14 Days Self drive Safari to Uganda

Exploring Uganda on 14 Days Self drive Adventure with the own freedom and ultimate safari experience in driving , Self drive Uganda is offering reliable Car rental deals to undertake the best self drive trip to Uganda National Parks.

Trip overview

Day 1: Transfer-Murchison Falls

Day 2: Game Drive-Boat Cruise

Day 3: Transfer-Semliki-Night Game drive

Day 4: Boat Cruise-Lake Albert

Day 5: Transfer-Kibale Forest-Chimpanzee Tracking & Nature Walk

Day 6: Transfer-Queen Elizabeth National park

Day 7: Game Drive-Visit Salt Lakes

Day 8: Transfer-Bwindi-Community Walks

Day 9: Gorilla trekking

Day 10: Transfer-Lake Bunyonyi

Day 11: Explore-Lake Bunyonyi

Day 12: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Day 13: Game Drive-Boat Cruise

Day 14: Nature Walk-Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Transfer-Murchison Falls

Walk in at Self drive Uganda offices in Najjanankumbi to pick your car , after drive for Murchison falls national park after breakfast. You will
have lunch stop over for lunch proceeds to the park. On reaching the park in the afternoon you will drive to the top of the falls from which the park
was named. At the top of the falls you will see where the Nile perfects its beauty. You will see how the calm Nile transforms into a thunderous roar of
white water falling deep down about 45m. After, you will transfer to the Lodge for dinner and overnight. Paraa Safari Lodge / Red chili Camp.

Day 2:  Game Drive-Launch cruise-Murchison Falls

Before dawn wake up and have breakfast to go for a game drive to search for predators and early risers. The drive will reward you with game like
hyenas, giraffes, Lions, birds, Hartebeests, buffalos, elephants, primates and others.  After the game drive you will return to the lodge for late
breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a launch cruise on the great Victoria Nile to the Bottom of the falls. The boat ride will
reward you with water game like hippos, crocodiles, elephants and plenty of birds dashing and walking along the banks.  Paraa Safari Lodge / Red chili
Camp.

Day 3: Transfer-Semliki-Night Game drive

Have breakfast and depart by road to Semliki Wildlife Reserve. The drive will take you down the eastern side of Lake Albert. Situated in the basin
of the western Rift Valley, Semliki is one of the parks with the most diverse habitats in Africa ranging from Riparian forest, gallery rain
forest, borassus palm forest and short and high grass savannahs. You will reach the park in the afternoon to have lunch and rest. In the evening
after dinner go for a spot lit drive through the park to sight big cats as well as genet and serval cats. Watch out for the un usual nocturnal
dwellers like the white tailed mongoose standard and pennant winged nightjars. Dinner and overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge.

Day 4:Boat-Lake Albert

Have breakfast and then go for a boat trip on Lake Albert to see the rare shoe bill, red throated bee-eaters, and beautiful sceneries of water falls
up the lake with several fishing villages still in their traditional structures.  In the afternoon you will transfer to Kibale National Park to reach in the evening. Dinner and overnight at attaco rest camp / Primates lodge.

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking-Nature Walk-Kibale

Morning transfer to Kibale National Park headquarters to go track chimpanzees. The park is known to harbour the largest number of primates in
Uganda. Therefore the guided forest walk will not only reward you with chimps but with other primates like the grey cheeked Mangabeys, black and
Red tailed colobus monkeys, baboons, phoestes, and others. The guide will ensure that the walk is interesting by providing information not only on
primates but also on other organism flora inclusive.  In the afternoon you will go for another guided nature walk to the Bigodi swamp where you will
see plenty of rare fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight at / Rwenzori view guest house / Primates lodge.

