Uganda's Western Parks in 10 Days

Departure city: Kampala, Uganda | 10 days | Departure: Mar 19, 2018

Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth NP, Rwenzori Mountains, Murchison Falls | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

only$ 1720

* based on 6 participants

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This 10 days safari is the perfect experience to discover Uganda’s beauty. You will explore the wildlife in more ways; by car, by walks and even by boat!

First, we will visit Lake Mburo for a few days. Lake Mburo is the largest of the five lakes found in the park, which together attract hippos, crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while the swamps hide sitatunga antelope. After this Park you will go to Queens Elizabeth National Park. The lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to buffaloes, elephants, various antelopes and a variety of over 600 bird species.

The wonders of Queen Elizabeth National Park are more than what one might think of. The 100m deep Kyambura gorge features a lush tropical forest surprisingly thriving below sea level while its unique floral species bear food for the counts of Chimpanzees that inhabit the gorge. Uganda Safari enthusiasts find Kyambura gorge an exciting site since it presents both adventure and primate viewing experience.

We will pass the Rwenzori Mountains when we are going to the Murchison falls. The fabled “Mountains of the Moon” in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, one of Uganda’s UNESCO heritage sites lie in Western Uganda along the Congolese border where the snow-covered equatorial peaks rise to a height of 5,109m and the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich montane forest. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers although the magnificent scenery and 19 Albertine Rift endemics would be ample reward for Birders. After this breathtaking drive, we will enter Murchison Falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park and very rich in wildlife, with the famous River Nile, one of the world’s longest rivers flowing through. The activities in this park include game safari (elephants, kob, buffalo, lions, giraffes and even the elusive leopard) boat cruise (hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds, get up-close to the spectacular falls), and hiking to the famous waterfalls of the River Nile. Here we will stay for a few days and then the adventure is almost over. But before we’re going back to Kampala, we will visit the Rhino sanctuary!

Day 1: Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park
Drive from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park with one shared cottage at Mihingo Lodge. Total journey time will be 4 hours on a tarmac road (until you turn to the Park reserve, off the main road). You will stay at Lake Mburo Park for 2 nights and will spend time there going for game drives and a boat ride.

Day 2: Lake Mburo National Park
We will spend this day as well at Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo national park is known as the ‘Home for Zebras’. The park’s well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as topi, impala and several acacia-associated birds.

Day 3: Lake Mburo to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Drive from Lake Mburo National Park to Queen Elizabeth National Park (journey will last about 5 hours) where you will stay in two standard rooms at Mweya Lodge, for 3 nights. While at Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will go on game drives, a boat ride on the Kazinga Channel, crate lake drives and nature walks.

Day 4: Queen Elizatebeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular National Park and certainly one of its most scenic. It stretches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the South, incorporating a wide variety of habitats that range from wetlands to savannah to lowland forest. The lush savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park offers prime grazing to buffaloes, elephants, various antelopes and and a variety of over 600 bird species.

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
The last day to go in the nature of Queen Elizabeth National Park before we continue the adventure to the next destination.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park – Rwenzori Mountain – Fort Portal
After breakfast we’ll drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park, passing the Rwenzori Mountain ranges to Fort Portal, where you will stay for one night in two standard rooms at Mountains of the Moon Hotel. This scenic road trip will take about 3 hours.

Day 7: Fort Portal to Murchison Falls National Park
Drive from Fort Portal to Murchison Falls National Park, a journey lasting close to 7 hours. You will stay at the Paraa Lodge that is situated at the edge of the River Nile. You will stay in two standard rooms, for 2 nights. For your activities, you will be able to visit the top of the Murchison Falls, take a boat ride on the River Nile as well as go on game drives.

Day 8: Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park and very rich in wildlife, with the famous River Nile, one of the world’s longest rivers flowing through. The activities in this park include game safari (elephants, kob, buffalo, lions, giraffes and even the elusive leopard) boat cruise (hippos, Nile crocodiles, water birds, get up-close to the spectacular falls), and hiking to the famous waterfalls of the River Nile.

Day 9: Murchison Falls National Park
The last day and night to enjoy the beauty of Murchison falls before we’re almost at the end of this unforgettable safari.

Day 10: Return to Kampala

You will return to Kampala with a single stop to visit the Rhino Sanctuary. We will have lunch before resuming the journey back to Kampala. This trip will be for about 5 hours but with a break.

 

 

  • Mihingo Lodge – 2 nights
  • Mweya Lodge – 3 nights
  • Fort Portal – 1 night
  • Paraa Lodge – 2 nights

Price of the entire trip: $1720 *with 6 people on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travelers on this trip to bring the price down!

Terms & conditions

  • A better price for everyone! Get a refund for every additional traveler joining your trip.
  • The overall rate of this trip, with every additional passenger, gradually decreases
  • This trip will be paid via Direct Pay Online, an easy & reliable service that all modes of payments, all cards, mobile money, all currencies, mobile apps & card readers.
  • This trip is based on a shared usage of rooms – a single usage of rooms will result in an additional fee.

Inclusive

  • Park fees
  • Accommodation & transportation
  • Professional guide and driver
  • All activities mentoined in the itinerary

Exclusive 

  • Visas
  • Travel to Kampala (before the trip)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guides

 

CHECKLIST

Here are some of our recommendations to you for getting through a safari:

  • Plenty of sun protection, lotion or cream (High SPF).
  • A wide-brimmed hat to shade you from the sun, this should have string/straps if standing in the van or jeep as it could be blown off.
  • A good pair of sunglasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very strong. Prescription sun spectacles are not recommended as may scratch or fall off the vehicles.
  • Bottle’s or jugs of water to keep you hydrated. Spending a lot of time in the sun, even when wearing hats and sunglasses will dehydrate you in most cases.
  • A fleece/jumper/sweater for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives, as it tends to get very chilly, especially in the highlands and in the Masai Mara.
  • Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime.
  • Long trousers and long or short-sleeved shirts for the evening and protection from mosquitoes
  • Plenty of film or flash card memory for your camera and a battery charger for all electronic devices.
  • Swimming costumes/bathing suits as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.
  • A good pair of binoculars (there’s usually just one pair in vehicles).
  • A pair of safari shoes or trekking boots.
  • A pack of wet wipes.
  • Mosquito repellent.

TIPPING GUIDELINES

The following amounts should only be used as a guideline, but of course, for outstanding personal service, you are more than welcome to give a higher tip:

  •  Porterage                   US$ 1.00 per bag
  •  Dining room staff         US$ 1.00 per person per day
  •  Your driver/tour guide   US$ 10.00 per person per day