Big Game Safari

11 days from $7,545pp

Known for its striking natural landscapes, and abundant exotic wildlife, your safari adventure awaits in the glorious national parks of Uganda. If it’s adventure you’re seeking, this trip has you covered.

Stumble upon the picturesque scenes of the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, and hop on board the exhilarating game drives of Queen Elizabeth National Park, to encounter distinctive native wildlife. Enjoy a peaceful horse ride through Lake Mburo National Park and spend time seeking mountain gorillas in the depths of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, for an African experience like no other. From walking guides, 4x4s and horseback rides, you’ll travel through the Ugandan landscapes, accompanied by expert guides and the most delectable cuisine.

 

Highlights

  • Take a boat trip on Lake Mburo and go in search of hippos and crocodiles

  • Track the legendary Ugandan gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • Take a horseback safari in the picturesque grounds of Mihingo Lodge

  • Revel in the shimmering waters of Lake Mburo National Park

  • See the world's largest concentration of hippos at the Kasinga Channel

  • Explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to tree-climbing lions, buffalo and vervet monkeys

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Big Game Safari

11 days from $7,545pp

Itinerary

This incredible and action-packed Uganda safari includes a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your vacation, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has traveled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely custom-made and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-2

Entebbe

Wildlife

Day 1 is here, and your African adventure in Uganda is beckoning. After waving goodbye to your home country, you’ll fly to the small town of Entebbe where you'll be picked up from the airport and whisked away to the delights of The Boma Hotel. Landscaped gardens, lake views and African themes abound, to provide the most charming and relaxed “country house” experience. Once you’ve settled into the peaceful atmosphere of your lodge, you can tuck into a leisurely lunch before spending the rest of the day at your leisure.

Take a gentle stroll around the beauty of the Botanical Gardens. Established in 1901, these remarkable grounds lie on the shores of Lake Victoria, offering a superb introduction to Uganda’s birds and cheekiest of monkey residents.

3-5

Lake Mburo National Park

Wildlife

Wake up to a stunning African sunrise where a glorious early morning breakfast will greet you before you set you off on your journey to your camp in Lake Mburo National Park. Renowned for its impressive biodiversity, almost 70 mammal species and 300 avian species reside here in the forests, swamps and grasslands.

You will skirt the shores of the mesmerizing waters of Lake Victoria, before enjoying lunch in the national park. Lunch will be served upon your arrival and then the afternoon is yours to enjoy. Sit back into the thatched roofs and stilted, wooden platforms of your secluded accommodation at Mihingo Lodge to enjoy a moment of quiet solitude and then for those seeking some action, take a horseback safari around the lodge. You will head back for sundowners at your camp, taking a seat at the cozy campfire, and watching the spectacular sunset against the backdrop of the hills. Stick around a little while longer, and you may even witness the cuteness overload of the bush babies jutting out their curious noses, just after dusk.

In the morning, you’ll be welcomed with a tea or coffee in your room, before meeting the Uganda Wildlife Authority guide at 7am for a walk through the bush, and breakfast with amazing views. A thrilling game drive awaits after lunch at the scenic Kazuma Look-Out Point with stunning views over the lakes surrounding Lake Mburo National Park.

On day 5 you’ll board a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Mburo. As you glide along, watch out for hippos peeking out from underneath the waters. You may even see a crocodile or two! Relax in the afternoon – perhaps with a massage, before an early dinner and an amazing night-time game drive. Keep your eyes on the lookout for white-tailed mongoose, laughing hyena, lurking bushpigs, and porcupines.

6-7

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Wildlife

Start your day with a tasty breakfast before your transfer to the impressive Buhoma Lodge. Settle into your abode, enjoy a bite to eat, and relax with an afternoon of leisure in your accommodation. The Buhoma Lodge commands uninterrupted views of the lush Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and it’s also home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla.

If you feel like getting right down to some nature exploration, you can head off onto a forest bird watching walk to uncover the delights of this fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can undertake this stroll around the lodge or delve into the depths of the forest with qualified, local guides.

On day 7, you’ll really be monkeying around! Beginning with a transfer to the park headquarters for a quick briefing by your guide, you’ll embark upon an adventurous trek across the rugged terrain to find your own allocated family of endangered Mountain Gorillas. Whilst you try and contain your excitement, keep an eye out for a sprinkling of vivid butterflies along the way, as Bwindi is home to over 220 different species. Although a sighting of the Mountain Gorillas isn't guaranteed, accompanied by your expert guide the chances of spotting them are very high. You will then spend the next hour gazing in awe at their human-like behavior and humorous antics. Once your special hour comes to a close, you’ll head back to headquarters and enjoy a late lunch back at the lodge.

8-10

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife

Today you’ll wave a fond goodbye to the wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and drive north to the ever popular grassy plains and tropical forest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Boasting a vibrant range of unique wildlife, not to mention a spectacular range of landscapes, the name itself was given to this national park in 1954, in tribute to a visit by Queen Elizabeth II herself.

En route, you’ll stop off at the mysterious wilderness of Maramagambo Forest. This is the perfect place for hiking and nature walks to uncover clear views of volcanic craters and giant lakes. Here you have the opportunity to explore the famous bat-caves and various primate sightings.

After devouring a delightful picnic lunch, you will continue on your exciting journey to the Ishasha Wilderness Camp. You’ll be glamping like never before, as you settle into your own wilderness retreat set on the glistening Ntungwe River. This exclusive camp offers unspoiled views of the peaceful park area and you may spot a tree climbing lion or two, hiding within the branches of the large, local fig trees.

As evening approaches, you won’t believe your eyes as you gaze upon passing elephants, grazing buffalo and resident troops of Black and White Colobus and Vervet monkeys. You will truly be spoilt for animal choice!

On day 9, you'll swap your own two feet for a roaring 4x4, as you’ll set off on a morning game drive across the park. This safari drive gives guests the chance to admire the big cats and giant forest hogs who call this area their home. Next you'll cruise along the Kazinga Channel, home to the world's highest concentration of hippos - also look out for herds of buffalo and lots of water birds.

You’ll spend your final day further searching for the tree climbing lions on more game drives. As the sun begins to draw down, indulge in a sundowner along the ridge area or besides the flowing waters of the Ntungwe River. Take a moment or two to savor the vast vistas and electric atmosphere of this beautiful park area. After sunset, head back to camp for your final night in magical Uganda.

11-12

Entebbe

Flight

On the morning of day 11, you’ll be making your way from Queen Elizabeth National Park back to the small town of Entebbe with a short 1.5 hour flight where you’ll connect to your international flight home, where you’ll be greeted by the familiar feel of home, eager to spill the details of your memorable Safari trip.

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