5 Days Uganda Self Drive Tour
This is a trip where you will discover on your own Uganda’s two most amazing national parks; Murchison falls national park and Kibale forest national park. A combination of Murchison Falls national park and Zziwa Rhino sanctuary will enable you to see the big five mammals. Elephants, lions, buffaloes and leopards are seen at Murchison falls national park whereas the rhinos are tracked at Zziwa. You will then have a date with the chimpanzees, our closest cousins at Kibale forest national park.
Day1: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park and Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary Stopover
The rental car will be delivered at the airport or your hotel in the morning and then set off to north of Uganda where Murchison falls national park is found. We advise you to heed to our speed limit of 40km/hr on town roads and 80km/hr on highways. When you reach Nakasongola district, you will dash off to Zziwa Rhino sanctuary to meet and watch the only rhinos in Uganda. You will have lunch at the eatery spot in the sanctuary or drive to Masindi town to enjoy some local foods in any of the established restaurant around.
After your meal, you will catch the exact road leading to Murchison Falls national park. When you get to the park, you will go for the hike to the top of the falls, where you will witness the Nile force its way through a narrow gorge to have a heavy plunge down into the Nile basin. This is an eye-catching feature to watch and to take pictures too. Adjacent to the Murchison falls, there is also Uhuru falls to marvel at.
At the completion of sightseeing the falls, you will head to your lodge for dine and prepare for the following day’s activities.
Travel distance: 305km
Travel time: About 6hours
Day2: Game drive and Boat Ride
Your day will start with breakfast and then drive to the track fields of Buligi. Murchison falls national park is a very large biodiversity area but Buligi plains have the highest number of mammals to encounter and the likely wild animals to see on a game drive include; lions, leopards, elephants, elands, hartebeest, giraffes, buffaloes, hyena and innumerable birds. It is advised to hire a park ranger to guide through the plains as you look for the animals. The game drive will take about 4 hours of your time and then get back to your lodge for lunch.
After lunch, you will descend to Paraa dock for your boat ride. There are two boat ride experiences; the upstream that goes to the Nile basin and front of waterfalls and the downstream which sails to the Victoria Nile delta. The two offer the same experience since they all have similar aquatic animals henceforth whichever cruise you take will be as exciting as the other. The marine creatures to watch on the boat ride are crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks, birds like king fishers, hornbills, egrets, vultures and many more. Additionally, land animals like elephants and buffaloes are seen at the river banks drinking water. The boat ride normally starts at 2pm and ends 5pm.
At the end of it, you will drive back to your accommodation facility for supper and night rest.
Day3: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
This day will not have any activity to offer apart from driving from the north to the west of Uganda. On your way, you will make a stopover at Bunyoro escarpment to have a sight of the rift valley and then slope to Fort Portal city through Hoima and Kagadi. Lunch will be eaten at one of the restaurants of your choice in Fort Portal. After your meal, you may drive around the city of Fort Portal to look at its architectural structures.
In the evening, you will check in at your hotel for dine and night stay.
Travel distance: about 260km
Travel time: About 5hours
Day4: Chimpanzee Trekking and Community Walk
Early in the morning, you will drive to Kibale Forest national park headquarters to catch up the chimpanzee trekking experience which starts at round 8:00am. You will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of the trekking activity. you will subsequently lead to the forest to track the chimpanzees. The chimpanzees live in communities of 10-30 individuals. You will meet one of the communities in the park. Expect so much fun with the chimpanzee; these small apes are shrewd creatures with the ability to use tools like stones and sticks to gather foods and build their nests. They also show compassion to one another as though they are human beings. It is really enthralling to spend some of your time with these digit animals!
At completion of the trekking experience, you will go for lunch and prepare for a community walk in the late afternoon. There is a hatful of local villages around Kibale Forest national park, the people around, have interesting cultures and traditions that need to be discovered and broaden up your mind. Visit their social places like local markets, schools and other social centres to share love and also support them by buying some of their food and craft items. Get entertained by their dance and music groups as the community tour comes to an end
In the late evening, you will return to your lodge for a night stay and dinner.
Day5: Travel back to Kampala
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and drive back to Kampala or Entebbe to end your trip.
Travel distance: 308km
Travel time: About 6hours