11 Days Self Drive Tour
The 11 Days Self Drive Tour takes you on Wildlife Tour in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Day 1: Entebbe -Kampala
Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will have a pick up from your tour guide who will later transfer you to your hotel where you will have dinner and an overnight.
Day 2: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park
Have an early breakfast and transfer for the 6 to 7 hours journey to Murchison Falls, along the way pass visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary which is home to rhinos, tracking them is for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Have lunch in Masindi and embark on your journey to the park which is home to over 451 bird species and 76 mammal species covering an area of 3,840 Sq km. Relax at the lodge in the evening with a delicious dinner and an overnight.
Day 3: Game drives & Launch cruise along the Nile
After a cup of coffee, set out at 6:30 am for a game drive through the park especially the Nyamisika plateau where a lot of early risers will be seen such as Giraffes, leopards, lions, Cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, waterbucks, warthogs, bushbucks, among others.
Return to the lodge for lunch and a rest as you get ready for the afternoon boat cruise along the Nile, the Victoria Nile divides the park into the northern and southern banks. On the boat you will spot other animals like Hippos, Crocodiles and different bird like the Pelican, Goliath Heroin, Kingfishers, and the rare shoebill. When you reach the bottom of the falls enjoy the thunderous roars of the magnificent falls as they make their way through an 8m gorge and falling at 43m to meet again the Victoria Nile.
Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
On this day after breakfast, get on the road for a 9 hours drive to Queen Elizabeth national park passing through Fortportal town and having lunch there. Continue with beautiful sceneries of the Rwenzori mountains.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has over 600 species of birds and amazing for game viewing since a number of wild animals made it their home like elephants, lions, waterbucks, warthogs, buffaloes among others. Upon arrival in Queen drive through and reach your lodge, refresh and have an overnight after dinner.
Day 5: Game drive & Launch cruise Queen Elizabeth
Have an early tasty breakfast and by 6:30 am set out for a game drive to look for wild animals such as lions, waterbucks, cape buffaloes, leopards, forest hogs, topis, warthogs, antelopes and others. Head back to the lodge freshen up and have lunch after which in the afternoon you will embark on the 2 hour launch cruise on the 42 km channel called the Kazinga channel which joins lakes Edward and George. On the boat enjoy watching large schools of hippos and crocodiles among other animals and birds.
Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Ishasha sector to Bwindi Forest
After breakfast drive to the Ishasha region still part of the park for Chimpanzee tracking, while still in Ishasha it will be an added experience as you will see tree-climbing lions. Drive to Bwindi through scenic region also referred to as The Switzerland of Africa. With lunch along the way arrive at the park late afternoon. Dine and overnight at the lodge.
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest
Today be up early enough and take breakfast, have a short drive to the headquarters of the park where you will meet experienced park guides/rangers who will take you through a briefing about gorilla trekking. After start the hike in the mist forest to look for the gentle giants, it normally takes from 1 hour to 8 hours to trek hence requires the trackers to be physically fit since over 7,500 ft in altitude can be climbed.
You are advised to carry enough water, packed lunch, sun glasses, hats, rain coats, water proof cameras without flashes. On meeting the gorillas what felt like fatigue during the hike will cease to exist as you will have a great time watching the mountain gorillas in this thick forest with only 1 hour is permitted to be with them. After, drive back to the lodge for a rest and dinner.
Day 8: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Enjoy breakfast and drive to Lake Bunyonyi, one of Africas deepest lakes and famous for its beautiful scenery such as the terraced hills and 29 islands in water, it is also safe for swimming since it is Bilharzia free. Its name Bunyonyi means young birds in the local language and hence is a great place for bird watching. Upon arrival you could go for canoeing on the lake and have lunch. After lunch take a community walk where you will enjoy traditional dances from the Bakiga people, also buy yourself handicrafts from there.
Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Early morning after breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo, a small but rich National park seated on an area of 371 sq km. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a big number of Zebras, antelopes, warthogs, reed bucks, oribis and a number of bird species. On your way, you will go through the rolling terraced hills of Kabale, having a stop in Mbarara for lunch -The land of milk and honey. After, continue reaching the park in the late afternoon. Have a 2 hour boat cruise on the lake and later have dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 11: Kampala City tour and transfer to Entebbe
In the morning after breakfast, go for a city tour, visit the Uganda museum and also some craft shops to buy some crafts and souvenirs to take back home with you. After your driver will take you to Entebbe have lunch and proceed to the Airport for your flight back home as you bid farewell to Uganda.