• 14 Days from
    $2000 p/p in USD
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Crowned Crane Safaris

  • Uganda



Tour Type

Tour Type


Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Discover the stunning wildlife and birds of Uganda on this safari in some of the Pearl of Africa’s most beautiful national parks and birding hotspots: Mabamba Swamp, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park, Kibale National Park, Bigodi Swamp, Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

14 Days
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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Birding Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls National Park, Semiliki National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Chimpanzee, Cheetah, Zebra, Hyena, Antelope, Red-tailed Monkey, Patas Monkey, Ugandan Kob, Hippo, Crocodile, Duiker, Bush Buck, Jackal, Oribi, Black & White Colobus, Giraffe, Topi, Waterbuck, Warthog, Big Five
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk, Optional Activities, Birding
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Entebbe
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,000 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation & meals
  • Transport
  • English–speaking guided tours
  • Activities as specified
  • Park entrance fees

What's Excluded

  • International airfares and visas
  • Optional activities
  • Some meals & drinks in lodges
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else not in Includes


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Crowned Crane Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Crowned Crane Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Our guide/driver will receive you upon your arrival at Entebbe international airport. After a briefing about your safari, you will be transferred to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala.

Accommodation – Luxury: Mihingo Lodge | Midrange: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

After breakfast we shall drive to Mabamba Swamp, a marshland of Lake Victoria, for birding. This is home of the shoebill stork and papyrus gonoleg birds. Then we will pass across the Equator heading to Lake Mburo National Park where we shall do a game drive, nature walk and birding. Here you will have a chance to see impalas, zebras, topis, elands, hyenas, warthogs, buffalos, hippos, leopards as well as the grey crowned crane, the national bird of Uganda.

Accommodation – Luxury: Mihingo Lodge | Midrange: Lake Mburo Safari Lodge

After breakfast, you are taken for a morning game drive where different wildlife mammals can be seen like zebra, eland, buffalo, waterbuck, bush buck, giraffe, hyena, leopard and pangolin.

Also get a chance to view many bird species in the park including:-

  • Rufous-bellied Heron
  • Bateleur
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Grey Crowned Crane
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Brown-chested Lapwing
  • Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
  • Brown Parrot
  • Red-headed Lovebird
  • Ross’s Turaco


After lunch break, you embark on boat cruise to see hippos, crocodiles and water birds.

Accommodation – Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Midrange: Park Side Lodge

After an early breakfast, we shall then embark on a transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park, the home of legendary tree climbing lions. Check in to your lodge and rest to prepare for next day’s wildlife and bird viewing.

Accommodation – Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Midrange: Park Side Lodge

After an early breakfast, we set out for game a game drive. This is the perfect time to see wild life such as lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants, waterbuck and Uganda kobs.

You may also see key bird species such as:-

  • Martial Eagle
  • Black-rumped Buttonquail
  • African Skimmer
  • Chapin’s Flycatcher
  • Eagle Owl
  • Black Bee-eater
  • White-tailed Lark
  • White-winged Warbler
  • Papyrus Gonolek
  • Papyrus Canary


After our drive, we’ll come back to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon boat cruise on Kazinga channel.

Accommodation – Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Midrange: Park Side Lodge

After breakfast, we go for a game drive and then transfer to Semliki National Park passing via Fort Portal. Here we shall drive along Rwenzori Mountains on our way to Semliki National Park, which is home to East Africa’s hottest hot springs. Check in to your lodge on arrival.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

After breakfast we head out on morning game drive and visit Semliki hot springs.

We continue on your adventure of seeing birds such as:

  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • African Openbill
  • Great White Pelican
  • Malachite Kingfisher


That evening we’ll return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge

Today we drive to Kibale National Park, internationally recognized as a chimpanzee hotspot as well as other primates which live here.

Let’s not forget the immense birding experience that lies here with species such as:

  • Great Blue Turac
  • Timberline Doves
  • Easter Greenbul
  • Little Greenbul


We’ll also do a Bigodi Swamp walk in the evening and the return to the lodge for the night.

Accommodation – Luxury: Primate Safari Lodge/Ndali Lodge | Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp

After breakfast, we set out for a morning chimpanzee tracking. Later enjoy more bird watching before returning to the lodge for the night.

Accommodation – Luxury: Primate Safari Lodge/Ndali Lodge | Midrange: Kibale Forest Camp

We start driving northwards through Kagadi with a lunch stop in Hoima, a large town with a nice restaurant for lunch. Continue the journey via Butiaba escarpment, with a view of Lake Albert on a clear day, then enter Murchison Falls National Park in the afternoon.

Accommodation –  Luxury: Bakers Lodge/Paraa Safari Lodge |  Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

After an early breakfast, we set out for a game drive at Murchison Falls National Park. We cross the Nile on the ferry for a wildlife experience, birding and mammal packed morning experience. This route will connect us to the Delta where hornbills can be seen. We’ll have lunch and then do an afternoon boat cruise to the bottom of the Murchison Falls. Here you may do the hike from the bottom to the top of the Falls for amazing views. Return to the lodge for the night.

Accommodation – Luxury: Bakers Lodge/Paraa Safari Lodge | Midrange: Fort Murchison Lodge

We’ll drive from Murchison Falls National Park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a rhino recovery breeding center to bring back species that became extinct in Uganda in the 1970’s during President Amin’s regime. We will do rhino tracking before checking in at our lodge. After lunch, relax as we tick our birding and animal checklist preparing for the flight the following day.

Accommodation: Amuka Lodge

After a late breakfast we’ll then drive to Kampala for shopping (crafts), have lunch and then transfer you to Entebbe airport for your departure flight, if applicable.

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