite. Dinner and overnight at Buhoma homestead / Buhoma Community bandas
Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi & Its Islands
After breakfast drive off to Lake Bunyonyi the deepest lava dammed lake in Africa found in Kabale. Take lunch and then proceed to the lake for an afternoon boat ride to some of the islands on the lake including the punishment island where the Bakiga used to leave unmarried pregnant girls on the small island with a tree – to die of hunger or to die while trying to swim to the mainland. Other important attractions include forests, hills, and birds among others. Dinner and overnight stay at Bushara Island/ Bunyonyi Over land Camp/ Bunyonyi Safari Resort.
Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala
After an early breakfast depart for Kampala hoping to reach late afternoon.
The above safari includes :
- All meals and excursions as per the itinerary.
- Park entrance fees in the Game Reserves and National Parks.
- All road transportation and Game drives using custom-made Safari minivan complete with pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing and photography.
- Full board accommodation on Safari.
- Experienced English speaking driver-guides.
The above safari excludes :
- All flights.
- Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary.
- All items of a personal nature such as tobacco, laundry, phone calls, tips and drinks/beverages.
- Extra meals.
- Any other items not mentioned above.
- Medical/Travel Insurance.