The 21-day safari will take you to the ‘out and about’ corners of Uganda for plenty of wildlife, scenery, and cultural experiences. You will experience the spectacular Kidepo valley national park – the views in this park will give you unforgettable memories of an African safari.
You will top up this experience with rich culture engagements, Gorilla, and Chimp trekking experiences, several waters falls, boat cruises, and game drives that will bring you close to Rhinos, Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Elephants and several bird species.
• Njinja Visit – Adventure capital of East Africa
• Game drives in Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks
• Boat cruises in Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks
• Canoe excursions on Lake Bunyonyi
• Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park
• Nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
• Crater Lakes
• Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
• Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
• Boat ride in Lake Mburo National Park
• Photo session at the Equator
Day 1: Arrival
Our friendly guide will welcome you to Uganda at Entebbe airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kampala.
Day 2: Jinja – Adventure capital of East Africa
River Nile starts its 4000 km journey from Lake Victoria in Jinja – visit the Source of the Nile.
Optional activities: Water Rafting, Quad bike safari, bungee jumping, horseback safari
Day 3: To Sipi Falls via Jinja
After a restful night start your Uganda safari with a visit to Sipi falls in eastern Uganda – named the most romantic waterfalls by the guidebook, Lonely Planet.
Have a stopover in Jinja for a boat ride to source of River Nile.
Day 4: Hike Sipi Falls
Trek the caves and bottom of Sipi falls with the natural splash of the water as it goes over the rocks. Later trek to the top of the falls to have another experience and view different activities.
Day 5: Transfer to Kitgum
Spend night in Kitgum to break journey to Kidepo Valley national park.
Day 6: Drive to Kidepo Valley National Park
The journey to Kidepo valley National Park starts after breakfast. We drive to this true definition of African wilderness. Enjoy the scenery and game as we drive to our accommodation in the park.
Day 7: True wilderness in Uganda – Kidepo Valley National Park
Today we shall have a full day game drive to catch up with early raisers and predators returning to their hideouts. This park is rich in wildlife with the larges herds of buffaloes and only home of Cheetahs in Uganda. Explore seasonal river Narus valley in search of the localized carnivores like the bat-eared fox, striped hyena, aardwolf, and caracal. We will visit a Karimajong tribe depending on the interests.
Day 8: Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park
We have an early breakfast and start the journey to Murchison falls National Park – the home of the most powerful waterfalls. We will have a lunch stopover in Gulu arriving Murchison Falls later that day.
Day 9: Murchison Falls Wilderness
Murchison Falls NP is the oldest and biggest park in Uganda. It is beautiful with amazing species of birds, reptiles, primates, and mammals. The most sought after on a game drive are Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and leopards. In the afternoon, the safari continues on River Nile for more game viewing and relaxation. The boat cruise will take you closer to the the bottom of the falls where the Nile is forced through a 7 meter gorge.
Day 10: Leave for the Primate Capital of East Africa – Kibale Forest NP
The journey is reward with stunning views as you pass small villages, tea plantations, local markets, and crater lakes. Lunch is a picnic or restaurant on the way to the lodge in the park.
Day 11: Incredible Chimpanzee trekking
Today you get to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat. The trek will take you deep in the tropical forest where you may have sightings of the red-tailed, black-and-white Columbus monkeys and many other primates. The forest is also home to butterflies, birds, mammals like Elephants, buffaloes, Antelopes but these are shy compared to the savannah mammals. Your ranger guide will correspond with earlier trackers until he leads you to where the chimps are. After a relaxing lunch, we visit Bigodi community swamp known for its rich diversity of birds and primates depending on the availability of time.
Day 12: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
The journey to Queen Elizabeth National Park will start after our breakfast. You will have sighting of the mystical mountains of the moon, great landscapes, tea plantations, gardens, and several crater lakes. We will have lunch enroute or at the lodge depending on arrival time. In the afternoon, we leave for relaxing and exciting boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a stretch of water connecting Lakes George and Edward.
Day 13: Game drive
Early morning the animals in their different families, clans, and groups are out starting on their day – this the best time to catch the predators as they go back into hiding and the grazers as they start feeding. They go about ‘their business’ oblivious of the presence of humans. This is different from how they are in the caged zoos. After lunch – spend time relaxing at the lodge.
Day 14: Tree climbing Lions of Ishasha
We continue the game drive in Ishasha, famed for the tree-climbing lions. It is not easy to sight them but with help of ranger guides the process is easier. Lunch will be a picnic or at the lodge.
Day 15: Transfer to Bwindi
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is Africa’s richest forest, with an impressive list of species, has 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 120 mammals including several primates, among them Chimpanzees, Black and white colobus, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey and the star attraction, the Mountain Gorilla. On arrival, we check into our lodge and have a relaxed afternoon preparing for the gorilla trekking the next day.
Day 15: Gorilla trekking in the Impenetrable forest
This may likely be the highlight of your entire safari – meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi face to face. This unique experience with the rare mountain gorillas is unforgettable. Enjoy the fullness of the impenetrable forest from birds singing, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, butterflies flying all over to the sheer freshness given by numerous trees. The experience can take anything from an hour (rarely) to about eight hours to accomplish.
Day 16: Gorilla trekking in the Impenetrable forest
This may likely be the highlight of your entire safari – meeting with the gentle giants of Bwindi face to face. This unique experience with the rare mountain gorillas is unforgettable.
Enjoy the fullness of the impenetrable forest from birds singing, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, butterflies flying all over to the sheer freshness given by numerous trees.
The experience can take anything from an hour (rarely) to about eight hours to accomplish.
Day 17: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa and free from Bilharzia. After a successful gorilla trek we leave for this beautiful lakes nestled towards the border with Rwanda. Say goodbye to the impenetrable forest and embrace the beautiful great sceneries – interlocking hills terraced by the locals as they till the land for farming.
Day 18: Lake Bunyonyi – Islands Tour
Wake up in time for the beautiful sunrise. Have breakfast by the shores of the lake and prepare for the canoe ride to some of the 29 Islands that dot this lake. The Islands tours will introduce you to the cultures and history of the Lake and surrounding areas. You can choose to have a relaxed afternoon, take a swim, hike up the hill, or watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 19: Visit the land of Zebras – Lake Mburo national park
The journey continues to Lake Mburo national park – home to the beautiful Zebras. Ugandan countryside is beautiful so you will have great opportunities of photos and good scenery. You will have a stopover at a culture Museum displaying the life of the areas native people. We arrive in the park in time for a boat trip on Lake Mburo.
Day 20: Game drive in Lake Mburo NP – Tranfer to Kampala
With an early breakfast, have a game drive and leave for Kampala later. We will have a stopover at the famous Equator line for souvenir shopping and photo moments.
Day 21: Even good experiences end – departure time
Whist we enjoyed showing you this beautiful country we are aware that there is time to say goodbye.
We look forward to hosting you again in this beautiful country.