NATURE’S BEST SAFARI

For the traveller that treasures natural wonders above all other adventure, this 9-day safari is the ideal trip. It starts in the foothills of Mount Rwenzori, the famed “mountains of the moon” that are home to lush bamboo forests and unrivalled landscapes and it ends in the unique topography of Lake Mburo. With a well-paced exploration of each destination this safari offers nature lovers an immersive and fulfilling experience.

9 DAYS | 8 NIGHTS

Safari highlights

  • Three-day Trek on Mount Rwenzori
  • Game Drive
  • Boat Cruise
  • Lake Bunyonyi
  • Explore Uganda’s smallest National Park

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Rwenzori

A driver awaits us in the morning to start our journey to the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains. We stop for lunch on our way to the foothills of the mountain range where we check into our lodge for the night.

Accommodation: Wild Tracks Overland Camp

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 2: Trek through the Bamboo Forest

Our hike begins at Kilembe where we traverse the valley floor, encountering birds and primates in the overgrowth as we forge ahead. The path takes us through a timeless bamboo forest where the woods bloom with flowers, moss, and hanging vines in the tranquil habitat of the L’Hoest Monkeys. We arrive at Enoch Falls, an awe-inspiring vantage point that signals we are close to Sine Camp. At Sine Camp, we rest around the campfire with a view overlooking Enoch’s Falls and the mountain panorama’s beyond.

Accommodation: Sine Camp

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 3: Valley of Splendor

The path out of Sine Camp is a steep climb through a bamboo forest interspersed with fruit and berry trees. This idyllic forest is home to a variety of birds including the rare Rwenzori Turaco bird. Along the path, the bamboo is replaced by towering heather trees that bring us to Kalalama Camp which offers an impressive view of Lake George. We trek on into a flat valley of lobelia plants that leads to Samalira Camp, our lodging for a night in the valley.

Accommodation: Samalira Camp

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 4: Descend along Nyamwamba River

Today, we descend back down to the foothills, passing through Omusita rest area and onward to the park entrance. After our descent, we retreat to Wild Tracks Overland Camp for the night.

Accommodation: Wild Tracks Overland Camp

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth – Afternoon boat cruise & evening game drive

After breakfast, we journey on to Queen Elizabeth National Park and check-in upon arrival. After resting and recharging with lunch, we set out to Mweya and launch a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel. A cruise down this stretch of water between Lake Albert and Lake George is the best way to spot hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles and multitudes of birds flocking to the waterside. After the cruise, we set a course through the enchanting crater lakes on the way to Kasenyi for an evening game drive. From the drive we return to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodation: Bush Lodge

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 6: Early morning game drive-transfer to Lake Bunyonyi with a brief tour of Kitagata hot springs.

The day starts with an early morning game drive to spot wildlife grazing before the sun peaks. After the drive, we return to the lodge to check-out and start the next leg of our journey. Our destination is Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale, but our route offers astounding landscapes including the Kitagata hot springs and an incredible vista of Lake Bunyonyi. Once we arrive at our destination, we check in for the night.

Accommodation: Bunyonyo Overland Resort

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 7: Range of activities to choose from; Birding, nature walk, a cultural encounter with Batwa, Canoeing, cycling, quad biking. .

A full day of adventure awaits at Lake Bunyonyi. The day is open to a selection of fun-filled activities at the lake, including nature walks, canoeing, cycling, cultural encounters, and birding.

Accommodation: Bunyonyo Overland Resort

Meal Plan: Full-Board

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park- evening nature walk.

From Lake Bunyonyi, we set a course back east to Lake Mburo, stopping for lunch in Mbarara. After check-in, we head out for a guided nature walk in the evening. Though Lake Mburo is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, it hosts a high concentration of river formations and swamplands that make it a popular habitat for many animals, especially Zebras. A nature walk sets a steady pace for spotting the abundant wildlife of Lake Mburo.

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Day 9: Return to Kampala

We depart after breakfast but we do not deprive ourselves of another chance to spot zebras, antelopes, and other wildlife on the drive out of the park. We stop at the equator for a photo opportunity and to select some craft souvenirs from the market.  From there we set a course for Kampala or onward to Entebbe.

Meal Plan: Half-Board

Inclusive

  • All airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Park entrance fees
  • All activities within the itinerary
  • All meals and accommodation within the itinerary
  • All ground transportation in a luxurious 4×4 vehicle
  • Full-time guidance from an English-speaking driver/guide
  • Boat trips on the exhilarating River Nile
  • Water to keep you hydrated while on safari

Exclusive

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Phone calls and bar bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Air fare
  • All other services of a personal nature
  • Driver guide’s gratuity

Terms and conditions

* The mentioned rates are in US dollars and subject to change.

* The high season period includes January, February, June, July, August, September and December.

* The low season period includes March, April, May, October and November.

* Availability of accommodation, permits and activities is not guaranteed until confirmation by your contact person at Bushman Safaris. Permits are sold on ‘first come first serve’ basis.