Day 6: Transfer-Queen

Have breakfast to transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park harbours over 100 mammals with 600 bird species which make it a superb
safari territory worth paying a visit. You will reach the park in the afternoon to have lunch and then go for the afternoon Launch cruise on the
Kazinga channel that connects Lakes Edward and George. This boat ride will reward you with water animals like Hippos, buffaloes, and plenty of water
birds like the African Kingfisher, pink and white pelicans, African fish Eagle and many more. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge / queen
Elizabeth hostel

Day 7: Game drive / Visit salt mines

Early  morning  cup of Tea after depart for  morning game drive that will take you through the Kasenyi track and Queens Mile in the park. The game
drive will help you catch up with the early risers and predators returning to their hide outs. The drive will reward you with game like spotted
hyenas, leopards, Lions, Uganda Kob, Bushbucks, waterbucks, buffaloes and many more. Retire from the game drive for late breakfast and lunch at the
lodge. In the afternoon you will go for a drive in the Crater Lakes region to see the Katwe Salt mines. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge /
as above

Day 8: Transfer-Bwindi Forest

With packed lunch you will have a game drive enroute through the Ishasha sector as you transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Watch out for tree
climbing lions, and plenty of primates, and antelopes on road sides. You will reach Bwindi in the afternoon. You may go for a community walk to
visit the local communities around the forest. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort / Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 9: Gorilla Tracking

Following breakfast you will transfer to the park headquarters for the briefing before you set off at 9:00 am through the tracks to search for the
humble giants. You will go with packed lunch because it’s hard to determine how long it will take you to meet these great apes. However the time ranges
between 2-9 hours depending on the movement of the giant primates. The activity is tiresome, it involves walking along steep hilly tracks however
encountering these great relatives of man erases all the poor memories/ hardships you went through in trying to find them.  They are awe-inspiring!
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla forest Camp / Buhoma community Bandas.

Day 10:  Transfer-Lake Bunyonyi

In the morning have breakfast and then go visit the communities and then later transfer to Lake Bunyonyi the deepest lake in Uganda also referred to
as “Little Switzerland of Uganda” and it is one of the most beautiful place in Uganda. With stunning sceneries and amazing creatures (birds). Dinner
and overnight at Arcadia cottages / Bunyonyi Overland Cottages.

Day 11: Lake Bunyonyi

Fishing-Lake BunyonyiEarly in the morning wake up to have breakfast and then go for any activity of your choice. You may go for a nature walk, canoe ride or decide to spend the whole day resting. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia cottages / Bunyonyi Overland Cottages

Day 13: Transfer-Lake Mburo

Following morning breakfast you transfer to Lake Mburo National Park which takes us about four hours with lunch en route. You will reach the park in
the afternoon to transfer to your hotel to check in.  After checking in your lodge, you will go for a boat ride on the lake to view game like hippos, crocodiles, and birds. Dinner and overnight at Montana tented Camp / Rwonyo Camp.

Day 14: Nature Walk / Transfer to Kampala

This morning you will go for a nature walk to search for more game with a game ranger. This is the only park in Uganda where you can spot Zebras and
African Eland and other antelopes. Retire from the nature walk for late breakfast. After breakfast you will drive back to Kampala. You will stop at
the equator for photographs to reach Kampala/ airport for your departure flight in the evening.

The package includes:

Airport transfers
Accommodation and meals
Transportation by safari vehicles
Visit the equator
En-route luncheons
Chimp permits
Kyambura gorge walk
Park entrances
Game drives
Boat cruises
Gorilla permits
Boat along Lake Bunyonyi
Professional English speaking guide
Exclusions:
The expenses of personal nature like: Air fares, Visa, Luxury drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, and porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills.

What to wear/bring

Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the higher altitudes especially Bwindi. When tracking gorillas layering your clothing is the best idea and we suggest: long sleeved shirts, cotton or gore tex trousers, strong walking shoes with ankle support, socks that you can tuck your trousers into, light gloves to protect your hands from thorns and nettles, a hat and sunglasses to provide protection against the sun and a waterproof jacket in neutral colors may come in handy in the moist mountains. Travel light and remember that soft-sided luggage is required. One medium sized duffel bag and one small daypack (carry-on) per person should be adequate. Laundry services are available at most accommodations. You should also pack some zip lock bags for spare clothing, cameras, binoculars and film. Please note that you are not allowed to use a flash when photographing Gorillas. It is a good idea to take along several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) as gorillas can be found in open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.

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