One Week In Uganda : 7 Days Self Drive Itinerary

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Road trip your way only on our expertly crafted 7 days self drive Uganda travel plan. This is a special package designed for solo/self-drive travelers on Uganda safaris, offering you a lifetime to explore the country’s iconic destinations: Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable N/Park. Amazing activities to expect to enjoy on your self-drive tour in Uganda include game drives, boat cruises, and mountain gorilla trekking.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Self-drive to Murchison Falls NP & Rhino tracking

Day 2: Game drive & Boat cruise tour

Day 3: Self-drive trip to Queen Elizabeth NP

Day 4: Game drive, launch cruise expedition

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Park-Bwindi

Day 6: Gorilla trekking & Batwa

Day 7: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Self-drive to Murchison Falls NP & Rhino tracking

Top Of Murchison Falls
Leave Kampala/Entebbe for Murchison Falls National Park, Northwestern Uganda and this is a journey of about 5-6 hours. Start your self-drive trip from Kampala through the Luweero-Masindi route, and you will branch off at Nakasongola to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to track rhinos in the wild. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is Uganda’s only area to encounter rhinos in the wild. After tracking rhinos, continue to Masindi for lunch and then proceed to check in at the lodge in Murchison Falls NP via Kichumbanyobo gate.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari Lodge/Baker’s Lodge
  2. Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Lodge
  3. Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp/Heritage

Day 2: Game drive & Boat cruise tour

Game Drive In Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, start your game drive for 2-3 hours along the Northern sector. A variety of savanna dwellers should be expected to see today, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, warthogs, giraffes, and bird species. You will settle for lunch when you return and at 2:00 pm, transfer to the Paraa Jetty for a launch/boat cruise expedition along the Victoria Nile. This recreational tour comes with astonishing sightings of hippos, crocodiles, and bird species, then take pictures of the falls while at the bottom. Later, you will walk to the top for 45 minutes and you will observe Murchison Falls as it squeezes itself into a narrow rock 8m before it plunges 43m.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Paraa Safari Lodge/Nile Safari Lodge/Baker’s Lodge
  2. Midrange: Murchison River Lodge/Pakuba Lodge
  3. Budget: Red Chili Rest Camp/Heritage

Day 3: Self-drive trip to Queen Elizabeth NP

Have breakfast early in the morning, and after, you will set off to Queen Elizabeth National Park your next self-drive destination in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth NP is Uganda’s 2nd biggest park after Murchison Falls N/Park and getting there takes over 8 hours via Hoima and at Fort Portal, settle for lunch. Continue to Queen Elizabeth NP to check in at the lodge for relaxation and an overnight stay.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/Elephant Plains
  2. Enganzi Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge
  3. Budget: Simba Camp/Bush Lodge Tents

Day 4: Game drive, launch cruise expedition

After a hefty breakfast early in the morning, set off for the Kasenyi Plains game drive and you will be viewing a variety of wildlife and birds. This is an ideal spot to encounter lions, leopards, warthogs, antelopes, birds, buffaloes, and many others. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the Kazinga channel for a launch/boat cruise. It will be a long but exciting boat tour of 2-3 hours with a chance for you to view hippos, crocodiles, and aquatic birds.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge/Elephant Plains
  2. Enganzi Lodge/Buffalo Safari Lodge/Bush Lodge
  3. Budget: Simba Camp/Bush Lodge Tents

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Park-Bwindi

Ishasah tree Climbing LionsHave a delicious breakfast, and depart for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park your next self-drive tour destination. You will have a short time exploring the tree climbing lions at Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth N/Park. After, proceed to Bwindi, home to 20 habituated families of mountain gorillas. Check in at the gorilla lodge for a relaxed dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs
  2. Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge/Silverback Lodge
  3. Budget in Bwindi: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 6: Gorilla trekking & Batwa

After a heavy breakfast, transfer to Buhoma region for briefing about gorilla trekking rules. Buhoma sector has 4 gorilla groups, and you will be visiting one of them and an actual trek begins at 8:00 am. You will have 2-6 hours tracking gorillas and this includes one hour of photography and observing how they behave. Retreat from a gorilla trek, and enjoy lunch, relax then in the afternoon continue to the Batwa community for a cultural encounter.

Accommodation

  1. Luxury: Buhoma Lodge/Mahogany Springs
  2. Midrange: Buhoma Haven Lodge/Silverback Lodge
  3. Budget in Bwindi: Buhoma Community Rest Camp

Day 7: Departure

Enjoy a tasty cup of tea/coffee, after, check out of the accommodation and start your self-drive back to Kampala/Entebbe. You will make a stopover at the Equator crossing and later, continue to Entebbe/Kampala which marks the end of 7 days self-drive tour in Uganda.

End of tour

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